Amy & Lea
Becoming Visible


How to stop silencing yourself. Is gendered leadership a distinction that is valuable? Motherhood and leading. Capturing a vision and holding it in direct relationship to a male founder. Invisibility. Pain. Always being the only woman in the room. Changing self created conditions. When and how to step up. If you're interested in participating in this conversation live, contact us here.


Lea Endres (Co-Founder and CEO of NationBuilder) and Amy Henderson (Co-Founder of #yeswecode and Founder of TendLab)

FEEL: Stereotypes Affect Performance

"Everyone in a collective knows the stereotypes about a given target group, including the group members themselves, and everyone knows that everyone knows"

Study by Stanford University

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WISDOM: Lao Tse On Invisibilizing

“As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; the next, the people hate.”

Lao Tse, 604-531 B. C., Chinese philosopher and founder of Taoism, Tao Te Ching

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GET REAL: John Oliver Talks Maternity Leave in America


The US and Papua New Guinea are the only countries in the developed world that don’t provide any paid time off for new mothers. 

John Oliver - Last Week Tonight

APPLY GENTLY: A Different Kind of Empathy

Which perspective we take when responding to someone else’s suffering can affect our own health and well-being.

Jennifer Breheny Wallace - Washington Post

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HEROINE ASKS: Are There Women, Really?

For a long time I have hesitated to write a book on woman. The subject is irritating, especially to women; and it is not new... It is still talked about, however, for the voluminous nonsense uttered during the last century seems to have done little to illuminate the problem. After all, is there a problem? And if so, what is it? Are there women, really?

By Simone de Beauvoir - Introduction to The Second Sex

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FLEXING: Whole New Leadership Muscles

Leadership today should be viewed as a lateral adventure–not a linear journey.


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ASSURED: Because I'm Not In Love With You

Aaron Sorkin’s new film unwittingly reveals how male and female workplace relationships have changed for the better.

Megan Garber - The Atlantic

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THE REVERSE: Are You Stuck As Second-in-Command?

Every senior executive would love to have an Allan Taylor on his or her team. And that was the nub of Allan’s problem. For a number of years, Allan has reported to a highly visionary manager, and they made a great team. Allan has ensured consistent execution of his boss’s strategic initiatives — and is quickly falling into what I call the “first lieutenant syndrome.”

John Beeson - HBR

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REDEFINE: What Makes It All Work

We see an interesting pattern across the professionally managed companies, those whose CEOs were hired by the board. These CEOs are what we call “insider outsiders” ... After becoming CEO, that insider-outsider perspective helped them explore new paths to growth without being constrained by yesterday’s success formula.

Scott Anthony & Evan I. Schwartz - HBR

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TRUST: Culture Is Walking The Walk

...culture change can’t be achieved through top-down mandate. It lives in the collective hearts and habits of people and their shared perception of “how things are done around here.” Someone with authority can demand compliance, but they can’t dictate optimism, trust, conviction, or creativity.

Bryan Walker & Sarah A. Soule - HBR

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IN BODY: Intelligence

The brain is often envisioned as something like a computer, and the body as its all-purpose tool. But a growing body of new research suggests that something more collaborative is going on - that we think not just with our brains, but with our bodies. 

by Drake Bennett -

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HEAR: The Unspoken

"In the different voice of women lies the truth of an ethic of care, the tie between relationship and responsibility, and the origins of aggression in the failure of connection."


INVENT: Against Type

At the height of her Hollywood career, actress Hedy Lamarr was known as "the most beautiful woman in the world." In the 1940s she quietly invented what would become the precursor to many wireless technologies we use today, including Bluetooth, GPS, cellphone networks and more.

Author Interview - NPR

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INSIST: Make On-Site Child Care Pay for Itself

Research showing the business benefits of paid family and medical leave and other critical programs is abundant. For now, though, let me illustrate the basic math that gives me confidence as Patagonia’s chief executive not only to provide on-site child care to our parents at our headquarters, but, as of this year, to expand it to our 400-employee distribution center in Reno, Nevada, as well.

By Rose Marcario - Fast Company

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