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NOW OPEN: Women's Leadership Summit!

Dear Reader, It's been a long time coming... Women's Leadership Summit is Now Open! It's finally time to register for Lancaster Leadership's 10th annual Women's Summit. Join us on April 26th, 2024 from 8am-4pm. This years theme is: Mastering The Art And Science of Powerful Innovation. Register Now Early Bird Pricing - Now Available Make sure to register between now and March 22nd to take advantage of our early bird pricing, $279. Regular prices will go up to $379 after March 22nd. Here's an...

3 days ago • 1 min read

Dear Reader, INXS. REM. The Cure. The Cranberries. These make the soundtracks of my high school years. I just went to accept an award in Pittsburgh, PA, my hometown, where I was given the Distinguished Alumni Award in the Business category from my high school alumni association. What an honor. North Allegheny was the place where I rocked really big hair, played field hockey, and felt secure enough to spread my wings & fly. I had to think long and hard about what to include in the speech; I...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Dear Reader, Now Open: Group Coaching Intensive Join us February 2024 - June 2024 for our Group Coaching Intensive: Building Resilience for Yourself, Your Team, and Your Organization in 2024. This experience is for leaders who want to lead with productivity and joy. You will participate in five 2-hour remote group coaching sessions with different topics for each session: The Power of Vulnerability & Trust-Building Productive Perseverance (including grit & “failing fast”) Authentic Connection...

2 months ago • 3 min read

Dear Reader, I've never been an artist. I guess I've been drawn to other things. And have never really given painting or drawing, things I consider to be "creating art," a chance. I read "The Creative Act" a few months back, so I understand the idea that art and creativity is in everything. But still. Then, slowly, over time, my perception changed. Then Suzanne encouraged me to be a “Masterpiece Art Guide" and teach a monthly art class to elementary school kids. I was willing because I loved...

3 months ago • 3 min read

Dear Reader, One of Arizona’s luxuries is the proximity to Mexico and the beach. As time has a tendency to warp, I realize that our family has evolved year after year there. Over the last 20 years of visiting, we are different people each time we visit. We bring our newly evolved selves, with new joys and challenges and interests. In the early years, the packing consisted of swim diapers, dive toys, and baby monitors. If we went with my parents, Mark and I would get a coveted date night or...

4 months ago • 2 min read

Dear Reader, On the sidelines of the micro-soccer field 8 years ago, as our daughters tried to learn which goal to actual score on, Chris Fetzer and I met. Chris brought me into Northern Arizona Council of Governments and we had a great time putting on leadership academies and more. Which allowed me to meet Mary Beals Luedka and I started supporting her NACOG Area Agency on Aging. A few years later, when Jennifer Brown took the helm of NACOG Head Start, we started working with her team. From...

5 months ago • 2 min read

Dear Reader, Growing up, I often had 2-3 birthday parties each year. I was involved in a variety of worlds that didn’t know that the other ones existed, and my parents, bless them, threw me multiple parties for the varying groups. I still feel that way; that I have very divergent & diverse groups of non-overlapping friends, and I like that. I see some frequently and some infrequently. Some have been friends for 30 years, others for 3 months. I love celebrating, and even though lots of adults...

6 months ago • 2 min read

Dear Reader, Growing up in Pittsburgh, PA was formative for me. People from “the burgh” are a unique breed. For starters, there is language that only we know. Pitsburghese, spoken by Yinzers. - Got any gumbands? (rubberbands)- He’s a jagoff. (jerk)- We can go after you red up. (tidy)- How are yinz? (ya’ll) But more importantly, there is a lack of pretense, a realness, that people possess. They are tough but friendly and resilient. They don’t want to waste time and they want to talk about...

7 months ago • 3 min read

Dear Reader, Outdoor Education Director. That was my first “real” leadership job. To be honest, I wanted it because I’d make more money. My first month on the job, I needed to design and deliver a new employee orientation for the new naturalists, ethnobotanists, biologists and outdoor specialists who would lead teams of youngsters in the Jeffrey pine forest to marvel at rocks and microorganisms and learn how trees eat. Being a residential program in the remote San Jacinto mountains, I also...

8 months ago • 3 min read

Dear Reader, The best question I’ve ever been asked arrived when I was living by the ocean in Santa Cruz, CA. I was finished with grad school and prepping to job hunt. My husband had been working at a school just 3 blocks from our 450 sq. ft. home. We biked everywhere. I had been to his school’s potlucks and teacher gatherings, and I loved their design-thinking approach to learning. One June day, the principal cornered me, “Julie, I would like you to work here. We are open to the role you...

9 months ago • 3 min read
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