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Rise Up. Reach Down.

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A few weeks ago, I blogged about Sun Women in the Boston area attending the annual Mass. Conference for Women

Today, I'm tidying up my workspace, and found the program from this event with some of my notes (I resolve that next year, I'll bring a real notebook to write in because there was so much good content to jot down!)  

A quote that I'd jotted down from Pulitzer Prize winning author, Anna Quindlen's keynote caught my eye. 


 "Rise Up. Reach Down."

She talked about her family and how women's roles have changed over time and during her lifetime.  Her story was of three women who happened to be her mother, herself and her daughter.  But, the one thing that she said that really made an impact on me was something very  simple but profound: "Rise Up. Reach Down."

With the start of the New Year, we look for inspiration as we look ahead to the next 365 days (actually 366 days in 2008!)  

These 4 words are my inspiration.

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  • Cece Waters Friday, January 4, 2008

    Wow, what an incredible blog this is! Thanks to Shari Slate for pointing it out to me! And to all of you contributors/readers of this blog -- I need your help! I am helping drive Sun's effort to get us back on the Fortune list of "100 Best Companies to Work for." And we need stories such as the one captured in the December blog, about the Sun employees' contributions to local charities. There are tons of great things going on everywhere at Sun. And we want to include those in our submission to Fortune next July. I hope any and all of you will continue to post stories that talk about our (1) social responsibility, (2) our reputation in the industry, (3) how we help employees in need, (4) how we celebrate and have fun, (5) how we communicate with one another, (6) how certain individuals live our values, (7) how we appreciate and recognize each other, etc. I'll be setting up a wiki and/or collab site to capture as much of these stories as possible. But if any of you know of examples in these areas, please post them and/or email them to me at cece.waters@sun.com. THANK YOU!

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