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September 18, 2015

20 Quotes on Purpose

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On Tuesday I published a post on “What is the Power of Purpose?”  in advance of an important gathering for over 100 women and men who have a shared purpose to support girls and women.  In doing research for this event I of course searched for great quotes on purpose, enjoy!

To find more amazing quotes and join the online conversation go to #powerofpurpose on twitter.

  1. “The purpose of life on earth is that the soul should grow- so grow! By doing what is right.” – Zelda Fitzgerald
  2. “Happy are those whose purpose has found them.” – Anonymous
  3. “Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.”- Gautama Buddha
  4. “You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.” – Steven Maraboli
  5. “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” – Robert Bryne
  6. “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” – Bishop TD Jakes
  7. “I Believe a purpose is something for which one is responsible; it’s not just divinely assigned.” – Michael J Fox
  8. “When you walk in purpose, you collide with destiny.” – Ralph Buchanan
  9. “To have no set purpose in one’s life is the harlotry of the will.” – Stephen MacKenna
  10. “Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.” – Washington Irving
  11. “The…

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September 16, 2015

What is the Power of Purpose?

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I think about this idea of purpose a lot, and have for a long time. To spare you the journey back to my childhood, let me start by taking you back to my time at Goldman Sachs. Towards the end of my fourteen year career at the firm my passion, women’s inclusion and advancement, became the main purpose of my work.  It went from something I did on the side, in my “extra” time, to my actual job. I remember thinking back then, “how did that happen?”

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” – Bishop TD Jakes

“Who really knows?” is the answer, but I think it had a lot to do with me being in the right place, at the right time, where there was a need, and a belief by the powers that be that I had the right stuff to make good things happen. To this day  I am so grateful for that opportunity.

Being able to take on a professional role which was so purpose driven was transformative, and there was no going back. I can honestly say that I have lived in that purpose space every since.  I left Goldman in 2002, and since then my journey has primarily been a philanthropic one, meaning I give my time, talents and treasure (the…

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September 02, 2015

Women, Work and Worth



When more women take the lead in business, the financial picture gets brighter. Not just for the ladies at the top, but for the companies that they direct.

The research proves it: Corporations with a consistent female presence on their boards report better returns on sales, invested capital and equity than those whose board rooms lack gender diversity. Still, in the U.S. today, women hold fewer than 17 percent of the seats on corporate boards.

Women are clearly good for business. But is business good to women?

Check out this cool infographic about women and work, and see for yourself.

For instance: When it comes to gender equity, we’ve made huge strides in everything from education (women earn 60 percent of college degrees) to C-suite stature (check out Marissa Mayer’s annual compensation). But, Ms. Mayer and her cohorts aside, women are paid just 78 cents for every dollar a man makes.

Clearly, it’s not enough to quote statistics. How do women build momentum to move toward full equity? The infographic also captures upbeat advice from female CEOs and offers 10 tips to inspire women to go for the brass ring.

Take the long view with a clear snapshot of the progress, the obstacles and the path to women’s leadership.

(This was the guest post by Jason Gilbert – thank you!)

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