I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by Dierdre Breakenridge. Dierdre is a PR guru, entrepreneur, teacher, author and awesome person! Learn more about Dierdre and her work by going to her web site: https://www.deirdrebreakenridge.com/
We had a million things we could have talked about in this episode of Women Worldwide; however, we ended up talking about futuring, the importance of a vision and how to have fun while pursuing your desired future! Check out this episode Women Worldwide and join Deirdre’s mission to advance a global conversation designed to help women succeed in business and in life.
Futuring – What is it and Why Do You Need It In Your Business?
One of my favorite things to do is work with leaders who are eager to shape the future. I especially enjoy working with leaders in the $3 trillion healthcare space. Why? Their world is being disrupted at an increasingly rapid pace, and many leaders in this important industry are doing what they can to innovate and shape the future. I also appreciate the fact that women comprise a large portion (approximately 75%!) of the healthcare industry. When I help hospitals and other other healthcare organizations reinvent their futures, I am helping female leaders, their families and their communities. Thanks Western Healthcare Alliance and all involved for taking on this important conversation about leading innovation to help build a better future for all the people and communities your serve.
Gen X, the generation often ignored by researchers, employers or even in basic conversations and presentations about generational differences, had a very different upbringing when compared to their parents or their children. We are an ambitious generation that created successful companies but also struggled in careers while figuring out how to “balance” work, family and gender dynamics. Many remained unmarried and childless by choice. Others married and had children much later in life than previous generations-yes, that’s me!
Midlife has changed, and there is little understanding of midlife challenges and opportunities in the modern era. I agree with Calhoun about many of the challenges (underemployment, regret about life decisions, etc). However, I also think our bold and courageous generation continues to shape the world in many positive ways. Gen X continues to shape organizations, businesses and communities with their independence, work ethic and drive to have a personal life.
The pressure many Gen Xers put on themselves can be a blessing but also a curse. One key to a more positive midlife is letting go of regret and so much self-censoring while making life more of an adventure. Generally speaking, many of us were bold and independent in our youth. We are the generation of big hair, shaved sides, multiple piercings, video games, loud music and mohawks. If there is any generation who can find ways to enjoy it all more-it is ours. Gen X has done more for this country than most people realize without receiving or even needing the credit for their accomplishments. We have been leading under the radar for most of our lives, and it is time to raise our hands and voices to audaciously shape the future, especially for women (more on this in a later post).
What does this more modern midlife look like to you? How are you dealing with the challenges, pressures and stress? What great adventures are you having in your midlife? What new opportunities are you pursing? Let us know by leaving a comment. We would enjoy hearing from you!
I will focus on the future of leadership in rural communities and plan to ask the audience a few questions about trends they see emerging now, in five years and in ten years. From my experience, women over 40 have great insights in the past, present and future. So, I would enjoy the opportunity to hear from this audience!
What do you see, think and feel on this topic?
What trends (changes in society, the economy and the environment) do you see currently? What trends to you see impacting society in 5 years? What about 10 years?
Next up, the Connecting Young Nebraskans (CYN) Summit in York, NE. While this summit is focused on young professionals, I am going to bring a future-focused approach to the theme of the summit: Creating Life Balance.
This is a topic I know a lot of you have a great deal of experience with because you have been “balancing life” and “doing it all” for quite some time.
As women who have experience and wisdom to share, what advice would you give to Millennials who are seeing more life balance? I would love to use your insights in my presentation later this month.
Please leave a comment and share your leadership wisdom!
One of the topics she covers has been impacting my own life lately. I recently learned that my psoas muscles needed some TLC. I didn’t even know what the psoas muscle was until a few weeks ago! I sit a lot and had to make some lifestyle changes. I changed my workouts and now have a standing desk. You can learn more about the psoas muscles on Dr. Northrup’s blog: Why your psoas muscle is the most vital muscle in your body.
One of the themes I noticed through the book was the importance of having fun. Yes, I am not the only person discussing the importance of fun for everyone! I am convinced that fun is the fountain of youth. Think of the healthiest and happiest people you know. Now, think about how they act and behave. Are they having fun?
I also realize that “fun” is a little different for everyone. I want to understand this in greater detail and need a little help. What are your thoughts about the importance of fun? What do you enjoy doing? What does “fun” mean to you?
Go Wild, Act Like an Ageless Goddess and Have Fun!
It has been a full week! One of the big events: Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.
The Tweet by Melissa Stewart connected me to the story behind Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. Wendy Diamond, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Founder and CEO, started Women’s Entrepreneurship Day with great passion and purpose. She is giving women a global voice. To learn more, read the article published in Fortune about Wendy Diamond:
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!
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 Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: www.sba.gov/ne.