Posts in Ambition / Intention
Shaving for Success: Women, Work, and How to Dance on the Two-Edged Sword of Likeability

I remember when I was eleven years old and begged my mother to let me start shaving my legs. That, I thought, would be a true symbol that I was becoming a woman. Fast forward to this article by law professor Joan C. Williams in the August 16, 2019, New York Times opinion section entitled “How Women Can Escape the Likeability Trap.”

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“Popularity is Overrated” Or What Bernadette Can Teach Us About Likability & Ambition

“Popularity is overrated.” This may be the best and most telling line for women looking for purpose in their work—in spite of a “likeability problem.” She admits at one point, “I’m nobody’s friend.” Spoken by Bernadette Fox, played by Cate Blanchett in the new film, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” these phrases are protest against shame, judgment, social ridicule and even mean girls.

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Opportunities Made By A Black Woman: Founder Helps Launch Ideas

Shelly Bell acknowledges she is a super cool person. But, also, “I am a nerd,” says the founder of Black Girl Ventures, which recently received $450,000 in funding over two years from the Ewing Marion Kaufmann Foundation. Bell’s company that she founded in Washington, D.C. in 2016 “is dedicated to offering comprehensive education and advisory services that outline a road map for the growth and success of minority and/or veteran women entrepreneurs.

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Silent Auction Profile: She Negotiates Co-Founder Helps You Get What You Deserve

Victoria Pynchon, co-founder of She Negotiates Consulting and Training, says perhaps her biggest negotiation win was helping a female lawyer increase her offer by $500,000 to $850,000, plus other perks.

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10 Commencement 2019 Speeches From Women Leaders To Inspire You

You may have attended a commencement speech this season for a friend, son, daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, parent or partner. Sometimes the speeches are full of inspiration and sometimes the speeches fall flat. Especially if the speaker is trying to be funny. And isn’t.

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Play Fair: Why Women’s Earnings Peak and Gender Pay Gap Matter

New research from PayScale shows that women’s lifetime earnings peak at an earlier age than do men’s, and the gap never improves, setting up a lifetime of playing catch up that never pans out.

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