Between Submissiveness and Defensiveness: How To Walk The Middle Path Of Confidence

Have you ever worked with someone whose personality turned you into a yesman? Whether they meant to or not, they came on so strong that you felt bowled over, your boundaries evaporating?

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Mia Scharphie and Build Yourself+ in Landscape Architecture Magazine

Mia Scharphie, the Build Yourself+ founder is in this month’s issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine. The profile covers the ways she sees issues of impact and community change and frames the Build Yourself+ as part of a larger philosophy.

Click here to read the full profile.

How Will You Know You’ve Been Successful? Letting Play and Rigor Into Your Goals

I recently went out for a reunion meetup with my spring 2015 class of the Build Yourself+ workshop. I didn’t initiate the night. When I got an email from a former participant suggesting a reunion I felt a thrill.

She was meeting my personal challenge goal.

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NEA Webinar Now Online: Women in Social Impact Design

A few weeks ago I helped organize and participated in a webinar on Women in Social Impact Design with Katie Swenson, VP of Enterprise Community Partners. My co-panelists were rock stars–Dawn Hancock of Firebelly Design, Liz Ogbu of Studio O, Lakshmi Ramarajan of Harvard Business School.

The webinar is up for viewing on the National Endowment of the Art’s website, check it out here.

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Sitting at the Table. Sometimes Literally.

“Sit at the table.”

I heard Sheryl Sandberg’s words echo in my head as I glided into the chilly conference room. I had been invited as an afterthought. I was the first (and only) research fellow of a university architecture department, in a position the dean had created for me to pursue my research. Few people knew who I was or that the position even existed. I was invited to the department’s board meeting in which I’d present my research if we had extra time. (We didn’t.)

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What Got You Here Wont Get You There. Leadership, and Following the Numbers

I recently watched one of those TED talks that helps you see the structural underpinnings that were always there, but invisible to you. Titled, The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get, it features Susan Colantuono, who founded Leading Women, a consultancy that helps companies close the gender gap.

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