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Wendy Gladney
Wendy’s Window- ‘Are You Feeling Loved?’
February 14, 2019
When I think back as far as elementary school, I remember how exciting it was to go to the store and buy the packages of Valentine’s Day Cards. It was such a big deal to bring them home and write your name on the cards, along with the names of your classmates on each of the envelopes.  I found it interesting how there were usually just enough cards in the package to give one to each student in my class and a special one for the teacher. It was as if the card companies knew exactly how many children were in classrooms across America.  On Valentine’s Day we would have a little party that usually consisted of a heart-shaped cookie and punch, and we would go around and give each other our valentines. If my memory serves me correctly, there always seemed to be that “special someone” you hoped would give you a card and if they didn’t your little heart would drop to the floor. ... read more »
Wendy’s Window: How Do We Build a Culture of Kindness, Forgiveness & Compassion?
February 7, 2019
The question I ponder is how do we build a culture of kindness, forgiveness and compassion? ... read more »
Wendy’s Window: And Still I Rise
January 24, 2019
The news and media continue to unveil more and more stories about different levels of sexual abuse, sex trafficking and or harassment towards women and girls almost daily. Although we know this behavior has existed since the beginning of time, it is time the covers are thrown off and the truth be exposed.  I am sensitive to these stories because as a survivor, my heart breaks whenever I hear them and I understand how these women must feel. Women and girls who’ve experienced any type of abuse or domestic violence struggle with self-esteem issues and it oftentimes influences their psyche and future choices.  It is a process for us to dig ourselves out and understand that we still can rise.  ... read more »
Wendy’s Window-Reset, Recalibrate & Shift Your Mindset About Making Resolutions
January 10, 2019
As I dissect the meaning of a resolution, especially the part referring to anaction of solving a problem, I realized that I do have a problem because historically I always viewed resolutions in a negative light.  I now understand that I must reset, recalibrate and be mindful of the resolutions that I make and how they are good for me. Perhaps, in the past, I have been in denial because I felt defeated before I even got started. As I’ve gotten older, the main area where I feel the most challenged is with my discipline around health and exercise.  But I know that eating a steady healthy diet (allowing opportunities to treat yourself from time to time), along with some level of consistent exercise is critical to an overall healthy life. ... read more »
Wendy’s Window-Nia: Our Purpose Through Family
January 3, 2019
Growing up my primary caregiver was my paternal grandmother.  Time has a way of revealing the magnitude of someone long after they are gone.  My grandmother was the glue in our family and her home was the central focus that brought us all together. ... read more »
Wendy’s Window-‘This Christmas’
December 20, 2018
I have a dear lifelong friend by the name of JC, who I recently reconnected with and during one of our conversations we were talking about how different religions are bold in sharing their faith, while others may be a little more reserved.  Recently, on a day when he happened to be home, some Jehovah’s Witnesses stopped by and knocked on his door. ... read more »
Wendy’s Window: “Give Thanks No Matter What”
November 22, 2018
As I celebrate this Thanksgiving, I am reminded of all my blessings; no matter what the year may have tried to throw my way.  Years ago I heard someone say, “when you stop and count all of the good things in your life, all the things you were spared from, all the things you didn’t have to check when you went to the doctor’s office, you can’t help but stop and think about God’s grace and mercy in your life and give thanks.”  There will be storms that come into our lives (external and internal), but when we get hit with various trials and tribulations, that is truly when we must stop and give thanks; no matter what. ... read more »
Wendy’s Window-Have People Totally Thrown Out Protocol and Etiquette?
October 25, 2018
I have owned my own company for over a quarter of a century and during that time I have had the privilege of working with people from all walks of life who encompass every station imaginable on the ladder of leadership and responsibility. Experience has taught me that no matter where you may stand on the ladder, showing respect and common courtesies to another human being is not only the right thing to do, but also the best thing to do. My grandmother would say, if you were to fall down the ladder, you better have been kind to others so the person below you will catch you.  ... read more »
Wendy’s Window-Turning Stumbling Blocks Into Stepping Stones That Lead to Great Leadership!
October 18, 2018
The question has often been posed: are leaders born or made?  Most theorists believe that leaders are made.  If this is true, all of us have the potential to be a leader. I believe that people become leaders based on exposure, experience and education. We are all made up of a combination of what we’ve been exposed to in life, what we’ve experienced, and what we make the effort to learn.  ... read more »
Wendy’s Window-Let’s Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Together!
October 11, 2018
America is a melting pot of people from all over the world.  Some groups came willingly to pursue new opportunities, such as the forefathers of the “new world;” whereas, some were brought against their will in the form of slaves, indentured servants or temporary workers.  ... read more »
Wendy’s Window– “Healthy, Wealthy & Wise”
October 4, 2018
Over the past few years there’s been a major shift in bringing to light the injustices that women and girls have been experiencing for years.  There are many movements such as #MeToo, #BlackGirlMagic, #BringBackOurGirls and #GirlsRock just to name a few that are working hard to keep this message alive. ... read more »
Wendy’s Window-Fall: A Time of Change
September 27, 2018
I recently attended Mount Saint Mary’s University’s 2018 Women’s Leadership Conference. The theme was, “Responding to the Call: Leading in Times of Change.” The subject matter and discourse throughout the day was extremely timely given today’s climate. Even this new season, fall, represents a “time of change.” When we were kids, as much as we enjoyed summer, we looked forward to what fall would bring: going back to school, getting new school clothes and a chance for a fresh start.  ... read more »
WGGLA and CPRF Celebrate 200th Birthday of Biddy Mason
September 5, 2018
Event saluted legacy of the former slave who donated land in 1872 to establish First AME Church of L.A. The 200th birthday of Bridget “Biddy” Mason sparked a big celebration in downtown Los Angeles on Aug. ... read more »
What Does Your Season of Greatness Look Like?
August 23, 2018
I believe that greatness comes in various forms and in different seasons. ... read more »
A CALL FOR BOLDNESS: Biddy Mason Unsung Shero Legacy Celebration
August 9, 2018
The accomplishments of Biddy Mason are simply amazing. ... read more »
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