A Note to Your Future Self

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Your future self has no idea what’s up ahead. Navigating through the high-pressure time of your early professional career can be quite confusing. My journey began when I graduated with my masters in international business in 1982. The economy was poor. And coming from a small town in Upstate New York, city life was daunting […]
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Where To Cry in DC

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As someone who feels free to cry anywhere, from classrooms where I’m teaching to bars where I’m drinking, I’ve become somewhat of an expert on places to cry in public.  Although crying is one of the healthiest and most stress-relieving activities we can employ, it has one of the worst reputations in the emotional expression […]
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The 6 Types of People You Meet in DC

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We have a reputation. If you’ve come across a typical ‘D.C. type’ or overheard a ‘standard D.C. conversation,’ you already know where I’m going with this. Here in Washington, we’re known for our museums, monuments, and being a center of political power. But would you had guessed, we’re known for our people? If you’ve spent […]
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Master The Art of Following-Up

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Following up is an art. If done right, they’ll never forget you. From job hunting to networking, all of your hard work, in the end, comes down to the final move: the follow-up. But what makes a follow-up effective? I argue knowing how to connect with whom is the best way to leave a meaningful […]
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Prep Your Brain for a Morning Workout

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As a busy professional with a job in the federal government, a side hustle, and a social life, I’ve had to get serious about setting up a morning routine that prioritizes fitness.   Over the years, I’ve adopted a schedule of early morning workouts, as I’ve found the only consistently free time I have is […]
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To Get Ahead, You Still Need to Dress Up For Work

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As more employers scale back regulations on what employees wear to work, we happily trade our professional attire for yoga pants and graphic Tees. Corporate offices are in search of that entrepreneurial magic. Translating to a workplace so comfortable and open that it inspires innovation and collaboration. But experts argue that looking professional is not only […]
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Gifts for Party Starters & Politicos

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The holidays are here, which means everyone’s trimming the tree, hanging their stockings, and planning their gifts for all the important people in their lives. Does that list include your boss, co-workers, client, or co-founder this year?  Should it? The workplace presents many challenges when it comes to gift-giving. For one, no workplace is the same, so what […]
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