Working from Home? Here’s What You Need to Know

Over the last week, thousands of workers have been asked to stay home and work remotely as we try to practice social distancing. I've been working from home for well over a year and prior to that spent about 2 years working from home for another role. Needless to say, I've learned some of the…

Want to Get Promoted? Prove it Again!

In a court of law, defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Likewise, in the workplace, white men are presumed competent until proven otherwise. Women and people of color, however, don't get the luxury of such a presumption. Instead, they are often assumed to be less competent than their white, male…

Where to Meet Your Professional Network

We've all heard the expression, "It's not what you know, it's who you know that really matters." In a perfect world, everyone would be fairly evaluated on their merit, and opportunities would flow to the most deserving based on their hard work and talent. But, we don't live in a meritocracy, and having a network of…

Spotlight: Statues of Women Nationwide

  Our museums and public spaces are filled with statues the commemorate notable figures in history. But, if you take a moment to notice, almost all of those statues commemorate men. In New York City, only 5 out of the city's 150 statues are women. In San Francisco, women are represented in only 2 of…

The Benefits of Paternity Leave Are for Everyone

When I had my son 3 years ago, I was nervous about a million things. Thankfully, my job wasn't one of them. My company had a good parental leave policy, and I was able to take off 13 weeks to be with my baby, all of which were 100% paid. Even better? My husband's company…

Attention Leaders: Your Employees are Watching You

You are probably familiar with the expression, "Do as I say, not as I do." I know I've subscribed to this philosophy a time or two, especially since becoming a parent. But, I've also come across this style of leadership many times in the workplace. I've had senior leaders who talk a good game when…

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,…

The Hidden Cost of Hidden Figures

Last year, the film Hidden Figures won critical acclaim for its portrayal of three African-American women who were deeply involved with helping NASA win the "Space Race" of the 1950's and 60's.  They were not recognized for their contributions at the time, and it's only today that most of us are learning about their stories.…