Authenticity and Teams

When we are learning how to trust our inner voice, it can be hard to know how to take that out into the world, especially to work. That’s why Emerging Women loves to partner with people like Sylvia Doane Stephenson of FutureState, who knows the value of being able to bring your authentic self to work.

The Business Case for Authenticity

Sylvia Doane Stephenson

sylviaDo you ever have one of those moments when you know in your gut that something is the right fit? Those signs — whether it’s the goose bumps on your arm, chills up your spine or your quickened breath — that tell you, this is the right thing for you? 

That’s the feeling I had the moment I found a company who shared my personal and professional passions. This integration of true self and career allows me to bring my authentic leadership to work every day. I honestly feel I am the same whole person at work that I am in my personal life. As I reflect on coming onboard at Future State just over a year ago, I recall simply knowing “these are my people”. 

This feeling translates to hiring, retaining and developing strong teams. When you meet the right talent, you should get goose bumps too because quite honestly, it is about aligned energy and when that happens it is magic. By embracing and encouraging your employees’ authenticity, you and your business can reap an immense competitive advantage in both revenue results and quality of experience at work. 

Here’s the business case in action: 

Sylvia-31. Employees are the same people at work and in their personal life. For example, I am drawn to organizational change management as a consultant because at my core, I’m passionate about helping people solve their most complex business problems, developing world class leaders and simultaneously improving my community. Our company leaders agree that if something is a personal passion of our team, it should be a corporate passion as well. We track a company metric that measures the human impact our company has on people in our community through philanthropy, volunteerism and involvement in local nonprofits.

Desitiny Arts2. Being authentic creates “Magnetic Virtue” for your business. Really living the corporate and team values makes your company desirable to other companies who share similar values. You attract customers and employees who share a like-minded outlook on the world. That results in successful business development, faster recruiting, greater alignment in vision, improved productivity, deeper employee engagement and overall profitability.

2cb5bf7a-265a-11e4-a3c6-22000ab926d3-large3. Culture is shaped by every interaction. In this day and age, as transparent as the world is through social media, a company (or a person) is more visible than ever. We show up as our true selves everywhere — at the grocery store, at our volunteer work, AND at the office. Employees’ passions become part of the fabric of an organization. For example, I threw a literacy fundraiser over a recent weekend to help children in my community gain access to tools and support through a wonderful program called Super Stars Literacy. My colleagues not only supported me but actively participated in it. Many of my coworkers have a lot of interests too: one of my co-workers cares for animals at the Oakland Zoo, a model worldwide for wild animal conservation, enrichment and education. I’m impressed daily by how our Future State community enjoys life to the fullest, actively contributes to the world around them, and I am proud of our culture that supports them “living the truth of who they are”. 

4. Everything we do comes back to people.
As entrepreneurs and business leaders, we’re challenged by a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world that includes sales growth, M&A, leadership development, recruiting talent, regulatory shifts, competition and globalization. Considering the human beings first and designing with empathy for the people in the given system brings about change in the most effective way possible. When people feel their company shares their values, and demonstrates that shared value, people are more invested.

How are your values showing up as integrated in your personal life and work life? How does your business incorporate your passions into the culture? Do you know what your employees care about outside the office? We are eager to explore your experiences and learn from you all at Emerging Women Live NYC in October. Can’t wait to see you there!


Zainab Salbi – EWlive14 Featured Speaker

We are thrilled to tell you that Zainab Salbi has just been added to the stellar Emerging Women Live 2014 line-up of women living, working, and changing the world from a place of truth and alignment with themselves and with their powerful feminine values.

zainabsalbiewlive14promoZainab Salbi is an Iraqi-American humanitarian, entrepreneur, author, and media commentator who has dedicated herself to women’s rights and freedom. At the age of 23, she founded Women for Women International—a grassroots humanitarian and development organization dedicated to serving women survivors of war.

Her story is of how those women taught her to open up and live her truth, to live in alignment with herself, instead of bent to conform to others. She has done tremendous work for women worldwide, and we cannot wait to hear her share with us at Emerging Women Live.

“Allow yourself the space to become who you are. Allow yourself to express your creativity, to be true to yourself, and not do things out of societal pressure — do it all in pursuit of your truth.”twitter-logo-ew

SUN0904 ZainabUnder her leadership (1993-2011), Women for Women International grew from helping 30 women upon its inception to more than 370,000 in 8 conflict areas, leading to a distribution of more than 114 million dollars in aid and loans. Her perspective on the role of women in war and peace times is progressive and profound, and we look forward to hearing more during her EWlive14 keynote, “Women, War and Peace.”

Salbi is also the author of three books: the national bestseller “Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam” (with Laurie Becklund); “The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope”; and “If You Knew Me, You Would Care.” Her books received support from iconic women writers such as Alice Walker and from several celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, and Annie Lennox.

“As women, we must speak out, speak up, say no to our inheritance of loss and yes to a future of women-led dialogue about women’s rights and value.”twitter-logo-ew

Sept_blog_imageIn 2010, President Clinton nominated Salbi as one of the 21st century heroes as featured in Harper’s Bazaar. Newsweek and The Guardian named her in the Top 100 list of Most Influential Women (2011) and The Economist Intelligence Unit identified her as one of most inspirational women (2011). Most recently, Fast Company included Salbi on the list of 100 Most Influential Women (2012), and PBS’ Makers series highlighted Salbi as one of the Women Who Make America.

Salbi has received extensive coverage in US, UK, and global media from CNN to The New York Times, Financial Times, and The Independent. Most notably, Salbi appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show 10 times. Salbi was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007 and the Clinton Global Initiative Lead by President Clinton in 2010. Salbi is currently co-producing a documentary with Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker on the role of women in the Arab Revolutions.

Check out Half the Sky’s video of Zainab, where she names the single most effective place we can invest our money to insure a better future for the world:


>>Ready to dive deep in person with Zainab Salbi? Join us Oct 9-12 in NYC for Emerging Women Live 2014. Four unforgettable days of connection, inspiration and transformation. Register now!


5 Reasons to Get Yourself to NYC for EWlive14 – #EmergingNow

Dear Friends,

With three weeks to go before Emerging Women Live 2014, we are crazy busy! But in the midst of the chaos of planning a huge event, we find ourselves drawing on the values we’ve learned from this amazing community. What would we do without it?!

When we are overwhelmed, we practice vulnerability and allow our team the opportunity to give us strength and courage. When we face challenges, we face them together, pooling our resources to come up with collaborative solutions that often turn out even better than the original plan. We share our successes and laugh/cry together over our stumblings. There is no way we could do any of this without the wisdom so many phenomenal women are bringing to this tribe.

I cannot wait to experience the magic that is EWlive for the second time, to recharge, reinvigorate and refuel my deep passion for this work. Here are just a few more reasons why I am so so ready for this unforgettable and transformative event:

DSC_68971. Connecting for Impact

Every woman at EWlive, whether presenter, participant, or partner, is equally committed to creating meaningful change in the world with her work. The rich relationships formed in this like-minded environment are so authentic and empowering that the collaborations born of these intimate connections are uniquely potent and powerful. I look forward to hearing many of our speakers address this cornerstone of feminine leadership, including Tami Simon with “When Our Hearts Lead: Turning Towards Connection.”

2. Cultivating Big Vision

There’s a famous Harvard Business Review study which found that women equal or outshine men in all dimensions leadership except for “envisioning.” EWlive is an amazing opportunity to recognize and transform your limiting beliefs and behaviors, while strengthening your capacity for big vision. The felt-sense of the future through big visioning is totally exhilarating and inspiring, and is a huge part of why EWlive is profoundly life-changing for so many women.

DSC_73933. Tuning in to Intuition

Too often we allow the masculine overlay of intellect to cut us off from the deep knowing of our bodies. Well, there’s nothing like spending a four-day weekend surrounded by amazing women to inspire you to fully trust your feminine intuition.

Tuning in to your inner wisdom is the key to unlocking the most authentic parts of yourself, the parts that precede thought. I am seriously looking forward to creating a deeper alignment with myself by cultivating this feminine superpower with the women at EWlive14.

DSC_11074. Practicing Vulnerability

In this week’s podcast with Shasta Nelson, she says, “It’s really in our friendships that we get to practice being what the world needs.” The world needs vulnerability, and EWlive is a safe container to exercise it in while being supported by a group of women who understand its value. Vulnerability is identified as the marker of strength and courage by Brené Brown who will be presenting “Courage is a Heart Word: Lessons on Love, Belonging, and Being Brave.”

5. Loading Up the Toolbox

While you’re getting aligned with your desire and dialed in to your feminine strengths, it’s important to have that toolbox of both practices and practical skills to support you. Our workshops especially focus on this aspect, from Tara Mohr’s “Playing Big: The Art of Leaping – Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message” to Natalia Berry’s Making it Happen: A Method of Creativity, Action and Collaboration to Get Your Idea Off the Ground.” What I love most about EWlive presenters is that they bring tools that integrate the best of both science and wisdom traditions, and I find myself calling on these resources daily.

I sincerely hope that you will join me to share in these experiences and more in New York City. See you there!

Chantal Round

Big love,

Chantal Pierrat

Founder, Emerging Women


Shasta Nelson – The Power of Friendship: Cultivating a Healthy, Happy & Meaningful Life



Zainab Salbi – EWlive14 Featured Speaker



>>Like what you’re hearing? Join Brené Brown, Danielle LaPorte, Eve Ensler, Zainab Salbi and more brilliant and inspirational leaders at Emerging Women Live 2014 in NYC Oct 9-12th for a truly unforgettable weekend of dialogue and connection.




What are you looking forward to at EWlive14? Let us know in the comments:

Moving & Shaking – #EmergingNow

Dear Friends,

I often feel like Emerging Women is more of a movement than a company. After all, as a collective we are moving and shaking the world into a new way of viewing success, aren’t we? The momentum behind this movement is so strong that I feel that we have an almost cosmic support in doing this. Does anyone else feel it?

PPNY1When I sat down to talk with Rha Goddess for our Grace&Fire podcast “Move the Crowd,” I realized that we’re riding the wave of a huge cultural shift - a shift that, as she puts it, is moving us “out of the age of celebrity and into the age of the citizen.” I know I’m not the only one to breathe a huge sigh of relief at hearing that!

We truly are moving into an age that values the greater good over the success of the individual. As women move more and more into positions of leadership and power, we have the opportunity to bring that consciousness and social responsibility to the business sphere. As we gain more fiscal power, we can learn how to really own it and use it effectively, like Amanda Steinberg of Daily Worth says, instead of being intimidated by it.

That’s why I’m so excited to share “Demystifying the Money,” the Friday panel discussion at EWlive14, with you. Some really amazing women are coming together for a conversation to help all of us step into our full fiscal power. By tapping into networks like these, I feel we have the opportunity to educate and elevate each other to such heights with our connection and collaboration, all while building businesses that positively impact society in ways we can’t even imagine yet.

Just one more month until we get to feel the energy of this movement in person. It’s not too early to be crazy excited, is it?


Chantal Round Big love,

Chantal Pierrat

Founder, Emerging Women


LISTEN: Rha Goddess – Move the Crowd




panel4newsletterMeet the Panel Members: Demystifying the Money 



>>Like what you’re hearing? Join Arianna Huffington, Brené Brown, Eve Ensler, Zainab Salbi and more brilliant and inspirational leaders at Emerging Women Live 2014 in NYC Oct 9-12th for a truly unforgettable weekend of dialogue and connection.



What are you moving towards? Let us know in the comments:

Demystifying the Money: Women Investors & Investing in Women

EW140037_FinancePanel_R3As we increase our leadership reach in all areas of our society, it is essential for women to understand how we can harness financial resources to help us actualize our vision for change.

At Emerging Women Live, we will be uncovering ways for women to jump into the existing investment structures, as well as ways to use our collective emerging power to create new possibilities around global money distribution and management. 

Meet the members of EWlive14′s panel discussion “Demystifying the Money,” concerning the rapidly changing trends of women investors and business leaders – women who are earning, raising and investing money to reflect deliberate action and greater influence in our world.

1. Adaora Udoji – Interim President of News Deeply


Adaora Udoji is currently Interim President of the award-winning startup News Deeply; specializing in single topic publishing while providing enabling technology to engage users on complex global issues. It’s her latest adventure in entrepreneurship after founding The Boshia Group, an international network of strategists, advisors, operational specialists, content developers and producers. The Group provides content and project management, as well as editorial and production frameworks serving clients such as startups, new media and tech companies; law and investment firms.

Adaora is also a lawyer and an award-winning storyteller who has worked across broadcast and digital media platforms: television, cable, radio, and the internet. Her roles have included corporate strategist, producer, on-air correspondent and anchor at Bloomberg, ABC News, CNN and public radio. The National Academy of Arts & Sciences recognized her reporting of the Afghanistan war. Essence Magazine named her one of the 25 most influential African-Americans.

In an interview with AlleyWatch, Adaora was asked, “If you could fix one thing in the startup ecosystem right now, what would it be?”  She answered, “To see it flooded with women, women and more women – both as entrepreneurs and investors.”

“To see it flooded with women, women and more women – both as entrepreneurs and investors.”twitter-logo-ew

2. Amanda Steinberg – Founder of Daily Worth

amandasteinbergAmanda Steinberg is the founder of DailyWorth, the leading financial media company for women. Steinberg is a thought­leader on the topic of women and money, working to advance women’s financial confidence and wealth.

Amanda is an engineer by training, a media executive by profession, and a serial optimist at heart. DailyWorth serves millions of women monthly via its daily newsletters and Website focused on money and career advice.

Amanda says, “The stories women tell themselves about money have perpetuated the idea of money being a source of stress for women … [We need to] see it as access to freedom and choices in our lives, not as a source of anxiety.”

“We need to see it as access to freedom and choices in our lives, not as a source of anxiety.”twitter-logo-ew

3. Kesha Cash - Partner and Director of Investments at Impact America

edited-Kesha-Cash-PicKesha Cash is a Partner and Director of Investments at Impact America, an early-stage equity fund that invests in high growth companies that aim to generate real financial returns while improving the well-being of underserved communities and creating quality jobs in America.

Impact America Fund is the evolution of Jalia Ventures, a three-year minority-focused impact investing initiative Kesha launched and executed with the support and collaboration of leading investors, accelerators, community organizations, university programs, and industry experts across the country.

Kesha’s passion for social responsibility is apparent in her vision for the future: “We identify as one human race and deeply consider the impact of our actions on other human beings, the environment and future generations.”

“We identify as one human race and deeply consider the impact of our actions on other human beings, the environment and future generations.”twitter-logo-ew

4. Fran Hauser – Angel Investor and Partner at Rothenberg Ventures

Fran HauserFran Hauser is an angel investor, digital media veteran and an advocate for women and kids. She is passionate about connecting people and inspiring change.

An active investor, Fran is a partner at Rothenberg Ventures. Before diving into the world of venture capital, Fran spent 15 years in the digital media space, holding President and General Manager positions at Time Inc., AOL and Moviefone. She played an integral role in the $400mm sale of Moviefone to AOL and in building into one of the most successful women’s websites.

Fran is a funder of the PBS documentary Half the Sky, Board Chair of GlobalGiving and an advisory board member of Helpusadopt.

Her advice as a mentor shows she knows the power of leveraging our feminine strengths. She says, “One of the best ways to get into a dream company is to develop relationships with the people who work there.”

“One of the best ways to get into a dream company is to develop relationships with the people who work there.”twitter-logo-ew

 5. Vicki Saunders – Founder of SheEO

v_saundersVicki is a serial entrepreneur, passionate mentor and advisor to the next generation of change makers and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world.

Vicki is founder of SheEO, a program for women entrepreneurs that supports the next generation of women-led social ventures to lead from their strengths on their own terms.

Vicki is also co-founder of WhatsNext, a global network of leading entrepreneurial talent focused on solving major challenges for business, education, NGOs and governmental institutions.

We very much agree with Vicki when she says, “We’re moving towards a post-hero world where the greatest challenges will require multiple people collaborating to solve.”

“We’re moving towards a post-hero world where the greatest challenges will require multiple people collaborating to solve.”twitter-logo-ew

>>Meet these women in person at Emerging Women Live 2014 in NYC. Register today to invest in yourself!