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6 09, 2016

Gymboree Founder Joan Barnes Shares Her Journey from Young Mom to Mogul

By | 2016-09-06T17:20:47+00:00 September 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Joan Barnes is the trailblazing businesswoman who built Gymboree into a billion-dollar global brand, but in this candid interview with “Extra,” the mother of two reveals she paid a steep price for her success. View Video »

6 09, 2016

How a Serial Entrepreneur Built Two Companies from the Ground

By | 2016-09-06T17:15:01+00:00 September 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Today we are going to meet a serial entrepreneur who built not one but two consumer companies from the ground up! You may not know her name right away you certainly know her mark. Joan Barnes is the founder of Gymboree, an international franchise of play programs and company-owned retail stores. We will talk about [...]

13 04, 2016

The Entrepreneurial Anti-Formula

By | 2017-04-21T07:09:21+00:00 April 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Imagine how helpful if would be if we could easily extract the formula for entrepreneurial wizardry from a business school course book, a scintillating TED talk, an excel spreadsheet or a Times bestselling “how to” manual? Indeed it would, except that any search for ready-made ABCs of entrepreneurial acumen would lead to unfulfilling dead ends [...]

13 04, 2016

Sisterhood of a Different Kind

By | 2016-12-06T11:01:17+00:00 April 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Here is one definition of sisterhood I found on online: A bond between two or more girls, not always related by blood. They always tell the truth, honor each other, and love each other like sisters.” And here yet another: “An association, society, or community of women linked by a common interest.” Both resonate for [...]

30 12, 2015


By | 2016-03-28T14:30:17+00:00 December 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|19 Comments

Fear is a pervasive topic. In his recent Oval Office address, President Obama urged Americans not to succumb to fear in the fight against terrorism. His plea came on the heels of countless similar urgings from others in the recent aftermath of horrific violence in Paris and San Bernardino, California. The most famous entreaty about [...]

15 12, 2014


By | 2016-12-06T11:01:17+00:00 December 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

While reflection is ubiquitous, it is not mere happenstance that the year-end holiday period “‘tis the season for reflection.”  The calendar year is ending, and end often means taking stock.  The holiday season brings greater focus on family, friends and traditions, philanthropic and gift-giving tendencies and the chance to liberate our spirits.  It provides opportunity [...]

15 12, 2014

Honoring the Inner Voice(s)

By | 2016-12-06T11:01:17+00:00 December 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

While it is fashionable to talk about giving spiritual attention to our inner voice, it is hard to quarrel with the initiative we should honor what we hear.  The rub, I think, is that we each entertain more than one inner voice. Indeed, I believe that percolating inside each of us is a unique ensemble [...]

24 11, 2014

The Gift of Giving

By | 2016-12-06T11:01:17+00:00 November 24th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Giving has no seasonality.  Yet most of us focus sincere attention on giving as we move into the holiday season, not only for those nearest and dearest to us, but also charitable giving as well. Especially during stressful economic times, so many people need help and support. And when it comes to giving, it is not uncommon [...]

13 11, 2014

The Healing Power of Gratitude

By | 2016-12-06T11:01:18+00:00 November 13th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

There is a natural tension between complaining or worrying and feeling thankful, a pervasive life dichotomy for sure. Dwelling on our woes, whatever their source (even those understandably deserving of compassion) invites a cascade of negativity: stress, victim identity, despair, disgust and even hopelessness.  Yet, our tough times are rich with opportunity grounded in appreciation and gratitude. [...]

3 11, 2014

Women Helping Women Succeed in Business

By | 2016-03-28T14:30:24+00:00 November 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The continued rise of women as successful entrepreneurs and in business does not lessen the need to support each other; rather, the need is even greater, to expand the reach of our influence, redefine our roles and create institutional antibodies against the loss of achievement and momentum.  The ways we can contribute to each other in [...]