You are brave. To show up as a woman in this world takes courage and persistence. Every. Single. Day. I have worked with so many women whose bravery astonishes me. And guess what? You are one of them.
Bravery works. You know this to be true, and you want more of it. You know where you want to go, but you’re not sure how to get there. Rather than feeling brave, you feel frustrated with yourself and the world around you.
I can help. I’ve spent years studying and cultivating bravery. My brave new story started with a small workshop that culminated in a TEDx talk, and it continues to unfold through my website.
More than 50,000 people have visited this page and another 20,000 have watched my talk. I am still afraid every time I hit the publish button or walk onto a stage. Yet I do it anyway.
Bravery looks different for every woman, but it has fundamental qualities that are the same. These qualities bring consciousness to our bravery. They help us call upon the best in ourselves by aligning our intentions with our thoughts and behaviors.
1. Get comfortable with fear. Think of a time when you were brave. Did you feel afraid? Of course! Fear shows up whenever we are brave. You can’t have one without the other. To be brave, we must learn to get comfortable with fear rather than run away or hide from it.
2. Develop a new relationship with power. Negative and painful experiences have caused us to develop a dysfunctional relationship with power. True power is loving, it is in service to others, and it is intrinsically tied to our values. To be brave, we must heal our relationship with power and learn to use it in new ways.
3. Practice small acts of courage. We think bravery requires great risk, but it doesn’t. Taking a huge risk actually increases our chances of being overwhelmed by fear. Just like exercise, bravery gets stronger with practice. To be brave, we must build our confidence, one small act of courage at a time.
4. Support yourself with self-compassion. Being compassionate towards ourselves is revolutionary. It’s also necessary as we take on more risk, serving as an emotional safety. We must be as kind and loving to ourselves as we are to others. To be brave, we must learn to nurture, forgive, and support ourselves.
AKO Collective is for women like you. Women who want to live, work, and lead bravely. With a few simple tools and practices, you can start your brave new story today. Are you ready to be brave?
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I have taught and mentored women for more than 20 years. I care deeply about women’s personal and professional success. I care about you. And as a mother to a little girl, I care about the next generation. They are counting on us to be brave for them.
AKO Collective offers public workshops as well as private trainings and keynotes for businesses. You can work directly with me to customize an experience that works for you or your organization.
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Private Trainings & Keynotes
I have trained and taught thousands of students, faculty, and staff. You can work with me to develop a customized training for your organization or invite me to keynote at your next event. My areas of expertise include women’s development, diversity and inclusion, leadership, and organizational change.
Contact me by email to inquire about private trainings and keynotes. If I can’t help you, I probably know someone who can.