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Her Circle Leadership Newsletter - March

Featured Blog Post from Leslie Grossman


Women's Leadership Wins Oscars at the 95th Academy Awards


Women's Leadership was 'on fire' at the Academy Awards this past Sunday. If you were listening - and not just looking at the gorgeous fashions - those messages kept coming throughout the evening, especially from the winners. Here's a few of them.

"Ladies, don't let anybody tell you you are ever past your prime," said Michelle Yeoh, age 60, upon winning the Best Actress Oscar (first Asian actress to win) for Everything Everywhere All at Once. And by the way,Jamie Lee Curtis, 64, won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in the same film. So much for being past one's prime after 60.


The seven Oscar-winning film Everything Everywhere sends a strong message about the stress of being a woman in today's technology-driven world, and the divide that can come between mother and daughter.

"People who don't agree on every single issue manage to sit together in a room and carve out a way forward together free of violence. They do so not just by talking but also listening," said Sarah Polley, Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar winner of Women Talking. The film focuses on a group of women from a conservative religious colony who decide whether to leave because of sexual violence. Spoiler alert: they leave.

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for girls' education and the youngest recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize, was also an executive producer of "Stranger at the Gate". a nominee for best short documentary. When she was confronted by a silly pop culture question by Jimmy Kimmel during the show. I was proud to see her hold her ground for the world to see by stating, "I only talk about peace."


Let me be clear, these positive messages are not a declaration that the tide is turning for women. Women’s rights are extremely vulnerable with the ‘Right to choose’ continuing to be at stake, the Equal Right Amendment still not protected by the Constitution, and the global gender gap estimated to take 135 years to close (World Economic Forum). As long as women, and those who support gender equality, continue to speak up loudly in public forums, through the media, participate in politics as mothers and professionals, we can create change. What would it take for you to speak up? Be the leader of your life and it will spill over to others. Positive change is within our reach when we all practice the 7 Tenets of Her Circle Leadership.

--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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What Else is New this Month?

If you want women to continue to make history, step out of your comfort zone and invest in yourself and other women - of all ages - YOU are on the edge of greatness.

Congratulations to the Winter ‘23 Cohort of Her Circle Leadership Women’s Leadership Certified Coaches:

Cary Jehl Broussard Anne Cutler Marnie J. Omanoff Dr. Daniela Silitra Jessica Velasco Katy Warren

A huge thank you to Her Circle Leadership Coaches Samantha Luna, Charlie Palumbo and Lauren Supina for mentoring the newest cadre of Certified Women's Leadership Coaches.


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Upcoming Women’s Leadership Programs:

Speak up and state what YOU want. Request your organization enroll you OR Enroll yourself in one of two women's leadership programs which will change your life AND your career. Presented remotely by The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leader in March and April. For Executives and For Rising Women Leaders. And by the way, I am the lead instructor.


Continuing Education for Coaches

If you are a coach or consultant, you might be feeling the squeeze from the current economic climate. My friend, Deb Boulanger is a business growth expert and has some insightful information to share in her weeklong training, "Crack the Code to Consistent Revenue" There are recordings available for those you have missed. It's worth signing up and tuning in to those recordings. Register here.

Attention: Coaches, consultants and HR/DE&I leaders. Take a stand for women's success and your own. Build your brand, attract business and support women by enrolling in the Her Circle Leadership Women's Coach Certification Program. We will be announcing the Spring/Summer '23 cohort shortly. Watch a previous workshop to see if this program is right for you. Apply here.


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Courageous Conversations for Executive Women in the Workplace: How to Step into Crucial Conversations with Courage and Confidence led by two of the HCL Certified Coaches - Watch for the Official Announcement!


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