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Veterans Need A Place Called Home!

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 09/29/14

Across the nation from President Barack Obama, to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti the challenge has been set to end homelessness for our veterans by 2015.  New Directions for Veterans in Los Angeles (www.NDVets.org) along with their President Gregory C. Scott, is standing in agreement with this challenge.  In Los Angeles County alone there are over 6,000 homeless veterans.   We just returned from attending the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, D.C., where Mr. Scott had meetings at the Department of Veterans Affairs with Sabrina C. Clark, Director Office of Communications and Crystal D. Ford, J.D., Director VHA Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs. The purpose of the meeting was to explore ways to bridge the gap between the federal and local level and to increase support for veterans in the areas of jobs, supportive services, mental health counseling, and housing.

 

New Directions for Veterans mission is to empower men and women who served in the military and their families to lead productive and fulfilling lives, including providing housing.  Across the nation close to 200,000 veterans will return home this year and will need support.   Women have served in the military for generations, but it is the first time these women are serving on the front line.  New Directions for Veterans is on the front line to lend a helping hand.

 

On Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, New Directions for Veterans will hold their annual gala, Honoring Our Heroes.  The list of honorees include Irv Laxineta, President Alpha Construction, Dave Snowden, Beverly Hills Chief of Police, and Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and CEO, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).  Michelle Valles, Co-Anchor and General Assignment Reporter from NBC4 Southern California will serve as the emcee.  Singer and entertainer Jerome Dean will kick the reception off and the New Directions Veterans Choir will serve as the main entertainment.

 

Their call to action for the evening will be to put a spotlight on the issues at hand and to bring awareness of what needs to be done.  We should not wait until Veterans Day on November 11, 2014 to honor our veterans.  Let us start today by standing with the President of the United States,  mayors from across the country, and New Directions to touch the life of a veteran now. 

 

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

 

Visit www.WendyGladney.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy.gladney@gmail.com. Wendy is featured on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH on Front Page with Dominique DiPrima Thursday Mornings @ 5:00am. 

Conferences: To Inspire Leaders & Build Generations

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 09/22/14

I had the privilege to grow up with my grandmother who was originally from the South and migrated to California around1940 with my grandfather and their children.  My grandparents attended an historical black college called Bishop in Texas and they truly believed in faith, family and community.  They even made us become card carrying members of organizations such as the NAACP, the Urban League, and other groups that focused on the wellbeing of the Black Community. This foundation has stayed with me throughout my entire life.  

 

Church was also part of our foundation and as a youth my first experience of traveling to attend a conference was with the California Baptist Young People Convention. I learned a lot about leadership from other youth that came from across the state to work together. The skills and lessons I learned from those early years stayed with me as I matriculated through life and started attending other conferences.  Sometimes people forget the real purpose and reason why they attend such functions.   It is easy to get caught up in the fluff (parties) and not focus enough on the meetings.  Do not get me wrong, parties can be good, but party with a purpose.

 

This week I am attending the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) in Washington, D.C.  The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation was established in 1976.  The mission of the Foundation is to inspire leaders and build generations. The Caucus is the premier gathering of African Americans, cultivating engaging policy discussions on issues that impact black communities around the world. The four-day conference features more than 70 policy sessions, a national town hall, a job and contract procurement fair, the annual Prayer Breakfast, and the Phoenix Awards Dinner where President Obama will be the keynote speaker.  So although there will be plenty of parties with good times, we have to make sure when we leave Washington, we leave with a call to action.

 

As a college student at UCLA, in 1981, I had the opportunity to be an intern to then Congressman Julian C. Dixon in Washington.  While serving in his office he would let me go and help the CBC and at the time Barbara Williams (now Skinner) was the Executive Director. Over three decades later, I am returning to participate, share experiences and give back.  Life truly has a way of going full circle!

 

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

 

Visit www.WendyGladney.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy.gladney@gmail.com. Wendy is featured on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH on Front Page with Dominique DiPrima Thursday Mornings @ 5:00am. 

Women Should Be Respected!

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 09/16/14

I truly believe the majority of time people treat us the way we allow.  What makes us accept situations that are lower than our standards?  Why would we let someone disrespect us and call us out of our name or put their hands on us in a violent manner?  Do we think we deserve such treatment?  Is it a generational curse? Do we not have enough people standing up against violence, especially towards women and children?  We must not stand silent. Violence, Spousal Abuse and Domestic Violence are not acceptable!

 

Forgiving For Living completed our 3rd Annual, “Healthy, Wealthy & Wise” Conference this past weekend.  We instilled into the lives of young ladies that they matter and that it is vital for them to make healthy and wise choices to increase their odds of having a positive, productive and happy life.  We cannot  live a double standard where we accept titles or actions because it is convenient or popular, but then turn around and expect to be respected.  How we talk, how we act, how we dress, and how we carry ourselves publicly and privately must all be in agreement.

 

Recently in the news we heard and read about Janay Rice, the wife of football star Ray Rice and how she defended her husband for knocking her out unconscious in an elevator.  What message does this send to women, girls, boys and men about how a woman is to be treated?  There have been mixed comments, some say they understand why she would do such a thing.  A couple of NFL players wives stated that many women stay in abusive relationships because they have to support and uphold the image they feel necessary for their husbands.   Other women who are married to someone who is either rich, famous or powerful fall into the same trap.  For that matter, there are women from everyday situations that also put up with violent behavior. Some feel they do not have options or choices.

 

No matter what the situation, fame, fortune, status, power, or fear, women must not accept being treated with violence.  We must rally around them and help them in any way possible, but women must also be willing to stand up for themselves (ourselves).  The first time a dog bites you it is the fault of the dog, the second time……STOP THE VIOLENCE!  #respect #coach #selfesteem

 

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

 

Visit www.WendyGladney.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy.gladney@gmail.com. Wendy is featured on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH on Front Page with Dominique DiPrima Thursday Mornings @ 5:00am. 

"What Seeds Are You Sowing?"

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 09/08/14

Summer is officially over, kids are back in school, schedules are back in full swing and it’s time for the 3rd Annual Forgiving For Living, Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Conference. The conference this year will be held on Saturday, September 13th at the USC Radisson Hotel. Each year we bring in close to 150 young ladies between the age of 13-18 to expose them to speakers that can provide them with information and tools to make choices and decisions leading to living a healthy, wealthy and wise life.

 

Our opening speaker for the day is Krista Phipps, Public Affairs Manager for Southern California Gas Company and our keynote at lunch is Nichol T. Whiteman, Executive Director Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.  We will also be blessed to have a performance during lunch by the Lula Washington Dance Company.  Throughout the course of the day the girls will get vital information on college prep, financial literacy, and life tips to making wise choices.  We want to thank Sheri Betts, Michael C. Flores, PhD, R.J. Jackson, Debbie E. Lumpkin, Jawana McFadden, Jacques McNeil, Crystal Mitchell, Gretchen Ratcliff Sawyer, Kelly Redmond, Janet Thomas, Wenonah Valentine, Janet Savage, A.J. Whitman, Kerri Zane, and John Burden for donating their time and sowing good seeds into the lives of young ladies from across Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire.

 

We would not be able to provide this conference FREE to our girls without the support of our sponsors and community partners, U.S. Bank, Southern California Edison, Wells Fargo, Verizon, Ronald McDonald House Charities, A Foundation for Kids, Boys & Girls Club of Venice, the Inland Valley News, Front Page with Dominique DiPrimia on 102.3 KJLH Radio, and the Los Angeles Sentinel.  We also want to thank all of our partners who donated to sponsor our girls, Danny Bakewell, Jr., Sabra Marie, Special Needs Network, Robert Cole, Kathleen Oberleiter, Janice Smallwood McKenzie, Queen Hamilton, Quinn Harris, LaTanya Tillman, Roy Jackson and all of the volunteers for making a difference.

 

We believe that exposure plays a role in the path many people take in life.  If we want to make the future a better place, we must sow into the lives of youth today.  Napoleon Hill said, think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.

 

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

 

Visit www.WendyGladney.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy.gladney@gmail.com. Wendy is featured on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH on Front Page with Dominique DiPrima Thursday Mornings @ 5:00am. 

Coaching, A Way To Touch The Lives Of People Who Cross Our Path!

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 08/31/14

This week marks my 53rd birthday.  I am constantly on a track of trying to learn and improve myself.   I feel we are never too old to go back to school and obtain the skills needed to be the best we can be.  What is interesting is usually the more you learn the more you realize what you do not know. Over the past several months I have been in school focusing on my leadership and coaching skills.  I recently graduated from the course facilitated by the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) at Antioch University and taught by Damian Goldvarg, President of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). 

 

For years I have been involved with coaching individuals on a personal and professional basis, but I wanted to up my game and take things to another level.  By completing and graduating from this class, I really learned the difference between the various disciplines of coaching, mentoring, consulting and therapy.  It was also interesting to look at the difference between using your instinct verses intellect, something Bishop T.D. Jakes refers to in his latest book Instinct. There is nothing like understanding the science and mechanics behind what you have been doing for years.   

 

A real key is being clear on the difference between the role of a mentor, a consultant, a therapist or a coach.  In order to really serve clients well, it is important to know when you are operating within your expertise and when you should refer them to someone else.  A coach does a good job of helping people to find answers within themselves.  I know this may sound trite, but usually the answers we seek lie within us and it is about the right questions being asked to bring out the answers we need.

 

Rasheed Ogunlaru said it quite eloquently, Some strive to make themselves great.  Others help others see and find their own greatness.  It’s the latter who really enrich the world we live in. Understanding your calling and your purpose is a good thing.  When it involves helping others be their best it is awesome.  At the end of the day what matters most is when we sow into the lives of others and their lives become better.

 

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

 

Visit www.WendyGladney.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy.gladney@gmail.com. Wendy is featured on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH on Front Page with Dominique DiPrima Thursday Mornings @ 5:00am.