Women Are Creating the Glass Ceiling & Have the Power to End It
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New Book Alert! Author of game changing books for women in leadership just released her latest!

Nancy Parsons shares exciting insights based on her firm’s research that reveal the true reasons why the glass ceiling exists and it is not what most people think. That’s why, despite the best intentions and investments in women in leadership programs, today’s solutions are not working.

It has been four decades since the Pregnancy Act went into effect in 1979 that prohibited women from being fired for getting pregnant. Yet, the sad truth is that although the barriers were supposedly lifted so many years ago, the glass ceiling continues to be an impenetrable barrier for most aspiring women leaders. Today, only 6.6 % of Fortune 500 CEOs are women and only 11% of women are top earners at these most profitable companies. Meanwhile, for more than a decade, women have consistently earned more bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees. The bottom line is that if we stay on the current trajectory, it will take approximately 400 years to attain just 50% of Fortune 500 CEO positions.

Parsons’ book is packed with great insights from women executives, top executive coaches, new global research, and practical solutions that will work to end the glass ceiling. These win-win approaches put an end to pointing fingers and playing the blame game. Women Are Creating the Glass Ceiling and Have the Power to End It provides breakthrough scientific research and fresh, tangible solutions that will work for women, men, and the organizations they serve to end the glass ceiling within a decade.

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Reinventing Yourself: Who Will You Be Post COVID-19?
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By Kimberlee Davis, host & founder of The Fiscal Feminist

There is no shortage of lessons to be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the economic and health adjustments we are all scrambling to make, a deluge of new challenges that have yet to be considered still looms around the corner.

As we navigate our way through these rough waters of financial hardships, stress and anxiety, let’s make sure to maintain our sense of control and handle the problems that we are empowered to solve. The best way to do this is by re-evaluating our finances, focusing on our long-term goals, and reflecting inward on our own identity.

From a corporate securities lawyer and an investment banker to an entrepreneur and stay-at-home mom, I’ve reinvented myself many times over. Some changes were for the better, others not so much. I’ve found that the key to making solid transitions is to start them in a quiet place like the unique setting of the quarantine.

With mouths to feed, bills to pay and immune systems to protect, taking stock on the bigger picture might seem like a low priority at the moment, but it really shouldn’t be. Ultimately, who we choose to be – either in business, in wealth, in family or just plain spiritually – will determine our paths forward out of this crisis. Amid the chaos and loss of control, our own sense of self is one of the few things we can control. Plus, sheltering in place gives us a unique opportunity to do some personal observation, self-reflection, introspection, and evaluation because we’re not losing time in the dash to in-person meetings and child soccer practices.

The first question that a lot of us get stuck on is: Where do we start? Having gone through several personal and professional re-inventions, myself, I have found great value in beginning with a deep exploration into my hierarchy of values. This consists of the following important questions:

  • What’s important to my emotional development as a person?
  • What’s important to my economic goals?
  • What’s important to my interpersonal relations and social/ethical perspective?

All three are equally important and must be looked at holistically and practically. We can stand back and look at our lives as they were pre-coronavirus, and examine if we were happy and if our finances survived. In our society we seem to be perpetually busy and for many of us, this outbreak has been a hard stop, forcing us to spend time with our loved ones, get comfortable being alone and taking a moment to think about the things that really matter.

Using this time to think about how your financial situation held up, ask yourself what areas can be improved upon. Did you have enough in your savings to cover a couple months of bills if you were to get furloughed from your job? Did you notice how much less money you were spending on frivolous things like your morning coffee? Taking this time to reflect and thoroughly comb through your spending habits and fiscal well-being will help you plan for the future and give you the knowledge and tools you need to make better choices after this is all over.

Having more idle time also allows us to enjoy ordinary activities such as reading, yoga, exercise, painting, listening to music, cooking and reconnecting with our interests. Instead of succumbing to the pressure and uncertainty, embrace the stillness and relearn how to be thoughtful.

Just because the pandemic is tragic – and, of course, it certainly is – does not mean that it is not also a great chance to spend more time together, talk without rushing and determine how we can continue this in a post-coronavirus environment. There may be wonderful recalibrations to consider which never would have been possible during the rat race of the so-called “normal” life we used to know.

We should all examine the strengths of our relationships and family to gauge how we are surviving as a wife, mother, friend and/or businesswoman. In this state of quiet, what do we value and how do we prioritize it among all the other noise?

While contemplating that answer, it is important not to undervalue your career goals. Often, women will assume financial freedom and professional ambition are lower priorities because of societal pressures. However, though we are free to choose other values as higher priorities, that does not mean that we have to.

To adjust your career path, take this opportunity to learn new skills and pursue interests that have been on the back burner. The internet is full of how-to videos and video-networking/coaching platforms that are just a click or swipe away. Use it as a tool for reinvention – not just a vehicle for killing time as we wait for the economy to reopen. Set specific and achievable financial goals taking one step at a time so as not to get overwhelmed and give up on your strategy in frustration.

Personally, I am rethinking my daily schedule from pre-coronavirus times. I have been taking a four- to five-mile walk at least four times a week, and I am committed to continuing that after we resume our new-normal lives. I am going to make exercise a non-negotiable priority. It clears my mind and gives me a positive attitude.

It is so important that you have good nutrition, get regular sleep, have regular physical exercise, have some down time, nurture your spirit and have some fun with the positive people in your life. Intentional self-care will reap many benefits, and it will increase your energy and sharpen your financial focus.

We all should be looking at our lives as a whole and reflecting on what changes we can be making to provide for a better tomorrow. In all our busyness, it’s too easy to lose track of what is really important. The excuse, “I don’t have time,” is no longer an option. For me it’s health, free time to pursue my interests and family. What is important to you?

Kimberlee Davis is the Host of The Fiscal Feminist, a podcast and platform about women and their relationship with money and finances. Her mission is to help all women of all ages and wealth levels embrace their responsibility to themselves to achieve solid financial footing in both calm and turbulent times. Kimberlee Davis has more than 25 years of finance, legal and corporate experience, her career has included being a corporate securities lawyer, investment banker, and Chief Financial Officer. Currently, she is Managing Director and Partner at The Bahnsen Group, a private wealth management firm.

Attitude + Breathing = Balance
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By Michelle Miller, national correspondent for CBS News

There are many professions that take time away from family and friends. And many employees juggling tasks, pushing deadlines and pivoting from one place to another. For me, between the 24-hour news cycle, email and internet, there is no clocking off the job.

But the key is attitude! Attitude is everything! And for the last 30 years, having a good one has been my best ally. Being able to manage your attitude, your mood, your outlook and your pace is crucial. Even in the toughest of circumstances, I’ll find a way to work through the emotion of what I’m dealing with. And sometimes, it can be overwhelming.
But nothing is more of a game changer than taking a breath. Think about that for a minute.

When I was a breaking-news correspondent, I never knew what was coming at me, where I might be headed or what story I may be covering. A heavy chest, a chasm of emotion – there are moments in between the routine coverage that catch us journalists cold.

What saved me was a method from the “BEAD Diet.” It encompasses a Chinese method of breathing called Qigong breathing. Breathe in for 3–5 seconds, hold, and breathe out slowly over 30 seconds. You do that three times, it helps center and calm you into relaxation. Every trigger of emotion seems lifted.

A brain scientist by the name of Mike Nickonchuk has written a book called The Field Guide for the Barefoot Psychologist. In it, he describes how the body reacts to trauma and ways individuals can help relieve triggers through certain exercises like breathing. It’s an incredible irony or perhaps the brilliance of our own biology, that the very thing essential to our existence is also tied to our emotional well-being.

In this life, I have found balance. And it’s a balance I fight for every day.
Work is actually the easiest of all my tasks in life, or at least it seems that way. And perhaps that is because I love what I do! Part of the reason I became a journalist is because I did not want to do the same thing every day. Routine is a comfort to most of my family – to me, not so much.

There is, however, routine to the madness of my chaos. On an average day you can find me sitting down writing a story, charting expenses, and making calls. But another technique that keeps me sane is getting up from that desk once an hour, climbing a few stairs to make the rounds, to talk to people, and to take a few moments to see that everybody is ok.

This does wonders for my stress relief, too. Because whether we are at work or at home, like it or not, we are members of a village, and the well-being of the self also depends on the well-being of the whole.

Generally, I am a happy person because I like my job. I generally go home in a better state of mind. Yes, I am tired, but I want to see my kids and husband. Making sure you fit in time with the important people of your life, budgeting that time is so important. So that is what I do. I make appointments with my children and husband. Everything is budgeted in my calendar so it has space.

I want to share the news of the day. I want to unplug from my phone, from social media, and engage real people. Keeping a positive attitude at work carries home and helps build my healthy relationships with my husband and children. It is near impossible to for someone to have a bad attitude at work and flip it around when they get home. Staying positive is the key.

Create a Live Video Community (and Why You Would Want to)
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There is a good chance that most people reading this have tuned into at least one live video over the last week. It’s something that is becoming increasingly popular, and is expected to continue to increase in popularity going forward. There are many good reasons why more influencers and businesses alike are turning to creating a live video community, and harnessing the power that it can offer. Now is the time to learn how to create a live video community and why it’s so important to do so.

“People are showing that they love live video and interacting with it in a big way,” explains Alexander Riesenkampff, the chief executive officer of GetVokl, a livestreaming platform. “We have helped many people build and grow their live video community, and know that as this field continues to grow, we will be helping many more.”

People tend to feel more urgency to watch a live video. Seeing that it’s live gets them interested. The area of live video offers a lot of potential for those who are brand influencers, businesses, or those who want to make a strong connection with their followers. Not only is viewing live video on the rise, but research shows that it tends to outperform recorded video.

Those interested in creating a live video community should spend a little time exploring how others have done it. GetVokl, for example, has many live communities that can be accessed, providing a good place to do a little homework and learn the ins and outs. Once you are ready to get started, GetVokl can help you create a larger community. They also make it easy to directly monetize the audience. The app allows each live video to be shown across multiple platforms at one time. This ensures that your video is live across all platforms, rather than being live on one and then having to post a recorded video to the others.

Here are 5 reasons why it’s a good idea to create a live video community:

  • Live video gives you the ability to increase engagement and interaction with your audience. It allows for immediate feedback and discussion. This helps to build authority, make a connection, and increase loyalty.
  • An effective marketing tool, creating a live video community can lead to an increase in sales and revenue. It gives all types of companies and influencers a way to increase their earnings.
  • Live video communities feel real and authentic. This is one of the reasons why people prefer it to recorded videos. Most recorded videos are heavily edited, yet people prefer the authenticity that comes with it being live.
  • There is a greater ability to make an impact when you engage in live video with your target audience. They can ask questions, provide immediate feedback, and get to know your personality more.
  • Audiences tend to watch for a longer period of time when the information is coming to them live, as opposed to in a recorded video. Keeping your target market watching longer makes for a more effective marketing experience.

“Creating a livestream community is something anyone can do,” added Riesenkampff. “Once you do it, you will see there are benefits. It’s like getting the chance to be with your people in the same room, even if they are thousands of miles away. Whether you hold Q&A sessions, offer how-to talks, host interviews, provide advice, or just offer fun looks into what you are doing, it leaves a powerful mark.”

GetVokl is an app that allows people to livestream across multiple platforms at one time. It’s free to use and ideal for podcasters, coaches, teachers, bloggers, reporters, or others who want their livestream to reach people on multiple platforms. It’s quick to set up and easy to use, requiring only minimal technical knowledge. GetVokl also features VCoin, which helps podcasters earn more money by letting people give tips or donations as the livestreaming takes place. To learn more about GetVokl or to download the app, visit the site: https://getvokl.com/.

 To learn more about how VCoin works, watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qroHqQY0IjY&feature=youtu.be.

About GetVokl:
GetVokl is a free livestreaming community platform built for podcasters, livestreamers, and hosts to unleash the potential of their audiences through interactive live shows that inspire and create vibrant communities. GetVokl allows a livestream to be broadcast over multiple social media platforms at one time. Join or create your live video community. To learn more about GetVokl, please visit https://about.getvokl.com.

Virginia’s New Slogan should be “Virginia is for all Lovers”
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On April 11, Virginia became the most progressive state in the southern United States in just two days. Virginia’s governor, Ralph Northam, signed the “Virginia Values Acts,” which will expand and clarify the protections of the LGBTQ+ community.

The Act specifically details the protections that the LGBTQ+ community has against employment, housing, and credit discrimination as well as protections of transgender students in the school system. Additionally, the act gives a non-binary option for driver’s licenses, expanded the definition of LGBTQ+ hate crimes, and makes the process of changing the gender on official documents an easier process.

The Virginia Acts Bill is only one of the many progressive bills that Governor Northam has passed this year. Along with about 16 other laws put in place to support the LGBTQ+ community, Governor Northam has also passed laws that protect reproductive rights and call for a stricter protocol on gun ownership.

The Virginia Values Act is set to take effect on July 1 and is widely supported by Virginia’s LGBTQ+ community. Northam is known by the community to be a longtime ally and vocal supporter of LGBTQ+ issues and legislation.

How to Celebrate Mother’s Day from Home
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Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and while we can’t go to a restaurant, or in some cases, even be close to each other, there are still plenty of ways we can celebrate the special women in our lives.

Here are three of our favorites.

1) Host a Zoom Get Together

Host a Zoom meeting with your mom, siblings, and other family members during the time you would normally get together for Mother’s Day. Gathering all of your mother’s loved ones in one place, even digitally, is a great way for your mom to feel loved on Mother’s Day while also feeling safe.

2) Surprise Delivery!

Whether it be flowers, food, a handwritten card, or a thoughtful gift from a local business, utilizing delivery services is a fantastic way to show your mom you are thinking about her, even if you can’t be there in person. You can even Skype, FaceTime or talk on the phone while your mom receives her present!

3) Make her the Center of Attention

Gather your family together (either virtually or in person if you are self-isolating together) and have everyone talk about their favorite story about their mom. It can be a funny story they have shared, their favorite memory, or about what she means to you and how you appreciate everything she does. Taking the time to celebrate Mother’s Day will show the significant woman in your life how loved she really is.

 

BECOMING – OFFICIAL TRAILER
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BECOMING is an intimate look into the life of former First Lady Michelle Obama during a moment of profound change, not only for her personally but for the country she and her husband served over eight impactful years in the White House.

The film offers a rare and up-close look at her life, taking viewers behind the scenes as she embarks on a 34-city tour that highlights the power of community to bridge our divides and the spirit of connection that comes when we openly and honestly share our stories.

Film Release Date: May 6, 2020
Format: Original Documentary Feature

Directed by: Nadia Hallgren
Produced by: Katy Chevigny,
Marilyn Ness, & Lauren Cioffi
Co-Producer: Maureen A. Ryan
Executive Producers:
Priya Swaminathan & Tonia Davis

A NOTE FROM MICHELLE
I’m excited to let you know that on May 6, Netflix will release BECOMING, a documentary film directed by Nadia Hallgren that looks at my life and the experiences I had while touring following the release of my memoir. Those months I spent traveling—meeting and connecting with people in cities across the globe—drove home the idea that what we share in common is deep and real and can’t be messed with.

In groups large and small, young and old, unique and united, we came together and shared stories, filling those spaces with our joys, worries, and dreams.

*BECOMING is the third release from Higher Ground Productions and Netflix*

For more information about the documentary visit, netflix.com/Becoming.

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How to be a better Ally: Five Facts you need to know
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The Human Rights Campaign released a five-point fact sheet on what the public should know about the LGBTQ+ community and the issues they face every day.

Here are the facts:

  • There are about 10 million adults in the United States who identify as LGBTQ+. That’s over 4% of the population.
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 Population Survey, 16% of LGBTQ+ couples in the United States were also raising children.
  • There isn’t a federal law that properly or consistently protects those in the LGBTQ+ community from employment discrimination. Thirty U.S. states also don’t have a law to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, and 28 U.S. states don’t have a law to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.
  • In the 2017 Legislative session, there were more than 50 anti-LGBTQ bills that were filed in 19 states.
  • In 2015, there were 1,167 hate crimes that were reported to the FBI that stemmed from gender and sexual orientations. Many more are estimated to have occurred and not been reported.

To find out more about LGBTQ+ issues and the Federal Laws in place to protect the LGBTQ+ community, check out the links below:

The Human Rights Campaign Official Website

Federal Laws

The Chronic-ness of Disorganization
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By Regina F. Lark, Ph.D., CPO, NGLCC certified

Where are my keys? I don’t have time! Why am I always late? Is that due now?! Does this sound like you?

In the land of perfect order (wherever that land may be), keys are always nearby, our to do lists are completed daily, and we are always ahead of our busy schedules. Now, if this sounds like you, then you have probably ‘Marie-Kondoed’ your home or office to great effect (and admiration).

Here is a quick list of what we need to keep tidy: time; emotional, financial and management skills; the ability to plan, execute, and complete projects; prioritize easily; and not be susceptible to distractions or procrastination. An impossible dream list?!

In my eleven-year journey as a professional organizer, I’ve come to understand that many people have a hard time getting and staying organized. Most organizing books typically don’t ‘work’ for the people who need them the most. In fact, one of the first things we de-clutter when we start our work with a chronically disorganized (CD) client is her many books on how to get organized.

But if you’re the one asking the questions similar to those I posed above, I am going to bet that your workplace and homeplace contain clutter or at least feel disorganized, or both. And I imagine that clutter and chaos have been a part of your life for nearly the whole of your life. Being late or having clutter, or both, is likely having a negative impact on your life. No matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to maintain anything that looks like organized space. Hence, the chronic-ness of chronic disorganization.

My CD clients are particularly intellectual. They are successful, creative, talented, and people-oriented, with a broad range of knowledge and a wide range of interests. Many are fun and funny, compassionate, kind, considerate people. My chronically disorganized clients may have been diagnosed with ADHD, and/or depression, and/or other brain-based or neurological conditions. And they likely have a lousy sense of time. And honestly…I can’t think of a single book that will knock the chronic-ness out of their disorganization.

But I do have some ideas about thinking differently about the mess and clutter. First, if anything here resonates, become more curious about your brain and how you’re wired, starting with understanding your relationship with time. Google “time management for ADHD” even if you don’t have ADHD. The tips and strategies are useful to everyone. Second, if physical clutter is a problem, hire a professional organizer who is familiar with chronic disorganization. I’m not kidding. It’s a thing. De-clutter your entire house then schedule follow-up maintenance appointments until you start getting the hang of it. Third, look at your entire to-do list through the lens of delegation. What must come off of your plate and who else can do it?

Finally, and this is big, consider delegating the “emotional labor” parts of your life. Professional women are beginning to outsource a chunk of the physical labor required to manage a household (laundry and housecleaning services, grocery/meal delivery, etc.), but part of the territory of being a woman (professional or otherwise) has everything to do with the management of that which is not the physical labor of the household such as: grocery lists, pharmacy pick-ups, family birthdays, cupcakes, sympathy cards. The list is endless. Truly. For fun, ask your spouse or partner to list all the things they do around the house. You do the same. Now compare. What can you two agree on that will help even up the lists somewhat?

With some effort, concentration, and the support of a good professional organizer, habits and behaviors associated with CD actually do change. Best advice: focus on what you’re good at and/or what you enjoy, then delegate the rest. Your keys are calling!

 

5 Women Instagram At-Home Trainers To Follow
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Just because we’re practicing social distancing, it doesn’t mean we can’t work out. Our top five Instagram fitness instructors will help you get fit without any gym equipment:

  • @doyourrumble: Julia and Andy Stern are an Instagram fitness couple who showcase their cardio and strength workouts, especially through boxing. As COVID-19 has ordered many to isolate themselves, the two have taken to hosting daily, live training sessions on their Instagram page.

    Their workouts are mostly cardio and strength training, but all of it can be done without owning any type of gym equipment.

  • @theunderbellyyoga: Jessyman Stanley is a body positive writer, podcaster and yoga extraordinaire.

    She lives by the motto: “Yoga is for Every Body” and is currently offering a two-week free trial for her online yoga program.

  • @kayla_itsines: Kayla Itsines is a fitness trainer who understands what it’s like to balance the responsibility of being a mom with the responsibility of taking care of your body. Her Instagram is full of wonderful fitness routines.

    Itsines is also the owner of the free app, SWEAT: Kayla Itsines Fitness, the No. 1 fitness app for women.

  • @emilyskyefit: Emily Skye is the fitness and health instructor for the FIT Program, an online workout resource.

    Emily manages to teach others to stay fit while not only balancing the typical challenges from self-isolation but also doing so with a toddler and a baby on the way. Currently, the FIT Program is offering a 30-day free trial of fitness and health instruction.

  • @jenselter: Jen Selter is an online health and fitness trainer who does much of her training sessions with the @fitplan_app.

    Currently, she is holding Instagram fitness sessions of easy-at-home workouts on her Instagram stories to stay healthy in a time of isolation.

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6 ways to learn a foreign language for free while you’re sheltering in place for COVID-19
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Your always-home lifestyle presents an unparalleled opportunity to expand your language skills. Why not go immersive? French radio! German podcasts! Spanish recipes for dinner!

Or, you know, just brush up. Much of the world is stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now, the best intensive language programs in the world are free:

  • Rosetta Stone. The grandfather of language companies is offering free three-month subscriptions to learn any of 22 languages.
  • Babbel. The course hub just opened up three months of free classes in a dozen languages.
  • Fable Cottage. These fun audio and video stories in French, German, Spanish, and Italian are usually locked under subscription, but are now freely accessible.
  • Conjuguemos. This teachers’ mecca of games, activities, and worksheets in seven languages (including Latin and Korean) is perfect for building an awesome curriculum of the nuts and bolts—verbs, grammar, and vocab. Free during the outbreak.
  • iCulture. Don’t miss Carnegie Learning’s immersion package of videos, articles, and songs in French, Spanish, or German, which are free through June.
  • Mango. The company provides high-speed learning in 70 languages for companies and schools. Its online language portal is freely accessible.

Bonne chance!

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