"An ancient Chinese text says, 'The way to simplicity lies through complexity.' I've learned that fulfilling your best destiny is a startlingly simple process -- but that doesn't mean it's easy." ~ Martha Beck
There was a time when I was at my rock-bottom.
I was sleeping on the floor of my apartment and using cardboard boxes as furniture in my house. I was depressed, alone and struggling to find a job.
That was 10 years ago.
Now I own a successful business, live in a beautiful home, have tons of amazing friends, a loving partner and I feel better than ever.
Are you tired of being mansplained to?
Yeah me too.
As much as I want to include men in the conversation (I really do!), sometimes I get downright mad when they get on a soapbox and act like I don’t know something I, in fact, know all too well. It's patronizing and condescending, and I have little patience for it.
Last night I drove two hours south from Portland to Eugene, OR (home of University of Oregon) to host a gathering of the Superwoman Society.
Twenty incredible women joined me to talk about knowing your value and how to price your products and services (including your salary). Both entrepreneurs and corporate women participated in a guided discussion on this topic and I wanted to give you a little taste of what we discussed:
For me, going to a networking event kind of feels like going to the gym. Once I'm there, I'm happy. But getting me to go can take a real kick in the ass.
I'd rather pour myself a glass of wine and binge on the latest episodes of The Americans instead of going through the hassle of putting on makeup, driving across town, and spending an evening mingling with strangers.
But I do it anyway.
Negotiating your salary can be one of the most stressful parts of managing your career and as we see the introduction of more types of companies, this becomes increasingly more complicated. For example, working in a startup company presents different opportunities for negotiation than working in an investment bank with a long-held structure and growth plans.
While planning for the Superwoman Summit, I get a lot of requests from women who want to tell their story on stage -- women who feel they have something to share that will make a difference.
Since I can't invite everyone to speak at the summit (there just isn't enough time!), I often recommend that they look for other ways to get their message out out into the world.
Here are seven opportunities every woman has to grab the mic, speak up and use her voice: