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Creating A Crosswalk For Collaboration

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Sep 9, 2018 Advocacy, Career Mamma, Leadership, News, Program Management, Storytelling , , , 0 Comments

This week I was on a Skype call with a colleague who lives oversees and we were discussing the challenges of building an effective international work team. Knee-deep into our chat, I stated “it’s almost like we have to build a crosswalk, and develop a safe space for communication, to preserve and keep sacred all [...]

Ego Out!

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Mar 24, 2018 Advocacy, Career Mamma, feminism, Leadership, leadership transition, News, non profit transition, Storytelling 2 Comments

At a meeting with a colleague the other day, I was asked an insightful question, “How did you manage the strong personalities that surely emerged during board meetings at your agency, especially when you were planning to resign?” My colleague was referring to the time in my career when I transitioned to a full-time consultant [...]

If Only…

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Feb 3, 2018 Advocacy, Career Mamma, feminism, Grant Writing, Leadership, News, Photography, Storytelling , , 1 Comment

I like healthy competitions as much as the next person. Of course these days, competition takes on the form of an RFP (Request for Proposal) or a vote driven-crowd funding campaign to support programming for one of my non-profit clients. But back in the day, I was a fierce tennis competitor who had dreams of [...]

Why We March

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Jan 24, 2018 Advocacy, Career Mamma, feminism, Leadership, News, Photography, Storytelling , , , , , , , 4 Comments

This past Sunday, my daughter and I donned our thermal underwear, our pussy hats, (thanks Christy Hallas) and our warmest sweaters and headed downtown to the 2nd Annual Women’s March. We weren’t trekking to a big city like Manhattan or Washington D.C., we like to attend smaller marches, ones that are eight miles from our [...]

Unintentional Bridge Burning

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Jan 14, 2018 Advocacy, Career Mamma, feminism, Grant Writing, Leadership, Photography, Storytelling , , , , , , 0 Comments

Are you burning bridges without even knowing it? Are you confused sometimes when you get a less than enthusiastic reply from a donor, grant funder, supervisor, colleague, direct report or a vendor? Have projects that you thought were on course, suddenly explode, leaving you flabbergasted and defeated? If so, it may be time to examine [...]

Mompreneur and Mindfulness

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Jan 11, 2018 Advocacy, Career Mamma, digital story telling, feminism, Internship Wisdom , , , 0 Comments

Last weekend at the end of a two day video shoot, my tired tween spoke up and said, “I want my mom! I don’t want the producer, editor, or entrepreneur… I WANT MY MOM!”  There was no need for clarification about what she was articulating. She had been patient, accommodating, helpful and pleasant even though [...]

Third World, My World?

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Jan 7, 2018 Advocacy, Career Mamma, feminism, Grant Writing, Internship Wisdom, Leadership , , , , 10 Comments

In a recent meeting with a board member of an international non-profit, I was asked a question that stopped me in my tracks. “Grace, have you ever lived in a third world country?” My initial response was defensive, and mumbly, and I was immediately ashamed as I blundered through an explanation that was part apology [...]