Personal Branding Tips for Recent Grads & Career Transitioning Brandistas

In today’s marketplace brandistas are required to stand out and make strong personal branding impressions with hiring executives.  Days of good grades, playing sports and being active in extracurricular activities as security to land a position in your industry are times of the past. To be remembered and separate yourself from other candidates that meet the qualifications of the position you want requires the marketing of brand you. Yes, you've got it....more

What Makes You Inspiring To Others?

Kathy Caprino, M.A.For some time, I’ve been following inspiring women leaders, entrepreneurs, business movers-and- shakers, writers and others on the cutting edge of thought leadership, and I’m still awed and amazed at how much there is out in the world to be inspired by. ...more

Are You Enjoying the Journey?

When you think of your current career path - whether employee or entrepreneur - are you enjoying it? Or are you plugging away striving for that next milestone? Because as the wise Ferris Bueller once said - "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." And if you only keep your nose to the grindstone as you try to "arrive" or "climb the ladder" you will miss it. ...more
@BlogHer Wonderful article, a reminder that we should enjoy today. Thanks for the post.more

Who Are You Beyond Your Work?

I've been mulling this question over quite a bit in the last week. I was trying to figure out - what is that catchy post title that bridges the gap between the public tragedies like the death of Whitney Houston and our everyday lives? While I don't have a catchy title, I do believe the essence of all of this is simple, so I will ask you the question: Do you know what you have in common with Whitney, Amy Winehouse, Demi Moore, the millionaires in the NBA, or < fill in the blank of any public figure...>? You are human. They are human. ...more

Are You an Entrepreneur? Answer These 5 Qs Before Taking the Plunge

[Editor's note: Are you contemplating starting a business as a re-careering strategy? If so, stay right here. This week, the Reinvent Yourself series shares start-up advice from experts and women who've figured out what it takes. Happy ventures. -- Michelle V. Rafter] ...more
So true! The amount of time and money required to make a go of it is often much more than we ...more

Leadership Strategies: Got a Question?

My 30-something niece called to ask my advice last night. Her boss, she said, kept sending notes suggesting she attend skill-building workshops. She worried that these suggestions obliquely signaled criticism of her performance. Yet her reviews had been stellar and the department she manages exceeded its goals for the year.My response?  Say “thank you,” go to the workshops, and then set up a meeting with your boss to discuss ways to implement what you’ve learned. She’ll be blown away. And you’ll have educational experience to add to your resume....more
I'd like to invite perspective on the relationship between mentoring and developing leadership ...more

Out of balance and not listening to your own body.....

I became a single mom at the ripe old age of 22.  I remember the morning it happened like it was yesterday.  I am 57 now, having been thrown into retirement by a rare neurologic disorder after a routine out patient surgery.  I started in a clerical position and managed a stellar career resulting in a senior corporate excec position.  In the four years I have been "home" I have been struggling to find out who I am without the assistant, captive audience and engaging clients/staff.   I have been stunned by what I "see" in my kids who are now adults....more

Job Lab: ROYO: Pitch Me

Pitch me sessionWith Lucretia Pruit: @lucretiapruit and Jenn Fowler @JennFowler Elements of a good elevator pitch: Name Nametags that flip both ways  Your blog’s title, not your URL Describe what your blog is about. State the nature of your blog Keep it short and sweet, 2-3 sentences brief. Your stats: don’t lie. But talk about your readers expectations Tagline: if you want to work with an agency, be mindful about your tagline....more

Finding the Right Timing - Anita Roddick

The life lesson: career success is often about finding the right timing! The successful woman is Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop. Here’s what she says about timing and business - and her thoughts on how age makes women radical! “I am aware that success is more than a good idea,” says Roddick. “It’s timing, too. The Body Shop arrived just as Europe was going ‘green’.” ...more

Women back in office

Women !! This spot is for all women who are back in the work space ; or trying their best to be back ; or in dilemma whether they should get back to work or not . We will be discussing , sharing & exploring : Available part time & full time options ; Strengthening or creating support systems ; Overcoming roadblocks ; Getting back in groove , regaining confidence ; Grooming to succeed ; Also, gaining new skills relevant for a high-jump in career ; Every other issue that needs to be sorted out to succeed. Again & Again. ...more