This summer I reflected again on the value of beauty, art, culture, creative conversations and healing company. As often said at WIN, "let beauty be the answer to the ugliness in this world". I felt this so strongly walking around in an Italy that was quieter then normal, with more space to reflect whether in the botanical gardens in Rome or in the canals of Venice.

The feminine is everywhere. And the good news is that more and more people are waking up to its importance. We enlighten the feminine by giving value to nature, beauty, intuition, caring, sharing, joy and context. We do not take it for granted. We radiate inspiration through who we are and how we do what we do, creating ripples of positive change.

Part of the feminine is resilience, a capacity to not only bounce back, but also to persist, adapt or transform in the face of change and in a way that maintains the basic identity of a system.* This can also be preserving nature or taking care of important culture and artistic traditions. Art is vital. Art expressed with love touches your heart. It not just aesthetic but also ethics that can be perceived and sensed. I think that is why a city such as Venice is magical for so many.

Perhaps more than anything, it is about the work of artisans, craftswomen and men, and ordinary people making something with their hands, creating something beautiful that is an expression of their aesthetic and way of seeing the world. It is creative. Likewise, creating nurturing connections is part of this ethics of care that centers around interpersonal relationship. Care is a virtue in itself.** Building bridges is necessary in this polarising world, and why not make sure they are stunning too?

In the world of data and accelerated change I suggest we give this more attention. Even at work, how you write a sentence, talk to a colleague, include someone or celebrate them, perhaps even add a vase of flowers to your desk, matters. How you speak, how you make decisions to be a part of nature and a part of our common humanity also when doing business. How we hold creative and soulful conversations going beyond different opinions and instead nurturing and bringing joy. How we create a context where everyone feels included. Ultimately how we care and create outstanding relationships - all this matters.

Let’s continue to explore how we can be modern Renaissance Leaders - women and men who bring a more wholistic, just and creative perspective to the world of tech, business and society.

I believe that these women and men can change the world, and you are one of them. Change comes from nourishing conversations, laughter, joy, beauty as truth and action based on love. Let’s make an extra effort to see a project come to fruition, visit a friend and listen to a colleague, simply because it feels good, whether on Zoom or in-person.

*Stockholm Resilience Centre, Schultz

**Ethics of Care, Gillghan

While you are addressed as a leader at WIN, you are also addressed as a shining star. Whether you are leading an entire organization, a team or simply your own life, we want to lead with awareness and by putting others and ourselves in the Right Light. We want to shine in a constellation of the most brilliant stars, shining light on the many dark situations on the planet today.

This is a difficult time for many and for sure a very uncertain time. In these times, we must learn to stay grounded no matter what, connected to our intuition and each other.

Just imagine, you and me and thousands of other inspired and inspiring women and men doing our very best?

As we work to restore balance in the world, we continue to expand and give value to the feminine. In the feminine paradigm, it is not about the target you set, the strategy you have to reach it, rather it is about the ripples and the rays you send out to the world and those you receive. It is about HOW you do what you do, the consciousness you allow and put into who you are and what you do.

I spoke to a woman the other day who told me she loved the online WIN Conference because it managed to create that same feeling we have when we met in-person. She continued to share how she had felt at home and how she had felt so included and accepted the first time she came to WIN. She didn’t say she remembered all the 10 tips she got, although she got that too, she talked about HOW she had felt.

What can you do today to encourage someone else's natural expression and authentic contribution, while also catching it if you position yourself in any insincere way, hesitate to be you, hide or minimize yourself?

Try journaling about it and be serious in expanding your inner journey and the reflection of your outer journey too. Accept where you are and have fun with it.

Let’s continue to explore what is needed to be in our brilliance, never in isolation and with an understanding of being a part of something larger, of putting one another in the Right Light. The stronger the stars the more amazing the constellation.

How do you feel when you are connected to caring people, stimulating ideas and uplifting thoughts? How do you feel when you are connected to yourself, noticing when you might be sad or excited, nervous or energized?

At the core of WIN is the idea of connecting to flourish and of seeing ourselves as part of the interconnected web of life. We stand for and with each other, creating space for each of us to grow into the best version of ourselves and pioneer new ways of living, working and leading. We see a network as a ‘working net’, a net to both nurture and to lean on.

How you do all that you do matters, and what radiates from you sends a message. It is in how we connect and how we cultivate our relationships that we find out who we really are. That can rarely be found in isolation. The how, the consciousness you put into what you do, is what creates high quality relationships.

In addition to your knowledge and self-awareness, who you know and who knows you is crucial too. The so-called Brand You is developed over time. In the interconnected web that we belong to, our reputation and credibility is of the highest value.

Our networking is balanced – both feminine and the masculine principles apply.

Perhaps the most joyful ones that allow you to be in flow are the feminine principles. These are the principles of being, attracting and allowing synchronicity. Who you are and how you do what you do calls in the people you can be of service to, people who support you to grow and bring your projects to fruition. Doing so requests your mindfulness, your connection to your body and your senses to catch the subtle signs along the way. It requests creativity and opens you to unexpected solutions.

Then there is networking via the masculine principles, which can be important too. It is the strategic way, where one sets goals and goes out to meet those believed to be useful. It is the traditional way in business and has limits. Focusing on what you have predesigned and set your mind on in advance can leave you less open to magic and synchronicity.

A mix of the two can create a powerful third force, your personal mix.

In order to succeed, we must build bridges, catch and release your judgements, grow together, put yourself in the shoes of others, set boundaries, create win-win-wins and pursue a common vision.

Over the years, I have run hundreds of workshops on the topic and it now has renewed interest. We want to network again and to do so consciously. The way we meet has completely changed across the past year. We must ask how we can build and nurture relationships, and network with pleasure, passion and purpose in the new way - mostly online. On our life journeys, we give and receive, we set goals and we attract. And just as we keep our focus, we stay open to humbly listen for what comes our way.

Could today be a day to expand your network?

Why not reach out to someone you haven’t talked to in a while, someone a bit different, someone who can expand your mind, excite your belly and touch your heart – someone that you can inspire, that can inspire you, and that you can learn and grow with – someone you can work with and learn something new from?

Networking is no longer an exchange of advantages, it is also an exchange of wellbeing, of holding space, of acceptance, of inspiration and of uplifting each other to live fully and contribute where we are most needed. And of course, it is about doing business together – with purpose and with joy.

Here’s to connecting to flourish.