Lana Ribble Staheli, the founder of "Bounce," a movement of women who launched a project to rev up in midlife and make new marks, offers thoughts on change, that word of our times.
Bounce’s one-year birthday party at the UW Faculty Club has the air of revival-meets-self-help-meets-women’s-consciousness-raising. Some 90 women, business-suited to suede-booted, cheer for women who bounced back after everything from crashed careers to men who done them wrong. Divorced wife traced where cheating ex hid her money: “Yeah baby!” “Yeah girl!” Accountant whose husband ditched her, morphed from tense, plain Jane to centered, chic author. “Oooh, she bounces gooood.”
Bounce founder Lana Ribble Staheli, longtime counselor to many movers and shakers, signs copies of “Bounce, Be Transformed — Change Your Mind, Change Your Life, Change the World,” a chronicle, in part, of how she and a circle of women launched a project to rev up in midlife and make new marks. In her Lake Union office, Staheli offers thoughts on change, that word of our times.
Q: Why do you say the world needs more female influence?
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A: The kinds of problems we’re facing now are going to take new ways of thinking. Most women are better at solving complex problems without resorting to war or creating win/lose situations. Q: Why did you target women over 50?
A: After child-raising years, you can step outside a lot of the roles that bind you.
Q: Can you relate the human need for change you talk about to the recent “change” election?
A: It’s during times of uncertainty that we are transformed. I sense that now people are more willing to make sacrifices for the greater good. When we have an excess, it’s isolating.
Q: Why this cause?
A: I wanted to do something that wasn’t for people with money. And personally, I realized that my life had gotten too easy. I was getting a little self-absorbed.
Q: You’re not making money on Bounce?
A: I’ve spent $50,000 and don’t expect to get it back. We’re not wealthy, but we don’t need the money. Everything I earn goes to Seattle Children’s Hospital, Bounce or Global-HELP.org (free health-care info for developing countries). We pulled our money out of the market before the crash. I knew it was coming.
Q: You say you’ve learned a lot from many prominent clients. What problems do they have?
A: “I’m president of the company, got more money than I could ever spend — now what?” “I’m not getting as much sex as I want.”