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 Gods kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile' ~ MOTHER TERESA

BETTER ANGELS

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | December 1st, 2014

Hello! I hope this note finds you exceptionally well. I would love to talk about the concept of spirituality vs. religion. I am, by all accounts, an exceptionally faithful person. And, as each year progresses, I become even more so. Although, with my ever increasing faith, I also have vehemently retained the belief that we must remain understanding and empathetic of how life has many interesting/unexpected twists and turns, which might often lead us to certain decisions which subjectively feel … Read More

WARM EMBRACE

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | November 1st, 2014

Hello! I hope this note finds you each exceptionally well. I would love to talk about….HUGS! Yes, I said HUGS. Why I mention this is because I am a very enthusiastic, tight and heartfelt hugger. I go in with both arms (unless I am holding something) and hug like I mean it! It is warm, it is close and it leaves no room for the person to wonder about how happy I am to see them…or meet them. Yes, I … Read More

Note of Gratitude

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | October 1st, 2014

Dear Universe: When I was 29 years old, and VERY pregnant with my first child, I was physically assaulted at the corner of 1st and Mission streets in downtown San Francisco at 8:25 a.m. by a homeless woman. Although my first pregnancy, I had the immediate instinctual reaction to bend over and cover my very pregnant belly. After two very nice construction workers pulled this lady off of me and she ran away, another nice man, whom I was too … Read More

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

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