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Do Women Need Protecting?

In our office we talk at length about how we help individuals leverage their individual strengths, about equality in leadership and even teach workshops focused on gender diversity and helping people overcome the obstacles in their minds which might be holding them back.

My wife and I learned a few weeks ago we are having a little girl in August. Ashton, our son is two. Leading up to the ultrasound which revealed a daughter to be we were asked by friends, family and colleagues which gender we ‘wanted’. As we expressed indifference the reaction was interesting – everyone had an opinion: some defined the “perfect” situation as having a second boy – logistically we had all the boy toys and clothes. Some defined “perfect” as having one boy and one girl. Now that we know that, perfect or not we are having one of each, it is people’s reaction that I am writing about. Primarily I find the reaction of women to be interesting. Dozens of women, ranging in age from mid-twentites to mid-seventies have responded the same: “how perfect! A boy and a girl! She will have a big brother to protect her.”

Really? Do all women need protecting? Is the boy automatically a protector? I ask the question because my world is one of equality in strength and I don’t see it that way. I grew up with a single mother who was always strong and protected my brother and I. I suppose I protected my little brother, but am not sure it would have been any different if I were female – but perhaps “protecting” would have been “nurturing” instead of protecting? Will Ashton automatically protect his little sister? Interesting and food for thought…

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New Chocolate Villa Site Has Gone Live

It took longer than I had hoped, but we finally have the new ChocolateVilla.org site up and running. Please stop by and have a look around. Just this week, Clare and Merrilee are down in Carefree facilitating an open enrollment Villa and it is going great. We have also updated our Chocolate Villa workbook and other Five Degrees and Chocolate Villa promotional pieces.

It is fun to be a part of this momentum and I think I can speak for all of us at Five Degrees in saying that we are very excited for 2011.

Chocolate Villa Prep

One of the things that we do at Five Degrees Consulting is something we affectionally call Chocolate Villa. In a nutshell (or should I say ‘cocoa bean’?) Chocolate Villa is a women’s only executive leadership retreat. You can learn more about it on our website.

We have been very busy the last few weeks prepping for several Villa’s that are beginning starting next week. It has been a hectic time getting some logistical and design work done for these events. And, even though there has been some extra effort focussed in getting ready, it is definitely worth it. The crazy thing is, is that I haven’t really ever been to one and technically won’t ever be able to go to one. But, I believe in what it does for the delegates that attend.

I’m grateful to be a part of something that helps women in their both their personal and professional life. It is rewarding to hear of the successes of past delegates and the promise of future attendees. It has inspired all of us here at Fiveº to develop a male version of Chocolate Villa. And while it will look much different, the principles and potential are thrilling to consider.

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