My worry with all of this talk about finding a mentor is that we are looking for someone to give us permission and the magical way forward. What we aren’t closely examining is that mentoring falls in the category of a best practice. The sage advice is that if you want to get ahead, go find a … [Read More...]
My first mistake - I answered my phone on the first ring. After all of the years of managing the operations at law firms, I know better than to immediately answer my phone.
My second mistake was that I said yes. I was irritated with myself as the word came out of my mouth but I felt cornered and … [Read More...]
When I saw this ad and yes, it is a real ad from around 1931 for a company, it made me think of many of the women that I support.
Last Monday, I facilitated ReBoot’s Passion & Purpose Seminar at GSV Labs in Silicon Valley. It was workshop for women that are returning to the work force after … [Read More...]
Along with my career strategy work, I work with a private high school in Marin County. The other day I was in conversation with the Director of Athletics and the Director of Admission both of whom are men. We were discussing school business. Midway through the conversation, I realized how … [Read More...]
When I first meet someone and learn about their background and skills, my mind starts thinking of how they can transition themselves into new opportunities. One of the most common responses I hear from people when they hear a new idea is, “Well, I don’t know ______.” You can fill in the blank … [Read More...]
As my business has grown, I find that I help my clients’ transition from corporate work to entrepreneurship. It’s rewarding because these clients have decided to reach well past their comfort zones to create work that they truly enjoy. But they all carry the same issue that they had when in … [Read More...]
With all of the pay inequity women have to battle, I find it amazing how often we will actively hold ourselves back.
Have you ever talked yourself out of pursuing an opportunity because you thought that you didn’t have enough experience?
Often we anticipate challenges and rejection as a way to … [Read More...]
I was asked recently how to diversify the makeup of an organization’s advisory board. This wasn’t a conversation about the merits of diversity; it was a request for practical steps to build diversity in their organization. It is an important discussion as more companies begin to understand what … [Read More...]
Fear of success. In my work with women, I’ve heard that term often and have had the term used by coaches to explain my lack of progress on my own goals. That term is perplexing to me. Who would fear success? Isn’t that what we want after all?
This weekend, I read an article by David G. … [Read More...]
There is much to find inspiring about the lives and times of blacks in American history, but I find there is still much history to be told. The New York Times is sharing an Unpublished Black History throughout the month of February. The project shows archived and previously unpublished pictures of … [Read More...]