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be an ally for women in the workplace

My company has always had policies regarding sexual discrimination, but in the wake of the #metoo movement, I began to wonder how the financial services industry discourages sexism and empowers women in real, material ways. A company’s policy could never be as powerful as an industry’s culture. To find out more about the lived experience of our female colleagues, I asked women throughout the financial services industry …

no passport required

Anyone who knows me well knows that I can’t stay in one place for long. Fortunately, a lifelong career in sales has given me plenty of opportunity for travel. While I love visiting other countries and learning about other cultures, some of my favorite travel destinations are right here in the US. Here are just a few of my most cherished landing spots— no passport required. Upper …

the courage to challenge yourself

The crowd is so loud that you can barely make out the clapper marking the last ten seconds of the fight. All eyes are on the octagon. Cameramen perched on all eight corners follow the fighters’ every feint and jab with religious precision. I am watching with my entire body, white-knuckled and riveted, as two fighters take their last powerhouse swings. The horn sounds and the crowd …

accountability

At my office, accountability is not just a core value; it is a business model. Total accountability demands that we take personal responsibility for all our relationships, experiences, actions, and reactions, no matter whether or not those responsibilities fall under our job description. When things go wrong, excuses like “it wasn’t my fault” and “that’s not my job” are the words of someone who has failed to …

self-discovery on the slope

For the past several years, my daughter and I have taken an annual ski trip to Deer Valley, Utah. We love to be the first ones on the mountain, carving our initials on the slope before anyone else makes it to the lift. I love watching her find her stride, moving gracefully from greens to blues, and more recently, to a black diamond. I couldn’t be prouder. …

the art of listening

How do you master the art of listening? If you’re in the financial services industry, you know the clichés like the back of your hand: make eye contact, smile and nod, remember what someone says and repeat it back to them, and use their name as frequently as you can. While tactics like these provide evidence of listening, they do not help you hear. As interpersonal communication …

puppy love

Even more than my signature love of espresso and lemon Bundt cakes, my love of dogs might be my defining characteristic (not to mention my saving grace). There is something about a dog that reminds you, on a deep level, that goodness will always prevail: that loyalty, playfulness and unconditional love are available in plenty, if you only take the time. And while time is not usually …

giving back to the givers

After spending 2017 slowly minimizing, donating and letting go of the inessentials, I am finally beginning to understand that the only things worth keeping are those that bring you joy. This holiday season, instead of circulating more junk from Amazon, I decided to spend my money and my time on the people who bring joy to others. More than simply writing a check to charity, I wanted …

not your typical wellness blog

From Paleo to Pilates, a new fitness fad pops up every year, and I have probably tried them all—for a day or two. (I even attempted the miso soup diet once. I think I’m good on sodium for the rest of my life.) The problem with most fitness fads is that they are not built to last. For a trend to become a habit and for a …

super tuscans to rescue

The history of Super Tuscan wine fascinates me as much as its taste. This varietal is notoriously bold in flavor, but the winemakers who defied convention to create it may be even bolder, and certainly more notorious. In the 1970s, Super Tuscan producers broke with Italian tradition to create a wine that would be valued on its own merit rather than its affiliation with the revered Chianti …