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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 , , , , 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 [...]

Until it Happens to You…

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Nov 1, 2017 Advocacy, Career Mamma, feminism, Leadership, News, Storytelling , , , 2 Comments

Two experiences from yesterday are the impetus for this blog post, demonstrating that we have further work to do as a society to create places for respectable discourse and the exchange of opinions and ideas, and to eradicate sexism in all of our workplaces. In a meeting yesterday with executives who have high level positions locally [...]

Once a Sweeper, Always a Sweeper

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Oct 26, 2017 Advocacy, Career Mamma, digital story telling, Illustration, Leadership, Storytelling 2 Comments

Aaron Burr Jr. had some free advice for Alexander Hamilton in the now all-too-famous musical “Hamilton” created by Lin-Manuel Miranda.  In Scene One, Burr states immediately upon meeting Hamilton, “Talk less, smile more,” encouraging Alexander to become more of an observer and less of an over-communicator. Great advice in this day and age when everyone seems [...]

Manifesting the Turbulence Surrounding Us

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Sep 8, 2017 Advocacy, Career Mamma, Leadership , , 4 Comments

Spinning, spinning! Many of us have been dealing with an increasingly turbulent atmosphere that has presented as violent hurricanes, the announcement of the ending of the DACA program, a healthcare system in dangerous limbo, and public demonstrations of racist, threatening and viciously unkind human behavior. Even if we are not affected personally, many of us [...]