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What is a Female Executive? I am the one that makes the bread, weaves the fabric, creates the peace, negotiates the smiles, shuts it down and wakes it all back up. I am the Swiss Army Knife of mankind. I am the one that gives birth and keeps life goingwhether I have to nudge it with my heart, my mind, my blood or my foot! I keep the bass rhythm of life moving. I am that female that executes the needed, the necessary and the fantastic. I am THAT female executive.

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Welcome to the January issue of E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executives. The theme this month is Giant Steps featuring Dr. Peggy Whitson, the Fist women to command the International Space Station. We had the honor of interviewing Dr. Whitson and she was gracious in giving us candid answers about her amazing career journey. Dr. Whitson and several other women represented in this month’s issue highlight key global issues and Giant Steps in progress. I, initially published a different “Message from the Editor” and have changed it today based on an amazing debate that happened in London Parliament. (click here to watch) America is a Verb that Represents Ideals that Spill Over its Borders. Today, January 18, 2016 on the anniversary of Martin Luther king’s birthday, Parliament quoted Martin Luther King over a dozen times, in the context of debating whether to allow Donald Trump, the leading republican candidate to enter the country. This discuss was made possible after a petition that circulated through the country garnered over 500k signatures. This debate, while grated may only be a symbolic gesture, represents the integrity and ideas granted to America, by other countries. Our representation as carriers of human rights and ideals, our representation as a country continually struggling to balance its ideals with the patience it requires to actually implement them is really what is under discussion. As American, we must be mindful of what we actually do represent, our acknowledgement that these concepts are a work in progress and while we don’t have them perfected by any means, we must lean in the direction of perfecting these ideals especially in light of contradictory challenges. America is a verb and it’s our greatest banner in international relations. Countries around the world have valid complaints on many of our actions, but an equal or greater amount trust that we will ultimately step up to be the embodiment of oru own ideals. I hope you enjoy this issue.

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I am often asked ‘How can I get started online with

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A Blog (weB LOG) is a web journal/log where you can quickly talk to your audience without any need for web knowledge. It is as simple as going to Blogger.com Wordpress.com and setting up an account for free. (I recommend Wordpress - despite the fact Blogger is owned by Google because it’s the industry standard.)

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some money. 7. Make sure you are tracking statistics and monitor inbound traffic links. (You can use Google Analytics to do this.) 8. Take advantage of special features such as Podcast and video integration. 9. Post regularly. If you post articles you have written, you aren't necessarily creating new content every day but organizing where it goes. For a personal brand identity blog, daily is always good. If you are trying to become an authoritative blog, anywhere from a few times a week to daily is recommended. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


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10. Submit your Blog URL (Universal Resource Locator - i.e. domain name) to search engines. 11. Create and distribute a press release announcing your Blog. Continue to do this for major announcements that you post there as well. PR is an on-going animal, and is critical to the success of any campaign. 12. Join relevant social groups, forums and discussion threads and post comments that are helpful on social media and other appropriate blogs along with a link to your blog. 13. Make a point of finding other industry related blogs or authoritative sites and participate on these too by leaving comments and links. 14. Build a relationship with other bloggers, especially those that link to you. Bloggers are a tight knit community and are willing to help once you establish yourself as a person who is serious about your topic. 15. Mention popular bloggers or people in your niche by name in your Blog, the traffic will help you and serve as a keyword. 16. If you want to make money with your Blog add Google Adsense, Clickbank.com, Amazon or Ebay affiliate integration to your blog and even find products and people you like and add their complementary affiliate product offerings, and you've got double the pleasure for your blog. (I have affiliate products that may work on your site, just ask and I can help you set that up.) A Blog is an easy way to get started quickly for free, plus a jump start to get a good, fast ranking in the search engines versus the normal grind up the Google ladder when starting a new site. Google loves fresh, dynamic, relevant content and if that is what your blog contains, then instead of waiting months for Google to index you, it can be days. So get started and Blog Your Way to Becoming a Brand. Page 32 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

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Can You Hear Your Own Voice?

Our Voices... Can you hear your own voice? Funny question, right? I would have answered yes to this question before I learned about transition. In hindsight I now understand how incorrect that response would have been.

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define it. Their ideas ran the gamut including the sounds that are generated by vocal

We finally agreed to define voice for our purposes as our truth, our soul. An early research participant for my book defined it more completely by saying," It is an engaging narrative that illustrates the unique value you bring to the situations you care most deeply about." chords.

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Sometimes it is difficult to see the influences. For example, have you ever heard someone say, "I really love to do ____ , but I could never do that?” Could it be that societal expectations are telling us to tamp down those wishes – modulate our voice? The culture we live in effortlessly establishes a long list of 'standards' or 'norms' that together form a picture in our minds of what we should do or how things should work. A simple example of this is our standard work day. Our society has created a standard notion of the work day, 9 am – 5 pm. I don't have to tell readers that many jobs don't need to be conducted during those hours in order to be done effectively. Yet when we talk about most jobs we discuss them or our ability to perform them against this intractable standard.

VoiceCan you hear your own? What if the answer to that question is no? There are influences all around us that serve to amplify or suppress our voices. You may be aware of these influences - like the presence or absence of family members; societal expectations; demands on our time; and - very commonly - exhaustion. Page 39 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

Now think about this concept of invisible standards with respect to your voice. What would happen to our voices if we explored them outside of standards? I remember being incredibly surprised by an interview I conducted for my book that offered me a glimpse into invisible standards. Marina had just celebrated her fifth anniversary as an entrepreneur. She was thrilled and proud of her achievement. And yet she said, "Being an entrepreneur was never in the cards." She was in her late forties and the parent of three children. "As sad it may seem, it was a barrier while my parents were alive, because I think they would have said, 'well, we sent you to engineering school, why aren’t you an engineer?' As soon as they died I was like 'oh, cool,' I can do what I want now. Not that I Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


was conscious of doing what they wanted me to when they were alive. But suddenly it was like, 'oh whatever.'" Our culture’s influence on voice has been examined. Voice played a prominent role in Carol Gilligan’s and Lynn Michel Brown’s Meeting at the Crossroads (Harvard University Press, 1992) which featured groundbreaking findings on women and their relationships. The authors concluded that women derive great benefit from relationships but they come at a cost. “As girls become young women they dismiss their Page 40 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

experience and modulate their voices in favor of what they believe to be expected or acceptable to the relational environment within which they find themselves.” (Crossroads, pg 217) The women spoke of their connection to relationships but at the very same time the women described a ‘giving up of voice’ in order to maintain those relationships. I remember one incredible woman, Samantha, who participated in my research. She had spent nearly twenty years in progressively more senior roles in a marketing Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


department of a large company. She lost her job as part of a restructuring. Her voice played a starring role in her choices postjob loss. Samantha was devastated by her loss. She was embarrassed and angry. I remember her telling me that she couldn’t tell her mother about it for 90 days because it took her that long to not cry as she told the story. Samantha and I talked almost a year after her lay-off. She shared, “I finally understand that what I want for myself is enough. Page 41 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

It isn’t about what other people want me to do or think would be valuable for me. What I want for myself in enough.” Through a process of transition Samantha reconnected to her voice. She had heard it all along – transition gave her the courage to dignify what it said. Transition occurs when what holds value or meaning to us starts to shift. Voice plays a fundamental role in the process and in our ability to navigate transition successfully.

What is your voice telling you?

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Linda Rossetti focuses on women’s development through research, advocacy and writing. She also serves as Managing Director for Golden Seeds, LLC, an angel capital network for women -led entrepreneurial businesses. She previously served as Executive Vice President for Human Resources and Administration for Iron Mountain; Board and Compensation Committee member for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates; and CEO of EMaven, Inc., a venture capital backed tech start-up that was sold to Perot Systems, Inc., now Dell Corporation. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Simmons College.

Women & Transition serves as a cornerstone to a broader effort spearheaded by Rossetti to build the capacity for transition in women. Rossetti argues that in order for women’s progress to accelerate the capacity for transition needs to be developed in women in parallel to renewed policy and programmatic efforts designed to address the cultural, governmental and workplace barriers that exist today for women and a growing but small number of men who hold care roles.

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It Starts Here Throughout the 1950s, Cole continued to rack up successive hits, selling in millions throughout the world, including "Smile", "Pretend", "A Blossom Fell", and "If I May". His pop hits were collaborations with well-known arrangers and conductors of the day, including Nelson Riddle,[9] Gordon Jenkins, andRalph Carmichael. Riddle arranged several of Cole's 1950s albums, including his first 10-inch long-play album, his 1953 Nat King Cole Sings For Two In Love. In 1955, his single "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup" reached #7 on the Billboard chart. Jenkins arranged Love Is the Thing, hitting No. 1 on the charts in April 1957 and remaining for eight weeks. This was the only song that hit No. 1. Page 48 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

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In 1958, Cole went to Havana, Cuba, to record Cole Español, an album sung entirely in Spanish. The album was so popular in Latin America, as well as in the United States, that two others of the same variety followed: A Mis Amigos (sung in Spanish and Portuguese) in 1959 and More Cole Español in 1962. A Mis Amigos contains the Venezuelan hit "Ansiedad", whose lyrics Cole had learned while performing in Caracas in 1958. Cole learned songs in languages other than English by rote. After the change in musical tastes during the late 1950s, Cole's ballad singing did not sell well with younger listeners, despite a successful Page 49 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

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stab at rock n' roll with "Send For Me"[9] (peaked at #6 pop). Along with his contemporaries Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, Cole found that the pop singles chart had been almost entirely taken over by youth-oriented acts. In 1960, Nat's longtime collaborator Nelson Riddle left Capitol Records for Frank Sinatra's newly formed Reprise Recordslabel. Riddle and Cole recorded one final hit album, Wild Is Love, based on lyrics by Ray Rasch and Dotty Wayne. Cole later retooled the concept album into an Off-Broadway show, "I'm With You". Cole did manage to record some hit singles during the 1960s, including in 1961 "Let There Be Love" with George Shearing, the countryflavored hit "Ramblin' Rose" in August 1962, "Dear Lonely Hearts", "That Sunday, That Summer" and "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer"[9] (his final top-ten hit, reaching No. 6 pop). Cole performed in many short films, sitcoms, and television shows and played W. C. Handy in the filmSt. Louis Blues (1958). He also appeared in The Nat King Cole Story, China Gate, and The Blue Gardenia (1953). In January 1964, Cole made one of his final television appearances on The Jack Benny Program. Cole was introduced as "the best friend a song ever had", and sang "When I Fall in Love". Cat Ballou (1965), his final film, was released several months after his death.

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fellow Prince Hall mason and jazz musician Fats Waller.[18] Cole was "an avid baseball fan", particularly ofHank Aaron. In 1968, Nelson Riddle related an incident from some years earlier and told of music studio engineers, searching for a source of noise, finding Cole listening to a game on a transistor radio.[9] Cole sang at the 1956 Republican National Convention in the Cow Palace, Daly City, California, on August 23, as his "singing of 'That's All There Is To That' was greeted with applause."[27] He was also present at the Democratic National Convention in 1960 to throw his support behind Senator John F. Kennedy. Cole was also among the dozens of entertainers recruited by Frank Sinatra to perform at the Kennedy Inaugural gala in 1961. Cole frequently consulted with President Kennedy (and successorLyndon B. Johnson) on civil rights. Cole was inducted into both the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. In 1990, he was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 1997 was inducted into theDown Beat Jazz Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. An official United States postage stamp featuring Cole's likeness was issued in 1994.[2] In 2000, Cole was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the major influences on early rock and roll.[2] In 2013, he was inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame for his contribution to the Latin music genre.[39] "The Christmas Song", performed by Cole, still receives much airplay every holiday season.[40] Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


Then Came Natalie Natalie Cole was born at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles, the daughter of crooner Nat King Cole and former Duke Ellington Orchestra singer Maria Hawkins Ellington, and raised in the affluentHancock Park district of Los Angeles. [2] Regarding her childhood, Cole referred to her family as "the black Kennedys" and was exposed to many great singers of jazz, soul and blues. At the age of 6, Natalie sang on her father's Christmas album and later began performing at age 11. Cole grew up with an older adopted sister, Carole "Cookie" (1944–2009) (her mother Maria's younger sister's daughter), adopted brother Nat "Kelly" Cole (1959–95), and younger twin sisters Timolin and Casey (born 1961).[3] Her paternal uncle Freddy Cole is a singer and pianist with numerous albums and awards. Cole enrolled in Northfield School for Girls, an elite New England preparatory school (since 1971 known as Northfield Mount Hermon School) before her father died of lung cancer in February 1965. Soon afterwards she began having a difficult relationship with her mother. She enrolled in the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She transferred briefly to University of Southern California where she pledged the Upsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She later transferred back to the University of Massachusetts, where she majored in Child Psychology and minored in German, graduating in 1972.[citation needed] Natalie Cole was born at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles, the daughter of crooner Nat King Cole and former Duke Ellington Orchestra singer Maria Hawkins Ellington, and raised in the affluentHancock Park district of Los Angeles. [2] Regarding her childhood, Cole referred to her family as "the black Kennedys" and was exposed to many great singers of jazz, soul and blues. At the age of 6, Natalie sang on her father's Christmas album and later began performing at age 11. Cole grew up with an older adopted sister, Carole "Cookie" (1944–2009) (her mother Maria's younger sister's daughter), adopted brother Nat "Kelly" Cole (1959–95), and younger twin sisters Timolin and Casey (born 1961).[3] Page 51 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

Her paternal uncle Freddy Cole is a singer and pianist with numerous albums and awards. Cole enrolled in Northfield School for Girls, an elite New England preparatory school (since 1971 known as Northfield Mount Hermon School) before her father died of lung cancer in February 1965. Soon afterwards she began having a difficult relationship with her mother. She enrolled in the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She transferred briefly to University of Southern California where she pledged the Upsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She later transferred back to the University of Massachusetts, where she majored in Child Psychology and minored in German, graduating in 1972.[citation needed] Cole grew up listening to a variety of artists from soul artists such asAretha Franklin to psychedelic blues-rock icon Janis Joplin. After graduation she began singing at small clubs Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


with her band, Black Magic. Clubs initially welcomed her because she was Nat King Cole's daughter, only to be disappointed when she began covering R&B and rock numbers. While performing, she was noted by a couple of producers in the Chicago area, Chuck Jackson andMarvin Yancy, who then approached her to do records. After cutting several records together, they passed off the music to several record labels. Most labels turned them down with one exception.Capitol Records, her father's label, heard the records and agreed to sign her.[when?] Cole, Yancy, and Jackson went into studios in Los Angeles to polish the recordings they had shipped, resulting in the release of Cole's debut album, Inseparable, which included songs that reminded listeners of Aretha Franklin. In fact, Franklin later contended that songs such as "This Will Be", "I Can't Say No", and others were originally offered to her while she was recording the You album.

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Franklin turned most of the songs down but agreed to record the title track for her album. Cole also recorded "You". Released in 1975, the album became an instant success thanks to "This Will Be", which became a top ten hit and later winning Cole a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. A second single, "Inseparable", also became a hit. Both songs reached number-one on the R&B chart. Cole also won Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards for her accomplishments. The media's billing of Cole as the "new Aretha Franklin" inadvertently started a rivalry between the two singers. Page 52 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

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Following the release of her eighth album, 1980's Don't Look Back, Cole's career began to take a detour. While Cole scored an adult contemporary hit with the soft rock ballad "Someone That I Used To Love" off the album, the album itself failed to go gold. In 1981, Cole's personal problems, including battles with drug addiction, began to attract public notice, and her career suffered as a result. In 1983, following the release of her album I'm Ready, released on Epic, Cole entered a rehab facility inConnecticut and reportedly stayed there for a period of six months.

had refused to cover her father's songs during live concerts. Cole produced vocal arrangements for the songs, with piano accompaniment by her uncle Ike Cole. Cole's label released an interactive duet between Cole and her father on the title song, "Unforgettable". The song eventually reached number fourteen on theBillboard Hot 100 and number

Following her release, she signed with the Atco imprint Modern Records and released Dangerous, which started a slow resurgence for Cole in terms of record sales and chart success. In 1987, she changed to EMI-Manhattan Records and released the 'album Everlasting, which returned her to the top of the charts thanks to singles such as "Jump Start (My Heart)", the top ten ballad, "I Live For Your Love", and her dancepop cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac". That success helpedEverlasting reach one million in sales and become Cole's first platinum album in ten years. In 1989, she released her follow-up to Everlasting, Good to Be Back, which produced the number two hit "Miss You Like Crazy"; it also achieved international success, reaching the top ten in the United Kingdom. Cole released her best-selling album with 1991's Unforgettable... with Love on Elektra Records, which saw Cole singing songs her famous father recorded, nearly 20 years after she initially

ten on the R&B chart, going gold. Unforgettable...with Love eventually sold more than 7 million copies in the U.S. alone and won several Grammys, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance for the top song. Cole followed that success with another album of jazz standards, titled Take a Look, in 1993, which included her recording of the title track in the same styling that her idol Aretha Franklin had recorded nearly 30 years earlier. The album eventually went gold while a holiday album, Holly & Ivy, also became gold. Another standards release, Stardust, went platinum and featured another duet with her father on a modern version of "When I Fall in Love", which helped Cole earn another Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Cole carved out a secondary career in acting. She also appeared several times in live concerts or other music related programs, including the 1988 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute with

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Nat and Natalie sing The Very Thought Of You.

sidemenRichard Campbell, Jeffrey Worrell, Eddie Cole and Dave Joyce. In 1990, she (along with jazz vocalist Al Jarreau) sang the song "Mr. President" (written by Ray Reach, Mike Loveless and Joe Sterling) onHBO's Comic Relief special, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams and Billy Crystal. After Johnny Mathis appeared on a special of Cole's in 1980, the two kept in contact, and in 1992, he invited Cole to be a part of his television special titled "A Tribute To Nat Cole" for BBC-TV in England. It had high viewer ratings and was successful. From that project, an album with the same name was released, and featured several medley and solo numbers. In 1992, following the success of the Unforgettable: With Love album, PBS broadcast a special based on the album. Unforgettable, With Love: Natalie Cole Page 54 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

Sings the Songs of Nat "King" Cole received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program; and Cole received a nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance, losing to Bette Midler. In 1993, she was among the Guests of Honor attending Wrestlemania IX at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada. She was interviewed by television staff after the conclusion of the Money Incorporated vs Megamaniacs tag team match regarding her upcoming work. The same year she performed at the65th Academy Awards performing a medley of two Oscar-nominated songs: "Run to You" and "I Have Nothing", both originally performed by Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard. Cole made a number of dramatic appearances on television, including guest appearances on I'll Fly Away, Touched by an Angel, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2006, she made a memorable guest appearance on the ABC show Grey's Anatomy as a terminally ill patient. Her character Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


Nat and Natalie sing Unforgettable

visited Seattle Grace Hospital to have a fork removed from her neck that her husband had stabbed her with during a mishap; the couple had been having sex in public.[4] Cole also made several appearances in feature films, most recently in the Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely. She appeared in several made-for-TV movies, most notably as the lead in Lily in Winter. Cole was featured on Macy Gray's album Big, singing "Finally Make Me Happy". Cole canceled several events in December 2015 due to illness. It was reported on January 1, 2016, that she had died on December 31 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Her family stated that at the time of her death, Cole had "ongoing health issues".[8] [9][10] According to Cole's publicist, Maureen O’Connor, the singer's death was the result of congestive heart failure.[11]I n official news on her cause of death, her family Page 55 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

stated that Cole was diagnosed with idiopathicpulmonary arterial hypertension after her kidney transplant in 2009.[12] Cole's son, along with her sisters, offered the following comment. "Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived ... with dignity, strength and honor. Our beloved mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain unforgettable in our hearts forever."[13] Cole's funeral was held on January 11, 2016, at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles. David Foster, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Eddie Levert,Mary Wilson, Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Jesse Jackson, Angela Bassett, Denise Nicholas, and Freda Paynewere among the mourners at the funeral. After the funeral, she was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, next to her parents Maria and Nat King Cole.[14][15] Source:Wikipedia Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


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Day 4 Today I faced one of my fears, rock climbing! In my youth I enjoyed climbing trees, riding my bike down steep hills and jumping off rocks into the beautiful Caribbean waters. Will’s death made life so very fragile. My youthful adventures became memories of a past life, one where dying was only for the old and sick. My heart started to beat rapidly as I realized this WAS NOT in the brochure, I did not train for this! I choked back tears and began hyperventilating as I tried to navigate the sharp rocks and not contemplate my impending death on the cliffs below. Everyone else seemed calm about this part. Did they not see the abyss beneath us? How sturdy are these gripping rocks really? Was this climb a mistake? The rocks were so sharp that we had to wear gloves to keep from cutting our hands. The frequent gusts of wind pushed me back at times. The weight of my pack shifted my center of gravity causing me to feel unsteady. At only 5’4” some of the taller rocks and wider openings proved to be far more difficult. My porter grabbed my hand and with great ease tossed me across to safety. With my teammates and guides encouragement I climbed across, up and under every obstacle on the path. That night I captured a beautiful sunset at camp. I sat on a rock and cried my heart out. Not because I had endured another day of trekking and climbing, but because I had chosen to do so. The sunset reminded me of all things past. As the days end, so do chapters in my life. My childhood was difficult but my mother did all she could to keep us safe, fed and happy. She was gone a lot; my siblings and I were latch-key kids. My college years were tough as I juggled my studies as a scholarship volleyball player at Bethune Cookman College. In the off season, I held part time jobs to supplement my living expenses and care for my ailing mother. I married and became a mother by the age of 20. By the Page 60 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

time I graduated college, I had divorced my first husband and was a single mother with two young boys. I met William a few short months before graduation and so began a new chapter in my journey. Shortly after Will and I met, my mother succumbed to kidney failure. This was the first major blow of my life. My security blanket was gone. How could I ever get through another day knowing I would never see her again? Will was deployed overseas, my boys were 5 and 2 and our daughter was 5 months old. I was a young mother with no mother to turn to for advice. As the last of the sunlight disappeared behind the mountain, the cold took over. The air was thin, making my sobs even more difficult. I retreated to my tent and let the emotions and exhaustion whisk me away to sleep. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


Tia and Gladys, are 14 and 10. Tia bears such a striking resemblance to her father that it brings me both joy and longing. Gladys was only 3 when Will died. She is named after my mother. Being both mother and father to my children has been the toughest and, yet, most rewarding journey. Do they know why mom is doing this? Do they understand that I NEED to do this? Will they chase their dreams, face their fears and live a life worth remembering? At dinner we checked our blood pressure and oxygen levels. The concentration of oxygen at sea level is about 21% and the barometric pressure averages 760 mmHg. As altitude increases, the concentration remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 12,000’ the barometric pressure is only 483 mmHg, so there are roughly 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath. During the ascent, I lost my appetite and digestion was difficult, a common occurrence. As I acclimatized, I was able to eat enough to keep my energy. Vern would serenade us with his harmonica by playing show tunes and other songs we recognized. Sometimes we would chime in with the lyrics; most times we only knew the chorus. Even laughing was difficult, but we continued to smile. The excitement made it difficult for any of us to sleep. Tonight we will begin to summit.

Day 6 Day 5 From the Karanga River we climbed about 5-6 hours to our camp at Kosovo (15,600’). This is high camp. Looking south, I viewed the desert plains as the pinnacles of Mowenzi Peak towered before me. Due to altitude and emotions, the reality of this journey set in. I took a moment to think about my kids. My children know my love of travel but they never quite understood some of my choices in destinations. They preferred Hawaii, Bahamas and Cancun over historical landmarks or physical challenges. My boys, Xavier and Xander are now 20 and 17. Two dashing young men with their entire lives ahead of them. My girls . Page 61 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

We began our summit attempt at midnight. I used the breathing techniques Vern has taught us to adjust to the altitude changing. We attempted 4,000’ to the summit. The air was thin and cold. At times, I felt so sleepy I just wanted to quit. Vern nicknamed me smiles because I spent most of the trek cracking jokes, but today was no laughing matter. Five days of trekking and climbing took a toll on my body. The lack of sufficient oxygen wore away at my resolve. The cold went straight to my bones. My guide, Matthew, kept a vigilant eye on me. He repeatedly offered to carry my pack, but I refused. I’m a Marine’s wife. Marines do not drop their packs. I will not drop my pack!

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The concept of date and time were lost days ago. We climbed wearing headlamps until the predawn light is reflected off the African plains. As the sun rose, I was able to see where I was, who I was with, how far I had to go and far I had come. It was the most amazing sunrise I had ever witnessed in my life! The sun ascended through the clouds; not on the horizon or at a far distance, but literally THROUGH the clouds beside us. I felt as if I could walk on the clouds and touch it. On our way up we passed, other teams who had summited earlier in the day. Some were being carried down assisted by their guides. They looked ill, lethargic and corpse like. Somewhere around 7 am we reached Stella Point, 18, 885’. Our guides provided us with hot cocoa and coffee--did I mention how awesome these guys were? But we still had a ways to go to reach Uhuru peak, so we kept trekking. At this point, I saw the majestic glaciers I had read about and which put this mountain on my radar. I saw a documentary on Kilimanjaro's shrinking northern glaciers, thought to be 10,000 years old. The glacier is a small remnant of an ice cap that once crowned the summit of Kilimanjaro. Almost 85% of the ice cover disappeared from October 1912 to June 2011. It has been estimated that by 2020 these ancient glaciers will be gone. I had never seen a glacier before. The layers of colors; blue, green, teal, aqua, white. Glaciers preserve bits of atmosphere from thousands of years ago in these tiny air bubbles, or, deeper within the core, trapped within the ice itself. As I admired this glimpse into the past I found myself imagining what the world must have looked like. Were the skies bluer? Was the air cleaner? And then I thought about dinosaurs, but that was my psuedo-geek moment. It was another reminder of how very fragile life is.

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photos and relishing in our accomplishment. As I looked around at my team, I could not help but realize that had it not been for the death of my husband I probably would not know these amazing people or their loved ones. I would not have heard stories of how they met. I would not know their sibling rivalries. I probably wouldn’t even be here. I carried a Marine Corps flag and a picture of Will with me . Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


I thought back to that hot summer day in Jerusalem. In the Bible, the Dead Sea was a place of refuge for King David; a salt lake whose banks are more than 400m below sea level, the lowest point on dry land. A stark contrast to where I am today. Richard Nixon once said “Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.” Six years ago, I was in deepest valley and now I had brought myself to one of the highest points on earth. We could not stay long. We needed to begin our descent or else succumb to altitude sickness. It was a fast paced slide down the mountain. Our goal was to reach 13,000’ before dark. My knees and ankles took a beating. The last mile proved to be the most challenging. This was an 18 hour day and my body recognized it. I skipped dinner and slept until morning when we continued our descent. We reached the park entrance where it all began. Our porters were once again waiting for us with song and dance. Despite our tired bodies we joined in the dancing and fun. We were given gifts by the local women and treated to one more meal. I studied this incredible group of men (and 1 woman!) who shouldered most of the weight of our team. Every day they set up and took down our camp. They hauled all of our food and supplies up the mountain. They always greeted us with a warm smile and encouraged us when they saw defeat or pain in our eyes. They worked long hard hours and several of them do it just so that they can send their children to what Americans consider high school. Families are required to pay school tuition fees, books, uniforms and more. Approximately 28.2% of the population lived below the poverty line in 2012. Their hard work and attitude brought me great perspective about life, struggle, family and love. Page 63 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

knowledge that I can do anything I set my heart to. My body is far stronger and more resilient than I ever give it credit for. I say to my children, pursue your dreams, live with purpose and always strive for the summit.

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NASA Giant Steps Featuring Peggy Whitson PhD, the first woman to command the International Space Station E Magazine interviewed Dr. Whitson Click Here to Listen. Page 67 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

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If you were around in 1969, this is what you would have seen on your black and white television.

Today you can watch this on your phone and humans are living in space full time. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the United States government agency responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1958[5]with a distinctly civilian (rather than military) orientation encouraging peaceful applications in space science. TheNational Aeronautics and Space Act was passed on July 29, 1958, disestablishing NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The

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new agency became operational on October 1, 1958.[6][7] Since that time, most US space exploration efforts have been led by NASA, including the Apollo moonlandingmissions, the Skylab space station, and later the Space Shuttle. Currently, NASA is supporting the International Space Station and is overseeing the development of theOrion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, the Space Launch System and Commercial Crew vehicles. The agency is also responsible for the Launch Services Program (LSP) which provides oversight of launch operations and countdown management for unmanned NASA launches. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. Its first component launched into orbit in 1998, and the ISS is now the largest artificial body in orbit and can often be seen with the naked eye from Earth.[7][8] The ISS consists of pressurised modules, external trusses, solar arrays, and other components. ISS components have been launched by Russian Proton and Soyuz rockets as well as American Space Shuttles.[9] The ISS serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which crew members conduct experiments in biology, human biology, physics, astronomy, meteorology, and other fields.[10][11][12] The station is suited for the testing of spacecraft systems and equipment required for missions to the Moon and Mars.[13] The ISSmaintains an orbit with an altitude of between 330 and 435 km (205 and 270 mi) by means of reboost manoeuvres using the engines of the Zvezda module or visiting spacecraft. It completes 15.54 orbits per day.[14] Although the first woman flew into space in 1963, very early in crewed space exploration, it would not be until almost twenty years later that another flew. Female astronauts went on to become commonplace in the 1980s. The United States did not have a woman in space until 1983, when astronaut Sally Ride launched with the seventh Space Shuttle mission. Since then, however, more than 40 American women have entered space. Most served on the various Page 69 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

Space Shuttle flights from 1983 to 2010. Six American women have also served on Soyuz flights. In addition, US rockets have launched international astronauts. Roberta Bondar and Julie Payette from Canada (in 1992 and 1999/2009), Kalpana Chawla of India (1997 and 2003), and Chiaki Mukai andNaoko Yamazaki of Japan (1994/1998 and 2010) flew as part of the US space program. A number of other high-profile women have contributed to interest in space programs. In the early 2000s, Lori Garver initiated a project to increase the visibility and viability of commercial spaceflight with the "AstroMom" project. She aimed to fill an unused Soyuz seat bound for the International Space Station because "…creating a spacefaring civilization was one of the most important things we could do in our lifetime.”[2]

Peggy Whitson was the first woman to command the International Space Station. Peggy Annette Whitson (born February 9, 1960) is anAmerican biochemistry researcher, NASA astronaut, [1] and former NASA Chief Astronaut. Her first space mission was in 2002, with an extended stay aboard the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 5. Her second mission launched October 10, 2007, as the first female commander of the ISS with Expedition 16.[2]

With her two long-duration stays abroad the ISS, Whitson is NASA's most experienced female astronaut, with just over 376 days in space.[4] This also [3]

places her twenty-fifth among all space flyers. She has been selected for the crew ofExpedition 50. The flight of Space Shuttle mission STS-120, commanded by female astronaut Pam Melroy, was the first time that two Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


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female mission commanders have been in orbit at the same time.[5][6][7] On December 18, 2007, during the fourth spacewalk of Expedition 16 to inspect the S4 starboard Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ), the ground team in Mission Control informed Whitson that she had become the female astronaut with the most cumulative EVA time in NASAhistory, as well as the most EVAs, with her fifth EVA. Three hours and 37 minutes into the spacewalk, Whitson surpassed NASA astronaut Sunita Williams with a total time at that point of 29 hours and 18 minutes.[8][9] At the completion of Whitson's fifth EVA, the 100th in support of ISS assembly and maintenance, Whitson's cumulative EVA time became 32 hours, and 36 minutes, which placed her in 20th place for total EVA time.[9] Her sixth spacewalk, also during Expedition 16, brought her cumulative EVA time to 39 hours, 46 minutes, which ranked her 23rd for total EVA time as of November 2009. From 1989 to 1993, Whitson worked as a Research Biochemist in the Biomedical Operations and Research Branch at NASA-JSC. From 1991–1993, she served as Technical Monitor of the Biochemistry Research Laboratories in the Biomedical Operations and Research Branch. From 1991 through 1992, she was the Payload Element Developer for Bone Cell Research Experiment (E10) aboard SL-J (STS-47), and was a member of the US-USSR Joint Working Group in Space Medicine and Biology. In 1992, she was named the Project Scientist of the Shuttle-Mir Program (STS60, STS-63, STS-71, Mir 18, Mir 19), and served in this capacity until the conclusion of the Phase 1A Program in 1995. From 1993 through 1996, Whitson held the additional responsibilities of the Deputy Division Chief of the Medical Sciences Division at NASA-JSC. From 1995–1996, she served as Co-Chair of the U.S.-Russian Mission Science Working Group. Page 70 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

In April 1996, Whitson was selected as an astronaut candidate and started training in August 1996. Upon completing the two years of training and evaluation, she was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Operations Planning Branch, and served as the lead for the Crew Test Support Team

in Russia from 1998 to 1999. In June 2003, Whitson served as the commander of the NEEMO 5 mission aboard theAquarius underwater laboratory, living and working underwater for fourteen days.[11]From November 2003 to March 2005, she served as Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office. From March 2005 to November 2005, she served as Chief of the Station Operations Branch, Astronaut Office. Whitson trained as the backup ISS Commander for Expedition 14 from November 2005 through September 2006, and as the ISS Commander for Expedition 16, launched October 2007, on the Soyuz TMA-11. During Expedition 16 she surpassed Sunita Williams for woman with the most spacewalks.[1]

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Whitson served as Chief of the Astronaut Office until July 2012 and, as such, was responsible for mission preparation activities of International Space Station crews and their support personnel.

SpaceFlight Experience Expedition 5 The Expedition 5 crew launched on June 5, 2002, aboard STS-111 and docked with the International Space Station on June 7, 2002. During her six-month stay aboard the Space Station, Whitson installed the Mobile Base System, the S1 truss segment, and the P1 truss segment using the space station remote manipulator system; performed a 4-hour and 25 minute spacewalk in a Russian Orlan space suit to install micrometeoroid shielding on the Zvezda Service Module; and activated and checked out the Microgravity Sciences Glovebox, a facility class payload rack. Whitson was named the first NASA Science Officer during her stay, and she conducted 21 investigations in human life sciences and microgravity sciences, as well as commercial payloads.[12] The Expedition 5 crew returned to Earth aboard STS113 on December 7, 2002. Completing her first flight, Whitson logged 184 days, 22 hours and 14 minutes in space. Page 71 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

Expedition 16 Her second mission, Expedition 16, launched October 10, 2007, on Soyuz TMA-11.[13][14][15] Along with her Expedition 16 crew member Yuri Malenchenko and spaceflight participant Yi So-yeon, she returned to Earth in Soyuz TMA-11 on April 19, 2008. The re-entry was remarkable for the failure of the Soyuz propulsion module to separate properly, and the subsequent "ballistic reentry" which subjected the crew to forces about eight times that of gravity.[16] She spent 191 days, 19 hrs and 8 mins in space on this mission.[17]

E Magazine interviewed Dr. Whitson regarding her career and the insight she’s gained viewing humanity from space. Click Here go Listen.

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In anticipation of returning human spaceflight launches to American soil, and in preparation for the agency’s journey to Mars, NASA announced it will soon begin accepting applications for the next class of astronaut candidates. With more human spacecraft in development in the United States today than at any other time in history, future astronauts will launch once again from the Space Coast of Florida on American-made commercial spacecraft, and carry out deep-space exploration missions that will advance a future human mission to Mars. The agency will accept applications from Dec. 14 through mid-February and expects to announce candidates selected in mid-2017. Applications for consideration as a NASA Astronaut will be accepted at: http://www.usajobs.gov The next class of astronauts may fly on any of four different U.S. vessels during their careers: the International Space Station, two commercial crew spacecraft currently in development by U.S. companies, and NASA’s Orion deep-space exploration vehicle. From pilots and engineers, to scientists and medical doctors, NASA selects qualified astronaut candidates from a diverse pool of U.S. citizens with a wide variety of backgrounds. “This next group of American space explorers will inspire the Mars generation to Page 72 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

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reach for new heights, and help us realize the goal of putting boot prints on the Red Planet,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “Those selected for this service will fly on U.S. made spacecraft from American soil, advance critical science and research aboard the International Space Station, and help push the boundaries of technology in the proving ground of deep space.” Astronaut candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. An advanced degree is desirable. Candidates also must have at least three years of related, progressively responsible professional experience, or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. Astronaut candidates must pass the NASA long-duration spaceflight physical. For more information about a career as a NASA astronaut, and application requirements, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts

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Got Clutter? Want Abundance? “Clear your way to Profits, Productivity and Peace Now!”

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed, stressed, frustrated or any of the other myriad of feelings an executive can have during the course of any one day? I get it-I used to feel some or all of those feelings on a daily basis but I have to say, getting serious about letting go of all the clutter has supported me and my clients with deep abundance and a plethora of benefits like we’ve never experienced before.

in easy and effortless ways. Of all the growth strategies I’ve shared over the years, getting Hooked On Clutternomics is my #1 most effective business builder of them all. Why? ~ The universe abhors a vacuum. It is a law. You can fully expect that if you “clear” a space, something WILL come in. The results are instantaneous on more levels than I’m allowed in my word count for this article.

According to Leslie Haber, President of NAPO-

What can Clutternomics do for you?

LA, she says “Getting

organized is the #2 most popular New Year’s resolution”! If you are like many busy executives, it could be that you too have put “de-cluttering” on your New Year’s list for many years without making a dent! Am I right? Please, as you answer that question, clear that shame, blame or guilt this very minute. No sense beating yourself up now, as it will only detour you from making it happen this year. Emotional clutter is another form of toxic clutter-too! Let it go! I’ve been a business growth expert for over 25 years now and a lifelong strategist in search of methods that help my clients grow their business Page 76 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

Change Your Life! Literally! I realize that is a grandiose statement, but I have lived the results personally and professionally and I never in a million years expected the healing journey I’ve experienced using this simple strategy. It has been a blessed journey and I invite you to get started on your own. My model of Clutternomics is a proven strategy. Once implemented on a consistent basis, it will help you grow your business, add countless years to your life, reduce your stress, frustrations, and pain. It is an emotional cookie that will give you freedom to spend more time with your family and friends, give you additional hours a week to be productive or sleep, add JOY back to your daily life, give you hours of more sleep, improve your health of spirit, mind, body and so much more!!! Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


I’m curious, are you inspired to take the first steps to “Getting Hooked On Clutternomics”?

How do you get started? Decide! You must first decide that this is YOUR year to focus on “clearing” your way to abundance on all levels. Many years ago, I looked up the definition of the word ‘decision’. As I read the definition that day it turned out to be one of those life “ah-ha” moments for me. The Latin root of the word ‘decision’ literally means, “To cut off.” Making a decision is about “cutting off” choices – cutting you off from some other course of action. You know you’re in the game when you’ve made this kind of decision. Not the all— too— flexible decisions that have open doors to excuses, delays and finding ways to never arrive at completion. I’m sure you can relate!

Some facts to help you decide to GET Hooked On Clutternomics NOW! In a study by Brother International, U.S. corporations lose "$177 billion annually" due to clutter.  Stephanie Winston, author of The Organized Executive, estimates an hour each day is lost to disorder, costing an organization over $8,000 for an employee earning $65,000 a year.  (Missing deadlines:) When your Stuff is disorganized, you wind up paying hundreds of dollars a year in bank fees, late charges, overdue fees and tax penalties. That is the short list of the huge economic impact to you and your business. 

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Getting Started! Make a list of your “opportunity zones”! Given that clutter is a wonderful teacher, your clutter is truly an opportunity for deep healing for you and the growth of your business. Put your list in order of priority! Be sure to look at your list and decide what zone gives you the most pain; emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and energetically! Take your #1 opportunity zone and break it into sub-zones. For instance, if you are looking at your office, as one of your opportunity zones your sub-zone list may look like this:     

Desk top Desk drawers Office closet Computer File cabinets Piles, stacks of paper, magazines etc.

This will help to ensure that you don’t avoid getting started in 2016. Your

mind will keep you from ever beginning if you feel overwhelmed even by the thought of starting.

We as humans will do anything to avoid pain and to gain pleasure. You can be sure if you are feeling overwhelmed, your brain will help you to avoid ever getting started! OK? You must find a way to make the game fun! You can do it! It just takes thinking about how you want to feel after you’ve cleared and organized your zones.

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Commit to an amount of time that you can stick to. It can be 15 minutes a day or an hour a week, etc ! But Commit!! EASY! Of course, once you get started you may find that you naturally want to do more. The rewards are instant and very addicting in a good way.

Go to your #1 sub-zone: Take everything out of the area! Touch each item and ask two simple questions, “Do I love it?” and “Am

I using it?” If it gets a NO-NO, it goes! Take the items that you love and use and put them back in an orderly fashion. I love containers for my things. I like to give them an address and home so I can easily find them.

Move onto the next sub-zone! As you progress, be sure to anchor all the GOOD feelings that come from clearing! There are many emotions you will encounter during your process. Whether these feelings are positive or negative, feel the feelings, honor them, release the ones that do not serve you and anchor the GOOD ones! Page 78 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

REPEAT! Easy…right? There are tons of strategies I share with my clients but I wanted to just give you my “quickstart” plan to get in the game. I never knew that this one core strategy would become a gold mine for all my clients! We all want quick, easy, uncomplicated solutions now for our busy lives. I promise this strategy is one that if you choose to get started, you will be showered you with more abundance in all areas of your life ~ instantly! Try it! You have nothing to lose but all the pain, anguish, and stress that your clutter has caused you over the years. I’d love to hear from you. I invite you to send me an email with any of your thoughts, clearing wins, before and after pictures and your stories of instant relief and abundance. You can find me at

Kathleen@Speaktacular.com or http://www.speaktacular.com Cheers to YOU for making a TRUE LifeChanging Decision to Get Hooked On Clutternomics This Year! Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


About The Author Kathleen Ronald President ,Speaktacular Www.Speaktacular.com

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Kathleen has more than 30 years of experience providing custom, inspirational keynotes, training seminars and consultancy to Fortune 500 companies, small business, direct sales organizations, and professional associations. She has also appeared on The Doctor’s show and The Dr. Phil show! Throughout that time, Kathleen has helped countless companies and solo-preneurs to develop strategies that have led to first-year revenue increases of 50%++. Page 79 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

With an electrifying, comedic style all her own, she delivers empowering programs that not only motivate but also produce bottom-line results. She excels at helping clients recoup 10 hours a week, while at the same time doubling their business. Kathleen has a lifelong reputation for uniting people and building communities. She has founded successful networking groups, Fortune 10/10 (a women’s investment group), and WOW (Women of Wealth) Ventures and co-founded WIN (Women in Networking). Kathleen is also featured in several books, “Miracle Thinking” by Randy Peyser, “Got Experts” by Michele Moliter, and “Ultimate Life Lessons – Take Control Of Your Life…. Instead Of Letting Life Control You” by Eve Grace-Kelly, Vinden Grace and Tracy Repchuk. A dynamo on and offstage, a highly sought-after business consultant, a marketing genius, a recordbreaking sales champion — and a two-time cancer victor — Kathleen tells it like it is, with unabashed conviction and contagious enthusiasm. “Your seminar was the best one that I went to today and one of the top two that I’ve been to at the PPAI shows that I’ve attended (both last year and this year).” —Dewain Mangum Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


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demic Tragedy of Child Marriages. By Cynthia Lardner.J.D., M.A. cynthiamlardner@gmail.com

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Introduction She’s eight years old. Yesterday, she was a girl, outside laughing as she played jump rope with her girlfriends. Today is her wedding day. By nightfall, she will be a woman. The laughter has given sway to tears. Her parents, who agreed to the marriage, have little to offer by way of consolation. She feels all alone. She’s scared and has no safe person she can turn to for comfort. Imagine how she feels the morning after. This is not a unique situation. An estimated 15 million girls under age 18 are married each and every year. This translates to a child being married every two seconds. Of that number, one in seven is under 15, with a noteworthy number of child brides being a mere eight or nine years old. This is an endemic human rights issue. Only through support of educational programmes and of those institutions seeking to eradicate this tragic condition will there be global change benefiting everyone.

Etiology The etiology of child marriages is traceable to historical gender inequality, economic hardship and, more often than not, to antiquated religious beliefs. Take for instance the situation in Türkiye, where more than a third of all marriages involve underage girls. These marriages, despite being illegal, occur without recrimination in Türkiye’s highly patriarchal society. The marriage ceremonies are performed by an Iman and are never registered with the government. As such, the number is estimated to be even higher based on statistics derived from the high maternal mortality rates and from marriage being Page 84 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

cited as the primary reason for dropping out of the educational process. In India, in addition to no longer having to financially provide for their daughter, child marriage is incorrectly perceived of protecting their daughters from sexual or other abuse and premarital sex. The situation extends beyond tradition, with climate change also having an impact in drought-ridden countries such as Ethiopia. “Barren lands and food shortages are causing more poverty-stricken families who can’t afford to feed their children to marry off their daughters to wealthier men.” The other source of child marriages emanates from the radicalized terrorists who pillage villages taking young girls as plunder who are then married within the ‘cell’ or who are sold to others. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


The infant mortality rate is even more alarming, with babies born to mothers under 20 years old being 50 percent more likely to die within a few weeks after birth as compared to babies born to mothers in their 20s. 

Child brides and their children are more likely to develop HIV and other health related issues. According to the World Health Organization, child brides are more likely to be sexual abuse and domestic violence victims. This is in sync with UNICEF’s finding that one in three women and girls will experience violence in their lifetime. 

They are unlikely to seek help for domestic violence, as one half of all adolescent girls believe that a husband is justified in striking his wife in anger. 

Marriage almost always signifies the end of their formal education. Those girls attempting to continue their education face barriers including disapproval by their husbands and families, pressure to conceive, and an inability to pay school fees. 

These factors are stronger than the laws protecting against child marriages, assuming a country is a member state, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, the Protocol for the African Charter on Human, and the People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in African. Even if the county is member state, enforcement is a fallacy.

Risk Factors The risks associated with child marriages, especially for girls under the age of 15, are immense: 

Child brides or girls who otherwise become pregnant under the age of 15 are five times more likely to die during the birthing process than a woman in the 2024 year old age bracket.

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The lack of education, perpetuates an endless cycle of poverty. Consider that if called upon to do so, these girls have no skills upon which they can support themselves or their children. Given that their husbands average 10 years older, and that women have a longer life expectancy, a child bride can reasonably be expected to be the breadwinner at some point during her lifetime. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


and care for their children, leading to healthier, smaller families. When girls

are allowed to be girls, everybody wins (Emphasis Added) .” As a result of educational programmes conducted by local and global organizations, such as UNICEF, and NGOs, there has been some isolated headway, most notably in Central America. What gains have been made are dwarfed by predictive statistical analysis.

Breaking the Cycle Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF's Regional Director for West and Central Africa, stated that minimally the “… cycle of poverty that could be broken by focusing on girls' rights and education.” This involves educating not only the girls but their communities. Education as to previously unconsidered benefits is necessary both prior to marriage and once a marriage is consummated. Girls receiving seven years of education marry, on the average, four years later, leading to lessened maternal and infant mortality rates. And, extending a girl's schooling by one year increases her wages by 18-20%. Education also benefits her family, as child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to live past the age of five and four times more likely to receive life giving vaccinations. “Ending child marriage will help break the intergenerational cycle of poverty by allowing girls and women to participate more fully in society. Empowered and educated girls are better able to nourish Page 86 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

In Africa alone, despite a 10% drop since 1990, a recent UNICEF study estimates that the total number of child brides will skyrocket from 125 million to 310 million by 2050. But, the problem extends beyond Africa with the highest rates of child marriages taking place in descending order in Southeast Asia, followed by Latin America, the Middle East, and the East Asia areas; statistics that are skewed given China’s failure to report its statistics to UNICEF.

How You Can Help UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said: "The sheer number of girls affected - and what this means in terms of lost childhoods and shattered futures - underline the urgency of banning the practice of child marriage once and for all.” You can help by supporting not only UNICEF, but also recognized NGOs such Girls Not Brides, Because I Am a Girl, and the Alexia Foundation. All of these and other organizations not only need monetary donations but donations of your time, which can range from something as simple as signing a petition, supporting one girl, or making a more significant donation of your personal and professional skills and resources.

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The Seve Sevenn Rules for Fighting Fair and Loving Well It isn’t sufficient just to yearn, or even to simply express your yearning. You must engage—the second bliss skill—and make moves and take risks to meet your yearnings and get to the heart of your fights. True love requires full engagement—going for it in the relationship, fighting to meet your yearnings, being real, risking, and making mistakes as you fullout encounter each other. True love means that you roll up your sleeves and dig into the rela- tionship. You enter the woods, bump into each other, adjust course, and find your path. You become more spontaneous, less careful, and more your real self— a self you may not have even met yet. Yeah, it’s messier (we warned you love is messy), and you’ll step on each other’s toes, but it’s much more fulfilling, exciting, and satisfying. You’ll be learning and growing together. Your fighting will pay off, and you’ll experience more happiness and well-being, what positive psychology researchers call leading “an engaged life” or being “in the flow” (Seligman 2002, 116 – 117). Your encounters with your partner become fresh and exciting, which is key to having a satisfying relationship (Tsapelas, Aron, and Orbuch 2009). Page 92 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

Conflict isn’t such a big deal w h e n you learn how to engage effec - tively. You move right through it. If you have a baseline of speaking up, asking for what you want, expressing your anger and resentment, as well as engaging in positive aspects such as affirmation, affection, and humor, conflict is much more natural and much more easily resolved.

What Engaging Is—and What It Is Not You may think you are engaging—you talk, you do things together, you listen intently to your partner, or you do your fair share of the chores. Or maybe you have frequent, loud and tumultuous fights. When we speak of engaging, however, we mean something more than activity or active listening or active fights. Real, creative engaging happens when you are truly present, addressing your yearning, and are emotionally aware, available, and expressive (Wright and Wright 2013). Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


It’s also more than being active, lively, or energetic. There are plenty of Susie Sunshines in the world who mindlessly chat and act happy to avoid real engagement and couples who do a lot together, from having sex to going on great vacations. To be truly engaged, though, you have to be conscious and in contact with deeper yearnings—your own and those of your partner. It’s being real, vulnerable, and truthful. When you engage, you are forthright and straight, not manipulat- ing, managing, or buttering him up before you talk, or waiting until she’s in a good mood. You risk, make mistakes, and even engage in destructive behaviors, but you take responsibility. You engage creatively—learning, growing, and being fascinated with life rather than zoned out from too much Facebook, football, or other frivolous addictive pursuits. Watching too much TV, even if you are doing it together, doesn’t qualify as engaging, nor is Page 93 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

sharing other soft addictions (Wright 2006)—like when Bob is transfixed by his computer screen and Judith, knowing he’s not listening, tells him, “The house is on fire,” just to see if he is the slightest bit present. Engagement is not active listening. In fact, active listening is some of the worst relationship advice you’ll ever get. True engaging is being real, not careful. Being cautious with one another, using stilted “I messages” of active or reflective listening language such as, “I hear what you are saying,” “I feel hurt when you don’t let the dog out, and I would prefer you do it,” or, “You feel angry because I didn’t pick up the cleaning today,” doesn’t help you get to the heart of the fight. Yes, you should take responsibility, but real couples—happy ones—don’t speak this way (Gottman 1994). In intimate relationships, these expressions fail to reveal what is really going on with you and your partner. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


They don’t promote meaningful life changes. In fact, active listening was rated the worst marital intervention—research showed it doesn’t work (Hahlweg et al. 1998).

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relationship battles better than most, that they also experience more intimacy and satisfaction, but one survey of stu- dents confirmed this. It revealed that the divorce rate was 4 percent in our couples’ training and 7 to 9 percent in our general programs. More importantly, the degree of overall satisfaction and reported love among these couples was high. They engage fully and responsibly, dancing on the engagement continuum with emphasis on the right side, following the rules of engagement. Taking personal responsibility is the central principle of the rules. And while it’s ideal if both people in a relationship agree and adhere to these rules, even if only one in the couple does this, it makes a big differ - ence in the quality of the relationship— Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


The Rules Of Engagement RULE RULE RULE RULE

#1: #2: #3: #4:

RULE #5: RULE #6: RULE #7:

Accentuate the positive. Minimize the negative. No one gets more than 50 percent of the blame. You each get 100 percent responsibility for your happiness and satisfaction. Express and agree with the truth, always. Fight for, not against. Assume goodwill.

and often the other partner becomes more responsible, too. This isn’t always easy in the heat of an argument, when you are loaded for bear and ready to pull the trigger. However, couples who use the bliss skills in our program learn to take responsibility eventually, even if it is after the fight. The rules of engage- ment facilitate freedom, build trust, and lead to greater intimacy.

Rule #1: Accentuate the positive. The dividing line from the left to the right of the engagement contin- uum is the orientation toward yearning. On the right-hand side, you are present and conscious, emotionally available, with responsible expres- sion, and engaging in your deeper yearning. Accentuate the positives in your relationship by experimenting with the categories of engaging on the right side:

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responsive, and vulnerable. You share affection, a sense of humor, and an ease of relating. You’re genuine, truthful, and real with each other. Deep Engagement touches each of your yearnings, and you both feel known and appreciated. Living with more risk, you don’t hold back. You challenge each other and benefit from the straight talk. Transformative Engagement is diving into the deep end, adventuring into the woods— discovering possibilities for yourself and your relation- ship. No-holds-barred, full-out expression with a higher common purpose leads to transformational encounters and breakthroughs. Moving to the right of the engagement continuum takes some time and practice, but you’ll build more intimacy and become more fulfilled. As you learn to get in touch with your yearnings and take risks in your interactions, be patient and have faith that sooner rather than later you—and your relationship—will be moving in the right direction. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


Being There: Foundations for Engaging the Right Side Engaging on the right side of the continuum meets your and your part- ner’s yearnings, helping you build the foundation for creative engaging and lessening the limitations of the destructive. Marital researcher, Sue Johnson (2008), identified three keys to creative engagement: being accessible, responsive, and emotionally engaged, which means being open, attuned, and responsive to each other with emotional connection.

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Are you and your partner responsive? Do you each trust that your partner will respond to you, and can you get each other’s attention easily? Can you each count on the other? Are you and your partner emotionally engaged and connected? Do you confide in each other and show care for each other’s hurts, fears, pain, anger, and joy? Do you feel close and engaged with each other?

Bidding: The Great Connection Device You might think that we mean to get your partner to do your bidding or bid for a romantic vacation at a silent auction or on eBay for sex toys. No, bidding means you ask for attention and in turn respond to your partner’s requests for attention. Our yearning to love and be loved; to be seen, heard, and known; Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


and to matter often gets expressed as an urge that researchers call a bid for attention—those everyday moments when we share a thought, an observation, an “I love you,” and hope or expect our partner will respond with a laugh, hug, or acknowledgment. How important is responding to bids for attention? Couples who divorce respond to only three out of ten bids compared to satisfied couples, who respond nine times out of ten (Gottman and Silver 1999).

Bids for Attention: Are You Aware? Do you notice when your partner bids for attention? Do you ignore it, turn away from your partner, or show interest or concern in what your partner is expressing? Imagine these scenarios and how you’d respond: “Honey, look there’s a Dairy Queen.” a. “Did you say something?” b. Turn the car into the Dairy Queen parking lot and ask your spouse what topping she wants. “Look at the hawk!” a. “Did you pick up the cleaning?” b. “Oh, wow. Show me where it is; I don’t see it.” “What do you want for dinner?” a. “I don’t care.” b. “I really have a hankering for

.”

Your honey is snuggling up to you on the couch, but you are intently watching a football game. a. “Go get me a beer, would ya?” b. Cuddle her while you watch, or negotiate for more time, but then attend to her after the game.

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Answer Key: Duh Monitor the times you consciously accentuate the positives. Strong relationships are brimming with positive, right-side-ofthe-continuum interactions. Remember, like all couples, these couples also fight. The difference is that they have more positive than negative interactions, and the destructive ones tend to decrease over time. They often tip the scales with a sense of humor and by expressing joy, affection, interest, and affirmation (Gottman 1999). You’re more likely to tip the scales to creative rather than destruc- tive if you keep track of your interactions. Share more yearnings; express your feelings; stay present, accessible, responsive, and connected. Start experimenting with the right side of the continuum. Engage fully with truth, responsibility, genuineness, and wholehearted emotional engagement. Keep Track as You Accentuate the Positives Evaluate yourself throughout the day by the levels of the engagement continuum from disengaged to transformative engagement. Keep a daily journal to keep track of your progress, what you are learning, how you are growing, and any changes in your relationship.

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Who has not asked themselves at least once “how would I react if that happened to me?� Reading articles in the press which talk about tragedies taking place in our schools, hospitals, or malls entices dismay, pain, anger, and sadness. Unfortunately it does not provide any useful information that could help us to survive during one of those events. While thinking that something like that could never happen to us would be irrational, we should also avoid the other extreme of becoming paranoid to the point of not being able to live peacefully. So let's make this point clear first. The chances of becoming a victim of an active shooter incident are very low if we compare that to the possibility of dying from other causes. In the U.S.A. for example, there are some 55 million schools and, even though in recent years there has been a sharp increase of incidents, the average over the last two years has been of 20 shooter attacks a year with 16 deaths in 2014 and 18 deaths in 2015. This means there is a 1 in 2.5 million chance that a school is attacked.

Gun Violence Archive If you want to stay updated on mass shootings in the U.S. I recommend visiting this site. You can also find information on all acts of violence in the country.

This is not to say that the problem is not serious, but it gives a realistic picture of the proportions of the issue, and it also leads to the observation that a civilian is far more likely to fall prey to a common criminal than being part a massacre perpetrated by a shooter. And since the whole point I would like to raise is the necessity to be realistic, we need to accept that we live in a world with its dangers and getting ready to defend yourself is a wise practice.

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Active Shooter Drills So, how can one be prepared to face an event so frightening as a shooting? So far Active Shooter Drills were the most common choice, but they were intended to be performed only in schools and hospitals, although recently all types of companies have started to carry out these drills. Nevertheless, the topic is controversial, because in the actual experience many complaints were raised by some people involved in the Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


of staging ultra-realistic situations without special precautions. At the same time, however, we must be aware that if the exercises do not have an escalation that gets them closer and closer to reality, they will never be able to teach you think clearly during a real attack of a shooter.

How to keep your nerves in time of crises in January's issue of I explain why in my article

2015, where I state clearly that I consider an absolute must to undergo training conditions that are close in intensity to the traumatic events you think you may experience, with the specific goal to trigger a pre-shock. Our brain needs to live situations in order to be able to record them in its memory, recognize similar ones later and come up with the appropriate response avoiding the deadly risk of being frozen by fear. Yet, we can get there by degrees and I advice those without previous experience to achieve that goal with a gradual process, rather then diving head first into a hardcore drill that could be potentially cause long-term repercussions. exercises, who stated to have suffered psychological damage as a result. Another criticism was that the workplace training for mass shootings of the FBI is too realistic and upsetting. They claim that participating in an active shooter drill can be as traumatizing

as the real thing, causing in short a sort of "pre-shock." My opinion is that these observations are right. There are people that just watching a horror movie become afraid for days or weeks that what they saw on the screen could actually happen to them in real life, even knowing that it was only fiction. This does not mean that I agree with those who would like to eliminate the active shooter drills altogether. I believe though that exercises for civilians should be made gradually. You cannot think Page 109 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

No Pattern Or Method To stop a shooter before they commit their crime there is still no real reliable solution, except the usual security protocols that include employing metal detectors, reports by acquaintances of the shooter, or weapon sellers. The reason effective prevention is difficult to implement is that up to now we can observe only very few common traits that are often recurrent between different perpetrators. To be specific, those are: planning the shooting in advance, the access to weapons sometimes found in their own home, having used weapons before the crime, having no criminal record. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


If You See Something, Say Some

“If You See Something, Say Something ™ is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement.” This campaign is a serious effort to improve prevention. Unfortunately, it was recently observed that this could not prevent the massacre of San Bernardino, despite evidence that it could have been possible. In fact, after the event it emerged that some neighbors of the shooters had noticed the bizarre behavior of the couple, but they decided against warning the police for fear of being considered racists.

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different for each person, and as we saw in the San Bernardino shooting there are also many reasons that can deter someone from calling the police. Furthermore, consider also that not all people watch TV or do it consistently for several hours, a commercial of 30 seconds is unlikely to leave a permanent mark. I am convinced that it is important to take part to real courses to train your survival skills, understand how to identify a suspect and save your life during a shooting until the arrival of the police.

Surviving an Active Shooter Event Run, Hide, Fight

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I suggest you watch it carefully since it gives a very good overview of what happens when you find yourself confronting an active shooter as well as the "run, hide, fight" method employed to survive. The video format is very convenient for companies and managers as it is specifically aimed to business entities that look forward to training their employees for these situations. Even if you elected not to spend too much time in reviewing the instructional material contained in the footage, I urge you to at least keep in mind the following captions as your guidelines. "Caption: RUN. When an active shooter is in your vicinity:  · If there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate.  · Evacuate Whether others agree to or not.  · Leave your belongings behind.  · Help others escape if possible. Page 111 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

· Prevent others from entering the area. · Call 9-1-1 When You Are safe. Caption: HIDE. If an evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide.  · Lock and / or blockade the door.  · Silence your cell phone.  · Hide behind large objects.  · Remain very quiet. Caption: Should Your hiding place:  ·Be out of the shooter's view.  Provide protection of shots are fired in your direction.  ·Not trap or restrict your options for movement. Caption: FIGHT. As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger:  Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.  Act with physical aggression.  Improvise weapons. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


Private Training

As you can see from the video it is important to know your company and assess the various escape routes or places where you can hide. Consider, however, that you may have to confront a shooter during your shopping at the mall or at the parent-teacher conference of your children. These are places you may not be perfectly familiar with, meaning that you'll have to improvise. Although the first things to do are always running away or hiding, and fighting must be the last resort, it is nevertheless essential to learn to attack in order to defend themselves. Often times the First Responder will not be the police, but probably a civilian like you, but who may have received the training for active shooter incidents. For this purpose, I suggest you take the following course administered by FEMA:

IS-907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do “Course Objectives: Upon completing this course, the participant will be able to: 1. Describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and responding law enforcement officials. 2. Recognize potential workplace violence indicators. 3. Describe actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents. 4. Describe how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident. Primary Audience All individuals, including managers and employees.” Page 112 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

Another option is to contact a specialized private company that can train you more thoroughly. If you wonder whether it is worth paying to participate to these courses, also ask yourself what price you put on your life. As stated above, active shooter events are rare, but even so you may not get a second chance. I recommend you keep in mind that attending one course is not enough to stay prepared forever. Try to continue to retain the skills you learn fresh in your mind, but I am certain that once you complete your first course you will gain an understanding of your weaknesses and your strengths and you will know how to continue your preparation. I selected a few companies that run these courses and that should be suitable to people with a various backgrounds. Searching the Internet you can definitely find other alternatives, it's up to you to choose one that best suits your needs.

AVOID | DENY | DEFEND™ This course is held by the ALERRT™ Center at Texas State University and it is specifically geared to civilians and concerned citizens and teaches a structured method to survive active shooter events. Through their partner ESPADA they also offer a very convenient solution to hold the courses for your employees.

Sage Dynamics' Citizen Response to an Active Shooter This course is targeted to weapon carriers that seek more intense training. As such, it is slightly more advanced than the previous one and may only appeal to narrower audience. Remember that resolving to use your gun should be exclusively your last resort in a life -or-death situation. A civilian cannot and must not replace the law enforcement or the security specialists. Learning to defend yourself is paramount in my opinion, but I am also of the view that if possible you should always try to avoid direct physical confrontation, especially against an armed suspect. Your goal is your survival, first and foremost. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


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She is a Multilingual Senior Crisis and Homeland Security Advisor, with several years at the service of Governments and Corporations. She is the Managing Director for Hemeis Consulting and her company provides Advice and Training in: Management Consulting | Crisis Prevention | Intelligence Analysis | Counter-Espionage | Counter-Terrorism | Criminal Organizations | Man-Made Disasters | Corporate Crime | Union Strike and Negotiation | Crisis Communication | Crisis of Malevolence | Post-Conflict Recovery | Seminars | Workshops | Conference | Keynote Speeches Keep in touch with Anna: E-mail:annacorsaro@hemeisconsulting.com LinkedIn: AnnaCorsaro Twitter: @AnnaCorsaroAdv

Daniel Djouder

Daniel Djouder

He is a Multilingual Economic and Geopolitical Analyst who works as a team-member for Hemeis Consulting. He holds an MA in Law and Economics with honors, an MA in International Relations and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economic Security, Geopolitics and Intelligence. He writes articles for Geopolitical Monitor Intelligence Corp., The Daily Journalist, and Forbes. Keep in touch with Daniel: Email: danieldjouder@hemeisconsulting.com LinkedIn: Daniel Djouder Twitter: @DanielDjouder

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Based on Bristol Stool Form Scale

The Bristol Stool Form Scale was developed at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. It is to classify one’s bowel movements into seven distinctive categories, There is a direct correlation between the form of the stool and the amount of time foo wastes have spent in the gastrointestinal tract. If stools stay in the gut for too long, t body may not be able to eliminate wastes efficiently. If stools are runny and hard to c tain, the body is unable to fully absorb water and nutrients from food.

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Type 2 Sausage Shaped Lumpy uncomfortable to pass. These stools are difficult to pass and require a lot of straining. Constilation could be caused by many reasons.:  Imbalanced diet lacking fruit and vegetables fiber and

high in animal proteins, fats, processed foods: Stress both physical and emotional ofter causing irritable Bowel Syndrome.

 Scarring or adhesions in the bowel  Parasites  Street drucsa nd some medications  Imbalance of gut Flora (bacterial dysbiosis)  Aeries and intolerances  Long term laxative abuse etc.

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Precursor to Diarrhea Although occasionally everyone has soft blobby skiddy foul smelling tools, if this is a regular occurrence then one should reevaluate their diet.: Reduce intake of alcohol, processed products, animal fats; in some rare cases reduce fruit intake: watch sugar intake and make sure that there is an overall balance of proteins, vegetables and grains in the diet.

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Common Symptoms of Dehydration. FATIGUE: Dehydration causes enzymatic activity to slow down. CONSTIPATION: During dehydration, the colon removes more water than normal in order to provide fluid for other parts of the body. DIGESTIVE DISORDERS: Dehydration reduces the secretion of digestive juices. This can be the root of heartburn, gastritis, and ulcers. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: The body’s blood volume is mostly water. Dehydration causes blood to thicken which makes it more difficult to pump. CHOLESTEROL: Dehydration causes cellular water loss. The body produces more cholesterol in an attempt to “seal off” water loss. RESPIRATORY TROUBLES: A large amount of water is exhaled during even normal breathing. Dehydration results in restricted airways in an attempt to reduce water loss. Page 120 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

ACID-ALKALINE BALANCE: Dehydration significantly reduces the body’s ability to remove acid WEIGHT GAIN: Thirst is often confused with hunger. When food is consumed at the expense of water, weight gain can be the result. SKIN DISORDERS: The skin is the body’s largest detoxification pathway. Lack of water restricts the movement of toxins through the skin and also results in premature wrinkling. LIVER, KIDNEY, BLADDER PROBLEMS: The liver, kidneys, and bladder all require copious amounts of water for detoxification. Dehydration increases the concentration of the toxins these organs must eliminate. JOINT PROBLEMS: Cartilage is mainly water. Dehydration increases abrasive damage and delays repair. PREMATURE AGING: The body of a newborn child is over 90% water. The Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


Tips on Drinking Water. Some people know they don’t drinking enough, but others protest “I drink water all day long!” But if what you drink runs right through you, you are not getting the benefit, and are not, in fact, being hydrated. Here are the three elements I consider: 1. Input. Drink approximately half your weight in ounces of water each day. Coffee, tea (unless herbal), alcohol and soda don’t count! 2. Quality. Tap water isn’t always healthy, and I usually recommend a filter. An inexpensive charcoal filter (such as a Brita) often works well, or there are more comprehensive systems, such as Reverse Osmosis, that can be installed under the sink or for the whole home for a few hundred dollars. With RO, you’ll need to add electrolytes back in, as it takes out everything. Page 121 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

Uptake. As with nutrients, we can become less capable of absorbing and utilizing water. You’ve probably heard of “insulin resistance” as a diabetes marker. We can become “resistant” to other hormones and nutrients as well. f you can’t increase hydration by increasing water intake, it can indicate impaired resistance in general. Don’t increase your water by downing quarts at a time! Our kidneys have a remarkable ability to adjust output, but too much at once can actually dehydrate you, as it will take a lot of electrolytes with it. Instead, sip regularly in-between meals. (Drinking too much during meals dilutes your digestive enzymes, another no-no.) For heart health, it is important to maintain hydration at night, when we normally lose some, and to rehydrate again first thing in the morning. Bladder wake you up? That may be more a sleep issue. If you’re getting deep, sound sleep, it’s normal to simply wake in the morning with a full bladder. Drink up! And let me know if you feel better! Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


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that would support a vineyard of world class distinction. In 1982, after exhaustive searching they purchased what was then known as the historic El Roble Grande Ranch in Lower Lake, California. At that time, El Roble Grande was a rather run-down abandoned horse breeding facility situated on 900 acres of wilderness. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


Their vision of perfect growing conditions, such as rich soil, fresh water and clean air, transcended preconceived notions about county affiliations. They saw the high elevation sites, red volcanic soils, on-site water sources, pristine air and the rugged natural beauty of this most special place, and realized this was a land of great potential. They saw the opportunity to create something very unique and authentic from this wild land and that vision has now come to fruition. Page 125 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

Mitch and Tracey Hawkins took over the daily operations of the ranch in 1999 and began to plan the vineyard. The vines were planted in 2001 and the first release, the 2004, was met with an International Gold Medal. It was important to the family that they maintain the original feel of the property. Lake County is still Cowboy country and Hawk and Horse Vineyards takes advantage of a local work force of young men and women – true cowboys and girls who understand the value of a good day’s work. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


2010 'Latigo' Cabernet Sauvignon Dessert Wine - 375 ml $45/bottle - $540/case This is a dessert wine made in the port style; harvested late and fortified with alembic Brandy. Beautiful dark amber-red jewel tones with deep sultry aromas of ripe roses, delicate smoke and cocoa. Flavors of smooth, rich, black chocolate cherries, pipe tobacco, currants and caramel delight the palate. Balanced tannins and acidity lend structure. Scented and intensely concentrated; perfect as an after dinner drink or sip with your favorite chocolate! Cigar lover’s delight! Gold Medal, 92 Points, Exceptional - International Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge Best Dessert Wine - International Eco-Friendly Wine Challenge

The rustic elegance of El Roble Grande has been maintained in the development of Hawk and Horse Vineyards. The tasting room is in a part of the former horse trainer’s residence and is kept as a tack room with antique saddles, tack and memorabilia from the property’s storied past. The horse pastures now house a handful of American Saddlebred and American Quarter Horses which the family uses to ride the fence line and for play at amateur rodeo events. Some of the pasture land is also home to Scottish Highlander Cattle which provide Page 126 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

$65/bottle - $780/case This is one of our most elegant vintage to date. With long hang time and coole temperatures this vintage developed layers of complexity and subtlety. Show ing lively, saturated, bright garnet red in the glass; perfumed with notes of ceda ripe roses and nutmeg. Starts out soft and elegant offering notes of Bing cherry, black fruit, sweet leather and co coa. Finish is long, lush and velvety. Softly integrated tannins provide structure and offer longevity. This wine is beautifully balanced. Pair with grilled New York steaks or your favorite dark chocolate. 98 Points - Platinum, Best in Class, Best of Show - Sommeliers’ Challenge International Wine Competition Gold Medal - Denver International Win Competition Gold Medal - Indy International Wine Competition the necessary elements of the biodynamic farming used in the growing of Hawk and Horse Vineyards wine. The majority of vineyard preparations are made on site – compost and manure are vital ingredients. The vineyard is also home to a large number of Red-Tail Hawks who help keep rodent populations in check. A visit to Hawk and Horse Vineyards is a step back to the gracious ranching life and familybased hospitality of a bygone era. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


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Tracey Hawkins Tracey was born in Fullerton, California on July 22nd, 1964. She grew up in Sonoma County, California, where, from a young age, she helped in the family's restaurant. Growing up in California's wine country, wine was a natural part of life. When the family purchased the 1,300 acre Lower Lake property which is now home to Hawk and Horse Vineyards, Tracey immediately resonated with the land and its rugged beauty. Regular visits evolved and she and Mitch eventually began running the ranch and developing Hawk and Horse Vineyards with the support of their family. Tracey and Mitch work closely together in all aspects of wine production, from farming and harvest decisions to winemaking and cooperage. Tracey serves as Executive Winemaker, liaising with the winery's Consulting Winemakers and is involved in all the substantive winemaking decisions. She has had the opportunity to work with and be mentored by some of the finest winemakers in the industry. Before starting Hawk and Horse Vineyards, Tracey worked in the wine industry for six years in sales and marketing. Tracey holds a degree in Creative Writing, summa cum laude, from San Francisco State University. She has also studied wine making through U.C. Davis and wine marketing at Sonoma State University. In her spare time, Tracey enjoys spending time with her children, cooking, and writing poetry. She also competes in amateur rodeo and gymkhana events. Mitch and Tracey have three children whom they raise in close relationship to the land and the business they so love.

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Mac & Cheese with Lobster EQUIPMENT  Hand strainer  Sheet pans  Mini food processor DIRECTIONS et 3 pots and 2 pans (water for lobster, water for macaroni, pot for cheese sauce, small pan for butter, and one cast iron pan for corn and jalapeño). Salt the water. G

INGREDIENTS  1 pound elbow macaroni  1 cup white cheddar  ½ cup smoked gouda  ½ cup cream cheese  1 cup fontina  ½ cup milk  2 tablespoons flour  2 tablespoons butter  1 cup crumbled cornbread  1 stick butter  3 lobster tails  1 cup corn  3 finely diced jalapeños

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Make a roux for the mac and cheese. Melt butter and whisk in flour. Whisk in milk. Stir in cheese to milk mixture and whisk. Stir and add seasoning to sauce. Start a new pan with melted butter for cornbread. Break up cornbread mix with melted butter. Put pan in oven. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


Banana Bread with Buttermilk Ice Cream TOPPING      

2 bananas ½ cup pecan pieces ½ cup brown sugar 1 pint heavy cream ½ teaspoon salt ¼ pound butter

EQUIPMENT  Sheet tray with parchment  Stand mixer with paddle  Stand mixer bowl with

INGREDIENTS BANANA BREAD         

1 egg ¼ cup butter ½ cup sugar 2 bananas ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt

ICE CREAM ½ can sweet condensed milk ½ tablespoon vanilla 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup buttermilk Troy added liquid nitrogen to make this into ice cream on the show, but for those without access to liquid nitrogen, follow the directions on a conventional ice cream maker.

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BANANA BREAD Put butter, sugar and bananas into stand mixer with paddle. Add egg to the mixture. Add flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Spread butter thinly over sheet pan with parchment paper, bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

TOPPING Heat a pan over high heat. Melt butter and add cut up banana, brown sugar and pecans. Deglaze with brandy and whisk in heavy cream.

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By Laura Brin After working in the corporate world for 20 years, Kathy Gundesen decided to make a change last year. She started a business on the side selling the hand-sewn bags she enjoyed creating in her free time. Now, one year later, she has left her corporate job to focus on Cape Haven Designs full time. Cape Haven sells a variety of products inspired by the beaches of the San Juan Islands where her family vacations. The colors and textures mimic the sand and water, and the brand evokes a calm and beachy feeling. Kathy wasn’t just interested in starting her company as a source of income. She also wanted to find a way to give back to causes near and dear to her. “In order to share the good life that I've been blessed with, I want my company to support organizations that effectively provide educational opportunities where none exist,” Kathy explains.

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Kathy reached out to HER: Hope. Educate. Rise. as a potential partner last summer. She knows that the mission of HER and Central Asia Institute (CAI) fell in line with her values. “I have followed CAI’s work for a number of years. In countries that are more developed and industrialized, the majority of children and adults have basic educational opportunities, but we still see huge gaps in education elsewhere.” HER is a social fundraising program of CAI, and gives an opportunity for supporters to engage on a deeper level by raising funds and awareness about the organization’s mission. CAI is a nonprofit that has concentrated on education and literacy programs in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan for two decades. CAI started with the idea that every child deserves to learn, and that peace can be achieved through education, one child at a time. Programs include school building; providing school supplies and support; teacher training and salaries; higher education scholarships; women’s literacy and vocational centers; and other community-based projects. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


CAI’s philosophy is to work with communities to empower them to make the change in their own lives and communities. Each one of CAI’s projects is initiated, implemented, and managed by locals. A committee of local elders guides each selected project. Before a project starts, the community contributes project funds with local resources and labor. Commitment to this philosophy ensures a project’s viability and longterm success, and defines how we operate. In 1993, after a failed attempt to climb the world’s second highest mountain, K2, Greg Mortenson became enchanted with the local people of Pakistan, many of whom risked their lives every year serving as porters for mountaineers just like him. One day, in the impoverished village of Korphe, located high in the Karakorum mountain range of Pakistan, Mortenson witnessed some of the local children scratching their school lessons in the dirt. Appalled that children would have to endure such conditions and enamored with the kindness of the Balti people, Mortenson resolved to build a school. It would be many years before he could make good on his promise, but he did eventually fulfill it, thanks to the support of wealthy benefactor and fellow climber, Dr. Jean Hoerni. Inspired by Mortenson’s passion and drive, Hoerni agreed to underwrite a bridge and school for the village. Though Mortenson and Hoerni had no way of knowing when they first created the organization, Page 138 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

CAI would change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Over two decades, CAI’s programs and projects have expanded into other remote regions of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, many of them too dangerous or isolated for other organizations to reach. CAI’s success in these areas is because it maintains that the best method for sustainable, widespread change is to initiate projects requested by the community. The philosophy is “ask communities what they need, don’t tell them.” This philosophy has proven effective time and time again. To date, CAI has initiated over 450 projects, and hundreds of new requests for help cross our desks every day. So, what is important about education, especially for girls? Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


Economic growth improves: · An increase of only 1 percent in girls’ secondary education attendance adds 0.3 percent to a country’s GDP · An extra year of secondary school can increase a girl’s potential income by 15-25 percent It prevents child marriage: · When a girl remains in secondary school, she is six times less likely to marry young. While CAI has been the facilitator to this important work, our accomplishments would not have been possible without the hundreds of thousands of donors, supporters, and volunteers that joined the girls’ education movement. Historically, over 90 percent of CAI funding has come from individuals – people all across the U.S. and the world have joined the cause – donating, fundraising, volunteering, and spreading the word about our mission of peace through education.

We know that without educating girls, a society won’t change. Educating one woman is equivalent to educating several men because a woman will share her knowledge with her family, her children, and her community, amplifying the impact of one school ten-fold. The impact on the community can also be seen in a variety of ways: Education improves health: · Children of literate mothers have a 50 percent greater chance of surviving past age 5. Each additional year of a mother’s schooling cuts infant mortality by between 5 and 10 percent. Page 139 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

In April 2011, CAI experienced a setback. CBS aired programming that called into question CAI’s management of some programs and its finances. The organization, which is based in Montanta, worked diligently with the Montana Attorney General and internally to vigorously address those allegations to rectify perceived shortcomings. This included undergoing annual audits of finances and activities and entering into an agreement with the State of Montana to effectuate significant changes to ensure that CAI continues to operate as a charitable organization with the utmost integrity. As of April 2015, CAI has satisfactorily fulfilled all specific actions and obligations outlined in its agreement with the State of Montana. In addition, CAI has successfully completed examinations by the IRS and independent auditing/accounting firms, and has met or exceeded reporting requirements pertaining to transparency and accountability, including those of the nonprofit watchdog agencies GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and the Better Business Bureau. All of this happened while maintaining a commitment to CAI’s mission to bring peace through education. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


CAI has been forced to cut spending on overseas programs due to decreased funding. However, CAI’s core donors stood with us. Our loyal supporters saw that our dedication to our mission stood strong. Aside from individual giving, CAI supporters like Kathy of Cape Haven Designs have been coming to us for years with their own unique, creative ideas to fundraise for girls’ education. To support individuals like Kathy and others who are looking to do more than donate, CAI has established HER: Hope. Educate. Rise. HER gives CAI supporters the opportunity to work alongside our team, raising funds and awareness about our work in these rural and impoverished mountain communities. HER gives our supporters that opportunity, while getting their friends and family in on the fun. Participants can choose how they would like to fundraise - they can make it as unique, fun, serious, or quirky as they want, and can make it fit their personality and lifestyle. Here are some of the ways to join HER: Run, Walk, Ride for HER Participating in an athletic event or other physical challenge is a wonderful opportunity to fundraise for HER. Some athletes pick an existing marathon, half marathon, triathlon or even obstacle race. Others have chosen their own adventure, like riding a bike cross country or climbing a mountain and fundraising along the way. Dine for HER Dine for HER is a way for participants to welcome friends and family into their home and have fun while raising money to support the cause. Fundraisers can host any type of event that fits their personality, such as a cocktail party, movie screening, or outside barbecue, and their social network can donate towards their fundraiser for HER during the event. Create for HER Supporters can put their passion for creativity to work by selling their art and creations, and donating all or part of the proceeds to the program. Page 140 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

Celebrate for HER Instead of celebrating holidays, birthdays, or other milestones in the same way every year, people can celebrate for HER by donating their celebration. From birthdays to graduations to weddings, people can ask friends and family to donate to HER instead of receiving a gift. Fundraise at Work for HER Work is actually a great place for people to fundraise! Fundraising at Work for HER can mix up a work day and create positive energy and a sense of community around the office. We offer tons of ideas to get participants started. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


Start Something for HER This option is for participants who think outside of the box. Start Something for HER and choose any way to fundraise – shave your head or have an arm wrestling competition, and do it for HER. However participants choose to fundraise, 100% of the funds go directly to educational programs overseas. None of the money goes towards administrative costs, amplifying the impact of the program. HER provides a multitude of resources to help fundraisers succeed once they decide to sign up. Participants can create and customize an online fundraising page that they can send to their community to spread the word about their fundraiser. There are also toolkits which include fundraising and thank you letter templates, prewritten social media posts, images and photographs to use in communications, and other useful templates. Participants also get personalized support from the HER staff – from brainstorming fundraising ideas to following through with their campaign. Sometimes it is hard to imagine how an individual can really create change in a poor, rural, mountain village in Central Asia. The HER movement makes it possible for one person here to make a true impact on a life in Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Tajikistan. When people join the HER movement, they aren’t the only one who gets involved. So do their mothers and brothers, their friends and coworkers, their dentists and bankers. Their community joins in, spreading the impact. And it doesn’t take as much funding as one might think to make a tangible difference. One $50 donation can send a girl to school for a year. $100 can buy life-saving supplies used by a local midwife. $1,000 raised can pay an annual teacher’s salary, educating an entire classroom of children. With every dollar going overseas, every single dollar counts. And every beautiful bag made by Kathy at Cape Haven Designs counts, too. HER is a powerful way to engage community, and get involved with an important cause on a deep level. It is fun and rewarding, and a great way to engage with community, coworkers, family, or other social networks. And the best part is it makes a huge impact. Page 141 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

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Franchises Women are Likely to Excel In... By David Goodman Although, I am a man, I have been alive on this planet Earth for approaching 70 years and have seen women excel in so many areas of business due to their inherent strengths. It would be extremely biased for anyone to deny acknowledgement of those benefits in the business of franchising. That

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Initially this article, to some, may seem a tad chauvinistic. However, please don’t be disheartened, there is a method to my madness.

The Evolution of Franchising The franchise business or for that matter any business, is no longer a game for only men. There are specific traits that are part of a woman’s make up that make them “a natural” in certain areas of franchising. Let’s explore some of those industries and ferret out the ideal ones that may be better suited for women inSubscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


better-half, “Honey where are my glasses?” Even though they may be right on top of my head where I ingeniously placed them so I would not lose them! To the best of my recollection, I have never experienced that question from my spouse because she knows where everything is. She is organized.

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Window treatment franchises such as designing, curtains and blinds to fit a certain décor, either new concepts or complement what is already in existence.

Betty Had a Dilemma Shelf and closet remodeling franchises are also very popular and can be a very exciting business that has been extremely lucrative. I know one such situation where a mother, we will call her Betty, had twin daughters who both had graduated from a local 2 year college with degrees in general studies. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


mentoring, computer software, name recognition, and most important a proven system that has been successful for 25 years. Armed with that backing the family grew and prospered.

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Their hopes were to go to a 4 year university and finish their degrees so they could be an educator, hopefully, at a near-by school. However, Betty had an unfortunate turn of events and was broadsided by a drunk driver and needed both children to help her in a very lengthy recovery. The good news is that Betty fully recovered and was awarded a sum of money that she leveraged by putting both daughters in the closet design business. They knew nothing about closets or the designing them, however, the franchise gave them the training, a business plan, Page 146 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

Total kitchen revamping franchises are also perfect for women. I remember a candidate who called me and said that he has done kitchen remodeling, actually as a hobby, off and on for 30 years. His real love was running his own machine facility and he was just about ready to retire. His daughter worked with him when she was a little girl helping with kitchen design. Now that she has grown and had a family of her own. Her husband had left to pursue another life and left her high and dry. She needed to have her own business. I told the daughter, Marsha, that I did have a number of franchises that would fit in that particular business arena. However, owning your own business is very different than simply having a knack for design. I went on to say that I would only suggest franchises that I knew would have every possible segment of the business mapped Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


out for her. From specific and proprietary design software, business introduction, contractor identification, connections and manufacturer locations, marketing programs, an ongoing support staff and mentor group, business location identifier, lease negotiations, and proven successful system. Basically a business in a box! I think the happiest person relative to this placement was Marsha’s dad. Now he could retire knowing that he has not just given his daughter a large supply of fish but has actually supplied her with the means to learn how to fish for herself; forever! Page 147 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

35 Franchises for Child Development Also, it is well known that women are nurturing and dedicated to children, child rearing and development. That

is why I have approaching 30 franchises that are targeted toward, physical, mental, emotional, and scholastic growth of children; From the very youngest to even our senior citizens. I know of one child educational franchise in particular, whose top producer on a national scale is a woman. Now, every one of this grouping of franchises is looking for some very specific things to ferret out the most qualified candidates. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


They look for passion, a motivation to own your own business, drive and determination, ability to follow a proven system, strong networking skills, managerial ability, communication skills and a high degree of creativity. None of these franchisors are looking for anyone with an education background. I would like to highlight yet another category where women may excel in franchising, Home Health Care. The obvious give away is that the vast plurality of nurses are women. Incidentally, I am one of the exceptions, I am, among my titles a Registered Nurse. I remember very vividly driving my three young children ages 4,5,and 6, back to the house. They were all in the back in their respective child restraint seats. Then, all of a sudden my 4 year old son said, “Daddy, I know that you are not a nurse. Jamie Clark is the smartest girl in my kindergarten class and she said only girls are nurses!” I guess Jamie Clark may not be the smartest girl in the class, after all! Page 148 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

Home Health Care is Huge Suffice it to say, Home Health Care Industry is huge. There are 15 to 20 million people over 65 in this country and officials say that in ten years those numbers may double. Although, I do not have any hard data on how many women are in that field, I can attest to personal experience. I was the Director of Nursing for a home health care facility. The owner was a woman, the head of nursing care was a woman and virtually every one of the nurses were women. I would venture to guess that scenario is indicative of many home health care businesses. However, there is a very key point that needs to be addressed. One does not need to have any prior or formal training, or be male or female to own a senior care facility of just about any type. And there are many types. That is the reason why I have almost 40 different Home Health Care franchise models to choose from. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


However, since they are franchises, they all have certain characteristics. There is an extensive training period, support and mentorship is ongoing, any of the nuances regarding, the business is typically addressed in exhaustive detail. The franchisor gives protected territory. Many franchises offer national advertising to its brand and help with every phase of the business. Once again, being a nurse, has nothing to do with success. Actually the nursing segment, whether, skilled or unskilled, although important, is only one part of the overall business model. All the other pieces of the business need to fit. The Franchisors are experts at helping the candidate obtain the correct personnel with the appropriate credentials plus training, teaching and guiding the franchisee to success.

The Developing Pattern? I hope the reader is beginning to see a pattern developing? In none of the examples mentioned in the aforementioned paragraphs, did I ever mention that the franchisors were looking for anyone experienced in a certain field. On the contrary, they thirst for candidates with general business skills. According to many franchisors only about 15% of their franchisee base had valuable prior experience in the franchise Page 149 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

they chose. That means 85% of all franchisees had no prior knowledge, disposition, or training in the franchise that became their final destination. Franchisors are looking for people to work on the business not in the business. Obviously that fact begs the initial premise that women are pre-disposed to do well in certain franchises. The true fact is the business entity which we will dub “Franchises”, is a non-biased structure that for the most part, only reacts negatively or positively to what level one stays within the system outlined by the franchisor. In other words, you choose what franchise meets your own personal needs and your success could ultimately be measured by how well and conscientious you adhere to the franchisor’s system outline. Once again, utilizing my quasi-scientific research, that being, no man I know actually follows assembly directions for anything. I specifically remember almost 40 years ago, I was industriously putting together a toy for my one year old son. (I was a new father)After 2 hours of frustratingly trying to put it together, I finally resorted to the instructions which had the following castrating remark at the beginning of the paragraph. “Following these explicit directions, the assembly of this toy should take about 45 minutes. However, we have been notified that if

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one does not follow these instructions in a step by step manner, the assembly could take upwards of two and a half hours to complete.� True story! Since women are finding their way to express themselves in business by franchising, more and more each year, and one of the magic ingredients to be a successful franchisee is to follow the proven system, it is not inconceivable that there will come a time when female franchisees will outnumber their male counterparts. And if that is the case, then, so be it!

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Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization's Baby Rhino Orphanage at Thula Thula Lawrence Anthony’s Thula Thula Receives Baby Rhino Orphan. This First New Arrival is Rather Large by Tree Trunk Standards! Above you can see one of our first new arrivals playing with a tree trunk. This baby lost his mom to poachers and is just beginning to recover from the traumatic experience. The goal with all orphans is to Rescue, Rehabilitate and Return to the Wild. The care of these Rhino’s is a 24/7 job, requiring expertise, patience and love. One of the many tragic fallouts of the poaching crisis is the orphaned young rhinos that are left behind once the mothers have been killed. A rhino calf depends entirely on its mother for food and protection from predators. Losing its mother in infancy often has a deadly outcome for the calf. Our Mission: To reverse the decline of the plant and animal kingdoms and our environment through education and cooperative action. Because None Survive Alone. Page 162 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

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Marilyn Harris, is a true Champion for women, leading thousands of Veteran and other women into elevation today into their own expansions and elevations both personally and professionally, by providing resources and education for women business owners. Marilyn’s unique strength manifested from her foundation of challenging her own PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) into a National Movement for other Veteran Women. Leadership is born from challenge, and Marylyn magnetizes to this word, in every accomplishment she has challenged another layer of support behind women around the Nation. Marilyn initially began her foundation of leadership and strength in her own service in the Military, as a former Medic and Certified Vocational Nurse in the U.S. Army from 1981- 1992. She served a Tour of Duty in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm & Desert Shield. Her experiences and observations in the Page 166 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

Military, elevated her beyond her own personal or professional career focus. Upon her growth in her education and Graduating with her Master’s Degree in Nursing and her MBA, she as well grew in her expansions in Graduating from several Prestigious Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Programs. Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), Oklahoma State University Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP), VWISE set out to make a difference for other Military Veteran Women, as also a National Ambassador for the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Program. Marilyn is courageously candid about the challenges she along with other women met with daily in her Military service including emotional control, sexual harassment or the reality of a silent code on sexual misconduct or even sexual assault within the larger Military infrastructure of higher chains of Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


male Vets, Opportunities and Resources. command. In her early years of service, the internal routine, for many women who did not comply with the sexual pressure, many times led for women to actually be Court Martialed or simply lowered in ranks or out casted by their male peers in a mental health brandishing to even a Dishonorable Discharge. To face extreme adversity and discounted violations is in itself a woman’s greatest test, but to Champion one’s experiences and support other women on the vast level that Marilyn has initiated, reflects on her depth of moral integrity. It was not enough for Marylyn Harris to accept the Military Silent Code in her days of service, and upon her return to the public sector after her service, she had to address her own Military Sexual Trauma and PTSD issues by regularly attending Combat Woman Support Groups. In any roads of violation, elevation can manifest a purpose and growth for thousands of other women. Marylyn returned to her Nursing career and growth in her own Home Health Consultant business while continuing in education, yet she was always aware there was a need to manifest a change, an elevation and support behind Veteran Women.

More than 30,000 women veterans in her local Houston office and eventually over 191,000 across the entire state of Texas received support in their own needs to actualize their economic growth in success in their developments of their own businesses. The Mission of the Women Veterans Business Center (WVBC), located in Houston, TX is to educate and empower women veterans, and their families who together work towards empowerment of women veterans after post-Military challenges many face, including potential PTSD, unemployment, depression or even mental illness or homelessness without the support behind their recovery and economic growth. Marylyn Harris only fittingly as a “Champion” and one that elevates “Change” in her daily support behind over two hundred thousand veteran women, was met with a very surprising phone call which appeared on her Caller ID, as “White House,” in a day, like no other she will

In 2009, Marylyn researched with many colleagues, in realization Veteran Women in our Country were missing supportive alliances in growing their own economic stability and wealth generating companies after leaving the Military. In her devotion to synergy, Marylyn launched the Nation’s first and only Women Veterans’ Business Center, designed to assist the growth of potential of thousands of women veterans across first the region and soon the nation.

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forget. She received a call from the White House, with invitation with her family to receive her “Champion of Change Award.” She had been nominated without her knowledge, and elected the recipient of this Honorable Award in 2013, meeting President Obama and the First Lady. Marylyn continues to be Honored with various Awards and was recognized as a Veteran Business Champion of the Year for five- state Small Business Administration Region VI. In 2014, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from UT Health School of Nursing in Houston and is today still growing, in her devotion to obtain her PHd in Nursing. There is no limitation of supportive growth for veteran women who connect to Marylyn Harris, who is one of the most approachable and nurturing leaders for women today. As she concludes, “we all need one another and we must stay connected as women to truly align our resources for extended educational workshops, speaker events and unique elevations to address the needs of women today. It’s when we don’t stay connected in trust is when we don’t do well.” If anyone can mentor women into growth and education, Marylyn Harris only reaches higher until she has moved thousands of other women with her up the “mountain of empowerment in collaborative teamwork and business accomplishments.” Marylyn shared, “Women will grow not only economically, but in our relationships, our health and wellness, our choices and our challenges, as we sincerely support one another and can then even address issues like health care conflicts for women or other challenges as a team.” For a little tiny town in Houston, to start a Resource Center in three short years to be recognized at the White House is inspiration for the potential of what is possible as Marylyn’s also a mom, and both her son and daughter supported her donating at Trade Shows and events and because of this work to serve as a Youth Board Member for WVBC, both of her children, received Scholarships in their Colleges for their service. If “challenge” were the name of a “mountain,” we know that Marylyn would be climbing the mountain to Mt Everest leading many women up the mountain with her to the top of the mountain.

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Four Factors Influencing Why We Buy Shawn Sandy, The Selling Agency

www.thesellingagency.com These last 5-10 years have seen significant changes in the influences driving consumer purchasing behavior. And “selling” to modern consumers has changed dramatically too, however, from our insight into our clients organizations and what we’re hearing about selling, in general, is that Sales as a profession, has been slow to realize and adapt to the changes. This spells out BIG, mega opportunities for differentiation and market growth for companies that put the time and effort in to harnessing the power of these influences and driving forces: Biology, Psychology, Sociology & Technology.

Biology

Our advance, homosapien, brain, “The Neocortex”, is where we process language, rationalize and analyze incoming information. It is NOT, however, where we make decisions. “The Lymbic System” is where we generate “feelings” and our subconscious brain lives here – keeping us breathing, remembering how to stay alive without thinking about it. This “cave-man” brain is where we make our decisions. So, though you can analyze, rationalize and itemize like Einstein, if your “gut” feels it’s not right, you’ll fight that decision. We tend to go with our instinct, intuition, gut – our “feeling” first and then rationalize the decision to back up our choice.

Studying biology or buying decisions is not anything radically new, however having a better understanding of the way we take in information, process it and make decisions helps us understand some of the basic and fundamental truths we experience as buyers.

Why is this important when you’re selling? Because if people don’t have a good “feeling” ie – “Trust” about you, you’ll most likely never influence the decision to buy you.

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It’s this “feeling” brain that really brings us on board or turns us off when we make choices. Because


of analyzing, our choices reflect our most personal values and character – even in business. Think about the business choices or purchases every day that you feel good about making? Do you “shop local” because you want to support your neighbors and community economy? What about buying a certain brand of shoes because they give a pair to someone under privileged? Or what about corporate purchasing decisions that are driven by a vendor’s “carbon footprint”? None of these are examples of price motivated decisions {though costs are always considered, you may pay more because you share values}. These are examples of doing business with people who believe what you believe. Customers don’t buy WHAT you do; they buy WHY you do it. How do you leverage BIOLOGY in Selling?

Don’t seek to sell, seek to understand and earn trust.

start a business, find a problem and solve it.” Understand your customers’ problems and work to solve those. Earning trust doesn’t mean you’re altruistic, it means selling something someone values and is mutually beneficial. Earning trust is about helping people buy instead of selling to them. Helping people buy is providing insight and information, being visible, vocal and a leader in your industry, not a sales person trying to hit your quota.

Be transparent and authentic. Knowing why you started your business and openly sharing your beliefs, perspective and passion, gives buyers the opportunity to connect their values to your values which makes you valuable. Doing what you say you’ll do and living your core values authentically builds credibility and trust – both which speak to buyers’ “gut feeling” and help them make decisions to buy you.

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Psychology Remember that “primitive” brain in charge? Yeah, the one making decisions for us? Another important function it provides is alerting us to danger – putting us on alert and creating “fear” {my least favorite “F” word}. Our sense of fear still functions in much of a “maintain survival” mode – which makes many of our responses basic or primitive in nature but disproportionate to the amount of actual risk involved in a choice. For example, you have to stand up in front of your colleagues and recap your division’s quarterly progress, your “fear” alert reacts primitively like you’re going to leave the cave and there are hungry bears outside waiting to eat you. This response has you sweating, feeling sick to your stomach and wanting to pass out or run. However, what really could happen is you mess up a few words, you look nervous and people think you’re not the greatest presenter. Chances of death, being mauled, losing your job or even falling down are slim to none but your brain and your body fear the worst.

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Maintaining, keeping, fighting for the Status Quo is the neutral gear most buyers operate in – especially in Business to Business channels. The known is safe. More of the same yields fewer unfavorable surprise outcomes. Making a switch to a new vendor, a new brand a new company carries much risk. Fear of making a bad decision is more powerful than making a good decision. We will make more decisions influenced by the Fear of loss than making choices that lead to potential gains. How do you leverage Psychology in Selling?

Share control with customers. Developing products and solutions to problems with your customers gives them a feeling of control in their outcome. Fewer surprises, more communication and collaboration are not only comforting, but they yield more satisfied customers that had very positive experiences and are more willing to share those positive experiences {And P.S. - You’ve just created advocates}

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being vulnerable yourself. Show your face, your humanness, your caring and humorous nature. Introduce other team members – let buyers understand and appreciate the experience and expertise that goes with working with you and your company. Customer stories and real examples bring risk in to context for buyers so they can relate and see themselves in your solutions.

Sociology Relating our experiences – as with story telling – goes back to our talk of Cave Man days. Word of mouth marketing is pretty much the same as drawing symbols on the cave where “Ug tells Grugg where to find the best moss for making cave pillows.” Our socialization in the way we relate and trust business has changed tremendously in the last 20 years thanks to technology and the internet. Our access to people and information has reformed the notions of “community” and transcended physical and geographical limitations. Common interests, causes and passions are now often the glue bonding people to other people. There really is somebody for everybody. Page 175 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

The sense of belonging isn’t restricted to neighborhoods, chambers or states – we can talk and socialize with people all over the world. In fact, over 80% of the world’s online population can be reached via a Social Network. Our ability and desire to build and maintain meaningful connections with anyone over anything goes beyond our personal and social experiences and carries over to be the new “norm” or expectation in ALL our experiences – both personal and professional, business and pleasure. Customer experience is now a major differentiating factor in business. When all other variables are relatively equal – price, terms, delivery – the vendor that delivers the best experience, wins the customer. And whether your social circles are your church groups or a forum for cricket farmers, the new norm is to share those experiences – good and bad, with those audiences. Our social circles are where we seek information and insight to make purchasing decisions – lowering risk through understanding other’s experiences. “Social proof” is word of mouth advertising like we’ve never seen before. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


It’s so powerful because with increased technology and transparency, our trust in companies, advertising and corporate scripted messages is extremely low. Big companies have been exposed for false advertising, lying, cheating shareholders, scandals, immoral practices, et cetera. In reality, the bad behavior that has broken consumer trust is a miniscule fraction of business, but because it’s so visible and so accessible now, consumers are wary. Buyer to company trust is only at 33% whereas Buyer to Buyer trust is at a 92% threshold. We will take trust the word of a stranger or acquaintance over what YOU say about your company. How do you leverage Sociology in Selling?

Design your interactions and customer experience from the customers’ perspective. We presume too much about what customers want from us or what they find valuable and useful. Ask your customers how they want to communicate with you and what they want to know about you, your company, your product and or offers. Understand how you fit in to their bigger problems and be a part of their total solution. No purchase is ever made in a vacuum. If you sell fleet pickup trucks, your customers also make purchases of bed liners, tool boxes, gas cards, and hitches. If you’re an HR consultant, your Page 176 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

clients also makes decisions about employee benefits, payroll and legal. Agile businesses design experiences and engagements to reflect the reality and context of their customers. Becoming a part of your customers’ “community” makes it easier to build trust – and easier for them to buy from you.

Focus on generating building advocates for your business. Make it really easy for people to find your and choose you. Where are your customers “hanging” out – online and in person? Who are they asking advice from about purchases? Be there, be of value to them and engage with them. Give your clients the words, tools and channels to advocate for your business and you must ask your advocates to be vocal about their great experiences. Everyone wants to give great advice, be validated by making great recommendations so help your advocates refer you in a way that makes them look smart and helpful.

Technology The biggest factor in how buying has changed in recent years has been technology. And this is the factor that has thrown sellers the biggest loop. Technology gives us the access to vast amounts of information and shifts leverage of the buying journey to the buyer. Sellers today are ineffective when they show up with a binder, brochure or presentation Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


to introduce buyers to their products. Buyers don’t need you to start at the beginning. They most likely know everything about your company, your product or your market before they meet you. Buyers are 57% to 70% through their buying process before they engage sellers – on their terms, on their time line, with their own buying criteria. This leaves little room for sellers to influence their buying decision. Technology brings huge benefits to us as consumers. We can research the owners of companies, find who sits on boards of directors of non profits and make informed decisions about doing business with companies that share our values or provide us the most value. Technology allows us immediacy, instant access and can remove many of the “service” barriers {or in some instances, makes things worse}. Social technology use has given customers more leverage to call out bad business, demand answers and solutions and has provided a venue to voice opinions about poor service as well as rave about great experiences. Technology can shorten the distance between big business, small business and consumers – leveling the playing field in many instances. Many businesses large and small are doing a fantastic job of expediting service issues by “listening” and being available on social media. Those who aren’t evolving and adopting social technology strategies will be replaced or left behind. How do you leverage Technology in Selling?

Leverage the internet to reach and influence your customers before they need you. If your customers aren’t finding you in the internet, you don’t exist. Not only do you need to be “found” but you need to contribute to your customer’s research process. Providing the basics about your product or service is barely scraping by now.

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Dive deeper in to your customers’ problems to give them data, science, opinion, perspective and expertise. This can be a blog, white papers, case studies, portfolios or videos on your website. It can also be contributing answers or perspective to a forum where your buyers are asking questions or engaging with them on twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook – wherever they hang out or do their purchasing research. Being visible and valuable to help them buy is how you influence their purchasing decisions. It’s a combination of efforts in marketing, selling, social media and buyer persona that contributes to your Audience Development efforts. It takes a lot more work on the front end to get in to that early 57% of their decision making process but if YOU are the one to help them research, you’re establishing trust and credibility and making it very easy for customers to choose YOU. Be responsive, available and leverage technology and social media to get closer to your buyers. One of the most difficult things for businesses to quantify is the Return on Investment for using Social Media. This is because it’s not a linear process like the sales journey used to be. It’s more like circular layers of influence. However, here’s how to make it easy. Every Social Media channel has basic free platforms. Technology to schedule, analyze and maximize social media cost pennies when looking at it to scale, so your main investment is time. You can’t afford NOT to do it. Consistently using social media in business is not an option any more. The statistics about buyers looking for referrals, recommendations and research via social media is mind blowing and growing every day. Figure out which social platforms are the best fit to reach your target audience and GO THERE. Create dynamic profiles, set aside time to post and comment and connect with people in those channels. Search for your customers and listen to what they’re saying about what they want and how they buy. All these science disciplines are all related, interconnected, woven into the evolving ways we make purchasing decisions and are critical to the new way we should be selling. Business owners and Sales Pros that comprehend the Biology, Psychology, Sociology and Technology that influence how we buy can leverage those factors in how you sell to earn more customers, and create advocates the help you keep selling. Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


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Editorial Reviews Without doubt, the growth engine of the U.S. economy, yesterday and tomorrow, is the startup of entrepreneurial businesses, the majority owned by women. Wisconsinbased coach and author Keveles (Fired for Success: How to Turn Losing Your Job into an Opportunity of a Lifetime!, 1990) tunes into the passion and commitment fueling the beginning of a company via her interviews-conversations with 15 female CEOs. Her three-stage framework— dream, courage, and action—becomes the structure for the book, although at times it is a challenge to differentiate between and among these three phases. Nonetheless, ignore the touchy-feely howtos and concentrate on the personal and heartfelt stories. Canadian Bev Halisky founded the Driving Miss Daisy franchise, transportation services for the elderly; Sarah Chayes started a soap-making cooperative in Afghanistan; and Taryn Rose is the former owner of the eponymous good-for-your-feet women's shoe manufacturer. Too bad that the conventional female businesses—that is, lifestyle products and services—are overrepresented (along with a rather stereotyped cover image); use the conversations as inspiration, not gospel. --Barbara Jacobs

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ming CIAL CRISIS Is there really a Global Financial Ruler? One that dictates policy to the Central Banks of the world? Is there a Central Bank of central banks, that is senior to the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, the Bank of England and the other national banks that control interest rates, inflation, deflation, prosperity and depression? Such a bank not only exists, but John Truman Wolfe exposed this heretofore unseen hand in the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 and their plans for the next one. No "conspiracy theorist" Wolfe names names, dates, places and actions. If you have ever wanted to know who's behind the Wizard's curtain of international finance and how to protect yourself, start at page one. And make no mistake, the events of 2007 and 2008 were a prelude: The next crisis, Wolfe predicts, will take the "bailins" used in the economic meltdowns in Cyprus and Greece and apply them worldwide, leaving depositors and consumers holding the bag, yet again. Page 181 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

About the Author

John Truman Wolfe, author of America the Litigious, Mind Games, and The Gift has released his latest stunning bestseller – Crisis By Design: The Untold Story of the Global Financial Coup and What You Can Do About It”. Wolfe draws on experience as a senior credit officer in two banks. He is also the co-founder of a Los Angeles based business management company, where, he oversaw the business and financial matters of some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

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National Association of Female Executive

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About NAFE

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mentoring you, be beneficial at this time of your life. Nafe offers great benefits to members, and the annual membership is only $39.00 go to www.nafe.com and check out all the wonderful benefits, Information on the Southern CA networks can be found at www.wrnafe.com The network meeting Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


From the Desk of Robbie Motter.,NAFE Global Coordinator First of all I want to welcome all our new Nafe members this month from across the country. I also want to congratulate all the women that were honored in New York for the Nafe annual awards in December, including Althea Ledford the editor of this magazine who is also our Nafe Los Angeles director, Althea received the ACE AWARD and was in New York to receive her award Althea said she met so many great women at the event and that it was an amazing time. Each year Nafe members are nominated from all across the country for these prestigious awards and then a committee selects the winners who are all most deserving.

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Also want to congratulate Nafe member from Palm Springs, Ca., Dr Sharron Stroud who just received a star on the walk of stars in Palm Springs for her Humanitarian work, I was able to be there to see this event and it was beautiful. Congratulations also to South Orange County, CA, Nafe Director Mikki St. Germain who coaches a young boys football team, she did such a great job with them that they won the area super bowl for their league, what’s even more impressive is that she is the first woman coach for the football league in Orange County and took those young men to the top. Nafe has so many wonderful Nafe women doing incredible things. We have some dynamic Nafe members speaking at our upcoming 2016 Nafe Conference. The conference is called Nafe Success Up Women’s Conference and it will be held in Menifee, CA on April 29th at the Menifee Lakes Country Club. I know that Althea Ledford the editor of this magazine plans to put the flyer in the magazine so watch for it and come and join us. You can also find the information on www.wrnafe.com website. You can also see testimonials there from our Nafe members of what Nafe means to them, and I am always looking for more testimonies from our members to post, we also select one each month for this magazine, and we also always feature a Nafe member.

fees are $10.00 for Nafe Members and $15.00 for guests then you pay the restaurant direct for your meal. like eating right now? Using this simple technique, my choices changed to a healthier fare. Instead of a cheese tuna melt, coke, and french fries, I’d glance through

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I wish each and everyone of you and your families a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year, and great Success in the coming year. Also as your global coordinator I am always available to you, call me anytime on my cell at 951-255-9200 or email rmotter@aol.com and if you are not a Nafe member you can go to www.nafe.com and join on line to become part of our wonderful Nafe family. Robbie Motter Nafe Global Coordinator Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


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NAFE Women Nafe has gained her additional great organizational experience. Her passion is now NAFE and all it's members who now are also her dearest friends! In addition to NAFE, Joan is a member of the American Business Women’s Association, Menifee Valley and WilRiverside NAFE Director domar Chamber of Commerce, and the Menifee Valley Lions Club. Joan has won many awards over the years and she was nominated for a Rising Joan Wakeland-Taylor was born in 1941 in JaStar award for NAWBO Corona Chapter for their maica,West Indies. She graduated in 1964 as a 2014 awards event. She received the President Pharmacist from the University of Technology in Jaof the United States Call to Service in 2014 &The maica, West Indies and owned and operated 3 PharLifetime Achievement macies there.In her work she always met individuals Award in 2015. She with a variety of personalities and learned really fast also has received that having a positive mindset and a good attitude many awards from locan help you achieve your goals much quicker.Due cal politicians for her to unrest in her country she had to leave with her work in the Commuyoung son in the middle of the night with only $50.00 nity. in her pocket, When she came to the USA she could not get a job as a pharmacist so became a pharmaJoan is a woman of cist representative for many companies which she commitment; she is had a successful career in. Her journey for years totally passionate was not easy but with determination and I can do atabout the work that titude she got through it all, raised a great son who is she is doing. A now very successful, has a beautiful wife who is also woman of connection, successful and two beautiful grandchildren. Joan she is able to accomsays its up to each of us to achieve our dreams and plish results through we cannot let anything or anyone stop us no matter relationships and influhow difficult the journey is. In her years of working in ence. A woman who makes consistent contributhe Corporate World she had to make presentations tions to her community.She has a track record of on a daily basis to Doctors,Pharmacists, Nurses and success and possesses deep levels of compeother Medical Personnel. She was well respected by tence, knowledge and creditability. She is a her Clients and received numerous awards for her woman with a can-do attitude who is positive and work. Joan has been running NAFE Meetings for the has the courage to take risks and step outside of past three years she first launched the Rancho her comfort zone...Joan can be reached Cucamonga Nafe, then trained her co-director to at joanewakeland@gmail.com, she resides in take it over and at the same time was running the Menifee, CA and totally is a beautiful Nafe Sister Riverside Network which will celebrate its two year and loves hearing from her Nafe sisters across anniversary in February, she said that

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What NAFE Means to Me I didn't realized how afraid I had been to sit up front until I connected with Women of NAFE. I have learned so very much from many mentors. Just to mention, Robbie Motter, who helped me realize how to ask for what I need. Joan Wakeland helped me realize to step out on my own Faith. I can't hang on her apron string forever. And Barbara Berg, helped me to smile again. She helped me realize it's ok to laugh at past hurts sometimes. "Honey, life is to short to crawl up in a ball and die". At this time in my life, I have been so blessed to be part of group of intelligent powerful women. Being a member of NAFE has helped me believe more strongly one of my favorite scriptures. " I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". I now have my own hastag. #goingplacesfollowvivia

Vivian Haire, Director Rancho Cucamona Nafe

What NAFE Means to Me “To me, NAFE and Robbie Motter are synonymous. I was given my first leadership opportunity with NAFE as a Chapter Director of For You Network many years ago, and soon I will again step into the role as a Nafe Director for the San Fernando Valley. It has instilled courage in me to speak up, stand up and be counted and counted upon. I’ve made some amazing connections through this organization. I’ll be forever grateful. Thank you so much Robbie for always being in my corner and lifting me up. “ Page 187 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

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Join NAFE at any of these WestCoast Networks

Come and join us at one of these monthly Nafe affiliate meetings: Please contact the Director of the network below. Any Nafe questions you may contact me Robbie Motter Nafe Global Coordinator at 951-255-9200 or email rmotter@aol.com. As a member you will join one of the networks but you may attend any of the network meetings each month as they all offer great networking opportunities. ARIZONA Phoenix Impact for Enterprising Women – A Nafe affiliate network contact director Joan Howard 602725-3246 email joanhoward@cox.net website www.impactforenterprisingwomen.com CALIFORNIA Bakersfield Nafe meets the 2nd Thursday starting in January 2016 at Mimi’s Café 4025 California Avenue, Bakersfield, Director Cheryl Hughley Phone 661-421-5861 Email Cheryl_hughley@yahoo.com U Tube Video coming soon Bel Air (coming soon) Director LaDonna Roberts 323-806-3433 email ladonnaroberts@gmail.com U Tube Video coming soon

Coastal Nafe Network Meets 3rd Thursday at 11:00 am at, Ramano's Macaroni Grill 12380 Seal Beach Blvd, Seal Beach, CA 90740 Director Lynne Martin, 714-357-4159 email lynneCmartin@gmail.com http://www.meetup.com/wwwnafecoastal-com/ U Tube Video coming soon Los Angeles Nafe Network Meets 2nd Tuesday, 6:30 pm at Marie Callendar’s 5773 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90232 . website is www.nafelosangeles.com Director Althea Ledford, 310-990-9496, email allyledo@aol.comPlease check out this networks u tube video to meet the director of this network and to learn more about the network https://youtu.be/RkSuoZaGrJc Menifee Nafe Network meets the 2nd Wed 11:30 am, Merna’s Café & Grill (formerly Boston Billie’s Restaurant ) 26850 Cherry Hills Blvd, Sun City, Ca. Contact Director Robbie Motter, NAFE Global Coordinator 951-255-9200 or email rmotter@aol.com Menifee/.Murrieta Meetup page http://tinyurl.com/ cjbvurl Please check out this networks u tube video to meet the director of this network and to learn more about the network https://youtu.be/ HspfWnbAI4w

Central Orange County Nafe meets the 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 pm, at Coco’s Restaurant 14971 Holt Avenue, Tustin, CA, Director, Sheila A Caruso, 949 -330-0927 email sheilaacaruso@gmail.com Please check out this networks u tube video to meet the director of this network and to learn more about the network https://youtu.be/fj2iy3x5i9E

Murrieta Nafe Network meets the 4th Thursday of each month at 12:00 noon at R J’s Sizzling Steak House 41401 Kalima Street, Murrieta, CA Contact Director Robbie Motter,951-255-9200 or email rmotter@aol.com Menifee/.Murrieta Meetup page http://tinyurl.com/cjbvurl Please check out this networks u tube video to meet the director of this network and to learn more about the network https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=WmClfV9VcMA

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North San Diego County Nafe Network (Carlsbad/Vista/San Marcos) Coming in January 2016 contact Director Luz Paez 951-966-8277 email marketingwithluzpaez@gmail.com U Tube Video coming soon Rancho Cucamonga Nafe Connector meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm Mimi's Cafe 10909 Foothill Boulevard Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730. Contact Director Vivian Haire, Rancho Cucamonga Nafe Connector Phone 951-380-0211 or email vvnhaire@yahoo.com U Tube Video coming soon Riverside Nafe Connector meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm Canyon Crest Winery 5225 Canyon Crest Drive #7a Riverside, CA 92507 contact Joan Wakeland Director 909-7217648 or email joanewakeland@gmail.com Please check out this networks u tube video to meet the director of this network and to learn more about the network https://youtu.be/vQT80UAUm-k San Fernando Valley, starting in January , contact Director Carol Pilkington 661-3134578 or email carol@carolpilkington.com for more information U Tube Video coming soon San Francisco/Bay Area Network 4th Thursday 6:15 PM Call Director for meeting location. Director Stone Love Cell 510 565 4425Home office 510 972 0528 or emailStonelove@stoneologys.com Meet up Page http://www.meetup.com/SAN-FRANCISCO-BAYAREA-NAFE/events/225941823/ U Tube Video coming soon South Bay Nafe Network, meets 4th Tuesday 6:30 pm @ Cozymel’s Mexican Restaurant 2171 Rosecrans Ave Manhattan Beach, Ca 90245 contact Director Alina Estrada 562-313-1190 or email info@nafesouthbay.com join us on Meetup.com/southbay-nafe-network www.nafesouthbay.com Please check out this networks u tube video to meet the director of this network and to learn more about the network https://youtu.be/1V83aqOxEWk

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South Orange County Nafe Network Morning Coffee meeting, 2nd Wednesday of each month, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Microsoft Store, 578 The Shops at Mission Viejo, Mission Viejo, CA (Upstairs in mall) For information and/or to RSVP Contact Director Mikki St Germain, 949-429-3438 or St.Germain.Mikki@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/nafe.soc U Tube Video Coming soon Ventura County Nafe Network, meets 3rd Wednesday 11:45 AM at Mimi’s Café, 400 N Moorpark Road Thousand Oaks, Ca 91360 Contact Director Sheryl Tash 805-794-4005 or email sheryldtash@gmail.com Meet up page: http:// www.meetup.com/members/159937202/ Please check out this networks u tube video to meet the director of this network and to learn more about the network https://youtu.be/OZqKdhKUf5o Wildomar Nafe Network meets 4th Thursday 6:00 PM D’Canters Restaurant 32100 Clinton Keith Road, Wildomar, CA Contact Director Robbie Motter Nafe Regional Coordinator 951-255-920 or email rmotter@aol.com http://www.meetup.com/MenifeeMurrieta-Wildomar-Nafe-networks/ events/224726252/ Please check out this networks u tube video to meet the director of this network and to learn more about the network https://youtu.be/ okj-UzaTbM4 COLORADO Denver Coming soon contact Director Nancy.i.gaines@gmail.com 314) 378-1611

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DC Washington DC Greater Washington DC Women’s Network, Mary Greene, Executive Director 202=5808884, email gwwenet@gwwn.org Website www.gwwwn.org meets Sept thru June GEORGIA Atlanta Nafe Atlanta Network, Executive Director, Lisadouglas 404-913nafe email contactus@nafeatlanta.com ILLINOIS Chicago Coming soon Zsyke Tusa Director, 331-212 -0585 email ztusa@ecologicsolutions.com INDIANA Indianapolis Nafe Women in Networking (WIN) Mary Aurtrey, Director 317-894-942` or 317413-719 email m.aurtrey@sbcglobal.net Co Director Lotti McCallistor 317-905-3666 e,ail bes10@iquest.net meets 1st Wednesday each month at 11:30-12:30 at Defense Finance & Accounting Services (DFAS) Center 8899 E 56th Street Indianapolis. IN 46249 Check out their Utube Video Page 190 E The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive

LOUISIANA Gretna Women on the Go, Director Rose Mary Ceasar, 504-366-6889 email rosemarycadam@bellsouth,net, regular meetings 1st Monday of the month 7:00 pm MARYLAND Baltimore Celebrate Greatness Nafe Affiliate Network Stephanie Popular Director 443-857-1549 email stephaniepopular@gmail.com, meetings at 1300 Mercantile Lane Ste 100 Largo Maryland 20774 Wendy Dorcy Marketing Director 405-6936059 Kenya Battle Community liaison krbattle@verizon.net, Robin Worrell-Thorne, Women Empowerment Facilitator/Coordinator rworrellthorne@comcast.net Facebook page www.facebook.com/ celebrategreatnessnow, www.celebrategreatnessradio.com Howard County Celebrate Greatness Nafe Affiliate network Stephanie Popular Director 443-857-1549 email stephaniepopular@gmail.com contact director for meeting location Subscription link www.female-exec.com/s.html


Wendy Dorcy Marketing Director 405-6936059 Kenya Battle Community liaison krbattle@verizon.net, Robin Worrell-Thorne, Women Empowerment Facilitator/Coordinator rworrellthorne@comcast.net www.facebook.com/ celebrategreatnessnow, www.celebrategreatnessradio.com Pikesville Celebrate Greatness Nafe Affiliate network , Stephanie Popular Director 443-857-1549 email stephaniepopular@gmail.com Denise Laws, Co-Director 443-527-7403 contact director for meeting location Wendy Dorcy Marketing Director 405-6936059 Kenya Battle Community liaison krbattle@verizon.net, Robin Worrell-Thorne, Women Empowerment Facilitator/Coordinator rworrellthorne@comcast.net www.facebook.com/ celebrategreatnessnow, www.celebrategreatnessradio.com Prince George’s County Celebrate Greatness Nafe Affiliate Network Stephanie Popular Director 443-857-1549 email stephaniepopular@gmail.com contact director for meeting location Wendy Dorcy Marketing Director 405-6936059 Kenya Battle Community liaison krbattle@verizon.net, Robin Worrell-Thorne, Women Empowerment Facilitator/ Coordinator rworrellthorne@comcast.net www.facebook.com/ celebrategreatnessnow, www.celebrategreatnessradio.com

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MICHIGAN Detroit Women Empowering Leadership & Legacy (WELL) Director Donna Stallings 313-999-2211 email donna@syncfoundation.com. Contact Director for meeting location and time. MISSOURI St Louis The Professional Women’s Alliance STL, Director Ninoska Clarkin 314-991-6144 NEW JERSEY Northern New Jersey Professional Women New Jersey, Dee Marshall, Director 862-218-0076 email nafenewjersey@gmail.com NEW YORK New York City, Roxanne Natale, Director 917 -952-0681 cell, 646-647-2148 work, email rnatale@ewsnyc.com North Carolina Nafe North Carolina, Director Michele Rogers, 919-621-3310 Email nafenorthcarolina@gmail.com website is www.nafenc.com Utube video https://youtu.be/snLmjMtGS7A PENNSYLVANIA Pittsburgh Women Interactive Network WINN< Director Dawn Pomaybo 412-963-6311 email info@Winpitt.org SOUTH CAROLINA Coming Soon, contact Director Jayne Jordan 843-532-1123, email ladyjj2u@gmail.com

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Forbes Women’s Summit TED Women-TBA Barrons Conferences Mar 21-23, 2016 The LA Ultimate Women’s Expo May 21-22, 2016 GCP NEXT

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Microsoft

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Microsoft

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Apr 4-8, 2016

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