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Birute Regine
About Dr. Birute Regine:
While getting her master’s and doctorate degrees in human development at Harvard in the 1980's, Birute Regine, EdD collaborated with the psychologist Carol Gilligan, author of In a Different Voice, and was a project director in the groundbreaking Harvard Project on the Development of Girls and the Psychology of Women. She also served as a teaching assistant to Pulitzer Prize winner Erik Erikson.

For twenty-five years Dr Regine worked as clinical psychologist in private practice, trained in family systems, gestalt, and relational theory. She studied at the College of Executive Coaching and today she works as an executive and life coach. She spent two years as a visiting scholar at the Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College and as an affiliate to the Jean Baker Miller’s Stone Center where she explored the power of stories as vehicles of organizational change. She co-authored the highly acclaimed book The Soul at Work: Embracing Complexity Science for Business Success with science writer Roger Lewin. Her latest book, Iron Butterflies: Women transforming themselves and the world won the 2011 Silver Nautilus Book award in both social change and women interest categories.

Regine is an inspirational key note speaker at national and international conferences and to organizations. She has been a guest on numerous radio and television programs. She blogs for the Huffington Post and Forbes. She is founder of Iron Butterfly Power Circles community, where women are not empowered but rather remember their power and take their place as leaders.

Regine is married to science writer Roger Lewin. Her daughter Rasa Dawson works for Oxfam America and her son Romas Zimlicki, a Major in the US Army, has served in Iraq three times. She has four grandchildren, Lina, Grayson, Maia, and Spencer who she thinks of as personal trainers. Modern dance, yoga, and hiking serve as Regine’s therapy. Cooking, entertaining, performing arts and traveling are her playgrounds. She divides her time between Cambridge, MA , Hancock, NH and Richmond VA.

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Entries by Birute Regine

Three Ways to Be a Game Changer

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 3:52 PM

It's no secret that the domination game is pretty much the only game in the corporate world, and your ability to play this game can determine your success. Many successful people became powerful because they used their power over others, often in ruthless ways.

However, the "I win/you lose"...

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Appreciation: One Small Action with a Big Effect

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 1:36 PM

A 2013 Gallop poll found that a stunning 70 percent of Americans hate their job, often because of a "boss from hell." At the same time, 52 percent of workers say they are disengaged from their jobs, costing US companies upwards of $550 billion per year in lost...

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The Next Evolutionary Step: The Power of Circle

(4) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 5:00 PM

We hear a lot about the anxiety people feel during these uncertain economic times, when long-held systems are breaking down and new ones are not yet visible. A discomforting chaos comes along with these breakdowns, but we can also see them as breakthroughs, where an opportunity for a new, stronger...

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What About Love?

(6) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 5:46 PM

With Valentine's Day coming up, there's lots of talk about love. Well, what about love?
If I asked you that question, how would you answer? If you can, write down your answer.

That's a question I did ask when I was conducting a longitudinal study at the Project...

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Finding Our Way Home

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 12:50 PM

The holiday season is a time to go home and be with family or friends, a journey that begins with the best of intentions. We look forward to all those parties and shared meals, all those gatherings where the room is abuzz with conversations as everyone catches up on news....

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47 Percent and Beyond

(13) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 4:18 PM

The majority of polls and pundits give the win in the first presidential debate to Romney because of his performance. Well, what does that say about what we value in a leader?

To me, Romney came across as antsy, aggressive, amped up, and entitled in his general disregard for...

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50 Shades of F***ed Up

(185) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 4:10 PM

I think Fifty Shades of Grey is pretty hot.

Sure, it's not that well-written; it's pretty hokey at times (how many times can you say, "He's so hot" in a book. Apparently a lot). It's an escape book, a naughty book, a remind-you-of -your-passion book, a nothing- new-erotica-book because...

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Desperately Seeking Gloria

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 1:44 PM

"Leaders of all stripes are hard to come by lately," writes Sarah Hepola in her New York Sunday Times 3/18/12 piece, "A Woman like No Other." The woman Hepola is featuring is Gloria Steinem and her role as leader of the feminist movement. Who is going to take her place?...

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Recognizing Women, the Changemakers

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 10:29 AM

When you and I take the basic necessities of life for granted, we can sometimes forget that to some people, they can mean the difference between life and death.

I was reminded of this while watching Water in Tigray, a video from Oxfam America, where water has saved lives. It...

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Sex Appeal and Strutting our Stuff: Sexual Power or Real Power?

(12) Comments | Posted February 26, 2012 | 9:01 AM

I hate to admit it, but I love watching the way the celebs dress for the Grammys and the Oscars. What really struck me at the Grammys was how Adele was dressed -- fully-clothed: no cuts to the navel; no butt cracks showing. She exuded a kind of power, a...

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The Girls of Egypt Are Here

(3) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 3:55 PM

It was exciting to finally see outrage in thousands of Egyptian women who took to the streets on January 10 to protest the beating and stripping of a female demonstrator in Tahrir Square. The iconic demonstrator became known as the "blue bra girl" because the soldiers tearing away at her...

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2012: The Gate to the Garden Is Open

(7) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 1:59 PM

I was asked to sit on a panel at The Economist 2012 conference, which focuses on predictions for the coming year. My assignment was to make a prediction about the workplace and jobs.

Given that I look at organizations as complex systems, which are non-linear and highly unpredictable, I'm not...

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On Being 'Nice'

(20) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 5:17 PM

Women often find themselves between a rock and a hard place. When women are viewed as "nice," studies show that people "like" them better, but they are considered less effective in the workplace. When they're considered more effective but less nice, they experience more career roadblocks. What's a girl to...

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Women CEOs: Bold Enough to Be a Woman?

(19) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 2:48 PM

Virginia M Rometty, new CEO of IBM, joins Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, and Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox, to be among the elite 2 percent of women who hold CEO positions in Fortune 500 companies. We still have a long way to go, but now that we see more...

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Wall Street Retro: The Two Question Interview

(214) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 12:39 PM

Finally, after too much time had passed, my girlfriends and I managed to coordinate a dinner date. As we sipped chilled white wine, we picked up on our conversation and it was, as it is with old friends, as if it had never stopped. The first subject was, of course,...

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Vulnerability Management: Required Course for Leaders?

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2011 | 4:02 PM

I was having dinner with a friend, a very successful consultant, whom I hadn't seen for quite a while. As we munched on a Caesar salad, I talked about my research on successful women. "I asked myself, what did these women, from many walks of life, share in common?" I...

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Ending Hunger Starts With Women

(3) Comments | Posted February 25, 2011 | 11:30 AM

My husband told me a story about himself when he was 18 years old that really struck a chord in me. He was out to breakfast with his girlfriend and her parents. When his boiled egg arrived, he cut off the top of the egg, put it aside and proceeded...

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From Amazon Woman to a Feminine Presence

(6) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 11:28 AM

In the eighties, women flooded the male-dominated workplace and had to prove themselves man enough for the job. In order to succeed, they had to play the game and often felt they had to copy men's behavior. Women even dressed the part with padded shoulders, pant suits, certain kind of...

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The Importance of Care in Business

(6) Comments | Posted December 21, 2010 | 12:44 PM

I remember a time I spoke at a CIO conference, during the dot com bubble when hubris was in full swing. I was talking about the important role care plays in the workplace. These guys looked back at me with an expression like "what did you have for breakfast?" Once...

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Ginger Rogers, Competency, and Women

(8) Comments | Posted December 3, 2010 | 10:29 AM

"Jan" was sitting in a meeting and had a great insight into the issue being discussed. She enthusiastically put it out to the group, and waited for people's response. Nothing. No one commented or even nodded. The lack of response threw her for a loop. She thought she had something...

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