Category Archives: Philanthropy

A recent board retreat at our Little Farm – of course all board members left with goody bags!

Recently we held a board retreat at our Little Farm for a board on which I serve. It was productive and fun too! I made sure that all board members left with goody bags filled with cheese, jams, papaya and … Continue reading

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Philanthropy Texas Style – The Ann Richards High School in Austin and The Committee of 200 Women CEO’s group

A few weeks ago I was privileged to join fellow women CEO’s from our group The Committee of 200 ( I was past Chair of the C200 Foundation and Past Vice Chair of the Governing Board) at Intel in Austin … Continue reading

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Belonging

This is the title of the novel that I wrote and was published by Penguin Books. It is a story about two courageous women, one a child of poverty and the other a child of plenty who are born on … Continue reading

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Sam, The Broken Robot does it again! Our donation of Sam’s special boxes to children at the California Hospital Medical Center makes kids feel happier! YAY SAM!

We are so thrilled to have donated Sam’s special boxes to the California Hospital Medical Center for the kids who are in hospital. They loved him! And they smiled at his music and stories – and frankly – well , … Continue reading

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Benefiting the American Cancer Society – CALSPIRIT July 28th in the Summer of 2013 at Los Angeles Pacific Design Center

This is THE Event for chefs and foodies – and does so much good too – supporting the American Cancer Society – I am gathering cards of chefs there to introduce them to my cheeses! It is called CALSPIRIT and … Continue reading

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An Officer of the Order of the British Empire – OBE – what an honor in the UK and Commonwealth – and my sister has just been awarded it!

An Officer of the Order of the British Empire – OBE – what an honor in the UK and Commonwealth – and my sister got it! The family is so excited – my sister was informed that she has been … Continue reading

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Sheryl Sandberg and Lean In – my Opinion piece in The Huffington Post on the topic – what do YOU think?

Sheryl Sandberg from Facebook has been much in the public eye – and has written a very well created book called LEAN IN. Its a good concept – well researched and presented. And I have some feelings about it – … Continue reading

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Vanderbilt University Hospital for Children and the YWCA of Nashville – thanks Sam, the Broken Robot for his books and songs! THANK YOU SAM!

I was touched and thrilled to receive two wonderful letters of thanks today from two worthy institutions in Nashville TN where I recently gave a speech – and also donated a bunch of Sam The Broken Robot’s books and Song … Continue reading

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A wonderful letter from the ARNOLD PALMER CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL – To me and Sam, The Broken Robot – for our donations

I was so very touched to receive a wonderful letter from the Arnold Palmer Children’s hospital – thanking me for our donation of many of Sam, The Broken Robot’s special boxes with his three books and two cds which brought … Continue reading

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Hans Rosling – have you heard of him? Take a look at this video in which he animates data – looking at the world over 200 years

Hans Rosling is a physician and scientist – and will change your world view in this video named: Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes – The Joy of Stats – BBC Four > Hans Rosling trained in statistics and … Continue reading

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The Day after Xmas – known as Boxing Day in the UK and Colonies – a day to relax and recoup – and also make all those New Years Resolutions!

Boxing day – December 26th – a strange name until you know its genesis. Boxing Day  ( according to Wikipedia – a amazing source of so much) is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradespeople would receive … Continue reading

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Philanthrophy Fridays – our Donations for 2012 – Sam, the Broken Robot shares his love at Children’s Hospitals and Institutes around the USA

Sam, the broken robot, told me that he was sad that there were so many children who were in hospitals around the USA this year during the holiday season, and that he could not bring cheer to them and their … Continue reading

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Peter Drucker – the father of management theory and insight – said simply how to succeed in business ( and in life) – Philanthropy Fridays

Peter Drucker, a management sage- had a wonderful definition of an entrepreneur ( extrapolated by me)  – as someone who adds value to the dynamic of an experience. So, for example, when opening a restaurant – what makes it successful? Many serve the … Continue reading

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A great book – with a good cause! LIFE MOMENTS FOR WOMEN – take a look at it! Featured as part of my Philanthropy Fridays

A friend of mine Patty Dedominic wrote a book called Life Moments for Women, along with author  Maureen Ford, and all the proceeds benefit the California Women’s Foundation and they make wonderful gifts for women of all ages. http://www.lifemomentsforwomen.com/ Since mentoring women … Continue reading

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Our Philanthropy Friday today celebrates the life of my dear friend who passed last week, Carol Abrams – one of a kind – she will be in my heart forever

In the picture above, my dear friend Carol Abrams, is second from the right dressed in black, with her husband Gerry, and I am next to her in red, with my husband Clive with me, and next to him our other … Continue reading

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Just saw the documentary FRESH – if you don’t buy organic now, you will after seeing this movie! Philanthropy Fridays support Cooking with Kids Organic Style

I am so grateful that we have our own chickens and organic alpha omega eggs. The documentary FRESH will educate you about the food supply and the amount of really bad stuff that is in it. Buy organic – buy … Continue reading

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Philanthropy Fridays – Bringing the Healing Power of Music to Children who are ill -The Children’s Music Fund

Today I am featuring www.TheCMF.org. What could be more important than healing sick kids? We are a musical family – thank heavens we have not suffered from the illness of children – which is a pain like no other for … Continue reading

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Loss of a friend…Sharon Joffe -my childhood friend – left this world after years of suffering- Philanthropy Friday this week is for the Scleroderma Society

Sharon Joffe was a stunning woman – so very beautiful in mind, body and spirit. We grew up in the same city, Johannesburg South Africa, and used to ‘double’ date. Her husband Stan, was her boyfriend from high school days, … Continue reading

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Philanthropy Fridays – The Gumball Foundation – The next generation of inner-city social entrepreneurs

Today I am featuring the GUMBALL FOUNDATION. A young man with few prospects of having enough money to pay for his college, created a business out of buying gumball machines and placing them into stores – and earned enough to … Continue reading

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Philanthropy Fridays – South Central Scholars Program – Helping Underprivileged Kids get into and Stay in College

Today I am featuring the SOUTH CENTRAL SCHOLARS program – a remarkable program in Los Angeles that should serve as an example for cities around the nation, indeed around the world. Here is the information provided to me by the … Continue reading

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