May 2020 Newsletter

What to Do When Your Plans Encounter a Pandemic

Now that at least some of the shock of living in a global pandemic is diminishing, it may be time to ask: How do we pick up the pieces and start thinking creatively about next steps—or, perhaps, even how to re-invent ourselves in a new world? But before even beginning to try to answer that, it may be helpful to recall Anne Lamott’s classic insight into the creative process. In … [ more ]

Making It Easier for Women of Color to Get Support from a Therapist of Color

Charmain F. Jackman is a licensed psychologist who grew up on Barbados, where many people of color, she recalls, had an all-or-nothing view about mental health: You had it, or you didn’t. There was no in between. Today, she says, there is still a stigma about mental health among people of color that makes women of color less likely than white women to access mental health services. For example, according … [ more ]

Who Do You Want to Be When This Is Over?

There’s a difference between being a go-getter and being gutsy, Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code, observes in her book, Brave Not Perfect. “So many women stick to doing only the things at which they excel, rarely going beyond what makes them feel confident and comfortable,” she writes. But what happens when we’re outside our comfort zones—either by choice or by circumstances, such as the challenging ones we now … [ more ]

Finding Your Bravery Now: A Conversation with Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and author of Brave, Not Perfect, recently spoke with the Conferences for Women, about perfectionism and bravery in a world turned upside down. The conversation has been edited for brevity. CFW: You’ve talked about striving for perfection as an impediment to growth. In today’s extraordinary circumstances, perfection doesn’t seem remotely possible. But does it still play a role in how women … [ more ]

How to Be Brave, Not Perfect with Reshma Saujani

In this special episode, Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, talks with guest host Laysha Ward, executive vice president and chief external engagement officer for Target, about her new book, Brave, Not Perfect.  This conversation took place before the outbreak of COVID-19. But we’re airing it now because it clearly speaks to the challenges many of us face today. Tune in for practical advice and inspiration from Reshma to help … [ more ]

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