On the Cutting Edge of Change

Leadership and freedom

This is the 40th anniversary of “Free to Be You and Me”, an amazing group of songs to help children see the possibilities of life without gender restrictions and fear. They are as fresh and real today as ever. The songs are about self-empowerment, being understanding and loving. Every child, in every culture could benefit.. read more →

What do you do when you are ignored?

Did you ever sit in a restaurant and wonder if you had a snake on your head, or maybe a bird’s nest, or a mouse, or if your face had turned bright blue? You sit there and question why the server is taking so long to get to your table. It looks like everyone else.. read more →

GUTSY Women and Attachment Parenting

Time magazine May issue started a major brouhaha that is hopefully the beginning of a great dialogue about what it means to be a parent and what children really want and need. For me, the photo of the mother and three year old son at his mother’s breast brought up the controversy from decades ago.. read more →

Review of Mother’s Day

Hey mom…did you get flowers, a potted plant, candy, a dinner at the best local eatery? Did you get a phone call? A Card? Was the communication nostalgic or trite? Was there an edge of animosity or real appreciation? Mother’s Day is a multi-layered, complex day filled with stuff that is often unsaid by both.. read more →

Decisions, Deciding, Decided

I learned a bad habit from my mother. It was during that famous time when the phrase “the customer is always right” was the mantra of the retail world. I learned all about the world of shopping from her. You name it; she was a master shopper of clothes, shoes, pocketbooks, makeup, and on and.. read more →

PINK is for GUTSY GIRLS

Picture this scene: a four year old brother and a six year old sister are fighting over television rights. She wants “Word Girl”, the GUTSY gal heroine who fights all the bad in the world with her extensive vocabulary; or something like that. He wants “The Transformers” and “Super Heroes” who fight all the bad.. read more →

An Early Valentine

When we think Valentine’s Day, we think lovers and chocolate and red hearts and sumptuous dinners. This blog is a great reminder of another early love, that between parents and children. While not everyone was as lucky as Ned Brody to have a mother of power and passion, we DO KNOW we all had a.. read more →

Leadership Development: Moments that Make a Difference

Yesterday I commented on a blog about the extreme religious right in Israel. I mentioned a defining moment when my daughter Mikayla, then sixteen, was spat upon by a very “pious” young man as we were waiting for a bus in Jerusalem. The Huffington Post blog I commented on was well written and told the.. read more →

A Healthy Perspective

Here is a response to a blog I wrote, “Barbie Lives!”, about Barbie dolls and little girls. This is from one of our CEO consultants, Jocelyn Bines, who recently moved to Los Angeles where she will be spearheading GUTSY WOMEN WEEKEND programs. I love her perspective about that bit of plastic and blond synthetic hair... read more →

Barbie Lives!

Doing research for my book “GUTSY: How Women Leaders Make Change”, I was a bit aghast with the powerful hold that little blonde, plastic doll named Barbie still has on so many little girls. Research shows that when 13 year old girls were asked to define their view of beauty, there was a statistically significant.. read more →