Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership
TEACHING THE COMPASSIONATE USE OF POWER

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Archive for March, 2009

27
Mar

happy womanImagine having the ability to design your life instead of just letting life happen to you. In this powerful introductory course, you will first determine which areas of your life are not working for you and then create a road map to get to where you want to be. Together, we will break down your fears, thoughts, and deep beliefs that are “explaining your life away”, and we will get you thinking, creating, inventing and dreaming about your life.

Date: May 20th
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM-EST
Location: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Park, NYC
Cost: $10
RSVP: here

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27
Mar
Strong Lady During the 1 hour mini-workshop, you will learn:

*  How to create an identity that defines you in the NOW.
*  How to close the gap between where you are and where you want to be
*  Why having a strong financial vision is important

You won’t want to miss this information-packed discussion. Author Yvonne Bynoe will be signing copies of Who’s Your Mama: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers

Date: May 7th
Time: Noon
Location: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Park, NYC
Cost: $10
RSVP: here

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27
Mar

mother and daughter“If you also see your mother when you look in the mirror, you are not alone,” says Dr. Laura Arens Fuerstein, analytic therapist with over 30 years of clinical experience and author of MY MOTHER, MY MIRROR: Recognizing and Making the Most of Inherited Self-Images. Far from blaming the mother for the daughter’s problems, Dr. Fuerstein’s work highlights hidden patterns passed on from generation to generation – mother to daughter. These patterns distort each mother’s self-image and are unwittingly passed down to her daughter – often affecting the young girl’s concept of herself and influencing her adult choices. Dr. Fuerstein offers a five-phase process to uncover these hidden messages

Date: April 29th
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM-EST
Location: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Park, NYC
Cost: $10
RSVP: here

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27
Mar

alice_paul_smVirginia Ann Harris will share interesting little-known facts about the clash of personalities and dramatic events that led to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Harris will focus on the life of young suffragette Alice Paul.

Alice Paul’s high-profile activism led to her being arrested and jailed, and nearly committed to an insane asylum. Yet she kept up the fight. Thanks to her courage, and the steady push provided by the more established suffragette organizations, Alice Paul was able to cast her first vote in the 1920 election.

Date: Monday, April 6th, 2009
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM – EST
Location: 16 W 23rd Street, New York, NY

Cost: $10 (a small dinner will be provided)
RSVP: is mandatory for security reasons

Contact Stephanie Morgan Kirby at skirby@woodhull.org with any questions or concerns.

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27
Mar

These two, four-week tele-courses will help you: focus on what you can control, get off the panic train, and reconnect with timeless, yet timely, financial principles.

You can register for Session 1 or Session 2 or both!

SESSION ONE
May 6th – Create a Clean Slate and Redefine the American Dream
May 13th – Get Clear About Your Goals
May 20th – Get to Know Your Dominant Financial Behavior
May 27th – Create a Financial Road Map, Part One

SESSION TWO
June 3rd – Create a Career Roadmap
June 10th – Create a Financial Roadmap, Part Two
June 17th – Create a Financial Roadmap, Part Three
June 24th – Wrap-Up and How to Stay on Track

Time and Location: We will meet over the phone at 8:00 PM EST
ONLY $100 per 4-session series*, plus the cost of the e-workbook – $21.95.
*a 10% discount is applied if you register for both sessions.

Contact Stephanie Morgan Kirby at skirby@woodhull.org to register for this event.

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27
Mar

Healthy Sexuality What do we learn about being sexual from our mother’s words or silence? What do we learn on our own and what do we learn from our sexual peers and our culture? How do we assimilate all of that into the sexual women we want to be? Psychoanalyst, and featured Huffington Post blogger, Joyce McFadden, will share the anonymous candid voices from women in her Women’s Realities Study who repeatedly reported a desire to learn more about their sexuality from each other, but guilt, discomfort and propriety precluded them from taking the risk.  Participants will explore the layered meaning of their sexuality and leave with an expanded sense of their own integrity.

April 20th – My Mother’s Influence on My Sexuality
April 27th – Am I Like Other Women Sexually?
May 4th – How Do I View Myself Sexually?
May 11th – Where Do I Want My Sexuality to Go from Here?

Time: 6:30-8:00 PM EST
Location: Think Coffee, 248 Mercer Street, NYC
Cost: $80 for the four week session

Contact Stephanie Morgan Kirby at skirby@woodhull.org to register for this event.

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10
Mar

by Manisha Thakor & Sharon Kedar, Woodhull Alumnae
OnMyOwnTwoFeet.com

Spend to Save!

Spend to Save!

We’re here to let you in on a secret. Saving money is not about depriving yourself of fun today. It’s about having money to spend in the future. People who engage in regular saving live their lives from a position of financial strength. They can enjoy the present AND have confidence in their ability to handle whatever tomorrow brings. But don’t just take our word for it. Let’s look at Amy’s experience…

On Monday morning Amy hopped into her car to head off to work. Unfortunately, the engine started to make the kind of noise that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “shake, rattle, and roll.” Amy took her car to a mechanic and left with a whopper of a repair bill. End of story? Nope, it was just the beginning – because Amy had no savings and her credit cards were maxed out.

Sadly, Amy’s saga is far too common. The Consumer Federation of America reports that the average person incurs roughly $2,000 of “unexpected” expenses a year. However, many people have less than that in savings. For instance, the average woman between the ages of 24 – 35 has less than $500 in savings. With no financial safety net, all it takes is one faulty engine to send your finances into a financial tailspin.

Saving, once a time-honored practice amongst previous generations, seems to have gone the way of transistor radios and black and white television sets. These days, collectively as a nation, we save practically nothing. This means that if you are not saving anything today, you are far from alone. Now here’s the good news: simply acknowledging the importance of saving is a HUGE first step.

When it comes to saving, your initial goal is to create an emergency fund. Start by striving to save $2,000 in a separate savings account (so you are not tempted to spend it…). To find the extra money to save, take a good hard look at your spending and see if there are any items you can cut back on. How many channels on that cable package do you really watch? Can you bring your lunch to work or cut back on take-out dinners? These are the kinds of questions that can help you free up some extra cash for your emergency fund. Once you achieve that $2,000 hurdle, continue to grow your emergency fund until it can cover three to six months of living expenses. You’d be amazed how much stress this pot of savings can relieve. Once you have an emergency fund, unlike Amy, you will be ready for the unexpected.

When you achieve this goal, it’s time to congratulate yourself. Seriously. You’ll be miles ahead of the typical American with regards to your financial security. The next stop on your journey to financial strength is to save for “big-ticket” items (such as a down payment for a car or house, a vacation, etc.) and for your retirement. As a rough rule of thumb, you should set aside 5% of your gross (i.e. before-tax) income for your combined emergency fund / big-ticket items and at least 10% of your gross income for retirement. Regularly doing this will put you on the path to financial nirvana.

If you are just getting started on a saving program, being told to save 15% of your income may feel like being told to just go out and climb Mount Everest. Don’t despair! It’s important to realize that 15% is your end goal, not your starting goal. Start small – with that $2,000 emergency fund – and with perseverance and determination, you can slowly build your way up from there. See www.OnMyOwnTwoFeet.com for more information.

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