Joyce Akse:
Women and men in leadership positions: Do gender imbalances matter in a community’s seats of power? [more]
Leveraging strengths: It is widely acknowledged that women’s leadership styles are different than men’s. While men focus on facts and logic, researchers say that women are more holistic. [more]
Rancher carries on a family tradition: Carol Whipple says one of the toughest positions she’s ever held was that of school board member in her hometown of Elkton. [more]
’No one can have success alone’: Executive Karen Pautz of Siskiyou County cites relationships as key to being a good leader. [more]

Capable and connected: A research study on leadership traits reports that Americans view women as more creative, more compassionate, more honest, and more outgoing than their male counterparts. [more]
Looking back: 
Norm Smith, the Foundation’s first president, reflects on his tenure as he sets to retire. [more]
Job creation: Sally Bartlett, the economic development director for Grant County, has big goals: to provide a thriving place for the county’s 7,500 residents to live and raise their families.. [more]
Taking charge of a dream: A young woman returns to her hometown to teach and lead the effort for a new community center. [more]
No degree, no job: Experience was not enough for this single mom, so she went back to school. A Ford scholarship helped. [more]
A historical perspective: It took Oregon six attempts to pass women’s suffrage; California did it in two. [more]
Foundation News: Denise Callahan knows what it’s like to need help to go to school. She’s a first-generation college graduate from Baker City and the Foundation’s new director of Scholarship Programs. [more]
Powering Up!: Author Anne Doyle explains how America’s women achievers can become leaders. [more]

Resources for FREE: Get the tools you need to make a difference in your community. We provide these resources at no charge. [more]



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Powering Up! by Anne Doyle. 241 pages. © 2011. Author Anne Doyle mixes personal anecdotes with wisdom from the women whose stories she tells to provide some real insight on how more women can move from being achievers to being true and powerful leaders. Read the complete book review here.

Local Dollars, Local Sense by Michael Shuman. 249 pages. © 2012. Michael Shuman explains how moving your money from Wall Street to Main Street is a sound business decision — not just for the investor, but for the future and vitality of our communities. It’s not a popular strategy. “The reality today is that even though local businesses comprise more than half the economy, almost none of our savings support them,” Shuman says. No stranger to the economics of rural towns (he is also the author of the Small-Mart Revolution), Shuman lays out a reasoned, logical argument for achieving real prosperity by investing in businesses closest to you. 
How Children Succeed by Paul Tough. 231 pages, ©2012. If you think you know what makes a child successful —good grades, obedient natures—you may need a reality check. It’s character, not smarts, according to author Paul Tough. The good news is that character can be taught. He tells us how in a series of real-life examples of a new way to nurture a new definition of success. Grounded in science, the book offers a powerful, updated way to think about success.  

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