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I’ve been doing a lot of meetings and events lately, ones where I am the host.  And I’ve noticed that lots of people cancel last minute, or just don’t show up.  I’m talking about PROFESSIONAL people, people who ARE their...
Last week, I met with one of my fabulous clients, the one that “get it.”  He’s a successful restaurateur who is now opening an incredible wine bar restaurant concept in one the very hottest spots in Chicago, the West Loop. ...
I talk to women business owners virtually every single day. I ask them about their companies, their passions, their goals, their challenges. Sadly, I hear the same sentiments over and over and over again. “I would be happy just to...
For the first time in my professional life of 20 years, I have said, “This is not working for me, and therefore, I will not continue.” I feel like a million bucks, like a new woman, like a wise and...
One thing that slaps me in the face when I go downtown to meet with potential collaborators, clients, and centers of influence is this: People are not jumping for joy to go to work. I often get downtown early to...
The more I talk to people one-on-one about their careers: how they got there, what they’ve learned, where they want to go, the more I realize greatness has many forms. None of these forms are superior to others. Of course,...
Many people don’t like to admit when they’re scared, especially when they are broaching a new skill, an uncomfortable conversation, or unknown waters in general. In business, this is even more amplified. Fear can signal weakness, or ineptitude, or a lack of...
To be frank, I’ll be happy for the day when no day is required to raise awareness global women’s issues. I’ve been a woman my whole life, though, both personally and professionally (ha!), and so I have a perspective on what...
If there is anything you need to have before you embark on building your own company from scratch it is extraordinary clarity. I have been thinking and dreaming about my own company for years: a chance for my own voice to...