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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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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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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Women, Confidence and Warmth

I wanted to share this article from the Harvard Business Review, "To Seem Confident, Women Have to be Seen as Warm." It details a fascinating study which suggests that, in order to be viewed as confident (read: worthy of promotion), women need to display not only...

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Stretch Yourself: Getting Outside of Your Comfort Zone

When I am asked about my career journey, I often tell people that the continuous theme has been saying yes to every opportunity, even when it has been outside of my comfort zone. When someone offers you the chance to do something new, even if you’re not 100%...

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“I’ll take notes”: On Being the Only Woman in the Group

I was recently mentoring a very accomplished woman physician scientist participating in a one-year leadership development program for women. In the course of our discussion, she asked me if I’m ever in situations when I am the only woman in the room. I told her about...

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How to Establish ‘Executive Presence’

[Photo courtesy of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia] A young female administrator I was mentoring asked me to describe executive presence and how she might practice it for an upcoming presentation. I thought I would share my response here, with the hope that it...

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