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November 1, 2017

What are the 2 THINGS You Want Say to the Younger Generation - NO HOLDS BARRED!

By Nancy Gold, TTN member since 2013

So I was in the dentist’s office, waiting for my cleaning appointment and I picked up Glamour magazine. The theme of the edition was Women Power. I thought to myself, what does that really mean? Why are we discussing it now? Is it a reaction to the Harvey Weinstein/Bill Cosby cases? Haven’t women been talking about this to a greater or lesser degree since Betty Friedan wrote her book The Feminine Mystique in 1963? Bigger questions came to my mind.
How far (or not) have we come?

Why is Planned Parenthood’s future existence even questioned? When will we find specific answers to questions rather than offering glittering generalities? Then the dental assistant came out.

O.K, I admit it. I ripped a page out of the dentist’s magazine because there were a few lines I wanted to remember. Pnina Fenster, editor, wrote “Do I believe in equal rights? For sure. Do I believe in equal opportunities? You bet. Do I love the word feminist? Absolutely!” Our New York organization of 600+ women strong have a lot of collective wisdom to share with the younger generation, men and women. Please take a moment to join this interactive conversation and tell me the two things that you would want to share with the younger generation. Keep it small. Make it global. Be specific. Do whatever you like but please tell us what you would have done, were glad you did or how the next generation should accomplish their goal of living a successful life.

To get you started here are my main pearls of wisdom.

1) Get a financial life. Know what your expenses are. Know the difference between “want” and “need.” Save for future challenges because there will always be some. There are no knights on white horses to come and rescue you so be financially independent. It is incumbent on men and women to be equally informed about credit cards, mortgages, bank statements, mutual funds and insurance. If no one ever taught you, go take a course at a college. Never be in the dark.

2) Never lose sight of the fact that this is not a dress rehearsal. You have one life. It is up to you to get the most out of it. You want to learn how to play tennis? Go for it. You want to get a job in sales but are scared to work on commission only? Have a plan in place. Get that job. Work your tail off but remember to track your sales so that management pays you the correct commission. Be a strong smart advocate for yourself. Toot your own horn. Give credit to others for what they do and they in turn will return the favor (or else you just learned something about them.) Avoid toxic people. As a very smart man said to me “If you lie down with dogs, you get fleas.” Graphic but apt.

Now it is your turn. Tell me your thoughts by emailing
I will then publish a compilation of answers next month and give credit to your comments by using first initials only to protect your privacy. Remember, no holds barred. Tell me what you are really thinking!


Nancy Gold
 has held senior level positions in marketing and sales. She retired from Univision Television and and has extensive experience with large corporations, including CBS TV, and has handled their advertising needs and new business development. Nancy is a former Caring Collobrative Co-Chair and has been a TTN member for over 4 years.