Domestic Violence Prevention-75 Minutes to Empowerment

Domestic Violence Prevention-75 Minutes to Empowerment

Estrella Mountain Community College, Dr. Olga Tsoudis Residential Faculty, Dr. Joel P. Martin Speaker and Laura A. Dulgar, Dean Student Affairs

Invited by Dr. Olga Tsoudis, Residential Faculty and Dean of Students, Laura A. Dulgar, I recently delivered a Workshop for Estrella Mountain Community College Students. I gave my presentation on Empowerment during this year’s Domestic Violence Prevention Month. Here are a few highlights of my 75 minutes to make my difference.

“How it has been for me.”

After creating the roadmap: “How it has been for me.” “How I want it to be.” “What it will take from me,” I asked them to close their eyes and raise their hands if they had experienced or witnessed domestic abuse. Many hands were raised. Then with examples, straight talk, some humor, and experiential simulations, I created the possibility that they could be the most empowered person they wanted to be regardless of any negative situation – including those of abuse. I chose not to delve too deeply into the horrific, but rather to give them tools to use to bust through to greater confidence, self-esteem, and personal power.

Create the experiences you want

I shared the “Seven Super Powers” that every person has. One is our ability to challenge the beliefs we have that don’t work to create our personal power. Because a belief is something that we hold to be true and act as if it is, it is changeable. By challenging our beliefs that don’t produce the results we want, like a bad habit, we can put a new belief in its place. We also have beliefs that work. Knowing and appreciating them gives us positive reinforcement and boosts our ability to produce the quality of life that we truly want. Another Super Power I demonstrated is our ability to use our words to create the experiences we want. For example, depending on whether we say “I have to…” or “I chose to” before a task will determine the feeling we create within ourselves.

Being empowered takes owning one’s power, saying “No!” and meaning it, knowing how you want to be treated and why, knowing how you want to treat others, taking actions that align with your personal value, and empowering others.

It was an honor to spend the 75 minutes with the students of Estrella Community College. I was inspired by the goals they shared about their futures and their attentive participation.

Declarations Part 2: Birthing a future.

Declarations Part 2: Birthing a future.

On June 25, 2016, sixty-nine women and men attendees of the 9th Annual Positively Powerful Woman Awards bet that there was. Each one of them took advantage of the opportunity to write a letter to their future selves, a letter that would be mailed back to them on June 1, 2017 – 9 days before the 10th Annual Awards – and nearly one year later. The letters were blessed by the Pastor Rev. Sheriolyn Curry Lasley of Greater Bethel AME Church. What did they write? Only they know. Perhaps we will find out but that is not the important part. What was important was that they declared.

Fatimah Halim is another person who declared what she wished would happen some day. Fatimah wanted to take the Blueprint for Womanhood participants to a STEAM & Global Citizenship Trip to Ghana. Well, she is the president/CEO of Life Paradigms, Inc. and now in partnership with Strong TIES Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Mathematics (STEAM) Program her wish is going to be reality on July 3-18, 2017

A declaration is a formal public statement about a goal that once spoken changes reality.

The 10th Annual Positively Powerful Woman Awards will be honoring Life Paradigms Blueprint for Womanhood as the 2017 nonprofit organization of the year. We will also be raising funds to support their STEAM trip to Ghana as part of our program. Join us.

Is there an unforeseen power in declaring for a future? In the words of Russell Redenbaugh, “Declarations precede leaps.” Russell Redenbaugh did this as a young boy. Learn more from this extraordinary man who became blind at 16 and overcame adversities in his TEDxBend video “Post-Traumatic Gifted: Moving from Scarcity to Abundance.” 

Ten Great Reasons to attend the June 9 Global Women’s World Cafe in Phoenix!

Ten Great Reasons to attend the June 9 Global Women’s World Cafe in Phoenix!

Here are the Top Ten Reasons to attend the Global Women’s World Cafe Saturday, June 9 of Positively Powerful Woman Awards 10th Annual Celebration Weekend. (These ten reason are in no particular order and are probably not the complete list.)

  1. You have a burning wish to talk with other women who care about the challenges women face and the solutions. You want to get the resources and information to deal with them. You want your voice be heard!
  2. The World Cafe Process is a new, fresh way of having a large group discussion and you want to get involved and see what it is like.
  3. The timeline is flexible and the seating arrangements will change so you will be in action rather than suffering “death by power point”.
  4. You are a giver, a leader and an aspirational person. You want to make a difference.
  5. This is a collaboration between Triad West and the ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. If you attended their Girls Night Out with Soledad O’Brien, you remember Dr. Joel Martin’s FEARLESS emc’ing.
  6. It is being co-sponsored by Fresh Start in Phoenix, and you know that Fresh Start offers important services for the advancement of women.
  7. You know that with Positively Powerful events, “expect the unexpected surprise” is to be expected. The 10th Positively Powerful Woman Awards Annual Gala Celebration is the next night and it too will be empowering, uplifting, upbeat, inspirational and informative.
  8. You want to support Fatimah Halims STEAM & Global Citizenship Trip for young women, Ghana, July 3-18, 2017, and are looking forward to this opportunity to purchase artifacts, jewelry and more for a good cause.
  9. It is a good investment of time, talent and treasure at $45.
  10. The closing general session will be a masterful facilitation leading to a document that you, as an attendee, will be proud to have contributed to.


On Air with Business for Breakfast Hosts Ken Morgan & Mark Asher

On Air with Business for Breakfast Hosts Ken Morgan & Mark Asher



10th Annual Positively Powerful Woman Award June 10th at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens

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This morning I had the great opportunity to chat with Ken Morgan and Mark Asher, the congenial hosts of the Business For Breakfast radio program on Money Radio 1510. We talked about the upcoming 10th Annual Positively Powerful Woman Awards at the Desert Botanical Garden.

This is the 10th Anniversary and our intentions are the same but we’ve grown – stronger, more global, even more, committed to “Celebrating the accomplishments of women in ways that empower all people to live their dreams!” There can never be enough recognition bestowed upon the strong, honorable, and powerful women in our communities and beyond. Our Celebration Weekend’s June 10th Gala and June 9th Global Women’s World Cafe are the platforms for providing the praise, connections, and gratitude due to all women.

Listen in. This is an open invitation. The public is invited to join us for the 10th Annual Award Dinner Celebration this, June 10th at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens.
Here is our conversation. And here’s how to register.

The remarkable journey and lessons of Lisa Loo, ASU General Counsel

The remarkable journey and lessons of Lisa Loo, ASU General Counsel

Arizona State University is a public institution that has a total undergrad enrollment of 41,828, exists in the urban setting of Tempe, Arizona on a campus of 661 acres. U.S. News & World Report named ASU the #1 university for innovation in the country, ahead of both MIT and Stanford. Arizona State University is ranked #507 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is above the national average. (Source). Lisa Loo is its Vice President of Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel. On June 10, she will receive the Social Justice Award at the Positively Powerful Woman Awards.

Given the size, diversity, business interests and complexity of Arizona State University, the legal responsibilities that Lisa Loo must manage as Vice President of Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel would be daunting if she had not already faced significant trials and tribulations in her journey to the corporate offices of this great American university.

Public institutions of higher education manifest legal and operational characteristics that make them different from private institutions….Given the size and complexity of the typical college and the litigious environment in which they operate, virtually every college in the United States regularly uses the services of a lawyer.  (Source).

Persisting despite adversity, Lisa immigrated to the United States with her family as a young child where they lived in New York City. She faced the educational trauma of being told not to speak Chinese in school and overcame this to advance from the remedial to the advanced level in grade school. When her father died, she helped her widowed mother raise her fellow siblings. After putting herself through college, she attended law school and became a leader in a profession where women and people of color are woefully underrepresented. On the way, she acquired a NYC journalism background which was to shape her commitment to social justice and commitment to social causes. 

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President Lisa Loo, center, and the other State Bar of Arizona officers, 2016-17. L to R: President-Elect Alex Vakula, Second Vice President Steve Hirsch, President Lisa Loo, First Vice President Jeff Willis, and Secretary-Treasurer Brian Furuya.

She served as Vice President of Victory Together, the coalition that primarily and successfully advocated for the Arizona statewide MLK Jr./Civil Rights Day.  She also served on the board of Harmony, Inc., a coalition of business, civic, and political leaders working to remove barriers to advancement in businesses and governmental institutions, and on the State Advisory Council to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  She has also served on numerous advisory councils to various Arizona governors and attorney generals and on numerous governmental and law-related committees. She has been recognized by the State Bar of Arizona for advancing equal opportunity in the legal profession and also as the 1993 Outstanding Young Lawyer. In 2016, Lisa was elected the President of the Bar Association that regulates Arizona’s more than 24,000 attorneys.  She is a founding board member of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association and a founding planning member of the Arizona Minority Bar Conference. 

Lisa Loo is a mentor to others and a support to the students of Arizona State University. She is a proud mother and has received her black belt in tae kwon do. 

Lessons from Lisa Loo:

  • What is social justice?  Everyone has a right to justice. Everyone should have the right to full opportunity. A person can make an impact when they are part of the conversation when laws and policies were made.
  • Things aren’t challenges, things are what you have in front of you.
  • Coming to America meant hope and opportunity. Some opportunities are easy to accomplish, some are harder. When you have an opportunity, say “yes” and the decide what to do with that choice.
  • You must be disciplined and that takes energy

Powerful Woman Awards (PPWA) to be held at the Desert Botanical Garden beginning with the reception at 5 p.m., followed by the 2017 awards presentations. The mission of the Awards is to “celebrate the accomplishments of women in ways that empower all people to live their dreams”. Register now and prepare to be informed and inspired.

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Dr. Joel P. Martin

The Positively Powerful Awards and Programs are hosted by Founder and Executive Producer, Dr. Joel P. Martin, President of Triad West, Inc. which provides corporations with specialist support in executive coaching, leadership development, diversity, inclusion and cultural competency.

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