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Ego Out!

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Mar 24, 2018 Advocacy, Career Mamma, feminism, Leadership, leadership transition, News, non profit transition, Storytelling 2 Comments

At a meeting with a colleague the other day, I was asked an insightful question, “How did you manage the strong personalities that surely emerged during board meetings at your agency, especially when you were planning to resign?” My colleague was referring to the time in my career when I transitioned to a full-time consultant [...]

If Only…

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Feb 3, 2018 Advocacy, Career Mamma, feminism, Grant Writing, Leadership, News, Photography, Storytelling , , 1 Comment

I like healthy competitions as much as the next person. Of course these days, competition takes on the form of an RFP (Request for Proposal) or a vote driven-crowd funding campaign to support programming for one of my non-profit clients. But back in the day, I was a fierce tennis competitor who had dreams of [...]

Why We March

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Jan 24, 2018 Advocacy, Career Mamma, feminism, Leadership, News, Photography, Storytelling , , , , , , , 4 Comments

This past Sunday, my daughter and I donned our thermal underwear, our pussy hats, (thanks Christy Hallas) and our warmest sweaters and headed downtown to the 2nd Annual Women’s March. We weren’t trekking to a big city like Manhattan or Washington D.C., we like to attend smaller marches, ones that are eight miles from our [...]

Unintentional Bridge Burning

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Jan 14, 2018 Advocacy, Career Mamma, feminism, Grant Writing, Leadership, Photography, Storytelling , , , , , , 0 Comments

Are you burning bridges without even knowing it? Are you confused sometimes when you get a less than enthusiastic reply from a donor, grant funder, supervisor, colleague, direct report or a vendor? Have projects that you thought were on course, suddenly explode, leaving you flabbergasted and defeated? If so, it may be time to examine [...]

Until it Happens to You…

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Nov 1, 2017 Advocacy, Career Mamma, feminism, Leadership, News, Storytelling , , , 2 Comments

Two experiences from yesterday are the impetus for this blog post, demonstrating that we have further work to do as a society to create places for respectable discourse and the exchange of opinions and ideas, and to eradicate sexism in all of our workplaces. In a meeting yesterday with executives who have high level positions locally [...]

Once a Sweeper, Always a Sweeper

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Oct 26, 2017 Advocacy, Career Mamma, digital story telling, Illustration, Leadership, Storytelling 2 Comments

Aaron Burr Jr. had some free advice for Alexander Hamilton in the now all-too-famous musical “Hamilton” created by Lin-Manuel Miranda.  In Scene One, Burr states immediately upon meeting Hamilton, “Talk less, smile more,” encouraging Alexander to become more of an observer and less of an over-communicator. Great advice in this day and age when everyone seems [...]

This Metabook is Mega Cool!

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Jan 14, 2017 Advocacy, Career Mamma, digital story telling, Illustration, News, Photography, Storytelling , , , , , 0 Comments

Every once in awhile, I get a lucky break! This December I was in the right space at the right downtime. A colleague of mine named Tatiana Bacchus asked me to review a literary project for a new digital medium called a Metabook™. She worked as the Production Coordinator, and was so excited to tell [...]

Taking Time to Take Care

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Jan 9, 2017 Advocacy, Career Mamma, Leadership, News, Photography, Storytelling , , , 1 Comment

Last year was great in so many ways and then not so great in a few other ways, especially toward the end of the year. I observed so much grief and loss, I felt like I had to cheerlead my way out of 2016. Several clients called me with big concerns over the funding trends that might [...]

Putting the “HAPPY” in Happy Halloween!

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Oct 31, 2016 Advocacy, Career Mamma, digital story telling, News, Photography, Storytelling, Technology, Video , , , , 0 Comments

It’s been a ridiculously busy post-summer/autumn season! Tons of grant writing opportunities, too much travel, tons of new clients and new projects for Arts In Action and no complaints at all! Even as I write this, I have some deadlines looming and a Halloween costume to throw together, but I didn’t want another day to [...]

An Eye Opening Internship!

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Jul 21, 2016 Advocacy, Grant Writing, Internship Wisdom, Leadership, News, Storytelling , , , , , , 0 Comments

The past few weeks working at Arts In Action have been amazing! It has really been a hands on experience and I have been able to learn so much. It may seem obvious to others, but what I have learned is a lot of work goes into non-profits, more than I originally thought. One is in [...]