You Are What You Value

You Are What You Value

In my last article, I explored the process of finding and living out your purpose. Today, I want to talk about how your purpose is bound to your value. Let’s start unpacking that by distinguishing three kinds of value. The Values You Hold Your personal values are your...

Your Purpose is an Evolving Story

Your Purpose is an Evolving Story

When I ask a new client or acquaintance to tell me what they do, their answer usually falls into one of two categories. Either they give me their job function: I’m a teacher, a lawyer, a designer. Or they give me their job title: I’m an Equity Partner, a Senior Vice...

Getting Curious and Getting Connected

Getting Curious and Getting Connected

Last month, I attended the Art of Coaching, a three-day conference in Pacific Grove, CA. In her keynote address, Elena Aguilar named elements of success that reached beyond her core audience of educators—purpose, connection, curiosity, and courage. I knew immediately...

Will that Book Help Your Career?

Will that Book Help Your Career?

Difficult Conversations My daughter works hard and plays hard, but last weekend she gave up in the final part of her soccer game because her team was losing. I could tell by watching her body language that she didn’t believe the team could make a comeback. At dinner...

The Privilege of Dreaming Big

The Privilege of Dreaming Big

This is the third and final installment in a series of articles about building strong and supportive communities for professional women of color. Read the first part, The Distorted Mirror of Personality Tests. Read the second part, Rugged Individualism: Alone and...

Rugged Individualism: Alone and Afraid of More

Rugged Individualism: Alone and Afraid of More

This is the second article in a two-part series of about building strong and supportive communities with fellow professional women of color. Read the first installment, “The Distorted Mirror of Personality Tests,” here. Another Kind of Coping Mechanism At this moment,...

The Distorted Mirror of Personality Tests

The Distorted Mirror of Personality Tests

Cheerleader or Challenger I first took the Enneagram test over 20 years ago. For those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s a personality test that sorts you into one of nine personality types. When I first took the test, it told me I was a Number 7, sometimes called the...

Teaching Civic Engagement

Teaching Civic Engagement

This month’s election saw historic voter turnout. Time Magazine reports that according to the Associated Press, an estimated 113 million Americans went to the polls on November 6, 2018, the highest total for a non-presidential election in U.S. history and the highest...

After Disruption: Reconciliation and Leadership

After Disruption: Reconciliation and Leadership

This is the fourth and final article in a series about taking steps to build audacity. Read my first article, The Unfiltered Life, in which I describe how women of color filter out their difference in unsafe company cultures, and my second article, Six Tenets of a...

Who Does the Office Housework?

Who Does the Office Housework?

Who Does the Office Housework? Mastery, Executive Function, and Disruption of Workplace Bias This is the third in a series of four articles about taking steps to build audacity. Read my first article, The Unfiltered Life, in which I describe how women of color filter...