October 9, 2019

Are you looking for a way to stand out in your field, deepen relationships, or develop habits of gratitude? When was the last time you stopped to write a thank you note?

Given our busy schedules and all the technology at our disposal, handwritten notes have become a lost art. However, it really only takes a few minutes to stop and express your gratitude and can easily be worked into your daily routine. Do you work best first thing in the morning when the off...

September 30, 2019

After several years of professional coaching and much longer collaborating with women in the workplace, I've noticed a trend where we tend to burn ourselves out without knowing exactly why. Usually the default explanation for this behavior assumes that women just don't know how to set boundaries, or are uncomfortable with saying "no." While this may be the case in some situations, perhaps it's also because we haven't taught women how to filter the many requ...

August 21, 2019

A topic we women don't talk about enough is feeling unqualified. The mental burden we carry by self-imposing impossible standards keeps us stuck in the status quo and limits our potential to grow. We talked about this issue recently at the Power to Exhale brunch, and you can catch that conversation on our podcast.

One of the most challenging projects of my professional career was rooted in the area of workforce development. While the program we were develop...

July 22, 2019

Big things take time. Whether it’s a challenging project at work, weight loss, getting your degree, or a job search, generally the more transformative the change, the longer it will take. The reason many people give up or settle isn’t that they lack passion for their goal, it’s because of how hard it can be to stay committed when you don’t see change happening. Add in obstacles and rejection and it’s easy to see how people can give up. So how do you maintai...

June 12, 2019

"I can do anything you need, just don't make me ask for money."

As a nonprofit and fundraising professional, I can't tell you how many incredibly brilliant people I've met who were terrified to ask others for donations. I was recently compiling a report of how much our team had raised for the year compared to how much we'd requested. Despite having raised millions for worthy causes over my career, it dawned on me that I've inadvertently become an expert in b...

May 29, 2019

As you may have noticed by the date of our last blog post, I've been battling a bout of writer's block. I've had plenty of ideas for posts and even got halfway through a few drafts, but nothing has felt quite right to publish. Since I started blogging years ago, I promised myself I would be patient for the right inspiration to come rather than forcing it. Although I felt some doubts trickle in as the days passed by, I'm glad I waited and stuck to my rule.

Ho...

April 9, 2019

Knowing I'm a feminist, you may be surprised to learn that I'm conflicted about Women's History Month. I'm grateful that we have dedicated a time to focus on celebrating women's accomplishments, but are 31 days enough to feature the success stories of 50% of our population? While we should continue to highlight the stories of remarkable women like the Notorious RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) or Amelia Earhart, aren't we forgetting the women who challenge the sys...

March 6, 2019

This may be the worst-kept secret in the world, but I'm a big nerd. I fly my geek flag proudly, among my collection of Star Wars toys and past experience publishing economic research. I'm one of those people who will answer a question with a question and enjoys debating just for the sake of examining issues from all sides. So when I was recently selected to serve on jury duty, found myself appointed to a grand jury, and randomly assigned as our foreman, of...

February 13, 2019

Whenever we talk about Boss Lady Coaching's mission, you won't hear us focus on empowering women. Women already have power and don't need me or anyone else to give them permission to use it. Instead we believe in the power of mentorship and set out to create a network that sponsors women into positions of influence. As we each move up the ladder and gain a seat at a more powerful table, our job is to pull up more chairs so other women can join us!

Very few o...

February 2, 2019

All of our recent talk about bravery sparked my interest in habits. Is developing bravery really as simple as making it part of your daily routine? Could brave actions become as hardwired as brushing your teeth first thing in the morning, or looking both ways before you cross the street? I turned to The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg to help me learn why we do what we do.

There are two main lessons to understand about habits, which the book dubs the Habit...

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