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9 Easy and Subtle Ways to Discourage Sexism: A Friendly Guide For Men

Many men understandably aren't sure how to approach the issue of equal rights for women. I sympathize with them because some of the gender rights movements elicit a little bit of an "anti-man vibe." Gender equality like the Civil Rights Movement has a variety of ideological factions. In addition, every female most likely has her own very particular points of view regarding equal rights for women, none of which can be pinned down to uniformed philosophies.

I almost called this piece, “How to Subtly Be a Feminist: A Guide for Men,” but the many controversial and contrasting connotations of the word, feminist, enabled me not to use it. There are some interpretations of the word, feminism, which imply an “anti-man” attitude, and that is not what this post is about, nor is …

ADHD: The Puppy In My Briefcase

I never did officially disclose it to HR. When I asked a coworker if I should, she answered, "Well, do you need any accommodations?" I answered honestly, "Just patience." This was a few years ago, and at the time, I was a super rookie. I didn't know if disclosing it to HR could help or hurt me career-wise.

I’d like to shout it out loud for once, but I can’t. So, I’ll write it out here, ” I have adhd!” It’s nothing to be ashamed of, right? Especially now that there’s all these movements toward eliminating stigmas against mental illness and disabilities, right? Nope. It’s not that simple. While I don’t feel like …

5 New Year’s Resolutions You Will Want to Keep

New Year's resolutions may as well be called next year's punishments. It's one of the reasons we all binge eat and drink over the holidays. We try to squeeze in as many treats as we can before the ball drops. Then-- we wake up the next morning, hungover from days of eggnog, meat, cheese and cookies. We tend to dread our first bowl Fiber One of cereal in the new year.

New Year’s resolutions may as well be called next year’s punishments. It’s one of the reasons we all binge eat and drink over the holidays. We try to squeeze in as many treats as we can before the ball drops. Then– we wake up the next morning, hungover from days of eggnog, meat, cheese and …

Identity and Development: Surviving My Professional Crossover

Identity and Development: Surving a professional "crossover"

Fall 2015 is waiting for the gun to go off. I keep finding myself hashtagging #fall2015 more than usual. I’m stoked for it. This is the first time I’ve ever started a new semester without some heavy weight on my back (both when I was a student and as a professor). Today, I’ve got my …

Coco Chanel: The Woman Behind the Logo

Get inspired by the woman who gave creative women a voice...

When you hear “Chanel,” what pops into your mind? Pearls? A black dress? Chanel No. 5? Red lipstick? All the basic products of a legendary style company. Chanel, founded by the icon, Coco Chanel, symbolizes far more than industry and fashion; it’s the result of one brave woman’s vision. For me, Chanel is the woman …

How to Argue to Win: 7 Tips for Effective Communication

Ironically, making a powerful argument has zero to do with power and everything to do with social and language skills. When engaged in a friendly debate, professional conflict or collaborative decision making process, there are seven important tactics to keep in mind.

One of the most necessary and powerful skills anyone can have is the ability to create a strong argument. The art of arguing is typically associated with lawyers and philosophers, however, it is in our normal daily lives that all of us can benefit from the power of conveying an argument well. (So, I know …

6 Subtle Ways to Stand Out and Surpass

The desire to "fit in" and "be normal," if taken too seriously, can actually sabotage potential gains or promotions. There's a fine balance between blending in and sticking out like a sore thumb. You want your fellows and superiors to notice you, but you don't want them to run away from you either. Getting noticed is the first step toward moving up or getting what you want.

“Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur. If you’re different, you will stand out.” – Anita Roddick (www.keepinspiringme.com) Though Roddick’s quote aims directly at entrepreneurs, it easily applies to any other ambitious professional or social persona. Whether you …

How To Plan a Professional & Flawless Event–10 Tips too!

I learned a valuable lesson I would not have learned otherwise: you can't rely on the venue that has invited you to already know what all your needs are. You have to ask for them upfront, and if they already know you need a music stand, or a bottle of water, or a video projector-- great! But it's better to be safe than sorry.

I was recently asked to read poetry at a new venue; I noticed some major glitches in the setup, for example, I was not formally introduced nor was I given a place to lay my reading materials. I was frustrated by these snafus of course, but I also learned a valuable lesson I would not have learned …

Should You Collaborate or Work Independently?

Working as a team and/or working alone both have their pros and cons. So which choice should you make? Tips on how to make the right choice.

Your boss wants something done. Something great. Something fresh. Something that might solve an encroaching problem that could lead to disaster. Something that might jumpstart everyone, bring excitement back into the force. She doesn’t care how you do it, who does it or what it is, but she wants a grand gesture of innovation. It …

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