On mastermind groups, accountability groups and the like… we’ve got one!  

Mid-career women trust Karin Hoernig and me to create fun challenging (yet safe) experiences of empathetic, intelligent contact and support.  We create a mix of fun events and facilitated conversation for women to improve their personal, professional and social lives.

The project has grown over the last 10 years starting with an “Article Club” as an antidote to book clubs, morphing into an Accountability Group, and now, a (lowercase) peer advisory group.  You may have heard about – or participated in – Mastermind Groups, TEC Canada, the Young Presidents Organization and the like.   This is different.

Here’s why:  Participants joined the Accountability Group to get support for work-related goals:  finding new employment, contracts, or business.  We quickly found that personal challenges were actually at the core of our happiness and productivity.  No kidding, Sherlock, eh?  Having a safe space to laugh and learn helps us get our heads on straight(er) faster. 

With this seriously playful group behind you, you can “project manage” the crap outta those toddler play-dates, MBA classes, mammograms, performance reviews, divorce lawyer appointments, and the late night emergencies involving your teenager or oldie.  Don’t worry, only one has been arrested.  Whew. Point for me.  Still have to fire my assistant.  Darn. Irreverence is the new black.

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Lifting you up by bringing us together.


Although we are shifting focus with THE PROJECT, you can find  testimonials on my LinkedIn profile, describing the Accountability Group:


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Better late than never: 3 minutes of mindfulness for reducing stress

I’m late to this party. It has been going on around me for a long time, sometimes around the corner (literally a block-and-a-half from my house, sigh). Thanks to Diana Last and Mindfulness Everyday for teaching the 8 week MBSR class. I learned I am not my thoughts nor my feelings (and that has been HUGE). And, as one of the important voices in this area, Jon Kabat Zinn says at the end of the Breathing Space guided meditation: “It is already here, whatever it is. Let me feel it.” Give it a try if you are – like me – late to this party: three minutes at lunch time, while you are nuking lunch… maybe coffee time or even on the subway. Hope you find it as useful as I have.

The 3 minute breathing space by the father of MBSR….

Let’s remember to take care of ourselves  – so that we are able bring our best to our care for others. (note to self).


Check out this amazing recipe book of “micro-structures” for facilitating meetings and workshops with the overarching values of respect, collaboration and allowing the content to emerge! and on vimeo:  and  don’t miss my favourite LS  tool for creating engagement and collaboration:  “1, 2, 4, ALL”


Classical music versus jazz, fixed versus free, planned versus improvised… which one is better for our creative process?




TED talks that I love that have influenced the way I think about things (including change management!):





The art of being yourself | Caroline McHugh



On vulnerability & shame:

Brene Brown on vulnerability and shame