April 2016 Newsletter

A New Era of Healthcare For Young Texans with Disabilities

stock-little-girl-tennisGood news for Texans under the age of 21 with disabilities—and for their parents! Beginning November 1, 2016, UnitedHealthcare will offer healthcare services tailored to the needs of young, low-income Texans who are living with disabilities.

“UnitedHealthcare is committed to ensuring our health plan participants have access to not only the necessary health care services they need, but also an approach that puts the patient at the center of the care,” says Don Langer, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas. Read More

The Truth about Confidence

Janet CrawfordWomen just need to believe in themselves more. That’s often the prescription for righting gender inequities in the workplace. But a big part of the confidence gap is not being addressed, says Janet Crawford, CEO of Cascadance, Inc., an organizational change firm that helps companies address issues of under-representation and create cultures of inclusion.

“Low confidence is not an individual phenomenon, but is in part, a general consequence of something called stereotype threat,” Crawford says. “When you’re one of a few women in a department or the only woman in upper management, part of your brain becomes devoted to monitoring how you’re being perceived, whether you’re representing your group well or confirming negative stereotypes. As a result of this split attention, you feel anxious and may even underperform—and over time, your confidence flags.” Read More

You Can Say That Again! Mantras That Make You Stronger

April 2016 collage sqSound like a broken record player much? You can never repeat yourself too often when chanting personally significant sayings or phrases to summon your courage, grit or hope. We asked speakers at the Conference in California this month to share their favorite mantras. Feel free to adopt them for yourself! Read More

Glamour’s Cindi Leive on Courage, Confidence and What Mirror Selfies Are Good for

Cindi LeiveTo talk to Cindi Leive about careers is to wish Glamour’s editor in chief were your boss—if not your best friend. She’s not just warm, funny and smart. She also telegraphs a big heart, the vibe that she cares and wants to help—women in general and those she personally knows.

It’s partly Leive’s candidness that conveys this generous spirit. Case in point: she freely admits that the secret to her confidence when she was 32 and at her first helm (at Self) was, “I didn’t know what I didn’t know!” Read More

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