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Welcome to the Essential Learning Center

Welcome to The Essential Learning Center. This is where I will share news, information, and links to resources that can help you find more meaning and purpose in your charitable giving and community work. Visit again soon to find interesting articles, notifications about upcoming events, and a place to exchange knowledge.

August 2019: Embarking on Your Philanthropic Journey

"To give away money is an easy matter and in any man's power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when,and for what purpose and how,is neither in every man's power nor an easy matter."-Aristotle Many of us have made several charitable contributions. We...

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Central High School Valedictorian: Education is Equity

Sasha Hochman graduated as valedictorian from Central High School on May 31. She gave this speech at commencement and will attend Barnard College in the fall. "Good morning. I would like to take a moment to thank President McKenna, and the assistant principals, Ms....

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In Search of Meaningful Connections

In today’s busy world, it can be challenging to have meaningful conversations. We lead productive lives and we often find ourselves running between meetings, checking our email, our phones, and our other devices to receive and take in as much information as possible....

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Book Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

I rarely ever listen to audiobooks when I’m at home. I enjoy curling up by the fire during winter break to read a good book. Instead, I save audiobooks for long drives. However, when given the option to listen to Becoming read by Michelle Obama, offering a first...

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Book Review: Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

Dare to Lead  by Brene Brown I’m a Brene Brown fan. Through Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and Braving the Wilderness, I have learned about wholeheartedness, vulnerability and courage. In Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts., she teaches us...

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$1.8 Billion to Scholarships

Back in the summer of 2017, my son Danny’s girlfriend was at our home and we found ourselves once again talking about the college application process.  It was the summer before Danny’s freshman year at the University of Michigan and Serena, a rising senior at the...

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Introducing Everyday Essentials

I am excited to launch my new two-minute podcast series, Everyday Essentials. The genesis of the podcast stems from a need identified, through the work with my clients, to take small steps in the direction of the change that they seek. Once we decide that we want...

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“Failure is a Feeling”

"Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result. It's a vulnerability that breeds with self-doubt and then is escalated often deliberately by fear"- Michelle Obama, Becoming I am keenly aware that there is a very thin line between success and failure....

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Dancing at Seven A.M.

I went dancing this morning at 7 a.m.  At a club. Downtown. For the past several months, I have heard about a group called Daybreakers. This group encourages people to get up at the break of dawn once a month to begin the day with energy and intention. Come one, come...

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Living a Good Life

What is living a good life ? Today I heard Dave Gilboa, one of the co-founders of Warby Parker, answer this question with resounding clarity. “Leaving the world better than it was before you came. Positively impacting a large group of people while having fun along the...

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Love. Life. Loss.

Several people that I care about have experienced profound, personal, and deep loss in the past few weeks. These unexpected events have led to periods of sadness follwed by intense reflection on life thus far and how to continue to live it.  Here's where I've landed...

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Carefully Curated Conversations

I had the good fortune to spend five days in southwest Colorado in early July. The first part of my journey was spent hiking, laughing, reminiscing, and dancing with six girls that I have known for 40 years, and the latter part was spent reconnecting with my oldest...

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Book Review: Big Potential by Shawn Achor

“The more you help people find their light, the brighter you both will shine”. In Big Potential, Shawn Achor makes the argument, through research combining neuroscience and data, that our fullest potential can be reached through what we do together collectively and...

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Integrating Learning Earning & Returning

Learn, earn, and then return. I recently read these words in Aaron Hurst’s The Purpose Economy. Hurst was referring to the traditionalist philosophy that structured careers first and philanthropy later. In the first third of life, it was necessary to obtain an...

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Initiating Passion

Is “follow your passion” good advice for those seeking more purposeful engagement in their life? When you think about putting your passion into action, think about the what (what are you passionate about) and also think about the how (what outlets will you use to...

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Book Review: Change Your Questions, Change Your Life

AUTHOR: Marilee Adams REVIEWER: Amy Holdsman, 21/64 Trainer, President & CEO, Essential Leadership Coaching for Purposeful Engagement and Social Impact BOOK LINK: http://a.co/fsPRAPW Change Your Questions, Change Your Life is an essential book for those in the...

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Igniting Strengths

Honesty.    Perseverance.     Zest.    Curiosity.     Self Regulation. These are my top five character strengths as assessed by the VIA Institute on Character, a scientifically validated survey created by renowned psychologists Dr. Martin Seligman and the late Dr....

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Intentional Investments

You will make the biggest impact in your engagement strategy when you are intentional about your investments. It is important not to spread yourself too thin so that you focus your resources to make a meaningful difference. When your values are aligned with the issues...

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Impactivism

Am I a philanthropist? You may be asking yourself that question when you think about what you have to give and your overall engagement strategy. Philanthropy at its essence is the love of humanity, but the word has come to be equated with significant wealth. It may...

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Finding Your Ikigai

I am excited and proud to launch Essential Leadership, coaching for purposeful engagement and social impact. I have created Essential Leadership to work with people to become more impactful and derive meaning from their civic engagements of philanthropy, board...

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What is Essential Leadership?

Welcome to the Essential Learning Center. I hope that this video sheds some more light on the work of Essential Leadership.  I look forward to talking to you about the many ways that we could work together towards purposeful engagement and making a social...

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