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Bring A Bold Confidence to the Table

Seven years ago, Katherine E. Jacobs and I ate slices of the best dive NYC pizza. Immediately after, we proudly marched ourselves into the chief executive suites at the ACLU to announce it would be a capital idea to put our little search-firm-that-could on retainer. You see, we knew the demographics of all their state affiliate offices

Bring A Bold Confidence to the Table2018-10-08T13:44:39+00:00

Parenting vs Career – The Guilt Inducing Choice

No one said parenting was easy. No one said having a career was either. Being both a parent and a professional creates a constant battle between your head and heart leaving your emotions as the unintended victim.   I recently read a friend's Facebook confession of how they were feeling guilty for being away from

Parenting vs Career – The Guilt Inducing Choice2018-10-05T11:28:29+00:00

Top 20 Best Ever Tips for Absolutely Super Awesome Networking

(Disclaimer:  Using these networking tips may result in an enormous Rolodex,  through which you might change the world.)   1. You will say something inane, at some point, to someone.  Someone will reject you, look for someone more interesting, or only be half listening.  Get over it. Keep going. No one really cares.   2.

Top 20 Best Ever Tips for Absolutely Super Awesome Networking2018-10-05T11:30:49+00:00

The One Meeting You Need to Add to Your Calendar

Let’s face it: it’s hard to be superwoman. We try to do everything, know everything, be everything. We juggle and we dance and we pivot and we sway. At work, we learn to delegate, to manage, to conscript the cavalry. We call in our teams, and we ask them to support us in our goals.

The One Meeting You Need to Add to Your Calendar2018-10-05T11:35:32+00:00

Leading with Confidence is the New “Fake It ‘Til Ya Make It”

Men lead with confidence. Women lead with competence. In fact, studies show that men vie for promotions, initiate salary negotiations (and ask for bigger increases when they do), and run for office with far less prompting, if any, than women. And why is that? If you ask a woman whether or not she is ready

Leading with Confidence is the New “Fake It ‘Til Ya Make It”2018-10-07T17:04:58+00:00

Being a Boss Bitch

At the 2018 Academy Awards, Frances McDormand closed a traditional Best Actress blah-blah-blah-I’d-like-to-thank-the-Academy acceptance speech with this: “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider!” It was said so seriously, so oddly out of cadence with the rest of the personal, heartfelt vibe of her remarks.  It was industry

Being a Boss Bitch2018-07-25T16:12:29+00:00

Confessions of a Confidence Coach: I’m Not as Confident as You Think

There is a funny thing about confidence: sometimes the people who look like they have the most actually have the least. For me, it’s not confidence that has fueled my success, but optimism, romanticism, idealism.  What most people see as confidence is just those things disguised as forward motion, action, and determination. You see, I’m

Confessions of a Confidence Coach: I’m Not as Confident as You Think2018-10-07T17:06:23+00:00

Talk to Yourself Like a Badass

Have you ever written down some of the things you say to yourself when you self-doubt self-talk? In your mind, these things sound okay, almost reasonable, in fact. Maybe you're really not that smart, maybe you’re really not that ambitious, maybe your butt really could benefit from a few more squats at the old gym.

Talk to Yourself Like a Badass2018-10-07T17:06:51+00:00

Life Lessons Learned from Mile 20

You'd be surprised at the life lessons you can learn running marathons. Back when I used to run them, I'd say that there is a moment at mile 20, when you know you have six more miles to go, where you have to make a decision. Six miles, 10 kilometers. That’s all you’ve got left.

Life Lessons Learned from Mile 202018-10-07T17:07:28+00:00

All Hail the Sidequest!

I woke up this morning -- I mean really woke up, like for the day, with no chance of return to the prized, floaty, cocooned slumber from which I was so unceremoniously yanked -- at 12:45am.  12:45am! That’s practically still last night. Perhaps it was the sriracha shrimp tacos I ate for dinner. Or, maybe

All Hail the Sidequest!2018-10-07T17:08:05+00:00
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I help people discover their consonance — how they align what they do with who they are, to achieve their limitless potential. I show people their greatness, encourage them to forge ahead, and become the best versions of themselves.

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