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Now What?

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 11/14/16

The race is over and the election has been decided and now we must all figure how we will move forward.  The country is definitely split and there are even some families that stand on both sides of the fence.  No matter how any of us feel we have to learn, adapt and accept the results of the election.  I believe many of us will be challenged and we are going to have to really fall on our faith and values.  The people have spoken and yet healing will still need to be done.

Out of fear and concern for the American people, as well as for the global economy, many are seeking answers including Fortune and Time Magazines who will assemble a hundred of the world’s top business leaders, along with other voices to meet in Rome next month to discuss basically now what?  Their goal is to have a conversation about what the private sector can do to make the global economic system work better for everyone.  This conversation needs to continue with all of us.

Since the election many have taken to the streets to show their concern by protesting the results. What I find interesting is probably no matter who would have won citizens would have taken to the streets. Civil Disobedience is our right and we should let our voices be heard, but we also have a responsibility to respect the electoral process even when we don’t agree with the outcome.  We have to respect the office even if we don’t agree with the person. However, we have policies and procedures in place that can guide us on how to protest if we desire to change the system.  For years there’s been concern about the power of the Electoral College over the Popular Vote.  If we feel the true voice of the people is not being heard, then what do we do?

After the election when Donald Trump visited the White House, President Obama actually shared, “we now are going to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed, then the country succeeds.”  We all have to do our best to do our part to continue to make America great.  America even with all of its faults is a great country and yet we have many that are still disenfranchised.  The question becomes will we all rise or will we all fall?  It is said history repeats itself, I hope we don’t go back in time and reinstitute negatives that so many people fought, died and gave their lives for.

Now what?  Now is the time for us to keep pressing forward.  Now is not the time to give up or even point blame.  Now is a time for no excuses.  Now is the time to become the best we can be and reach back and pull someone up with us.  Now is a time to return to the basics and remember our core.  We must show compassion, mindfulness, hope and love to those that might feel sad, depressed and beaten down.  Now what depends on each of us.  What will you do?

Healing Without Hate:  It's a choice. It's a lifestyle. Pass it on!

Visit www.WendyEnterprises.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy@wendyenterprises.com.

Can We Walk Hand & Hand Without Seeing Eye to Eye?

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 10/30/16

The election is upon us and we all have to make our voices count.  This has been the strangest presidential campaign I have ever witnessed, but no matter what side of the fence any of us may be on we have to make sure we can live with each other the day after the election.  No matter who wins there is going to be a lot of healing and rebuilding that has to be done.  Will America be able to walk hand and hand without seeing eye to eye?

What tools will be necessary for us to come together as a country and move forward?  One thing is for sure we will never see things all the same so we have to learn how to engage in dialogue that allows us to hear one another while respecting differences.  Where can we learn these skills?  One place is Claremont Lincoln University (CLU).  It is a place that offers innovative, 21st Century educational programs with a global perspective designed to bridge social divides.  They believe in practicing and teaching the “Golden Rule” by incorporating the basic principles in their three Masters Programs (Social Impact, Ethical Leadership and Interfaith Action).  Those who attend CLU are taught to integrate self-knowledge with critical perspectives and contemporary skills to create sustainable social change. What is also amazing is that you can receive a Master’s Degree in fifteen months for just $15,000. 

On Thursday, November 3, 2016, Claremont Lincoln University (www.claremontlincoln.edu) will host its inaugural Spotlight Gala featuring the Lincoln Awards. The Lincoln Awards honor visionaries and activists in the areas of Interfaith Action, Social Impact and Ethical Leadership who have made a profoundly positive and lasting impact in their communities and who embody the values in the Golden Rule. This year’s honorees are Byron K. Reed, Senior Vice President, Director Community Relations Greater LA/Orange County Regions, Wells Fargo & Company (Lincoln Award in Ethical Leadership); Cheryl Kunin Fair, President and General Manager of KABC-TV, the ABC owned station in Los Angeles (Lincoln Award in Social Impact); and Hyepin Im, Founder and President of Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD) (Lincoln Award in Interfaith Action).

Claremont Lincoln University embraces forming collaborations and alliances with organizations and entities that are like minded. Dean David Carter, head of the Ethical Leadership Master’s Program was introduced to the a cappella singing group Linkin’ Bridge of Americas Got Talent™ who use their music to build bridges instead of walls to increase understanding. When the group learned about the mission of the University they agreed to lend their talent to be the entertainment for the event.  The night is sure to be not only exciting, but should ignite conversation on how we can begin positive steps to help make communities better.  We may never see eye to eye, but we definitely can learn to walk this journey called life together in a respectful and peaceful manner.

Healing Without Hate:  It's a choice. It's a lifestyle. Pass it on!

Visit www.WendyEnterprises.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy@wendyenterprises.com.

Thank You FLOTUS

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 10/24/16

Girls and women from all cultures and backgrounds are standing up and celebrating First Lady Michelle Obama.  Since the beginning of her service as the First Lady, she has raised awareness on issues girls and women face every day.  In 2015 First Lady Michelle Obama along with President Obama launched the organization, “Let Girls Learn.” The organization brings together various governmental departments as well as other agencies to address the challenges that prevent young girls from achieving the education they need and deserve.  Through Let Girls Learn young girls are taught skills that equip them with knowledge about diplomacy, organizing and strategies for change. 

We know that when we build the life of a girl and provide her with an education and the skills to improve her life, families improve and communities become stronger.  When girls are stronger they make better choices and this gives them the opportunity for a brighter future.  With all of the progress that has been made in the world today, it is sad that millions of girls around the globe still do not complete school.  Young girls are still victims of sex and human trafficking.  Recently I attended the Pasadena YWCA’s 14th Annual Women For Racial Justice Breakfast and Dr. Robert Ross shared from his keynote that there’s no such thing as a child prostitute.  That is called rape.  That is called sex trafficking of a minor.  We must all do our part to help end such injustice.

It is imperative that we all stand together to uplift and educate our girls today if we want a better tomorrow.  FLOTUS shared with girls this month on the Day of the Girl that we don’t have to be perfect to succeed.  She went on to say that many times our failures are what help us get to where we need to be.  This past weekend Lisa Collins from LA Focus held the 19th Annual First Ladies High Tea at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.  The day consists of honoring women who use their gifts to enrich the lives of others.  Each year they also have an essay contest where three scholarships are given out to the top three winners.  The theme for this year was “Shattering the Glass Ceiling – How Women Like Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton Have Inspired You.” We all need role models and people that lead by example. 

FLOTUS thank you for being a woman that made the wellbeing of women and girls everywhere a priority. Thank you for reaching back and lifting others as you climb.  Thank you to all the women who serve and sacrifice to make the lives of girls better for a brighter future.  I have tried to do my part through the organization, Forgiving For Living, Inc., (www.forgivingforliving.org) I founded close to twenty years ago.  We work with girls between 12-18 helping them develop positive self-esteem and empowering them to believe in themselves against all odds.  Let’s support organizations and individuals that stand up every day to help the lives of our girls!

Healing Without Hate:  It's a choice. It's a lifestyle. Pass it on!

Visit www.WendyEnterprises.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy@wendyenterprises.com

Forgiving For Living, Inc. 5th Annual, "Healthy, Wealthy & Wise" Conference

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 10/08/16

Forgiving For Living is a nonprofit organization with the mission to help at-risk girls between the ages of 12-18 overcome issues of low self-esteem due to abuse and or abandonment.  We are able to achieve this by providing them with tools and skills to live a productive and healthy life.  Our Ambassador Program is taught in schools and after school programs such as the Boys and Girls Club. We’ve served over 3,000 girls since 1999.

For the past five years Forgiving For Living has held their annual “Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Conference,” where close to 150 girls from across Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties attend for free and receive information to help them make better choices around their health, finances and preparing for college.  They will also receive swag bags full of stuff for school and to help them love being a girl. There will also be lots of fun and music!

This year’s conference will be held on Saturday, October 15th at the USC Radisson Hotel in Los Angeles.  The day will consist of classes for both the girls and the adults that work with youth.  The goal is to equip all of the attendees to leave refreshed and empowered to make better choices and decisions for their life. The opening speaker is Entrepreneur Stacey McBride-Irby and the keynote lunch speaker is KJLH Radio Personality Dominique DiPrima.  Workshop speakers include Dr. Theresa Price, Founder and Executive Director, National College Resources Foundation; Dr. Eileen Aranda, President Claremont Lincoln University; Dr. Michael Flores, Professor Cypress College; Wenonah Valentine, IDream Now; Actress Christina Ford; Financial Advisor Rosanna Manzano; Life Coach Gingi Montes; Certified Financial Planner Rene Nourse; Sonya Young Aadam, CEO California Black Women Health Project and Poet Oran Smith & Crew.

Forgiving For Living, Inc.’s goal is to have every girl receive information that will encourage them to make the best choices and decisions for their life.  We are thankful for all of those that volunteer their time and support our work. Vendors will also be on hand to provide information that will help the attendees learn more about college, making healthy choices, and making wise decisions for their life.

Healing Without Hate:  It’s a Choice.  It’s a Lifestyle.  Pass it On!

Visit www.WendyEnterprises.com and www.ForgivingForLiving.org.  Wendy is a Coach, Consultant and Speaker.

 

 

A Letter of Gratitude to Dominique DiPrima

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 09/19/16

As a little girl growing up in Riverside, California I was the product of the community.  My mother left when I was just a few years old and I was raised by my father and my paternal grandmother.  My grandmother wanted to make sure that I didn’t fall to the streets and so she kept me busy and active in both church and the community.  My grandmother taught me the importance of keeping Christ first in all that I do, to love family and to always give back to the community. 

 

Most people know the work I do around events and community relations, as well as the work I am involved with helping young girls build positive self-esteem through the non-profit organization Forgiving For Living, has all been centered around giving back and building up the community. However, none of us can do what we do without the help and support of others.  There are several outlets, including the Los Angeles Sentinel,  that have given me a voice over the years to tell my story, and hopefully share pearls of wisdom to those who embrace what I have to say.  One of those outlets has also been, “Front Page With Dominique DiPrima” on 102.3 KJLH Radio. 

 

This past week while I was in Washington, D. C. attending the 46th Annual Legislative Conference presented by the Congressional Black Caucus, I signed off and did my last Thursday morning show on Dominique’s Front Page.  I am truly grateful that I had the privilege of being part of the Front Page Family for over six years.  During those years Dominique allowed me to grow from sharing about what’s happening in the community to also include uplifting thoughts and comments around the theme of forgiveness.  We grew together as friends and sisters in the work we both do to hopefully impact the community in a positive way.

 

In life change is inevitable. Life has also taught me that change is not always a bad thing.  Change makes us stretch and try things that we may have avoided if things stay the same.  I am always stretching and growing and each day I wake up with new expectations of what God has next for me to do.  What is important to remember are the lessons we’ve learned along our journey so we can take them with us and continue to improve along the way. 

 

Maya Angelou once said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”  Dominique, thank you for your generosity and giving me the opportunity over six years ago to touch our community through the power of radio.  You allowed me to thrive while living out my passion of helping others.  I wish you continued grace and success! #Community #CoachWendy #DominiqueDiPrima

 

Healing Without Hate:  It's a choice. It's a lifestyle. Pass it on!

 

Visit www.WendyEnterprises.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy@wendyenterprises.com.