Ellen Duffield
How do we Create Environments Where Both Men and Women can Thrive?
On March 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

On International Women’s Day this is the big question isn’t it? How do we create truly inclusive and empowering cultures in our families, schools and workplaces? Even those of us who truly desire to do so can be blinded by what we don’t even know we don’t even know. And that is just the beginning. […]

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Raising Moral Girls
On February 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

How do we help our girls develop a healthy moral code?   Embedded in an ethic of thriving at BRAVE we believe in the importance of Moral Courage — doing what is right even when there is a personal cost and Moral Care[1] — a morality built upon reciprocal relationships vs. rights and rules.   […]

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Friends and Acquaintances
On January 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

It is no secret that we need both close friends and casual interactions to thrive. Lack of access to them has been one of the hard parts of this Covid season for many of us. Friendships add richness and profoundly shape our lives. But friends can also be mean. That’s one reason why it is […]

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Building Resilience in Girls
On December 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

This year is taking a toll on our girls. Girls are already twice as likely to develop mood disorders as boys. Political and racial unrest, concerns about our environment and Covid 19 – with its accompanying fear for the health of family members, uncertainty about the future, disruption of day to day events and disconnection […]

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Longing
On December 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Look just under the surface of almost every conversation we are having these days is the theme of longing. Have you noticed it? We are longing for normalecy, for answers, and for timelines telling us when this will all be over. Dig down another layer and we discover a deep longing for connection. Carefree coffees […]

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Recruiting, Hiring, Training and Retaining BRAVE Women
On March 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Recruiting, hiring, training and retaining the women you want on your team – the courageous, competent women; lets call them BRAVE Bridge Building Leaders – is not rocket science, but it will take adjustments to some widely held mindsets and practices. While every organization is unique, access to proven wise practices are helpful in prioritizing […]

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Leader
On March 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

We stumbled across the connection between resiliency and leadership in the kind of serendipitous way that leaves you shaking your head. A friend was concerned about the students who were “slipping through the cracks” at high school. As he often said, they were not at risk of burning down the school, but they were definitely […]

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What Do Your Jeans Say to You?
On January 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

As Samantha and I sat in our living room chatting, we began to realize that her long-term battle with food was more about fitting-in-ness than fitness. Sometimes we think that fitting into our jeans will finally enable us to feel like we truly fit in… or at least be a suitable substitute for the loving […]

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Pretty Princess or Wicked Witch
On January 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

I grew up on stories of pretty princesses and wicked witches. It sometimes seemed that these were the main two options available to women – and who wants to be the wicked witch? We heard some stories of women who pioneered in their fields, of course, but they were certainly not told in Hollywood style […]

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The Beginnings of B.R.A.V.E.
On January 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Sometimes a question is so compelling it becomes a quest. I had just turned down the leadership of an organization that taught confidence to women because I did not feel capable for the role. In retrospect, I, of course, can see the irony; but I couldn’t at the time. Now, looking around the room at […]

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