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"We couldn't possibly know where it would lead, but we knew it had to be done."
My new book WOMEN COUNT: A Guide to Changing the World (Purdue University Press, August 2010) had an exciting launch on August 25, 2010, with more than 100 guests brought together at Purdue on the eve of the 90th anniversary of women's winning the right to vote.
From young girls being home-schooled who attended with their mother (and each left with one of my books), incoming freshmen (with just three days of classes under their belts), parents, grandparents, junior and senior faculty members, students, faculty women in my coaching cohort, my own cheering squad, and hosts for the evening, the audience was made up of a wonderful group of people with whom to share my vision for the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment due to occur on August 26, 2020.
Six women who read an advance copy of WOMEN COUNT — Lia Burrell, Kayla Gregory, Jennifer Johnson-Kenny, Mary Helen Nesbitt, Titilayo Okoror, and Bonnie Stockwell -- participated on a panel to discuss the issues raised by the book. One admitted that she probably would never have read the book otherwise, believing it was aimed at her mother or her sister – but that she herself found it surprisingly impactful. A native of Nigeria who has been in the United States for 13 years, she had no idea of the struggles American women had undergone in order to get to where they are today. To view the event on YouTube, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK3vSNd1z_Q
So from the coast of Oregon where the book was conceived and written, to Indiana where it was published and launched, to New York City where I recently toasted its publication, I am happy to spread the word through radio, TV, print, social networking, and speaking. At this point, I don't turn down many who are truly interested in learning more about "changing the world," and who wonder what it will be like when we celebrate at the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in August 2020.
The picture of the "end in mind" in 10 years gets further defined after every conversation as new questions arise. For instance, how are we going to expose home-schooled girls to the pioneers when they are underrepresented in published books? More importantly, how do we get young girls excited about their futures and what is possible for them to achieve?
One of the most exciting things to have happened this month was having my op-ed published on August 26, 2010, on The Washington Post's web site:http://views.washingtonpost.com/leadership/guestinsights/2010/08/susan-bulkeley-butler-in-1965.html. Earlier this summer, my book BECOME THE CEO OF YOU, INC. and I had been quoted in an article entitled "Career Advice for the Working Class" published in the Los Angeles Times column "Solve Anything with Dr. Mark."
Media-wise, there has been interest in my book from ABC News Now with Tory Johnson, Anne Fisher with CNNMoney.com and Fortune.com, along with local NBC, CBS and NPR affiliates. Next, I am focusing on city tours and speaking engagements, including the 18th Annual Women in Leadership Conference at the University of Michigan on October 1st: http://www.bus.umich.edu/womensinitiative/
I am looking forward to scheduling online discussions on creating change, to bring all of you into the discussion and to shine the spotlight on our respective plans for the "Decade for Women." Please email me at email@example.com or message me on Twitter @SusanBButler if you'd like to be a part of them.
In its first few weeks of WOMEN COUNT's publication, I have learned that every man and woman needs to read my book so they can help to create a better world for their sisters, daughters, nieces, and granddaughters.
* Book and Movie Recommendations: With all of this activity, I am not quite sure how I have managed to make time to read a book or to go to a movie, but I have. My new friend Lynn Wiese gave me the book I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn (Viking Books, 1997). The New York Times characterized it as "Lyrical...A powerfully imagined work of fiction." Although there were some slow parts, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I picked it up on my way to Purdue.
While reading the book, I had a vision of who I have really become: a modern-day activist inspired by Amelia Earhart and Susan B. Anthony. Amelia encouraged women to live their dreams and to explore new opportunities, while Susan B. Anthony took on the challenges for women to achieve equality in the eyes of the law. I find myself really committed to make change happen during this decade for women, to bring equality in sight for women.
Given that I'd written about its August 13th launch in my last eNewsletter, I also went to see "Eat, Pray, Love." It certainly wasn't the huge success that I expected it would be, but I did enjoy it. The search for oneself is universal, even if being able to take a year off to pursue it is only a possibility for fewer of us – who can appreciate the vicarious journey this film provides.
"Inception" is a movie that I still want to see based on feedback from others. As always, I am looking for good reads, and appreciate your recommendations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The SBB Institute: My Institute has certainly evolved over the summer. In addition to my newsletter and website (which will be updated VERY soon), I am devoting more time to getting involved in social networking (including Facebook and Twitter) and doing more executive coaching while a new team of publicists at Planned Television Arts lines up speaking opportunities, print, blogs, etc., all of which are focused on building my brand.
In October, Vision 2020 will launch in Philadelphia, and I will be working with the organization as a visionary delegate to aid in its mission to "bring equality in sight for women by August 2020." Currently, we are working together to further define the "end in mind" and what audiences need to be on our team to help make it all happen.
I recently discovered a new organization called Equal Visibility Everywhere (EVE), which has a mission of increasing the visibility of women. Can you imagine what young women think when they go into a place where there are all male statues, or when the founding fathers' pictures are hanging on the wall of a building they are in? Where are the current day pictures/statues of women like Amelia Earhart, etc. to show diversity and how things have changed? We need to showcase women in the current day history books so women will be inspired to change the world themselves.
Lastly, I will again focus my monthly lesson on "Ways Women are Changing the World." Let me hear how you are engaging in a "Women Count" conversation. Remember, it is up to us to "Make things happen, rather than just let things happen" all around us.
As I close, I want to let you know how much you all mean to me and the journey to change the world that we are all embarking on together. I hope you will do your part and join the conversations about women's equality. Thank you for supporting my book WOMEN COUNT, and for sharing it with others as a way to encourage them to become more active. I am grateful for your support and would like to publicly thank you:
Jane Eyre McDonald
Brenda Alston Mills
To those who purchased the book but didn't send their receipt, please know that I am thanking you too, because I know you are out there! I would appreciate your feedback on
WOMEN COUNT and learn how you are going to help change the world for women.
|THIS MONTH'S LESSON
“Ways Women Are Changing the World”: Part II
"The Decade for Women" -- August 26, 2010 to August 26, 2020 -- has officially begun. Are you talking to your friends about what you as a group are going to do? Are you counting women on committees, in the boardroom, or in the photographs?
To inspire you further, this month I would like to shine the spotlight on two women who are working to change their communities by service and by example:
COMMUNITY ROWING IN LAWRENCE, MASSACHUSETTS
Ellen Minzner, Executive Director of the Greater Lawrence Community Boating writes: “Since we met over five years ago, I am now working in my hometown, Lawrence, Massachusetts. It is one of the poorest cities in the country and I run the local boathouse, where we offer rowing and sailing to kids from the inner city and surrounding towns.
“Our goal is to get the kids active in sports by placing older youth as leaders of the teams. This summer I had 15 high school juniors and seniors through a paid training program called Project Coach, based at Smith College. The students receive a Class A coaching license, learning the finer points of communication, teamwork, leadership, etc.
“To get trained as rowers, rowing machines with a related program are being implemented in the middle schools. During the winter months when there are few sports options, the students are rowing, getting their exercise and hopefully impacting their BMI.”
I have had the opportunity to see Ellen in action with these kids, and it is remarkable what they are able to achieve together. In her previous program, G-Row (Girls Row), the same type of kids came to the program (where they weren’t allowed to miss a single session), raced during the summer, trained during the winter and when they graduated from high school, they went on to college.
As a one-time Olympic rower who is now sharing her passion with beginners, Ellen is truly changing the world for these kids.
For more details, visit: http://projectcoachyouthleadership.blogspot.com/2010/07/pc-collaborates-with-lawrence-rowing.html
"MOST RESPONSIBLE SAFARI GUIDE" IN MASAI MARA, KENYA
Charity Jemutal Cheruiyot was the guide for several of my friends last year when they took a trip to Masai Mara, Kenya. It was through them that I have been following 30-year-old Charity's career. In line with my four-step Make-It-Happen model, she is truly following her dream with her aspirations defined, building her team, working her plan, and navigating her journey.
Charity writes: “People doubted I was going to make it as a guide. Other guides thought I would quit, but in my heart I wanted to prove them wrong. I could not let anyone disqualify me because of my gender. So after going the extra mile, I have been appointed a mentor in my department, I am responsible for five guides, and my job includes their development. This year I was nominated for the [Born Free Foundation's Most Responsible Safari Guide Award] in the Mara and after five assessments, I won the award. My future dream is to become a manager.”
||Be inspired to do great things.
||Stand up and be courageous enough to be leaders.
||Find someone to be a good example for, someone who is ready to face the challenges and overcome the obstacles on the way.
Her parting comments: “I do believe this world will become a better place if women will take their stand and be courageous enough to be leaders.”
What a story, Charity. You should be proud of what you have achieved. You have taken on the guide world to achieve parity between women and men. I hope that others will be inspired by your story, and do courageous things themselves to follow their passions, take on leadership roles, and prove women's equality to men. Congratulations, my friend.
For more details, visit: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/mag/InsidePage.php?id=2000018427&cid=616
|COMMENTS FROM READERS
“Susan, I attended your book signing on Aug. 25th. I have passed the books I purchased on to others in hopes of some good discussion. I enjoyed your book very much. Thank you for bringing this topic to me -- as a mother of four women, it is something I need to embrace. Since I have read your book I have seen the world differently. You have motivated me to think, talk and act in manners different than I am accustomed to -- but I will get use to it! : ) ”
—Shawn Gillen, Lafayette, Indiana
Shawn, I was delighted to meet you at the launch of my book. I do hope to be able to meet with you when I am on campus very soon. Thank you for your comments.
“Hi Susan, I just wanted to congratulate you on your new ‘child’! I participated in your ‘Developing High Performance Women’ course at St. Charles [Illinois, Accenture’s training location] over two years ago but still remember how passionate you were about women in this firm and what we can do for ourselves in order to succeed. It’s been a pleasure to read your News Flashes. All the best for the future!”
—Terhi Makels, Accenture
Terhi, it is a delight to hear from you. I loved participating with all of you in the High Performance workshops. Do keep in touch.
“Dear Susan, I am long overdue telling you how much I enjoyed getting together with you recently and thanking you for the copy of your just published new book. What a wealth of information and inspiration for women of this and future generations. As most of my life has been in the 20th century -- enjoying the multitude of changes I have been through -- I am confident women will make tremendous strides in this century. Keep sharing your information with all. Thank you and wishing you the best,”
Shirley, I can hardly wait for another wonderful lunch with you. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing stories about your early business career, particularly how you were able to own a car at age 19. Hope to see you again soon.
“Susan, It’s been a long time since we were in touch! Congratulations on your new book! I am sure that you are really excited about its launch -- especially on the anniversary of women’s right to vote! Not only that, but your book further validates the dream that you have always had to support and develop women globally. As a woman who has been involved in the day-to-day, male-dominated business world, I am grateful to people like you who keep up the focus on women’s ability to contribute! I too am looking forward to the next decade, to see what changes might occur. Fondest wishes,”
— Jenny [and John and Sarah]
Jenny, as always it is good to hear from you, and the rest of your family. As you can see from my calendar I will be in Philadelphia in a few weeks. I do hope we can re-connect. It has been too long. Thanks for your kind remarks,
You can send an email to Susan Bulkeley Butler at email@example.com.
|SUSAN'S SPEAKING SCHEDULE
September 17, 2010
Center for Career Opportunities
West Lafayette, IN
September 17, 2010
Discussion of WOMEN COUNT
Big Blend Radio
September 17 - 26, 2010
West Lafayette, IN
September 21, 2010
Purdue University Graduate School
Be the CEO of You, Inc. Workshop
September 23, 2010
West Lafayette, IN
October 1, 2010
University of Michigan
Women's MBA Conference
Ann Arbor, MI
October 11-13, 2010
West Lafayette, IN
October 18-22, 2010
Vision 2020 Launch
October 23, 2010
Circles of Change
with Dr. Zara Larsen
November 3-5, 2010
LeaderShape Board Meeting
November 8-12, 2010
West Lafayette, IN
November 15, 2010
IOER Board Meeting
University of California - Berkeley
December 6-10, 2010
West Lafayette, IN
If you and/or organizations with which you are affiliated are looking for a speaker, please contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To order a copy of BECOME THE CEO OF YOU, INC., please visit Amazon.com.
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