Are We Still Invisible?

This is an interesting question to ask in the midst of so many women coming forward with stories of sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment and sexual assault is a huge problem in our society, and it is interconnected with so many other instances of...

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Leaders Are Always Watched

As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, leaders are watched. Whether you realize it or not, followers listen to you, even when you don’t intend to send messages. It is for this reason that I am often very cautious about staying focused on messages of leadership...

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What “Fake It ‘Til You Make It” Really Means

I often hear the term “fake it until you make it” - usually in relation to a woman who does not feel confident in her own abilities. In fact, I recently used that term when mentoring a young woman.  She was hired by a new client who was really stretching her beyond...

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As Women’s History Month comes to a close, I thought I would share what I learned from a panel discussion of women leaders from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Research Institute for a panel discussion called “Trailblazing Women at CHOP.” I was...

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Women will strike on March 8 for “A Day Without a Woman”

Amy Bell Hou is a writer, early childhood educator and mother living in Oakland. She is a co-founder of Drop Leaf Press, a women-operated poetry press based in San Francisco. March 8 is International Women’s Day. It’s also a day that multiple organizations for the...

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A Heels of Success Story

So often, I receive heartfelt messages from readers of this blog either thanking me for writing or telling me about a particular post they enjoyed. Recently, I heard from a CHOP employee, Julia Wicoff, who told me about how reading my blog lead her to advocate on...

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The Female Future: Part 2

This is the second of a two-part guest blog post by Heels of Success collaborator, Kaitlin Cleary. She interviewed young professional women asking the following questions: Are you optimistic about the next generation of female leaders? Where do you get your motivation...

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The Female Future: Guest Blog by Kaitlin Cleary

It’s an interesting time to be a 30-something woman. This election has left me, like many others, worried over the progress we’ve made in terms of gender equality (equality in general, really). I was raised to be a feminist, though I don’t think the word was ever used...

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Practical Tips for Women

Sharing personal stories, struggles or achievements is a great way to support each other as women, but sometimes it’s important to focus on practical advice for everyday situations. No matter how much equality we achieve in the workplace, there will always be certain...

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Create an Elevator Speech

I recently had the opportunity to meet two very impressive women at an event (as I often do!). During the course of the conversation we began to discuss the events surrounding the Presidential election. One of the women told me that she had the opportunity to follow...

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Mentally Preparing to be the Only Woman in the Room

[Photo courtesy of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia] I’m on a train heading from Philadelphia to New York City for a meeting with a group of high-powered people in the healthcare industry. As usual, I’m taking time to review the attendee list and go over notes...

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Why Are Business Women Still Called “Girls?”

I often observe things in a business setting that remind me how far we still have to go. Most times, they are subconscious behaviors or comments made without negative intentions. Nevertheless, they catch my attention. A couple of weeks ago, I attended a meeting held...

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How Values Trump Experience in Leadership

Photo by Jeff Fusco I took a bit of a break due to a trip to the summer Olympics in Rio and a 9-day trip to London. Now that I am back from that travel, I plan to update the blog more regularly! Over the summer I guided an older gentleman on a tour of CHOP. He had a...

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Gendered Listening

I want to share an article I found to be particularly interesting, though not surprising. It's called, "How Unconscious Bias is Affecting our Ability to Listen" and appeared in Fast Company earlier this week, written by Vivian Giang. Research is showing yet another...

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Teaching Confidence

One of the topics I'm asked about most often by younger women is confidence -- how to gain more, project more, BE more. There are tons of articles on confidence -- everything from body language to visualization techniques and more. A lack of confidence seems to be...

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An Important Milestone

[Photo: kcesledd] Philadelphia, a place of many firsts, will provide the backdrop for yet another important milestone – the first Presidential nomination of a woman by a major party. At a time when women still experience pay disparity and serious lack of...

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