Give me a chance to succeed

All I want is a chance to succeed.  I don't want a handout.  I don't want the government to pay my bills.  I don't want to live off anyone else.  I just want a chance to succeed, a hand up, a real chance to rise above the challenges I was born into. My last name is Rockefeller.  But I am not descended of the robber baron who "earned" his millions by exploiting everyday Americans.  Everyday I hear jokes about my last name -- even former Governor David Patterson made that crack about Rockefellers and money when I met him in 2011....more

What Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day Means When You're Among the Long-Term Unemployed

Exactly nine years ago this week, I was in Toronto's Pearson International Airport sitting next to the co-creator of Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day....more

Long Term Unemployed, Talented, and Scared about the future

I hate balancing my checkbook and looking at the state of affairs with my finances. It's been four long years (feels like five or more, hence my math errors on the subject sometimes) since I was laid off from a small business in Manhattan.  18 months ago, money drove me out of the city I truly love (of all the many places I've lived, Brooklyn remains my favorite).  Money and mounting debt. ...more
A guardian angel west of the Missouri is watching over you.more

Money and the Recession: Full Disclosure?

Here’s the obvious statement of the day: times are tough for almost everyone. Those who never used budgets to manage their money have started to, and those who had them before the recession have tightened them up. Some families have weathered the storm with little financial impact, and others have had the wind knocked out of their sails....more
We're pretty blunt with the kids. 2013 knocked the wind out of us for several reasons (which are ...more

Am I Creating Class Warfare in My Own Community?

We are doing pretty well. ...more
Class warfare...the one percent...all the cool code words for socialism...let's make the ...more

5 Tips to Thrive in Chaos (What Good Is Vision When You’re Up to Your A** in Alligators?)

I knew there’d be pushback the minute I dubbed vision the #1 leadership characteristic. "Get real," several readers e-mailed. It reminded me of the cartoon a colleague once gave me, bearing the caption: “When you’re up to your a** in alligators, it’s hard to remember your goal was to drain the swamp.” ...more
Like x 3, Aletha!! Also I am laughing because from personal experience I can tell you that when ...more

fare thee well, readymade {another magazine bites the dust}

That's too bad. I hate to see them go.

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It's Me-Covery Time!

I love that term. But I can take no credit for it. Me-Covery is actually marketing-speak. It’s a term coined by well-known marketing firm, Saatchi & Saatchi, to describe how consumers are now looking for ways to take care of themselves (a recovery of self), especially following the financial and emotional hardships caused by our Great Recession. Indeed, as overworked, overburdened, overstressed women, doesn’t a little ME-covery sound perfect just about… now?...more

Make Yourself More Employable

The housing industry had been good to my friend, Layla. But then the woes of the nation’s housing market slapped her in the pocket book, and she was laid off with no warning. How is your industry doing? The favorite excuse for not looking around for different positions is, “I can’t leave what I’m doing because of the pay.” ...more

Broke and Broken

Back in December, Con Ed turned off my power. I haven't had steady work since August and haven't been employed fulltime long enough to establish what the Labor Department would consider to be sufficient payment history to benefit from unemployment insurance. I was told I could use the letter they sent me denying benefits to apply for food stamps. The things you can't buy with food stamps;tamponstoilet papercredit to do laundryelectricitygas for cookingand heartbreakingly for me, food. ...more