Maggie Castrey

Women Leadership Interest Survey

Do You Want To Become a More Effective Leader?

We are partnering with many organizations to obtain leadership training opportunities for women. We’d like to partner with yours, too!

Take the Women’s Leadership Interest Survey
Membership organizations have long been a training ground for women leaders. By offering leadership training through your organization, we believe your board will:

  • Provide value that appeals to younger members, who are building their careers
  • Develop new leaders to support the goals of your organization
  • Prepare a new generation of leaders to help advance equality in community, government and business

By completing the Leadership Interest Survey, women can ask for what they want — the first step towards becoming more effective leaders.

Why Women’s Leadership Training Matters

From where we sit, our families, communities and especially our women are still getting the short end of the stick. No one is going to fix this for us, so it’s up to women to step up and make changes. Studies have shown that having more women in leadership roles makes businesses much more profitable, and employees are happier and easier to recruit and retain. Yet although the doors to the C-Suite are open, too few women are walking through to take their fair and equal share of top positions.
Let’s change that! Research shows and we know from experience that women hang back because they don’t like the old oppressive model of “power over” so we need to help them embrace the expansive, inclusive “power to” that enables us to work together for positive change. Women can and will band together to support each other in advancement, to encourage each other to ask for raises and promotions, and to fight for fairness if their requests are denied.

About the Leadership Interest Survey Project

Take the Women’s Leadership Interest Survey
Most women do not have the benefit of a corporate professional development budget, yet our communities, businesses and nations need all women to step forward as leaders. That’s why we need women to ask for what they want: leadership training available through their membership organizations.
When women raise their voices strongly to ask for this training opportunity, we will seek national grants to make such training available to large numbers of women. With more than 20 Take The Lead Leadership Ambassadors ready to conduct training sessions across the country, we can make a big change in a hurry. Complete your 5-minute survey now and ask for the training that will help you become a more effective leader.

Information for Board Members


 
Do you think your group might be interested in participating in our survey? If so, email Maggie from our contact page. She will send you a flyer like this with information for your Board of Directors.

 
 

About Our Partnership

Dr. Nancy O’Reilly and Women Connect4Good have long been major supporters of  Gloria Feldt and Take The Lead because we share their mission of advancing women to leadership parity by 2025.  Gloria has done several podcast interviews with Dr. Nancy and authored the first essay in our book Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business and Life. We supported Take The Lead’s international livestream roll-out event in 2013, underwrote training for Leadership Ambassadors, supported 9 Leadership Power Tools training for groups, and have provided major funding for operations. In addition, we have provided seed money for a 50 Women Can Change the World program [in development] in Los Angeles for women in media and entertainment.
Take The Lead, Inc. is an awesome organization and we urge you to connect with them for information, training and inspiration. Learn more about Take The Lead.

Women Connect 4 GoodWomen Connect4Good, Inc. is a 501(c)3 dedicated to empowering women-helping-women networks. Take The Lead is a 501(c)3 whose mission is to prepare, develop, inspire and propel women to leadership parity across all sectors by 2025.
 

Sex Trafficking Horrific, but Successes Transform Lives


Victims of sex trafficking endure horrible abuse and trauma, but their stories can actually end happily. Dedicated people in organizations around the world are saving victims every day, and they need our support. I’d like to share with you some success stories from Washington State, California, India and Nepal.

Dream Center Helps West Coast Victims

“Hope” is in her early 20’s, and has a one-year-old daughter.  A few years ago, she took the greyhound bus to Los Angeles, but when she got off, her boyfriend wasn’t there to meet her.  Walking to get some food, she was kidnapped and forced to work on the streets for about seven months.   She had to serve 8-10 men per day and bring in a quota of $1500.  There was no room for trying to escape from her pimp because she was constantly watched.
One night, a Vice Cop said he could help her get out. They staged an arrest and safely removed her from the situation. Although she had escaped, she had been brainwashed that he was her only source of protection, and she went back several times before she was finally able to get out and stay out. Life was still hard, she served time on an old warrant and lost custody of her daughter. She heard about the Dream Center, and now is working to complete the program, get her daughter back, and pursue a degree in social work.

“Lover Boys” Groom Girls On Internet

Michelle met her “lover boy” on the Internet while struggling to rebuilt her chaotic life and take care of her two sons. He was “sweet and kind” to her, but introduced her to meth to ease her stress. When she needed surgery, he moved in to help take care of the boys. Despite the drugs, she thought she had found her happy family until he began pressuring her to earn more. She started working the streets and he directed her by phone while home watching the kids. “The more I made, the more he did for me – got my hair done, nails, clothes, stuff for my boys they never had before and more drugs. I felt like a princess.” But he started abusing and cheating on her and she lost custody of her sons. The situation worsened until her mother told her about the Dream Center and she escaped to Los Angeles. She intends to start school in the fall and is working to regain custody of her children.

Nepalese Girls Turn to Shared Hope

Reshma was little more than a child herself when she was lured from her remote village in Nepal to Kathmandu— then enslaved by a bar owner who sold girls for sex along with the drinks.  Soon she found she was pregnant and, friendless and terrified, Reshma surrendered her baby “Angel” at birth. Soon she found her way to Asha Nepal, a partner organization that Shared Hope helped establish and supports. Seeing other children there, she realized she had not needed to give up her child and Asha Nepal’s founder helped get her back. They spent over three years there, and in 2016, gainfully employed, Reshma and Angel moved into their own small apartment in Kathmandu.

Children of Sex Slaves Can Rise Above Circumstances

Manisha is 20 years old and has made her home at Asha Nepal since she was 7.  Her mother fell in love at 16 with a man who betrayed her and sold her into India. She soon got pregnant, but rejected her child, who appeared to have no future other than sex slavery. Aunty Renu, also trafficked to the same brothel, began caring for Manisha until she was rescued by Shared Hope International’s local partner organization. Now a second-year college student pursuing a degree in Social Work, Manisha dreams of restoring trafficking victims back into society and seeing sorrowful lives transformed to joyful ones.

Former Sex Slaves Become Leading Business Women

In a typical tea shop with a small front kitchen and several tables, Shamita and Kala have found strength, success and freedom from Nepals’ brutal sex trafficking industry. They have escaped sex slavery and become two female business leaders in a Nepalese culture that often devalues women as property of men. Shamita and Kala once thought their lives were no more valuable than providing their bodies to man after man in the brothels of Mumbai. When they escaped they encountered a familiar story: their village shunned them and their own father forced them to leave. This lack of options forces many back into the violent arms of the brothel. But they went instead to Asha Nepal, a home that allows women who were trafficked to India to return to their home country.
Shamita’s and Kala’s lives are testament that life beyond the brothel is possible. Success is possible. Freedom is possible. Anything can be possible.

Want to report sex traffficking? Need to call for help? National Hotline is 1-888-373-7888

Resources and Partners

Women Like Us Documentary

In the documentary, Women Like Us.  Three Journeys.  One Mission.  To Change the World, Women Like Us tells the stories of women who are sex trafficked and those women who are leading initiatives to eradicate it.

Women Like Us Books

In the most recent Women Like Us Book, Women Like Us.  Together…Changing the World by Founder and President, Linda Rendleman, we share personal stories of women fighting to end sex trafficking and homelessness and advocating for education both locally and globally.
2017 campaign funding women’s leadership
to eradicate sex trafficking

Women Like Us Foundation has a long history of creating awareness of sex trafficking both locally and globally.  Our support of women’s leadership against sex trafficking is making a difference for lives of women and girls.
Shared Hope International  is a global community dedicated to protecting children on a local level. It trains parents, youth workers, community leaders, and teens how traffickers operate and how they can protect themselves and their friends.
Dream Center is a volunteer-driven organization that finds and fills the needs of over 40,000 individuals and families through approximately 70,000 encounters each month, including victims of human trafficking.
Somaly Mam Foundation We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to the eradication of slavery and the empowerment of its survivors, based on the vision and life’s work of Cambodian survivor Somaly Mam.
Purchased The mission of Purchased is to educate, equip, & empower the community to end modern day slavery.

One Woman's Vision: Women Economic Forum and ALL Ladies League

Dr. Nancy’s 2017 Interview with Dr. Harbeen Arora

I’m pleased to announce that I have been appointed to the 2018 Advisory Board of the Women Economic Forum (WEF). I  very much enjoyed the sisterhood I experienced while attending their conferences in New Delhi and Santa Barbara, and look forward to making more networking connections going forward.

WEF is the conference arm of the All Ladies League, the largest global women chamber in the world with over 70,000 members in 150 countries. Both ALL and WEF arose from the vision and determination of founder and Global Chairperson Dr. Harbeen Arora.

Dr. Harbeen Arora


Dr. Harbeen Arora exemplifies a laser-focused commitment to Inclusion, Inspiration and Innovation. Her website notes that their “hundreds of chapters and groups worldwide function as Lighthouses beckoning those who seek support and need networks. Here, women from diverse fields are coming together and expanding circles of sisterhood and empowering the chain of change; helping each other in real time and in safe spaces to expand networks and collaborate in personal and professional ways.”
Because she expresses herself so eloquently, I’m printing the entirety of my email interview with Dr. Arora from July, 2017. Enjoy! ~Dr. Nancy
Note: Upcoming Women Economic Forum events in 2017 are in Delhi in September, in October in Cyprus, Iceland, Portugal and Morocco, followed by others. See the full schedule. After staging 14 events in 2017, WEF has 22 events scheduled for 2018 including one in Washington.
http://www.wef.org.in/brochure/Brochure_WEF_2012_2017.pdf

DNO: Tell me where you were and what you were doing when you first imagined the idea of All Ladies League (ALL). When was that?

DHA: Seeds of the ALL Ladies League were sown in 2005 as a result of my continuing engagement with girls’ education. I had just finished by Ph.D from the University of Paris III, Sorbonne nouvelle and got involved with our family foundation’s philanthropic endeavour that instituted the Dreamz Scholarships. Named with a vision to help women dream and fulfill their dreams, these scholarships provided full tuition fee waiver plus free boarding and lodging for girl students from disadvantaged sections of society from across the world to study for various UG and PG programs at our colleges. Looking back, this marked the beginnings of what came to be known as the ALL Ladies League (ALL).
The scholarships had an incredible impact with vivid transformation, as these girls were now brimming with confidence, esteem, ideas, and talents unleashed. Through the unique educational opportunity afforded by the scholarship, their vibrant potential was revealed to them and to their families; more so when these women further started working, earning and sharing their empowerment with parents and siblings.
However, this was only the beginning. To advance and sustain the momentum of economic independence and growing leadership, they needed abiding support systems, mentoring, support and connections. Especially when they would get married and have a family; as then the traditional expectations and notions of a woman’s greater role in family and household work would predominate. So, despite the education and economic pathways open, women – be it from privileged or disadvantaged backgrounds – would tend to quit their jobs, sideline personal pursuits, and step back to take care of the family, as that’s what was expected and valued. Men of course never had to make this kind of a choice between family and work and could enjoy the best of both worlds.
We believe that women do not have to choose between loving themselves and loving others. In fact, loving ourselves and loving what we do is vital to sharing our love with others. Society as well as individual women had to understand and accept that first.
Therefore, the need emerged for safe support structures and inspired spaces of sisterhood where women could express, engage and derive support at social, emotional and spiritual levels to have the sheer energy to rise above and go beyond; with greater self-belief and conscious handling of the challenges on the path.
Thus, the ALL Ladies League (ALL) began to informally articulate itself; not just for women from underserved communities but for ALL women; as the issues remained the same. The vision was to create a seamless space for women, a ‘country of women’, an alter-family, a sisterhood, beyond caste, colour, creed, ethnicity and even gender to empower ALL through the agency of women’s inclusive and inspired leadership.
Here, among ‘SoulSisters’ as we say, the journeys would begin where you could explore and discover your voice, own your narrative, feel the surge of your soul rising within, connect to like-hearted women, pool in your strengths and skills, and feel the power within and of the collective rising to make it ALL happen.

DNO: What were your first steps toward developing the idea of the All Ladies League?

DHA: We started creating circles of sisterhood or Chapters, each led by a chair. We began inviting members by reference and expanding the circles. We used online media to start the connections and offline events to cement the bonds. Membership soon came to be free in our bid to include ALL the inspiring women, irrespective of their ability to pay. We simply wanted women to be invited for the positive attitude, passion to make a difference, and a readiness to help one another.
The acronym ALL gave us our eponymous ethos of connecting ALL women and creating on-ramps for ALL to access opportunities, networks, learnings, and manifest one’s latent potential and leadership, individually and collectively. Together, aligned, collaborating, we could really do it ALL.
For us this ethos or spirit of ALL continues to be most sacrosanct. We always say “spirit before the size.” We knew from the start that we didn’t want another “club”. While in pursuit of excellence, we didn’t want to reduce ourselves to an elite few. We wanted to constantly reach out, include, and be always chasing inspiration and new learning. It’s the best antidote to entropy and stagnation that risk stymying one’s growth. Therefore, we embedded Inclusion in our very design. Each woman who comes in as a member is asked to refer other inspiring women; in a chain of change.
To make the most of the plurality and diversity that comes along with Inclusion, we needed a ‘fire’ so to say of harmony, responsiveness, curiosity, and encouragement, that would make the most of these vital ingredients. Thus, the second tenet of Inspiration is what we kept as the only rule. That no matter where we come from, whatever we do, we must ALL bring in the flame of positive energy. It’s the only capital required to unleash the creative capital innate in our plural matrix. Innovation, then, our third peg, is what will naturally flow and follow from the above and foster incremental value every day in our lives, personally and professionally.

DNO: What other people helped inspire and energize you to establish it at first?

DHA: My parents have been most supportive, accompanying me with full faith at every step. We continue to share, grow and learn together as a family.
My partner then is the most amazing man I know. He is my role model in terms of his inner strength, forward thinking, straightforwardness, self-discipline and spirit of service. It was he who had more faith in me than me in myself. His unflinching support, unconditional love and utmost generosity helped me at every step to make that journey from me to myself.
In my awakening, my Guru or spiritual Master bore the greatest influence. With his teachings, I found the vibration that spoke to my deepest self and provided the greatest anchoring in the ups and downs of life.
Over the last two decades, I have been through a great period of growth, experience, reflections, observations, and awakening with each unfolding. It had led me to feel much more aligned to who I am and live in sync with my soul. It has had the effect of diminishing my doubts, fears, hesitations, and giving me an inner strength and force to be true to my core; secure in the knowledge that my unique path will help me bring to fruition the ‘seed’ of my destiny.
I have also learned in the process that the best way to receive goodness is to give it. When you offer a good word, a kind thought, a thoughtful reference, a helping hand, it all has a way of coming back to you. The good news is that we all have this source of positive energy or human goodness inside of us. We simply have to know that the more we give, the lesser not we have. The wealth of wellness within each of us is abundant, infinite, and grows with sharing.

DNO: What did you envision it would become, and has that dream been fulfilled?

DHA: It has exceeded ALL expectations!
I often feel a divine intervention, a force on my shoulder, the presence of a powerful field, that makes the outcome of our endeavours much greater than the sum of its parts. You can feel that X factor vibe in our events and WEF conferences.
From its beginning in 2005, ALL grew slowly and then picked up speed in 2011. We have now 70000+ members today and we hope to reach a million by next year. 99% are women; 1% would be supporting men. Areas with high percentage of members/chapters are USA, Canada, Europe, Africa, India and other parts of Asia. The backgrounds include entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, businesswomen, professionals, educators, corporate leaders and women interested in a variety of fields like arts, health, sports, homemakers, all age groups. We make an effort to include the youth and senior people.
To empower the spirit of sisterhood and valuing our relationships with women, we started a festival of Shakti Bandhan to celebrate and strengthen the bonds among women. Shakti means the power of the Divine Feminine to love and nurture, and Bandhan means Bond. Every year on Oct 5, we celebrate it as Shakti Bandhan: World Sisterhood Day. Of course, it’s also celebrated in ALL seasons for ALL reasons; whenever and wherever women come together. I believe that when we celebrate a relationship, we care for it more and make greater efforts to ensure that it thrives and shines. It is important to create this space for fostering a sisterhood that becomes our safe and inspired space for excelling through learning, exchange and connecting. So, to celebrate Shakti Bandhan, we tie ceremonial threads (of any kind) to soul sisters and other women in our lives to honor them. It’s about celebrating our Bonds with a Band of love. It’s become a universal festival now with our members across the world celebrating it and feeling uplifted and connected to the greater feminine within them and around them.
However, it will take some time to strengthen the ALL ethos or narrative of seeing the world as one family, believing in the leadership and purpose innate in ALL, making women bond in sisterhood, and each of us speaking with the voice of our soul. This narrative will only take root when the women, who are embodiments of this new inclusive spirit and vision, come into their own and speak from their own consciousness instead of succumbing to parochial and patriarchal narratives that often surround us and we assimilate them unknowingly.
This churning process has already started of course, many years ago, much before ALL, as also in different parts of the world. I have no doubt that our shared vision will be fulfilled. Who can resist the force of Mother Nature! When She decides to restore balance, she will have it.

DNO: What challenges did you encounter and how did you overcome them?

DHA: Challenges are there at All times. No matter what their form – subtle or large, personal or professional, micro or macro; you have to deal with them with the same weaponry of your inner spirit.
And for me, keeping my inner equilibrium, peace of mind, purity of heart, clarity of purpose, faith in the universal goodness, constant forgiveness, and quiet conviction and determination, all that helps me fight my own inner challenges restore balance for the healthy perspectives to emerge.
In fact, this process is also a great fuel for our creative process of self-evolution, as in striving and struggling through our pain points, we have the possibility of cutting-through and going across that which holds us back.
I have a life-affirming belief that Nature or The Force or God, whatever we may call that invisible power field around and within, is always FOR us – aiding, guiding nudging, prodding, and pushing us deeper into fulfilling ourselves. In times of challenges, we can feed that faith even more as we are more vulnerable and more receptive in those moments, and so can receive its affirming energy with more hunger and gratitude. Of course, the greatest challenge is to stay in the faith in moments when it falters the most.

DNO: Your ALL code of conduct is wonderful. How did you develop that code?

DHA: The simple thumb rule that runs across our Code of Conduct is a persuasion to Be Positive and Bring Positive. And everything else is derived from that need to foster positive energy and inspiration in our midst. By extension, we insist on no negativity and no arguments on divisive topics, like religion or politics as we understand them today. Sadly, these two fields that could have been pivotal in bringing people together, have created the greatest schisms and also pushed out the worst in the human spirit instead of the best. We wanted to focus on encouraging the best with each and ALL from a creative standpoint. Thus, ALL is non-political, non-religious and non-dogmatic.
This rule of Positivity was also derived at a time when we were making the membership free and needed some sort of eligibility criterion that would automatically sieve the entrants and also strengthen what we were attempting to achieve. I knew we didn’t want a ‘monitoring’ and ‘controlling’ approach. I have personally always shied away from that path as I feel it reduces your own positive and creative spirit, and does not do much either for people who are being monitored.
We wanted this movement to spread from an inspired consciousness and a self-regulated space where each one was conscious of one’s respective role in the whole. So, we began the reference model, where each member had the full liberty to refer another woman as a member who she found to be positive or simply liked. No judgement was being placed; our simple brief was that if you would like to be with her, then we would like her to be with us. So, it became like a chain where each element of the chain was tied together by some relation and was thus sieved through to an extent by virtue of that connection.
The free membership brought in speedy inclusion; the reference brought in an element of security and like-hearted spirit; and the code kept us aligned and inspired.
There was another aspect that we were mindful of. As ALL signified a place for ALL and by ALL, we wanted least hierarchy and greatest movement and manifestation of ideas and initiatives. Therefore, another code was to not have elaborate or top-heavy bureaucratic procedures. Even in the structure of chapters and chairs across the world, we follow a distributed leadership model with multiple chapters or circles of sisterhood driven by our belief that everyone who wants to lead can lead. We do not promote hierarchy. It’s more like a web of inspiring initiatives uplifting one another. The only permission or approval we urge you to seek is from your own better self.
Each chapter or self-help circle is run by a chair who is the champion for that sector or city with a group of people. However, that does not exclude another woman to lead in the same city or sector with another set of people. As an internet of women, each member, chair or not, has full independence to initiate activities and bring in new members and ideas; as long as it’s done with a positive spirit and intent to help and expand opportunities for ALL. There’s decentralisation and an environment where people work with more trust, caring, dedication, low-ego, and with joy and enthusiasm.
We do not have a single or central advocacy strategy other than bring about positivity, spirit of sisterhood and a commitment to women’s greater leadership in ALL walks of life. We encourage each to follow one’s passion and leverage one’s strengths. We are ALL inspirational leaders. We just have to bring the best within us out and that is what ALL hopes to do by proving the platforms for women to express themselves. Wherever the goodness comes from, it adds to the same pool of strength and inspiration. It’s ALL connected.
More than a chamber in the traditional sense, ALL is a movement, a culture, an ethos and a force of change for infusing more feminine soulfulness and helpfulness in All aspects of our life to awaken the Shakti or power in All.
We have today over 500 chapters or circles of sisterhood across 150 countries and in over 100 sectors. They mostly use messaging groups/social media to stay connected and coordinate their online and offline activities. The tenure of a chair is a year and then another one takes over, like a relay. For funding chapter events and activities, members use their ingenuity to pool in skills, connections, networks, innovative ideas and resources, like a ‘picnic-model.’
Developing and implementing ideas together also help each one to feel invested in the process and emboldened by its success. There’s a mindset shift from a more passive standpoint of “how do I do it” to a more inspired and active one of “I will get it done.” This process of empowering our self-belief, self-reliance and self-fulfillment are at the core of unleashing the potential of ALL.
Of course, with so many chapters, some baseline policies and systems do exist in terms of our communications to stay aligned. These are also shared in the Code.
Ultimately, whatever we value will become our ‘values.’ Today, ALL and all that it embodies has become a model of how women and people can drive a mass movement through trust, helpfulness, exchange, encouragement, and inspiration.
In this evolution and thought process, I was guided very much by my partner as also his good friend and a renowned strategist teaching at Tuck-Dartmouth. We discussed many examples, from the Tea Party to Gandhi’s movement, and that greatly helped me develop the guiding principles or code of conduct as well as institute the structural mechanism of making the membership by reference and invitation.
Our Code of Conduct has helped us grow organically with an aliveness of our vision and spirit across our membership base.

DNO: How are you able to offer free membership to ALL?

DHA: ALL Ladies League (ALL) was set up as a public charitable trust and the family foundation decided to support it fully as their contribution to society.
The Central Secretariat that my office supports lends full and free administrative support for all chapters in terms of starting-up kits and collateral, designing for posters and invites, as well as social media publicity and promotion. We want every woman to know and feel that she has full administrative support and her focus should simply be to grow and galvanize local networks and sisterhood, grow herself personally and professionally and be able to dream and do. We also support and coordinate the WEF conferences. We also work with multiple stakeholders in the corporate, government, universities and other sectors to advance women empowerment.

DNO: What prompted you to develop the WEF structure? How long did it take to develop the first WEF conference?

DHA: With so many women connected in different parts of the world, there came a time when everyone wanted to meet the others. Since these were diverse groups from different countries and culture, we had to find a common ground to bring them together. And that was – a shared aspiration to advance economically and grow our voice, wealth, influence and leadership.
So, the structure had to respond to our diverse membership base, the wide variety of fields sectors in which the women were working; the soulful spirit and seamless approach of ALL; and invitees and attendees who understood that this platform was much more than the usual business conference. We don’t pay speakers or participants for any fee or costs, as we were an NGO ourselves and don’t charge any membership fee in addition to supporting as we do. So, we needed spirited women who would understand and appreciate the importance and need of coming together thus for our individual growth, collective empowerment and making a difference. And it was just amazing to us how MANY responded to that call with love, enthusiasm and goodness.
So, the Women Economic Forum has elements that bring out the best in each and ALL. In the annual event, there are 500+ sessions across 50+ sectors, where you can learn from industry experts, have peer sharing, speak about your work, find mentors and mentees, connect with collaborators and investors, and overall find fabulous women from all over the world. It is both humbling and energising. It’s like a university for women for the six days (or two days in case of the regional events). It’s also like a carnival as there’s this spirit of freedom, celebration, sisterhood, beauty and bliss. The awards at WEF are there make the invisible efforts and achievements of women more visible so that we all have more role models in every walk of life.
At the WEF conferences, you can learn about the recent trends, update your skills, meet achievers from all backgrounds and continents, open your mind, expand your vision, and foster friendships and lasting bonds with other women so that we can help each other in our businesses and collaborate on ventures and initiatives.
So, if ALL is the Soul; WEF is the blood.
At our Women Economic Forum events we have a large number of sessions so that each member and participant gets a chance to not just be a delegate but get to speak and express and share their stories, their experiences and their challenges and their successes. They call it these days tapping into the “human library.”
The format is interactive and lot of time is dedicated to Q and A in each of the parallel sessions. WEF is a platform for peer learning and mentoring, and so people will also share in authentic spirit personal stories and experiences on a range of subjects including the very personal ones. For us, there is no dichotomous between work-life or personal-professional. They are in a continuum and one affects the other.
The goal is empowering women in every way by creating an enabling and celebratory space of learning and networking to expand our business opportunities and increase our global influence. 30% of our speakers and 10% of our delegates are men as well.
WEF is a platform where every individual is given equal opportunity to express and share their thoughts and ideas, where none are denounced or treated less than equal and where the environment is one of positive encouragement and upliftment in an all binding spirit of sisterhood. It’s a celebratory space; enabling women to be more of who they are and not confine themselves to customary notions of how to be. We’ve found this energy to be most liberating for the men too who form a part of our forums, as we work with All. Also, the vibe is one of warmth and of being in a safe space where women also feel nurtured, honored and valued. Plus, the networking is massive with both women and men in business and enterprise in various walks of life. Women have told us that they have made connections for a lifetime!
Please also see the testimonials: http://www.wef.org.in/testimonial/

DNO: You have so many projects going on around the world! How many staff people help you keep all this happening? How will you manage 22 events in 2018?

DHA: There’s a central secretariat in Delhi as headquarters. We have a staff of 80 full time plus we draw on the support of our universities wherever required.
In fact, for the annual event in India, it takes us a whole year to organize. So, we are already working on the next year’s annual edition. In addition to the regional events of course. Plus there are ALL chapters that are supported and initiatives shared. We also keep developing new chapters and circles as there are so many women we still need to connect to!
For international regional WEF events, we do have collaborators and local partners for the venue and logistics. However, all coordination and organization is done from the central secretariat.
We manage it ALL with the credo – the More we do, the More we can!

DNO: What kind of computer platform do you use, and how do you keep track of 70,000 members worldwide?

DHA: We use the Joomla platform and we have a full IT team supporting our website. There’s constant development taking place to keep it dynamic and interactive enabling outreach and connections.

DNO: How did you secure BioAyurveda as a sponsor? Do you have other sponsors?

DHA: It’s a venture we have started in health and wellness. It embodies the ultimate Shakti Bandhan for me – one we have with Mother Nature.
Bio-Ayurveda is a family company so they support. In future, as we grow, we hope we will get other corporates to support.

DNO: Please describe your typical day, and how much time do you spend on ALL and WEF?

DHA: I start early. It gives you a reflective personal space, helps you organize and manage your time. Also with your being on your toes early, you can create momentum for your team for the rest of the day.
In my various roles as Chancellor of three universities, along with ALL and WEF, BioAyurveda, some other investments, the one thing common and central is to engage and energize people and teams all the time. So, time management and team engagement are at the core of whatever you do.
So, the first half of the day, if I’m not travelling, is at the office. I try and keep meetings for the second half or evenings. I dedicate some time for reading, mostly news or research. I’m also often on skype calls or zoom meetings with connections worldwide. I have at least one meal with family.
Of course, I do need to travel a lot as well within India and abroad. I carry my work like emails along with me. These days with technology, you can be in many places at once.

DNO: Is there something you wished for ALL and WEF that you have not yet been able to accomplish? What is your biggest dream for ALL and WEF for the future?

DHA: The dream was and is that the presence, positivity, sisterhood and the enabling ecosystem should be so available to ALL women that no woman anywhere in the world should ever feel alone. Like Rumi says, “Come, from wherever you are, whatever you are.” We want it to be a sacred space of acceptance, seamlessness, wellness and empowerment for ALL women.
At the very core, we wish to change the proverbial adage that “women are women’s worst enemies” to an inspired experience of “women are women’s best friends.” We have faith that our daughters can grow up seeing and believing that. Feeling that safe and inspired space of sisterhood around us is vital to our pushing through the other ceilings, blocks and boundaries we face.
Already, the pursuit of our goals and the manner of our outreach has resulted in a spirit expansion for each of us – both outwards and inwards. The dream now is equally about making every woman feel like a true Queen of the inner empire – where faith in oneself reigns supreme. Where every woman can unapologetically be herself and bring forth her uniqueness, voice and purpose.
As we grow at ALL, we simply wish to stay true to our process of reaching out and reaching within, with soulfulness, acceptance, care, humanity, listening and service. Dedicated to this path and vision, we would want our vision of Oneness and ethos of ALLness to grow much larger to touch and uplift every aspect of our lives – social, civic, cultural, spiritual, economic and political.
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Select Speakers and Attendees from Past WEF events:

Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information and Broadcasting, India
Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of State (IC) Of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, India
Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Textiles, India
Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister for Railways, India
Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, India
Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Union Minister of State, Ministry of I&B, India
H.R.H. Princess Tessy of Luxembourg, Princess of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Upendra Kushwaha, Union Minister Of State for HRD in Government of India, India
Alenka Smerkolj, Minister for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion, Slovenia
Margarida Marques, Secretary Of State for European Affairs, Portugal
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Netherlands
Dr. Shiekha Hissah Saad, Princess of Kuwait, Kuwait
Judge Sanji Monageng, President of The Appeals Division, ICC, Netherlands
Judge Joyce Alluoch, First Vice President, ICC, Netherlands
H.E. Dinesh K. Patnaik, Deputy High Commissioner of India to United Kingdom, UK
The Rt. Hon Lord Swraj Paul P.C., Chairman, Caparo Group Limited, UK
Lord Raj Loomba, Founder of The Loomba Foundation, UK
Ram Bilas Sharma, Cabinet Minister, State of Haryana, India
Mr. Priyank M. Kharge, Minister of State for Tourism, Information Technology & Bio Technology, State of Karnataka, India
Dr. Ayesha Bin Ali Al Sayyar, Assistant Vice-Minister for Educational and Central Activities Department at The Ministry Of Education, UAE
Digvijaya Singh, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, General Secretary of the Indian National Congress Party, India
Huda Al Matroushi, Executive Board Member, Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council, Abu Dhabi
Karsten Klein, Deputy Mayor of Economic Affairs, Harbours, Welfare and Health, Netherlands
Virendra Sharma – British Labour Party Politician and MP, Ealing Southall, UK
Basavaraj Rayareddy, Minister for Higher Education Govt of Karnataka, India
Dr. Kiran Bedi, Governor of Puducherry, India
Marija Ausrine Pavilioniene, Former MP and Activist, Lithuania
Ms. Sania Mirza, Indian tennis player, India
Madhur Bhandarkar, Indian Film Director, India
Vidya Balan, Indian Film Actress, India
Sonali Bendre, Indian film actress, India
Subhash Ghai, Indian Film Director, India
Aditi Rao Hydari, Indian Film Actress, India
Pernia Qureshi, Indian Fashion Entrepreneur, India Shilpa Shetty, India Film Actress, India
Krishika Lulla, Indian Film Producer, India Anuradha Paudwal, Indian Playback Singer, India
Kartikeya Sharma, Founder and Promoter of ITV Network, India Subhash Chandra, Chairman, Essel Group & Zee, India
Manoj Kohli, Executive Chairman at SoftBank Energy, India Naina Lal Kidwai, Country Head at HSBC, India
Yasmina Azhari, Managing Partner at Al Yam International for Businessmen Services, UAE
Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, President, Women for Water Partnership (WFWP), Netherlands
Rajive Kaul, Former CII President & Chairman, NICCO Group, India
Sanjay Jhunjhunwala, CEO, Mani Group, India
Betty Devita, Ceo, Mastercard Labs, USA
L.S. Nayak, Ceo, Viacom18, India
Fernanda Vicente, President, Mujeres del Pacifico, Chile
Tabatha Moraes, CEO, Rede Mulheres Que Decidem, Brazil
Agatha Amata, CEO of Inside Out Media Ltd, Nigeria
William N. Bissell, MD at Fab India, India
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder of Paytm Mobile Solutions Private Limited, India
Gina Rinehart, Executive Chairman, Hancock Prospecting Group and Roy Hill, Australia
Dr. Betty Young President, Hocking College, USA
Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, MD at Tototheo Maritime Group, Cyprus
Umang Bedi, Managing Director – India & South Asia at Facebook, India
Shri. Swami Ramdev Yoga Guru & Founder, The Patanjali Group of Institutions, India
Dragana Vujovic Djermanovic, Chief Strategy Officer at Bee Premium Group
Serbia Rina Dhaka, Fashion Designer, India
Penny Simmonds, CEO of The Southern Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Anurag Batra, Chairman & Editor in Chief – BW Businessworld, India
Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director of The New Indian Express, India
Bhupendra Chaubey, Managing Editor CNN- Network 18, India
Arundhati Bhattacharya, Managing Director & CEO, SBI Mutual Fund, India
Lalit Bhasin, Managing Partner, Bhasin & Co., India
Jo Pennycuick, Managing Director, Redesign Group, New Zealand
Mairead Healy, CEO of Future Voices, Ireland
Emanuela Donetti, Director of Urbano Creativo, Italy
Gina Otto, Award Winning Author of Cassandra’s Angel, USA
Marilyn Heib, CEO of Bettervest Gmbh, Germany
Savannah Maziya, Chief Executive- Bunengi Holdings Ptv. Ltd, South Africa
Marie-Noelle Besancon, President of Guests at Festin La Maison Des Sources, France
Nezha Alaoui, Founder of The Mayshad Woman Lifestyle, Morocco
Marie-Claude Machon, BPW International Permanent Representative to UNESCO,
France Jennifer Lu, Tianjiu Happiness Holding Group, China
Mira Kulkarni, MD, Forest Essentials, India
Batul Dadabhai, Owner, Arabian Neon, Bahrain
Alka Dhillon, Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Technalink, Inc., USA
Netta Ness, Owner, Chance Management Ltd, Israel
Reiko Abe, President of Oriental Consultants Part of Ackg Ltd., Japan
Pallavi Gupta, Co-Founder of Mast Kalandar, India
Debra Langley, Executive Director at Blackrun Ventures, Singapore
Sonal Kalra, National Editor – Entertainment & Lifestyle, Hindustan Times, India
Mehr Tarar, Journalist, Pakistan
Shereen Bhan, Cnn-Ibn Tv18, India
Rita Henley Jensen, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Women’s ENews and Arabic Women’s ENews, USA
Xenia I. Loizidou, Founder- Director Isotech Ltd, Civil/Coastal Engineer, Cyprus
Tatyana Zrelova, The Committee of 20, Russia
Charity C Lumpa, Board Chairperson, Zanaco Plc., Zambia
Demet Sabanci Çetindoğan, Chairwoman of Mediasa, Turkey
Breege O’donoghue, Executive Director at Penneys/Primark, Ireland
Antonieta Beguerisse, Founder Of Beguerisse Consultores, Mexico
Anat Bernstein-Reich, Chairperson, Israel-India Chamber of Commerce, Israel
Catherine Cullen, President of UCLG Culture Committee, France
Dr. Ora Setter, Spiritual and Business Coach, Israel
N.R. Narayana Murthy, Indian It Industrialist & Co-Founder of Infosys, India Ketan Makwana, Executive Board Member of Talent finders, UK
Dhruv Agarwala, Founder Proptiger, India
Priya Hingorani, Senior Partner, Hingorani & Associates Law Firm, India
Dr. Ora Setter, Spiritual and Business Coach, Israel
N.R. Narayana Murthy, Indian It Industrialist & Co-Founder of Infosys, India
Harsh Goenka, Chairman of Rpg Enterprises, India
Naveen Jindal, Chairman of Jindal Steel & Power Limited, India
Malvinder Mohan Singh, Executive Director of Fortis Health Care & Religare Group, India
Mukul Singhal, Principal at Saif Partners, India
Shekhar Gupta, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of ThePrint, India
S Venkat Narayan, Multimedia Journalist, India
Siddharth Zarabi, Executive Editor at Bloomberg TV India, India
Anton Philips, Founder, Stichting Emergo, Netherlands
Genna Elvin, Co-Founder at Tadaweb, Luxembourg Madhu Neotia , Food Trendsetter, India
Preeti Goenka, Executive Committee Member of The Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Kolkata, India
Sunita Bhuyan , Music for Wellness, Leadership and Change, India
Krishna Pujara, CEO, Saheli, UK
Bickram Ghosh, Indian tabla player, India
Hemant Kanoria, Chairman & MD, Srei Infrastructure Finance Ltd., India
Jan Morgan, Managing Director at Grosvenor International, UK
Sarosh Zaiwalla, Founder at Zaiwalla & Co. Solicitors, UK
Jan Gooding – Brand Director at Aviva, UK
Sophie Walker – Leader of Women’s Equality Party, UK
Janneke Niessen – Co-Founder at Improve Digital, Netherlands Harsh Mariwala, Chairman, Marico Ltd, India
Lila Poonawalla, Founder, Lila Poonawalla Foundation, India
Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, Founder Chairman of M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, India
Shikha Sharma CEO of Axis Bank, India
Sulajja Firodia Motwani, Founder & CEO of Kinetic Green Energy & Power Solutions Limited, India
Dr. Jennifer Riria, Group CEO, Kenya Women Holding, Kenya
Nishi Vasudeva, Ex – Chairman & Managing Director of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, India
Kamila Rubaninska, AT&T EMEA Women’s Network COO & AT&T EMEA Director of Operations, Czech Republic
Manoj Kohli, Executive Chairman at Softbank Energy, India
Amit Goel, Vice Chairman, The Pioneer, India
Seema Goswami, Journalist, Author, Columnist, India
Anita Nayyar CEO India & South Asia, Havas Media, India
Parul Sharma, Assistant Vice President, Star India Pvt Ltd, India
S.M. Khan, Director General, Registrar of Newspapers for India, India
Venky Venkatesh, CEO, The Press Trust of India, India
Rajiee M Shinde CEO at PTC Punjabi, PTC News, PTC Chakde, India
Dr. Blossom Kochhar, Founder, Aroma Magic, India
Sabina Chopra, CEO, RCI: Wyndham Group, India
Anshu Gupta, Founder, Goonj, IndiaDr. Pinky Anand, Indian Lawyer, India
Boutheina Ben Yaghlane Ben Slimane, Chief Executive Director, Caisse Des Depots ET Consignations, Tunisia
Laura Moschini, University Roma3 from Rome, Italy
Lucia Lucka Klansek, Entrepreneur, Business Developer, Investor, Philanthropist, Slovenia
Sunita Kohli, President of K2india, India
Dr. Neslyn Watson Druee, Prof. Executive Coach, UK
Bhanumathi Narasimhan, Director of Women Empowerment and Child Welfare Programs of The Art Of Living, India
Dr. Sumita Misra, IAS Principal Secretary Department of Tourism Govt of Haryana, India
Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, President, Divine Shakti Foundation, Parmarth Niketan, India
Dr. Lalit Khaitan, Managing Director of Radico Khaitan Ltd, India
Ofra Abramovich, Founder of Mamanet – Mothers League, Israel
Dr. Nisha Agrawal, CEO of Oxfam India, India
Tristan Beau De Lomenie, General Manager Delegate – Pullman & Novotel Delhi Airport at Accor India, India
Rakhi Sarkar, Founder, CIMA Art Gallery, Kolkata, and Biennial CIMA Awards – Kolkata Art Festival, India
Dr. Ashok Seth, Chairman & Cardiologist In Fortis Escort, Delhi, India
Dr. Chiara Hensley, AVP, Eastern Michigan University (Assistant Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Eastern Michigan University), USA
Prof John Varghese, Principal, St Stephen’s College, India
Dr. Suman Sharma, Principal, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, India
Dr. Pratibha Jolly, Principal at Miranda House, India
Sister Janet, Superintendent, St. Patrick’s Junior College, Agra, India

Five Post-Election Loving Actions To Save the World

By Laura E. Adkins, Contributing Network Editor, Jewish Daily Forward
lauraeadkinsI have nothing profound to say on this day after the 2016 General Election, but here are some things we can all do that will make a difference.

  1. Call your mother, tell her that you love her and that no, all her work was not in vain, even though yes, it’s still an old boy’s club and a white man’s world.
  2. Call your friends of color, your friends in the LGBTQIA+ community, your Muslim friends and Hispanic friends and Jewish friends and female friends and tell them that yes, it will be a helluva ride, but you’re riding with them and this country’s been through worse.
  3. Call your local progressive charities, houses of worship, low-income public schools and sign up for a volunteer shift and commit a little more money.
  4. Don’t call your stockbroker because no, he didn’t see this coming and no, there’s nothing he can do anyway.
  5. Close the Nefesh B’Nefesh and the ministry of Canadian tourism and the “13 islands that cost less than NYU” tabs on your browser because no, you’re not allowed to leave. Your country has never needed you more.

As Rabbi Nachman of Bratslov said, “The whole world is a very narrow bridge; the important thing is not to be afraid.” My heart is broken, but my resolve is steeled to do whatever I can to make the next four years less hellish for all of us.

59 Million More Cracks in that Glass Ceiling!

hillary_clinton_official_secretary_of_state_portrait_cropHow ’bout that Hillary? Tough as a boot made of elephant hide, a lightning rod for criticism, she has hung in there all these years and  almost achieved her goal. Whether running the race of her life for the highest office in the land is a reward or a punishment depends on your point of view, but we all owe her thanks for continuing to attack that last, highest glass ceiling for women. May her all-out run inspire those who supported her to rise from the gloom of defeat to celebrate the two centuries of organizing, education and resistance that made a major party’s nomination of a woman possible. She lost by fewer than 140,000 votes out of 118 million. Most of all, may Hillary Clinton’s journey help EVERY woman believe in her own ability to map out her intention, step through the doors of power and assume leadership in her life.
For all its flaws, limps, lumps and warts, our political system is still a beacon of hope for the entire world. Unlike other systems, in which winners routinely imprison or kill their losing opponents, their families and supporters, our system enables a peaceful transfer of power. Despite the usual annoying slime of accusations, name-calling, and panicked predictions of disaster (none of which is new or unique to the USA) we must all work to help our union emerge from the fray intact —again.
This is a result of the collective common sense and wisdom of the American people. We have rarely elected someone from the same party to replace a sitting president, instead preferring to toss the White House back and forth like a ball in a tennis match. Thanks to the checks and balances of the founding fathers (yes, those old white guys) the built-in inefficiencies of the system make our ship of state turn slowly, thank goodness. Like a sailboat tacking across an ocean, we steer left then right, back and forth, and over time our country moves slowly forward.
The truth is no single person or party has all the good ideas. Families, businesses and nations work better and endure longer when all members contribute ideas and feel valued and heard. People on both sides of the political spectrum feel angry and left out of our current system, and their concerns will be addressed. This country really does belong to all of us, and much as we might like to take our ball and go home when something doesn’t go our way, that just means the ship will sail on without us. We have the power to right the wrongs that irritate or enrage us, if we organize and persuade other voters.
For those who did not prevail this time — better luck in the midterm elections in 2018!
We are SO lucky to live in the USA.
~Maggie Castrey, Women Connect4Good Team Leader

A New Women's Movement?

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If you want to be part of the women-helping-women movement, there are specific tactics that help unlock your power. The coauthor of Leading Women shares 10 of them.
Santa Barbara, CA (January 2015)—For women, the picture has never been rosier. For one thing, we are making huge strides in the business world. In fact, according to American Express OPEN, between 1997 and 2014 the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. increased by 68 percent—a rate 1½ times the national average. We currently attain more college degrees than men, and in several countries we even hold the highest office in the land.
So yes, we’ve come a long way, baby—and according to psychologist Dr. Nancy D. O’Reilly, we’re on the cusp of a new women-helping-women movement that’s going to propel us to even greater heights.
“Women’s power and influence are set to explode,” says O’Reilly, who along with 19 other women, cowrote the new book Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life (Adams Media, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-440-58417-6, $16.99, www.drnancyoreilly.com). “We have the natural skills needed in a global economy that values collaboration and innovation. And now that we’re figuring out how to work together, we’re going to be truly unstoppable.”
O’Reilly says we should celebrate women’s accomplishments in this male-dominated culture, even though we still earn less than men, the ERA is still not law, and millions of our sisters around the world suffer violence at staggering rates. And while we still face barriers—in getting credit for our ideas, making our voices heard, claiming and using our power—we need to realize that, in many ways, we’ve been our own worst enemies.
“In the past some women have allowed low self-esteem and fear to drain their power and block the amazing connections they could have been making,” admits O’Reilly. “Or we’ve been intimidated by media portrayals of women who look perfect and ‘have it all.’ We felt we could never measure up and we’ve been obstacles for other women instead of role models and sponsors.
“But now the pendulum is swinging the other way, and a whole new movement has begun,” she says. “Women have finally realized that connection and collaboration, not competition, is the answer. We’re saying ‘no’ to the scam and yes to the sisterhood of women out there who are passionate, full of purpose, and driven to change the world.”

20 Nationally Acclaimed Women Authors Share How to Break Free of Women’s Traditional limitations

In her book O’Reilly has brought together 20 nationally acclaimed women authors to share their real-life advice for breaking free of women’s traditional limitations in work and community. Coauthors include New York Times and Amazon best-selling authors, corporate coaches, an Emmy Award-winning television host, and more.
If you want to be part of the women-helping-women movement, here are specific insights and techniques for unlocking your personal power and creating a better world. (These tips are excerpted from Leading Women; the chapter title and the author of each chapter are listed below each one.)

Get fluent in the language of power.

Avoid using long, indirect sentences. Why? Men ask for exactly what they want, and you should too. Also, say the first word. Set the tone and never apologize for what you are about to say. Finally, say the last word. In rough discussions, stick with it to the end.
—“From Oppression to Leadership: Women Redefine Power” by Gloria Feldt

Take to the podium (woman-style).

Take charge of your career by taking to the podium, which is truly the “head of the table.” Women excel at connecting with personal stories and reading nonverbal cues, so it’s easier for us to make adjustments based on audience reactions. Don’t waste time trying to assert dominance (as some speakers do). Get right to goal-oriented advice audiences want.
—“The Power of the Podium: Challenges and Opportunities to Be Seen and Heard” by Lois Phillips, PhD

Think strategically but act tactically.

Before jumping into a project, ask yourself, Will doing this add value? What is the most efficient way to do this? Should I do this or should I delegate the task?
—“Eight Key Ways Women Become Natural and Necessary Leaders” by Lois P. Frankel, PhD

Pay attention to the stories you’re telling yourself.

Stories can create great transformation, but they can also limit us and hold us in place. Are you telling yourself stories—about your family, your past, your abilities, your relationships—that are negatively affecting how you present yourself to the world? If so, what new, empowering stories of love, honor, and celebration could you be telling instead?
—“Transforming the Stories We Tell Ourselves as Women” by M. Bridget Cook-Burch

Inventory your personal courage.

Begin by asking yourself a few simple questions: Would you stay in a job you hate or do not believe in? Are you inclined to secure your physical safety despite great inconvenience? Are you prone to selling your soul (and you know it)? Awakening your personal courage begins with learning to stop and reflect so that you live from the inside—the bull’s-eye of your true being.
—“How Women Can Hit the Bull’s-Eye with Courage (Every Time)” by Sandra Ford Walston 

When you’re struggling, know that it’s for your greater good.

Things work out in their perfect order. They do not seem perfect when we are experiencing them, but they prepare us for the next stage. This mindset will get you through the present and will give you a sense of calmness about your current circumstances.
—“Four Lessons from a Tire Iron” by Lisa Mininni

Learn how to reframe what happens to you.

This opens you up to new possibilities and presents a more peaceful and satisfying way to live. For example, stop making (negative) assumptions and focus on what you can do to influence and create. If you are a nervous flyer, instead of obsessing about your fears, approach flying as an opportunity to meet new people, help others, and create fun experiences for yourself and others.
—“The Power of Perspective and Perception” by Kristin Andress

Cultivate good habits for a healthy body, mind, and spirit. 

For example: 1. Stay present. Tune into your senses and recognize something beautiful about your surroundings. 2. If you can’t figure out your purpose, ask your women friends who know you better than you know yourself. Often they can unveil your true feelings and skills. 3. Set a specific goal and time frame. Then, visualize yourself in the role you are trying to create. 4. Celebrate. Often, we don’t pause and truly enjoy our successes. Celebrate and honor your passion and purpose.
—“Ignite Your Life and Connect for a Better World” by Nancy D. O’Reilly, PsyD 

Take charge of your money. It will empower you to fund your beliefs, passions, and legacy.

Many women are uncomfortable with money. But denying its influence, hiding from its power, or pretending it doesn’t make a difference won’t get you where you want to go. Look into what drives your financial habits and choices. This will allow you to take charge and express your values and beliefs. 
—“Redefining Sex and Power: How Women Can Bankroll Change and Fund Their Future” by Joanna L. Krotz

Work to empower women in developing countries.

Identify women who are bringing about local change and then support them. This is the role of relatively prosperous women in the developed world. African women want the same opportunities to fulfill their potential that we take for granted. By failing to confront the imbalance of power that burdens women so unfairly, we guarantee that Africa will not prosper.
—“African Women Rising—Empowering the Agents of Change” by Rebecca Tinsley
“My coauthors and I want to help other women gain confidence and skills to overcome barriers and reach their goals,” says O’Reilly. “We see this as more than a book. It’s the vanguard of a movement in which women reach out and help each other to change their lives—and the world.”

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About the Author:
Nancy D. O’Reilly, PsyD, is an author of Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life and urges women to connect to help each other create a better world. As a licensed psychologist, motivational speaker, and women empowerment expert, O’Reilly helps women create the satisfying and purposeful lives they want to benefit themselves, their families, and their communities. To accomplish this, she devotes her energies to fulfilling the mission of the Women Connect4Good, Inc., foundation, which benefits from her writing and speaking services. O’Reilly is the founder of Women Connect4Good, Inc., and for seven years she has interviewed inspiring women for online podcasts available on her website.
For more information, please visit www.drnancyoreilly.com and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Book:
Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life (Adams Media, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-440-58417-6, $16.99, www.drnancyoreilly.com) is available at bookstores nationwide and from online booksellers.

This is Our Time

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Women, This Is Our Time: Six Ways to Take Your Power Up a Notch
Often, we allow our circumstances, routines, and self-imposed obligations to become barriers between ourselves and our dreams. Here, the coauthor of Leading Women offers insight into how you can reconnect with your power and create a more satisfying life.
Santa Barbara, CA (April 2015)—Statistics show there has never been a better time to be a woman. As of 2014, there were almost 9.1 million female-owned businesses in the United States, generating more than $1.4 trillion (yes, with a “T”) in revenue. The percentage of women who are household breadwinners is rising. Young American women are 33 percent more likely than their male peers to have earned a college degree by age 27. And around the world, women hold several of the highest offices in the land.
And yet, in practice, so many of us seem unsettled and wary of using our own power. We’re all too willing to hand it over to other people: our families, our friends, our employers, and more. What gives?
“Too often, women make choices that benefit everyone else in our lives instead of doing what we, personally, are passionate about,” says Dr. Nancy D. O’Reilly, who along with 19 other women, cowrote the new book Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life (Adams Media, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-440-58417-6, $16.99, www.drnancyoreilly.com). “We move in directions that take us further from our dreams. We rob ourselves of connections that could sustain us and of relationships that bring us joy.”
This isn’t surprising; after all, centuries (millennia, even!) of socialization have taught women that our primary role is to support and care for others. Even now this attitude is alive and well. (Consider the fact that while women continue to take on a greater role in the workforce, the amount of time we spend on housework hasn’t changed much at all in recent years.)
Well, enough is enough. O’Reilly wants this to be the year you finally stop living by default and start connecting to your passion. It’s your time, just as much as (and dare we say, more than) it is your husband’s, your children’s, or your boss’s.
“For many women, the biggest obstacle to claiming and using our power is that we aren’t completely sure how to tap into it and where to channel it!” points out O’Reilly. “We’ve been so busy devoting our time and energy to everyone else around us that we may not even know what we care about most deeply.”

Key to Igniting Passion and Purpose-Embrace Your Power

The only way to figure out what your passion is and to learn how to direct it is to purposefully turn your power up a notch. Here’s how:

Deliberately get uncomfortable.

No one ever did anything great by staying in her comfort zone. As anyone who has ever given birth to a child knows, passion is often born of pain! But exploring new territory can be scary stuff, and most of us will avoid it if we can. Unfortunately, by doing so, we also avoid growth. This is why it’s so important to not only push yourself but to engage with others who challenge you, make you think, and sometimes even make you angry.
“The messages that set us on fire are not always delivered in a positive way,” says O’Reilly. “Believe it or not, my own journey toward empowering and partnering with other women began with my high school counselor, who advised me to forget about college and look into secretarial school. Well, that advice ignited something powerful within me…but not in the way the counselor intended!”

No excuses: Start working out.

Don’t worry; O’Reilly isn’t going to harp on your BMI, cholesterol, or blood pressure (though those things are important). The fact is, if you feel tired, stiff, weak, or in pain, you are unlikely to take on that next ambitious challenge. The less you do, the less you can do.
“It takes stamina to push yourself out of your comfort zone!” O’Reilly notes. “And besides helping you build up the physical resources you need, exercise relieves stress, helps you relax, and produces the ‘happy hormones’ that keep you strong and resilient. In short, you must exercise to be at your best. And if you’re saying, ‘I don’t have time,’ well, I encourage you to think about it in terms of loving, respecting, and maintaining the one body and the one life you’ve been given.”

Move to Connecting 2.0.

The “connecting” too many of us do is of the “mile-wide, inch-deep” variety. But real connecting is not just about attending surface-level meet-and-greets and collecting hundreds of Facebook friends. It’s much deeper. It requires you to stop wondering, What can I get from you? and start thinking, What can we accomplish together?
This is Connecting 2.0, and making the shift changes everything, notes O’Reilly. How well we can truly partner with other people (especially with other women!) determines our success.
“Women inherently know how to make satisfying, mutually fulfilling connections,” O’Reilly points out. “As you seek out ways to collaborate with other great women, aim for a good mix of social networking, phone time, and face time. And remember, this isn’t all about business. It’s also about building real relationships. Even introverts won’t mind doing this once they see how good it feels to connect this way.”

If you can’t figure out where to channel your power, look to your friends.

After years of doing what they think they should be doing instead of what they want to be doing, many women simply don’t know what their strengths and skills are. If this sounds like you, don’t strike out blindly. You won’t get far if you aren’t moving in a direction that’s aligned with your goals and values. (For instance, getting a professional certification in a career field that doesn’t fire you up might make you a better employee, but it won’t bring you closer to living your purpose.)
“Ask your women friends for advice,” O’Reilly advises. “In some ways, they know you better than you know yourself. They aren’t bogged down by your particular routine and worries, and they are in a better position to notice the things that make you smile and that you’re inherently good at. What do your friends admire about you? What do they encourage you to accomplish?”

Practice staying present.

How often have you “lost” a few minutes…or a whole hour…or even more ruminating on something that happened in the past or worrying about what might happen in the future? The point is, whether you can’t stop thinking about an argument you had with your teenager or are concerned about how a client will respond to your proposal, you aren’t focusing, creating, doing, or developing right now.
“When you can learn to stay present, you’ll fret less and become more powerful,” says O’Reilly. “And it’s ironic that so many of us struggle to stay present because it really is the simplest, most natural thing in the world. It happens through the senses—all we need to do is tune in to what we’re seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and tasting right now.
“Challenge yourself to notice something beautiful about your surroundings,” she adds. “Allow yourself to feel grateful for it. Gratitude awakens us, and when we’re awake, we can see our opportunities and rise to our challenges instead of obsessing about our barriers and failures.”

This year, do one thing to change the world.

When you are able to observe a positive difference in the world because of something you did, you’ll tap into a powerful well of motivation. You don’t have to solve world hunger or found an orphanage; in fact, O’Reilly encourages you to start small. For instance, organize a panel of successful female entrepreneurs to speak to a local women’s group. Start volunteering at a local animal shelter. Or simply start picking up the litter you encounter on your walks through your neighborhood.
“A few years ago, I had the privilege of meeting the Dalai Lama,” O’Reilly shares. “He impressed me when he said that the future of the world rests in the hands of Western women, but we would be able to fulfill this destiny only when we wake up. I so believe this, and I also think the opposite is true—changing your corner of the world for the better invigorates your whole being. It’s an amazing way to access your power.”
“Once you take those first few jarring steps forward and stop living by default, connecting to your purpose will become incrementally easier,” concludes O’Reilly. “You’ll begin to notice other women and men around you who are moving in similar directions. You’ll feel the joy and satisfaction of doing something deeply meaningful. And you’ll want to do more.”

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About the Author:
Nancy D. O’Reilly, PsyD, is an author of Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life and urges women to connect to help each other create a better world. As a licensed psychologist, motivational speaker, and women empowerment expert, O’Reilly helps women create the satisfying and purposeful lives they want to benefit themselves, their families, and their communities. To accomplish this, she devotes her energies to fulfilling the mission of the Women Connect4Good, Inc., foundation, which benefits from her writing and speaking services. O’Reilly is the founder of Women Connect4Good, Inc., and for seven years she has interviewed inspiring women for online podcasts available on her website.
For more information, please visit www.drnancyoreilly.com and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Book:
Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life (Adams Media, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-440-58417-6, $16.99, www.drnancyoreilly.com) is available at bookstores nationwide and from online booksellers.

Women-Helping-Women Movement Is All About Connecting

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Making meaningful connections with other women can change your life (not to  mention the world). Problem is, many of us don’t know how—or where—to do it. Dr. Nancy D. O’Reilly offers 11 tips to help you improve your connecting skills.
Santa Barbara, CA (February 2015)—Competing with other women is out. Connecting with other women to share ideas, work together on projects, and offer support is in. The changes brought about by the global economy have made collaboration and innovation “must-have” skills, and the great news is that women tend to be naturals at them. And that, says licensed psychologist Dr. Nancy D. O’Reilly, is why the women-helping-women movement is really picking up steam.
“We’re making a shift to what I call ‘Connecting 2.0,’” says O’Reilly, who along with 19 other women, cowrote the new book Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life (Adams Media, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-440-58417-6, $16.99, www.drnancyoreilly.com). “It’s more meaningful than the ‘mile-wide and inch-deep’ type of connecting we associate with social media. It’s based on sharing and co-creating, not self-interest. It’s authentic, it feels good, and it works.”

Expanding Women’s Network of Resources to Support Women

This deeper approach to connecting works so well, in fact, that we are creating an ever-expanding network of resources offering expertise and support to women in business, government, education, philanthropy, and other fields. The idea is not just to advance our careers and make money, but to make life itself richer, more exciting, and more creative.
“This is more than a trend; it’s a movement—and women are loving it,” says O’Reilly.  “More and more smart, amazing women are connecting to help their ‘sisters’ live their very best lives. These likeminded women are passionate about making the world a better place—so they are finding one another and building strong, supportive communities.”
The women-helping-women movement is nothing like the phony, self-serving, let’s-exchange-cards-and-move-on networking that most of us hate. Sure, connecting with other women does pay off in amazing ways, but the rewards flow organically from our “feminine strengths” and a genuine desire to make a difference in the lives of others.
You may be wondering, Where do I sign up? The answer is “everywhere.” This is not some exclusive club—it’s open to all women with passion, enthusiasm, and a yearning to live a richer, more fulfilling life and maybe even change the world. But O’Reilly knows you may not be used to thinking this way. That’s why she offers the following tips:

First things first: Aim for a good mix of online and face-to-face connecting.

It’s easy to send an email message, and it’s really easy to like, to share, to follow in the world of social media. That’s why so many women do it. (It’s easy to push a key or click a mouse after all.) And while there is nothing wrong with social media, it’s also no substitute for real-world human interaction. The women-helping-women movement depends on both types of connecting: virtual and face-to-face.
“If you’re burning up social media, consider taking an online contact offline,” she advises. “Tell her you’d love to meet her for lunch the next time she’s in town. Conversely, if you’re proudly ‘old school’ and are neglecting your social media presence, dive in. You really need a foot in both worlds.”

Join a new group that interests you and really attend the meetings. Make them a priority.

It doesn’t matter what activity it’s based on. This may be a book circle or a kayaking club or a community cause. What’s important is that you’re getting together with other women who share a common interest—and that you go to meetings and events often enough to let these strong connections develop.
“It’s the shared passion for the activity that generates the connections,” notes O’Reilly. “And those connections take on a life of their own. You may end up forging alliances, finding jobs, winning clients—even though that’s not the ‘purpose’ for the group.”

Get on a different team at work.

We tend to stick to our comfort zone. But shaking things up from time to time keeps you sharp and puts you in the path of exciting new people. When you work with women you don’t know on projects you’re unfamiliar with, you will learn, grow, and often discover vital new talents and interests.

Get involved in a philanthropic cause that speaks to your heart.

Women who care enough about others to volunteer their time, talents, and treasure are the kinds of women you want to meet. They tend to be “other-oriented” and want to make new connections, too. So whether your “cause” is homeless animals, kids with cancer, adult literacy, or clean oceans, get involved.
“I actually met the 19 women who cowrote the book through my Women Connect4Good, Inc., foundation,” she adds. “In fact, the book is living proof of the kind of collaboration that happens when women make connections based on their desire to serve.”

Think about what you need to learn. Seek out mentors who can help you learn it.

Let’s say you have a small catering company specializing in weddings, parties, and family reunions. You’d like to expand into the healthcare conference arena but know nothing about the field. You might reach out to someone who plans such conferences and offer to trade services—perhaps cater an upcoming event for free or for a greatly reduced price—in exchange for the chance to learn and get a foot in the door.
“You’re not asking for something for free,” notes O’Reilly. “You’re also bringing something to the table. Who knows: Her clients may love your fresh approach, and it could result in the two of you starting a whole new venture.”

Likewise, give back to women who need your expertise.

In other words, don’t just seek out mentors. Be a mentor to women who can benefit from your knowledge and experience. It’s “good karma” and it can pay off in unexpected ways.

Take a class. (And don’t just sit there; talk to your neighbor.)

Whether it’s continuing education for your job, a creative writing class at the local community college, or even a martial arts training session, actively pursue new knowledge and skills. This will bring new and interesting women into your life—women who, just by being there, show that they have a zest for life and learning.

Volunteer your speaking services.

Yes, yes, you hate public speaking. Many women do. But taking to the podium is a powerful way to get your voice heard, to build up your confidence, and of course to make new connections with those who hear you speak. And there are many civic and service organizations—like the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club—that need speakers.

Handpick five to ten powerful women in your community and ask them to participate in an event.

This might be a roundtable discussion that takes place at an industry conference or a community fundraiser, for example. And don’t think that busy, important women won’t have time for you, says O’Reilly.
“Remember, women love sharing stories, best practices, and ideas,” she says. “You might be surprised by how many will say yes.”

If you’re invited, go.

When someone invites you to an event or gathering—whether it’s an industry trade show, a party, or a hiking trip—go if you can. Yes, even if you’re tired, out-of-sorts, and feeling blah.
“Say yes if it’s remotely possible,” advises O’Reilly. “There are always reasons to say no and some of them are good reasons. But overall, life rewards action. Life rewards yes. The more times you say yes, the more connections you will make. The more connections you make, the richer and more creative your life will be.”

Set a goal to meet “X” new women per month.

Insert your own number, depending on your circumstances and personality. Hold yourself to this number (it will help greatly to keep track in a journal or calendar). If you take this metric seriously, you’ll figure out how to make it happen. And while meeting isn’t the same as connecting, it’s the essential first step.
“Let’s say your goal is to meet five new women this month, and it’s the last day of the month and you have two to go,” says O’Reilly. “You can always pop into the spin class at your gym, or maybe go to an open house or political rally. While you’re there, of course, strike up conversations with at least two women and introduce yourself.” Voilà! You’ve met your goal!
While women are naturally good at connecting, it doesn’t happen automatically, notes O’Reilly. We really do have to make an effort.
“Most of us are so busy and overwhelmed that we just don’t make it a priority to connect with other women,” she says. “We really do have to be deliberately purposeful about it. The benefits of connecting with other women are incredible, so we owe it to ourselves—and each other—to make it happen.”

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About the Author:
Nancy D. O’Reilly, PsyD, is an author of Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life and urges women to connect to help each other create a better world. As a licensed psychologist, motivational speaker, and women empowerment expert, O’Reilly helps women create the satisfying and purposeful lives they want to benefit themselves, their families, and their communities. To accomplish this, she devotes her energies to fulfilling the mission of the Women Connect4Good, Inc., foundation, which benefits from her writing and speaking services. O’Reilly is the founder of Women Connect4Good, Inc., and for seven years she has interviewed inspiring women for online podcasts available on her website.
For more information, please visit www.drnancyoreilly.com and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Book:
Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life (Adams Media, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-440-58417-6, $16.99, www.drnancyoreilly.com) is available at bookstores nationwide and from online booksellers.

Why Leading Women Are Better for Congress

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Santa Barbara, CA (March 2015)—A new study from Quorum shows that women in Congress are working hard (and together) to make real progress. In addition to other impressive statistics, the startup reports that women in the Senate are more active than their male counterparts, with individual women senators introducing 96.31 bills on average to the men’s 70.72 bills. They’re also more successful—2.31 bills created by female senators were enacted over the last seven years compared to only 1.57 bills from male senators.
Dr. Nancy D. O’Reilly, author of Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life (Adams Media, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-440-58417-6, $16.99, www.drnancyoreilly.com), isn’t surprised by women lawmakers’ success.
“In Congress, in business, and in everyday life, women’s natural strengths are becoming more valuable,” says O’Reilly. “We’re embracing the sisterhood of women out there who are passionate, full of purpose, and driven to change the world.”
In her book, O’Reilly brought together 20 nationally acclaimed women authors to share their real-life advice for breaking free of women’s traditional limitations in work and community. Coauthors include New York Times and Amazon best-selling authors, corporate coaches, an Emmy Award-winning television host, and more.

Importance of Natural Feminine Skills to National and Global Leadership

“Women’s power and influence are set to explode,” says O’Reilly. “We have the natural skills needed in a global economy that values collaboration and innovation.”
What are those natural skills? O’Reilly pinpoints the “feminine” traits that women in Congress (and everywhere!) are using to their advantage.

Women are great collaborators.

A Bloomberg.com article that slices and dices Quorum’s findings points out that women in Congress cosponsor more bills with each other than do the men. An explanation, notes the article, could be that because there are fewer women in Congress, they form strong bonds that contribute to collaboration. An example is the monthly, bipartisan supper club for female senators. In fact, the club may have led to the impressive number of bipartisan, cosponsored bills from Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who cosponsored 445 bills with Democrats, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who cosponsored 200 bills with Republicans.
“Women are adept at creating conditions of mutuality, equality, and trust—all of which are necessary for team members to feel comfortable enough to share ideas and take risks,” observes O’Reilly. “When we join forces, the benefits have a powerful ripple effect that extends well beyond the original participants. No individual woman is as creative, skilled, or powerful as we are together.”

Women are willing mentors.

Among women senators, she’s known as “Coach Barb.” To the rest of the world, she’s the soon-to-retire, longest-serving woman in Congress, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). As “Coach Barb,” Mikulski became mentor to every woman who has been elected to the Senate in recent years. In the Bloomberg.com article, Sen. Mikulski explains that she brings the women senators in for her “Senate Power Workshop” where she explains “how to get started, how to get on the good committees for her state, and how to be an effective senator.”
Women know the significance of a helping hand, mutual support, and mentorship, and we value the satisfaction and meaning that come from aiding others.
“Giving your time, knowledge, understanding, empathy, and support to other people can have a huge ROI,” observes O’Reilly. “Be especially vigilant for opportunities to help other women by being a sponsor or mentor. This can lead to improved opportunities for both of you via reciprocity. Plus, it sets a positive example and is good karma. Helping other women claim their power and passion is always a sound investment. When the hands that rock the cradle join together, they really can rule the world.”

Women recognize the importance of “crossing the aisle.”

A 2013 Time.com article chronicles how in October 2013 women in the Senate crossed the aisle to end the government shutdown as Maine’s Susan Collins publicly implored the need to “come together” and Sen. Mikulski backed her up by voicing her willingness to compromise. The article reveals these public statements on the Senate floor were really the result of a bipartisan dinner attended by most of the Senate’s 20 women members that had taken place the night before in New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s offices. The women in the Senate had thrown down the gauntlet, and these first steps were what led to the eventual end of the government shutdown.
“It’s a natural human tendency to seek out and spend time with people who share our viewpoints, opinions, attitudes, and methods,” says O’Reilly. “But smart women recognize the importance of crossing the aisle. They seek out women who have skills and strengths they don’t already have. Remember that as long as respect and civility are present, debates and disagreements are a good thing. That’s how amazing, higher-level creativity is fueled.”

Women know progress comes from mutual respect.

The examples above show that women in the Senate have learned to work together despite their differences. Of course, the progress they’ve made together wouldn’t have been possible if they were also engaged in back-stabbing or name-calling. To prevent that kind of pettiness from derailing what they want to accomplish, the Time.com article points out that amongst women in the Senate there is an “unspoken rule” against publicly criticizing one another.
“Nothing squashes creativity and innovation faster than a perceived lack of respect for others’ opinions,” says O’Reilly. “And that is something women in Congress have come to understand when it comes to lawmaking. It isn’t always comfortable, but setting aside your original vision and staying open to 360-degree feedback is the best way to spot problems, work out kinks, and discover the most innovative ideas.”

Women know the importance of truly listening.

In the Time.com article, North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp suggests that women in the Senate are simply good at listening to one another.
“Being able to truly listen is a skill that all women should work to strengthen,” says O’Reilly. “Practice being interested rather than interesting. When you’re talking to someone new, ask her about herself and really listen to her answer.”
“What we’re seeing in Congress is a microcosm of what’s happening with women across the country,” says O’Reilly. “In the past, some women have allowed low self-esteem and fear to drain their power and block the amazing connections they could have been making. But now the pendulum is swinging the other way, and a whole new movement has begun. Women have finally realized that connection and collaboration, not competition, is the answer.”

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About the Author:
Nancy D. O’Reilly, PsyD, is an author of Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life and urges women to connect to help each other create a better world. As a licensed psychologist, motivational speaker, and women empowerment expert, O’Reilly helps women create the satisfying and purposeful lives they want to benefit themselves, their families, and their communities. To accomplish this, she devotes her energies to fulfilling the mission of the Women Connect4Good, Inc., foundation, which benefits from her writing and speaking services. O’Reilly is the founder of Women Connect4Good, Inc., and for seven years she has interviewed inspiring women for online podcasts available on her website.
For more information, please visit www.drnancyoreilly.com and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Book:
Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life (Adams Media, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-440-58417-6, $16.99, www.drnancyoreilly.com) is available at bookstores nationwide and from online booksellers.

DrNancy Loves Her Horses

Apolodore (lovingly known as Apollo) have fun riding in the barn at Springfield’s Chrishan Park.
Baby Sassy is just three weeks old and will turn gray like her mama.
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