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BJ Gallagher
BJ Gallagher is an inspirational author and speaker. The 20th anniversary edition of her international best-seller, "A Peacock in the Land of Penguins," was just published, with glowing endorsements from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ken Blanchard, Warren Bannis, among others. The book has sold over 375,000 copies in 23 languages, making it THE best-selling diversity book in the world.

BJ's other recent books are: "The Power of Positive DOING," (Simple Truths)and "It's Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been" (Viva Editions).

BJ and her books have been featured on the Today Show with Matt Lauer, CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer, Fox News, PBS, CNN, and other television and radio programs. She is quoted almost weekly in various newspapers, women's magazines, and websites, including: O the Oprah magazine, Redbook, Woman's World, Ladies Home Journal, First for Women, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Orlando Sentinel, Financial Times (U.K.), Guardian (U.K.),,,, among others.

In addition to writing books, BJ also conducts seminars and delivers keynotes at conferences and professional meetings across the country. Her corporate clients include: IBM, Chevron, US Department of Veteran's Administration, John Deere Credit Canada, Volkswagen, Farm Credit Services of America, Raytheon, US Department of Interior, Phoenix Newspapers Inc., the American Press Institute, Infiniti, Nissan, Atlanta Journal Constitution, among others.

BJ is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Southern California, earning summa cum laude honors with her BA in Sociology. She has completed the coursework for a PhD in Social Ethics, also at USC.

Entries by BJ Gallagher

Who's Right About School Shootings?

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 3:17 PM

There once was a school
where people were always right.
They knew they were right . . .
and they were proud of it.

It was a school where people stated with confidence,
"I am right and you are wrong."
These were...

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Walking My Mother Home: The Gifts and Blessings of Alzheimer's

(9) Comments | Posted September 5, 2015 | 10:29 PM

The wise, old, spiritual teacher Ram Dass says, "We're all just walking each other home." That's how I feel about my role as a caregiver. I'm just walking my mother home.

(Source: Ram Dass)

Mom is about eight years into her Alzheimer's...

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Donald Trump Is the Epitome of Everything the World Detests -- and Admires -- About America

(34) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 2:47 PM

A recent "New Zealand Herald" OpEd by Paul Thomas said: "Trump personifies everything the rest of the world despises about America: casual racism, crass materialism, relentless self-aggrandizement, vulgarity on an epic scale." Thomas is right, of course. The Ugly American is alive and well...and his name is Donald...

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How to Become President Without a Penis

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 3:17 PM

Whether Hillary is your candidate of choice or not, she deserves an enormous amount of credit for getting this far in attempting to break the mother of all glass ceilings. She's dealing with the many of the same challenges faced by every career woman who aspires to a leadership position....

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The 3 People I'd Like to Thank for Getting Me Where I am Today

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The philosopher Meister Eckhart wrote, "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is 'Thank You,' it will be enough." So I'd like to offer a prayer of gratitude to three people who have enriched and enlarged my life in the deepest, most profound ways. My life's...

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David Laventhol, Moses, and Newspaper People Wandering in the Wilderness

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 12:40 AM

I read David Laventhol's obituary today and recalled a conversation I had with him 25+ years ago when he was publisher of the Times and president of Times Mirror. At the time, I was the manager of training and organizational development for the newspaper. Laventhol was new to the Times...

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The Magic of Today's New Unicorn Leader

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 9:03 AM

Human beings are social animals. Like packs of wolves, prides of lions, pods of dolphins, herds of elephants, troops of baboons, and flocks of birds, we humans are designed to live and work together in groups. We organize ourselves to work in corporations, small businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations. Like...

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Lenses Limited: Do You See What I See?

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 5:45 PM

Imagine a world
in which everyone is issued
a pair of glasses at birth.


No one thinks anything about it --
it's absolutely normal.

These glasses all appear to be the same,
so people assume they are.

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There's No Place Like Home: Caring for Our Ill, Disabled and Dying Loved Ones

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 10:08 AM

My 86-year-old mother has had Alzheimer's for about eight years now. Ten months ago she fell and broke her hip, requiring surgery, followed by two months in a convalescent hospital. While there she got so depressed she stopped eating, lost 16 pounds in eight weeks, threatened suicide, and pleaded incessantly...

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Sprinkles: Creating Awesome Experiences Through Innovative Service

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 10:13 AM

Chip Bell is one of my all-time favorite business authors. His specialty is customer service and no matter how many books I read on that topic, Chip's always stand out from the crowd. His new book, Sprinkles, is no exception. So I asked him to share his thoughts and observations...

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From Worry to Wealthy: A Women's Guide to Financial Success Without the Stress

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 3:33 PM

I'm a big fan of Chellie Campbell. Some years ago, a friend recommended Chellie's book, The Wealthy Spirit, and I loved it. It's one of those books that you read just one page per day--with a short essay, a wise quote, and an affirmation on each page. I wasn't a...

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Your Resiliency GPS

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 9:58 AM

The past few years have been increasingly more challenging for me, as I've been taking on increasing responsibilities for my elderly mother's care, her home, and her finances, while continuing to run my business -- and trying not to let the stress undermine my health. I recently picked up a...

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Obama Is a Modern Day Moses, Leading with the Paradoxical Commandments

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 9:59 AM

Moses had a tough job -- a lot tougher than he realized when he took it on. He had to lead his people out of suffering under Pharaoh, into an unknown and difficult terrain toward the Promised Land.

Barack Obama has a tough job too -- a lot tougher...

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The Gospel of Diversity: Personal Assumptions and Business Implications

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 11:28 PM

While the Gospel of Diversity is being preached in press conferences, public speeches, corporate workshops and seminars across the country, little attention is paid to the conflicting values and faulty assumptions implicit these discussions.

(Photo: Peacock Productions)


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Instead of Making Resolutions, Try Leaning into the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 10:25 AM

'Tis the season for making resolutions for the New Year. "Out with bad habits -- in with the new!" We make resolutions, draw up lists, and put sticky notes on the bathroom mirror to remind ourselves of our new commitments. Our enthusiasm is high and we're optimistic about the "New...

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Is It Always Right to Be Right? North Korea, Cuba, the Middle East, Africa and Our Global Diversity Dilemma

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 12:19 PM

There once was a world where people were always right.

They knew they were right,
and they were proud of it.

It was a world where people stated with confidence,
"I am right and you are wrong."

These were words of conviction,
courage, strength,

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Military BRATS = Bright. Resilient. Active. Talented. Successful.

(65) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 2:55 PM

What's in a name? Plenty! Names are very personal, very powerful, in conveying identity, family lineage, historical tradition, group affiliation, and much more.

When I was a girl, my name was Barbara. It was a lovely name that my parents gave me when I was born. "Barbara" conveys intelligence, strength,...

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Retirement Isn't for You

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 9:12 AM

For many years I had a poster of Mother Teresa that read, "Unless life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile." The holy woman from Calcutta was -- and still is -- someone whose life and work I admire greatly. I do my best to live according to her...

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Mom's Not Dead Yet... Living in the Moment With Terminal Illness

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 12:30 PM

I cried all the way home from San Diego. Monday morning I learned of the death of Tom Magliozzi, one of the beloved brothers on NPR's "Car Talk" show. News reports said he died of complications from Alzheimer's. Monday afternoon I spent with my 86-year-old mother, who is seven years...

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Many Overweight Women and Men Are Finding Help in Overeaters Anonymous

(3) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 5:33 PM

Last week I attended a women's conference, where I ran into an old friend I hadn't seen in a couple years. I almost didn't recognize her, she had lost so much weight. "Carol, you look amazing!" I said. "You're so fit and trim! How did you lose weight? What's your...

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