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What’s Your Definition of An Ambitious Woman?

June 14th, 2019

What’s your definition of ambitious woman? Since I wrote the book, Ambition Redefined, it’s a question I ask women wherever I go. Most recently I posed the question to a group of women during my presentation at Hayvn, a wonderful new co-working space in Darien, CT. Here’s a sampling of what I heard: An ambitious woman is…

Take These 5 Shortcuts to Flexible Jobs

May 30th, 2019

The most surefire way to find any kind of job—flexible or otherwise—is to make networking an extreme sport. This is what most people do not do…whether they are new college grads or seasoned executives. Today everyone spends way too much time on job boards—which are too often black holes. The best strategy is to continually expand…

Share With All the Men in Your Life: 10 Reasons Why Your Wife Should Always Work

April 23rd, 2019

We’re in 2019, but it often seems like we’re stuck in time…at about 1952. In my career coaching practice I’m continually amazed to hear lots of women say that their husbands would prefer that they don’t work (even if there is not an excess of household cash). In a surprising number of households, men think the…

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How Do You Define An Ambitious Woman? (She’s Not Always the One Scrambling to the Top)

April 2nd, 2019

At the recent Johns Hopkins Women’s Leadership Conference, Desiree Younge, the Vice President of Programs for the Tory Burch Foundation set a powerful tone in the opening session by speaking about the event theme, authenticity. She said that authenticity begins by telling yourself “I am enough. I am clear about who I am.” Her next…

Do the Right Math: Cost of Childcare vs. Staying Home

March 21st, 2019

You may be right in the thick of raising young children or your adult children may be long out of the house. But even if potty-training, playdates and homework are a distant memory, we all know women who are struggling to blend work and life. It may be your daughters, nieces, friends or colleagues—in every…

International Women’s Day Message: Don’t Be Afraid to Be An Engaged Investor

March 8th, 2019

Many smart and talented women take the lead on managing people, projects, events, volunteer committees, households and a long list of other responsibilities in personal and professional lives—but when it comes to taking the reins for their own finances…not as much. This was the message at a recent UBS luncheon for women led by Carey Shuffman,…