Issue 60 — August 6, 2018 Do you dream of starting your own business? You’re not alone, whether you are a woman contemplating leaving salaried employment you don’t love for the uncertainty of entrepreneurship, you want your own business so you can control your schedule to take care of family obligations, or you simply embrace the challenge of…Read More
Issue 59 — July 30,2018 On an Amazon Prime day whim, I bought a box of LEGOs on sale and created an exercise using them for the “Your Power Journey” workshop I led last weekend at the Omega Institute. Participants in the “Your Power Journey” workshop showing their power TO in the beautiful setting of the Omega…Read More
I grew up in rags. No, I don’t mean I lacked proper clothes. As I’ve confessed in this column before, I’ve always been something of a fashion diva. Now you’ll know why. I’m referring to the clothing business, where “rag” or the Yiddish word for it, “shmata,” is often used as a humorous slang description. My father…Read More
Issue 54 — June 15, 2018 Riffing on Dante, my friend Jill and I used to speculate on what our personal levels of hell would be. Pervasive niceness was her deepest level of hellaciousness. She described it as a place where tough or controversial issues were never discussed and she would have to be blandly agreeable at all…Read More
Issue 53 — June 9, 2018 I’ve been toting my Kate Spade bag since her untimely death by suicide this week. I can’t tell you why it touched me so deeply but I can’t stop thinking about how she brought so much light, color, and beauty to the world but apparently didn’t always receive it herself. And now,…Read More
Meghan Markle might never become Queen of England, but she rules the world through the power of the symbols she chose for her wedding. Literally, every minute act and every tangible article in any royal wedding is imbued with symbolic meaning whether intended or not. But there is no question that this bride and groom thought…Read More
Issue 49 — May 11, 2018 I attended “The Future of Everything” conference this week. Hosted by The Wall Street Journal, it featured an array of speakers as sparkling as Sarah Jessica Parker’s shoes, in short panels that provided just enough fodder to get your brain synapses firing like popcorn. Futuristic speculations are as addictive as popcorn to me,…Read More
Did you know that only 2% of women’s businesses crack the $1,000,000 revenue mark? I learned that this week when I had the pleasure of speaking at Kristi Hall’s 2% club mastermind group. While it’s not easy for any entrepreneur to build a business, according to a study by EY, businesses owned by men are 3.5…Read More
I led a women’s executive leadership workshop on “Women, Power, and Authentic Leadership” recently. A business school professor presented just before me, so I arrived early to observe her segment. She’s a highly skilled communicator who presented terrific content. Her elegant attire and direct but modulated self-presentation perfectly mirror how women are advised to look and…Read More
A “Heartfeldt” THANK YOU to everyone who read and commented on my virgin column on leadership at BlogHer Career. Your lively responses, challenges, and questions affirm that leadership issues are high on the agenda.
Hands down the hottest topic in questions this past two weeks was mentoring. Such as:
What’s the relationship between mentoring and fostering leadership capacity in women? Mentoring compared to sponsorship? How do you get a mentor and cultivate a mutually beneficial relationship? How to lead, mentor, and retain high performing employees? How to get a mentor or be a mentor when you’re a consultant or an entrepreneurial business of one?
Great questions all, threading into two major categories around which there are many stories and studies to share:Read More