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November 19, 2020

Conscious Conversations

Virginia Public Media (VPM), the Richmond-based affiliate of NPR and PBS, has partnered with StoryCorps to host meaningful one-on-one conversations among people with different perspectives. The initiative, called One Small Step, asks for volunteers and, based on a…

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November 10, 2020

Gender Diversity: From Applications to the C-Suite

I recently had the honor of moderating a break-out session during the “Promoting Growth & Prosperity Through the Banking Industry: The Power of Gender Diversity in the Board Room and C-Suite” conference, co-hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank…

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October 27, 2020

Making Room for Leadership: WFT Coach Rivera’s Cancer Treatment

The Washington Post recently ran an article titled “Ron Rivera is coaching through his cancer; and the battle might be making his team better.” (Les Carpenter, September 16, 2020) The title gives you pause for thought… head coach…

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October 19, 2020

Good Economics for Hard Times, by Banerjee and Duflo

For our Bill Gates’ Summer Reading List final discussion, we read Good Economics for Hard Times, by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo. Gates describes their book as “useful and compelling,” and says they are “honest about the…

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September 22, 2020

UC from RBG

Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you. I am a very strong believer in listening and learning from others. Real change, enduring change, happens one…

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September 12, 2020

The Great Influenza, John M. Barry

The Great Influenza by John M. Barry, a long, thorough, and heavy read, delivered powerful lessons in leadership that are as consequential today as they were 100 years ago. Truth Matters – More Than Anything Barry delivers the…

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August 28, 2020

Senator Cory Booker’s Candor

Recently, I had the true privilege of participating, along with 45 others, in a Zoom call with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. I was delighted to find that, in addition to the intelligence and exuberance I was expecting,…

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August 18, 2020

The Ride of a Lifetime, by Robert Iger

The Ride of a Lifetime is a blend of autobiography, leadership manual, and historical non-fiction. The book covers Iger’s own career story with a more recent history of the Disney companies and while doing so, delivers a full…

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July 27, 2020

Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

The second book in the list of summer reading recommended by Bill Gates certainly brought mixed reviews, with several feeling strongly in opposite directions! Cloud Atlas seems to have fostered a love/hate relationship with our group but everyone…