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Lis Williams

Business Women Giving Back

  • August 25, 2020
  • Lis Williams

Are you a successful business woman or entrepreneur, but feel like there’s more you’re here to do? Do... Continue Reading

Are you a successful business woman or entrepreneur, but feel like there’s more you’re here to do?

Do you look around at the state of the world and wonder how you can make a difference?

Are you ready to share your time, talent, and/or treasure but don’t want to do it alone?

You’re in the right place!

Times are challenging, no doubt.  And if you’re like me, you’re tired of feeling cooped up at home with limited interaction with friends and colleagues.

But I also see this as a time of great opportunity.  A time to clarify what really matters to us.  A time to imagine how we can come out of this mess better off both personally and collectively.  A time to begin putting in place the pieces that will allow us to soar once the world opens up again.  And it will!

So I decided to do something I’ve resisted for a long time.  Get more active on social media.  Because honestly I am not a fan of it.  It kind of makes me crazy. 

But social media can be used as a tool for good to connect and spread positive messages around the globe.  And now we have the opportunity to come together in a safe and intimate way through a Facebook Group.  So I’ve created…

“Business Women Giving Back”

Here you’ll find a non-partisan, inter-faith, divisive-free, safe space where you can relax, escape the madness, and be authentically who you are.

But we’re also a community of women who want to do more than just talk about the problems – we find and support solutions. Through posts, conversation, and live videos we’ll encourage you to follow your soul’s purpose and embrace your passion for change.

Women will lead us to the new future we imagine.  And now more than ever we need you stepping up and into the fullness of who you are and what you have to offer the world. It’s our time. Let’s do this sister!

Just follow this link to step into your next chapter as a powerful change-maker!

Be bold.  Be daring.  Be AWE-dacious!


Why Aren’t We Investing More in Women and Girls??

  • July 21, 2020
  • Lis Williams

Women and girls are half of the world’s population and yet in 2020 they are not considered equals... Continue Reading

Women and girls are half of the world’s population and yet in 2020 they are not considered equals in most parts of the world.

And despite attempts in the social impact space to direct funding to organizations that serve women and girls, support is surprisingly deficient when compared with philanthropic giving as a whole.

In 2019, The Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University published the first Women & Girls Index, which measures giving to more than 45,000 U.S. organizations dedicated to women and girls.  The findings show that only 1.6% of all philanthropic support went to these causes.  And through studies of foundation giving in both the U.S. and Europe, researchers estimate that only about 7% of all foundation grants specifically benefit women and girls.

How can this be?  We know that female-led households are more likely to give to charity than male-led households and, at nearly every income level, women donate almost twice as much as men.  Additionally, women are both more likely to give to women’s and girls’ causes and give larger amounts to these causes.

And despite the current challenges we’re facing, the financial status of women in the U.S. continues to improve.  Women already own more than half of investable assets and control decision-making for $11 trillion.  They are expected to inherit 70% of the $41 trillion in intergenerational wealth transfer over the next 35 years.  More women obtain college degrees than men and more women are in the workforce than ever before.

So with the knowledge that making investments in women and girls promotes a ripple effect of change throughout families, communities, and even entire countries – why aren’t more women supporting causes that lift up women and girls?  And what can we do to change that?

Perhaps the answer lies in the confusion over how we can effectively support women and girls around the globe.  Of the philanthropic giving directed toward women and girls, 90 cents of each dollar are focused on reproductive health, leaving inadequate funding for the range of other issues affecting them.  The factors that will lead to women rising into co-equal partnership with men are varied and go beyond reproduction.

Intersectionality emerged in the late 1980’s as a way to understand the complexities of women’s lives and to develop solutions that take these complexities into account. Coined by Kimberle Crenshaw the essence of intersectionality is that gender alone does not determine women’s experiences.  According to Crenshaw, intersectionality is a way to see “multiple forms of exclusion”, as well as to advocate for women of all backgrounds and identities.

So what does that mean for those of us who desire to lift women and girls out of oppression?  It means we need to focus on multiple issues at the same time.  We can’t devote resources in one area and expect it to be enough.

But it can be a daunting task to sift through data and information and identify those efforts that have the greatest potential for social impact.  There are many existing frameworks used by different organizations, but no single framework that is commonly used across the field.  For example, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are not specific to women, do not organize the topics that improve women’s lives holistically in one place, and can be overwhelming given there are a total of 19 goals.

But what can feel overwhelming doesn’t have to be.  In an effort to simplify the approach to better focus our efforts in the places where we are likely to have the greatest impact, I’ve created the:

7 Pillars of Women’s Empowerment and the Divine Feminine Rising

Using research from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania, we begin with the five core areas where the most promising solutions lead to the greatest impact on the lives of women and girls globally.  These five dimensions are inextricably linked and provide a holistic view of how to create the greatest impact:

  • Access to Healthcare
  • Education
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Freedom from Violence
  • Equality

There is terrific work being done on the ground to address the issues that keep women and children disempowered.  But is it enough?  Are we moving women from a life of suppression and oppression quickly enough and at scale?  What might we be missing?

Can we really make an impact on the empowerment of women and children if we’re living under the old constructs and beliefs of a patriarchal, hierarchical society?  Constructs and beliefs around culture, religion, politics, business, education, healthcare that we have in many ways accepted for ourselves as truth.  Until now.

The rise of the Divine Feminine on the planet is shifting the way we look at women and men, the roles we play, the privileges we have, where the power is held, and ultimately the imbalance that is prevalent in all sectors.  And it’s time to incorporate two long forgotten pillars into the women’s empowerment movement and all sectors of society:

  • Re-connecting to Mother Earth
  • Restoring the Sacred Feminine

I believe these two anchor pillars merged with the five core pillars are the missing link to ending oppression and restoring equality for all.  It’s time sisters to shift the paradigm that has allowed the “-isms” of sexism, racism, classism, etc…to fester and infect the health of our planet and humanity.  Over the next couple of months I’ll share more about how we do this together. 

Let’s get started!

Be Bold.  Be Daring.  Be AWE-dacious!

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7 Pillars of Women’s Empowerment and Divine Feminine Rising

  • June 30, 2020
  • Lis Williams

Next week, I will travel to Florida for the purpose of taking over my 92-year old mom’s finances. ... Continue Reading

Next week, I will travel to Florida for the purpose of taking over my 92-year old mom’s finances.  Not because she really wants me to or that she’s not capable of continuing to handle them on her own.  But with the realities of Covid-19, it seems the prudent thing to do.

Sadly, while there I won’t be able to be with her face to face.  She lives in a retirement center that is under quarantine, with increased restrictions being implemented as cases in Florida are on the rise.  I’ll get all of her paperwork and then stay in a nearby hotel.

In truth, she could leave her home and stay at my sister’s house where would be able to be together taking precautions by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.  But even with precautions there are no guarantees, and when she returns to her home she would be in quarantine for 14 days.

There are no easy answers anymore it seems.  We all have to make the best decisions we can with the information we’ve been given.

But, despite the uncertainty, I am hopeful that this time of upheaval and chaos, this collective dark night of the soul, is an opening to vast possibilities we may have only imagined.  One way of life may be over, but a new way of being and doing will be birthed from the turbulence.  And it’s up to us to make that happen.

Women’s voices are needed now more than ever!  Your voice!

The feminine naturally leads not from a place of competition, scarcity, and power over – but rather from a place of cooperation, abundance, and power with.  From a place of love and compassion.  But for centuries our voices have been suppressed and silenced.  No more.  The Divine Feminine is Rising and it’s time to speak our truth!   

As Barbara Marx Hubbard said, “For the first time in thousands of years, women now have the opportunity to give birth to their authentic feminine “Self”, and to actively participate in the workings of the evolutionary process.  The modern and postmodern rise of women into the role of evolutionary agents is an event of the highest significance.”

So how will you answer the call?  What will you do?  Where will you serve?

During the shutdown, I completed my research on Women’s Empowerment and the Divine Feminine.  If you’d like to learn more, here’s a link to a short PowerPoint presentation…

We’re all connected and the social issues that challenge us are inter-connected as well.  When we come together in community to learn, grow, and serve, we strengthen our commitment and increase our impact ensuring that we effect the change we want to see in the world.

It doesn’t matter which pillar you choose to focus on…environmental sustainability, health & well-being, education, economic empowerment, freedom from violence, equality…it all matters!  Choose a pillar and join with others to shift the paradigm from patriarchy and privilege to new systems that support the common good.

Regardless of our race, religion, age, or culture – we are all women.  We are sisters.  We are strong, courageous, and determined.  And together, as Fierce Warrior Goddesses of Light, we will change the world!

Be bold.  Be daring.  Be AWE-dacious!

Answering the Call

  • June 17, 2020
  • Lis Williams

Hmmm.  Where to begin? Let’s begin with Covid-19 and the pause that enveloped the globe.  For the first... Continue Reading

Hmmm.  Where to begin?

Let’s begin with Covid-19 and the pause that enveloped the globe.  For the first time ever, life was put on hold for everyone on the planet so we could protect ourselves, families and friends, and the most vulnerable among us.  We came together for the good of the whole because we saw ourselves at risk.

But while we were all focused on staying healthy, we continued to ignore the viruses that plague our world on an ongoing basis – the “isms”: racism, sexism, genderism, classism, ageism, etc…

What if we were to shut down our planet until we find a cure for the…

  • 3 million children who die of undernourishment each year
  • 12 million girls who are married before the age of 18
  • 40 million victims of human trafficking
  • 130 million girls who are not allowed to go to school
  • 150 million people who are homeless
  • 700 million people who live on less than $2/day
  • 800 million people who struggle with mental health

What if??

But in a world where divisiveness has become the norm, we seem unable to figure out how to shift the conversation to issues that really matter.  We don’t all agree that some things are utterly unacceptable, and that if we worked together we could make an impact.

And then, as the disease that left people “gasping for breath” begins to subside and the world starts opening up, we watch as George Floyd begs for his life with the words we’ll never forget, “I can’t breathe.”

We took to the streets with demonstrations, protests, and acts of violence in hope that the world would finally listen and insist on equality for all.

This past week, I had the opportunity to be part of an on-line conversation hosted by the SINE Network.  There were eight of us participating – four black women and four white.  It lasted 3 ½ hours.  Antoinette Rootsdawtah led us in a conversation that explored the obstacles to white allegiance which are white privilege, fragility, liberalism, and guilt.

We listened as our black sisters spoke of the racism, injustices, and inequalities they and their ancestors have endured for centuries.  And how challenging it can be to have honest conversations with white people who can’t see their own hidden biases.  They weren’t blaming, they were explaining that despite being educated and employed, changing the way they dress and do their hair, still they are not accepted as equals.  And at the end of the conversation, they asked for our support.   

“The world will be saved by the Western woman.”

– The Dalai Lama

When the Dalai Lama said, “The world will be saved by the Western woman”, he didn’t mean that Western women are somehow superior.  What he meant is that using the qualities of the feminine and the resources of the western world, we collectively have the ability to shift the social systems of privilege to new systems that support the common good.  Paradigm shifts in every sector of society.

That’s where we are sisters.  It’s time!

From June 20th-27th, Unity Earth will be hosting World Unity Week (  AWE Partners is honored to join with many other partners, including The SINE Network, The Shift Network, Pachamama Alliance, Humanity’s Team, and the Source of Synergy Foundation, to foster a genuine movement toward global unity.

The theme for the week is “Answering the Call”.  I have been invited to host an open session where I’ll present my latest research entitled, “Peace Through Empowerment:  7 Pillars of the Divine Feminine Rising”.  I would love for you to join in the conversation and see how you might “Answer the Call” to be part of the solution at this pivotal time on our planet.

Be bold.  Be daring.  Be AWE-dacious!


P.S.  We’ll be live on our podcast, The Broader Edge, today at 5:00 p.m. ET.  You can find us in The Broader Edge Facebook group or on Enlightened World Network.  Today we’ll be talking about how we turn our desires into action to create the world we really want.  If you can’t be with us live be sure to check out my You Tube channel for all of the recordings.


Grow Your Soul

  • May 18, 2020
  • Lis Williams

How are you?  After approximately two months of “shelter at home” (depending on where you are in the... Continue Reading

How are you?  After approximately two months of “shelter at home” (depending on where you are in the world), I would love to know how are you really?

Are you pulling your hair out?  Tired of online learning and Zoom calls?  Longing to spend time with friends and colleagues?  Itching for things to open up so you can get back to some sort of normalcy?

Or are you enjoying the slower pace of life?  Not missing the commute or the hours spent in your car getting from one activity to the next?  Relishing having an excuse to order in to support your local restaurants rather than figuring out yet again what to cook for dinner?

If you’re like me you’ve felt it all at some point.  From calm and peace to anger and frustration all before breakfast.

But I think what I’ve found most revealing about myself during this slowdown is how much I value my freedom.  I’m a bit of a rebel, so I really don’t like being told what I can and cannot do.  It’s why I’ve chosen the path of entrepreneurship over corporate life.

However, I also recognize how important it has been for us to come together as a global community and make choices that benefit the whole rather than doing what we feel like doing at any given moment.

I’ve also found myself asking questions about who wields power, particularly in times of chaos, and can I trust them?  With revelations happening constantly about our so-called “leaders” it’s challenging to know who or what to believe.

How did this whole thing happen and how do we ensure that it never happens again?  Because I really don’t want to sit around, with fingers and toes crossed, hoping someone else is minding the store.

Do we continue to put our faith in those who hold the power and claim to have our best interests at heart?  Or is it time for each of us to acknowledge and take back our own power?  Our AWE-thentic Power?

AWE-thentic Power comes from within.  It’s your birthright.  Your inherent worth.  It’s something that every human being on the planet has a right to embody.  It’s just that most of us have forgotten.

In some cases, our AWE-thentic Power is taken from us.  At other times, we give it away, perhaps unconsciously.

We give it away when we don’t stand up for ourselves.  When we let others treat us poorly.  When we stay quiet in the face of abuse or wrongdoing.

We give it away when we conform to fit in or follow outdated rules so we will be liked.

We give it away when we stay in toxic relationships or situations too long.  Or when we let others decide our life path.

In some circumstances, life is just too overwhelming and we’re too tired or afraid to take back our power.  It just seems easier to give in.

But for those of us who believe we have a choice, it’s time.  Time to take back our power for ourselves and our sisters.  Because when one of us rises we all rise.  When one of us steps up and out we all are lifted.  When one of us shines our light, the darkness recedes.  And when one of us raises our vibration, the vibration of the entire planet rises.

And that’s where we are right now.  At a turning point.  We either keep playing small or we rise together.

We either stay asleep or we wake up to what our soul came here to do.  Stepping outside our comfort zone and into our potential, our purpose, our destiny.

We didn’t just come here to enjoy the scenery – although we should do that as much as possible.  We came here for a reason.

You incarnated into that beautiful body of yours so that your soul could experience its own growth and transformation. And your soul’s purpose is what makes you come alive.

Your soul is the source of your AWE-thentic Power!  Get to know her!

You have the power to co-create your life and to participate in the ongoing evolution of the Universe.  Your dream merges into something bigger than yourself – the greater story you are destined to live.

Here’s something to remember…you’re not given a dream unless you have the capacity to fulfill it.  We’re unlimited in our capacity for impact.  So what are you waiting for?

But how do I hear her, you ask?  How do I know what I came here to do?

Your soul speaks to you through your intuition.  So that gut feeling…listen to it!  That calling that keeps nudging you…listen to it!  That phrase that keeps showing up, that desire that keeps creeping in, that passion that keeps tugging at your heart strings.  Listen to it!!

Women are naturals at this.  Tuning into their gut.  Trusting their instincts.  Possessing a “knowingness” about things.  Listening, feeling, being with emotions.

And this is why we need more women in leadership positions.  Why we need a paradigm shift bringing the feminine into every sector of society.

Not because the masculine energy is bad.  We’re all designed to have both masculine and feminine qualities and attributes.  We’re just out of balance.

It’s time to move from competition to cooperation, achievement to fulfillment, doing to being.  We need more love, creativity, connectedness, receptivity, wisdom, and compassion.  More honesty, vulnerability, and community.

AWE-thentic Power is shared power.  It’s power with – not over.

We need to support each other on the journey.  We need our sisters to be strong and re-claim their voice.  Let’s start affirming each other’s gifts. Encouraging each other’s potential.  Supporting each other’s dreams.

Together we can achieve far more than we can imagine.  Because your soul doesn’t play small.  And neither does the Universe.

You are a partner in the Divine Dance.  So let the dancing begin!

Be bold.  Be daring.  Be AWE-dacious!



Candid Conversations that Envision a New Future

  • April 20, 2020
  • Lis Williams

Are you afraid that life as we know it will never be the same? Or are you excited... Continue Reading

Are you afraid that life as we know it will never be the same?

Or are you excited about the opportunities we now have to take a pause, gain a Broader view, and move forward from a place of love, compassion, inspiration, and empowerment?  

Maybe you’re feeling a bit of both depending on the hour or the day.  Whatever you’re feeling is absolutely perfect.  The key is to feel it fully.

In fact, it seems as if the whole world has been asked to slow down, listen, and really feel into what’s being asked of us individually and collectively.

We have been given an amazing opportunity to re-imagine life on our planet.  To question where we are and where we’re headed.  To effect the changes that until now we have only dreamt of.

We can either be drawn into the energies of uncertainty and fear, or we can transmute them for the benefit of our awakening and the rise of global consciousness.

In the depths of your soul there is a place of peace and calm, an unwavering and steady self, that knows you’ve got this.  No matter what happens next or what changes may be on the horizon, the Source of all that is shines as a light in the darkness and loving shelter in the storm.

If you’re looking for a place to explore the shifts in thoughts, beliefs, and actions we are being invited to consider as we step into the Edge of evolution…I would love for you to join me and my co-hosts, Sheila Cash, Teri Angel, and Mira Rubin, for our new podcast entitled The Broader Edge…Candid Conversations that Envision a New Future.

Our mission is to empower and engage you in shaping our tomorrow because who you are and what you do matters.  

You can find us every other Thursday beginning April 23rd at 5:00 p.m. ET on Facebook at Enlightened World Network.  This link will take you there…  

Don’t wait for things to change…be the change!  See you on the Edge!

Be bold. Be daring. Be AWE-dacious!





We’re in This Together!

  • March 24, 2020
  • Lis Williams

em-pa-thy (n): the ability to understand and share the feelings of another In the past couple of years,... Continue Reading

em-pa-thy (n): the ability to understand and share the feelings of another

In the past couple of years, the term empathy has become more popular, particularly as it relates to individuals who are empaths – those who feel the feelings of others.

Empathy is different from sympathy which means having feelings of pity or sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.  Empathy means you get it!

What has become readily apparent to me is that what we are experiencing right now collectively on the planet is a huge uptick in empathy.  For the first time ever, we can actually understand and feel what our sisters and brothers are feeling all over the globe.  Can you sense the power in this??  

If anyone ever doubted that we are in this together – I hope they now realize the truth of our common humanity.  What impacts you, impacts me.  What hurts you, hurts me.  And what heals you, heals me, my family and friends, my community, country – all of us!

We are all facing perhaps the most challenging circumstances of our lives.  Fears and anxieties over health and finances are rising to the surface for us to deal with.  The same type of fears and anxieties that many people around the world deal with every single day of their lives.

For most of us, this will end – hopefully sooner rather than later.  But we know it WILL end.

For others, this won’t be.  When medicines and vaccines are available to ensure that coronavirus cannot harm us to this extent any longer, those experiencing poverty, lacking access to healthcare, or living amidst violence – will continue to experience fear and anxiety.

Will we care?  Will we remember that for a short moment in time we were connected with them?

Or will we go back to our normal, busy lives where we sleepwalk through the days as if we have no other choice?

Perhaps, like me, this uninvited and paradoxical gift has proven to you that there is a better way to live.  We can…

Slow down

Take a breath

Care for our Soul

Get off the treadmill

Create white space in our calendars

Spend quality time with our loved ones

Reach out to check in on someone in need

Stop shopping for things that fill our homes but not our hearts

And think about the impact this is having on not just ourselves, but on so many others whose situations are far more precarious than our own.

Have you been thinking about the changes you might like to make when things go back to normal?  Or how you don’t want to go back to “normal”?

Are you wondering what you can do to help co-create a better world?  Are you tired of feeling like you’re in this alone?

There’s no more time for wondering what you can do to stop the madness or sitting on the sidelines hoping things will get better.  The world is waiting for you to step up and into your AWE-thentic Power to make the impact you came here to make.  What are you waiting for?  It’s time! 

If you’re ready to begin living from a deeper, more connected space as part of a sisterhood I invite you to join us.  Together we’ll own our gifts and talents, determine how and where we’re meant to serve, and support solutions that have the potential to shift things on our planet in such a way that our children and grandchildren have a chance at a better future.

If you’re ready for a “new normal” in your life and in the world, join our Facebook Group called “Business Women Giving Back”.  Can’t wait to see you there!

Be bold.  Be daring.  Be AWE-dacious!



Reclaim Your Voice and Speak Your Truth

  • February 25, 2020
  • Lis Williams

Last week I had an experience that shook me, angered me, and inspired me to write this blog. ... Continue Reading

Last week I had an experience that shook me, angered me, and inspired me to write this blog.  As much as I really didn’t want to share something so personal and knew it might invite criticism, I felt I had to.  Because if we stay quiet nothing changes.

Spoiler Alert…This is not a blog about breast cancer or the pros and cons of mammograms.  But that’s where it begins.

For a number of years, I received annual mammograms as women are encouraged to do.  And I didn’t have a problem with them – despite the discomfort.  In fact, I’m so grateful that for the most part in the U.S. we have access to the latest medical technology.

But as I became more knowledgeable about alternative and holistic medicine, I chose to forego mammograms and instead began using thermography.  Once again, I’m not here to talk about the pros and cons and I know many of you will vehemently disagree with my decision.  That’s fine.

We don’t have to agree to respect each other.  But please hear me out.

So a recent thermography appointment revealed a spot on one of my breasts.  There was no concern associated with it and I was told to return in a year.  However, in speaking with my holistic practitioner about this he suggested exploring the option of having an ultrasound rather than a mammogram just to double check.

So I reached out to an imaging center, explained that I did not want to have a mammogram, and inquired as to whether I could have an ultrasound instead.  They said yes and made the appointment.

When I arrived, the technician escorted me into a room with a mammography machine.  I politely told her I was here for an ultrasound and she said she needed to ask me some questions.  She then told me that their protocol is to do a mammogram first and then decide if an ultrasound is warranted.  I replied that I did not want to have the mammogram.  “So you’re refusing the mammogram?” she asked.  “Yes,” I responded.

The technician then left to speak with the doctor.  When she returned, she told me they had decided to go ahead with the ultrasound, but that they couldn’t issue a complete report without the mammogram.  I was fine with that.

But something had shifted since I first arrived.  No longer was there a sense of caring in her voice.  Instead, a wall went up.

I was now viewed as a trouble-maker.  I wasn’t playing by their rules.  And they didn’t like it.

Now I can understand that they might be concerned from a liability standpoint.  But I was more than happy to release them from any liability if they had requested it.

In any event, I’m taken to the ultrasound room where an equally cold female technician performs the exam barely speaking to me throughout.  She then says she’ll be back, but I need to stay on the table as the doctor will want to perform the exam as well.

Now I’m starting to get a little nervous.  Because anytime I’ve had an ultrasound in the past the doctor has not needed to come in and perform the exam again.  So I’m starting to think something’s wrong.  And if you’ve ever had a diagnostic test of any kind for what might potentially be a serious disease, you can relate to the fear in wondering if everything’s alright.

A few minutes later a male doctor walks in and introduces himself.  He then proceeds to use his hand to perform a breast exam.  He doesn’t ask permission.  He doesn’t explain what he’s doing or why.  He just helps himself while the female technician looks on.  When he finishes, he proceeds to do the same ultrasound exam.

Once he’s finished, and while I’m still lying on the table, he launches into a lecture based on his 25 years of experience about why my decision to use thermography and refuse a mammogram is ill-informed.  This despite the fact that he can find nothing wrong from the exam.  (Thank-you, God!)

I said nothing as he spoke waiting for the nightmare to come to an end.  Frankly, I’ve come to expect this type of reaction from the medical community.

But once I was in a vertical position and fully clothed the anger started to build…

What right did he have to touch my breast without asking me?

What right do they have to treat me like I’m an idiot?

Why am I not allowed to make decisions that affect MY body, My health, MY life?

And why didn’t I speak up during the exam?

Why?  Because I was scared.  I was afraid that something was wrong and I just wanted to know what was happening.  His unprofessional and uncaring behavior was secondary to me at that moment.

And the fact that I was lying in a horizontal position, half-clothed, as he stood over me made it more difficult for me to “stand” in my power.

How often does this happen to women?  We’re “put in our place” by an authority figure.  We’re made to question our intelligence, convictions, and rights because we want to do things differently.  And even worse, while other women stand by and watch it happen.

What will it take for each and every one of us to take back our inherent AWE-thentic Power? 

To find our voice again and speak up for what we know is Our Truth?

To trust our gut, our intuition, even when nobody else agrees with us?

From the bedroom to the board room, from hospitals to universities, from Washington to London to Baghdad, it’s time!

It’s time sisters to re-claim Our Voice and begin using it to speak Our Truth while encouraging others to speak theirs.  For our own evolution and the evolution of our planet.

To become heroines of our own lives and support women around the globe in becoming heroines of their own.

The feminine is rising and it’s time.  Time for the feminine and masculine to come back into balance for the sake of our families, our communities, and our world.  Let’s do this together!!

Be bold.  Be daring.  Be AWE-dacious!


P.S.  Want support to find your voice and speak your truth while making your unique impact in the world?  My on-line course Impact from the Inside Out was designed for women just like you.  Learn more here…


20/20 Vision

  • February 5, 2020
  • Lis Williams

Each spring I have the windows in my home cleaned.  It’s an event I look forward to because... Continue Reading

Each spring I have the windows in my home cleaned.  It’s an event I look forward to because through the winter so much dirt has built up it’s hard to see out.  After the cleaning my whole view is clearer, brighter and more colorful.  

I find the same thing happens when I take time to step back from the world.  Whether for a long while, such as the sabbatical I took last fall, or for just 20 minutes during my morning meditation.  The view is still the same, but there’s more clarity, color, and life!

The beginning of a new year, or in this case a new decade, is the perfect time to step back and re-evaluate your vision. 

What’s your grander vision for life on this planet?  What would you change if you could wave your magic wand and make it happen?  What do you want to share with the world?  Where are you meant to serve?

Here’s what I’m seeing…there’s a tsunami happening, but not in the form of a natural disaster.  We as a society have lost faith in religion, healthcare, corporations, government, even Hollywood.  The result is a paradigm shift occurring in every facet of life and it’s REALLY uncomfortable.

No longer can we wait for our leaders to do the right thing and make intelligent, compassionate decisions. It’s up to us now and each of us is a critical player.

If we want to change the world it’s got to happen from the inside – out and bottom – up.

What do I mean?  Let’s take a look at where the shifts are already occurring…

·        Religion: Houses of worship are empty and yet a rising consciousness is happening around the globe led by individuals who consider themselves spiritual but not religious. 

·        Healthcare: Tired of an approach to health that focuses on treating the symptoms rather than getting to the root cause of the illness and the mind/body link, informed consumers are turning to alternative and holistic medicine and practitioners. 

·        Business: The focus on shareholder value above all else is no longer accepted by progressive companies who recognize that long term sustainability requires management to consider   Profit + People + Planet = Triple Bottom Line.  And consumers want to purchase from and invest in social enterprises.

·        Patriarchy: The patriarchal model of “business as usual” is being overtaken by a more feminine approach that values equality over hierarchy, cooperation over control, and compassion over indifference. And women are finding their voice and speaking out against injustices that are inexcusable and have been allowed to continue for far too long.

·        Philanthropy/Social Impact:  The enormity of our social challenges means non-profit organizations cannot operate in silos.  They must partner with other organizations addressing the issues as well as government and business to have any chance of finding and implementing lasting solutions.

·        Government: Wish I could say there are changes afoot, but sadly, this doesn’t seem to be the case with our politicians.  Not in the U.S. anyway.

Although it appears as if the world is in a state of absolute chaos, I don’t see it that way. What I see is an enormous amount of opportunity to co-create the better world we dream of. 

When everything is falling apart and crumbling at our feet, we can either curl up in a ball and hope it gets better soon.  Or we can figure out what gifts and talents we have to share and what issues and causes we’re meant to address.  Then find others who have the same calling and create partnerships and collaborations the lift everyone up.  AWE Partners was founded on this principle.

Yes, there are myriad problems around the globe that require attention.  But there’s also a tremendous amount of good work already happening.

Thankfully, the rise of the internet is making it easier to locate solutions and identify individuals, organizations, foundations, and others who are making the world a better place each and every day.  And they need and want our support.

So where do you fit into the equation?  That’s what we explore in my on-line course, Impact from the Inside Out. 

Here’s what some of the participants have said…

“I enjoyed sharing what I’ve discovered with the group and hearing what they’ve learned as well. The environment was fun, relaxed, and inspiring as we brainstormed ways to help each other in developing our individual goals and plans.”  

“I learned a lot with respect to being more strategic about my philanthropic endeavors.  I realized being generous wasn’t enough. I was being a little lazy about my research and now understand I was supporting programs and organizations that are already overfunded.  I learned how to evaluate programs so I could create more impact with my donations and talents.”

“During the course, I discovered an organization whose cause I connected with and I am now working with their Marketing Director using my expertise.  As I get to know their organization even better, I may consider serving on their Board of Directors.  Lis was an amazing resource to help me on this journey!”

We’ll be launching the course again this fall and we’re excited to continue the adventure with our new AWE-thentic Impact Circles in 2021.  Kind of like the popular “giving circles” you might have heard of – but on steroids.  Why? Because as heart-centered, mission-driven, badass women we can do so much more. 

Imagine linking your mission or that of your business with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)!  Does it get any better??

To stay fully engaged in the social impact space we need to align ourselves with causes and organizations that are right for us.  And we get to explore not only how to give, but how to shop and invest with purpose as well. 

There’s “Power in the Purse” and we hold the purse strings!

So if this new decade has inspired you to become part of the solution, I hope you’ll consider joining a circle of women ready to make their AWE-thentic Impact in the world together! We need your magnificence out there!

You can find out more here…

Be bold. Be daring. Be AWE-dacious!


Good-byes, Grief, and Growing New

  • December 31, 2019
  • Lis Williams

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This past year saw an end to one chapter and the beginning of a new for myself and my husband.  We officially became empty-nesters after dropping our sons off at college, our youngest for the first time.

This is one of those stages in life that you know is coming and do everything you can to prepare for it, and yet when it arrives it still hits you in the gut.

The days and weeks leading up to our son’s departure were filled with shared memories, hugs, laughter, and tears.  However, the day we moved him in turned out to be more rushed than we had anticipated and our good-byes brief.  Maybe a good thing.

And then we arrived home to a VERY quiet house.  No family calendar filled with activities.  No basement filled with teenage boys.  No late-night chats over pizza.  

Just silence.  And gratitude for all the amazing times we’ve had and stories yet to be written.

For the first time in 22 years, I have plenty of time on my hands.  Plenty of time for self-care and soul-care.  Time for family and friends.  Time to re-evaluate the direction for AWE Partners.  And time to dream about the future.

But to ignore the grief would be not only potentially harmful but also inauthentic.  I would be lying if I didn’t admit that there’s a piece of me that feels like it’s missing.  Like it left my body and went off to college.  A piece that can’t be replaced by activities, events, or other people.  

And that’s ok.  The grief is simply an indication of the depth of love I feel for my children and for the life we’ve lived together all these years.  It has molded me and shaped me into the person I am today.  It allowed me to explore the depths of my feminine side and to better understand the depths of the masculine that I have shared space with.

It also allows me to recognize my strength and the strength of all the women who have loved deeply only to release that love out into the world. We women feel the joy and the pain in the depths of our soul and incorporate it into our being adding to the richness of life.

So what next?  Well, apparently, my last birthday was some kind of milestone.  At this stage of life I don’t even count.  I’m just so thrilled to be alive and healthy that birthdays come and go as a celebration. 

But certain family members and friends (who shall remain anonymous) attempted to thwart my positive outlook on life with questions such as, “Do you feel old?”.  Or discussions that centered on providing proof of just how old we are.  

Not going there, girls!   You do you, but the fact is given my DNA I’m likely only at the half-way point of my life.  Which means I have A LOT of years ahead of me.  And I plan to make the best of them.

Rather than growing old, I feel myself GROWING NEW!!

Never before have I been at a place in my life where I felt such potential for freedom.  Freedom from the responsibilities of school or work. Freedom from the responsibilities of parenting.  Freedom from caring what other people think or expect of me. Freedom to follow my bliss and do things that bring me joy.

Freedom to tap into the depths of my soul and listen to the voice of intuition that is guiding me forward toward a calling that my entire life has been preparing me for.  My purpose, my destiny, my dharma.  

Can I see it clearly? No!  Is the path certain?  No!  Do I know how to get there?  Nope!

But those aren’t the questions I’m asking in this second half of life.  Instead, I ask myself…

Can I trust it? Yes!  Am I ready?  Yes!  How can I serve?

How can I empower other women to heal their wounds, trust their journey, answer their calling, and serve from a place of love, compassion, and kindness?

Good-byes and grief are part of the journey, as is darkness.  But the Universe is constantly evolving toward the light and co-creating through us as we grow ourselves new and inspire others to do the same. 

We need you out there as a light-bearer and I could use some companionship.  Will you join me in growing new?

Be bold. Be daring. Be AWE-dacious!


P.S.  Reach out to me if you want to explore opportunities to partner/collaborate in 2020!