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Vanessa Loder
Vanessa Loder is an entrepreneur, empowerment coach and writer whose company, Akoya Power, supports women in creating fulfilling lives aligned with their passions and values.

Here is a free Values Assessment tool to help you get clear on your values.

Vanessa received her MBA from Stanford University and is the Co-Founder of Mindfulness Based Achievement, the New MBA, which teaches high potential women leaders how to lean in without burning out. You can read more at Vanessa’s blog, Akoya Power or find her on twitter @akoyapower.

Entries by Vanessa Loder

Actress and Comedian Amy Poehler Gives Career Advice

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 7:54 AM

In her book Yes, Please Amy Poehler shares witty and insightful advice about life, love and success. She claims that the key to success is treating your career like a bad boyfriend. While it sounds silly, this advice rings true:

You can be the best at making contacts...
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In the Midst of Back to School... 7 Steps to Come Back to What Really Matters

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 1:46 PM

In this crazy, wonderful time of back to school chaos, there is a lot of transition. Children are growing up, entering a new grade, a new school or a new phase. As someone who supports women in creating success without burning out, I've learned that during these busy times of...

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How to Enjoy the Often Exhausting Role of Parenthood

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 12:32 PM

Have you ever exerted yourself physically to the point where you felt absolutely exhausted afterwards? Maybe you were training for a race, or you pushed your body in some other way, and that night when you finally rested, you felt bone deep tired. And it felt good.

There is...

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Why Fairy Tales Are Bad For Our Kids

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 10:40 AM

My daughter is 2 1/2. She recently received a book of the top 10 princess stories that seems to be encouraging her to enter the "princess phase" -- as many moms seem to call it. I run my own business, teaching women how to let go of trying...

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What My Daughter's Food Poisoning Taught Me About Suffering

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 4:30 PM

Over the holidays, my 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter got a bad stomach bug and threw up all night long. She went from having never vomited in her life, to throwing up in every sort of position and location imaginable: lying in her crib, standing in front of the toilet, she even became...

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The Day I Stopped Seeing a To-Do List Everywhere I Turned

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 11:47 AM

A while back, I was experimenting with a mindfulness technique from A Course in Miracles. I had to quietly look around the room I was sitting in and simply label things and people without judgment. For example, "bed," "mirror," "rug" -- to notice these things and myself with...

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Why Most CEOs Fail: How to Grow in Tandem With Your Company

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 3:28 PM

We can all learn from Andy Dunn, the cofounder and CEO of Bonobos, when he shares that the biggest challenge in growing the company over the last seven years has been, "Me. Managing me is the biggest problem."

It takes a confident and self-aware CEO to acknowledge his flaws, and...

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If Men Nursed Babies

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 10:54 AM

If men nursed babies instead of women, there would be a pumping room on every floor of every office building with a flat screen TV playing SportsCenter, plush couches to sit on and lots of free food -- bowls of nuts, hoagies, along with two big coolers to provide plenty...

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Why American Mothers Have Less Leisure Time And Find Ourselves Overwhelmed And Exhausted

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 4:54 PM

Did you know that Danish mothers have, on average, one and a half hours of leisure time every day that is spent in "pure" or child-free time to themselves? American mothers, in contrast, have about thirty-six minutes a day to themselves.

I learned of these powerful statistics when I recently...

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