Women leaders and opportunities

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This has been a week when women leaders have been front and center in my mind, and in the press. This week found me spending two days with the Extraordinary Women Leaders program at the Center for Corporate Education at VCU. We focused on women learning to share their unique stories, say a powerful NO when something doesn't align with their core values, and learn coaching skills, among other things. Our visiting leaders of the day were Tanya Cummings and Whitney Forstner, of Momentum Resources, an innovative local staffing company who made INC's Fastest Growing Companies list this year. Tanya and Whitney shared their wisdom on the hard work, powerful impact, and full engagement that is the essence of being a business owner and mom.

I also spent some time this week with Bounce partner Kelly Lewis making the final tweaks to this year's Space of Her Own (SOHO) leadership program for women leaders and for at risk girls, co-facilitated with the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. 

And Wednesday morning found me at a board meeting for the Richmond chapter of the National Association of Women Business owners as we worked together to provide the resources women need as they start and grow their businesses.

Then this morning I awoke to Kristen Green's article in the Richmond Times Dispatch today on how women execs strive to balance family and work.

Amazing how many opportunities there are for women in our society to lead and to learn about leadership when just a week ago a teenage girl was shot in Pakistan simply because she spoke out on behalf of girls having the right to go to school.

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Small Ann Deaton I am a leadership coach, and Managing Partner in Bounce. I love to coach and facilitate with individuals and systems experiencing significant change and growth. The clients I work with, regardless of their age or position, are talented and creative individuals willing to look with fresh eyes at their challenges and opportunities, and to take action based on their discoveries. As a result, they find that they are capable of accomplishing far greater things than they ever imagined. What do you want to accomplish today? Who do you want to be?


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