The Original Loretta Brown Show

A Year Without Men

Glass ceilings! Less than equal pay for equal work. After decades fighting to free ourselves from male-dominated social and economic structures, women still struggle. But many of us are poised to rise up with innovative ways to approach the many problems facing today’s world. A Year Without Men: A Twelve-Point to Inspire & Empower Women is an essential guide to every woman’s success and liberation.

Using the events of a very painful year in her own personal and professional life—her husband left her, her consulting business took an unexpected hit, and she faced a serious health scare—business consultant and life coach Allison Carmen explores the forces in women’s personal and professional lives that hold them back. In A Year Without Men, she offers twelve simple, practical tools to help women look within, find their own values, morals, and passions, work on our skills, call on other women, and forge new ways to do business. Together, women can create a new way to earn money, a new way to look at beauty, and so many other new ways to be in the world.

In the book, Allison shares many stories of her own and of her clients to demonstrate how women can become fully realized so that every choice women make is not from fear but from strength. She provides exercises for women to incorporate all of the lessons and wisdom from this book into their daily lives in ways that don’t require a complete life overhaul.

This book sends a clear message that when we let ourselves be who we truly are, when our own voices matter to us, we can succeed as parents, as entrepreneurs, as industry leaders and innovators. Allison’s hope is that the ideas in this book inspire many women to embrace their own creative, authentic and abundant lives.

Take a stand and gain the power to overcome any obstacle with A Year Without Men.

Allison is a business consultant, business and life coach and the author of The Gift of Maybe: Offering Hope and Possibility in Uncertain times. The book was published by Penguin Random House in 2014 and has been translated into three languages. This self-help book focuses on how people can reduce their daily stress and worry and find more hope, success and presence by embracing the mindset of Maybe. Currently, Allison serves as the part-time CFO of the Motherhood Center in New York City, a multi-million-dollar revenue all-women company providing care to women who are suffering with postpartum depression. Allison has a B.A. in accounting, a J.D. of Law, and a Master’s of Law in taxation. Allison is also a certified health coach, a life and business coach/consultant, as well as a Reiki master and energy healer.

Oprah Magazine included the concept of Maybe as an example of “mind-blowing new definitions for everyday words” and cited it in their new and improved Dictionary to Enlightenment. Allison’s work has also been supported by Mata Amritandamayi, known as Amma, the hugging saint. Since the publication of The Gift of Maybe, she has written numerous articles for several popular online magazines including Psychology Today, Huffington Post,, and Thrive Global, Next Avenue and MindBodyGreen.

Allison’s podcast, 10 Minutes To Less Suffering, focuses on helping people alleviate daily stress and worry. Her work is also regularly featured on the podcast, Optimal Living Daily, a top ten podcast in the self-help genre, and she is the coach-on-call on AM 970’s “the Answer.” Allison’s online and television appearances include HuffPost Live and Manhattan Cable Television. She has spoken at my events around New York City including at Barnes & Noble Tribeca and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition at Jazz at Lincoln Center.