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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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The More-In-Me Movement Story Part 2: What Does It Entail?

Over the last couple years this notion of more-in-me has been stuck in my head. It has inspired me to test my abilities and take on new challenges. I’ve come to realize that I have a lot more potential, more than I realized. By staying open to possibility and being willing to experiment, I have even more to discover. Launching The...

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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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The Chaordic Path: At the Edge of Chaos Innovation Emerges

Chaos. Not knowing. Confusion. Uncertainty. These are not words that we typically include in describing the environment we want to create to solve problems. More likely these are often the descriptors we are actively seeking to eliminate. And yet, it’s at the edge of chaos and order that innovation lives. It is also the exact place where...

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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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Relationship: It’s ok to say the ‘R’ word at work

It is with and through people that work gets done. We could say relationships are the containers within which work happens. How people interact and work together matters. Successful leaders are the ones who embrace the critical nature of relationships in organizations and talk about relationship at all levels.

Not too long ago I was told by a...

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