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  • 24 October 2018Inspiration, Work + Life Balance • Susan Rietano Davey

    Partners: a ‘must have’ for the working woman

    I began my career in Xerox Corporation’s executive training program, which, in the mid-80s, was reputed to be one of the top three executive training programs of the time. How I, an English major who never took a business course and didn’t know a balance sheet from a cookie sheet ended up there is another story for another blog post.

    Suffice it to say, I interviewed really well.

    There were about 15 or so trainees in my training class year – a collection of lively, confident, competitive achievers of which only a portion were expected to last beyond 12 months. On my first day, I met Sherrie Potenza. Nothing in Sherrie’s and my histories matched up. Being Connecticut natives and part of this training program was about all we had in common. But it was enough. Sherrie and I became fast friends, partners in crime. Ultimately, we became each other’s lifelines.

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  • 8 August 2018Inspiration, Interviewing • Kelley Biskupiak

    Get Pumped! The 5 Essential Tips for Getting Your Mindset Right for an Interview

    I love coaching a woman right before she heads off for an interview. There is just something about the vulnerable excitement that fills my office when prepping and pumping a woman up to go rock an interview.

    I believe there is a very distinct difference between the prepping and the pumping when it comes to being interview-ready. The prepping is about rehearsing what you can DO on the interview to be memorable and unforgettable. It is so very important to be clear, articulate and well rehearsed on the content you will deliver. Susan wrote a great blog about this a few weeks ago; you must check it out! However, the pumping is equally important and places a focus on who you want to BE on the interview. It is about your mindset and getting that mindset right and ready to show those interviewers the amazing powerhouse they would be lucky to land.

    There are 5 key components that are foundational in creating an empowered mindset for interviewing, and I have them here to share with you.

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  • 11 July 2018Inspiration • Kelley Biskupiak

    Bold, Brave, Strong

    Ladies, summer is here! You beautiful, courageous, power-houses that create the vision for everyone in your orbit. I know you have been busy. Summer and life are sweeping you in various directions, I am sure. Life has done the same for me. Isn’t it funny how life does that? However, I always have time for you and I have lots of juicy questions for you. So let’s get busy, shall we?

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  • 4 July 2018Inspiration, Work + Life Balance • Susan Rietano Davey

    Independence Day and an Empty Nest

    I am newly independent, but I’m not celebrating. On Monday, my husband Bob and I joined the ranks of empty-nesters when we dropped our son Luke off at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His departure was early (6:00 a.m.) and abrupt (30 seconds to say ‘goodbye’), and the separation feels permanent. Luke is no longer ours, I’ve been told by those in the know. “He belongs to the army.” Ouch.

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  • 27 June 2018Inspiration • Susan Rietano Davey

    Women Supporting Women

    At my son Luke’s senior class awards night three weeks ago, his classmates Ayushi and Carolyn taught me (and other alert members of the audience) a lesson. The lesson is one we’ve been taught before, but often forget to practice; a lesson women need to heed now, especially.

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  • 19 June 2018Inspiration • Kelley Biskupiak

    Remember Who You Are

    Reminder: This is who you are!

    I believe that women are the front door to every home.  They are the temperature and the hub for what rolls in the household.  They are powerful curators of life and some days they need a little reminder. 

    So let’s give YOU a little reminder right now!

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  • 13 June 2018Inspiration • Susan Rietano Davey

    In Honor of Fathers

    Although I’m convinced that Fathers’ Day, like all of the other ‘Special Persons Days’, was a construct of a struggling greeting card industry, it has taken hold in the American calendar and I’m happy to embrace it. I won the lottery of birth when I was born to Thomas J. Rietano 50+ years ago and I’m always up to celebrate my luck – and my Dad.

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