More and more women are emerging as leaders in the 21st century. Women economic, social and political empowerment continues to grow as a movement. Monika Mitchell examines the progress and challenges of the new feminine enlightenment.
Category: sustainable leadership
Part One: The Greatest Bank Robbery Ever Told
In a rare interview with 6o Minutes’ Scott Pelley on Sunday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke explained the widening income gap in the U.S. between rich and poor has created two societies. The irony is that the Fed’s own actions are primarily responsible for this shift in wealth over the last few years. Never mind that Grandpa Ben looks a kindly old Santa Claus. He is Kris Kringle only for Wall Street—not children.
PART TWO: America: The UnBeautiful
The poetic beauty of American radicalism established by our Founders lies in the basic premise that all men are created equal and endowed by their maker with the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This promise infused our political and legal evolution for the last two centuries. The Federal Reserve bailout has challenged the American right to pursue happiness and interfered with our guaranteed equal opportunity.
Elizabeth Warren spoke candidly today about the “epic David & Goliath fight” she led with the help of two hundred plus consumer agencies, bloggers like me, and outraged citizens at town hall meetings around the nation. Ms. Warren has singlehandedly championed the idea of a consumer protection agency that will actually serve consumers— not pretense. She is the Ralph Nader of our time.
Funny man Jon Stewart spoke eloquent and moving words to the crowds who came to support his message of compromise and common concern. Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart sang America song at the Rally for Sanity and/or Fear. “Sanity will always be and has always been in the eye of the beholder. To see you here today and the kind of people that you are has restored mine.”
John Mackey at Day One of the virtual Enlightened Business Summit. described “conscious capitalism” as being “aware” of how your business activities affect the great society you function in. How a business interacts with all stakeholders is the basis for John Mackey’s model of “Conscious Capitalism.”
We did not fix the banking system, Columbia University economics professor Joseph Stiglitz told the well-heeled audience at the World Business Forum this week.
The Feds pulled the big banks back from the brink of oblivion, but left everyone else up a creek without a paddle. You know who the fortunate few are – Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Capital One, and American Express among others.
Well, it’s that time of year again. What time you ask? The time to think of the living and the dead? No, not exactly. Rather the time to think of death as an end to an era and the rebirth of something wholly new. We reflect on how we have evolved these last nine years. As always September 11 is commemorated this week all over the city, the nation, and perhaps the world. The words “Never Forget” pop up on T-Shirts, buttons, and car bumpers. At Ground Zero, the thousands of names of those who perished in the tragedy are read. Trinity Church offers prayers for healing. At St. Francis of Assisi on West 31st Street, my spiritual home, several hundred New York City firefighters gather for a memorial mass under the direction of FDNY Chaplain Christopher Keenan OFM in honor of Father Mychal Judge, colleagues and loved ones lost. It is a time for mourning, for healing and most of all a time for renewal.