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Real Answers to the ‘Thankful’ Question

Thankfulness It’s a rather common word that nearly any person would be able to define. However, it always seems to be the case that the simplest words have the most complex meaning. What exactly does thankfulness mean to ...

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CGN’s Insider Reporter: Five Tips To Wearing Fragrance

Potent fragrances, which trigger childhood memories, fill the air as we head into the holiday season. Ever wonder why the smell of pine trees, cinnamon sticks, and luscious baking aromas wrap us in a warm and nostalgic blanket ...

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Stop, Celebrate! 4 Steps to Help You Enjoy Right Now

This week’s a simple message.  Stop. Celebrate! Inspired by a wedding I went to a couple of weekends ago where we really and truly celebrated. And, again last weekend when I celebrated with some friends who had driven 1000 k...


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Are Limits in Your Way?

Last week, I attended the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago’s (PWCC) monthly speaker series where I heard the vivacious Carolynn Brooks,Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of OfficeMax speak. Fresh off the an...

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Lean In Again?

Last week I facilitated a women’s discussion group for an organization of which I’m a member. It was our kick-off session, so it felt fitting to use Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’ 2010 Ted Talk as our discussion topic. I...

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From Drake: A Lesson in Career Development

CGN is delighted to host Denise DeGennaro this week, a talented career advisor in higher education. Yes, that Drake…rapper Drake. In his hit song “Started from the Bottom,” he recalls “livin at [his] mom...


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5 Career Lessons We Can Learn from Women in Hollywood

Hollywood is gearing up for another intense awards season, which kicked off with the Hollywood Film Awards earlier this month. While the careers of the rich and famous have their highs and lows, ultimately, we Career Girls can ...

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What’s With the Sexy LinkedIn Photos?

Working in the staffing industry, I’ve had the chance to look at a lot of LinkedIn photos. Like people, they come in all shapes and sizes. Some are friendly and engaging, some are serious, some are geeky, and some of are even...

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Step Up: Share Your Gifts

I recently had a session with a fabulous young woman, Jana. She’s smart, talented, and completely committed to helping and supporting other people in finding their purpose in life. She is so passionate about this in fact, tha...


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All Thumbs in a Kitchen? [Infographic]

A chill fills our evenings, Halloween is right around the corner, and our talk turns to the dreaded ‘holidays.’ Let me go on record as saying, I’m typically not a fan of them…at all…ever. I grit my...