Are You Intrepid? Want to Give Back? Enjoy the Land of the Eternal Spring!

You don’t really have to be intrepid – as you’ll see from the lovely accommodations and wonderful food we eat - but people will look at you incredulously when you tell them you’re going to Guatemala to help indigenous women create greater capacity for sustainable organizations.

We think of our program as Leading Women Without Borders™ and through it we create an opportunity for you to experience the profound satisfaction of realizing how the skills you have can transform the lives of others.

Watch the video above to get a taste of what last year’s women said about their experiences.

Our unique Leadership in Action program March 23rd – 31st combines personal leadership development and a focus on strategy, strategy execution and change with the opportunity to apply leadership skills in support of women's cooperatives around the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

Lead ON!
Susan Colantuono is CEO of Leading Women and author of No Ceiling, No Walls.
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Good News from Directors & Boards 35th Anniversary Issue

41% of new board appointments July - Sept, 2011 were women.

What can you learn from these women who joined boards in 2011?
  • Aaron's Inc added Cynthia Day, SEVP and COO of Citizens
  • Altera Corp added Elisha Finney, Corporate SVP and CFO Varian Medial Systems
  • Ambassadors Group, Inc added Nilofer Merchant, business strategist
  • Cabot Corp added Sue Rataj, retired BP executive
  • Dana Holding, Corp added Virginia Kamsky, Chair and CEO Kamsky Associates
  • DELL added Janet Clark EVP, Treasurer and CFO of Marathon Oil
  • Delta Airlines added Shirley Franklin Chair and CEO Purpose Built Communities, Inc.
  • EBay added Katie Mitic, leader of platform and mobile marketing at Facebook
  • Francesca's Holdings Corp added Patricia Bender, EVP and Director of Leasing Weingarten Realty
  • G-III Apparel Group added Cheryl Vitali, worldwide general manager Kiehl's
  • GAP added Bella Goren, SVP and CFO AMR Corp
  • Huntsman Corp added Mary C. Beckerle, CEO Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • IAC/InteractiveCorp added Chelsea Clinton and Sonali DeRycker partner Accel Partners
  • Immunocellular Therapeutics Ltd added Helen Kim, chief business officer NGM Biopharmaceuticals
  • Interpublic Group added Dawn Hudson, vice chair Parthenon Group
  • Jack in the Box added Madeleine Kleiner
  • JetBlue added Ellen Jewett, managing director BMO Capital Markets
  • Kensey Nash added Lisa Earnhardt, president and CEO Intersect Ent
  • Kior Inc added Condoleezza Rice
  • Kraton Performance Pllymers added Anna Cheng Catalano
  • Magellan Health Services added Mary Sammons, former CEO and current chair RiteAid
  • Marathon Oil added Linda Cook, retired exec director of Shell
  • Marathon Petroleum Corp added Donna James, managing director Lardon & Associates
  • Netgear added Barbara Scherer, SVP and CFO Plantronics
  • Network Engines added Patricia Suelts, former CEO of LogLogic Inc
  • Nordstrom added Michelle Ebanks, president Essence Communications
  • Patterson Companies added Jody Feragen EVP and CFO Hormel
  • Oclaro Inc added Marissa Peterson, retired EVP Sun Microsystems
  • Peoples Bancorp added Susan Rector, principal SZD
  • Piper Jaffray added Hope Woodhouse, former COO of Bridgewater Associates
  • Radioshack added Julie Dobson, chair TeleBright
  • Regions Financial Corp added Ruth Ann Marshall, retired president of Americas MasterCard
  • SABA Software added Nora Denzel, SVP of Marketing
  • Tupperware added Susan Cameron, former chair and CEO Reynolds American
  • UPS added Candace Kendle, former chair and CEO Kendle International Inc
  • VIAD added margaret Pederson, president Amerexx
  • West Marine added Christiana Smith Shi, VP and COO, Nike
  • Xerox added Sara Martinex Tucker former Undersecretary of Dept of Education
If you know them, send along congratulations - a great networking exercise.

Girl Scouts as a pipeline to leadership for: Jill Abramson, Exec Editor NYTimes; Drew Gilpin Faust, president, Harvard University; Lois Juliber, retired vice chair and COO, Colgate-Palmolive; Janet Napolitano, Secretary of US Dept Homeland Security and more...

Lead ON!
Susan Colantuono is CEO of Leading Women and author of No Ceiling, No Walls.
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New Year's Resolutions for Career Success

As you know, I am sometimes asked to review new books and you're going to enjoy this lesson passed on from the latest. It's The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, publisher of SUCCESS magazine. 

He writes about how small changes today will make a big difference over time - that's the compound effect. It works for money and it works in other parts of our lives. So it got me thinking about making small resolutions at the start of the year that can pay off in big ways over time.

All of us know how to make resolutions in our personal lives - resolutions to lose weight, work out, etc., but how many of us make smart resolutions for our work lives? So, here are a few ways to spend 15 minutes a day that will make a big difference. We know they work because we and our clients use them! Choose one and allocate 15 minutes each day to:

  1. Read your company's quarterly earning statement and any other documents (or webcasts) that relate to business performance and strategy.
  2. Track your metrics to ensure you're advancing your organization's goals.
  3. Network more strategically. Analyze, extend and nurture your internal and external network.
  4. Pass along a sincere compliment to someone in your strategic network (internal or external, direct report, colleague or up the management chain).
  5. Embrace your gifts - skills, knowledge, values and attributes.
  6. Set a daily plan to focus your energy and time on delivering key outcomes.

I've offered 2 ideas for each of the 3 elements of our definition of leadership, "Leadership is using the greatness in you to achieve and sustain extraordinary outcomes by engaging the greatness in others." By devoting 15 minutes a day to at least one, you'll be enhancing your leadership skills and making a difference to the people around you and the organization you work for.

Here's to a year of great success - at whatever level you lead.

Lead ON!
Susan Colantuono is CEO of Leading Women and author of No Ceiling, No Walls.
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