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InnovateHER: 2015 Innovating for Women Business Challenge in Lincoln, NE March 26

This is AWESOME!!

I received the press release for the InnovateHER:  2015 Innovating for Women Business Challenge in Lincoln, NE on March 26 and had to share it with all of you.  

Go Wild with Your Creativity and Ideas, Support Women and Go For It!

Be You & Do Something Cool!

-Dr. Connie


OMAHA–The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Nebraska District Office invites entrepreneurs with an idea or product to improve the lives of women and families to compete in Lincoln at the InnovateHER: 2015 Innovating for Women Business Challenge.

The challenge is scheduled for March 26 starting at 11 a.m. at the Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center, 285 South 68th Street, Suite 214, Lincoln.

During the competition in Lincoln, contestants will offer a business plan pitch explaining their product or idea. The winner will be eligible to contend for one of the final ten national slots and a chance to win a cash prize in Washington, D.C. during National Small Business Week May 4-8.

The SBA wants to unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of America’s women and men by providing needed resources and technical assistance to business owners and innovators.

InnovateHER: 2015 Innovating for Women Business Challenge is an engaging women business challenge in which the SBA will facilitate unearthing and empowering entrepreneurs.

The competition in Lincoln is open to entrepreneurs throughout Nebraska, both women and men, who are developing products or services that have a measurable positive impact on the lives of women and families, has the potential for commercialization, and fills a need in the marketplace. As demands on women and families grow in our society, the need for products, services, and technology addressing those needs increases.

For more information and for a complete list of rules and a formal application, please call Elizabeth Yearwood, Economic Development Specialist at the SBA, at (402) 221-7200 or email Applications must be completed and submitted no later than 4 p.m. March 16 to be eligible for the challenge in Lincoln March 26.

For more information regarding SBA, please visit our website at:


Flex Your Inner Leader: Strike a Power Pose Like Wonder Woman and Enjoy!

We have all heard about the importance of body language, but have you ever used a Power Pose to boost your self-concept?  I recently used this amazing TED Talk, by Social Psychologist Amy Cuddy, with a group of hospital leaders.  Dr. Cuddy talks about the power of body language as it relates to interacting with others but also as it influences your internal beliefs and behaviors:

“Our nonverbals govern how we think and feel about ourselves.”

Amy explains the science of nonverbals (body language) but also offers practical solutions you can use immediately to boost your self-concept and leadership presence.  Get ready to flex your Inner Leader.   Strike a pose like Wonder Woman and enjoy the instant change to your body and mind.

Go Wild with Power Posing!

-Dr. Connie


PS:  Let me know how Power Posing works for you!. Talk about your experiences below!!

Growing Trends: The Rise of Good Bacteria and the Demise of Shampoo?

As creative entrepreneurs and innovators continue to embrace the “natural ingredients and fewer chemicals” trend, we may be soon be talking about using shampoo “way back when”….


I just love it when people embrace, “Be You & Do Something Cool!”

Go Wild and Innovate with Purpose, Passion & Fun!

-Dr. Connie

Local Entrepreneurs + Teamwork = Creativity!

barn paintingSunday October 5th • Canvas Painting Class at Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast with Jeanna & Katie

Where: 2018 6th Avenue • Nebraska City Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Details – Enjoy the beautiful scenery and relax for awhile! We will be painting a 16″x20″ canvas. The cost is $30 per person. Supplies, canvas, and light snacks included. Aprons will also be provided to wear to protect your clothing. You may bring your own wine if you wish.

Limited seating. Call 402-873-5850 to book your spot or

Tune in to 1110 KFAB this Wednesday!

My radio connection, Clint Bellows, invited me to “appear” on 1110 KFAB this Wednesday afternoon!  Tune in after 2:30 PM and join the conversation about leading your own life with purpose, passion and fun!

You can listen live by going to  Looking forward to having a great conversation on Wednesday!

Go Wild with KFAB!

-Dr. Connie


Go Wild with Confidence Hits #136,936 on Amazon!

Celebrating a publishing milestone with my family today!  It always feels good when you take a step in the direction of your dreams.  Best-seller status here I come!


What is Your Deer in the Lawn?

Growing up, my dad played the same April Fool joke on us kids every year, “Look kids, there is a deer in the lawn!”   Every year, the six of us fell for it.  We actually lived along a highway, so the likelihood of us spotting a deer in the lawn was pretty small.

My husband was gone on April 1, but we both wanted to make sure have some fun with our kids by using the deer in the lawn joke. I was really excited about having some fun with the kids.  I even added the prank to my calendar so I would not forget to do it!

I had the iPad ready and filmed the whole thing so I could send the kids’ reaction to Jim.  Unfortunately, the kids did not think my deer in the lawn joke was funny.  My son actually started to cry.  He really wanted to see the deer!

I felt awful, and it took me awhile to cheer them up before leaving for school.  After school and work, we called my husband and my dad.  The idea of April Fools’ Day had sunk it a little bit more by the time the kids helped me make the calls.  They actually told both my husband and my dad that they saw a deer in the lawn that morning and then said, “April Fools!”  (My son actually said what sounded more like, “April Fourth!”  I am pretty sure it is a combination between April Fools and July Fourth – yes, he is a creative genius!) 

Needless to say, I felt a lot better about my April Fools’ Day fun gone bad.  The old Deer in the Lawn joke made a comeback and everyone had a good laugh that day.

The morale of the story:  Even when things (ideas, experiences, changes, legendary April Fools’ jokes, etc.) feel challenging in the beginning, they can and usually improve with a little time, effort and clarity.  Sometimes it takes a few tears, moments of frustration and great communication to create understanding and breakthrough experiences.  Of course, a little fun and laughter help too!  Put on your leadership hat, get creative, have some fun and do whatever you can to keep your Deer in the Lawn moving forward with confidence and clarity.

Go Wild with Your Deer in the Lawn!

-Dr. Connie


What is Your Deer in the Lawn?
What is Your Deer in the Lawn?