Getting Clear About Your Career

For most of my life, I thought I was going to grow up to be a teacher. All through elementary, middle, and high school, I envisioned myself at the head of the classroom, teaching students about history, government, and civics. It wasn’t until I got to college to actually pursue this career path, that I…

Dressing For the Job You Want

You’ve probably heard the expression, “Dress for the job you want.” I rarely put a lot of stock into adages like these, but it turns out there might actually be something to this. A recent study by a professor at the Yale School of Management found that how employees dressed made a difference in how…

How to Boost Your Self-Confidence

Before our son was born, my husband and I talked about what traits we hoped he would have. We wanted him to be honest and kind, to have integrity, to be smart, to be curious, and to be confident. As someone who has struggled with confidence, I felt this was one of the greatest gifts…

The 5 Books Your Daughter Needs to Read

“A book is a dream you hold in your hand.” As an avid reader, this quote speaks to my soul. I recently shared with Fairygodboss my recommendations for 5 empowering books that your daughter should be reading right now. These books are a reminder to women and girls of all ages to DREAM BIG. Check it…

Traveling for Business Like a Boss

The first time I went on a business trip, I felt like a rock star. Fancy hotel? Check. Expensive restaurant I would never go to on my own? Check. Getting around in taxis and not overcrowded, dirty subways? Check. All expenses paid? Check. Traveling for business can be fun, but it can also be tiring…

Becoming Your Own PR Team

Self-promotion sounds like a dirty word. It makes me think of cocky, overly confident people who brag their way into recognition. But, research has shown that among the many gender gaps that exist between men and women is women’s reluctance to engage in self-advocacy. While we are happy to go to bat for others, we…

How We Talk to Our Boys Matters

When we talk abut women’s advancement, the obvious focus is to talk about, well, women. We talk about raising strong little girls who will grow up to be strong women. But, often, a very important piece of that conversation is missing. What are we doing with our boys? How are we raising them to stop…

The “Mommy Tax”

Early in their careers, most women walk into work ready to kick ass and take names. They’re eager, ambitious, enthusiastic, and willing to work hard. And then something happens. Slowly, but surely, many women begin to downsize their ambition. They start to question whether advancement is really something they want; if the trade offs are…

Doing vs. Achieving

  A couple of weeks ago, my friend asked me to share my resume with her because she was applying to jobs and needed a template off of which to work. I have been using the same version of my resume for years. I’ve given it a quick refresh every now and again, but no…

Asking For What You Want

Women hear all the time that they have to ask for what they want. This is good advice. Too often women think that by keeping their heads down and working hard, their contributions will be recognized and rewarded all on their own. But, this just isn’t the case. If you want a promotion, you should…

Becoming a Yes Woman

We’ve all heard of the “yes man.” This is the person who doesn’t say no to anything and is usually thought to be a pushover. Nobody seeks out to be a yes man. But over the last year, I’ve decided to flip the script a bit and have worked hard on becoming a “yes woman.”…

Why I Didn’t Miss My Son While I Was On Vacation

Ok. That was a lie. I totally missed my son. A lot. BUT, I don’t regret leaving him behind with his grandparents while my husband and I traveled through California and Mexico for 10 glorious, sunny days. If you’re a mom, and especially if you have young children, you probably feel hesitant to travel without…