140: Edwina Cowell: When people show you who they are believe them

//140: Edwina Cowell: When people show you who they are believe them

140: Edwina Cowell: When people show you who they are believe them

Edwina Cowell Show Notes Page

Edwina Cowell and her team began to work with a developer for their website. She began to witness the developer being disrespectful, defensive, and angry. But she ignored those signs and the situation began to escalate. She did finally get a website out of it that needed to be replaced in six months.

Edwina was born in Chicago and raised in Lincolnwood, IL a suburb just north of the city. Her Polish Catholic family was solidly middle class with a blue-collar dad that was a WWII vet and a tool and die maker and a 5′ tall mom who raised the kids and took care of the house, without ever learning to drive a car. Edwina and her sister went to school and stayed close to home throughout their early years as was expected of them. Her sister studied psychology at University of Illinois Chicago and Edwina studied Philosophy and Theology at Felician College, also in Chicago.

As she ventured into the world, Edwina had many jobs and dove into each and every one with enthusiasm, pride and the strong work ethic she inherited from her parents. With her ability to learn things quickly and her natural ease with people, she excelled at all of them. Her first job in a deli led to her promotion to catering coordinator in a year. When she was paying her way through college, a friend landed her a summer job at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange where she worked her way up to pit broker and then, in just a few years, bought her own seat. She traded on the floor there for 17 years and was one of only 4 women in a pit of 300 men. In 1989, as a volunteer at Evanston Animal Control, she saw the need for a non-profit and founded the 501-c3 C.A.R.E. which has sheltered, cared for and placed thousands of homeless animals and is still in operation today. She also owns and operates her own successful interiors business in the North Suburbs of Chicago.

But even all of this was still not enough for Edwina. When her first son was 7, she and friends were all struggling with organized religion and how to “raise” their kids. She realized that discussions about life, god (with a small g), forgiveness, gratitude and love were not taking place in many people’s homes. Those subjects were out-sourced to a “teacher” once a week on Sundays for 45 minutes and no one was giving kids the context of teaching them about the other religions of the world.  This didn’t sit well with her so she went about the business of creating something entirely new to bring those conversations home again and make them broader and more inclusive so that kids could have a more realistic picture of the world and become critical thinkers.

In 2007, the first Spiritual Playdate took place in her home on the family room floor.  Kids and moms sat in a circle, played games and asked questions and talked about big tough topics. It was an idea whose time has come and from that simple concept arose SpiritualPlaydate.com, a fresh and exciting program that is now accessible online by families, teachers and houses of worship worldwide. In collaboration with faith educators and leaders from around the globe, and as the CVO of SpirutualPlaydate.com, Edwina continues to strive to provide outstanding and engaging content and is excited to have helped spark the growing movement of interfaith education for families and children.

Edwina currently resides in the Chicago area with her husband Hal of 32 years and her 2 teenage sons.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

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“It’s time we start talking with each other and thinking more critically.” -Edwina Cowell Click to Tweet

“There are 22 versions of the Golden Rule.” -Edwina Cowell Click to Tweet 

“It’s really important that we start treating each other differently.” -Edwina Cowell Click to Tweet 

“It has become time to start to understand one another.” -Edwina Cowell Click to Tweet

“Cultures have intermingled to the point where we need to learn what other people think.” -Edwina Cowell Click to Tweet

“Until we have proof or disproof, we need to allow people to be on their own path.” -Edwina Cowell Click to Tweet 

“It is critical that we be truth students.” -Edwina Cowell Click to Tweet 

“We’re all looking for truth.” -Edwina Cowell Click to Tweet 

“We have to be innovative with our companies to create community.” -Edwina Cowell Click to Tweet

“We’ve got to find a way for us to accept each other.” -Edwina Cowell Click to Tweet

“It is the question that enlightens, not the answer.” -Edwina Cowell Click to Tweet 

“Asking questions, that’s really where the enlightenment comes.” -Edwina Cowell Click to Tweet

“When people show you who they are, believe them.” -Edwina Cowell Click to Tweet 

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Hump to Get Over

Edwina Cowell and her team began to work with a developer for their website. She began to witness the developer being disrespectful, defensive, and angry. But she ignored those signs and the situation began to escalate. She did finally get a website out of it that needed to be replaced in six months.

Advice for others

Create more win-win relationships. They all need to serve ourselves and others at the same time.

Holding her back from being an even better leader

Time. Enough time.

Best Leadership Advice

Check your ego at the door.

Secret to Success

Win-win relationships

Best tools that helps in Business or Life

Win-win relationships.

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The Mission-Driven Venture: Business Solutions to the World’s Most Vexing Social Problems (Wiley Nonprofit Authority)

Contacting Edwina Cowell

Email: Edwina [at] spriritualplaydate.com

Website: https://spiritualplaydate.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/edwina-cowell-54432332/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EdwinaFelice

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2017-09-26T03:24:27+00:00September 27th, 2017|Podcasts|1 Comment

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  1. Edwina Cowell October 2, 2017 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Jim for taking the time to connect with us and for the thoughtful interview. It was an honor for me to share the Spiritual Playdate business and relationship philosophy with your fabulous Fast Leader community. The hoedown is certainly a fun way to get things rolling!

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