“What a terrific opportunity to look at my life in the biggest picture way possible, under the thoughtful guidance of Ellyn. Since a look in the rear-view mirror reflects the present, I find it empowering to be aware that if I’m willing to learn through my own experiences, I can be my own best advisor.” Rose Maloney, 2011 LTMYS Retreat attendee
My favorite part of last year’s Letters To My Younger Self® Retreat at Canyon Ranch (Lenox, MA) was a combined paddle-and-hike amidst the colorful Continue reading
One of the unspoken struggles that flummox many women’s leadership initiatives is a double standard in perception.
As research reflects, when a woman executive keeps her head down, performs well and waits to be rewarded, she’s perceived as unambitious and lacking drive. If she’s aggressive and makes tough decisions, she may be viewed as a cold, calculating shrew. Continue reading
We had our father’s 89th birthday celebration over Memorial Day weekend this year. My brother, three sisters and I had planned on a 90th birthday bash, but our stepmother suggested this year might be better. There would be a better chance of Dad being able to enjoy it. Continue reading
What do male executives say in their letters to their younger selves? Frankly, I was recently blown away by the experience.
On May 10th I conducted a standing-room-only Letters To My Younger Self® Seminar with five managing director panelists—three women and two men—for Deutsche Bank at its Wall Street headquarters. Because this event served as the kick-off for the Aspire Project, sponsored by DB’s Americas Finance Diversity team, it was well-attended by more than 150 male and female bankers from various disciplines and backgrounds.
Shopping is called “retail therapy.” But it sometimes gets out of hand. Jill Chivers is an Australian entrepreneur who helps women find a healthier approach to shopping. She recently decided to write a letter to her younger self and discovered the exercise’s surprising power. Here, she explains why.
There’s something magical about writing a letter to your younger self. In writing to my teenage self, I discovered two main reasons to do it: Continue reading
On March 11th I enjoyed the rare, lucky experience of bringing What I Know Now About Success to life. Trish McEvoy, makeup artist and founder of Trish McEvoy, Mary Lou Quinlan, author and founder of Just Ask A Woman, and Linda Kaplan Thaler, author and founder of The Kaplan Thaler Agency all joined me at the Sony Technology Wonder Lab (just as wonderful as it sounds) for an event sponsored by New York Women in Communication. Continue reading
Self-discovery and spa treatments–what could be better?
Please join me at Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA on Oct. 16th for a Letters To My Younger Self with Ellyn Spragins Workshop Retreat.
I’ve always loved the Duchenne smile—so called because an ambitious neurologist named Duchenne discovered in the mid-1800s that genuine happiness could not be faked with a smile. Real joy or amusement not only activates the muscles around the mouth, it also involuntarily sparks muscles near the eyes. When you receive one of these authentic crinkly-eyed smiles, I bet you feel a spurt of warmth somewhere inside. Continue reading