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Smashing the Glass Ceiling in Politics

July 29, 2016

No matter how you feel about Hillary Clinton, you have to step back and observe this historical moment. The women’s rights movement wasn’t just about having the right to vote, shedding the demands of home, or being more like men. It was about having the same choices. Today, we have to acknowledge there is an […]

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Revisit: What Would Michelle Obama Do?

July 26, 2016
Michelle Obama DNC 2016

After last night’s DNC speech, Michelle Obama’s message, “Live your best life”, takes on a new perspective of hope and community. In 2012, Michelle spoke at the Virginia Tech graduation ceremony. I had tried to compartmentalize my frustration with how campaigning seems to permit public servants put their jobs on pause so that I could […]

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What Would Michelle Obama Do?

May 15, 2012

A few weeks ago, someone sent me the book “What Would Michelle Do?” since they thought I might be interested in a collection of tips about life from the First Lady. I read the book, but not so it could stand on its own. Instead, I read it as I prepared to graduate from my […]

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Finding Your Fire

April 18, 2012

This post was written after my MBA program hosted its Women in Business event. I helped plan the function, and the keynote speaker was my mentor, Jeanne DaDamio, a woman who had an amazing 33-year career with IBM.  Finding inspiration for a speaking event may not always be the easiest when you don’t have a […]

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Be the One of Ones

January 2, 2012

In my Bloomberg Businessweek that summarized 2011, there is a multi-page article about all the protesting and rioting that happened this year. At the end of it were three interviews by police officers who were present in London, Athens, and Vancouver. What struck me as a great statement of what happened in many of these […]

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What If You Had a Year to Face Your Fears?

July 21, 2011

What if you had a year? What if you had no outside distractions and could focus on just one thing? Perhaps it’s a passion or some kind of personal development. What if it were a fear? A few weeks ago, I saw ex-celebrity blogger Noelle Hancock on “Today.” She had written a book that peaked my […]

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The Passion of Gary Vaynerchuk

April 29, 2011

This post is available at Forbes blogs: I have not had the opportunity to ever to be a guest on one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things” episodes…but I now feel like I understand the insanity that ensues. Gary Vaynerchuk spoke at Virginia Tech on last night, and as I’m sure he always does, he blew the roof off the […]

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Beyond the Headlines: How to Find Role Models with Expertise

March 16, 2011

This month I was asked to write a guest post for Gloria Feldt’s 9 Ways Blog. Gloria Feldt is a nationally renowned activist and author, whose passion for social justice has propelled her life’s work. Her new book, No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, was published by Seal Press in […]

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How Will You Serve? Relay for Life

March 14, 2011

Ut Prosium. That I May Serve. Those are some pretty inspiring words to live by. I have some other words, as well: “To lend to those less fortunate a helping hand… To keep forever sacred the memory of those we have loved and lost. To be to others what we would they would be to […]

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