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Dr. Seuss Was Right

Dear Mary, Ella, Anna and Claudia: Personally, I think Dr Seuss is incredibly underrated. If all you do is re-read Oh The Places You Will Go! a few times you will get a sense of aspiration and ambition and what the...

The Power of Diversity

To my lovely three daughters: As we approach International Women’s Day, I pause to think about how the world will change to further support and empower women across all walks of life–and whether I am doing...

Great Leaders Promote Diversity

As a father, I have been blessed to see the world through the eyes of my two sons and three daughters, with my oldest two children now in college and another two about to enter college. As any father to both sons and...

First and Foremost, I’m Your Dad

To Alexis & Madison, I trust that no matter what, you will always see me first and foremost as your dad. I hope that never ends. But I want to share a different vantage point with you. As a professional well into my...

Two Words That Mean More Than You Know

To my daughter: Each morning, you say: “Hi Daddy.” Two words that mean more than you know. Years ago, your brother shared a poem with me: Walk a little slower Daddy, Said a small child I’m following in your Footsteps...

Mess Up. Feel Your Power. Be You.

To my dearest Sabrina: You are six days away from turning 13. It is the age of adulthood in many religions and cultures—and in ours, the beginning of a transition that is as confusing as it is liberating. You have...

If You Can Imagine It, You Can Create It

When I was growing up, I imagined I wanted to be lots of things – an executive, a lawyer, a doctor, a diplomat, and yes, an entrepreneur. While there were defined paths to lead me to some of these careers, I confess I...

The Best Surprise of My Life

Dear Gabriela: I was not expecting you. And you were certainly not expecting me! But there you were, my step-daughter-to-be, on a Saturday afternoon in all your glory–your curly blond hair and your big blue eyes...

Apple’s Angela Ahrendts: Always Be Present

Dear Sommer and Angelina: Hopefully you won’t read anything in this letter that you haven’t already heard from me many times before. I’ve always tried to lead by example when we are together, so I will...