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Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey
Thursday, April 28, 2011, 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, Noon Central, 1 pm EST, 6 pm Zurich, 7 pm Istanbul
Mother-Daughter Influences on Lifework Success
The mother-daughter relationship is one of the strongest bonds that exist among human beings. Through our work we discover who we are and what we might become. Listen to the personal and professional stories of Calfornia Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey and her creative, entrepreneurial daughter Amy Crichett to gain insight into how mothers pass on to their daughters, and to other younger women and girls, skills and values to develop their lifework.
Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey is in her 10th term as the representative from California’s 6th District, just north of San Francisco. She is a vocal and visible leader on progressive issues, particularly those dealing with education, children and families, and is active on labor and education issues.
Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey is a senior member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce and the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. She also serves on Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education. One of Congresswoman Woolsey’s top priorities is a legislative package called “The Balancing Act,” which aims to help parents balance their work and family responsibilities. In addition, she is a senior member of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and serves on the Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment.
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Amy Critchett loves life and clothes. She is a producer, an entrepreneur, and a mother. REVIGOR is the product of her insatiable appetite for clothes, textures, collage, and storytelling. Years ago, Amy developed a documentary film concept she called, “Layered: Life Stories Told One Outfit at a Time.” The premise is that everyone has clothes and a relationship with those clothes, with their own style and the choices made over time – acknowledged or not. Our clothes are rife with the stories of the life we've lived within them and new stories are being told within the layers we put on everyday. While the film hasn’t happened (yet), Amy’s passion lives on through REVIGOR.
Amy’s passion for storytelling and media landed her in the heart of the digital revolution as one of the initial team that launched and built WIRED Magazine. Next steps included Supervising and then Executive Producer posts at cutting edge convergence cable startups ZDTV and Oxygen, followed by Director of Marketing roles for online leaders One Economy and Uth TV, and co-directing the launch of ZeroOne, a renowned, biannual international arts festival. And as an independent producer Amy has worked with notables from NASA to Nike.
As a creative entrepreneur in the 80s, Amy started a little company
called Tactile Gear. Her one and only product was a series of handmade purses and satchels called Tac Sacs. Each was made from a collage of vintage curtains, belts and hardware. Popular and in high demand, alas, Amy was not a seamstress and each bag took far too many hours to construct (and more then a little Shoe Goo to hold it together). Janky, yes, but beautiful, too.
Note from the Interviewer for all Mothers and Daughters
Every woman is a daughter and may be a mother. Below is an activity that I designed for my doctoral research and in my book on The Mother-Daughter Relationship: Actiivities for Promoting Lifework Success. To identify how you manage the ups and down of life and work, you can do this activity with your mother and/or daughter. It's an opportunity, not only to become aware of themes and honor strengths you might have in common, but also to change your script if you so choose.
Sally Gelardin, Ed.D.
Activity: Create a Lifeline with Your Mother or Daughter
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Draw a horizontal line across an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper held sideways or draw a line on a big sheet of chart paper. Divide the line into the decades of your mother's or daughter's life. For each decade, ask your mother or daughter to write (or write with/for her) the high points above the line and the low points below the line. If that is not possible, do the best you can to recreate your mother's or daughter's lifeline. Do this exercise yourself, too, so that you can compare your lifeline with that of your mother and/or daughter.
Something to Think About
- What do the high points in your mother's and/or daughter's life have in common with yours?
- What do the low points in their lives have in common with yours?
- Find themes in your lifeline and compare them with your mother's and/or daughter's.
- In what ways are they similar those of your mother and/or daughter?
- In what ways are your themes different from those of your mother and/or daughter?
- You can also compare the themes of three generations of mothers and daughters.
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Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey
February 2, 2010
The Scarf Nouvelle
Life is a story.
Life is a lot of little stories.
Life is - indeed - what you make it.
I am very proud of and excited about our newest addition to the Revigor Collection. The Scarf Nouvelle. Made with lots of little stories that, when revigored, make one fabulous one. This particular Scarf Nouvelle is made with pieces/stories from my life.
Fabulous is creating unexpected joy for those who you adore.
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Her daughter Amy Critchett loves life and clothes. She is a producer, an entrepreneur, and a mother. Years ago, Amy developed a documentary film concept she called, “Layered: Life Stories Told One Outfit at a Time.” The premise is that everyone has clothes and a relationship with those clothes, with their own style and the choices made over time. Amy’s passion for storytelling and media landed her a job as one of the initial team that launched and built WIRED Magazine. She also supervisied and then became Executive Producer at cable startups ZDTV and Oxygen, followed by Director of Marketing roles. As an independent producer, Amy has worked with notables from NASA to Nike.
Now let's see how their mother-daughter relationship has influenced the personal and work lives of this amazing mother-daughter pair...
These questions are based on the questions I asked when I interviewed women and their mothers for my doctoral thesis in the late 90s.
- First, I have an assignment for listeners, who are mostly career practitioners, as you listen to this mother-daughter interview: Note what you learn about these two remarkable women from their verbal communication (i.e., note use of language, voice inflection, pitch, silences, exclamations, laughter). I shall ask you again toward the end of the interview, so take good notes.
- What major themes did you find as you noted the ups and downs of your life in the lifeline exercise? (Lynn, then Amy)
- Did you find any similarities as you compared your themes? (Amy, then Lynn)
- What internal (i.e., meditation, physical exercise, music, art, cooking, hobbies) and external resources (i.e., family, friends, professional assictes, intimate others) have you used to make transitions in your life? Please give an example. (Lynn, then Amy)
- What, if any, internal or external resources in common have you both used to make transitions? Could you give an example? (either)
- Describe yourself in one to three words. (Lynn, then Amy)
- If you were to describe your lifework, what would you say? (Lynn, then Amy)
- What are your plans for your future and how do they relate to themes in your life? (Lynn, then Amy)
- What skills have you developed? Which skills would you like to develop and use now? What skills do you have in common with your mother or daughter? Which of your skills are different from those of your mother or daughter?
- What are your values? What values do you have in common with your mother or daughter? Which of your values are differerent from those of your mother or daughter?
- What are your current interests? What interests do you have that are different from those of your mother or daughter?
- Listeners, what have you learned about these two remarkable women from their verbal communication?
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