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After avoiding the nine minute video of the murder of George Floyd for over a week, I decided to force myself to do watch it, knowing it would forever scar my psyche. As I sat there watching an innocent man suffocate to death by brutal force at the hands of a police officer, so many thoughts and emotions came up for me, as I assume it must for any sentient being who watches it.

Officer Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck while he stared at onlookers screaming at him to stop, conscious of the fact he was being caught…


As we contend with what the world is going to look like as we ease up restrictions and try to get back to normalcy, there’s an opportunity for us to collectively reimagine what a post COVID world might look like. Many people are living in a stage of denial or feeling anger around the “loss of freedom” to go back to the status quo or the imposition of having to “wear masks.” How do we work with those feelings and get through them more effectively? Is there a way to use this opportunity to start envisioning a new, more lovely…


When we look at the number of female leaders around the globe, the percentage of heads of state can be counted on two hands. In a world still run by men, we still see a lot of unconscious gender bias around women as leaders. In the United States, people still hold the belief that the country is not ready for a female president. For us to be having that conversation in the 21st century seems ludicrous, but it is well-rooted in societal norms and unconscious associations. Gender stereotypes typically associate men with words like “leader,” “strong,” and “capable,” while women…


7 Tips on How to Practice Gratitude to Beat the #COVID Blues

In times of challenge and crisis, it’s easy to get focused on all that is not working in the world. It makes our problems seem worse and a lot of times can take us down the rabbit hole of more worry, stress and fear about the future. Human beings are wired with a stress response called the sympathetic nervous system that is triggered every time there is a perceived threat. We go into fight, flight or hide mode to protect ourselves and survive. This mechanism is hard-wired in…


These days as we are all learning to adapt to a new normal of staying indoors, I’ve been personally finding it difficult to focus on what is going right with the world instead of what is going wrong. I find myself sometimes getting sucked into hours of scrolling through my social media feed to read the latest news (which is mostly all terrible) or to feel more connected to friends and family. With all the unknowns of what the future holds, it’s easy to get stuck in negative feedback loops which ultimately breed stress in the body. …


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Last night while we slept in the West, a small post-Soviet country succeeded in its non-violent revolution resulting in the appointment of a new people’s Prime Minister, Mr. Nikol Pashinyan.

After enduring nearly twenty years of corrupt, oligarchic and authoritarian regimes that saw the bankrupting of Armenia’s wealth, it’s population, and most heartbreakingly, it’s youth, Armenia demanded change. And because young people were the ones who had so much to lose, they were the first to rise up chanting slogans like “Merji Serzhin” — “Reject Serzh.” …


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As the list of men in powerful positions accused of sexual misconduct continues to grow day by day since the Harvey Weinstein revelations, I believe it is now safe to say that we have reached a cultural tipping point. Women are reclaiming their voice. Women are reclaiming their power.

As this collective movement of empowerment unfolds before our eyes, many women have been holding space for this moment to emerge for some time. It began with the first wave of feminists, continued with the feminist movement of the 60s and 70s till present, including the Women’s March on January 21st…

Monique Svazlian Tallon

Women’s Leadership Expert. Executive Coach. Author of Leading Gracefully: A Woman’s Guide to Confident, Authentic and Effective Leadership.

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