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Ego Out!

Ego Out!

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...

If Only…

If Only…

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...

Why We March

Why We March

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...

Unintentional Bridge Burning

Unintentional Bridge Burning

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,...

Mompreneur and Mindfulness

Mompreneur and Mindfulness

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,...

Third World, My World?

Third World, My World?

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...

Until it Happens to You…

Until it Happens to You…

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...

Once a Sweeper, Always a Sweeper

Once a Sweeper, Always a Sweeper

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...

Flexible Response and a Plan of Action

Flexible Response and a Plan of Action

Disaster Recovery = Flexible Response + A Plan Of Action Pinellas County, Florida This month working with The Humane Society of Pinellas (HSP) we demonstrated that a big part of creating the smoothest and quickest path to recovery from the damage endured by Hurricane...

Manifesting the Turbulence Surrounding Us

Manifesting the Turbulence Surrounding Us

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,...

Risky Passion and the Making of an Artistpreneur

Risky Passion and the Making of an Artistpreneur

I have a question...how often do you consider your risk threshold or the pull of your passion? Do you even consider these factors? Do you weigh and balance how long you could dive headlong into that fire that keeps you up at night seeking a better way? I sure don’t. I...

WHY I DO IT!

WHY I DO IT!

For weeks now I've been trying to craft a list of encouraging and life changing reasons for folks to consider and to commit to taking on an important and essential volunteer leadership role. Just typing that sentence made me think of blah-blah tasks riddled with...

Coping with Confidence Paralysis

Coping with Confidence Paralysis

I finally fired off an email reply to an organization. This is not my first inquiry. It’s not an unsolicited email. It is a response to an almost year long quest to gain an interview (or series of interviews) with their experts for one of my programs (hopefully I’ll...

Chasing Creativity

Chasing Creativity

Last year, within three months of each other, my nephew and aunt died by suicide. For an undetermined period of time “my art” was on hold. The work that I did for my clients, and even for myself, had no space in my life. My pain had pushed aside the light, hope and...

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