Selected Writing

I'm curious about philanthropy, civil society, social entrepreneurship, and public diplomacy. Since 2007, I've been sharing and refining my thoughts.

Time Off

“So, you took some time off this year.”
I guess my maternity leave could be viewed that way. My story was more along the lines of how I busted my arse to get back to work – figuring out daycare, having the hubby step up for paternity leave, and tackling, head on, the work/family blend.

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The Power of 15

My personality leads me to being a person that dives in to a project, gets lost in it, tunes everything out, then reemerges either feeling done, accomplished or bored with the project…and I begin something else.
When my daughter was born, life became about 15 minute increments. What could I do, complete, achieve in that time frame.
I started with household cleaning. Tidying, laundering, etc. The stuff got done, but it didn’t feel very meaningful.

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#givingtuesday, I didn’t.

It feels blasphemous to admit that I didn't buy into Giving Tuesday.  I'm certain this admission will count against me in the do-gooders tally.  On Giving Tuesday, I silently floated through the day afraid to admit my concerns.  It was only after a glass of wine with...

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Delving deeper into power

My kudos to Alliance for taking on the topic of power and philanthropy. It’s not a topic that we often wade into very deeply, and, as Peter Buffett’s op?ed in the New York Times showed, once the surface is scratched a multitude of perspectives and opinions emerge....

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These Days

I was sharing some of my day with my co-workers. Bemoaning my lack of balance. My co-worker seemed shocked that I didn’t think I had balance. I do suppose this schedule does reflect something that looks like balance – aka. shoving it all in.

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At Peace.

My number (846 or something) finally came up and Lean In arrived for me at the library.  I can now say that I've read it.  Though to be honest, from all the chatter about it, I really felt as though I already had. As I read through it, I allowed all my thoughts and...

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