23 June 2018: Nancy’s Notes & Anecdotes

I wanted to welcome you [back] to my Nancy’s Notes & Anecdotes where I hope you will find helpful tidbits of inspiration and insight that I stumble across on my journey of championing and connecting women in business… and that along the way, I’ll share something that makes you go a-ha! Let’s chat.

Quote I’m pondering:

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Soren Kierkegaard

On my reading list:

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Your Guide to a Wholehearted Life, by Brene Brown. Wow. Just wow! This is one of her first books and it is a gem. It’s a short read which is why I selected it this busy week… Brene Brown takes a hard look at her life after she reviews some research data and realizes that she is not living wholeheartedly. She gets some help and goes on a spiritual awakening journey and in perfect “I know the way because I’ve been there style” she offers guideposts to living authentically and wholeheartedly.

If you’re like me, some will resonate with you immediately and some will just take your breath away! I summarized them in my OnHERreadingList from this week.

How I spent my time:

… attending another amazing WBENC National Conference and Business Fair all week. I’ve almost lost count, but it’s more than 15 years in a row! I look forward to this every year – not only for the professional aspects of rubbing elbows ‘with the powers that be’ in the Supplier Diversity world, but there is so much I gain personally from being surrounded by so much strength and success and great energy.

I was so grateful to spend some special time with HERmembers from Florida while at the conference, apart from all the commotion. We organized a HERmeetUp that I believe Brene Brown would be proud of (see #10 here)

… We wholeheartedly shared some laughs and let loose a bit! And that feels good, don’t you agree? When was the last time you embraced who you are and let go of who you think you’re supposed to be? I think right now is a good time my friend.





Ideas I’m Noodling…

… attendance at events. Specifically, why some people (like me!) attend conferences, events, training workshops and retreats … and on the other end of the spectrum, many people do not. This idea started marinating after a conversation with my seatmate on the way to Detroit from Miami. She looked at me bewildered when I happily chatted up the week-long conference I was headed to …

So, here’s a survey, removing distance as a factor:

I attend events because __________ .

I don’t attend events because ______ .

I’m really interested in hearing your thoughts, would you please share them with me here? I am always working to improve our content offerings and programming at HERcompany so your insight would be especially helpful.

I’m following…

Heather Plett. I re-read a blog post she wrote a couple of years ago about holding space for her mom as she was dying- and what she explained was so powerful and meaningful that it has stayed with me and had a tremendous effect on my life. I’ve followed her now as she has expanded on her original post about how to hold space for other people but also holding space for ourselves.

Do you hold space for yourself?

In her words: “Give yourself permission to trust your own intuition. Give yourself only as much information as you can handle. Don’t let anyone take your power away. Keep your ego out of it. Make yourself feel safe enough to fail. Give guidance and help to yourself with humility and thoughtfulness. Create your own container for complex emotions, fears, trauma, etc. And allow yourself to make decisions that are different from what other people would make.”

I’m Celebrating…

… election to the WBENC National Board of Directors! Yes, I’m officially on the Board and a part of the Global Committee… hint, hint! How can I help you connect my friend and with who?


Nancy Allen


G. Nancy Allen is an international speaker, coach, consultant and expert on women’s business issues. Nancy has over 30 years of experience helping small business owners at all stages of growth. As President and CEO of WBDC Florida/Her Company Incorporated, Nancy manages and leads an incredible team of staff, sponsors, partners and women business leaders who are dedicated to certifying, connecting and championing women in business. Nancy has been recognized for her work on behalf of women in business through numerous prestigious awards: -Nancy was recently honored by the International Career and Business Alliance (ICABA) as one of South Florida’s 100 most accomplished Caribbean Americans. She is especially proud of this award because it highlights her heritage as well as her professional accomplishments. -Nancy is the recipient of the World Women Leadership Achievement Award from the World Women Leadership Congress -Nancy is also the proud recipient of the Association Marketing Award from Women in ECommerce. -Most recently Nancy was named Honorary Ambassador of Cascais, Portugal by the Ambassador’s Club of the Industry Sector of Cascais and the Estoril Coast. Nancy’s personal motto is Connections, Creativity and Courage in all endeavors. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS, 1982). She was born in Haiti and raised in South Florida. Nancy is bi-lingual in English and French and is fluent in Spanish and Creole.