The unconference conference held by ForumOne was outstanding.  Reconnected with colleagues from Executive Networks and made another South Africa connection who is interested in "ubuntu" and my cultural diversity program.  Had a great time connecting folks.  The session on managing online communities provided interesting information and sources to check out.   


Read my blog post about my trip to South Africa on Renee Blodgett's site "We Blog the World" -


The following is a review of the book entitled:  "Knowledge Management Tales - From San Francisco to Johannesburg" by June Fleming, Past City Manager of Palo Alto, California, Acting City Manager, Franklin, Virginia, and Past State of California Librarian:

“Gloria Young has developed an intriguing and successful book which weaves the whimsy usually found in talented storytellers with the academic skills required to present data in an authentic manner.  She has utilized her unique knowledge of government's need for forward thinking with the present day needs of her ancestral roots as typified in South Africa's Johannesburg. This is a tool for managing change and while doing so planning for succession.  The universal applicable message is strong and clear.  The material has been organized in an effective and easy to follow style which widens its audience’s appeal in reaching the public and private sectors.  The presentation of information is enhanced through the use of effective well designed diagrams.  The information on technique, style, philosophy, and knowledge management are but the tip of the iceberg of data presented in this effective management guide to organizational changes needed to maintain and institutionalize competitiveness and effectiveness.”          
JUNE FLEMING, Acting City Manager, Franklin, Virginia, and Past City Manager, Palo Alto, California



I am pleased to announce that I will be a featured guest of the

NOVEMBER 11 Online Virtual Dialogue
Putting Our Differences to Work Center for Dialogue
"Change, Gratitude & Reinventing YOURSELF"
Both CHANGE and UNCERTAINTY are with us!
Join me and others for our NOV 11 DIALOGUE focused on YOU.
Let's put our differences to work to explore possibilities, learn from each other, and answer these questions...How can you make CHANGE an opportunity for personal reinvention? What role does gratitude play?  Are you ready?
This month's Putting Our Differences to Work Dialogue is sponsored
by our
Women in the Lead program(WIL) at the Global Dialogue Center.
Maureen Simon of Maureen Simon Consulting and contributing author
from our
Women in the Lead Inspiration BLOG, will be joining me.
Our special guest interview is Gloria Young, President of Young & Lamay Associates. She will help us seed our conversation with her insight
and inspiring journey.
No fees, but registration is required,
so we can send login information to you.

You're welcome to invite a friend(s) that might benefit!


These are my feelings about the historical election of President-Elect Barack Obama:
This year, I have traveled to South Africa, Vienna and Paris.  In all of those places there was a keen sentiment that change was needed in America and that McCain did not represent that needed change.  When I was in South Africa, it was just as the xenophobia attacks broke out stemming from apathy, despair, poverty, and socio-economic situations etc.  I was struck by how some of the same sentiments were apparent here in the U.S. albeit not as violent. 

  For me it has potent significant.  First, my 83 year old mother and 12 year old grandchild are alive to see this historic occasion -- from my mother who suffered racism at its worst to my daughter who is bi-racial (White and Black).  My mother gets to witness a world where anything is possible and my grandchild sees someone at the helm who really looks like her. (inclusive of black and white -- like the keys on a piano where the combination makes beautiful music).   Further, President-Elect Obama's message of inclusion is what I am about.  It is expressed in my book and is clearly a strong  belief of mine.  I also think that for African Americans, there is a need for a hero and there hasn't been one since Martin Luther King.  I don't mean that Africa Americans can and should expect that they will be lifted up and carried on Obama's shoulders, but, that hope is alive and well.  I also can't wait to see if this has a positive effect on gang violence, minorities staying in school and family unity.   I have cried, prayed and cheered.  Most of all for President-Elect Obama to keep his eyes on the prize and to continue to always be inclusive  



Newly Released "Knowledge Management Tales - Tales of Two Cities from San Francisco to Johannesburg" is currently available as an e-book. 

Contact: for receipt of a copy of the book.