Women Leaders

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 […]

It’s not what you say, it’s how you project it

Women are often penalized for asserting themselves verbally. Interestingly, research indicates that women are not penalized for non-verbal assertive behavior. I recommend that women use their bodies more consciously by doing things like taking expansive physical stances, narrowing  the physical proximity between you and the other person and making direct eye contact. Notice your “paraverbal” […]

Celebrate International Women’s Day

March 8 is International Women’s Day. The theme this year is #PressforProgress. Before we look at pressing forward, let’s look back to the past and celebrate our progress.  To paraphrase Winston Churchill who once said: the further back into the past you look, the more you can see  the future. It’s been almost 100 years […]

#MeToo. Now What?

Guest post by Terin Barbas Cremer, Esq. On October 15, 2017, Actress Alyssa Milano’s “#MeToo” tweet brought the sexual harassment conversation into American homes and beyond. Women who had faced sexual harassment or assault were encouraged to tweet “#MeToo” to bring awareness to the magnitude of the problem. During the first 24 hours, #MeToo was tweeted […]

Goodbye, My Sweet Lady Caroline

How do you say goodbye to one of your best friends? I was caught off guard when Carol called me to say she was going to hospice. Three weeks earlier, she was given a clean bill of health. I had booked a visit to see her this month to celebrate her finishing chemo.  She explained […]

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 […]

Missing Out on “Bro-fessional” Relationships?

Being excluded bothers me. I admit it. I’m talking about the casual get-togethers and informal social events where my male professional peers share information, make introductions, and generally bond. Being excluded leaves me feeling like there’s still an “Old Boy’s Club” and they’ve hidden the key. It’s not that I want to be part of […]