Much Ado About a Name

Much Ado About a Name
On September 27, George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin. It was a hard to miss story, taking up more news time on TV and in print than events that actually have an impact on people’s lives. However, I did have to chuckle at the headline “Internationally acclaimed barrister Amal Alammudin marries an actor.” After all, she’s not just the most famous bride in the world, she is also well known for her work in international human rights law. She has represented Julian Assange (of Wikileaks fame) ... Read more
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Busyness is not a Badge of Honor

Busyness is not a Badge of Honor
Recently an expert n television claimed that people put too much stock in the concept of work-life balance, that the focus should simply be on life with a capital L. There was then a discussion about whether we have entered an era of self-focus (think mani, pedi and massage, gym memberships, and constant connectivity with friends), or whether work still dominates our lives. Is the average person working more than forty hours per week, chained to their desks, laptops, and phones? Are people ... Read more
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Don’t Just Find Your Voice—Use It

Don’t Just Find Your Voice—Use It
Before you decide this is just another political blog—and who cares—stop for a minute and think about this: In your lifetime, women will not achieve political parity in this country. In your lifetime, women will never have an equal voice in running our nation, the state where you live, or your community. These statements are based on projections from a report issued about the state of politics by Women Donors Network. According to their survey of 42,000 elected officials, 71% are men, and ... Read more
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How to Discipline Your Calendar

How to Discipline Your Calendar
Recently I was stuck in an airport waiting for a connecting flight that was delayed. I was grateful it was still coming, but I realized that I would now get home much later than I had expected — well after midnight. I was also thinking that I had an early morning meeting the next day. My next thoughts were around how this schedule compression had occurred once again. Who accepts meeting invitations? (I do.) Who keeps/approves my calendar? (I do.) I may have an Executive Assistant who ... Read more
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How Not to Introduce Yourself

How Not to Introduce Yourself
By the time you snag your first professional job, you’ve heard the advice about introducing yourself a million time. Stand up, have a firm handshake, make eye contact, speak clearly, use titles like Ms. or Dr. until you are invited to do otherwise. You know the routine and you’ve mastered it. What you may not be as prepared for is how to introduce yourself at a meeting. Your introduction, of course, varies with the meeting. If the facilitator requests that each participant give ... Read more
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The Grandmother Reduction

The Grandmother Reduction
She has been arguably the most influential First Lady in our nation’s history and set the stage for comprehensive healthcare reform. She has served as a U.S. Senator and Secretary of State. She’s come close to being the first female President and it’s highly likely that we may call her Madame President within the next few years. Regardless of your politics, it’s inarguable that Hilary Rodham Clinton has made an indelible mark on the fabric of our society. Yet, when I was watching ABC News ... Read more
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Feminism: Different Times, Different Definitions, Different Tactics

Feminism: Different Times, Different Definitions, Different Tactics
Young women who reached adulthood in the late 1960s and 1970s had generation specific issues facing them. At that time, the nation was just coming out of the “Father Knows Best” era. Women had limited educational and employment opportunities (nursing, teaching, and secretarial work were predominant options). They weren’t earning a significant percentage of graduate degrees, and they certainly weren’t earning equal pay. In fact, many of them had trouble getting a ... Read more
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How to Avoid Presentation Arrogance

How to Avoid Presentation Arrogance
Most new professionals have had a course in public speaking or communication 101. If you took these courses, you know all about doing the prep work, using media selectively, and arriving early for your presentation. You have been coached in avoiding “ah” or “like” as filler, and in not using jokes unless they are culturally relevant and appropriate for the situation. You also have to be good at telling jokes (which few people are). What you may not have been taught ... Read more
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Paralyzed by Choices

Paralyzed by Choices
As a society, we tend to romanticize the decade between the ages of 20 and 30. It’s the start of adult life, a beginning filled with opportunity, choice, and health. It’s a time for exploration, experience, and fun. If there are so many positives, why do so many young people seem stuck and unhappy? Parents complain that their children don’t appear to be moving forward in their careers. Psychologists discuss the unwillingness of the “twenty-somethings” to make ... Read more
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Promoting STEM. Forgetting Society?

Promoting STEM. Forgetting Society?
Everywhere you turn, companies, schools, and individuals are pouring attention and resources into making sure that women and girls are entering the STEM professions, which are science, technology, engineering, and math. The White House has a “Women in STEM” initiative. Goldie Blox, the girl-centric engineering toy sets saw a meteoric rise after a commercial depicting little girls constructing a complex contraption went viral. There is even a “STEMinist” movement. We’ve come a long way since ... Read more
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