Earning Your Ph. D. in Change

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Adjusting to change can leave you feeling like a kid (even a big baby) at any age. When do we actually begin to function/act like adults? Hmmm. Good question. Handling ourselves when things seem to be out of our control – this is truly a test.- Who doesn’t feel out of control right now? Here are some tips when adjusting to change – 1. Make the time to join a business networking group – online is great – LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. – but strongly consider taking that extra step to meet face-to-face, in person – people help other people (you included) when you feel a connection. There are groups popping up all over the place that are listed in your local business journal, Chamber of Commerce website, even ask at your place of worship or […]

Tip of the Day for the worker bees

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For those who remember (like it was yesterday!) looking for or holding down a job in the 80’s and 90’s, we had our work cut out for us. We knew we were lucky to have a job and we worked “hard for the money.” Looks like things do come full circle afterall! Welcome to Back to Future… – if you have trained people to sell (or lived through) a down economy, you have real expertise to share with companies – there is an art to selling in a down economy and it takes practice – and many of us have it. Also,  Sheryl  Shookman just wrote a new book, you may want to check out. It’s called Who’s In Charge of Your Career? Creating a Strategy for Success Check in daily with me and Cindy […]

American Airlines launches web page for women travelers

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If you don’t think it’s a big deal that a major corporation is talking directly to women travelers, think again. It’s such a smart business move and so many companies are moving so fast, they don’t see the major, economic power in reaching out to women. Kudos to American Airlines. Go to www.aa.com/womenand tell AA what you think about their new site. Don’t get me wrong, I fly Southwest Airlines all of the time(great prices, great staff) and Colleen Barrett, SWA president is an inspiration, but to have the world’s leading airline come out and talk directly to women tells you it’s a smart, well thought through move, not a fluke. Now it’s our responsbility as consumers, men and women, to tell our airlines how we like to fly and what they can do to […]

Leaders First. But It IS a big deal that they're Women Also

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Now Announced, Drew Gilpin Faust is the new head of Harvard. Congratulations. “I was the rebel who did not just march for civil rights and against the Vietnam War but who fought endlessly with my mother, refusing to accept her insistence that ‘this is a man’s world, sweetie, and the sooner you learn that, the better off you’ll be,’” she writes. Read more on what the new Harvard prez has to say in Yahoo article: Click here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070211/ap_on_re_us/harvard_president Katharine Jefferts Schori is the first woman bishop in history of the Anglican Communion. She was formerly bishop of Nevada. She is also gay and so is facing criticism and challenges. Follow her progress as she heads to Tanzania for an Episcopal Summit meeting. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/11/us/11bishop.html?th&emc=th Looking for your own outreach as a business woman or man, check […]

Link to Peggy Orenstein's NYTimes Article

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Read the NYTimes article “What’s Wrong With Cinderella?” I googled the author of the article, Peggy Orenstein. I couldn’t get the link through the New York Times website. This provactive article is quite good as it makes you think about Princess culture and I’m sure Daffy Duck at Disney and all the other characters are taking notice…and probably loving the publicity whether bad or good. (The article cost $4.95 to download). – it was a great read and she is a fascinating writer to follow further especially in her writings about women whether you agree with her or not…..Many thanks to my friend Percy for bringing it to my attention….

Harvard Considering Woman President

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Drew Gilpin is being considered by Harvard University to replace current President Lawrence Summers. She’s an expert on the Civil War and the American South….and she led the faculty gender task force at Harvard – created after the recent controversery about women’s potential in the sciences – stirred up by Summers’ comments at a faculty event. Click for a Yahoo story to read more. This is a major leap for American society to have one of the top Ivy League schools to be considering a woman president. I also want to tip my hat to Associate Dean Lalia Rach at NYU’s Tisch Hotel School who has held that post for about ten years. Women like Lalia in academia have proven women are more than capable and willing to lead universities. Read more about Lalia

Percolating Princess

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I have received several emails from mothers worried about their daughters’ fascination with princess culture . (see comment below). Let me know what you think about your daughters, sons and society’s overall fascination with materialism and what “success” looks like to them. Anyone care to comment about the fairy tale character Ariel? – Cary Broussard ….Many of my friends including me are doctors and engineers. We were very worried how “into” princesses our 2,3,4 year old daughters are and were worried about the messages they were getting. Your analogies are wonderful and make us feel a lot better about the whole princess thing. By the way, Ariel is now one my daughter’s favorite – do you have a lesson from Ariel? I never would have thought of most of the analogies you drew, and I […]

Blog with Cary

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Career advice, workplace issues and yes family issues that affect our work life and the world-at-large will be the current topics of the new “Swim with the Swans” blog, hosted by Cary J. Broussard, author of From Cinderella to CEO – How to Master the 10 Lessons of Fairy Tales to Transform Your Work Life and featured on www.cinderellaceo.com

Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis

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Chicago and Atlanta were amazing markets to launch Cindy CEO book tour…I want to thank famous lawyer Nina Fain from Chicago who arranged an amazing event for my first book signing at SchiffHardin Law Firm – atop the Sears Tower. Talk about starting at the top. Thank you Nina and thank you Lorna Donatone, President of Spirit Cruises who “partook” in a panel discussion with me and Lana Porter, first lady of technology and formerly the chair of Leadership America (www.leadershipamerica.com). The event drew attention to the non-profit organization Commanding Heights that Nina started a couple of years ago – to work with women at all levels to see that they excell in their lives. Go Nina! Oh and moderator Felisia Wesson and PR Maven Tammy McMiller are two elegant women I met in Chicago. […]