Helping Women Get Ahead Isn’t Trying to Fix the Women

Giving women career advice isn’t blaming women. It isn’t telling women to act more like men. It isn't saying that fixing things is the woman’s job. It isn’t ignoring the fact that the system needs fixing.

It is simply helping women get ahead.  

Honestly, if I sound exasperated, it’s because I am.  For months now I have read too many headlines (aka clickbait) explaining all the reasons why a career program for women is wrong. The most recent...

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How to Ask for What You Need

I’ve been reflecting on something I’ve been hearing a lot during the pandemic from the women I coach and that is, “I should just be grateful that I have a job.”  This feeling of being beholden to your employer and, moreso, obliged to put your head down and just get on with it actually hurts you and the organization.  It can lead to stress, burnout, isolation and a complete lack of motivation or engagement.  And it can prevent you from asking for what you...

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Confidence Does Not Mean Fake It Till You Make It

This is one of my favorite New Yorker cartoons.  Like most things, it’s funny because it’s true.  To get ahead (or even heard), we women have to start talking about our expertise before we’ve fully developed it.  And for those of us who only feel comfortable talking about what we can do after we’ve perfected and proven it, this is a problem. 

Sometimes the women I coach ask, “are you saying fake it till I make it?” ...

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