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Mind over Matter: Overcoming Fear with Your 3 Pillars of Progress

When was the last time you were afraid? (Perhaps you’re experiencing something right now.) What impact did it have on you? (Anxiety, depression, anger, paralysis?) How did you overcome it? (It’s often easier said than done.) A natural mechanism for human survival, G. Stanley Hall, the first president of the American Psychological Association and founder

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Why A Community of Women Matter in Your Career: The Power of Unity

Amid the pandemic, I embarked on a courageous journey from Italy to the lively streets of New York, all while embracing my new role as a mom of two. This opportunity became a thrilling rollercoaster of excitement and challenges, highlighting the importance of finding and joining a supportive professional community. Embracing Diversity in Professional Paths:

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Creating Your ‘North Star’

Many of us work in or for companies that are proud of their vision, mission and values statements — they are the guiding principles for making decisions and steering the future of our businesses.  Can we apply these same thoughts and guidance in our personal lives and career? First, what do these words mean?  There

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An Introvert’s Survival Guide In An Extroverted Workplace

Merriam-Webster defines introverts as those who are typically reserved, quiet, introspective, and enjoy spending time alone. Extroverts, according to Merriam-Webster, are talkative, open, and seek frequent social interactions. There are also some people who are quiet, viewed as aloof, require alone time to recharge, yet are extroverted with people they are close to and trust.

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The In-Between Years

My favorite movie always has and will be Fried Green Tomatoes (queue a future Food For Thought night?).  I admit that at 11 years old, I didn’t grasp what Evelyn Couch meant when she frantically claimed, “I’m too old to be young and too young to be old!” But I think I’m starting to get

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