Success: It Looks Different for Everyone

Success. It’s such a small word with big consequences. An Internet search on Dictionary.com defined success as, “The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.” Success can also mean accomplishing one’s goals, or attaining wealth, position or honors you have striven to attain. Success looks different for everyone. Of course being successful is what everyone strives for, but not the outcome … Read More

Find the Best ‘Work-Life’ Balance

The first time I really paid attention to the term “work-life balance” was during interviews as I was about to graduate from business school. Coming out in a strong economy when companies were actively recruiting from top business schools, I heard many spiels on work-life balance and corporate programs centered around the concept. The whole idea was to make us … Read More

One Step Ahead: Internships, Job Shadows, and Mentorships

One Step Ahead: Internships, Job Shadows, and Mentorships As a teenager, I was lucky enough to be hand selected for an internship at an international corporation headquartered in Western New York. Envisioning power suits and power lunches, hobnobbing with captains of industry, I was dismayed to be ushered into a windowless room with my humble brown bag lunch, where I … Read More

Entrepreneurship At All Ages

I have embraced entrepreneurship since I was a little girl. At age 10, I had a newspaper route in Alaska and won awards for top sales and great customer service. I learned early to fundraise by getting people to pledge money to non-profits for my bike-a-thons, skate-a-thons and beauty pageants. At 15, I was crowned Miss Hospitality for the state … Read More

What Factors Trigger Motivation for You?

Motivation is powerful and puzzling. It is defined simply as the desire to do things. Why can something so simple make life so complicated? At times, it can be a fleeting desire – difficult to recapture once it is lost. This is particularly true after a major setback or working toward a long-term goal. It happens to the best of … Read More

Water Cooler Talk: Be a Trusted Source for Your Employees

Did you know employers rank as the most credible source of information on political and public policy issues – more than political parties, labor unions and the news media? Polling from the nonpartisan group Business-Industry Political Action Committee, or BIPAC, indicates a 2-to-1 margin of employees want their employer to share important policy information with them. Perhaps most importantly, 65 … Read More

Intentional Corporate Community Engagement: How Reaching Out Brings Success

What’s your equation for the success of your business or organization? For Junior Achievement, money for operations and materials plus volunteers to deliver our programs equals more students served. Easy, right? Well, not so easy. I liken it to a perpetual treasure hunt. As a result, I put a lot of time and thought into the motivations behind community engagement … Read More

It Is 2017, Women Have Options!

The hustle and bustle from the holiday season is finally over and we all survived yet another year of turkey, presents, and awkward family questions that feel more like interrogations and passive aggressive statements about whether or not you have hit life’s benchmarks. The constant questions about “real” jobs, kids, marriage and “settling down” seem to be the topics of … Read More

Leaders, Experts and Innovators Aren’t Born, They’re Mentored

How do young college graduates entering the workforce, professionals in transition or retirees looking for their “encore” career get a leg up on the competition?  It takes experience, foresight and confidence —and you don’t get any of these on your own until you have gone through the development process and have become a proven commodity. Mentors could be the answer.  … Read More

The Emotional Impact of Uncertainty in Business

By Kristin Woodling Anxiety is the number one mental health issue for American women. The uncertainty faced by women in business can ignite this issue, even in the most experienced professionals. Our personality, genetics, past experiences, and current circumstances are factors that influence the degree of anxiety we feel when faced with uncertainty. Next time you feel heightened anxiety, find … Read More