Today is Equal Pay Day– Congratulations! But not really.

Apr04
The name Equal Pay Day is deceiving because, as you already know, it is most certainly not the day we celebrate equal pay for equal work. We are still 170 years away from that achievement, give or take a month. Here’s the history behind it: This day was first ‘celebrated’ in 1996, and was initiated by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE). It was born out of the need to highlight the gap between men and women’s wages. Held in...
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THANK YOU on International Women’s Day

Mar08
The "Fearless Girl" statue faces Wall Street's "Charging Bull" statue. (Mark Lennihan / Associated Press) Over the course of many incarnations in the personal growth field, I have had the incomparable honor to stand before thousands of women from all over the world. In a multitude of roles, I have spoken on behalf of myself, in defense of others, and on the part of women who, however incorrectly, perceived that I have a voice greater than their ...
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AN OPEN LETTER TO HIGH POTENTIAL, UNDERACHIEVING WOMEN

Jan05
Dear High Potential, Underachieving Friend, I’ve been wanting to have this conversation with you for quite some time but, I confess, I’ve been a wimp. I know, I know…. You see me as a powerful woman who never holds back, so I betrayed both of us, didn’t I? Please know that this letter is tinged with the embarrassment that comes with not having had the courage to confront you sooner. But wimp no more! What I’ve been wanti...
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The Ultimate Guide on How to Advance Women Now!

Aug05
She told me she felt dismissed, irrelevant, invisible. She told me she didn’t feel as though she mattered; she couldn’t recall the last time she’d been validated. She wondered what was wrong with her; what she could have done differently and what she should now do over. “She” is a leader-- a high potential senior manager who has worked for the same tech firm for the past decade. She loves her company, but she doesn’t thi...
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Don’t Call Me MS. BOSSY PANTS!

Jul07
A while ago I sent a business associate an email following up on an introduction she'd made for me. She responded with "I do appreciate your enthusiasm but it can feel a bit overbearing, to be honest." What?! First, I was flabbergasted! Then, I searched the online dictionary for the word 'overbearing'. After that, I was hurt. In case you're curious, the synonyms for overbearing are: bossy overly authoritative domineering au...
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Savvy, Sexy, Smart? Not on LinkedIn!

May26
Recently my 18-year-old daughter poked her head in the door of my office to let me know that she was headed out to spend time with her girlfriends. Distractedly, I looked up to say goodbye. I almost gave myself whiplash from the double take when I saw her. In place of my little girl stood a sexy, provocative, gorgeous, tiny ‘object’ dressed in skin-tight Lycra, over-the-knee heeled boots and make-up of the Kardashian kind. Talk t...
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10 Characteristics of Confident Women

May05
Michelle walked into the meeting and all heads turned. The group felt her presence before they even saw her. Slight in stature, Michelle’s head was held high, her posture straight and her eye contact direct. She took in the room, smiled at her colleagues and headed for the power seat. Then she called the meeting to order. Michelle is a supremely confident woman. But that was not always the case. Just six months prior, her manager called m...
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Are You Competent OR Are You Liked?

Jun05
Yes, you read that correctly. In 2003 Harvard Business School conducted what is commonly known as the Heidi/ Howard Study on gender differences. Subsequently there has been significant research supporting the study’s conclusion, which is that women are perceived as either being competent OR likable, but rarely both. This double bind for women in large part stems from 'role congruity'—our expectations of how women and men are 'supposed' to b...
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Don’t Call Me “Ms. Bossy Pants”!

Mar18
A couple of weeks ago I sent a business associate an email following up on an introduction she'd made for me. She responded with "I do appreciate your enthusiasm but it can feel a bit overbearing, to be honest." What?! First, I was flabbergasted! Then, I searched the online dictionary for the word 'overbearing'. After that, I was hurt. In case you're curious, the synonyms for overbearing are:         bossy              ...
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