Some Funny Things Happened on the Way To Being 50

Some Funny Things Happened on the Way to Being 50 . . . Life Lessons and Random Crap I Learned in My Half Century! By Leslie Sturgeon, Women Inspiring Women Founder   This is a 2 part blog series - stay tuned for the final next week! Christmas Eve was a big day . . . not only because Santa and his reindeer were preparing for all their deliveries but yours truly turned the big Five-Oh! Admittedly I found turning 30 really difficult, … [Read more...]

A Message From the Heart

  I'm not going to lie . . . this year kicked my butt in a big way. It started out on a high note with lofty goals and a road map to elevate Women Inspiring Women. Then bam - I needed surgery to remove my gallbladder. There were changes in my personal life with a relationship shake up (it’s all good now). And the biggest heartache of them all - my beloved Mom, my best friend and my rock, lost her battle with lung cancer somewhat … [Read more...]

Speaking of Speakers . . .

Speaking of Speakers . . . Recently, a few of you have inquired as to how the decision is made on who will be speaking at the NH Conference for Women each year, and how topics are chosen. Here are some insights: First and foremost, I listen to YOU, my beloved “Pink Posse.”  Every year, after each conference, I ask for feedback about what topics are important to you women, and how to raise the bar on the conference.  Thankfully, you are not … [Read more...]

Saying Goodbye . . .

Saying Goodbye . . . By Leslie Sturgeon   On May 6th, my life forever changed. My Mom, Dianne Davis, passed away somewhat unexpectedly. Many of you got to know my Mom over the years when she was much more active in Women Inspiring Women. Cancer took a toll on her the last few years and she wasn’t able to come to many events but she was instrumental in helping me launch the organization. She believed in me when others didn’t … [Read more...]

Don’t Ask, Don’t Get!

By Leslie Sturgeon, Women Inspiring Women Founder I heard Gary Hirshberg, founder of Stonyfield Farms, say that once at an event. He was referring to things in the business world such as “don’t ask for someone’s business, then you don’t get someone’s business” or if you don’t ask a vendor to do something for you that would greatly impact your bottom line, or enhance your product or how you operate your business, then you don’t get the … [Read more...]

I Hid Under Tables

By Leslie Sturgeon, WIW Founder   It was the 1970’s. It was a simple time with good music, groovy clothing, tight-knit families and shag carpet. It was also the time period in which I hid under the kitchen table or could be found clinging to my mother because of overwhelming shyness. Yup, the person you see today was painfully shy. Hard to believe I could go from full-blown social anxiety to speaking in front of 600 people and … [Read more...]

Why Women Inspiring Women?

A Note From Leslie Sturgeon, WIW Founder I am the woman I am today because of the other women I met along my journey! Plain and simple truth. As a young 22-year-old entrepreneur, I knew that in order to succeed I needed to learn from those who blazed a trail before me, not just from my parents who were life-long business owners. It was 1989 when I started my first service business and in the small community of the Lakes Region there were … [Read more...]

How One Book Changed My Life . . .

It was Christmas Eve and it was my birthday. I was feeling restless in my life but couldn’t figure out why. Maybe it was that “mid-life” yearning for something different – but I couldn’t put my finger on what that “something” was. In an effort to get some clarity, I started reading “The Success Principles” by Jack Canfield. Although I had heard about Jack as the co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul and listened to some of his teleclasses, I … [Read more...]

What’s Up With A Male Speaker at a Women’s Event??

I wanted to address something that has come to my attention recently - the fact I have hired a male speaker for our NH Conference for Women in November.  Why on earth would I do such a thing - after all, this is a women's conference?! Believe me, I did contemplate how this would be received. But the fact of the matter is, Jack Canfield is world renowned and holds the record for the most number of books at once on the NY Times Bestseller List … [Read more...]

Sitting on the Loser’s Bench with Less Padding!

Many people have asked why there were no Women Inspiring Women events this summer. Here's the scoop . . . On July 8th, I went in for life-changing bariatric surgery (Sleeve Gastrectomy). I have been a big girl my entire life. Although 5'10" for as long as I can remember, I have also filled that big frame with extra weight! Not something I am proud of and undoubtedly noticed by those I have met through the years. Significant stress, overwhelm, … [Read more...]