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STEMapalooza! What a grand event and opportunity to inspire so many young women in STEM. An estimated 1400 Girl Scouts plus their families attended GSWCF’s STEMapalooza! As program director Sara Arias-Steele, PhD commented, “the pictures capture the joy, excitement and wonder from our youngest to older girl scouts and their adult leaders. EVERYONE had an […]

Where do you invest?

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This Friday I am headed to western central Florida to be the keynote speaker for the Girl Scouts’ STEMapalooza!! I don’t know who came up with the name STEMapalooza, but whenever I say it, I break out in a big smile. The audience promises to be big (1,500-2,000) so I am very excited! The Girl Scouts […]

Uncovering a Legacy

Last week, I wrote about the assignment I gave my students. The assignment was to spend three 30 minutes session in silence and solitude, then reflect on what they discovered about themselves during this “directed” reflection. Remember I gave it to you, my readers. One reader passed the assignment on her students. Then, because leaders […]

Reflections

Have you ever taken time in silence? I just finished grading the first in a series of reflections for my students. The assignment was to spend three 30 minutes session in silence and solitude, then reflect on what they discovered about themselves during this “directed” reflection. I asked my students to reflect on a few […]

CAVU

“Why am I doing this?” I asked myself that question many times at the Naval Academy and especially in the early years. Getting a college degree at any other university would have been much easier. I had to constantly remind myself that I was engaging in something far bigger than myself and far more important […]

Flight School

This past week, a classmate of mine asked me about giving a copy of my book to a young woman who won her science fair. Chuck spends a bit of his time teaching and sponsoring the next generation of STEM leaders. He gives out cash awards to students on behalf of the National Society of […]

Earning Your Wings

Enjoying the evening with friends, Maria shared a story that resonated.  “I got my chops early on in college when I was the only woman on a student led board.” Through that experience Maria learned to stand up for herself, push back and make her voice known. It was tough and demanding AND prepared her […]

Support Systems

I have written about this before and am cycling back to the topic once again. In flight training, before we even climbed into our aircraft, we put on our flight gear. Navy jet flight gear includes among other things a flight suit, steel-toed flight boots, a “G suit”, helmet, oxygen mask, and integrated torso harness […]

Where are you sharing your leadership?

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A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of sharing my thoughts on leadership and ethics with Karl Pister on his Healthcare Leadership Excellence PODCAST. In speaking with Karl, I empathized the critical importance of ethics in leadership, urging leaders to internalize their ethical principles through daily practice. While we spoke about my military background, […]

Merry Christmas!

Are you pushing back? I am. Not in the sense of pushing against something, but in allowing ourselves to let go of some of the “must do’s”, “should do’s” or “can do’s” that might be robbing us of some holiday spirit with family. This past six months I have been blogging almost weekly, connecting with […]