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How the Divine Wrote My Blog!
September 20, 2021
I was just going through some stuff on my desk and found an envelope. Across the front it said. “Laurie’s...
I Don’t Want to Do My Dream Job for Just 1 week!
September 13, 2021
On the prep call for tomorrow’s Unstoppable Series – Creating Career Success on Your Terms (COME JOIN US) – one of the guests, Kristen,...
How to Let Divine Timing Help You in Your Career!
September 6, 2021
Big Announcement! I am writing a screenplay. This is not an overnight decision. I’ve been germinating on my screenplay idea...
How To Move Your Career Forward!
August 30, 2021
For those who know me, you know that I attended the University of Texas. I graduated with a degree in...
A Weird Way to Change Your Career Circumstances for the Better!
August 23, 2021
I always include a photo in my blogs. If you are a regular reader, you probably have seen them. They...
What is Your Career Deep Truth?
August 16, 2021
You’ve probably heard about the Law of Attraction and the idea that like attracts like. You actually may have received...
What’s the Ugly Truth in Your Career?
August 9, 2021
On a recent coaching call I was talking with my client about her hopes, dreams and fears. Yet, what she...
What is Career Debt?
August 2, 2021
One simple way to look at debt is that it is giving away more than you have. And I’m not...
Your goal is NOT to have a great career!
July 26, 2021
I am an imperfect gardener. I don’t weed as often as I should. I know I’m supposed to fertilize but...
I Didn’t Get the Job and Couldn’t Be Happier!
July 19, 2021
“There’s so much going on and it’s all good”. This was an email I received from a coaching client as...
Find Your Career Passion through Your Career Pain!
July 12, 2021
In a recent blog I talked about a shoulder injury and how I had an epiphany that perhaps I might...
Your Career, Shel Silverstein and Freedom!
July 5, 2021
When I think about Independence Day, I know that Freedom is what I believe is our deepest yearning. Free to be ourselves....
How Does Your Body Talk To You About Your Career?
June 28, 2021
I have recently been suffering from significant pain in my shoulder and neck. At first it wasn’t too bad, so...
How to YouTube Your Way to a Career You Love!
June 21, 2021
My passion, you might even say my mission, is to reconnect women to careers that are a reflection of their...
I Almost Wore my Yoga Pants!
June 14, 2021
I had my first in-person meeting with a client in over a year and was in a quandary. I stood in...
How a Psychic Turned my Career Around!
June 7, 2021
I am in a wealth building community. Every month we do a call bringing our 💲 questions and 💲 problems....
What is the First Step to a New Career?
May 31, 2021
I was talking with a friend recently and she mentioned that her friend had just lost her 3rd job in less...
What Career Problem Sucks the Most Right Now?
May 24, 2021
We are currently in a brand update. We are updating out brand colors, redesigning our website and updating our wording...
Is it Time to Put Your Job Search on a Food Plan?
May 17, 2021
I walked by my husband’s work space this morning and something caught my eye. 6 yellow Post-it notes down the...
A Very BIZARRE Career Tip
May 10, 2021
I know you have probably said this to yourself more than once. I know I have. “It’s been a year.”...
A Friend’s Death and Career Negotiation
May 3, 2021
My very first friend passed away this week. Her parents and my parents lived in the same apartment complex since...
When Your Job Search Feels Like You’re Paddling Upstream!
April 26, 2021
I was recently working with a client who is on job search. I was prepping them for an interview. I...
Career Change Can Suck!
April 19, 2021
I have gained some weight and I am not happy about it. I could blame 2020 and no one would...
Make My Paycheck a Venti!
April 12, 2021
I’m on the phone with a friend as she was driving away from Starbucks. She was trying to convince me...
What Gear Is Your Career In?
April 5, 2021
I’m reading a great book called Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing by Olga Mecking. Niks, in Dutch,...
How Will You Approach Your Job Search?
March 29, 2021
I was talking with a young woman who had recently been laid off. She was unhappy. I listened to her...
Procrastinate No More!
March 22, 2021
I was listening to a recent call and the speaker said that your brain responds to the command 5 4 3...
Release Career Burdens
March 15, 2021
I am in the process of decluttering. One of the hardest things, so far, is decluttering my book collection. I...
Is Your Career + Life Just Too Much?
March 8, 2021
There was this commercial when I was a kid from a product called Calgon and their tag line was “Calgon,...
It’s Time: More Step🚶♀️ and Less Web 🕸
March 1, 2021
It is March. The name of the month itself implies movement. In Rejuvenation: A 4-week Mini-Adventure, we talk about each season...
Job Search Tip from Nancy Drew
February 22, 2021
When I was in grade school, we had a summer reading club. After summer, in the first few weeks of...
She Wondered if it Was Time to Quit
February 15, 2021
I was recently working with a coaching client who said she was at a crossroads in her career. She wants...
Your Career Mission is to Follow Joy!
February 8, 2021
We just completed Week 4 of the current Rejuvenation: A 6-Week Mini Adventure. (ALERT: the next mini-adventure starts on March 3rd. and you do not...
Raise your Hands 🙌 If You Dread Networking!
January 29, 2021
On a recent conference call, we were asked to give our best networking tips. There were some great ones: like...
How to Create Anticipation Energy!
January 25, 2021
This Friday a bunch of my girlfriends and I are getting together to play online Scattergories.I can hardly express how excited I...
A New Trend: Self-Complimenting!
January 18, 2021
From the other room my husband hears me say, “Great job, Laurie”. He chuckles and wonders what I am up...
READ BEFORE WEDNESDAY!
January 11, 2021
This week’s blog is short and sweet. Short because I am simply here to tell you that Wednesday kicks off the...
And the Angels said, Rejuvenation!
January 4, 2021
For the first blog of 2021 I am going to get a bit woo-woo on you. I have a deck...
What’s Your Word Hummingbird?
December 28, 2020
Given all that has happened in 2020, I know for many of us, 2021 cannot come fast enough. One of...
Vincent Van Gogh Your Career in 2021
December 21, 2020
If you asked me in June if I wanted to sit down and do some goal planning, I would have...
What Kind Of Friend Are You To Your Money?
December 14, 2020
I have been making a real shift in my relationship to money over the last few years. When I became...
Have You Heard The One About Tony Hsieh, Zappos & Your Career?
December 7, 2020
When I heard Tony Hsieh passed away last week from injuries suffered during a house fire I was saddened. I...
Scale Your Career AND Have a Life
November 30, 2020
I was recently reminded of a story that the famous author Paulo Coelho had on his blog: There was once...
3 Ways To Be In Charge Of Your Career + Life
November 23, 2020
I am working on with a coaching client at the beginning of her career. She is struggling with creating a...
The #1 Thing You And Your Career Need Right Now
November 16, 2020
Last night I woke up at 3:30 am. That happens. Sometimes I go right back to sleep. Sometimes I go...
Get That Job By Saying Cheese
November 9, 2020
I am not even finished with the book Burnout: The Secret of Solving the Stress Cycle and I’m already planning it as...
Is Covid-19 Putting An End To Traditions?
November 2, 2020
Every year for over 20 years a small group of friends and I have been getting together around the Christmas...
You Are Already Living Your Career Dream
October 26, 2020
I have 3 vision boards. I write my career goals every January and post them on my bulletin board at...
“I Love My Job…But I Love Me More”
October 20, 2020
I am currently working with a high-level software engineer in Silicon Valley who has had enough! She has been with...
What To Do When You Have A Flood…In Your Career or Life
October 12, 2020
I have been struggling these past few weeks. I wake up many mornings with this low-level sadness and anxiousness that...
Did Millennials Know A Pandemic Was Coming?
October 5, 2020
I am going to say something pretty radical here so get ready! If we had listened to the millennials, we would...
How is Patience the Key to Achieving Career Success?
September 28, 2020
In our most recent meeting of The “IT” Community, a gathering of Women in Information Technology building careers and lives they...
In Anticipation of Career Creation
September 21, 2020
I am currently watching a house on a corner in our neighborhood being built. They tore down a ranch that...
Dogs, Drama and Self-Care at Work
September 14, 2020
I had two different experiences with people and their dogs that taught me a lot about how to handle personal...
How To Engage The WOO in Your Job Search
September 4, 2020
I was recently asked about all the writing I do. How do I come up with my ideas? Do I...
Work Where You Are Valued
August 31, 2020
Here is a story I recently read on the interwebs. (There was no author’s name given). A father said to...
Careers That Bring Me to Tears
August 24, 2020
I recently read an article in Oprah Magazine (the one with Breonna Taylor on it – the only cover in...
A Mystical Experience That Helps Defy Career Hustle Culture
August 17, 2020
Strap on your “Anything Is Possible” wings because I had a mystical experience that gave me another way to further...
Lose Weight AND Get A Job!
August 10, 2020
I recently started working with the App called Lose It!. I had been slowly but surely losing weight for almost two...
Defy the Career Hustle Culture and Still Have Career Success
August 3, 2020
For all of March and April and most of May, I was busy at work. There was not much recruiting...
Be The Ambassador Of Fun At Your Office
July 27, 2020
This past weekend we had our monthly meetup. Our topic was More Fun From 9-5 and we talked about the benefits of...
4 Steps to Working With Career Unknowns
July 20, 2020
I was recently talking with a coaching client whose job has significantly changed since Covid19. She has been moved to...
Is Your Career In Retrograde?
July 13, 2020
What I know about astrology can be summed up in one word: Capricorn. That’s my sign. As a Capricorn I...
Are You Done With This Career? The Next Is Up To YOU!
July 6, 2020
At our recent Women in Tech Meetup we were talking about our dream career. The question I asked was, “What is...
Remove Ageism: A Tool That Removes Ageism or Whatever You Believe Is Getting In The Way of Your Career Success
June 29, 2020
I was talking recently with a woman who was feeling frustrated in both her job search and her career trajectory...
These Times, Your Career and Reclaiming Inner-Authority
June 22, 2020
How are you feeling right now? Are you using your quiet wisdom to get centered? Are you using your fierce...
6 Simple Ways to Remove Unconscious Office Bias
June 15, 2020
Note: This is a blog sent out on March, 4th, 2019 that we felt was worth re-sending. It speaks directly...
Peace out of Chaos
June 8, 2020
Change and chaos is the norm right now. I don’t know exactly how to help. I have not walked in...
A Message of Inclusion
June 4, 2020
I was sent a blog called In Her Words: Where Women Rule the Headlines. The blog is not up yet...
At a Career Crossroads? Try A 3-Step Spiritual Approach to Deciding
June 1, 2020
I have felt doubt. My career path has taken me into this new coaching business I am building. On one...
Career Advice: What Message Do You Need to Hear Right Now?
May 25, 2020
Life is not slowing down for me. In fact, since Covid-19 hit, I feel like I have MORE on my...
You Misspelled My Name? You B**ch! And Other Virtual Realities
May 18, 2020
I walked out of the post office looking through my mail. I reached to open what I thought was my...
How to Marie Kondo Your Job Search
May 10, 2020
With the recent Covid-19 shelter-at-home order in place my time watching Netflix has increased. Now that I am caught up...
Half-head and 4 other Virtual Interviewing Mistakes to Avoid
May 4, 2020
I was talking with a coaching client via Zoom the other day. Our agenda was straightforward. Look at the roles...
A Career Tip Learned from Watching Ridiculousness!
April 27, 2020
Ok. I admit it. My husband and I share a guilty pleasure. We cannot pull ourselves away from watching the...
Career Tip from My Dream: Be Unconventional
April 20, 2020
I admit it. I think my dreams often, not always, but often, have a message for me. Useful wisdom to help...
Why Now Is THE Time for Career Transformation
April 13, 2020
With Shelter at Home being extended through at least April 30th we are all having to adjust in ways big...
Use Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies for Your Career and Job Search
April 6, 2020
I was listening to a recent Ted Radio Hour segment on “Jumpstarting Creativity”. They were talking with Brian Eno. Brian...
What You Can Do NOW to Help Your Job Search
March 30, 2020
I just hung up with an IT leader who is on a job search. She had planned her exit from...
Women in Technology need Access. Here’s How.
March 23, 2020
I recently had the honor of speaking on a panel for International Women’s Day at Accenture in Chicago. The topic...
The Blackhawks, The Cubs & a Career Strategy Tip
March 16, 2020
“Sometimes you got to strike ‘ em out without your fastball”. While watching a recent Blackhawks game, Pat Foley, Chicago...
My Secret to Achieving High Success in a Job Search
March 9, 2020
As a recruiter, I have the privilege of helping companies build strong IT teams-ideally teams that are balanced and diverse...
Career Tip: Be Bold! Say No!
March 2, 2020
It seems like in this day in age we are all about saying yes. Be Bold! Make a Scene! Shondra...
Career Tip: Breathe the Same Air
February 24, 2020
No one can argue that the digital age has created many benefits. As a recruiter, the whole way I connect...
You Got YouTube? You Can Fulfill Your Career Dreams.
February 17, 2020
You do not have to be a graduate from the University of Texas to fulfill your dreams but when I...
What is Your Career Identity?
February 10, 2020
I’m reading the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. In the book, he gives an example of 2 people who...
Make Self-Care Part of your Career Strategy
February 3, 2020
I was so excited when I bought myself a pair of workout leggings with flowers on them a few months...
How to have 20/20 Career Vision in 2020
January 27, 2020
I just went and had my annual eye exam. I’ve had glasses since 5th grade (I didn’t wear them until...
The Most Important 2.5 Minutes Of Your Career
January 20, 2020
Don’t judge me but I just binge watched Cheer, the new Netflix series, and LOVED it! Surprising because I tried...
Career Tip: If You Can Install A Radiator You Can Learn New Technologies
January 13, 2020
I was prepping a candidate for a job interview. She has been in the field for over 25 years. She...
New Year!!! New Career??? What Would Oprah Do?
January 6, 2020
I believe that we are continuously being offered advice and counsel to assist us in moving more powerfully into that...
The Only 3 Questions You Need To Answer To Have A Great Career In 2020
December 30, 2019
2020 is not just a New Year. It’s a NEW DECADE! What better time to change things up. Grab 10...
Micro-Acts Of Self-Discipline Will Build Your Career Confidence
December 23, 2019
It’s hard to argue with the fact that the more confident you feel going into an interview the higher your chance of success....
Holiday Career Tip: Keep Your Foot On The Gas
December 9, 2019
I often have people on a job search lament the holidays because they believe that companies are not going to...
Forget Carving The Turkey: Carve Out Some YOU Time!
December 3, 2019
The holidays can be filled with chaos in many ways. Projects wrapping up at work. Plans for projects kicking off...
Trevor Noah, Narnia and Career Inclusion
November 25, 2019
This month my book club is reading Born A Crime by Trevor Noah. A must-read (or even better get the audio...
Linda Ronstadt’s Career Wisdom Every Woman Needs To Hear
November 18, 2019
My husband has no interest in playing Cribbage with me. (I know right?). I have no interest in going to...
A Surprising Tip On When To Start Your Salary Negotiation
November 11, 2019
As we get ready to launch Take Charge, our digital job search readiness program, I realized that one of the...
The Verbal Blurt is NOT a great career tactic. Use Verbal Discipline instead.
November 4, 2019
It just came out of my mouth. I did not consider what I was saying. I was the final decision...
She Lost The Job Because Of Who She Knew
October 29, 2019
I probably could write a month of blogs from all I learn at the InspiHER Tech Meetups. This Meetup was no...
Forget About Learning From Your Career Mistakes. Try This Instead!
October 21, 2019
I’ve always had a weird resistance come up when someone says, “Mistakes are good. You can learn from them”. Not...
A Quick Tip to Solve a Career Mistake
October 15, 2019
Have you ever wondered if perhaps you made a BIG career mistake that there is no coming back from? You...
How to Create Career Freedom
September 24, 2019
Last week I wrote about the Super Soul Sunday episode with Dr. Edith Eva Eger, a 90-year-old holocaust survivor, and her idea that...
Leadership Tip for Women in Tech: Be a First Responder
September 16, 2019
I was recently watching Oprah’s interview with Dr. Edith Eva Eger, 90-year old Holocaust survivor turned psychologist. She was telling a...
Career Contentment is the goal, no matter where you’re at!
September 9, 2019
You’ve been in conflict. You’ve been feeling unsettled. You know you want a change but then second guess yourself. You have...
Labor Day Was A Fight for Equity And Inclusion
September 2, 2019
We recently had our windows replaced. We had to take all kinds of memorabilia off of a shelf my son...
13 Things Women Wish They Had Done Differently In Their Tech Careers
August 26, 2019
Today’s blog is interactive. I am looking for participation. At the end, you get a chance to help other women...
My “Armor Up” story as a Woman in Tech
August 19, 2019
Flashback Story: I received my degree in business with an emphasis on Information Technology from the University of Texas. My...
Your Career as an Offering
August 12, 2019
Recently I have been re-reading a book called “It’s Not Your Money” by Tosha Silver. I first read “Outrageous Openness” by Tosha several years...
Please! Help Me Talk With My Boss!
August 5, 2019
At our recent Meetup for Career Women in Tech, we went around and talked about recent challenges we were facing that...
The Concert Set List That Became a Team Building Tip
July 29, 2019
I was at a recent concert of my current favorite new band, The Beths. The concert was at an outdoor...
As a Leader You Get 3 Opinions MAX
July 22, 2019
I was at an event recently at my clients’ office. My client is doing a lot right when it comes...
How to Use Your NO-How (vs. KNOW-How) to Achieve Your Dreams
July 15, 2019
Our house is over 50 years old. We still have the original windows in much of the house, the original...
Forget the Cougar. Be a Cheetah in Your Career!
July 8, 2019
At the recent InspiHER Tech meetup for Career Women in Tech we talked about the Imposter Syndrome. Imposter Syndrome, also...
Career Excuses AND Career Dreams
July 1, 2019
Take 5 minutes right now and write down all your top excuses for not changing your circumstances. I am too...
Are You Considering a Career Boomerang?
June 24, 2019
I was coaching a woman in tech, who is what we call a boomerang in recruiting. She worked for a company,...
Are You a Value-Add at Your Work?
June 17, 2019
In business there is always talk about adding value. The term value-add has been used in several industries from finance...
Embrace the Oft-Feared “D” Word and Watch Your Job Search Results Take Off
June 10, 2019
A job search can be tedious. Daunting. Boring. Scary. And necessary! You have made the decision (or maybe someone else...
Hey Sheryl Sandberg! My Whole Self Wants to Wear PJ’s to Work!
May 31, 2019
I recently complimented my assistant on her totally cute skirt and top and she remarked that’s it’s the most comfortable...
Do You Have Career Faith?
May 27, 2019
I’m not a church-going gal but I am a faith gal. Being an entrepreneur pretty much requires that you need to...
Leadership Tip: a Baby, a Birthday and an Anniversary
May 20, 2019
I am not great at celebrating work milestones. I get very focused on what I am doing and forget about...
Are you ready to Free Solo Your Career?
May 13, 2019
Hell no! I would never climb up the side of a mountain without ropes, a parachute, spikes, perfect weather and...
Making Career Decisions Based on Your Heart-Not Your Pocketbook
May 6, 2019
I recently went to moms’ weekend at my daughter’s college. No surprise, that got me thinking about my college days...
Is Your Work Culture for Orchids or Dandelions?
April 22, 2019
I recently was listening to Fresh Air on NPR and they had Dr. Thomas Boyce as their guest. He is...
The Best Female Leaders Take A Lunch
April 22, 2019
I was having a conversation with a friend recently who is completely overloaded at work. She told me she had...
So You Think You Have No Career Game?
April 15, 2019
Think again! I was listening to an interview about an athlete who was being honored for his basketball achievements. After...
Surrender Your Career to What Wants to Happen
April 8, 2019
I am in a lull at work. I wrapped a project with a client and have some time on my...
Play an April Fool’s Joke on your Work To-Do List
April 1, 2019
I was just reading that I could apply for a newsletter that would tell me one small thing I could...
A Fun Game: The Chronology of Women in Tech
March 25, 2019
I love trivia. I remember being obsessed with the game of Facts in Five when I was very young. Then...
3 Tips from Tony Hawk on How to Stay Relevant in Your Career
March 18, 2019
As a recruiter for 25 years many people who I worked with at the beginning of my career are now...
How is Your Culture Culturized?
March 11, 2019
I heard a story about a school near where I live that had something called the Head of Household Stipend...
6 Simple Ways to Remove Unconscious Office Bias
March 4, 2019
While getting my certification from Cornell in Diversity, Inclusion and Unconscious Bias I learned about a really cool study done...
Have you heard the one about Tony Hsieh, Zappos & your career?
February 25, 2019
I am a fan of Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos. The company I started buying my shoes from because I...
How the Rabbi Brought Career Enlightenment
February 18, 2019
Work is very busy. Yes, that is a good thing. Though I am working a tremendous amount this is better...
Use The SNAP Method to Respond to The #1 Asked Interview Question
February 11, 2019
I recently watched a Lisa Nichols YouTube video. She was talking about something she learned as a young coach on...
7 Steps to Recovering from a Work Mistake
February 4, 2019
I recently gave a workshop to a tech company on interviewing that covered the laws, gave examples of what you...
Being Comfortable in the Uncomfortable is Key to a Successful Salary Negotiation
January 28, 2019
I know, it was not that long ago I wrote about Michelle Williams and Negotiation. I decided to write on this...
Two-Step Wisdom From An Information Technology Project Manager
January 21, 2019
I was recently talking with a woman who I had recruited for a Project Manager role for my client. When...
Is That A Nail In Your Foot Or Just Career Change Insanity?
January 14, 2019
In my recent Oprah Magazine, Martha Beck is working with a woman around addiction. Martha mentions something she heard from...
A New Year. A New Approach To Your To-Do List
January 7, 2019
I have a thing for TO-DO lists. I love checking things off them. I like accomplishing things and I am...
A Bank Robber, A Bird Lover, A Lottery Winner & The Failed Interview
December 31, 2018
The head of HR called me to let me know they were not moving forward with my candidate for their...
Reinvention From Coal Miner to Coder
December 24, 2018
I was at a holiday party this past week and learned of an organization that helps coal miners retool themselves...
The Numbery of Nummary and Negotiating
December 17, 2018
I love dictionary.com. They send me a Word of the Day and I am often surprised at how appropriate the...
Playing Scrabble, Releasing Outcomes & Your Job Search
December 11, 2018
“Mom, TI is not a word.” “Yes it is.” “Uh, no it isn’t!!” “TI as in DO, RE, MI, FA,...
Would You Rather? – Your Career Transition Game for 2019
December 3, 2018
Over Thanksgiving the family got out an oldie-but-a-goodie game called Would You Rather? If you have never played the game...
What is Your Career “Bad Beat” Story?
November 27, 2018
I was recently listening to an interview with Annie Duke talk about her new book: Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter...
Is Your Imagination Scaring You?
November 19, 2018
I was in my car going to do some grocery shopping listening to Comedy Central on Sirius radio when Andy...
Confessions of an I GET SH*T DONE addict
November 12, 2018
Last week, I: Ran a pitch contest for 8 investors and 8 tech company founders for Women Tech Founders –...
The Subtle Ways Of Bias
January 11, 2018
For Christmas, my husband had asked for a new blanket for our bed. Conveniently, my mom called me to say...
Are You Living Your Soul’s Mission?
December 17, 2017
September 25th was one of my favorite days because The Voice was back! For me, The Voice is right up...
Your Soul’s Mission and The Tragically Hip: “Either It Will Move Me or It Will Move Right Through Me”
October 30, 2017
On October 17th Gord Downie, lead singer and songwriter of the Tragically Hip, died of brain cancer. The Tragically Hip (TTH...
Build Your ASK Muscle
September 18, 2017
Recently I was reminded of an article from the Huffington Post on the wage gap. It speaks to several possible...