It's Pride Month - what a wonderful time for me to show off my daughter, Gina (on the right) and her wife, Allison. They are a beautiful example of a loving relationship and we couldn't be more happy with our new daughter-in-law!


By the time he dropped me off, I had tears in my ears.  

I know there is controversy about Uber. Personally, I have enjoyed the service. Every time – without exception – I have been met by a very friendly driver, in a very clean car and have had pleasant experiences.

Since I talk for a living and I’m curious by nature, I love excavating the stories that these unique drivers have -  and they all do have a story!

And so it was on an airport ride in Toronto, I met Leonardo – a 48-year-old, married father of three, who had already done a load of laundry, taken the dogs for a walk and went out for coffee, all before my 5:30 a.m. pick up!   

He told me a little backstage about Uber – that while it is optional for the passengers to rate the drivers, it is mandatory for the drivers to rate the passengers. The drivers can choose whether to take the request based on the passenger's score. I’m not bragging but he said I was ‘Uber royalty’ with a 5-star rating – kinda bragging!

 Anyway…he said he personally doesn’t like the rating system for passengers.  

One day he got a call from someone with a very low rating and he was curious as to why, so he went to pick the passenger up. 

Turns out they had a great ride, a good conversation and it was easy to give this passenger a perfect score. Leonardo said he knew right away why this person was rated so low, this passenger was transgender. 

Leonardo not only gave this person a well-deserved great rating as a kind and respectful passenger but he took it a step further. He phoned Uber to explain and try to remedy the situation so that the score would adequately reflect a non-judgemental view.

I don’t know what happened with the score, but I do know that I was super-impressed with the above-and-beyond effort that Leonardo made on behalf of this stranger. 

Now...your life, your version, your plan...

Consider how often you make judgments about others based on limited information or biases. 

We all judge, but judging people does not make them so, it only makes us judgemental. 

Where in your life could you be a little less judgemental?

Simple concepts that are not always easily implemented: 

  • Treat others as they would want to be treated. 

  • Stand up for yourself. 

  • Stand up for someone who may appreciate having you as an advocate/ally – whether they will ever know it or not.

The world is hard enough, let's let love win and strive to be less judgemental in our daily lives.  Steph  



On a lighter note, are you getting too many compliments? Check out the short video below!

Just for fun, I think you should consider 'changing your name' on the enewsletters you receive. I changed mine to 'Kind One' and I think it's pretty cool!

So for example, if I was sending this enews to myself, it would have had..."What's your Uber Score, Kind One?"  in the subject line!


I so appreciated this note from a virtual attendee at a recent 750-person, live event; I can do your this for your people, too...

"Thank you Stephanie for a truly excellent session at CIPMM! I was a virtual attendee and I can assure you that Stephanie’s energy and passion came totally through the internet connection! What a great job!! My colleagues who attended, both virtually and in person are all saying the same thing too. 

Stephanie’s authenticity and genuine passion for uplifting others are clear. Every word she speaks comes from the heart, and her sincerity is palpable throughout her presentation. Stephanie doesn't just motivate; she inspires transformation, urging listeners to embrace their full potential and pursue excellence in every aspect of their lives. Thank you Stephanie for helping me change my life, four percent at a time!" Tamie Marshall, Government of Canada

Thank you, Tamie! 

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