Quit Waiting for Approval: Cindy Hooker

Please tell Cindy Hooker she can't do something. She'll dig deep, learn more, and find the inner strength to push herself. Once a high school drop-out with an uncertain future, Hooker joined the U.S. Navy and became the first in her family to graduate from college. While she says she's struggled with self-confidence--even into adulthood--one thing that almost always boosts her courage: When people have told me not to do something or that I could not do something, I generally do it, and most of the time, I am successful." Today, the Navy veteran holds a master's degree and multiple coaching certifications. Cindy uses her coach training and 20+ years of experience in Human Resources at Gold Dog Consulting. Gold Dog specializes in bringing human-focused solutions to leaders who want truly thriving workplaces. No stranger to difficult situations--Hooker has survived layoffs, leadership ethical breaches, and workplace mayhem--she welcomes the chance to bring her unique empathy to people and companies struggling to overcome tough challenges. In particular, Cindy says she deeply understands it when her clients struggle with self-confidence since she's been there too. "My … [Read more...]

See Yourself As Whole: Dr. Shari Keller

Dr. Shari Keller’s biography has its true beginning in the year 1975 when she made her first trip to the ashram of Avatar Meher Baba with her parents. Meher Baba’s motto, “Master in Servitude” has been her inspiration and guiding principle from that time, and is the operational basis for the company she heads in Jaipur, India—Mehera Shaw. Shari graduated from Pomona College with a double major in pre-med and music, and went on to gain her doctorate in cultural anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin. Along with her husband, Mark, Shari launched the Mehera Shaw brand in 1999, and then went on to found the production company of that same name in 2007. Shari is the mother of three, a home-school teacher, and the Director of both Mehera Shaw Textiles, Jaipur, and the Mehera Shaw Foundation, which is dedicated to artisanal development, the preservation of traditional textile crafts, with a special focus on the advancement of women. Sustainability Leadership & Fair Trade In 2013 India's Consortium of Green Fashion awarded Mehera Shaw Textiles Pvt. Ltd. the sustainability in leadership award. This textile and fashion industry honor is in recognition of Mehera Shaw's … [Read more...]

Conquer the Fear of Fear: Anne Perschel

Today’s Fearless Female Forum spotlight shines on Dr. Anne Perschel, president and founder of Germane Consulting. Anne is an organizational psychologist and leadership coach with a sub-specialty in women's leadership. Executives who lead company-wide diversity initiatives work with Anne to address cultural issues and unconscious gender bias. She also coaches women (and men) to realize, and enjoy, their greatest potential. Beyond Anne’s educational credentials and the amazing business results she gets with high tech and other corporate clients, she's mastered what being a "Fearless Female" is really about:  conquering the fear of fear. Fearless Females Forum: 5Cs with Dr. Anne Perschel “Fear is your friend, but she cannot lead the way. Get in front." 1. What’s the most courageous decision you've made? Exiting the field of education and entering high tech  Getting married Having a child/becoming a parent Going to graduate school when our son was 2 None of these decisions seemed courageous at the time. Had I really thought them through carefully, weighed the pros and cons, I may not have leaped. Passion for what’s on the other side instigates the leap. … [Read more...]

Decide What Your Footprint Will Be: Irene Becker

Irene Becker is a thought leader and trailblazer. Irene's social media footprint is undeniable: Top 100 Leadership Blogs, Center for Management & Organization Effectiveness; Top 50 Sales Management Blogs-Ducati USA; Top 75 Human Champion-Switch & Shift USA; and too many other "tops" to cite here. Her story and the genesis of her 3Q Edge™ model, Against All Odds, has been read by over 500,000 people. An adept social media champion and strategist, her 3Q Leadership blog and social media channels have a following of 52,000+, of which I gratefully count myself as one. As the CEO of Just Coach It, she's heralded as a wise thinker, results-driven coach and inspiring speaker (read what people say about Irene here). Beyond others' professional accolades, let me simply say that Irene is an unbelievably generous person and a truly fearless female. It's my pleasure to share her Fearless Females 5Cs.  Fearless Females 5Cs with Irene Becker "Decide what your footprint will be then make the commitment and take the steps necessary to make it real." -Irene Becker 1. What’s the most courageous decision you've made? I think that all the decisions I made that put my life or career … [Read more...]

There’s No Reward for Staying Stuck: Valerie Caruso

Afraid to follow your bliss? Valerie Caruso can tell you from experience, at first it can feel a bit impractical or even self-indulgent to follow your bliss. It requires letting go of the "internal insistences," Val says, those engrained "musts." But she did it and you can too. After all, as Val reminds us, "there's no reward for staying stuck." Retired following 25 years as a U.S. Air Force officer, Val traded in military acronyms for ones like these: FWS, CWE, WSET.  French Wine Scholar. Certified Wine Educator. Wine and Spirit Education Trust. She packed two bags and moved to Italy to study wine at an International Culinary Institute for a year. She got hooked. Valerie says she changed the way she “lives her wine” and lives her life. Returning to Italy several more times for writing projects and advanced Italian language studies, Val then went to France for advanced French language and French wine studies at another Culinary Academy. Today, Val owns Vino With Val, LLC, a wine education and consulting service, "where homework has never been so delicious." She speaks, presents and teaches classes and wine workshops at a local venue in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and … [Read more...]

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