Why You Need a Career Plan as a Designer

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You would never think about winging it when it comes to your design projects. You’ve got a project schedule, a budget, hey, maybe even a Gantt chart for that! But when it comes to having a plan to guide our careers, we creative problem solvers often just hope that the path will emerge, or someone […]

These Build Yourself Women Are Making Impacts in Their Communities

These Build Yourself Women Are Making Impacts in Their Communities

Bolanle Williams-Olley, Chief Financial Officer at Mancini Duffy and a client of mine, just launched SheBuildsMoney, which builds tools to help small design firms help firm owners understand, take control and be successful in managing business finances. I worked with Bola through my Women’s Thought Leadership Coaching—a 4-month one-on-one coaching engagement in which we develop […]

Naome’s Story: How to Build Your Confidence and Go for Next Level Jobs

Naome is a client of mine who started working with me before the coronavirus was a twinkle in anyone’s eye. She came to me with bruised confidence after being let go from a job she enjoyed. She was able to find a new job but it wasn’t something she loved. It didn’t feel like quite […]

Moving Towards Your North Star in Action

Moving Towards Your North Star in Action

Two years ago, Kerry worked with me to define longer-term creative goals for her life and career. She was able to: -Ease herself out a catchall-for-everything volunteer role that she had been feeling done with for some time. -Find a long-term accountability partner (shoutout Annette!) that she’s still in touch with. But most importantly, Kerry […]

Hold on to Your North Star

Hold on to Your North Star

Many of my coaching clients who have identified their North Star have been saying things like, “I think I still have PTSD from the last recession…” or, “I’ve been through a recession before but…” And this moment feels the same but is also different. We still don’t know what’s going to happen. There are unknown […]

Dealing With Uncertainty: Grown Ups Sometimes Need Schedules and Juiceboxes Too

Dealing With Uncertainty- Grown Ups Sometimes Need Schedules and Juiceboxes Too

If you’re like some of my students, you’re currently balancing being Teacher, Gym Teacher, and Lunch Lady in addition to being Architect, Project Manager, and Engineer. And depending on your family situation, it’s possible you may be in the default role of ‘project manager’ of the household—which makes this time only harder. Women are much […]

How to Have More Meaningful and Effective Virtual Meetings

How to Have More Meaningful and Effective Virtual Meetings

You’re working from home and you’re dreading it. In addition to the general cabin fever that sets in, and the challenges of focus, so many virtual meetings and online collaborations are just so…. ….blah. You know what I mean — you’ve been there. On that lame Skype for Business conference call — you’re watching a […]

Ten Ways to Connect Meaningfully When We’re Forced to be Apart

Ten Ways to Connect Meaningfully When We’re Forced to be Apart

It’s a weird moment. Due to coronavirus, many of us are working from home, may be watching kids, and are facing a major transition in what the day-to-day looks like, facing fears for ourselves and loved ones, and a lot of uncertainty. Yet, while we may be physically separate, we don’t need to be emotionally […]