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#18: PASSION – Do What you Love

Do you remember your career dreams of yesteryear, and then – kind of this halting screeching break sound like in a movie? And here you are… x (xx?) years later, in a cubicle, corner office, home office – NOT living the dream? I was forced to confront this reality when reading friend, coach, and Hot Mommas Project founding author Kathy Caprino’s piece on the topic in Forbes.


#17b: BE FINANCIALLY LITERATE – Rich Sister, Poor Sister – 10 Tips to Save Time and Money

By @ChiefHotMomma. This is part of the Power Plays series. Continued from #17a. Now let’s talk about money.  Very much like the illustrative tale of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, this is the tale of “Rich Sister, Poor Sister.” In this scenario, the sisters make the SAME amount of money each year, they just spend it differently. 6.[…]


#17a: WORK SMART – 10 Tips to Save Time and Money

By @ChiefHotMomma. This is part of the Power Plays series. Today I spoke at the amazing Year Up, a highly-selective program which “empowers urban talent to reach their potential” through an intensive technical skills training program. I told the group I’d put together some materials to follow up my talk, and this post is part[…]

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#16. BE POWERFUL INSIDE and OUT: Research for Women on Being Physically and Mentally More Powerful

So it started with this article:

Morons and Oxymorons: Undermining Women in Leadership

I thought this title was pretty excellent.

The text of the article gets heavy (INSEAD). Points include the Catch 22 of if women act competent we’re frowned upon, but if we act nice, we’re not viewed as competent.

The bottom line? Success equals comfort with gender identity. This is a fancy way of saying: Be comfortable in your own skin.

I do wonder how this is possible when there are many messages saying to girls or women, “Be this, be that” – and we’re game for it.


#15b LIVE YOUR VALUES: Your Work Life Solution: Values-Based Balance

When Harvard Business School Professor Howard Stevenson almost died, he woke up to the real meaning of work life balance: It’s about priorities. That is: What is most important to you.

Balancing a bunch of things and expecting A+ results in all of them is a recipie for disaster. Yet, many of us try to do that on a daily basis.


#15a: DELEGATE – Your Work Life Solution

Businesses often prepare for worst case scenarios. What if the CEO gets hit by a bus?…How SEVERE an analogy does it take for you to “let go” and pass off responsibility? Enter: The “If I Died” List. Take Xandra, for example. There Xandra sat …in her car.. in the parking lot…outside the hospital. “I’m in labor,” she texted from her Blackberry: Still wired, still connected. Xandra is still alive and well today, but…really people…

What is wrong with this picture?


#14 FIND SUPPORT – Power Plays for Women: Behind Every Woman is a Supportive Partner

When the Hot Mommas Project and the George Washington School of Business Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence did a national survey of 269 high-drive working women, it was in the midst of the opting out media firestorm. It was clear what wasn’t working. The story that wasn’t being told was this: What WAS working?

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#13 Work it Girl: Your Role New Power Women’s Club – Mean Girl, Networker, or Mentor?

RuPaul said it best:

Work It Girl

Are you working it? Or maybe pre-working it. Or not working it at all?

The New Power Women’s Network

This is about deciding on your role….

Mean Girl.

Networker and Participator.

Leader and Mentor.

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#12 ACCELERATE Your Business Idea – Top 15 Startup Accelerators

I just read 15 Top Accelerator Programs in the US.

I am a big fan of Accelerator programs for women-owned businesses because it provides access to:

1. Structure

2. Support and, often,

3. Capital

As you’ll see in our women’s business fact sheet, there are many fact supporting the need for most bang for buck…


#11 Case Study: Why Women Bosses Shouldn’t Permit Challenges to Their Authority

Janetta was a star employee. Two years ago she had been hired by her contracting firm out of a top school. She spoke a foreign language. She was assigned all the top projects. She was promoted. But in her new role, she encountered the most unlikely of push-back: From her trainer.