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Burn-the-Box: Julie Jakopic

Fearless Females Forum is a monthly showcase for inspiring women who found the courage to meet their calling, solve a problem, or take a road less travelled. Burn-the-Box Julie Jakopic, Founder of iLead Strategies, couldn't decide which box to fit into as a kid. An actor, a swimmer, and president of the world affairs club in high school, she felt welcome by peers in all three 'boxes,' yet always a little bit outside them too. She sensed that sticking to one box wasn't where she belonged—but how to play across boxes in our check-box comfortable world? “Living outside of boxes wasn’t always easy as a kid, but its great as an adult,” Julie says. From cosmetics to energy efficiency to human services, Julie's found success applying a courageous "forget thinking outside the box, burn-the-box" philosophy. To date, she's shared the stage with luminaries like President Obama and change agent Neale Donald Walsch, and focused her energy, insights and intellect connecting across and between adult-style boxes—private, public and non-profit sectors. Julie helps multi-sector leaders transcend “the crazy pervasive things that cross them all.” It takes courage to "burn-the-box" of … [Read more...]

Sharing Herstories

"For most of history, anonymous was a woman." -Virginia Woolf I'm thrilled to see signs of spring but saddened to see the end of U.S. Women's History Month. I learned a lot this month and hate to see all the women's stories lose visibility afforded us during March. What did I learn? The bad news. My 19 years+ of formal education failed me miserably when it comes to learning about extraordinary American women. Heck, I minored in history in undergraduate school! Yet it seems that textbooks (at least the ones I was assigned to read) included little about how women have struggled and triumphed, shaping events and soaring throughout time in the U.S. The good news. I feel enriched and emboldened after focusing on the "herstory" that makes America. And, my head and heart tells me that learning and sharing women's stories is vital to our nation. herstory Definition of HERSTORY: herstory; specifically :  history considered or presented from a feminist viewpoint or with special attention to the experience of women Meanwhile, a snarky contributor to the Urban Dictionary offers this: "Naturally, any person who is even a tad more than illiterate will realize that the word … [Read more...]

Calling All Fearless Females: Spotlight on YOU!

Fearless Females... One of my goals for 2015: spotlighting & advancing women through a monthly “Fearless Females Forum” feature blog post, a showcase for inspiring women who found the courage to meet their calling, solve a problem, overcome odds, or take a road less traveled. Wish I could take credit for this idea, but like most great ideas it is inspired by someone else’s work: Ann Quasman at Woman Talk Live. Last year, the amazing Ann shined a spotlight on me in her WomenTalkLive5: Meet Jone Bosworth. I absolutely love how Ann lifts women’s voices and stories out in this powerful way. (Hats off Ann—hope you feel that imitation is the greatest form of flattery, my friend!) On December 8th, the terrific Traci Johnstone allowed me to post her story to test out this Fearless Females Forum concept. Traci’s story got an incredible response on social media, inspiring hundreds: Tarnish to Triumph: Traci Johnstone. (Many thanks, Traci, you're fearless!) You don't have to be a CEO. You may not even consider yourself "fearless." But YOU have a story to tell and guidance to offer too. Want some inspiration? Here are links to the first Fearless Females features through … [Read more...]

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