War, What Is It Good For?

  In 1964 President Lyndon Johnson attempted to lead a country scarred by racism, wounded by lives lived in poverty and in shock after the assassination of a President.  He proposed legislation over two years that attempted to move the country forward—he embraced change and fought the battle against fear and misunderstanding.  But for everything […]

Wilson Foundation’s New Office

Last month the Wilson Foundation said so long to its home of more than 30 years on Allens Creek Road.  We are thrilled to e-welcome you to our new space in the Village of Pittsford!  Check out our transformation, and stop in to see us sometime. Our former office.  Most of the furniture and supplies found new homes […]

Trauma-Informed = Customer Service

I recently traveled and because of delays arrived to my hotel late in the evening.  So, naturally being a bit cranky, I was eager to check in and relax.  I stood in line at the registration desk behind two women.  As I already confessed to being cranky, I deemed their purpose as less important than […]

Who Inspires You?

A few years ago I attended an event that asked women to identify a female who inspired them.  I was most interested in the responses because I realized I didn’t have an answer to the question.  I attended an all-girls school for six years, feel strongly about women’s equality, and I was ashamed I didn’t […]

The Corp of Discovery

In 1804 Thomas Jefferson asked Congress to fund an expedition west for the discovery of a northwest water passage to the Pacific Ocean.  For a mere $2,500 (about $51,000 today), Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the Corp of Discovery on a journey that took much longer than anticipated, faced challenges they could never have […]

Trauma-Informed Schools

More kids than you may realize in Monroe County are dealing with trauma. On this edition of Need to Know, we discuss the severe impact of traumatic experiences on youth and how area organizations propose we deal with it.    

Joe Wilson’s Advice

It is daunting to set high goals—what if you fail, or come up just short?  A basketball player never celebrates a ball grazing the bottom of the net—it was so close to the rim it nearly went in!  The player celebrates when the ball goes through the net.  But the player still shoots.  It would be […]


I recently saw a commercial in which a retailer changed thanksgiving to thanksgetting.  At first I rolled my eyes at their attempt to be clever.  Then I was annoyed at their lack of creativity.  Then I was frustrated by consumerism and their ploy on changing the purpose of a holiday.  Then I got a grip […]

I Look Like…

On August 4th the White House hosted a Demo Day on inclusive entrepreneurship.  President Obama referenced Xerox’s diversity program, known as the Wilson Rule.  Named after the founder of Xerox and the Wilson Foundation, the principle promotes diversity by requiring women and minorities to be included in the final pool of qualified candidates for every open management […]

Noah’s Arc Lesson 5

5. Don’t wait for experts to solve your problem. The Titanic was built by experts; the arc was built by an amateur. The final lesson.  Here is where it all comes together.  We’ve been at sea together for four lessons, but now we’ve reached the dock and are preparing to alight.  So far I have […]