Chapter 12Joy, Zest, and Power

Pay it forward. When we help each other confront the challenges of our lives, we all grow. Just as importantly, the fabrics of our lives become richer and more complex. Share your joy, zest, and power and you will be repaid a thousandfold.


When I walked into the Girls Inc. offices on September 11, 2000, to start my new job, and saw the faces of the girls whose images lined the walls, a thrill went through me. I felt as if I had arrived at the destination toward which I had been traveling for a very long time.

As I settled in my chair, I looked at the painting of a flower in full bloom that the Black Employees Network ...

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