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Mending A Broken Heart: Bringing Education and Hockey from Canada to Afghanistan

Guest Post: by Zarmina Nekzai, President & Founder, Organization of Afghan Women & Youth

Her story of courage, healing and changing the future for women and girls in Afghanistan through education, entrepreneurship and hockey.


From the time I was young, I realized that women were treated differently in Afghanistan. Women weren’t...

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The Secret Marathon – Women Risking Their Lives To Run. A Story of Collaboration, Courage and A Bold Vision

I’ve written often about the joy of running…how long distance running increases my confidence and makes me feel unstoppable. In fact, running is what influenced me to launch The More-In-Me Movement because when we move, taking on seemingly ‘huge’ athletic challenges, we discover that we have what it takes. We...

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The Paradox of Age, Ability and In-group/Out-Group Status: Real or Imagined?

Two situations this past summer sparked the question about age, ability and feeling included or excluded. I’ll start with the story that had the stronger initial impact on me.    

I was out with an athletic club I belong to for a ‘social’ bike ride. I’ve only been cycling for about five years and still...

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Marathon Woman: A Must Read History Book about Women, Running, and What it Takes to Achieve Equity

I am embarrassed. I’ve been a runner since 1992. I’ve run 18 marathons including Boston and New York City as well as hundreds of shorter races. I’ve worked in the field of equity and inclusion since 1999 and have a Masters degree in Gender and Cultural Studies.

And I took for granted that I could enter and run a marathon...

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Developing Engineering Leaders of Tomorrow

equity leadership teams Jan 31, 2012

I was inspired last week after facilitating a workshop on “Diversity and Inclusion on Teams” for a class of engineering students at the University of Toronto. As part of the university’s Leaders of Tomorrow program, students can obtain a certificate in Team Skills. Engineering. Leadership. Team Skills....

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Complex Social Problems: The Change Lab Approach

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make lasting systemic social change. There are lots of methodologies and best practices and training programs around that serve a good purpose and yet the problems they are intended to resolve are still prevalent, in some cases getting worse.

Last week I attended a Change Lab ...

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Women’s Success Criterion: Being the Subject of Her Own Desires

With the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day taking place on Tuesday this week there have been lots of articles, stories and videos about women – our successes and accomplishments over the years as well as the many challenges and barriers still ahead. For as much as we can measure our progress we still have a...

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Part 3: Positive Bystander Action: What does it look like?

equity leadership Jan 05, 2011

Part 1: Social Media in Bystander Action – A Help or Hindrance?

Part 2: Positive Bystander Action: What’s at stake?

Positive bystander action is as varied and diverse as we are. There is no best way to be as a bystander. It begins by being yourself and ‘noticing’ in a way that is comfortable for you.

  • Words that describe...
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Part 2: Positive Bystander Action: What’s at stake?

equity leadership Dec 20, 2010

Part 1: Social Media in Bystander Action – A Help or Hindrance?

Part 3: Positive Bystander Action: What Does It Look Like?

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. (Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968)

The story below illustrates the impact of the silence of our friends.

A technology company...

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Part 1: Social Media in Bystander Action – A Help or Hindrance?

equity leadership Dec 08, 2010

Part 2: Positive Bystander Action: What’s at Stake?

Part 3: Positive Bystander Action: What Does It Look Like?

Recently I watched a CNN clip hosted by Don Lemon talking about how social media affects bystander reaction. The two recent examples cited were Bill Nye “the science guy” fainting on stage and Anthony Barre...

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