Ten Tips for Thoughtful Thanks

March 2, 2017

The great thing about gratitude is that it is really never too late to say, “Thank you” or “I appreciate you.”  But too often, we pay lip service to stewardship – all those things that happen AFTER the gift is made. We have terrific intentions to write that note, make a call, or share an update. This is […]

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Rev up your gratitude!

February 13, 2017

Each morning, right after you proclaim, “I create my life!” pause to consider next, “What am I grateful for, thankful for, and sincerely appreciate in my life today?” In this, Part 1 my two-part series on being grateful, I want you to consider who you have to become to sincerely be “grateful.” Next time, in […]

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Harness your positive energy! Here’s how!

February 6, 2017

How are you feeling? Strong, excited, determined? Or back in the grind? I am asked so often about time management and dealing with outside distractions. We lament about where the day, the week, the year…our life.. goes. The speed of time is directly related to our energy. Our energy level is enhanced when we are […]

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We’re OFF in the year 2017!

January 26, 2017

So how will it end? “What, Marcy? It just STARTED!” Early each January my family gathers around our kitchen table. On a half-sheet of off-white card stock, we each write one sentence – a “GET to do” by the END of 2017. Then we pass our sheets around and we each write one for each other. […]

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Are You Scrambling or Celebrating?

December 19, 2016

It’s mid-December! Finally snow in Wisconsin!  How are you doing? Are you scrambling to make those last calls and manage holiday traditions? Has celebrating turned into this heavy burden? Or are you blissfully busy? Let’s talk about our December mindset!  Jason Lemke creates educational programs for the USD School of Medicine and brought me in […]

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Happy Birthday Philanthropy! Now STAY Inspired!

December 2, 2016

  Philanthropy is “the love of humankind.” National Philanthropy Day® (NPD)—November 15—is the day that thousands of people around the world come together to celebrate philanthropy. I share a birthday with NPD and thus get to celebrate each additional candle with some pretty amazing folks! Every year since 1986 when President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed […]

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Fundraising is a contact sport. George should know.

November 15, 2016

  My workshop, “Fundraising is a Team Sport – Leadership, Board and Givers Together” is popular. Simply put, when we focus on our mission – what we do to make this world a better place – we rise above roles and tasks to a loftier and more productive partnership – a culture of generosity. When […]

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What you REALLY Deliver this Year End

November 7, 2016

Only Wisconsin has fall days like October 14. But even more brilliant was the joy of the family and friends of the late Dr. Owen Fennema, gathered at the Owen R. Fennema Professorship in Food Chemistry celebration. Elizabeth Fennema, with me here, was radiant.  “We teach the future.” Professor Fennema said this often during his […]

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I Am Biased and So Are You

October 27, 2016

I’m biased and proud of it! When it comes to doing a workshop, I want the whole day and big doses of content AND fun! I drive hard. I sing. I challenge. You need to shout, write, partner, create, and share! In this current climate, being biased has a negative spin. Today I’m sharing a […]

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How to Ask when (you believe) it’s too soon to Ask

October 10, 2016

As of October 1st we are officially in the FINAL QUARTER of the year. I can feel it “setting in” with you. YEAR-END, YIKES! Like having a baby or buying a home, it’s never the “perfect” time. There are things we wish were different before we jump in – we had more saved, we were […]

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