• 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.
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    June 26, 2014
    Rowena Montoya | How I Started JulieAnn Caramels
    I met Rowena Montoya when I spoke at a Time Out for Women event in early 2014; I was immediately delighted by her story (turns out we are also both from San Jose).  Plus, I couldn't stop eating her caramels. They are delicious.  Enjoy her story! When the economy came crashing down, it affected my husband’s business like so many others out there, a business that together, Frank and I had worked hard to build since 2000 and keep afloat even throughout harsh economic times - but ultimately...

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    May 22, 2014
    Alya Naseer : Don’t Change, A Mother’s Letter of Love For Her Daughter
    About a year ago, one of my Twitter friends, Tanveer Naseer shared that his 14 year-old daughter Alya had written a book titled Don't Change, A Mother's Letter of Love for Her Daughter.  Wanting to support Alya in her dream, I purchased a copy, and subsequently asked if she'd be interested in guest posting and being interviewed.  I especially love her line in the interview -- "Who said you have to call me mom rather than mommy?"  Enjoy. *** Women from all around the world worry...

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    ourhappyplace
    May 18, 2014
    Today I Can
    I had been in New York for the day pitching Springboard Fund. Our 13 yr-old Miranda had just arrived home from Nature's Classroom. And our 17 yr-old son David was just home from prom. The three of us were hanging out:  Miranda watching Japanese anime, David sending/receiving post-prom texts and checking Facebook, and me reading Anna Quindlen's Lots of Candles and Plenty of Cake -- we occasionally chatted. I was happy, content even. These days, I feel more engaged with my...

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    May 4, 2014
    When Your Anchor is Away
    "My wife was gone; we ate ramen all week." Over the years, I've heard a lot of men make some derivative of this joke.  Often powerful men.  I think it was supposed to be a compliment, to express appreciation. I found it a bit condescending. Until last week. My husband had traveled to Salt Lake City for my 89 year-old father-in-law's funeral. The kids and I were home alone. My husband was kind enough to make a huge portion of homemade mac n' cheese and split pea soup before he...

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    April 23, 2014
    Forty is Not Past Your Prime
    We are scouring the world with an open nomination call for women who are innovators, role-models and makers, creating momentum and changing the world.   We have assembled a high-caliber judging panel with a mix of men and women and age ranges hailing from the tech, entrepreneurial, media and corporate world to cull down the list to the top 40 Women Over 40 to Watch. Forty Women Over 40 nominations are open until May 7. The 40 Women Over 40 to Watch list celebrates women over...

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    April 20, 2014
    Knowing When to Quit
    I am not running the Boston marathon. After last year's bombing I was determined to run; the terrorists were NOT going to blow up our dreams too. I started training; by December I was up to 14.5 miles. I applied to run for the Girl Scouts, but there was only one spot for every ten applicants. I'll run the New Hampshire marathon in October instead, I thought. By March, six months into dating this dream,  I realized I no longer wanted to marry it. "Winners never quit", said Vince...

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    March 18, 2014
    Avni Patel Thompson | Be the Change
    I met Avni (you can read her full bio below) at a blog-to-book event at HBS several years ago; we have stayed in touch, and one of her essays is in the 2nd printing of Dare, Dream, Do.  May you enjoy reading about her entrepreneurial dream.     “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  - Gandhi-ji I suppose it’s fitting that it was Gandhi-ji that uttered this sentiment.  As any dutiful Indian family, we were raised in the teachings of his great accomplishments and watched the...

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    March 8, 2014
    Christine Damitz | Angel Outfitters
    I met Christine Damitz at Time Out for Women in Layton.  I was so taken by her story about loss and renewal, I immediately asked her to guest blog. The turn of the century found me as a newly married, stay-at-home wife, with no college experience, and intimidated by my new environment. Doubt crept in.  I began to question myself and what I could accomplish. I felt like a clueless kid, and had no idea where I was going. After graduating high school, I had been unable to start college...

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    February 28, 2014
    Nina Dejmanee | My Experimental Career
    Nina and I became acquainted through social media. When I learned that she was becoming an entrepreneur, and was committed enough to travel from Australia to Joanne Wilson's WE Festival in New York, I asked Nina to share her story.  Here it is! *** I indulged myself in a minor career crisis recently. I speak on behalf of those around me – it wasn’t pretty. It all started innocuously enough. I knew I needed a new challenge and had started to explore my options. It had taken me a...

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    February 9, 2014
    Noah’s Ark: When Is It Too Late?
    I'm teaching a lesson in Sunday School this morning about Noah's Ark,  a story many of us have heard since we were children -- people were wicked, the earth would flood, God told Noah to build an ark, only Noah's family and the animals listened, everyone else drowned. My unfiltered response even now is "This is ridiculous.  I would have listened to Noah.  I would have even helped build the ark.  Of course I would have." It's a pretty easy say when we are children. Or new...

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