I feel most powerful when…” I am thinking creatively about how to solve pressing social problems like poverty, gender, and social inequality. I love big ideas and the excitement that comes with dreaming up a better way to connect to others and build a more just world. We know the problems — many have existed for generations. It’s time to push for the solutions and strategies that will bring about real change, even if they make us uncomfortable.” Power to me means….” making a way for others to lead and to step more fully into their power. People along my path opened doors for me, and I feel it’s my duty to do the same. It’s also about using the power or advantages you have in life to help the most vulnerable among us. What good is power if all you’re doing is hoarding it?” What do you do when you feel powerless? “I have two go-to strategies when I feel powerless: My first strategy is to take a nap or go to bed — everything always seems a bit clearer in the morning or after I’ve had time to reflect. The other strategy I use when I’m feeling powerless is to surround myself with the support and love of friends and family. In tough and uncertain times, they always feel like home base.”Dr. Nicole Mason
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