Just Do It All

September 13th, 2013

Here’s a revolutionary thought: instead of wasting a lot of time wondering whether you can or should “have it all” (family and career), how about realizing that for most women it makes long-term sense to DO IT ALL. What am I saying, exactly? I’m saying that with few exceptions most women need to (as I…

Career Reinvention: Working for Hope in the Global Village

June 27th, 2013

In the tiny, quaint, affluent village of Southport, Connecticut, Barb Johnson sells an awe-inspiring collection of clothing and accessories to empower women to survive and thrive in remote villages around the world. A visit to her shop, Mama Jane’s Global Boutique, is an education in the museum-quality work of ancient artisans in South Africa, Kenya,…

Big Business Comes in Small Packages, Too

June 27th, 2013

What does an honors finance and accounting major at Georgetown do after donning cap and gown? “I did what all the smart kids did”, says Katie Sanford, sitting in the clothing and accessories store she now manages with her mother. “I went after the most obvious big business opportunities, interviewed with big banks and then…

Work Support Equals Work Success

May 29th, 2013

In many of my blog posts I’ve talked about the need for family support when you return to work after a long hiatus. As much as you may want to restart your career, it’s very difficult to blend both work and life if your spouse is not on board. When it is not driven by…

Promote Your Personal Brand in the Freelance “Gig Economy”

April 4th, 2013

Tired of working for someone else? Determined that your  reinvention will include freelance work? You’ve got the right idea to join a burgeoning employment market, but you still have to make sure that you sell your personal brand. Career coach and personal branding specialist Randi Bussin of Aspire! in Boston points out that freelancing may…

Start a Business that Has Built-In Fun

February 26th, 2013

Planning to “retire” and start your own business? Design your business to financially and mentally support your time off. That’s sage advice given by Jane Pollak, in her wonderful book, Sole Proprietor: 101 Lessons from a Lifestyle Entrepreneur.  Though you may not want to give up working as you say good-bye to a long held career,…

Keep Your Job, Give Up the Office

February 8th, 2013

You’d like to work from home one day or all days, but you’re sure your boss would say no. Perhaps you’re just assuming this or you might have mentioned the possibility in passing and your boss didn’t take the bait. Don’t give up so fast—there’s still a chance that you can make it happen. Because…

Travel the Women’s Career Labyrinth

January 26th, 2013

Here you will find compelling excerpts from a wonderful article by Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, Vice President and Managing Director of Apollo Research Institute, an organization focused on education, work and careers in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Tracey’s article gives great credence to the non-linear career path, which I’m happy to see is trending upward. In my coaching and recruiting years I’ve always advised women to…

44 Tips Before You Quit Your Job

January 9th, 2013

Before you exit the workforce out of sheer frustration, make sure there is not a way to find more work-life balance and keep your job–and your paycheck.  Take a deep breath and read these 9 Lives for Women New Year’s tips for women who have one foot on the off ramp:  Don’t Give Up Your…

Wandering for A Living

November 19th, 2012

When Lyn Kimberly of Weston, Connecticut talks about her childhood, there are many tales of a Vermont camp on Lake Champlain. She spent 10 years as a camper and a counselor and later married a man who shares her love of the outdoors. For many years they wedged camping and canoeing trips into their professional…