Sunday, June 29, 2014

I'm GORGEOUS Inside!

In a culture that worships youthful, physical beauty, we often deny the importance and power of inner beauty. Instead of embracing the process of aging, we live in a culture obsessed with staying forever young. Instead of being excited to one day look like our beautiful grandmothers, we obsess about looking like airbrushed celebrities and models. 
AYG & her grandmother, Eula Mae Madden on her recent 86th birthday
We do this all the while knowing deep down that the true beauty of a woman is generated from within.

This t-shirt is for you, your mothers, your grandmothers, your wives, your daughters, your granddaughters, your nieces, your sisters, your girlfriends.  

You are GORGEOUS INSIDE! And that is where it counts!

For the next 10 days, this The AYG List exclusive t-shirt will be available at Bonfire Funds for $20!
It is a black t-shirt, with a purple heart and white and red letters that comes in women's, unisex, and youth sizes as well as long-sleeve and sweatshirt versions. Upon purchase, your t-shirts will be mailed at the conclusion of this campaign, approximately during the week of July 14th. The proceeds will be used to support The AYG List blog and podcast.

I invite you to take pictures of yourself, loved ones, and friends wearing the t-shirt and send them to me at gorgeousinside@theayglist.com with the reason why you believe true beauty resides within. Be sure to include your social media handles for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. I will be sharing some of your submissions on all of my social media platforms and select a few of you to be guests on my podcast to talk about women, beauty, and self-esteem. 

When sharing pictures wearing this t-shirt on social media,  be sure to hashtag them 
#GORGEOUSINSIDE & #THEAYGLIST.


REMEMBER: When you're GORGEOUS INSIDE, the whole world thinks you're pretty!

Monday, June 2, 2014

AYG Presents "You Are The Future of Higher Education" Keynote and Seminar for ACE New Jersey Women's Network



On May 22, 2014,  I had the pleasure of presenting a keynote and seminar on the future of higher education in America to the American Council on Education's New Jersey Women's Network at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.  It was a powerful half-day session during which close to 100 women deans and vice presidents from colleges and universities throughout the New Jersey and Pennsylvania region committed to assessing their role in making their institutions stronger and more effective at meeting the needs of their diverse student populations. These women were brilliant, engaged, committed, flexible, and witty.  I even gave an impromptu Twitter lesson that proved very effective.

We are often so busy doing our jobs that we take no time to reflect upon the work we've produced. Such time is so very important as it allows us to assess our efficacy, celebrate accomplishments, and craft new strategies for reaching ever-evolving goals. So many of these wonderful women mentioned that they really enjoyed our time together because they rarely get the chance to convene with their peers to share knowledge, get support, create alliances, and reflect. I was happy to provide them with opportunity to do just that.

Special thanks to Stockton's president Dr. Herman Saatkamp, provost Dr. Harvey Kesselman,  Dr. Laurie Shanderson, Dr. Amy Beth Glass, and my dear friend, chief of staff Brian K. Jackson.  

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rest, Dr. Angelou


"I've learned that people will forget what you said, 
people will forget what you did, 
but people will never forget how you made them feel."

-Maya Angelou

I'll never forget meeting Dr. Angelou at Kenyon and hosting her while a dean at Emory. Her wisdom and powerful presence,undeniable. She had the nerve to be phenomenal and demand that we be the same.

One of my favorite "Maya-isms" is, "Trust people when they show you who they are the FIRST time." She also insisted that one never be in the presence of those who bring dishonor to us or anyone around us. Dr. Angelou illustrated this point by describing how she removed a guest from her home immediately for such an offense and, without skipping a beat, went back to enjoying her fete. Foundational wisdom that has served me well. What a gift.


Thank you, Dr. Angelou. Rest.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Recap and Considerations (SPOILER ALERT): Mad Men, Season 7, Episode 7: "Waterloo" The Next Generation by Lilly J. Goren

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This episode had a number of pivot points that kept repositioning the audience’s attention and the narrative direction. This truncated seven episode series, half of the final season, has often felt a bit chopped up, in part because the focus kept switching between New York and California in lots of contexts: Megan and Don’s relationship and marriage; the new SC&P California office, lead by Ted Chaough and Pete Campbell, and the New York office andlives of the characters on the East Coast. Waterloo, ultimately, cohered because the narrative connected threads within the episode and it referred back to narrative themes from previous episodes.

The moon landing provided a central vantage point within the episode—with views of multiple groupings watching the event on television. The same television that Peggy finds distracting from dinnertime engagement in The Strategy. There was the gathering in the hotel room inIndiana, where the Sterling Cooper crew had flown to make the BurgerChef pitch (Don, Peggy, Pete, and Harry). There was the Sterling familyas Mona and Roger, with their son-in-law and their grandson, watched the event; and there was the gathering at the Francis home, with another family visiting for the weekend. Finally, we see Bert Cooperwatching the landing with his maid. Echoing the themes of last week’s episode, with both the redefinition of family and the constant harkening back to a time when families surrounded the dinner table without television, these tableaus presented the awe that the moon landing inspired and the way that Americans (and others) were mesmerized by the event in ways that very rarely happen any more.Everyone was transfixed—until the phones started ringing. First Don called the Francis house to talk with Sally about the moon landing. And then Roger receives a call. It is Roger’s call that changes the mood, since he learns that Bert Cooper has died. The images scanned throughout the scenes that preceded Bert’s death were of families—all kinds of families—watching with awe and amazement. There was a unification that was communicated by these images—the whole country (or, as Peggy would note, all of humanity) coming together, even as the firm itself is coming apart, as are Don and Megan.
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