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Kate Webster

Unconscious Opinion Bias: 5 Steps to Be More Civil in 2017

March 20, 2017 | by: Kate Webster

In 2016, the classic three forms of unconscious bias—racial, gender, and sexual orientation—were the most requested issues for Breaking Thru Barriers’ diversity & inclusion trainings. Clients wanted concrete skills and strategies to minimize the negative impact these biases have in the workplace. However, in the latter half of the year, clients began reporting incidents of […]

Melissa Thornley

Turning an #Oscarfail into a #Leadershipwin

March 03, 2017 | by: Melissa Thornley

If you weren’t glued to the Oscars Sunday night, by now you’ve seen the memes and the YouTube clips. #oscarmistake #envelopegate #Oscarfail  No one was shocked when Faye Dunaway that La La Land won Best Picture. It seemed inevitable. Many unfortunates turned their TV off at that point missing the shocked Emma Stone’s “Oh my […]

Jeannine Veenendaal

Walk the talk.

February 28, 2017 | by: Jeannine Veenendaal

At the beginning of this year I used the Tiara 15 Days to WOW! (SM) program to create a roadmap for my year. During the process of creating my WOW Plan for 2017, I heard myself coaching my kids by saying, “When there is something that you are postponing, like reading a book for school (because you […]

Alison Miller

Standing for solidarity.

February 08, 2017 | by: Alison Miller

On January 21, 2017, I attended the Women’s March in Washington DC because of my concerns about the direction of the US government and the impact its policies will have on our nation and its people and our planet. It was my first experience attending a protest and I imagine it will not be my […]

Tiara International LLC


February 01, 2017 | by: Tiara International LLC

In 2007, when Tiara International LLC was first launched, we articulated our vision for the first time. That vision is the source of all we do.  We envision a world where all women choose to lead their lives from inspiration.  At that time we didn’t know what that would look like. Now we do. From the beginning we believed […]

Elizabeth Ruske

THANK YOU, Donald Trump.

February 01, 2017 | by: Elizabeth Ruske

Yes, I chose to attend the Women’s March on Washington. Since then I have been asked by many people, “Why did you go to the march? And why did you go to the march in Washington D.C. instead of marching in your hometown Chicago?” I am no longer able to sit on the sidelines and assume things will get better. […]


Keep the fire burning.

January 31, 2017 | by: Franciska

What amazes and inspires me is the huge number of women, and many men, that stood up to their core values and beliefs for the greater good of the country, the social systems and the world we live in. Not only in the United States but in many other countries around the world, including here in the […]

Betsy Sobiech

Applied Leadership Article on “Authentic Leadership”

October 11, 2016 | by: Betsy Sobiech

In her 2008 presidential campaign, Hilary Clinton shed light on the glass ceiling women face when seeking positions of leadership and advancement at work: “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it.” Since then, she shattered the highest glass […]

Andrea Henning

Applied Leadership Article on “Pioneering”

August 01, 2016 | by: Andrea Henning

Nobody ever knows what a pioneer is doing. — Timothy Leary When looking up the definition for “pioneer” in a variety of online sources, the theme is clear. A pioneer is the first. She is attempting something that has never been done before. She is the inventor, developer, creator and explorer. As we imagine this […]

Alison Miller

Applied Leadership article on “Failing Forward”.

June 08, 2016 | by: Alison Miller

 “They were right.” Three simple words Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook and author of Lean In, used to openly apologize to critics of her failure to recognize the difficulties single moms face succeeding in the workplace. In her recent Mother’s Day Facebook post, she exposes the emotional loss she felt after the sudden death […]