“Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.”

Leonard da Vinci

November 5, 2019

I find that most people want to make a difference but are short of time or don’t know how. We can make a difference in many ways, some of which take little time. I share some of my favorites

  1. Be mindful of our thoughts, words and actions. Often the most important thi...

Many people ask me how we can stay balanced in this ever-changing and more demanding world. My response - we need to build our capacity for resilience, a key skill for our time. Resilience is the process of adapting in the face of adversity—whether it’s trauma, tragedy...

September 21, 2017


             Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.                                  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive....

The one thing most people can agree on these days is that we need better answers to overcome the growing violence, discord, misunderstandings and divisions in our country and our world. As long time champions of women’s leadership and empowerment, we feel it is crucial...

August 29, 2017

I recently returned from a remarkable two week fact finding citizen diplomacy trip to Russia with a delegation of 30 professionals from around the US, organized by the Center for Citizen Initiatives, an NGO based in San Francisco. We were all concerned about growing te...

January 4, 2017

CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, is a landmark international agreement that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for girls and women around the world. Known informally as the Women’s Rights Tr...

October 4, 2016

Human trafficking is a global problem that has grown into a multi-billion dollar a year industry. It enslaves people, primarily young women and men, into what constitutes modern day slavery. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a cou...

September 3, 2016

When Mejgon was 11 years old, her father sold her to a married 60-year-old Afghanistan man for two boxes of heroin. “In my whole life, I’ve never felt love,” Mejgon, who endured years of abuse, told National Geographic photographer Stephanie Sinclair when she was 16.

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September 10, 2015

The United Nations General Assembly just adopted new global goals that will galvanize and prioritize the key global issues of our day. Called Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs), they are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member...

March 8, 2015

FGM, or Female Genital Mutilation is the practice, traditional in some cultures, of partially or totally removing the external genitalia of girls and young women for nonmedical reasons. More than 125 million girls and women have been cut in the 29 countries in Africa a...

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