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Archive for March, 2011

31
Mar

by Tara Sophia Mohr, Woodhull Alumna

Something very sweet happened this week. The Girl Effect organization named me as a “Girl Champion of 2010.” You can see their post about it here.

I want to tell you the story of how this came about, because I think it says a lot about what actually allows us to play big, and what actually causes us to get recognition.

So here’s the story.

Back in October, I made a new friend, Rachel Cole, a fellow life coach. Rachel told me about how much she loved food and community, and how she had organized a series of large, open-to-everyone food gatherings where everyone had to bring something homemade. They became a very hot thing here in San Francisco.

She told me about her “Wisdom books,” blank books she creates and distributes. People write a piece of wisdom and then pass it on to the next person, who writes their piece of wisdom. Dozens of these are circulating around the world. In the end the books get mailed back to her, and she’s going to do something amazing with them.
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Category : Careers | Community Member Projects and Updates | Blog
31
Mar

Who was the first woman to lead a major Western democracy?

Margaret Thatcher, the first woman to become the head of a major Western nation, and a leader in ushering in a conservative political philosophy, reshaped much of Britain’s foreign, social and economic policies during the Cold War era. Although Thatcher’s first interest was chemistry, her passion for politics eventually won out when she was elected president of the student Conservative Association at Oxford.

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Category : Woman of the Day | Blog
30
Mar

by Tara Sophia Mohr, Woodhull Alumna

Hello everyone!

This Thursday, March 31st, 12-1 PST, I’ll be holding a free informational call about Playing Big.

You’ll

  • Get a taste of the Playing Big program
  • Hear why I created this program – and think this is the #1 way I can serve the world
  • Get clear about all the nuts and bolts of how the program will work
  • Ask any questions you have about the program

I hope you’ll join me for the free call. CLICK HERE to sign up.

If you can’t make the call time, but would like the recording, just SIGN UP and you’ll receive it by email.

Love,

Tara

Tara Sophia Mohr is a writer, coach and personal growth teacher. Her work is all about helping people live more authentic, peaceful, compassionate lives. Tara’s a regular blogger for Huffington Post and has been featured in More Magazine.com, Forbes, USA Today and the International Business Times. She received her MBA from Stanford, where her studies focused on innovation and leadership. She writes the blog Wise Living, www.wiselivingblog.com

Category : Careers | Community Member Projects and Updates | Blog
30
Mar

Who was the first woman to nearly win a major political party’s nomination?

Hillary Clinton, the first woman to almost win the Democratic nomination for the presidency, was a former US Senator from New York and First Lady. As a sign of things to come, The National Law Journal named Clinton, a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School, one of the most powerful lawyers in America.

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Category : Woman of the Day | Blog
29
Mar

by Tara Sophia Mohr, Woodhull Alumna

A question for you: what is your relationship with negotiation?

What happens in your body when you hear the word? What happens to heart rate, body tension? What memories come up – positive or negative?

If you don’t like negotiation, you need to know:
1. You aren’t alone
2. It can be different.

It’s possible to transform that squeamish, get-me-out-of-here attitude to a totally different experience where you feel comfortable – and even enjoy – negotiating. That’s my story.

I started as someone who figured out how little she could live on and then suggested that for her salary (nice, huh?) and now am someone who actually enjoys a serious salary negotiation.
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Category : Careers | Community Member Projects and Updates | Blog
29
Mar

Who was the first woman to be named to a presidential ticket?

Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to become a vice-presidential candidate, was Walter Mondale’s running mate in the 1984 Presidential election. She was also the first woman elected to represent New York’s ninth congressional district in Queens. Ferraro grew up in the South Bronx, graduated from Marymount College with a B.A. in English and received a J.D. from Fordham Law School. At Fordham, she was one of two women to garner a law degree.

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Category : Woman of the Day | Blog
28
Mar

Who is the first African American First Lady?

Michelle Obama, the nation’s first African American First Lady, admits she never imagined becoming First Lady. Growing up on the South-Side of Chicago, Obama came from a modest blue collar working family. At a young age her mother believed Obama “raised herself from about nine years old. She had her head on straight very early.”

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Category : Woman of the Day | Blog
28
Mar

Woodhull celebrates the life of the first woman who ran for Vice President of the United States of America, Geraldine Ferraro. Here is a collection of the many tributes to her life and legacy:

She Ended the Men’s Club of National Politics“- New York Times

Remembering Geraldine Ferraro: A woman of firsts” – NY Daily News

Congresswoman Made History on National Ticket“- The Wall Street Journal

Category : News | Women | Blog
27
Mar

by Tara Sophia Mohr, Woodhull Alumna

Several years ago, I was attending a conference for professionals in philanthropy. I attended one session focused on one of the big challenges in the industry. I knew I held a very controversial view: that the older generation of professionals and institutions was preventing the very kind of change they were calling for, because of their attachment to realities that no longer existed. Normally, I would have kept quiet about that. After all, lots of those older generation folks were in the room – and they were powerful. Plus, no one else was mentioning it. And what would it do to my professional reputation to say something so confrontational?

But for some reason, that day, I raised my hand and spit out my view to all fifty folks in the room. Quite honestly, the main reason was fatigue – I was too tired from a 5am flight to operate with my filter on. I said plainly what I thought was wrong with the situation, and how the older institutions and professionals weren’t dealing with changing realities. I spoke about one particularly hot button issue that people tended to avoid talking about. I was blunt and passionate.

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Category : Careers | Community Member Projects and Updates | Blog
27
Mar

Who was one of the first basketball players to be a part of the Women’s NBA?

Lisa Leslie, one of the founding players of the WNBA, has helped to popularize the sport of basketball for women. Leslie joined the WNBA in 1996 after winning an Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Olympics. Even though her height became an invaluable asset as an athlete, Leslie faced criticism from her peers for standing out like a tall blade of grass in elementary school.

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