Leading through the Ages

Leading through the Ages
I am a career organizational consultant, inspirational speaker, trainer or leader of learning sessions, and a former university professor. I have made and still make a living through words. And standing on my feet. Just recently, I was musing with a colleague  that I can't lead learning sessions today the way I did twenty, even ten, years ago. • Back then I wore three and a half-inch pumps and stood for almost eight hours. Now if I tried that, my fee...

20 Inspiring Quotes from Women Leaders

20 Inspiring Quotes from Women Leaders
1 Give light and people will find the way. ~ Ella Baker ~ 2 Leaders do not ask for the task, but are tracked down by the spirit of the times until it consumes them; they reach a point where they become the symbol of the disaffected and the movement swirling around them. ~ Coretta Scott King ~ 3 When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful. ~ Malala Yousafzai ~ 4 I will urge you to transform, to find your voice and then work on you...

6 Leadership Lessons from the Queen Mother of Wakanda

6 Leadership Lessons from the Queen Mother of Wakanda
I walked into the Manhyia Palace Museum, in Ghana, West Africa and the tour guide greeted my group with this message: “In our society we believe in a democratic form of leadership in which we always have two leaders—a man and a woman—who share leadership responsibilities. You see, the man can understand the needs and issues of men, and the woman can understand the needs and issues of women.” Thus, the tour guide began our exploration of what Osei Kwado c

Goal Setting for WELL Women

Goal Setting for WELL Women
How many of you have dreaded getting started on a new routine? Whether it’s a new fitness routine or new eating plan or looking for a new job that better aligns with your vocation, getting motivated to start a new venture can be tough.  So today I want to encourage you with some tips on goal-setting that may make your venture a little easier. Last week I set a goal to exercise one hour on the elliptical machine at the gym every day for five days straigh...

Dr. Jeanne featured in CBE Blog–How To Deal With Sexism in Your Church

Dr. Jeanne featured in CBE Blog–How To Deal With Sexism in Your Church
I provide articles and resources on this site for informing and transforming existing and emerging women leaders!  A number of you who follow this blog are active in your faith communities. To that end, I wrote a piece for CBE - a gender justice organization.  I wanted to share it with you and encourage you to check them out.   **** Not long ago, I served on an advisory board for a Christian organization. After a morning of listening to departmen...

Shoes That Fit Our Feet–Insight into Vocation for Women

Shoes That Fit Our Feet–Insight into  Vocation for Women
Recently I participated in a gathering of clergy women of color convened to discuss challenges facing pastoral leaders. There were nineteen or so of us, theologically trained women living out our callings in many ways. Of the nineteen women gathered, one of us was a senior pastor, a few served as full-time staff associate pastors and the majority of us serve concurrently in our churches and other contexts. For instance, I serve as an Associate Pastor at my...

The Sound of Justice—A Reminder from Dr. King’s Letter from the Birmingham City Jail

The Sound of Justice—A Reminder from Dr. King’s Letter from the Birmingham City Jail
On this past Saturday, I was blessed to be the keynote speaker for the South Holland, Illinois Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This tribute service had as its theme, Lift Every Voice.  Today I share this post based on that presentation as my tribute to Dr. King as we celebrate his birthday. I. In April 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) joined with the local civil rights movement i

Follow Your “Path:” 6 Lessons on Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

Follow Your “Path:” 6 Lessons on Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities
So many people ask me how I made the leap from engineering to organizational and leadership development—from applied science to the human sciences. Well, it can partly be traced back to a massive failure. I graduated from college with a degree in industrial and systems engineering and went to work as a logistics engineer in a pharmaceutical company in Columbus, Ohio right after graduation. My very first project was to manage the design, build and implem...

Where are the Aunties?

Where are the Aunties?
I decided to get in a quick power walk at our local park before church on this past Sunday—the day after the white supremacist violence erupted in Charlottesville. After my walk, I stopped briefly at a local store to pick up some toiletries. As I walked down the shower gel aisle, I passed a young African-American man ambling, sort of standing, sort of walking back and forth. I looked at him, and proclaimed, “I can’t remember what else I came in here to get...

Lead Like A Woman: Know Your Style and Use It

Lead Like A Woman: Know Your Style and Use It
I had the great pleasure of speaking to a Women in Ministry and Leadership group on Monday evening. My session was part of a four-week teaching series sponsored by Pastor Sandra Riley, CEO of Just4U Ministries and New Life Covenant Church-Southeast in Chicago. As most of you know my passion is to develop and cultivate the leadership gifts and skills of women. I serve this mission both in the church and in the marketplace. What was particularly exciting for...