A brown shoe with a man sitting inside of to demonstate how leaders fill big shoes

Leaders eat last

“Leaders are to provide direction and intent and allow others to figure out what to do and how to get there.” Referencing Captain Marquet, a career submariner who graduated at the top of his Naval class, Simon Sinek shares an intriguing leadership concept. And it spoke to me. If I’m totally Read more…

Closing time

About this time last year, I was departing on my annual beach trip with the gals to Ocean Isle (OI) in North Carolina. Two things had happened that would influence the trip and inspire my accompanying blog post. Dr. Maya Angelou had passed. I’d lost my job due to a reduction in Read more…

The Lost Boys and CoolDeb

Finding my way with The Lost Boys

My brothers: From left, Santino, Malou and Yai   For thirteen years, I’ve been blessed to be on a journey of sisterhood with my Sudanese brothers. With these men, often referred to as The Lost Boys, I’ve redefined family and expanded my soul.  I’ve been moved, elevated – heck, shoved all Read more…

Kidlew art in New York

Sidekicks and the City

I’m fresh back from NYC and while I can’t lay claim to Carrie Bradshaw adventures, I can certainly say…I enjoyed my Sidekicks and the City. Arrival Night – Good Eats and Drinks We arrive on Thursday evening and after catching up with our friends over wine and appetizers, we head Read more…