Watch the key messages from Kim Box’s ground breaking book about the true power of diversity for any organization. This is not the same message you hear about with affirmative action but the competitive advantage of bringing together people with different backgrounds, personalities, culture, professional experiences, and many other attributes that make each of us
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Each year the PBWC, Professional Business Women of California, puts on an event that brings amazing women together. This year the theme of the conference was to Connect-Innovate-Inspire those coming to hear the speakers and connect with others who would take time out of their busy schedules to reflect and learn. The keynote speakers were great as were the break out groups.
Push Girl Mia Schaikewitz – Leadership Lessons from an extraordinary woman who is breaking through stereotypes of people with disabilities and challenges
In my quest to be on the lookout for inspiring people, places and things I was fortunate to meet the most extraordinary person! I had first caught a glimpse of Mia Schaikewitz on a video about an upcoming series called Push Girls.
Have you ever wanted to just stop what you are doing and take off on an adventure around the world? Leaving all of your cares behind and just enjoying other cultures, people and places that you’ve always wanted to experience? While recently on vacation backpacking in New Zealand’s south island Fiordland we met a couple who had done just that.
Character Building versus Comfort – Take action early to keep the business going during difficult economic climates!
How often do we have the opportunity to choose between character building actions versus those actions we find comforting? While in a meeting with my colleague Bonnie Ferreira, the CEO of American Leadership Forum-Mountain Valley Chapter, she made the comment that she was making a conscious effort to choose character building over comfort.
Have you ever taken the time to get away from daily responsibilities and truly look at where you are in your life and where you want to be? I did just that over the last 48 hours in a cabin in the mountains by myself. I had been thinking of doing this towards the end of the year but I hadn’t decided exactly how I would go about it
Inspirational leadership – Women in coffee working together to improve the lives of women and their communities around the world
Every once in a while there is an experience that is so incredible it’s hard to know how to describe it. This is the situation with my recent trip to El Salvador in Central America. I was asked to do a keynote speech at the International Women’s Coffee Alliance Convention. The IWCA is an organization that strives to create a difference in the world of coffee. Their mission is to “empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives; and to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry.”
What is diversity in an organization? The best way to define it is to explain what it isn’t. Diversity isn’t just a box that needs to be checked on a Human Resources form. It isn’t finding that single African-American or woman to sit on the board. It isn’t a picture on a web site, a lunchtime seminar or a poster in the break room. These are all visible aspects of an intentional push to include a variety of voices, but they are not diversity in and of themselves.
I recently had the opportunity to go on a cruise in the eastern Mediterranean. One thing I loved about this cruise was the diversity of cultures of both the crew and the fellow cruisers. There were 42 countries represented from the cruisers and over 50 countries from the crew.
I had a very interesting lunch this past week with Garry Tabor, a fellow board member who is the President of a distribution company, Heico Distribution Group, LLC. In the course of our discussion he made a statement that really resonated with me regarding the “conscience” of a company. We were discussing the hard decisions leaders of a company have to make along with how the company and its leaders are held accountable.
The Power of Diversity to Transform your Organization
"Woven Leadership is one of the freshest concepts in the field of building a vibrant organization that will empower the reader to a new standard of excellence and performance. A must-read for all managers desiring to be their best!"- Todd Duncan, New York Times best-selling author
"Kim Box's Woven Leadership shows how much stronger you and your team will be when different types of people and talents are woven together." - Jennifer Basye Sander, New York Times best-selling author and speaker
Introduction to Woven Leadership
"It's time to start recognizing that leadership comes in all shapes and sizes, demographics and life experiences. We must see diversity as a secret weapon to be exploited in order to build the most successful organization. And we must also acknowledge that acting based on our own authenticity is imperative to weaving together the strength of the very fabric of the organization. We will explore why diversity and authenticity are now requirements for any organization that wants to succeed." - Chapter 1-Woven Leadership