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Spiral Up! A New Roadmap for Women: Wendy Wallbridge
Diagnosed with life-threatening Lupus early in her career, Wendy used that adversity to explore what it means for women live true to our values, feminine wisdom, and unique calling. Wendy is recognized for her groundbreaking coaching techniques that enable women to become leaders and agents of change in the 21st century and to have lives that are more authentic, expansive, and meaningful. By living true to ourselves—-by following the next “right” thing—-we discover reserves of energy and power for ourselves and for changing the world for the better. The Spiral Up path unfolds in front of us.
A strong and vocal advocate for women, Wendy is the founder of Spiral Up, the Women’s Evolutionary Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley, and On Your Mark Corporate Coaching & Consulting, Inc. She is a frequent speaker at venues such as UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, the Professional Business Women’s Conference, The Commonwealth Club, and Women In Technology International and has been interviewed by Fortune Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Times. In addition to being the producer of TEDxSandHillRdWomen, she is on the Executive Advisory Board for TEDxMarin. She is author of the forthcoming book, Spiral Up: A Woman’s Roadmap to Success
Paula Johnson: His and hers … healthcare
Every cell in the human body has a sex, which means that men and women are different right down to the cellular level. Yet too often, research and medicine ignore this insight — and the often startlingly different ways in which the two sexes respond to disease or treatment. As pioneering doctor Paula Johnson describes in this thought-provoking talk, lumping everyone in together means we essentially leave women’s health to chance. It’s time to rethink.
Dr. Paula Johnson is a pioneer in looking at health from a woman’s perspective.
WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HER?
Ever think you were having a heart attack? It turns out that many of the well-known early symptoms, such as chest pain and pressure from left arm to jaw, are more typically experienced by men. Women are more likely to experience shortness of breath, unusual perspiration and abdominal discomfort. Dr. Paula Johnson was one of the first to ask big questions about women’s experience of cardiac care — and their access to care that meets their needs.
Johnson and her team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston focus on mentoring, measuring and bringing together expertise from practicing clinicians and academics to improve women’s health. She says: “One of our core responsibilities will be to address critical questions … such as, ‘How do sex and gender impact health and health outcomes?’ and ‘How can health disparities among different groups of women be eliminated?'”
“Addressing women’s health globally is critically important. Creating a powerful movement to lift the health of women globally could transform the health of the world.” Dr. Paula Johnson, BigThink
Christine Lagarde’s Advice To Women: Grit Your Teeth & Smile
IMF chief on economic empowerment, gender roles in leadership and insights for young career women.
How to Become a Culture-Changer: Evan Grae Davis
Husband, father, adventurer, activist; Evan Grae Davis has traveled the world with camera in hand for nearly two decades advocating for social justice through writing and directing short documentaries and educational videos championing the cause of the poor and exploited.
Evan recently released his first feature length documentary film asking why nearly 200 million women are missing in the world today– killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls.
It’s a Girl is currently screening in hundreds of locations around the world, including colleges and universities, film festivals, at the European and British Parliaments and, recently, on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. With nearly half a million people joining the cause to end gendercide so far as a result of his film, Evan is on a mission to mobilize a movement to restore dignity and value to the girls of India and China.
The rates of regional brain loss and cognitive decline caused by aging and the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are higher for women and for people with a key genetic risk factor for AD, say researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine in a study published online July 4 in the American Journal of Neuroradiology.
The linkage between APOE ε4 – which codes for a protein involved in binding lipids or fats in the lymphatic and circulatory systems – was already documented as the strongest known genetic risk factor for sporadic AD, the most common form of the disease. But the connection between the sex of a person and AD has been less-well recognized, according to the UC San Diego scientists.
“APOE ε4 has been known to lower the age of onset and increase the risk of getting the disease,” said the study’s first author Dominic Holland, PhD, a researcher in the Department of Neurosciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine. “Previously we showed that the lower the age, the higher the rates of decline in AD. So it was important to examine the differential effects of age and APOE ε4 on rates of decline, and to do this across the diagnostic spectrum for multiple clinical measures and brain regions, which had not been done before.”
The scientists evaluated 688 men and women over the age of 65 participating in the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, a longitudinal, multi-institution study to track the progression of AD and its effects upon the structures and functions of the brain. They found that women with mild cognitive impairment (a condition precursory to AD diagnosis) experienced higher rates of cognitive decline than men; and that all women, regardless of whether or not they showed signs of dementia, experienced greater regional brain loss over time than did men. The magnitude of the sex effect was as large as that of the APOE ε4 allele.
“Assuming larger population-based samples reflect the higher rates of decline for women than men, the question becomes what is so different about women,” said Holland. Hormonal differences or change seems an obvious place to start, but Holland said this is largely unknown territory – at least regarding AD.
“Another important finding of this study is that men and women did not differ in the level of biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease pathology,” said co-author Linda McEvoy, PhD, an associate professor in the UCSD Department of Radiology. “This suggests that brain volume loss in women may also be caused by factors other than Alzheimer’s disease, or that in women, these pathologies are more toxic. We clearly need more research on how an individual’s sex affects AD pathogenesis.”
Holland acknowledged that the paper likely raises more questions than it answers. “There are many factors that may affect the sex differences we observed, such as whether the women in this study may have had higher rates of diabetes or insulin resistance than the men. We also do not know how the use of hormone replacement therapy, reproductive history or years since menopause may have affected these differences. All these issues need to be examined. There is no prevailing theory.”
Cisco CTO and Forbes power woman Padmasree Warrior on gender, technology and power in the workplace.
The One Question – Christine Louise Hohlbaum
Warren Buffet & Tony Robbins speak on the journey to success
Warren Buffet and Tony Robbins sit alongside some of today’s greatest minds in several veracious financial and motivational industries to discuss what it takes to make it in society today. There are several great motivational quotes that all entrepreneurs can apply on the journey to success.
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