On the Ladder

Turning Your Career Into a Work of Art

Anyone who has ever seen my resume has seen one of my favorite quotes at the top of it. The incomparable former CEO of Carlson Companies, Marilyn Carlson Nelson once said, “We must live each day in a way that we would be ...

Difficult Conversations: Nine Common Mistakes

When it comes to having difficult conversations, we make colossal mistakes throughout. Whether you’re talking about salary with your boss or marriage with your boyfriend, tense topics can create big opportunities to stumb...

Talking to Yourself Makes You Smarter

Any Sex and the City fan is familiar with Carrie’s “writing monologues” – you see a blinking cursor on the screen and a voice over of Sarah Jessica Parker reading the words she’s writing, and more....


Pinterest Map of a Woman

Have you joined the Pinterest crowd? Women (and some men, but let’s be honest, mostly women) around the world are jumping on the Pinterest bandwagon and started to build their boards. From Pinterest boards related to fitn...

Millennials Mean Business

Who wouldn’t want to get behind this mission – Learn. Improve. Excel. Isn’t that what we all want for our careers? Constant learning, daily improvement, and an overall drive to excel in our work. I was delight...

Ways Men Undermine Themselves at Work – and What Women Can Learn from It

Let’s not mince words. Sometimes men do things in business women will never….ever….understand. If you’ve ever seen the movie American Psycho, you know what I’m talking about. There’s an iconi...


CitiBank Sets Women’s Sights High – Literally

Have you seen this CitiBank commercial – y’know the one where the woman climbs the unimaginable, impossible to fathom rock? Check it out. I cannot recall ever being more captivated by a commercial. I, like the rest ...

Little Black Book of Career Advice

In the guest bathroom in my childhood home is a small book – “Advice from Grandmothers.” It’s a cute little bathroom read. Advice from the Grandmothers of the world on life, love, and the pursuit of happ...

If I Can Do This, I Can Do Anything

“Self-help” is an $11 billion per year industry selling books, audio, video, television, and more. Stand in a Barnes & Noble and scan the self-help section and you’ll find two types of books. First, those ...


To Get Ahead, Ask “Why?”

There’s a time in every child’s life where they become obsessed with the word “why.” We’ve all had those conversations. Usually the child is 4 or 5 and the conversation goes something like this: Ad...