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Her Circle Leadership Newsletter - July



Summer is usually the season when we want to feel carefree and do fun things. There’s another side of summer, too. It’s a good time to dream. It’s a very good time to be inspired by personal stories of courage. Stories about people, and especially women, stepping out of their comfort zone to change their future by taking a new job, moving to a new place or starting or growing a business.

Sitting on the beach, by the pool or just resting in a comfy chair, let your mind wander about what would life be like if you were really jazzed by your work and didn’t let fear stop you.

Olympian Allyson Felix says, “On the other side of fear is freedom.” And she wasn’t talking about the hard work it took to become the most decorated athlete, male or female, in World Athletics Championships history. She was talking about her writing an editorial which appeared in the New York Times, sharing loud and clear the disrespect and financial penalty that she and other female athletes endured during their pregnancies and postpartum competitions by their sponsor Nike. She parted ways with Nike with no alternative sponsor or financial support in the wings. That courageous action, led to Athleta offering her a partnership with full maternity protections plus branding five collections with her name. Since then, Felix also launched Saysh, her own shoe brand.

Make courage your middle name in ’23 by visioning your life and what it would take to overcome your fears.

Read about others’ inspiring stories in The Wall Street Journal “Your Next Big Move Should Scare You.”

Read about Her Circle's 7 Tenets of Leadership including courage.

--Leslie Grossman, founder, Her Circle Leadership; faculty director, Executive Women’s Leadership, GWU-Center for Excellence in Public Leadership; author, “LINK OUT: How to Turn Your Network into a Chain of Lasting Connections.”

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Congratulations to Kreda Boci, Rebecca Brooks, Dorothy Dowling, Darlene Gore, Peter Heyman, Melissa Maher, Janet Silverman and Jessica Switzman. And, a huge thank you to Her Circle Leadership coach Jessica Velasco for her outstanding co-facilitation.

You can meet the coaches here.

Learn more about them and the availability of Her Circle Leadership coaches to speak, coach and lead groups and programs for you and your organization.


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I can’t wait to see this film– not because I was a Barbie doll collector (I had a few but bought my daughter more), but because filmmaker Greta Gerwig made this film. Expect the unexpected with Gerwig. All her previous films have been focused on telling women’s stories with heart and humor. And from everything I’ve read in advance press - I anticipate this Barbie will be a big surprise and that will have everyone – women and men - talking!


For the first time in history, there are five generations actively in the workforce – the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation-X, Millennials and Gen Z – according to Forbes. While there are countering opinions about whether such diverse groups can work effectively together, there was a fascinating article in The Washington Post about intergenerational friendships, that ignited my memory of a beautiful relationship that impacted my life and my career when I was in my late twenties and my friend was seventy.

Read my story as well as the Washington Post article here.


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