A Woman of Power Maps Her Own Destiny

By: | Posted in: Blog, Destination, Female power, Jumpstart 2017 | Friday, Feb 3, 2017 - 2:21am

Queen Elizabeth was clearly born with her destiny assured. Many of us–not so lucky. Instead, we need to take charge of our own destiny. We can map out and take control of where we’re headed in our careers and in what we want to achieve in  our personal lives.  We can look at the word “destiny” as meaning ‘fate’ or we can view it in more pragmatic terms as a ‘destination’.

Women of Power see and focus on the destination. They know what they want and focus on the end result as attainable, taking meaningful steps to take them there.  Here are some questions to ask yourself in terms of your destination for 2017 and some next actions to get you on your way. (more…)

ABC Co-host Kelly Ripa’s Lesson on Power

By: | Posted in: Blog | Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 7:47pm

Female Leaders-5Today, Kelly Ripa, the co-host of an ABC morning show stood up for the importance of respect in the workplace and earned a well-needed apology from her bosses for not letting her know sooner of her co-host’s departure. The situation could be any. What matters is that a woman used her power to take action to right a wrong that she had experienced. This will be a well-televised example, but it leads to the question: Female Leaders: Are you giving away your power in the workplace?

The Power of Assessments

By: | Posted in: Blog | Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015 - 10:28pm

A few days ago, I had a conversation with two young people. We were speaking about how lives are transformed through learning experientially with practices such as meditation. The young woman shared an experience from childhood: being sent to the back of the line because of her height. She created an assessment or judgment that she would always be at the back of the line, an assessment that she carried around for years. Her experience reminded me of my own, an experience that prevented me from speaking up in class. Does this sound familiar? How many of us have had experiences, seemingly innocent, that we carry around for years and that render us powerless and cause us to think and feel “I am less than,” “I am not enough.”


Let’s Practice: Gratitude

By: | Posted in: Blog, Gratitude | Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015 - 10:01pm

This is the time of year when we are particularly conscious of gifts and blessings. It’s the time when we thank those around us and tell them we appreciate them. Yet, the practice of gratitude is something we can learn to do on a daily basis through out the year and has some great effects on our health, energy level, and the ability to turn around situations and see new possibilities for ourselves. 

Entering a Room . . .

By: | Posted in: Blog | Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 - 1:34pm

Entering a Room

by Jewel Ray Chaudhuri, Ph.D.

Imagine yourself about to enter a room. A networking event, perhaps, or an important meeting with your team.

What are the emotions you feel as you are about to enter that room? Anger? Apprehension? Fear? Curiousity? Perhaps, even joy? (more…)

The Power of Imperfection: A Chance for Growth

By: | Posted in: Balance, Blog, Leadership, Perfectionism | Thursday, Aug 6, 2015 - 11:53am

As humans, we’re imperfect beings. Yet, as women we often strive for perfection. Where does this strive for perfection lead us?  It may lead to procrastination, where we feel it or we has to be perfect to even start or to get our work out there. Or. it may lead to overwork where we don’t ask others for help because only we can do it “right” or perfectly. Taken to the extreme, we may become workaholics. And certainly, both of these approaches leads to stress and being out of balance. Plus, we’re missing out on some great opportunities for connection and compassion.


How Well Do You Maintain Balance?

By: | Posted in: Blog | Tuesday, Jul 7, 2015 - 9:37am

How Well Do You Maintain Balance?

If trying to maintain balance in your life makes you feel like a tightrope walker, you’re not alone. Most of us have so many demands on our time and energy, life can feel like a three-ring circus. Take this quiz to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling personal needs and wants. (more…)

Networking Your Way to Success: Five Tips for Increasing the Odds

By: | Posted in: Networking | Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 - 9:26pm

Networking is a great tool for building relationships and increasing our business contacts. Yet, some women (and some men, too) are reluctant to get out there. They fear that they are “selling” or being phony. With some practice and following a few tips, we can become better at this important skill. (more…)

Too Much of a Nice Gal? Time to Power-Up

By: | Posted in: Female power | Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 - 9:19pm

Sometimes, we accommodate others for fear we’ll have lost an opportunity. Sometimes, it goes much deeper as we were taught to put others before ourselves, that we were “nice girls” and it was our place to do so. My question becomes: How can we better advocate for ourselves so that we share equally in the prize without giving up what we fully deserve?


Reclaiming Your Power: A recap of my 9/4 telecall

By: | Posted in: Female power, Leadership | Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 - 4:37pm

In this blog post you will find a recap from a 9/4/14 telecal, where I explored the topic of reclaiming your power, and spoke about 8 ways in which we give up power as women and 7 tips for reclaiming our power.


The Power of Female Role Models

By: | Posted in: Female power, Role Models | Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 - 11:50am

Female Role Models. Are there any in Corporate America?  you may be asking. The 13th floor was where the top executives in the corporation for which I worked had their offices.Pictures of past presidents and chairmen lined the halls. Reminiscent of male bastions of power, female pictures were noticeably absent.


The Power of Story: Lifting the Emotional Baggage

By: | Posted in: Coaching, Leadership | Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 - 1:30pm

The stories we tell ourselves can take hold of us for days, weeks or even years. They can produce drama and a whole host of things we tell ourselves. It produces, anger, sorrow, sadness and often self-doubt, especially for us as women. The hold of the story is laden with emotional baggage, often taking us back to the past rather than being in the present. It can cause the “should” or “if only”, or better yet, “if I had done x, then y would or wouldn’t have happened”. And sometimes, the story shifts to blame. “Well, if she hadn’t done x, then he wouldn’t have done y”.