We Are Not Powerless

    Today is tough. Yesterday, a 19 year old gunman entered a high school in Parkland, FL, shot dead 17 people and injured at least 14 others. I cannot fathom the pain and anguish felt by the families who have lost loved ones or the trauma and fear felt by the students, teachers, and…

Series: Relationship Building 101 – The Informational Interview

Interviewing is not my favorite activity. It probably isn’t yours either. And why would it be? Interviews are high-pressure situations that can be downright uncomfortable. But, there are some kinds of interviews that are a little less stressful and a lot more enjoyable – informational interviews. Informational interviews are short, often informal meetings or conversations,…

Series: Relationship Building 101 – Growing Your Professional Network

Without a doubt, the number one piece of advice I’ve received (and given) when it comes to career is this: “Network, network, network. And then network some more.” I’ve written about networking before, but decided to delve a little deeper into the topic with a series that I’m calling “Relationship Building 101 – Growing Your…

Friday Spotlight: The Silence Breakers

Every year, TIME Magazine names their “Person of the Year.” Typically, the honor is awarded to someone who has made a real impact over the course of the year. Past honorees have included FDR, Martin Luther King Jr., and Queen Elizabeth II. This year, TIME chose to honor the individuals, almost exclusively women, who have…

Equality Begins at Home

Yesterday, my friend sent an article that resonated with her and with me as well. The article is called “Where do kids learn to undervalue women? From their parents.” Sounds harsh, right? Particularly for those of us who consider ourselves progressive and egalitarian at home. But, when I read the below paragraph, I thought, “Yes! This!”…

Women in the Workplace: We Have a Long Way to Go

Yesterday, McKinsey & Co and Lean In released their yearly Women in the Workplace report. Over 200 companies employing more than 12 million people participated in this year’s study. The takeaway? We have a long way to go, especially if you are a woman of color. I highly encourage everyone to read the full report,…

No Experience? No Problem! How to Get a Job In a New Industry

  Today’s workforce is different from previous generations. While it was once common to stay with an employer for life, workers today are much more likely to change jobs and even change industries. If you’re looking to make a career change, but you’re hesitating because you don’t have the “right” experience, then check out my…

Working While Grieving

The last few weeks have been really tough. Between hurricanes, earthquakes, political uprisings, and this week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, it feels like there is so much about which to be sad. The world feels so unstable and unpredictable. And yet, despite whatever apprehension we’re feeling, we all have to keep going. Work still…

Why Good Employees Quit

Once upon a time, employees stayed with companies for a lifetime, moving up the ranks until they settled into a comfortable position where they would stay until retirement. Today, this kind of loyalty is rare, and employees have no qualms about moving on to greener pastures if their employers aren’t meeting their needs. I shared…

Going With Your Gut

When confronted with a tough decision, people always ask, “What does your gut tell you?” Instincts come naturally, and yet somehow they’re easy to ignore when we aren’t sure which direction to take. Our heads can override our hearts, which isn’t always a bad thing. But in my experience, my gut usually has the right…

Friday Spotlight: Lula Mena

Lula Mena is not a household name, but she’s made a huge impact on the lives of women in her home country of El Salvador. The small Central American country has been ravaged by poverty, crime, and gang-fueled warfare. Women have been especially hard hit by these conditions with more than half of all women…

Your Mentors Don’t Have to Look Like You

At work, I help to run a mentoring program for our women attorneys. We’ve worked hard to design a program that sets our women up for success and helps them to sustain their ambition. Recently, I was talking to a friend about our program when she asked me if we had enough women partners to…