• 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.
  • fortyphotos
    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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    January 14, 2014
    Jenn Aubert | Role Models Wanted and Found
    Earlier this year, Erin Newkirk, founder of RedStamp, asked if I would be interviewed for Jenn Aubert's book project.  When Erin asks I say yes.  So we spoke.  Below is Jenn's story.  You'll be happy to know I detected absolutely no fear as we spoke -- by phone.  Oh, the wonderful things that happen when we dare.  Enjoy! I have an irrational fear of talking on the phone. But last year I felt compelled to launch a project that involved me interviewing over a hundred successful female...

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    January 5, 2014
    Resolve to Do What Is Hard
    After discussing our triumphs of 2013 at dinner today, we then discussed what we hope to achieve in 2014. My son wants to finish up his Eagle project -- get those last two merit badges and become an Eagle Scout.  My daughter wants to write the first draft of a book, my husband too. I pulled out my handy "I'm going to run a marathon in 2014."  Running a marathon is an acceptable resolution, right up there with losing weight. Today though during the meeting of Relief Society, the...

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    December 27, 2013
    17 Yr-old Kira Stone | I love to write and sing songs!
    A few months ago, Nate Quigley, Founder and CEO of Just Family, e-mailed me with, "You have got to hear Kira Stone sing!  You must have her guest blog!  My daughters think she's fantastic!"  I have to agree.  Give her a listen. Hello! My name is Kira Stone, and I am a singer and a songwriter. I am also a senior in high school, a sister, a daughter, a Mormon, a performer, a Broadway enthusiast, a fourth generation California girl and a popcorn fanatic. I am here to share with you my...

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    December 20, 2013
    Lina Duque | Lessons learned from CEO Mary Jo Haddad
    I just received an e-mail from Lina Duque, a marketing and social media strategist, and advocate of women's leadership, telling me how inspired she'd been by meeting Mary Jo Haddad.  Lina's conclusion:  to be a leader, she must be true to her self.  If you enjoy Lina's post, tweet her at linaduquemba. Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend some time with Mary Jo Haddad, president and CEO of the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), the most prestigious hospital in Canada and one...

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