9 Nov 2018 – Nancy’s Notes & Anecdotes

Be your own person. be independentQuote I’m pondering:

“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.”
— Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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On my reading list:

This week I’m re-reading Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie: an Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson. My mom gave me this gem of a book over 20 years ago(!) when it first came out. I heard an interview on the Good Life Project podcast with the author that moved me so much I picked the book up again with the intention of re-reading it. The ideas and thoughts and quotes still inspire me, but the intervening years and experiences have given them new meaning.

Have you ever done that– re-read a book from many years ago? Morrie has a great quote about his age: “The truth is, part of me is every age. I’m a three-year-old, I’m a five-year-old, I’m a thirty-seven-year-old, I’m a fifty-year-old. I’ve been through all of them, and I know what it’s like. I delight in being a child when it’s appropriate to be a child. I delight in being a wise old man when it’s appropriate to be a wise old man. Think of all I can be! I am every age, up to my own.” Amen! Be your complete self, and call on all parts/ages/experiences to inform your decisions and experiences.

“Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, it’s also the positive that you understand you’re going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.”


Meetings this week:

I had the privilege of participating at a roundtable discussion with Althea Harris, Assistant District Director of Marketing and Outreach and Victoria Guerrero, the new District Director of the Small Business Administration for the South Florida District Office and other inspirational panelists I have the pleasure of working with in my role!

How much do you know about the SBA? Their goal and mission is to help small businesses grow. It never ceases to amaze me how MANY services, programs and events they provide. And if you are a women-owned business, and haven’t yet considered applying for 8a {pin} or 8m certification {pin}, or don’t know what that means click on the gray button below or let’s set up a time to talk! If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know there is nothing more I love than being able to help women in business be successful by providing access to resources and support…



Ideas I’m Noodling…

I’m thinking about oral histories. I love the NPR Storycorps project. Have you heard it? You and someone you want to interview go into a recording studio and tell your story. The stories are archived and available for anyone to hear.

I recently did site visits for certification applications and marveled at how these women started and more importantly want to grow their businesses. What would I learn if I interviewed you?

I’m following…

The Good Life Project podcast by Jonathan Fields. Ideas, inspiration and how to info about living your own good life…The episode on Chip Conley, called Ritual and Reinvention is worth a listen–it’s all about taking on the role of a modern day elder: sage, wisdom giver and mentor all rolled into one.

I’m Celebrating…

The right to vote. Yes, the RIGHT to vote. I am a US citizen by choice– we moved from Haiti to the United States when I was very young. My mom became a citizen when I was 10 and I took the oath of citizenship when I was 18. I’ve exercised my right to vote in national and local elections. I’ve campaigned for people and causes I believe in and I can even claim to be part of the volunteers who spent days counting the hanging chads in the 2000 election. I may not always agree with the outcome, but I will always vote because I honor the sacrifice of those who came before me to ensure that I have that right. AND I know in my heart that my vote does count!


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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.