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 Testamonial:  Georgian's workshop, "Advice to Your Younger Self:  Celebrate Your Story" at the 2015 Connecticut Women's Conference was very well received.  Each attendee came away with newly discovered energy and courage to take on life's transitions.  Her workshop was the perfect follow-up to our morning program, "Unleash Your Inner Hero!" 

Joanne Gustafson, President, Connecticut Women's Alliance.


Workshops Offering Include: 

Celebrate Your Success Stories - Capture and practice the power of personal stories.

Advice to Our Younger Selves - Revisit earlier days to tap into your inner wisdom.

Your Terrific Traits - Inventory the strengths & talents that got you this far; rely on them to blast forward.





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Insights & Observations

 Welcome! Note the tabs on top -- The "Working Women" section offers services and ideas to help us summon our creativity and strength in all phases of our careers.  In the "Ponder That" section I comment on current news items and emerging trends.  In the "Tips" section I offer workplace advice and reminders. "About Me" is just that. "Mid LIFE Matters" has video preview clips from my public tv show.   "The Ryan Group" tab offers access to an astounding set of organizational improvement services.


Speaker on Women's Wisdom

Offering keynote & panel presentations & workshops! Drawing on research for my book, 55+ Unite! Welcome All Wise Working Women, as well as hosting a community TV show, "Mid LIFE Matters" -- I serve women a tonic for tackling new challenges.

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"Mid LIFE Matters" - Wallingford Public TV

 I host a half-hour show on WPAA-TV celebrating women's wisdom and wit.  Fascinating women share their stories on aging well:   Clips are in the MidLIFE Matters tab above and full segments are available on You Tube - type "Georgian Lussier' in the You Tube search box.  



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E-Book Webinars & Workshops

Thank you to Joan Lahti, Ph.D., of Get To The Point Books for sponsoring a 45-minute webinar on my e-book, Are Your Star Performers Packing Their Bags?  How to Persuade Them to Stay.  Participants from across the country (and globe) reflected on their own retention tactics, and saw how to navigate this user-friendly workbook approach.   I offer similar sessions -- in person, online, or using blended technology, for any size group.  Contact Joan for a reference:



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Cracked Open


I am honored to be included in David Brook's NYT column, about finding our life's purpose.  Calling myself a 'formidable advocate' is a reflection of how, at 25, I was summoned to action when my older brother had a traumatic brain injury.  Once you find your inner fire, fear takes a back seat.

Full article here - "Hearts Broken Open" by David Brooks:  http://nyti.ms/1GUKxHK



Wives or Mistresses?



A wise woman in my recent workshop shared her father's advice:  "Sleep with a man because you want to --not because you need him to provide food and shelter."  Are the women of the Upper East Side -- as profiled from an anthropological perspective in a NYT article -- equal partners, or possessions?

Author Wednesday Martin interviewed and observed 100 'Glam SHAMS' - women she labeled as glamorous, stay-at-home-women. ("Poor Little Rich Women" NYT, Sunday Review, 5/17/15)  Her conclusion

'Married to masters of the universe, these women are a lot like mistresses -  dependent and comparatively disempowered.'  They often use their graduate-degree skills to raise funds and get their kids into the right schools. 

What a fascinating tribe:  Not my idea of feminism.

I recommend two books:  Necessary Dreams:  Ambition in Women's Changing Lives by psychologist Ana Fels, and Wednesday Martin's forthcoming memoir Primates of Park Avenue.  Then TALK with your daughters and friends about these ideas.




Hero Stories



Women in my workshop at the 2015 CT Women's Alliance Conference - theme of "We are Heroes of Our Own Stories' - shared some of their prized moments and habits:

I lost both my parents - was the older child - later got divorced, but coped!  Amazed at myself!

I don't lose my head in a crisis - I make good decisions, have compassion towards adversity and protect others.

I talk, talk, talk to my kids about faith, and cultural identity - as my parents did to me.

I practice forgiveness.

I did not allow circumstance to define me.  Be helpful!  Help others!

I secured 5 medals for my WW II father-in-law and went with him to a ceremony in Washington DC.


These brave women also reflected on advice they would give their younger selves, and how they picture their future selves.  We learn so much by sharing stories.



Your Own Best Friend



Eleanor Roosevelt told us that 'the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams' and a celebrity icon, Diane von Furstenberg, echos that sentiment.  In a NYT 'Corner Office' interview by Adam Bryant (5/3/15), Diane asserts that you can't fake confidence - 'you look like an idiot.'  Her tough-love message is that 'in order to trust yourself, you have to have a relationships with yourself, you have to be hard on yourself and not delusional.' Also, DvF says the biggest lesson she learned early in life is that the most important relationship is the one you have with yourself -- then every other relationship is a PLUS, not a MUST!






Daring to act silly can brush off our mental cobwebs.  But by the time we are 'all grown up' we often resist looking like a novice.  The old saying, 'get out of the rut', applies to current brain research about the value of trying something new, shaking up the old synapses. 

Coloring books are associated with childhood, but are now resurfacing as a way to relax and get into a creative flow.  Johanna Basford was amazed that her intricate pen-and-ink drawings are a huge seller to adults who love to color!  In a NYT article, "Grown-Ups Get Out Their Crayons" (by Alexandra Alter, Business Day, 3/30/15), we learn about an 'untapped market' of adults looking to have fun with color.

When my daughter was 4, she told me "I am only an old baby."  Looks like she was wise beyond her years!