Leadership Skills

Stilettos and Sneakers always likes to share tips on leadership to advance the empowerment of women. Sharing the leadership skills needed to tackle difficult, complex problems, Harvard Business School Professor and the Director of Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, Rosabeth Moss Kanter shared: My favorite is “Everything can look like a failure in the middle” […]

International Women’s Forum Conference

Janice, recently attended the 2022 International Women’s Forum World Leadership Conference, Beating the Odds: The Search for New Solutions, in Las Vegas with over 500 women leaders and guests.  Outstanding speakers made presentations ranging from energy independence, the role of critical minerals, the decreasing supply of clean water, democracy vs. autocracy, addressing the global mental health crisis and so […]

Fall into Reading

About Reading JaniceI just don’t do fun or relationships.  I do work!  I am just an unapologetic workaholic baby boomer. My reading relates to improving my leadership skills by learning from other outstanding women leaders.  I confess I love millennials and zoomers (Gen Z) as I believe they are the hope for our future, especially […]

How Sports Shaped Me

My entire existence has revolved around sport. As a child I cried through my first dance class and intentionally lost my brownie socks all so that I could participate in sports. I started playing sports at age six. Soccer was the first, followed by softball and basketball. I jumped headfirst into travel soccer and softball, […]

Advancing the Next Generation of Women Leaders

University of Tampa Janice with her Suncoast International Women’s Forum colleagues, participated in Advancing the Next Generation of Women Leaders at the University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida. Her comment was “Listening and learning from these intelligent, savvy, articulate up and coming women leaders, gave me renewed inspiration and assurance for our future.” Janice met over […]

David Brooks Visits Sarasota Florida and asks “How Do We Rebuild Trust?”

Stilettos and Sneakers often explores from a baby boomer and millennial perspective the words vulnerability and trust. Those words just seem to continually pop up in my life these days, how about yours? Well, David Brooks, writer, bestselling author, commentator, op-ed columnist for the New York Times and a regular guest on PBS News Hour, […]

The Traveling Pack

As a child, I was fortunate to be exposed to family vacations. The locations would change from year to year, but it was always a guarantee that at least once a year our entire family would get together. Sometimes we would take trips to the local beach, while others we would travel to Disney World, […]

The Transition of Traditions

My Italian American Family The Transition of Traditions This holiday season, unlike every year I can remember, we didn’t gather in New Jersey. Mom and Dad have been gone for two decades but Nana and Poppy (my sister and brother-in-law) have always been the home where we gather to celebrate our holiday traditions. Not 2021! […]

2021 Colloquium on Global Diversity

Recently, Janice attended the 2021 Colloquium on Global Diversity in Washington D.C., hosted by United States based Corporate Women Directors International (CWDI). Her general comment is “Exciting, informative and diverse views from attendees on the future of the workforce.” More from Janice: Some of the questions asked include:· What the Re-Set Economy and Workplace Will […]

Guest Blog – Judith Roberts

It began with a conversation around the kitchen table where my husband, Rick, our Rector and I sat discussing the imminent departure of a parishioner for his first year of seminary education. Somewhere along the way, I blurted out that this was exactly what I’d love to be doing, given the chance, voicing what had […]

Guest Blog – Joyce Treppa

I have worked mainly in two professions, both which I loved. During my education to complete my social work degree, I had many people tell me I would not be able to find a job without going on for a master’s degree. I had a job before I graduated in my field and never was […]

Guest Blog – Maggie Sullivan

When I was a seminary student, a member of my lay supervisory committee wrote in his semester’s-end review that I had, after serving at the altar, preaching, leading Bible studies and facilitating retreats for several months, “good potential for leadership.” Talk about damning with faint praise! Before submitting the review, the rector asked the committee […]