Personal Growth Gab
with Kristina Leonardi

March 2011



Today is the 100 year anniversary of International Women's Day  so in honor of this occasion I'd like to give a special shout-out to all the men out there and encourage you to celebrate all the ways in which women make your lives better (ie.check out my post from last week), acknowledge what you can learn from us, and inspire you to get in touch with your feminine side with unabashed pride. 


Dan Abrams just came out with a book called Man Down, a tome that provides extensive research proving how women are pretty much better at  everything than men. Whether you believed that or not already, the key here is to remember that we are not in a Battle of the Sexes, but more that everyone, regardless of which gender you are identified or associate with, needs to demonstrate the best characteristics of both worlds.  


But the reality is that most men have a problem expressing emotion, long considered a girly trait. The amazing irony is that as I am literally in the midst of writing this post (which has been planned for more than a day) I flip the channel to see the end of  Charlie Rose interviewing David Brooks about his new book The Social Animal. Charlie, who is clearly an exception to this rule, admits how important it is for people to have the "power to express yourself and have emotional intelligence."  David comments how he, and most men, struggle with this and how he admires Bruce Springsteen as someone who is a 'manly working class guy who can be emotional in a respectable way.'  (Thanks fellas for validating my post right as I type it!) 


Most men will never know  What It Feels Like For a Girl, so since this year the day also falls on Mardi Gras, what better excuse is there than to 'dress' in drag metaphorically and try your woman-like alter ego on for size.  I don't mean like a full-on  Tootsie or Ms. Doubtfire, but more like the guys in I Love You, Man or The Boss in all his glory; allow yourself to be just a little more sensitive, intuitive, creative, and expressive of what it is you're feeling. 


Whether your birth announcement was pink or blue, we all need to balance our Mickey with our Minnie, so give me a buzz and I'll give you an opportunity and show you the way to make the most of all of who you are, without having to share your legs, put on a fake moustache or become like SNL's Pat   



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Tuesday, March 8th  6pm

Spring Cleaning for the Soul

American Business Women's Association

MetLife Building 1095 Ave. of the Americas, 19th Floor 

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Monday, March 21st  6:00pm

Protect Yourself: Staying Healthy, Wealthy & Wise

Come learn some helpful tips on how to protect yourself and your business and increase your wellness, wealth, and wisdom with a nutritionist, financial planner and career/life coach (that would be me)

MetLife Building 1095 Ave. of the Americas, 19th Floor

FREE*Refreshments Provided 

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Saturday, April 2nd  11am - 5pm  

VISIONING WORKSHOP: Using Your Creativity & Intuition to Gain Clarity, Find Focus and Manifest Your Dream!  

Get clear on what you want and create a tool to make it happen!

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An Essential Self Consultation is valuable if you:
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  •  feel a need to make a change, but are not sure how
  •   are at a life crossroads
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  •   want a big-picture look at your life in order to make adjustments where needed
  •   need a resource of life options and steps to get there
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"After months of researching the job market, I became overly consumed with endless data and foggy ideas. Kristina helped me see that my resume reflected this uncertainty and it was working against me. In just a half hour we defined more sharply what my true goals are and how to best revise my resume(s). I now look forward to communicating - on paper and verbally - a clear message that will lead me to a new opportunity". - Linda M.
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Come to this small gathering of like-minded people in career transition to share your experiences and information with others in similar situations. Facilitated by Kristina Leonardi, the purpose of these weekly, semi-formal meetings is to provide mutual support and resources as well as an understanding of and appreciation for personal growth throughout the job search process.

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Kristina Leonardi is the Founder and Executive Director of The Women's Mosaic®, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education, inspiration and motivation for women to express their full power and potential in all areas of life. As a speaker, seminar leader and career/life coach she encourages each individual to make the most of their personal and professional lives, allowing them to recognize, embrace and  fulfill their role in the world at large. Kristina believes that personal transformation is the key to social transformation and has dedicated her life to helping people connect more fully to themselves, each other and the world around them. She has a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University, and has taught extensively for New York University's Center for Hospitality, Travel and Tourism and the Center for Career, Education and Life Planning. A featured guest on the all-women owned radio network, Greenstone Media, Kristina was also listed as one of Hispanic Magazine's Top Latinas of 2004, received the Tango Diva 2007 Diva Visionary Award  and was recently honored by the WNBA's NY Liberty as part of their 2009 Inspiring Women Night.  Click here for a full interview on TangoDiva, and here for her featured profile on Peace x Peace, where she was interviewed as one of the 'inspiring women and peacebuilders around the world'.

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