Shefali Razdan Duggal
'Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Attempt, from the deepest recesses of your heart and soul, to be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile' ~ MOTHER TERESA

RESTRAINT

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | September 1st, 2014

Hello! I hope this note finds you exceptionally well. I would love to talk with you about modesty. I am a big believer in under-promise, over-deliver and then don’t speak much about what you have actually accomplished. Perhaps that is a reflection of my traditional culture (where the focus is on the group achievement, not the individual effort) or perhaps it is a reflection of being my parents daughter. My parents, both of them, were about results in all aspects … Read More

GAME FREE ZONE

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | August 1st, 2014

Hello! I hope this note finds you exceptionally well! I would love to talk with you about transparency. I was raised to be very direct, very upfront about my thoughts…all with delicacy and kindness. I was told and shown by adult behavior that it is better to be crystal clear about your intent then to be falsely polite and not authentically convey your truth. Now, I was never intentionally a bull in a china shop, as I somehow picked up … Read More

Presidential Appointment to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | July 1st, 2014

Hello! I hope this note finds you exceptionally well! Please find below
the announcement of my Presidential Appointment to the U.S. Holocaust
Memorial Council. “President Barack Obama has appointed Shefali Razdan
Duggal, of California, to be Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial
Council, for a term expiring January 15, 2018. Shefali is the first Asian
to be on the Board since its inception in 1980. The United States Holocaust
Memorial Council was established by Congress in 1980 to lead … Read More

SEA LEGS

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | June 1st, 2014

Hello! I hope this note finds you exceptionally well. I would love to talk with you about a living example of a “fish out of water.” And, who would I potentially be speaking about? ME! And, I am talking about me swimming within the sea of my birth family. I have often wondered how and why God made the decision to send me down to my particular parents. I am quite different than each member of my immediate family, although, … Read More

White House Holiday Party, November 2013

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | May 1st, 2014

Hello! I hope this note finds you exceptionally well. I would love to tell you about my children’s first ever experience at the White House. I am writing this blog a few months after it occurred, as I only just realized that I wanted to write about it. In early November, I rec’d an invitation to attend a 11/19/13 party at the White House. I had been told that it was a more intimate gathering, and that I would really … Read More

Speech given at Women in Leadership Symposium, California Diversity Council 3/19/14

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | April 1st, 2014

Hello, everyone! My name is Shefali Razdan Duggal. I live in San Francisco California and I would love to talk with you about “Cross-Cultural Leadership: Women Bridging the Racial Divide.” While I feel very fortunate to have been born within the historic and beautiful Indian culture, I do not self-define that to be the most important aspect of my identity. Although BEING AN INDIAN WOMAN certainly is part of who I am, it is one thread in the larger fiber … Read More

White House State Dinner – February 11th, 2014

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | March 1st, 2014

Hello! I hope this note finds you exceptionally well. I would love to share my experience about the White House State Dinner, with French President Francois Holland, which I was invited to attend on February 11th, 2014. I was absolutely stunned and over the moon to receive the invitation to attend. I had always dreamt of attending a Presidential State Dinner, and I began, several years ago, sending positive vibrations into the Universe, asking for this dream to become a … Read More

Emotional Serenity at Miami University

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | February 1st, 2014

Hello! I hope this note finds you exceptionally well. I would love to talk about the beautiful, life changing experience which I had at my alma mater, Miami University (Oxford OH). I attended college from 1989-1993. As I was finishing high school, my parents were wrapping up a quite unfortunate and antagonistic divorce, after many years (as far back as I can remember) of a very unhappy marriage. I was profoundly sad, exceptionally introverted and somewhat overweight (emotional eater) throughout … Read More

Spiritual Duty

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | January 1st, 2014

Hello! I hope this note finds you well. I would like to talk about the concept of duty. Personal/subjective duty to previous generations, current generations, future generations…and, thus, ultimately, to oneself. Whilst not everyone is a believer in this way of approaching life, and I do respect diverse opinions and viewpoints, I do very much subscribe to the line of thought surrounding duty. It likely is a combined reflection of my conservative, old-world Indian upbringing and also my mother’s personal … Read More

Aesthetic Faithfulness

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | December 1st, 2013

Hello! I hope this note finds you well. I would love to talk about the concept of make-up and my aversion to it. Yes, I said make-up…as in cosmetics. It is a bit of an odd topic on the onset, although, once you read along, you will see the spiritual connection which I will attempt to make. On the front end, please let me clarify – – I have no opinion of what others do with their personal presentation – … Read More

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