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Jane Shure
With over thirty-five years as a psychotherapist, leadership coach, public speaker and author, I am nationally recognized as an expert on bolstering resilience and self-confidence, and for my effectiveness in helping people break negative patterns to achieve positive change. Named a “Top Doc for Women” by Philadelphia Magazine, my career has focused on empowering people to identify their strengths, manage emotions, overcome resistance, bolster courage and mobilize forward movement.

As a pioneer in the field of psychotherapy with Eating Disorders and body image disturbance, I have developed a keen understanding for the dynamics of shame and trauma and its effect on mind, body, spirit and behavior. For the past twenty years, I‘ve translated my learning into leading personal growth workshops and speaking to a wide range of audiences, including both professionals and the public.

For five years, I co-led workshops at The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY on Building Compassion Within: Transforming the Power of Shame & Transforming Eating Obsessions. Over the past fifteen years, along with my long-term work partner, Dr. Beth Weinstock, I have co-led weekend workshops at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health on Calm Your Inner Critic and Quiet Your Anxious Mind. Six years ago we took our model for calming the Inner Critic and developed the Resilient Leadership Model, teaching students and people in the workplace how to Strengthen an Inner Coach™ to be Stronger than the Inner Critic.

My approach to leadership development recognizes that leaders in the for-profit and not-for-profit world are challenged to maximize their own resilience, as well as foster and support it in others. Leadership trainings that teach people what to do and how to do it often fail to address the subtle but important factors that undermine confidence and resilience – specifically, negative self-talk, the voice of the Inner Critic, which generates insecurity, doubt, stress and fear, inhibiting productive actions undermining success. Developed over twenty years, the Resilient Leadership Model teaches strategies for inner coaching™ that overpower the Inner Critic by supporting positive self-talk, focusing on strengths, expanding emotional intelligence (EI), building productive work environments and, ultimately, promoting successful outcomes.

Speaking to the inter-relatedness of these complex issues, I am a widely-cited expert featured in several publications including: O, The Oprah Magazine, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer. I have appeared on live broadcasts for National Public Radio and CBS television. I blog for the Huffington Post, co-authored a self-esteem and resilience-boosting curriculum, Inside/Outside Self-Discovery for Teens: Strategies to Promote Resilience, Relationships, & Positive Body Image (with Helene Feinberg-Walker & Sarah Barrett), co-edited a book on Effective Clinical Practice in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: The Heart of the Matter (with Margo Maine and William Davis), and co-authored the book chapter “Shame, Compassion, and the Journey Toward Health,” (with Beth Weinstock).

Additionally, I spearheaded A Chance to Heal Foundation’s ParentTalk program, helping parents raise children with healthy attitudes towards food and body image, and spoke at many of their public forums.

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Entries by Jane Shure

Inspiring Others by Example

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 6:43 PM

"Honor your emotions but don't be driven by them." To most people, these are the words of Dr. Dan Gottlieb, the host of NPR's Voices in the Family. To me, they are the words of my teacher, my mentor and my source of inspiration.

Back in 1978 when I...

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What it Takes to Act With Courage

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 3:27 PM

Have you ever been bursting at the seams with outrage, knowing that you needed to speak up rather than remain silent? Last week I found myself in one of those moments. Attending a professional ethics seminar on dignity in the realm of psychotherapy, I became stunned when one of the...

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Breaking Free from the Need to Do More

(1) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 10:42 AM

It saddens me to know that despite how accomplished and successful women have become in their work life, we are still beset with extreme degrees of worry and doubt about ourselves. Just last week, Elizabeth Gilbert wrote, "Nearly all the women I know are stressing themselves sick over the pathological...

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The Endless Quest for Perfection

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 5:39 PM

How refreshing it was to hear a high-powered woman be honest and tell it like it really is when it comes to being a working mother. Debora Spar, President of Barnard College and the first tenured woman professor at Harvard Business School, is the mother of three children and knows...

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Quieting the Inner Critic is Key to Playing it Bigger

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 10:16 AM

Have you ever wanted to feel more confident, be less afraid of criticism, and more willing to speak your mind? If so, then I've got the book for you. Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message by Tara Mohr addresses the challenge that finds women, all...

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Getting Confidence: How it Really Works

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 4:56 PM

How often have you heard someone say "I just need more confidence"? Last week, I was sitting in my office with a client who is newly unemployed after her position was eliminated from the company. Faced with having to sell herself to prospective employers, she recognized that she had lost...

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Reflecting on What Empowered My Sense of Confidence and Self

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 8:59 AM

Yesterday in the mail, I received a newly published book written by my friend, colleague and mentor, Dan Gottlieb. Thumbing through the first few pages of The Wisdom We're Born With: Restoring Our Faith in Ourselves, I began to reflect back on the lessons I've learned from Dr....

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Musings From a Psychotherapist About the Effects of Secrecy and Shame in Our Lives

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 7:50 AM

Last night, I had the privilege of leading a talk-back following a production of Neil LaBute's "In a Dark, Dark House." I read the script for the play last month and thought the playwright brilliant for his ability to comprehend what actually goes on as a result of childhood sexual...

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Outsmarting Stress and Negativity

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 4:30 PM

A number of months ago, I had the good fortune of traveling to India with my family. I wasn't so keen on taking this trip, fearing that I'd get depressed from seeing the country's massive poverty. Having read many novels written by Indian authors, I was primed to witness people...

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Overcoming Doubt and Fear in Order to Foster Self-Confidence

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 11:18 AM

There's a surge in conversation about the challenge for women to claim confidence and counteract self-doubt. The newest book on the topic, The Confidence Gap, shows, yet again, that women are less self-assured than men, and to succeed in the work world, confidence matters as much as competence.

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Wake-Up Calls Inspired My Change From Overdrive and Sleep Deprived

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 10:30 AM

Wake-up calls come from many sources and, at their best, incite us to transform the ways we live. Recently, I heard Arianna Huffington speak about her realization that she needed to make concrete changes in the number of hours she worked and slept. The co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington...

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Empowerment Comes From Checking In, Not Checking Out

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 4:34 PM

It happened again this week, as it does way too often. I was sitting in a leadership coaching session when my client proclaimed "I'll just distract myself like I usually do." To some, her solution to being spoken to disrespectfully may sound rather innocuous, it was no biggie. But in...

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Success Requires Grit and Resilience

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 3:23 PM

Parents often wonder what they can do to boost the likelihood that their kids will grow into successful adults. One thing that doesn't help is when parents, fearful of dealing with their children's emotions, give in to "quick fixes" for getting their child to be calm or happy.


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Taking on Fear Advances a Career

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 1:13 PM

Last week I was sitting in a workshop on courage and leadership at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women when the panel moderator asked "Does fear ever go away or do you need to be willing to take the leap and be fearful while taking action?" Suddenly my mind flashed back...

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Dispelling Notions About What it Takes for Women to Achieve and Thrive

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 4:50 PM

While listening to an NPR radio interview with Debora Spar, President of Barnard College and author of the newly-published book Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection, it became all too clear that the ideas I grew up with about being a girl and achieving as a female...

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Lessons from Oprah and Mika Brzezinski on Being Authentic in the Workplace

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 4:11 PM

"Don't expect the clarity to come all at once, to know your purpose right away," urged Oprah in her May 2013 commencement speech to Harvard graduates. After several years in the media business, Oprah said, "it became clear to me that I was here on earth to use television and...

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Surprising News on What Actually Makes Us Productive

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 9:49 AM

While reading the paper last Sunday morning, I was reminded of why I prioritize getting up and out the door to my weekly yoga classes. According to Tony Schwartz, author of Being Excellent at Anything, "strategic renewal -- including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away...

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It All Comes Down to Virtual vs Real

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 10:49 AM

Late Thursday afternoon I was driving home and did the usual... I clicked on NPR for whatever program was on the air. listened intently as the reporter told the story of a Notre Dame football star, Manti Te'o, who was fooled into believing that a virtual romance with a woman...

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Reimagining Leadership

(4) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 12:29 PM

Last weekend, I heard Kitty Kolbert, the Director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, say, "If we can develop women as leaders, we can also develop men to be better leaders." Hosting a TEDxWomen event to "re-imagine leadership," The Athena Center for Leadership Studies...

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What Constitutes 'Having It All'?

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 1:17 PM

What does it mean to have it all? Does it mean you are happy and satisfied with your life and enjoy what you have? Does it mean the ability to register success and progress when you've achieved it? Does it mean loving a partner, parenting a child or making an...

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