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Time for some introspection this week as I sit overwhelmed by stuff.  Stuff you own but can’t take with you.  Stuff you love but … no one wants?  Stuff you need but not six of them.  Stuff that makes you smile but at the same time, cry.  Stuff you hold on to because well there…

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Women Leaders of Today by Origin Bank: Janine Iannarelli – Piloting Life Through A Man’s Industry

Let’s start at the beginning.  Where were you born? Fair Lawn, New Jersey What was your childhood like?  Wow…looking back I realize that my generation had it a little hard given that we were young children in the turbulent 60’s and teenagers in the confusing decade of the 70’s.  I always say I grew up…

By Shivaun Palmer |
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Thankful for the Kindness of Strangers

The temperatures outside have cooled down and the leaves have started to turn.  It must mean fall has finally arrived.  It’s November and the holiday season is upon us.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are full of traditions and a time to look back over the year and celebrate with one another.  As I look back at…

By Kimberly Sulfridge |
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Finding Gratitude in Everything: Thanksgiving

As we approach the upcoming holidays, once again we will be bombarded by social media posts about being thankful or “blessed.” I’m not saying I don’t get it. I totally do. It’s a great time of year to attempt to be focused on anything except the stress of getting all done and feeling overwhelmed. But…

By Janet Bernstein |
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#MeToo – Breaking the Silence of Sexual Abuse

Eight years ago I turned fifty, left my marriage, sold my house in Texas, purged and packed my belongings in preparation for my move back to Orange County, California. It was then I ran across my 35-year-old college books. Perusing the titles raised a few smiles, and I simply couldn’t bring myself to place “Women…

By Silke Schwarzkopf |

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Butter Your Nose, It’s Tradition

On my mom’s side of the family, we have an unusual birthday tradition. In celebration of the day you were born, we will ambush you and butter your nose. We don’t know how it got started or why, but we dutifully keep it alive. Our family is spread wide across several states and deep through…

By Michele Gooch |
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Is the Fear of Public Speaking Greater than Death?

We have all heard that for many people, the fear of public speaking is greater than the fear of death. Some surveys say snakes are the number one fear. In more recent lists, corruption has appeared as the top fear.  But whatever the survey, no matter the time, public speaking is ranked at or near…

By Ann Margolin |
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Finding True Friends: I Quit Trying To Fit In

Yep, I’ve been called bossy, pushy, aggressive and harsh. I have been asked to tone myself down, refrain from sharing my true personality or even hide my opinions from others. I worked in a corporate environment for more than 15 years, and it seemed as though I was always juggling between being a confident, leaning-in-executive…

By Janet Bernstein |
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Q&A with Engineer Tracy Drain: Women Leaders of Today by Origin Bank

Tracy, let’s start at the beginning.  Where were you born? Louisville, Kentucky. What was your childhood like growing up? I spent a fair amount of time playing outside like a normal kid when I was very young, but as a I got older I spent most of my free time curled up with a book….

By Shivaun Palmer |