1) Alumni Profile - Sheila Harrell, FedEx Corporation
...Once I understood me again and what is really important to me, then what I cared about fell back into place naturally. I am now happier and calmer. I no longer buy into the fact that I must move to the next expected position in order to be considered successful. I am successful now with all I have currently accomplished because what I have accomplished to date is what I wanted to do...
2) Coach's Column – Cultivating a Reflective Practice
...EW : Yes , ‘getting still' in order to be productive is counter-intuitive . But research into high performance demonstrates time again that mental rejuvenation through practice such as mindfulness meditation, Heartmath and Holosync Technology ‘ resets' our physiology. The benefits of these practices are well researched and show that daily practice results in the capacity to:
- Enhance higher order thinking capacities
- Intercept stress reactions and ‘grabs' to accelerate rebound
- Heighten empathy (EQ) and sustain emotional equilibrium
- Expand sense of present centered time
- Improve immune system function
- Reduce cortisol production
- Increase self-awareness of impact as a leader
A. Listen to your Heart
The American Heart Association and Kelloggs have teamed up to raise awareness of heart disease in women: “Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States . It's time to do something about it. Learn the facts about heart disease and prevention tips that can help you lead a longer, healthier life. As a woman, you owe it to yourself.”
Mercola.com is an alternative/complimentary web site that focuses on wellness, including nutrition, exercise, emotional balance, etc. Dr. Joseph Mercola comments on published research results with his point of view as an osteopath. The site has an excellent search function that allows you to search on a wide variety of health and wellness topics.
C. Home ‘Sweet' for Giving Birth
The results of a large, prospective study (published 6/18/05 in the British Medical Journal) provide further evidence that home can be better than hospital for giving birth, when supported by a certified midwife.
The research was based on the outcomes of 5418 births in women who intended to give birth at home with the help of a direct entry midwife when labor began. Rates of neonatal and intrapartum mortality were similar to those detected in most studies of low-risk hospital births in the same region, while the incidence of medical interventions, including epidural, episiotomy, and forceps, vacuum, and cesarean delivery, were significantly reduced.
"The evidence supports the American Public Health Association's recommendation to increase access to out of hospital maternity care services with direct entry midwives in the USA," comment study authors Kenneth Johnson (Public Health Agency of Canada) and Betty-Anne Daviss (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Canada).
ObGynWorld.com article (requires login and registration)
PubMed article (no registration required)
4) Upcoming Events
IWL 2005 Programs:
We invite you to attend, visit, review, or send a friend or colleague to our public programs.
Women Leading Change (WLC) 2005
Note from Rayona
...I have always said that I want Chelsea to inherit a workplace that provides the same kind of nourishment for her full potential as she received at home. Yes, things have improved in the past 18 years but not nearly enough. I remain committed to the vision that a sustainable world is only possible through the full partnership of women and men; the workplace is a perfect environment to forge that partnership. Until Chelsea graduates and moves into the workplace full time I will continue to lead IWL to fulfill that mission. I don't envision ‘retiring' from my life's work but once she has acquired her first post-college job, gets married and has kids I will re-evaluate how much time I spend at IWL versus being the best grandma I can be to the next generation. Needless to say I'll be around for awhile!