Wishing You Life In The Slow Lane

by Mary Prefontaine Leading up to the holidays I moved both mentally and physically into the fast lane as if I was driving a Maserati on the Autobahn. On the outside, I attempted to present my best Buddha self, when on the inside, I felt like a woman on steroids, three gins in and behaving as if her hair was on fire.
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Lessons In Success For A Young Woman

IGNITION Introduction by Mary Prefontaine I want to share with you why we chose the theme “IGNITION” for ICAN 2013 Women’s Leadership Conference.  On April 3  we will celebrate a twenty year legacy of gathering women together to have a conversation to create and bring forth new learning, inspiration and connection.
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Putting Civility Back Into The Workplace

By Mary Prefontaine (Now regularly blogging for the Huffington Post) “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi Many of the leaders I work with tell me they spend as much as 40 per cent of their time and energy managing the “fear factor.” That’s 40 per cent of their time dealing with the fear of being on the receiving end of verbal outbursts and negative actions by others. It is usually the leader with the most power who provokes the most fear. With leaders worried about outbursts and other nasty behavior from those with
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International Women’s Day 2012

By Mary Prefontaine The world celebrates women on March 8 – will you participate? International Women’s Day originally observed to highlight women’s oppression and inequality has evolved into a celebration of the “positives”. Women are now astronauts, firefighters, mega-business leaders, presidents and prime ministers. Since it’s visionary conception in the early 1900′s,  IWD has grown into thousands of events throughout the world helping to educate, inspire and celebrate the achievements of women. A global web of rich and diverse activity – from political rallies and business conferences to  craft fairs – acknowledge the gifts women bring to humanity.
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Breathe Fire Into 2012

If you found the first few weeks of 2012 not at all to your liking, then today is your chance to start the year over. January 24th is the first day of the lunar calendar – known as Chinese New Year – the most celebrated day of the year in China.  2012 is the Year of the Dragon – promising power, prosperity and longevity.
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Ode To Joy

I have three deeply held values in my life…beauty, love and joy. So when I happened upon a recent commentary by Douglas Todd exploring the differences between the emotion of joy and happiness I wanted to share it with you.
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The Time of Tea

Beljean Ong is a “tea instructor” in a little shop at 38 Mosque Street in the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown.  She drew me in from the crowded street with an invitation to come in and get some relief from the humidity and heat – and an hour later I left with a bag of the highest quality Oolong loose leaf tea, a small hand carved tea scoop and an inspired view of the importance of doing what you love.  Ms. Ong opened her store in 2002 to share with others her passion about tea – and now she runs a
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