Embrace the Unknown

Risky Business: The Safe Choice Isn’t Always the Right One

Stephanie RaymondBy Stephanie Raymond, Vice President, Transmission and Substations, PPL Electric Utilities

Take risks.

That was the career advice my dad gave me, time and again. And throughout my professional life, I’ve taken his advice, leaving my comfort zone for a new job, usually in a new place, with new things to learn and new challenges. In fact, taking risks is the key to who I am—and where I am—today. Read More

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Courage Training for Civilians

MJ-Hegar-220x300On her third tour of duty in Afghanistan, rescue helicopter pilot MJ Hegar and her crew were Medevacing three American soldiers who urgently needed surgery when they took fire from a large belt-fed machine gun. Still, they lifted off, determined to save the wounded soldiers’ lives. But with their fuel lines hit, they had to crash land. Hegar, who sustained shrapnel in her arm and thigh, fought the enemy off while the patients were being transferred to the escort chopper, then jumped onto its skids as it took off, holding on with one hand while firing her rifle with the other. Read More

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Bring on the Brave! 15 Women Share Their Most Daring Career Moves

15-daringTurns out you don’t have to search long or hard for women’s stories of courage at work—especially when you have our contact list! We asked and were swamped with responses. Here’s the first installment of fear-defying deeds and what our speakers and friends have learned from them. Be prepared to be inspired. Read More

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Podcast: Some Nerve with Patty Chang Anker

Patty Chang AnkerCould you become a braver person in 30 minutes? Read More

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Exclusive Interview: Diana Nyad’s Xtreme Life Lessons

Nyad-Diana-200x235There’s persistence—say, trying to swim the 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark-proof cage. And then there’s Diana Nyad persistence—trying four more times, despite rough seas and stormy weather, hours-long asthma attacks and paralyzing jellyfish stings, until she succeeded—all after turning 60 years old. Nyad could also brand leadership, resilience and success. Here’s her take on them and more. Read More

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Podcast: Women Who Dare

Sheehy, GailIn this recording of our 30-minute teleclass with best-selling Passages author Gail Sheehy, you’ll hear about women—Sheehy included—who have mastered their fear in order to achieve their potential.

Sheehy, who recently launched the “Daring Project,” encouraging women to be different so they can start dreaming dangerously, talks about what it takes to be daring and the pivotal times in her life when she was afraid to do something but overcame her fear. She’ll inspire you and give you the confidence to leave your comfort zone—and go all out for your dreams.

Listen to the complete 30-minute recording or read the transcript below. Read More

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Exclusive Interview: Lupita Nyong’o on Strength, Success and Feeding Her Soul

Nyong'o, Lupita 200x235Long before Lupita Nyong’o won an Oscar for her first major movie role (Patsey in 12 Years a Slave) and graced the covers of Vogue, Marie Claire and People, she was a 16-year-old from Kenya moving halfway around the world by herself to study in Mexico, where her parents lived when she was born. She says she was “excited but mainly terrified.” But she set off with courage, which is not to be mistaken for fearlessness. “Courage is acknowledging fear and taking action in spite of it,” Nyong’o says. Read More

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Be a Woman Who Dares: Free Teleclass with Gail Sheehy—October 28

Sheehy, GailREGISTER HERE
Women Who Dare
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
1:00 to 1:30 PM (EDT)

You’ve got the brains, the talent, the resourcefulness, the passion. You’re just a little short on the courage it takes to put your great idea into action or otherwise pursue your dream. Gail Sheehy, author of Passages and Daring: My Passages, can help you make that leap of faith, whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, artist or CEO. Read More

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Swing for the Fences — Podcast with Tara Sophia Mohr

Mohr-Tara-300x335In this recording of our July teleclass, “Swing for the Fences,” author Tara Sophia Mohr illuminates the psychology of “playing small” and provides some great ideas for learning how to play big instead.

Listen to the fascinating 30-minute session below, and then visit taramohr.com to download her free “Ten Rules for Brilliant Women” workbook.
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Inspired By: Cindy Ratzlaff

Ratzlaff, Cindysm“It is never too late to become your next best self.”

Marketing pioneer, writer, and Conference for Women speaker Cindy Ratzlaff opens up about happiness. The former vice president of brand marketing at Rodale is currently a contributor to Business Insider, and her essays on happiness have appeared on Oprah.com, CNN.com and Wowowow.com. She has also co-authored two bestselling books on happiness and boundaries, “Queen of Your Own Life” and “Queenisms: 101 Jolts of Inspiration.”

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