What Does Success Look Like?

What Does Success Look Like?

I’m in the game of empowering women because I firmly believe that the world will be a better place with more women in positions of power. 

My ultimate goal is to end all suffering around the world. I also want to save the planet, end poverty, create peace and stop the senseless brutalities against the weak.

I know, you’re like, "Whaaaat?" But, I'm l like, "What did I miss?!!!"

These goals are lofty, and will not be fully realized in this lifetime. I know it's a long game, but I'm in the game nonetheless. The cards have been dealt and I'm playing my hand. 

Have the Courage to Let Yourself Be Seen

Have the Courage to Let Yourself Be Seen

As my business grows, I feel called to make it more beautiful, more poetic, and more divine. As a result you might have noticed, The Superwoman Project is getting a beauty makeover.

I also feel called to translate what is inside of me to the outside world. I feel compelled to express my truth, inspire change and teach what it means to be truly empowered by honoring my greatest truths and letting myself be seen. As a result, I'm going to be talking more about my own life in service of this work on all the stages from which I speak. 

Superwoman Rules for Getting Unstuck

Superwoman Rules for Getting Unstuck

At work and in business, there often comes a time when there is not an easy solution available to you. 

A time when despite your best efforts, you can’t get someone to listen. 

A time when you repeatedly get looked over for a promotion. 

A time when you are constantly interrupted, mansplained to, discriminated against or held back. 

A time when all your potential clients say no. 

A time when your event doesn’t sell out. 

A time when you can’t find that job that you’ve been seeking. 

Whatever the situation is....when that happens, I invite you to be the change you most want to see in your life, others and the world around you. 

If there is no easy solution available and it feels hard and you feel stuck, how can you be the change you want to see in the world? 

How can you resonate with the energy of the thing you want most? 

What is The Superwoman Project All About?

What is The Superwoman Project All About?

So this happened.

I was networking at a benefit for my local NPR station, sharing a cocktail table with a crowd of women and men. The conversation was flowing and I was having a great time. The two women across the table asked me “What do you do?”

I said, “I’m a career and leadership coach for women and the name of my business is The Superwoman Project.”

This was their response:

What Do You Know About Leadership?

What Do You Know About Leadership?

Very often my clients complain that the leadership at their company is failing them. In fact, I would say this is one of the number one complaints I get from women who come to me for help:

  • "My boss is unapproachable and doesn't seem to value my expertise or contribution."
  • "My supervisor doesn't know what the heck is going on and at the end of the day, I just don't trust them."
  • "The leadership at my company seems out of touch and they lack clear vision for the work."

....and on and on and on.

The thing is that...I've. Totally. Been. There.

I Crashed My Bike.

I Crashed My Bike.

Yesterday I crashed my bike. It was a pretty day and so I decided to run an errand on my road bike -- something I've been doing for years. 

I took a left turn going downhill when my tire inadvertently slid into a groove in the pavement. I was immediately thrown from my bike and onto the turn lane of a four lane road. 

On my way down, I saw the groove that twisted my tire, and the look on the faces of two men walking nearby. It all happened so fast but when I look back, I can see it in slow motion. 
 

Use Your Feminine Superpowers

Use Your Feminine Superpowers

Last week I spoke on stage to 150 women in Portland, Oregon about why feminine qualities matter at work and how to use your feminine superpowers to excel. 

Feminine superpowers are a specific set of qualities in every human being that have traditionally been assigned to the female gender. Things like creativity, curiosity, generosity, receptivity, and compassion. And these qualities are becoming increasingly more important as our economy values a new kind of work -- one that requires innovation, creative thinking, and problem solving.
 

Don't Let Confidence Stand In Your Way to Earning Equal Pay

Don't Let Confidence Stand In Your Way to Earning Equal Pay

On Sunday I watched the Super Bowl and while I lamented the loss of the Falcons, I celebrated Audi's commercial advocating equal pay for women, much like this Secret deodorant commercial from last year. 

I'm emboldened by corporations that see the competitive advantage to equal pay and opportunity for women. When the average woman makes about 54 to 78 cents to the dollar every man earns depending on her race, industry and job title, corporations must get behind their female employees.
 

The Greatest Challenges Facing Professional Women in 2017

The Greatest Challenges Facing Professional Women in 2017

Last year I spoke to hundreds of professional women from all across the globe who are inspired to find more fulfilling work, up-level their leadership skills and become a strong female leader. As a result, I’ve heard a lot about what’s plaguing the modern day woman when it comes to work and here are the three most common challenges facing professional women:

Do You Feel Paralyzed by Your Circumstances?

Do You Feel Paralyzed by Your Circumstances?

Last year I spoke to hundreds of professional women from around the globe who are inspired to find more fulfilling work, up-level their leadership skills and become a strong female leader. 

Many of the women I speak with feel paralyzed by their circumstances —  “I can’t earn money doing what I love, but I hate what I’m doing; I can’t walk away from this career I’ve worked so hard to build even though it’s killing my soul; I don’t have enough time to find a new job because I’m so busy at this one that I hate; If I go back to school, I’m going to be in a lot of debt, but I need more education to do what I want to do.”

Unleash Your Feminine Superpowers to Build Creative Work

Unleash Your Feminine Superpowers to Build Creative Work

How do you go about pursuing your dreams and finding creative work that is fulfilling, rewarding and meaningful? How do you experience success with your creative endeavors?

I believe both women and men can find the answer in what I like to refer to as, your feminine superpowers. Whatever your industry or sector, I firmly think this is key to your success. 
 

What is Your Origin Story?

What is Your Origin Story?

This month I've devoted a ton of energy to building out the concept for my book -- a process which has required a fair amount of time working through limiting beliefs, overcoming self-doubt and discovering what I truly feel called to say.

Since my business is named The Superwoman Project, this process has gotten me to thinking a lot about origin stories and how everyday superheroes get their superpowers. And then it dawned on me -- I like origin stories! They are so fun. (And I obviously like superheroes). 

My favorite origin stories are Spiderman, Superman and Captain America, and I cannot wait to see the new Wonder Woman movie coming out this spring! 

Most great superheroes and origin stories have several things in common:

Self-Acceptance, Integration and Freedom: Open Up to What is Possible

Self-Acceptance, Integration and Freedom: Open Up to What is Possible

Sometimes I feel like I'm actually living my life backwards. Like the older I get, the more I become like a child.

I mean, I'm obviously getting older and I can see the future ahead of me (grey hairs and all), but when I get very still and dig deep into my heart I notice something profound:

I'm reconnecting with my inner child more and more every day. (Yes, I'm about to get a little woo-woo, but just hang in here with me.)

7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before a Job Offer Negotiation

7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before a Job Offer Negotiation

As a single woman the best dating advice I ever got was to know my bottom-line and to not compromise on it. For me this means not dating a-holes or guys who don’t do what they say they are going to do. I have a one-strike-you’re-out policy on this bottom line. I simply. Won’t. Cross it.

The same goes for negotiating your salary in a job offer.

What is the least you’re willing to accept for this job? What is your bottom-line?

In order to answer this question, you also have to answer a few more questions:

The Secret to Networking Like a Pro

The Secret to Networking Like a Pro

A client wrote this to me the other day when we were discussing networking. Does it resonate with you?

“When I think of networking with people I don’t know, I’m afraid that I will meet people who know more than me or have experience and they will think I’m a poser or that I’m trying to get something from them. It kind of feels like an interview, instead of a conversation. Maybe I feel that way because I am trying to get something and I feel that I’m imposing on them.”

Have you ever felt this way about networking? Like your only purpose in being there is to get something?

7 Reasons Why You Feel Stuck in Your Search for Work

7 Reasons Why You Feel Stuck in Your Search for Work

If you’re looking for work, but are feeling stuck and paralyzed then you’re not alone.

Many clients come to me wanting help with an aspect of career development related to strategic things like personal branding, networking or negotiating, but nine times out of 10, they are stuck because they don’t know what their career goals are.

Setting your career goals is like punching an address into Google maps ― if you don’t know where you’re going, it’s really difficult to map out the directions.

If you don’t know what your career goals are, then chances are you’re stuck for one of these reasons:

Stop Looking for Your Dream Job

Stop Looking for Your Dream Job

I believe dreams are good for you ― they get you headed in the right direction.

I am also a firm believer in moonshot thinking ―  going 10 times bigger than you ever thought possible to achieve greatness. 

But in your career I want you to know that dream jobs aren’t always easy to come by. Sometimes it can take awhile for you to land somewhere that feels good and is tracking towards your dreams. 

Tweet Your Way to a Stronger Professional Network

Tweet Your Way to a Stronger Professional Network

Have you ever wondered how to get the attention of a high-level person of influence? Or perhaps you’ve been dying to get an interview at a reputable company, but don’t know how to get in the door?

Networking online can be a great start to building relationships with key stakeholders in your industry so that you can take your career to new heights and achieve more money, success and joy. While it’s a long-game strategy, Twitter can have a valuable impact on your ability to get noticed by influential people and organizations, or to build and grow your network.

Assuming you have the basics of Twitter down, here are six mind-blowingly easy ways you can use Twitter to build your network (don’t be afraid to dive in – the water is fine!):

What To Do When Your Confidence is Shaken

What To Do When Your Confidence is Shaken

Low feelings of self-worth and lack of confidence can undermine your potential to find a new job, get a promotion or ask for a salary increase. These limiting beliefs and negative mindsets often find their roots in old wounds and scars that haven’t fully healed or from negative experiences at a current or former job.

Perhaps you were laid off, or let go of for reasons you don’t fully understand? Or worse, you were harassed, discriminated against or experienced workplace conflict beyond your control?

It could take months or even years to recover from these kinds of negative experiences and as a result, you might find that you talk uncomfortably about while networking, or that you fumble in a job interview, feeling even more vulnerable and exposed to criticism and judgement.

If this has happened to you, it’s important to do the work to heal from the experience and regain your confidence.