Monday, December 28, 2015

Tell TheTruth!

One of the things we learn very early is the truth matters. As we go through life, we learn a lot of things about people and values. But the thing that does not change over time is our expectations regarding the truth. We respect people who tell the truth even if we do not like them.

--Nona O.

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Purpose Of Society...Alvin Toffler

Any decent society must generate a feeling of community. Community offsets loneliness. It gives people a vitally necessary sense of belonging. Yet today the institutions on which community depends are crumbling in all the techno-societies. The result is a spreading plague of loneliness.

Alvin Toffler, The Third Wave

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

On Race Relations...Jimmy Carter

"Well, I think we kind of breathed a sigh of relief back in the ’60s, after we had 100 years of racial discrimination with separate but equal, and the Supreme Court and the Congress and everybody else agreed to that, all the churches.

And after the Johnson years of Voting Rights Act and Martin Luther King Jr., Andy Young and others being successful, I think the United States kind of breathed a sigh of relief and said, well, we have resolved the race issue now, and there won’t be anymore, detectable, at least, elements of an American society where whites are in the supreme position, to the detriment of blacks.

...the recent high publicity about the police and black confrontations and the tragedy in Charleston (Shooting death of Walter Scott, 4/4/15) have reminded us that we still have a long way to go. There’s still an innate racism in our country that needs to be addressed accurately."

--Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

#LeadershipTuesdays: Designing Our World By Defining Ourselves And Those Around Us

If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are, we can all be freer. It’s about freedom.

--Emma Watson

Every other Tuesday, WOMEN AT LIBERTY provides Leadership Tuesdays, a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage and strengthen women leaders. Today we are featuring Jody Gerson, Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). She has been in the business for over 30 years and has risen through the ranks. This quote kind of sums up the reason why she loves her job and the business:

To check out today's article, "Women in Music 2015: Jody Gerson Named Executive of the Year" by Shirley Halperin in Billboard Magazine, go to Women Making History (Facebook Page) today or click here. For more information on Leadership Tuesdays or WOMEN AT LIBERTY, click here.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

Fighting Racist Beliefs At Work...Lucy Liu

Being Asian in this business is something you have to consider, because sometimes people aren't as open. They'll say, I can't see you with a Caucasian person.

--Lucy Liu, Actress

*Lucy Liu is currently starring as Dr. Joan Watson in the crime drama series, Elementary, on CBS network. (2015)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Equality Of All: Where Do You Stand?

"From ordinary women stepping into an extraordinary role, bravely fighting for their right to participate in our democracy, to a coalition of conscience that marched on our Nation's Capital and protested for equality, the last century and a half has been defined by those who stood resolute in keeping lit the flame that burned in the hearts of all those determined to secure what they knew to be their God-given rights."*

 --President Barack H. Obama, 44th President of the United States


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

#LeadershipTuesdays: Motivating People For Optimal Results...Cindy Holland

"How do they need to hear the input to get the best results out of them? In management, it’s about understanding how the person thinks and even figuring out the right choice of words that will help unlock their creativity and desire to do something."

--Cindy Holland, Vice President-Original Content, Netflix

Every other Tuesday, WOMEN AT LIBERTY provides a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage and strengthen women leaders. Today's Leadership Tuesdays feature is Cindy Holland. She is the Vice President for Original Content at Netflix, the company who provides on-demand streaming of television shows and movies via the internet and subscription-based rentals to more than 65 million subscribers in the U.S. and over 40 countries in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Europe. Netflix has been an innovator in how people access entertainment and they have soared in popularity and revenue as traditional competitors in the space, like Blockbuster, has fallen by the wayside.

With shows like House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, Netflix has made a name for itself in the original programming space. Ms. Holland, responsible for “greenlighting” original content, has been with the company for 13 years and assumed her current role in 2012. In a November 2015 article entitled "Learning To Lead On A Pair of Skis", she talked with Adam Bryant of the New York Times’ Corner Office column about her approach to leadership at a disruptive technology and entertainment company like Netflix.

The fun part of her job is saying “yes” to projects starring lesser known talent that may have been rejected by other networks. But at the same time she also has the unenviable task of saying “no” to projects that are attached to well-known names and talent that she feels is not right for her company. One of the things that Cindy talks about is how it can be challenging to give feedback in these circumstances and how a leader must think and what they have to know about people, the projects being presented, and the overall goals/objectives of the organization to get the best results for the team.

Click on the video below to see the Corner Office interview. To read a more in-depth article written by Adam Bryant, click here. For more information on Leadership Tuesdays or WOMEN AT LIBERTY, click here.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Setting Priorities...Valorie Burton

Not everything on your to-do list is a real priority. Narrow your list into four categories:
  • Do it. 
  • Delay it. 
  • Delete it. 
  • Delegate it.
--Valorie Burton, Best-Selling Author, Motivational Speaker and Certified Personal Coach

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Courage In Action...@vnona

Many confuse power with courage. Having power is not the same as being courageous. Bullies have power, but they are surely cowards.

The biblical stories of David and Goliath, and Queen Esther and King Xerxes reminds us that the courageous are those who take a stand and act in faith despite their fears.

--Nona O.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Making Smart Sexy...John Hope Bryant

“It takes 20 years to change a culture, says my mentor Quincy Jones. Well, in the last 20 years, we have made dumb sexy. We have dumbed down, and celebrated it. And now we must make smart sexy again.”

--John Hope Bryant

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Postively Impacting A Generation

Education by itself is not the end all be all. To positively impact your generation and environment you must have character and the ability to discern what is right and wrong for yourself.

--Nona O.