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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…

Going the distance of 26.2 miles

The DONNA 26.2 Marathon is the only marathon in the nation to support breast cancer. It’s been a journey for the founder of the race, Donna Deegan, as she is a three-time breast cancer survivor. This year, the DONNA broke additional new ground by allowing cyclists to take part in the Read more…

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Why rookie smarts matter

One year ago, I was a rookie on a professional adventure. A new job, new team, new industry and a move from North Carolina to Florida. As I gratefully jumped into this adventure, I picked up the book, “Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work” Read more…

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Illness of inequity

I’m not sure which TV channel I was watching when I heard the words illness of inequity. As I observe our nation conversing about race relations in new ways, I hear commentary forging new perspectives. And it’s resonating with me… “We’ve got to stop with the speech blocks. Let’s discuss this. Read more…

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Leadership lessons

What qualities define a good leader? The vast array of characteristics is popular fodder across Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Facebook. It seems we are curious to glean and instill these qualities or at the very least, encourage our followers to seek them. Recently, I had a leadership view from the top Read more…

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Living and learning with Dr. Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou’s recent passing caused my heart to break. I was forced to reconcile the bittersweet loss of our living world with heaven’s gain. Dr. Angelou’s presence and storytelling have inspired my journey of womanhood. Among the many posts of tribute, I was moved by a column penned by Dr. Tara Green, professor Read more…

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Finding my way with The Lost Boys

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 over the place – when it comes to learning Read more…