Today’s blog is co-authored by Kathleen Schafer and Bill Parent, Lecturer in Public Policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. When two recovering political operatives get together it no surprise that even pop culture takes on an election year patina. Recently over coffee our conversation turned to the film, Sully. Neither of us had … Continue reading Tonight, Hillary Must Lead

Huffington Post As former State Department Official Anne-Marie Slaughter’s new book Unfinished Business is released so too are her e-mail exchanges with her boss, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. In addition to revealing the relentless pressure Clinton felt with every public comment, it shows the continuing struggle women of all ages and stations of … Continue reading What Is Having It All?

Huffington Post The fact that Pope Francis’ visit to the United States dominated headlines was to be expected. What this surprising leader is achieving, with grace and eloquence, is something that no American leader in recent history has — that is, to remind us that what made our country great was the call to something … Continue reading Pope Francis — A Call to Something Greater

Huffington Post As a woman the desire to be cherished may seem a bit quaint in light of the recent political sparring between Presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. In the on-going war of words, Mr. Trump proclaimed his pro-women credentials by saying, I cherish women. I want to help women. I’m going to … Continue reading Hillary Clinton Should Exude Feminine Power

Huffington Post I don’t know if it was sheer determination or utter stupidity that compelled me to sit through the three-plus hours of the second Republican Presidential debate. Viewing that spectacle followed by Hillary Clinton’s appearance on The Tonight Show, led to a startling thought — one of these individuals is going to be the … Continue reading The Choice in This Election — Forward or Backward

As summer has ended and rolled into fall, the headlines are filled with much disturbing news from around the globe. Domestic violence among elite athletes, terrorist groups broadcasting atrocities, heads of state fanning the flames of war, the continued spectacle of the dysfunctional American political system, draught, earthquakes and hurricanes. It is enough to make … Continue reading Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

It is that time of year when the weather warms and those in classrooms begin longing for days of unfettered freedom.  Too often experiencing the school setting as suffocating rather than exhilarating, students, teachers and administrators alike are stuck in system that is decaying, and the only “answers” are to rearrange the content delivery instead of … Continue reading My Wish For Every Student: Part I

My morning started with an e-mail from a client who is a federal government analyst, upset about a missive from her training department eager to check-off their employee development box with a variety of offerings.  The catch?  Leadership development was restricted to “managers only.”  I guess it is time for the feds to understand what … Continue reading Why Leadership Coaching Is For Everyone

I must admit that a guilty pleasure of mine is the Food Network show Chopped.  Hidden among the culinary battles for Chopped Champion are some of life’s greatest lessons on success.  I love the twisted mystery baskets of ingredients, the seemingly impossible time limits and the lofty expectations of the judges (sound like life?). But what I … Continue reading Chopped: A Winning Recipe for Success