• When I took a sabbatical from Wall Street to pursue a different
    dream and help others live theirs, I learned that women in the U.S.
    may be placated, even pampered, but because we aren't dreaming,
    we are also desperate and depressed. Drawing on a variety of
    sources, ranging from academic studies to pop culture, dare to
    dream encourages us to dream. And then to act on our dreams.
  • LHJ2
    December 11, 2013
    Ladies’ Home Journal: (One of) My Holiday Gifts to You
    I am thrilled to present you with a 1-year print subscription to Ladies' Home Journal! We all need a cozy place to dream, to become who we are -- and almost always that includes our home. May you accept this thank you gift from me to you (or a loved one!) during this holiday season. Click here.   I am going to give away a few more things this month via my newsletter! Sign up here on the right hand of the page. P.S.  If you live outside of the U.S., you are ineligible for the...

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    December 1, 2013
    My first child and forgiveness
    I made a BIG mistake last week. Just days away from Belmont's 50th Annual Wreath Making Party, I realized that the 16" wire frames for the wreaths hadn't been ordered.  As Vice Chair, it was my job to delegate this. I hadn't. When I called the supplier we typically use, she had 200+ frames on hand, but we still needed another 80.  I did finally locate some, but at a much higher price, leading to a cost overage of $150.  A relatively small amount. I know. But the mistake was made...

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    November 13, 2013
    Sharon Reed | Global Girls Project
    I met Sharon Reed through social media expert Becky Robinson last year.  At the time, Sharon was kind enough to share some of her story with me.  A year later she's sharing a piece of her dream. In late 2012, my ten year-old daughter and I each faced major setbacks that collectively provided rich fodder for introducing her to the subject of women’s empowerment, global development and what it means to lead from the heart and live one’s own voice out loud – all subjects that...

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    November 6, 2013
    Conversational Intelligence by Judith E. Glaser
      I just finished reading Conversational Intelligence by Judith E. Glaser, a booster shot-of-a-book for your social IQ, and one that draws extensively on neuroscience, to help raise the collective intelligence of our teams.  It also provides a how-to on helping others embrace our innovative ideas and audacious dreams. Here's what Angela Ahrendts, former CEO of Burberry, and head-in-waiting of Apple's retail efforts, had to say, "Judith Glaser takes us on an insightful and in-depth...

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    October 31, 2013
    Laurie White | Art Heals Me
    I met Laurie White at Alt Summit in early 2013.  It was almost a chance meeting.  I was talking to a Blog About Love's Mara Kofoed and she introduced us.  We had to talk, Mara said.  Completely taken by Laurie's vision for children and art, I asked her to share it with us.  She wasn't quite ready.  I can wait -- impatiently.  It was worth it. Art has always brought me peace.  As a child, I soothed myself by drawing the jar of mixing spoons and spatulas as my mom cooked dinner. ...

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    October 29, 2013
    Hot Mommas Project: It Appears I Have a Hot Brain
    In March, Paul McConaughy, encouraged me to submit my story to The Hot Mommas Case Study competition.  Founded by Kathy Korman-Frey, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the George Washington School of Business, the Hot Mommas project is the world's largest women’s case study library, providing free online access to stories of diverse female role models and mentors. The judges were: Lesley Jane Seymour, Editor in Chief of MORE Magazine; Maryam Banikarim, Chief Marketing Officer of...

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    October 26, 2013
    Catherine Stagg-Macey | The world needs people who want
    At the end of my monthly newsletter, I typically ask readers to hit return and talk back:  Catherine Stagg-Macey, a veteran of the technology and insurance industry turned coach, was kind enough to do so. In her e-mail she observed -- "The words "to want" seem to be loaded in our society – to want is seen as selfish and not in line with the community. But the great irony is that the world needs people who want." I was intrigued; she kindly agreed to guest blog. “What do you want...

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    October 6, 2013
    Being Good and Doing Good
    Being good is on my bucket list: I want to be an individual of character and moral rectitude. But I haven't thought much about 'social good', whether clean air, clean water, etc.  In part, because it often seems the loudest agents of change smirk at being the subject of change.  I've also wondered if our emphasis on social good isn't at all about improving the world per se but is symptomatic of a people disconnected. My skepticism as a backdrop, I was invited me to be a  U.N....

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    October 4, 2013
    John Christianson | What If I Don’t Have a Number?
    I connected with John Christianson on Twitter (where else?) a few months ago.  He wrote a blog about Dare, Dream, Do here -- and after some tweet exchanges, I invited him to guest blog.  This is a terrific piece on a topic that I don't talk enough about -- money. The question “what’s your number” has been frequently posed lately in the context of personal wealth. You might have even seen the ING commercial in which actors walk around with orange numbers floating above their heads...

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    September 30, 2013
    Matthew Weilert | Lessons Learned from a Sushi Chef
    I connected with Matthew Weilert via Twitter about a year ago.  An engineer by training, and a systems thinker by profession, he is writing a new book Leadership Lessons of a Sushi Chef.  In conducting his primary researach, Matthew worked as an embedded sushi contractor at a major grocery chain for several weeks. As I learned to make sushi, and being a recovering engineer, I applied time and motion studies to the ancient practice of creating these perishable artworks that must be...

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