If I Ran for President

If I ran for President,

I would only serve one term


I would answer the questions asked with directness

but without the burn.

I would be too authentic

and too female, white, and educated,

not just in law school

or big business,

but in church, books, psychotherapy, and nature.

Having been a victim several times,

I would help you up,

but I would refuse to enable you

to play small in this world.

I would meet you half way,

and I would expect you to take responsibility

for your life

for your kids

for your education

for your actions

for your health

for your happiness

and for your circumstances.

I would be your biggest cheerleader,

but you’d have to keep putting yourself in the game.

If I ran for President,

I’d only serve one term


I’m not big on fancy parties,


or designer gowns.

I’d rather go for a hike with you

than a night on the town.

I’d rather look into the gentle eyes of the homeless man on the subway

than to see the indifference or hatred that might truly exist in the privileged.

I would only serve one term,

and that would be enough.

Nance L. Schick, Esq. is an attorney, mediator, and conflict resolution coach based in New York City. She is the founder of The Law Studio of Nance L. Schick, where she and her team of employees, vendors, and strategic partners deconstruct conflict and re-create it as opportunity, using a holistic, integrative approach. Nance resolves conflict and cultivates leaders, using her EEOC training, as well as her proprietary Third Ear Conflict Resolution process, which is described in more detail in her first book, DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of a Master. She is also an award-winning entrepreneur, who has been acknowledged by the New York Economic Development Corporation/B-Labs (Best for NYC 2015 finalist), U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2015 Blue Ribbon Small Business), Enterprising Women Magazine (Honorable Mention, 2014 Woman of the Year awards), and Urban Rebound NY/Count Me In (2013 Pitch Competition finalist).