#SisterCourage: Take The Lead Connects

The World Turns on Human Connections
By Gloria Feldt
And here is what I know from being a leader and working to advance women in society as well as the workplace:  Women need each other. We need to learn the stories about how other women succeeded, the barriers they faced and how they overcame them. We need to know the barriers that our sisters and friends didn’t overcome, or didn’t overcome the first time, or the second, or the tenth, but finally on the eleventh attempt, succeeded.
Who Gives You #SisterCourage? Take The Lead celebrated National Sister’s Day 2014, August 3rd with a #SisterCourage campaign on Twitter. We asked people to tweet us pictures of them with their ‘sisters’ – whether  biological sisters, their professional network, female colleagues, team members, girlfriends – whoever lifts them up and supports them! Check out Sister Courage pictures here. And feel free to keep tweeting yours—because Sister Day is really every day!

ROADBLOCKS, DETOURS, AND THE EXPRESSWAY TO LEADERSHIP
The Take The Lead Circle is a free online community of women, from all over the country (and the world!), who are committed to supporting one another as we all embark on this journey to advance in our careers and lives facilitated by our inimitable Community Builder, Kaitlin Rattigan.
Our latest Take The Lead Circle Initiative was a three-part video conference series on Roadblocks, Detours, and the Expressway to Leadership including:
  • What are the Roadblocks Standing in the way to Women’s Leadership? Watch Video
  • How Can HERstory Provide Insights into Routes Over, Under, Through, or Around Those Obstacles? Watch Video
  • YOURstory: Strategies and Options for Your Road to LeadershipWatch Video

Flourish in a thriving community of ambitious women and join our Circle today!  Or refer a woman in your personal circle to it.

SPOTLIGHT ON: WINTER OKOTH – 9 POWER TOOLS ONLINE COURSE PARTICIPANT 
“I am so grateful for all that I have learn[ed], shared and all the great and building discussions we have!! All the power tools tackled in this program are so essential and great ingredients to Women in Leadership. I have also started implementing on my Personal Leadership Action Plan….every step counts. I interacted with and made friendships with women leaders whose stories inspire me so much!! Overall I am truly humbled… Thank you Gloria Feldt and Take the Lead Women for this great opportunity and platform you share with strong women like me!!”
-Winter-Esther Okoth, Biomedical researcher, Mayo Clinic
EMBRACE your power with intention, take challenges confidently, and lead authentically. Click to register, because you’re worth it.  Next 4-week, all online session starts Sept. 30. Hurry to register while early bird rates are in effect.

WELCOME, NEW TAKE THE LEAD BLOGGERS! CHECK OUT THEIR POSTS AND WEIGH IN WITH YOUR COMMENTS
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Young girls have never been given more encouragement from the adult world to seek, seize and live their dreams to the fullest extent. But, in this society where we encourage girls to “take it all” have we coached them on how to keep it all?
By Josey Borman
Often times, when given the choice to climb that 20 foot ladder and take the leap off the high dive, we either don’t climb, or we get to the top and really want to jump, but instead, back down the ladder out of fear. If we do take that leap with laser sharp focus and commitment, the lessons we learn on our way into the water are invaluable…and worth it!
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