Feminism and Dreamforce 15

Dreamforce 15 Dreampark

This is a departure from my regular topics but since I’ve returned from Dreamforce 15 in San Francisco, I’ve had this niggling at the back of my brain. I was impressed with Dreamforce. It’s an undertaking that you can’t quite understand unless you experience it and this year was the biggest turn out ever. Never did I think that I would enjoy a conference with 170,000 people in attendance but I did. I left feeling inspired, transformed and am already planning to attend in 2016. A friend commented to me, “So you’ve been inducted into the Salesforce cult?” And it feels a little like that.

Dreamforce 15-ANIMATIONMy favorite sessions were the ones in the Women’s Leadership Summit, which were excellent yet I believe that an opportunity was missed.

Dear Mr. Benioff and Mr. Harris,

I’m thrilled that Salesforce.com has decided to embrace equality but it felt like you were taking credit for the courage and initiative that Leyla and Cindy had in bringing up the topic. I am fairly certain that you don’t fully understand the issue. Until you walk a mile in our high heels, you can’t know how it feels to have your ideas diminished in a meeting, your presence dismissed, or your ambitions deterred because of your gender.

Your efforts mean huge progress but I would have crafted your message as follows:

As the CEO of the 4th largest software company in the world, I recognize that I’ve got a certain amount of influence. I applaud and celebrate the efforts of our female leaders to bring this issue to light. As a leader and influencer, I embrace women’s equality as a key transformative initiative at Salesforce. That’s why we are focused on this topic today. I’m here to challenge other tech companies to follow our lead. Don’t do it because it will bolster your business but because it’s the right thing to do.

Then I would have liked to learn about how Leyla and Cindy presented their case to you. How do other women raise the issue at their own companies? How do you gain awareness even if you don’t have access to 1×1’s with the CEO? This is a revolution and in general revolutions start from the bottom up but when a leader joins a revolution then it can gain momentum much faster. I agree that CEO involvement is key. Your example can change a lot of minds but the revolution starts with women speaking up.

I’d also want to know how Salesforce plans to measure progress now and in the future.

“Things that are measured get attention. Things that get attention grow.” – Danielle LaPorte

I’m looking forward to the Women’s Leadership Summit in 2016. Women’s equality is a battle that deserves everyone’s attention. See you next year.

Radish Tartines

radish tartines

This recipe was inspired by the July 2015 issue of Cooking Light. Their version contains additional ingredients and is most definitely something you’d want to serve to guests at a fancy brunch. My version was born out of my realization that I had a couple of extra crusty rolls, several radishes in the fridge and the Cooking Light recipe floating around the counter after having torn it out of the magazine. It’s simply wonderful despite missing the black olives and fresh herbs that the original version contained. In fact, I liked it so much that I ate radish tartines for three meals in a row. Read more…

What I Love This Week: Crispy Crunchy Chickpeas

WILTW-roasted chickpeas

This week I’m loving crispy crunchy chickpeas from The Good Bean.  I started a new job several weeks ago and it has been quite a change. My previous job had an extensive snack table and I was spoiled by always having food readily available. After a few hungry days at the new job I decided that I needed to stock my desk with some healthy snacks. These roasted chickpeas are substantial enough to satisfy my mid-afternoon grumbling tummy to sustain me until dinner time.  Otherwise I’m eating everything in my sight by the time I arrive home from work. Read more…

Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad

Melon and blueberry fruit salad 1

This recipe is always a hit for potlucks. It’s great for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. I love that you can make it a day in advance. If you don’t want to take the step to make your own simple syrup it can also be purchased from the grocery store. Read more…

Kid Approved! Peppermint Matcha Chocolate Chip Scones

Scones are a favorite at our house. I have been buying bakery scones every week and my kids eat them for breakfast and snacks. This recipe is a basic one from the Better Homes & Garden cookbook that I’ve tweaked to transform it into a healthier one.   Several iterations of the recipe were tested by my kid-crew and their feedback was that they were not sweet enough. Since I’m using maple sugar in the recipe there are a couple options to increase the allure for picky eaters; coat with some coconut milk and sprinkle with sugar prior to baking or drizzle with frosting afterwards. If I’m baking these just for myself I cut back on the maple sugar and add chopped nuts and dried fruit. Read more…

Lemon Noodles Recipe

Lemon noodles

I held onto this recipe from a co-worker for nearly a year before I worked up the courage to try it out. Seems weird from a person who writes a blog called “Try It You Might Like It,” right? For one thing it was missing measurements for the ingredients. I think that might be the sign of a really great cook. The other thing was that I needed to research some of the ingredients because I didn’t know them. That’s what Google is for. Even with my guesswork on the quantities for ingredients this recipe turned out very close to how I remember it tasting from the many potluck lunches where I indulged in this delicious dish. My research discovered that this is a South Indian dish, which makes sense because my co-worker is from India. Read more…

4 Recipes for Easter Brunch

Happy Easter

I adore Easter brunch. It’s so much more relaxed than Easter dinner and the foods are delicious. When I think of brunch I think of finger foods and light fare because we all know you’ve engorged on chocolate and jelly beans first thing in the morning. Another benefit to brunch is being able to drink alcohol before noon without any guilt. Mimosas anyone? If you are planning on attending an Easter brunch this weekend here are four delightful recipes sure to impress everyone. Read more…


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