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The Challenges of Being First

​​Do you know anyone who has been “the first” to do or be something? The first person in their family to go to college. The first person to break a record. The first company to cure a disease. The first LGBTQ minister chosen for a church. The first woman appointed CEO for a company. Firsts still happen […]


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Commit to a Time to Vote

I had every intention of voting early in our primary. I even wrote “VOTE” in large capital letters in my calendar app. But then I forgot to go. By the time I remembered, the library had closed and early voting had ended. So, this week, I headed to our local elementary school on Tuesday morning […]


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Permission to Pause

On March 11, I had no idea I was about to board a runaway train, the COVID-19, that would plow relentlessly through 2020. At the time, we were closing Massachusetts for 2 or 3 weeks. I thought, based on what happened in China, that was too optimistic. But I was not mentally prepared to be […]


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The Criticality of Consistency

Like many corporations, Amazon came out strongly in support of Black Lives Matter in early June. A giant banner took over the home page. They donated $10M to racial justice and equity organizations. CEO Jeff Bezos shared a profanity-laced email from a customer not happy about their support and said the sender was the kind […]


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Just Go

A few weeks ago, I sat outside at a restaurant with a good friend and talked about the complexities of trying to see my parents, who live on the other side of the United States, in the time of COVID-19. They are high-risk, both in terms of age. In addition, my mother is severely immunocompromised […]


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Do You Need to Reboot Your Morning Routine?

For most of my life, my alarm has been set for 5-something am. During a rough patch at WeSpire, it even moved to 4am. I am a morning person, but I am also an avid student of habit formation and behavior change. Behavior experts are consistent across the board: how you start your day matters. From […]


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Sponsors are Critical to Inclusive Culture

Sponsor someone who is not already in the majority. It will be your personal pathway to contribute to a better, more just, and more equal working world.


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With Liberty and Justice for All

When we pledge allegiance to the flag and to the republic for which it stands, we are pledging to do the hard work to stay united in spite of our differences. We are pledging to fight for justice, especially when it means we must take to the streets in the face of injustice. And we are pledging to fight for liberty, knowing that no one is free until we are all free.


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The Power of a Porch

This pandemic has illustrated quite dramatically for me the power of a porch. Most importantly, they enable what matters to us when much else is stripped from our lives: connection and community.


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Now is the perfect time to invest in gender equality

Without significant support soon, more women will likely move to part-time work or leave jobs altogether to care for kids.


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Confessions from a Recovering Road Warrior

Before COVID-19, nearly 445 million business trips took place each year. While I do plan to be back on the road at some point soon, I hope we are entering a new era of more mindful business travel.


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Action is the Only Option

Saturday Spark #62 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO Before this week, when was the last time you did something to actively combat systemic, institutionalized racism? Reflecting on the tragic murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and the killings of Black people and People of Color throughout our history, prove what […]


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