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Overheard on Text: Imposter Syndrome

Overheard on Text: Imposter Syndrome

As colleagues from different generations (x/millennial), we’ve been leading talks and workshops sharing our insights about working across generations – what we call “cogeneration.” As we plan, we’re usually texting furiously, sharing ideas and reflections. So we...

This Cogenerational Pair Calls for ‘Radical Inclusion’ of Youth

This Cogenerational Pair Calls for ‘Radical Inclusion’ of Youth

I was thrilled when I heard about the new book, Why Aren’t We Doing This! Collaborating with Minors in Major Ways, written by Denise Webb, age 20, and Wendy Schaetzel Lesko, age 73, (both pictured above) and published by Youth Infusion, a clearinghouse co-founded by...

Music Is Having a Moment — And It’s a Cogenerational One.

Music Is Having a Moment — And It’s a Cogenerational One.

Sunday’s show featured three big moments reminding us that music can be a bridge not only across race, culture, and genre, but also age. Tracy Chapman & Luke Combs. Much attention, rightfully, has gone to the duet between Tracy Chapman, who turns 60 next month,...

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Marie C. Wilson

The White House Project
Purpose Prize Fellow 2006

Advancing women’s leadership throughout society

Marie Wilson, 65, started The White House Project for a critical reason: to get more women in positions of leadership and to get a woman in the White House – as president. Today women represent 51 percent of the population, but only account for 15 percent of Congress and fill less than 14 percent of the board seats in the Fortune 500. In fact the United States is behind much of the world in terms of women’s political representation, ranking 68th, after Angola and Vietnam.Since 1998, The White House Project has advocated for women’s leadership through initiatives including “Vote, Run, Lead” which since 2005 has provided political leadership training to more than 800 women to help them run for office. Participants have won elective office in three states, and at least 70 have become legislative interns. The White House Project has hosted national summits for female CEOs and executives and for international women leaders. Working to change public perceptions of women in power, the organization collaborated with ABC to launch the primetime series “Commander In Chief” – starring Geena Davis as the first female President – and with Mattel to release the President Barbie doll.