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...]

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...]

Women Work Your Connections

Imagine that I’m strapping you into the pilot’s seat of a 747 right this second. I expect you to fly and land the plane safely with no instructions, no experience, no co-pilot (auto or otherwise), and no radio to contact with the tower. How does that feel? How successful do you think you’ll be? For women, being told we need to work our connections to better business and professional advantage—to advance ourselves and our causes—feels an awful lot like putting our buns in that pilot’s seat. Go on gals, take that solo-flight. You’re educated. After all, you have a graduate degree in, say, psychology so why can’t you smoothly pilot this (business) plane? Why is it so critical that we women get much better at working our connections? Connections become relationships, relationships equate to success: sales, promotions, new opportunities, more champions and alliances, and growth-to-results that we really want. What I (Unfortunately) Hear Women Say I have so many conversations with creative, talented, sharp-as-whip women where a “connections” issue flared up. During these conversations, here are the types of things I most frequently hear: The Self-Doubter: “I know, I should … [Read more...]

Leaders for the End-of-the-World

Aliens invade and humankind goes into hiding. A flu virus wipes out most of the world’s population. The power across the globe goes out and can’t be turned back on. Robots we created take over and we’re on the run to find a new planet to colonize. Flesh-eating zombies are everywhere and the remaining survivors desperately avoid being bitten. Civilization is under totalitarian, Big Brotheresque rule, but just over the horizon there’s freedom, if one of us can just make it there. We love these end-of-the-world stories. End-of-the-world films, television series, and novels reign as most-watched, most-read today. But wait, it isn’t “the end,” rather a post-apocalyptic world where the end doesn’t quite come. Naturally, we can’t bear to imagine that none of us survive. Let’s leave ‘real-world’ future of leadership predictions to others for a moment. Instead, let’s tap into our imaginations. Notice in the fictional, yet eerily foreseeable post-apocalyptic world that we love to love: our pre-apocalypse leaders weren’t what we needed them to be. Leaders’ action or inaction caused the apocalyptic event to occur. In fact, this brink-of-human-extinction pickle we’re in … [Read more...]

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