Professional Politics: An Interview With Former Governor Christine Gregoire

December 2, 2013

image001_150Christine Gregoire, former governor of Washington State, didn’t start out wanting to run for political office. She began her career as a clerk typist, and quickly realized the impact public policy could have in the real world. Her determination to make a difference and to better people’s lives drove her to elected office. Read the rest of this entry »

Harmonizing Career, Family, And Faith: Q and A With Diane Paddison

May 9, 2012

In April 2012, I wrote a Forbes blog on “Shattering the Work/Life Balance Myth” – that there is really no such thing as work and personal life in perfect balance at all times. But what about when you add faith into that mix? To find out how women can have a fulfilling career and family life while also cultivating their faith, I sat down for a discussion with Diane Paddison, founder of the national nonprofit 4word, an organization for women who work…love…pray.  Read the rest of this entry »

Shattering The Work/Life Balance Myth

April 4, 2012

“Would you talk to us about how we can achieve work/life balance?” she asked while looking at me with eyes desperate to understand the secrets of life. I was sitting in a small conference room at the local university with a group of MBA student mentees and as I glanced around the room the other women were silently nodding their heads and leaning forward, anxious to hear my answer. Read the rest of this entry »

Succeeding in a Career and Motherhood – Tips For Balancing Both Worlds

November 2, 2011

I was recently discussing with my 9 year old son how things were different for women in the “old days” when Mommy was growing up. He had just returned from a play rehearsal for the show, “Annie” and we were discussing exactly why Daddy Warbucks desired a son so he could pass on his business acumen. He was astonished to hear that yesterday’s mothers didn’t work late, miss school plays, or use the Drive-Thru to supply most meals. Read the rest of this entry »

Causes of Sleep Deprivation and How to Cure it Naturally

October 19, 2011

Insomnia, or sleep deprivation, is one of the most common sleep disorders afflicting Americans. Studies conducted by the National Sleep Foundation revealed that nearly 20 percent of all the people in the United States only get about 6 hours sleep per night. The causes may be psychological problems, such as worry or anxiety or sorrow, but whatever the reason, insomnia adversely affects our daily lives. Victims are exhausted all day and cannot concentrate properly on their work, meaning their ability to solve problems or think logically decreases. Nor can they enjoy the world around them because they can only focus on the need to sleep. Read the rest of this entry »

The importance of proactively managing workplace stress

September 28, 2011

Stress is on the rise in America. Over the last thirty years the amount of time Americans have spent at work has steadily risen. According to the International Labor Organization (1997), workers in the United States now “put in the longest hours on the job in industrialized nations…the equivalent of almost two working weeks more than their [next closest] counterparts in Japan” (p. 1). Read the rest of this entry »

Turning passion into (non-)profit

August 3, 2011

Ever wondered about what it would be like to work for a non-profit organization? Suzanne Swift did. In fact, her passion for non-profits developed long before her interest in marketing. After pursuing an MBA, she planned to go into non-profit management, but received an offer from Microsoft that was too good to pass up.

Knowing her heart was in non-profits, Swift eventually transitioned from the corporate world into non-profits and became a marketing consultant for various non-profits, including the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Social Workers. Read the rest of this entry »