Are You In Service to Your Greatness?

This question was the tipping point for my thought leadership. It was not until I answered that question, that I was able to get clear about my how I wanted to show up in the world...


Why You Really Want to Be a Thought Leader Now

If you’ve been reading my emails over the past couple of months, then you know how strongly I feel about helping to develop more women thought leaders in the nonprofit sector...

Me and My Roommate, Resistance

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In August, I made my way to France for a writing residency, to work on my book about my favorite topic: thought leadership for women. I arrived at this gorgeous castle, so proud of myself for believing in my work...


She Roars: How Much Space Do You Take Up?

Last night, I was on a crowded Metro-North train in New York City, heading home. I was seated in a four seat section of the train and was directly across from a male commuter. Without realizing what I was doing, I jammed myself into the corner...


That Feeling in Our Bones: Women & Thought Leadership by Vanessa Wakeman, for Huffington Post

My grandmother could predict the weather based on the way her body felt. If her joints were achy, she would announce that rain was coming. I would always give her a puzzled look and she would smile and say, “I can feel it in my bones.” She was...