Choosing Love is My Most Powerful Tool: Louise Courey Nadeau

Louise Courey Nadeau's passions keep growing. Author, mother, wife, Founder and CEO of Magelica Inc., she's a former marketing and advertising executive, a tireless fundraiser for many charities, a painter, and gardener. Her Magelica's Voyage Book series brings magic to life for girls and boys:  she's just getting started! With the Magelica book series, my own beliefs, courage, determination and resolve have been tested over and over. Believing I can, has kept me going!  My goal is for young girls to be empowered to grow up strong, positive and powerful, and for young boys to have the self-confidence to support girls in their goals, thereby creating a new gender balance for a new generation." Fearless Females Forum 5Cs: Louise Courey Nadeau 1.What's the most courageous decision you've made? At 27, I filed for divorce and became a single mom with an eleven-month-old baby. At 35, I married my husband with 2 young children, and became a Chosen Mom.  At 55, I finally decided to give Magelica’s Voyage a go, and put most of my savings towards realizing my dream.  Everyday takes courage to face my fears and follow my dreams. 2. What choices are most important to you? The funny … [Read more...]

Acting Fearless

My nephew Connor insists that he suffers from Coulrophobia: fear of clowns. An actor in university, recently he played the part of Rainbow Sprinkles, an ebullient clown trying to get hired to perform at a children's birthday party. Interviewing with a hyper-politically correct mother, poor Mr. Sprinkles' cheerful spirit is crushed by the end of the play as every conceivable part of his act is deemed potentially offensive to some child (or child's parent). Admittedly biased, I thought he was a magnificent clown, especially in light of his purported clown phobia. The mental health community does not, however, recognize Coulrophobia as an official diagnosis. This fact compelled me to ask him, "Is this a real fear or is your fear of clowns, perhaps, just a wee bit of dramatic tendencies at work?"  With a 'duh' look on his face (if you've ever been around teenagers, you know the duh look I'm talking about), Connor says, "How one feels is always real." I went for the double-duh, "How can you play a clown if you're terrified of them?" "It's called acting, Aunt Jone," he snorts. What if you act fearless? Dictionaries define fear as a painful emotion caused by impending … [Read more...]

Stand Up for Yourself: Katarina Andersson

Imagine you live in Florence, Italy. You spend much of your time involved with three things you love: sport, food, and wine. People back home think your life is like being on constant holiday: they wonder when you'll get a 'real' job. That's a snapshot of Dr. Katarina Andersson's life. Sounds amazing, right? Rewind a dozen years, here's how Katarina was feeling: After finishing my Ph.D. in history, I was really at a low point. For a year or two I had no job and didn't really know what to do. My family tried to get me to go back home to live and with our mother. Everybody, including some of my professors, seemed to draw the conclusion that the only solution for me would be to become a middle school or high school teacher. It all felt like failure after 6 years of being in one of the most well-known research institutes in Europe." From that low point, Katarina began thinking about how she might use her master's degree in Italian language. She looked for translation jobs and discovered she was good at it, "So slowly I started gaining confidence and feeling I was on the right track and moving forward." Today, Katarina is a successful freelance translator and interpreter who … [Read more...]

Let Go to Move Forward: Nicole Dominique Le Maire

Let Go to Move Forward Riyadh. Jeddah. Damman. Does the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia seem like a hot spot for women-in-business workshops? Nicole Dominique Le Maire believes they are. She's off to Saudi Arabia soon to facilitate "Be Your Own Boss" sessions for women. Like so many other women fleeing corporate cultures, Nicole let go of the relative (she says "boring") comfort of the corporate world to start her own business, Human Resources Global. Within just two years, Nicole has gained a reputation as a highly valued leader within the human resources industry, a natural and intuitive people-connector. Born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Nicole is no stranger to taking courageous chances. To date, she's lived and worked in over 34 countries, including spending time as an exchange student in a tiny town within my U.S. home state, Nebraska. And, her dyslexia doesn't stop her. In 2014, Nicole says she felt more fearless than ever before when she co-authored The Female Leader: Empowerment, Confidence & Passion.  The Female Leader brings together 33 strategies that international women coaches, consultants, and leaders advocate we adopt to become exceptional leaders. … [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...]

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