Workshop Recap: Empowerment and the Erotic

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Good Ol’ Girls had a great workshop on Thursday, April 17 entitled Empowerment and the Erotic: How Sexual Pleasure and Body Wisdom Can Empower Women with fire igniter & confidence coach Irene Fehr. Irene talked about the transformative experience of being in touch with one’s own wants and desires - both outside and inside the bedroom - and how being in touch with our own needs leads to awareness, confidence, and empowerment in all aspects of life.

To practice this, we broke into pairs and did the following exercise:

  • First, we each asked our partner “what do you desire?” We spent three full minutes asking our partner and having her answer, and then we switched and answered for three full minutes ourselves.
  • The next question was slightly different: “what do you fear?” Again, we each had three full minutes to respond. Irene told us to word our responses “I fear that I…” so as to only focus on fears that were in our control.
  • The last question we asked and answered with our partners was “who would you be if you didn’t have those fears?”
  • It was a challenging and enlightening exercise - and definitely something worth trying even if you couldn’t make it to the workshop!

    If you’re interested in learning more about similar workshops or other aspects of Irene’s work, feel free to check out her website at


    17th Assembly District: A Conversation with David Campos and David Chiu

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    Join Good Ol’ Girls, SFWPC, Women Get It Done, NARAL Pro-Choice California, Emerge California and Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific Action Fund for a conversation with David Campos and David Chiu, candidates for the 17th Assembly District.

    When: Wednesday, April 23
    Where: First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, 1187 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

    5:30 pm — Mingle
    6:00 pm — Program begins

    Please RSVP to the Facebook invitation in advance of the event. Feel free to invite your friends to this important discussion.


    SHEnanigans! A San Francisco Soiree Celebrating Women’s History

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    Have you bought tickets for the 2nd Annual SHEnanigans yet? Connect with members of San Francisco Women’s Political Committee (SFWPC), Ladies Who Vino, Women Get It Done and more. Buy tickets here and RSVP on Facebook.

    Date: Wednesday, March 26
    Time: 6:00-9:00
    Where: Monroe, 473 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133


    Workshop Recap: Embodying Leadership Presence with Ann Bundy

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    We had a fantastic workshop, Embodying Leadership Presence, on Thursday, March 13. Ann Bundy led a dynamic and personalized workshop that touched on leadership, managing people, and advocating for yourself.

    Here are some highlights from my notes:

  • Make a practice of establishing your credentials
  • Always advocate for yourself and step into your power
  • Have an elevator pitch = 20 seconds of your value proposition (25 words or less!)
  • “If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, nobody else will believe in what you’re doing”
  • You must: 1) be self-aware; 2) get a sponsor; 3) own your mastery
  • What is leadership presence? Confidence without arrogance, willing to listen as well as speak
  • If you are new in a role, you have “90 days” to imprint on an organization
  • Identify: where do you stand in your preference: tasks vs. relationships?
  • Your personal project portfolio should include stretch projects
  • PRES Model of leadership:
  • P = Being fully present in the moment
  • R = Reaching out and building authentic relationships
  • E = Expressiveness and ability to convey a congruent message
  • S = Self-Knowing and acting in a manner that is consistent with your values
  • Harvard Business Review article - Real Benefit of Finding a Sponsor [link]: “Mentors offer friendly advice, sponsors take you to the next level”
  • With sponsors, it is helpful to find a counter to your strengths
  • Try keeping a journal or notebook of professional development
  • Think of your network - where are there holes?
  • Hold the voice for yourself AND the voice of others equally
  • Always ask: “how am I adding value today?
  • Resources:
    Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence by Muriel Maignan Wilkins and Amy Jen Su
    Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) by Chade-Meng Tan
    First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham
    Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Health
    Worksheet used during the workshop


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