Success

Do What You Love and You’ll Never Work a Day in Your Life

Holly’s great grandmother, Bess, was a baker. With the untimely death of her husband, Bess needed to work to support her young daughter. She, her brother and her sister opened their first bakery in 1916. The family-owned bakery developed a reputation for excellence and eventually grew to 13 operations throughout the Pittsburgh area. Holly got […]

Set Your Mind on Growth

One of the keys to building confidence is making mistakes and even failing. You learn from taking risks especially if some don’t work out. Challenging experiences help to bolster your competence and seed confidence. Experiencing failure, especially when you are young, can forge a life-long habit of resilience. People, who learn from failure instead of […]

Being #2 is Great!

As the Founder of the Key Women’s Leadership Forum and a Tampa based executive coach, I was delighted to hear that Tampa was rated the No. 2 city for business women pursuing a successful career according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Citrix Systems developed the report and used criteria such as the number of women owned […]

What Do You Want?

We negotiate daily. Whether it’s to define the scope of a project, close a sale or agree to who picks up who when soccer season starts. Negotiating has become a way of life for many, especially if you are an entrepreneur or entrepreneurial in spirit. In my work teaching Leadership & Influence within companies as […]

Many Professional Women Wrestle with Expectation Anxiety

It takes tremendous courage to perform well, even when you are scared. For professional women, this can be especially difficult. Sergeant Lorain Prevaux served in the Iraq war under General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. When the General retired, Lorain was one of two people invited to address him in an event held in Tampa’s Raymond James […]

Ask Gracefully, But Ask

I recently attended the Waves of Change Women’s event honoring former Tampa Mayor, Sandy Freedman and Sheila Johnson, co-founder of BET (sold to Viacom for $3 billion in 2002) and the first black female billionaire. Currently Johnson serves as Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts which includes Innesbrook Resort as one of its properties. Johnson’s […]