Career & Money

Over these past pandemic-ridden several months, I have been revisiting many books in my ‘at home’ library. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy (the founding editor of Success magazine) is one such book. I love it. It’s not necessarily revolutionary. To be honest, much of his content is not new to me; most of it…

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Career & Money

Five Ways Women Could Benefit from the Pandemic

It seems likely that some changes in the way we work resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic will be permanent. In a previous post, I summarized research emerging about the differential impact of the pandemic on women who are parents. Family caregiving, previously expected to be kept private and not mentioned at work, has been on…

By Dr. Anne Litwin |
Career & Money

How to ‘Close’ a Good Deal

As many may know, ABC has a real hit on its hands with The Shark Tank! The stars are a ruthless, shrewd collection of diverse, self-made millionaires who judge, qualify, and either select or ‘de-select’ budding entrepreneurs for further investment. If you haven’t watched it, you will either love it or hate it. Regardless, I caught…

By Kristin Kaufman |
Career & Money

What the Coronavirus Lockdown Reveals about Parents Who Work

The coronavirus lockdown has pulled aside the curtain between family life and work life for women and men with children. Claire Cain Miller, writing for the New York Times, notes that parents, especially mothers, are expected by employers to keep family caregiving a private matter, not to be discussed or allowed to interfere with work…

By Dr. Anne Litwin |
Career & Money

Courage is Moving Forward Scared

So, as some of you may know, I released my third book in the Is This Seat Taken? trilogy late last year. In the spirit of full transparency, it was with a healthy combination of passion, excitement and fear that I did this. This book, in particular, was extremely vulnerable and soul-bearing. And it had been more than…

By Kristin Kaufman |

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100 Years Ago: When Women Won the Right to Vote during a Flu Pandemic

This is the year, 2020, when we should be celebrating one hundred years since women won the right to vote. Actually, it was only white women who won the right to vote in 1920 as the white suffragists turned their backs on black women suffragists to get the votes of Southern senators. That is a…

By Dr. Anne Litwin |
Career & Money

The Bootstraps

As we continue to navigate this new normal, let’s get real: IT IS HARD. Our generation has never faced anything so daunting in our lives – pandemic, riots, murders, record unemployment, economic hardship. It is a lot to swallow. AND it is very easy to succumb to self-doubt, fear, anxiety, trepidation, and to just plain…

By Kristin Kaufman |
Career & Money

Debt-Free College: Teaching Your Kids How to Graduate College Debt-Free

As they say, death and taxes are the only two certainties in life.  Well, the rising cost of college tuition is making a play to be number three on that list.  From 1980 to 2014, college tuition increased by 260% compared to only 120% on consumer items, and it’s not slowing down.  In 2014, almost…

By Kimberly Sulfridge |
Career & Money

Why It Matters That Young Men Don’t Vacuum

I am always surprised to see research showing that the attitudes of young men about gender equality in the home are not changing. Claire Cain Miller of the New York Times writes that “young people today have become much more open-minded about gender roles . . . in politics and sports . . . [but]…

By Dr. Anne Litwin |