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Women in Leadership: Cookie Ruiz

Austin has no shortage of leaders who are respected, and even revered. But it’s safe to say that, among them all, Cookie Ruiz is our most beloved. As executive director of Ballet Austin for 13 years, Cookie Ruiz has successfully led the company, alongside artistic director Stephen Mills, onto the national and international arts scene. […]

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Business Casual: Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Women

Please help me welcome our new guest blogger, executive style consultant Catherine Storing! For her debut column, she’s guiding us through the thorny thickets of “business casual” dressing: It’s Friday, and it’s “business casual” at your office. So you take the opportunity to pull your hair back into a ponytail and save 15 minutes on […]

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Pay Gap, the film

Kate Bryant left her full-time copywriting job with the Martha Stewart empire last September to focus on creating her new film, “The Pay Gap.” The film-in-progress is a character-driven documentary that examines the question: Why do women continue to earn less than men for the same job? Check it out: (Let’s keep in touch! Click […]

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Equal Pay: Speak Up for Yourself and Your Posse

Freelance writer Heide Brandes, a leader in the Oklahoma City chapter of Women in Communications, recent published a remarkably detailed and nuanced analysis of the gender pay gap. I was honored to be a featured source. She reminds us that, even if women haven’t previously been trained to ask and negotiate, it’s never too late […]

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Get a Raise Before Equal Pay Day

We’re a month away from Equal Pay Day. On April 17, US women will have worked the extra three and a half months it takes for us to earn what men earned in only a year. I have an idea. What if each of us, before April 17, figured out our true workplace value and […]

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Madeleine Albright: International Women’s Day

Madeleine Albright made history when President Bill Clinton appointed her the first woman Secretary of State in 1997. Now, Albright’s 7-year-old granddaughter asks, “So what’s the big deal about Grandma Maddy being Secretary of State? Only girls are Secretary of State.” I love Albright’s bon mots. Among my faves: ‘If you think that women would […]

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Leadership: Recommended Reading

Emily pinged me on Facebook: “Can you recommend leadership books authored by women? Business leadership would be the general focus. This is a request on behalf of a Texas friend.” You don’t need to ask me twice for a bibliography!!! In fact, that’s what I’ve been developing on my Pinterest page: a series of book […]

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Confidence: How To Make More of It

Confidence isn’t something you have, or not. It’s a skill you can develop, and build. I recently had a great conversation with Globe & Mail columnist Leah Eichler about the topic. Here’s an excerpt from her article: Ann Daly, an Austin, Tex.-based author and career coach devoted to the advancement of women, defines confidence as […]

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The Ultimate Power Question: “Who Do I Know?”

The exercise of power depends upon the exchange of resources between people. We exchange ideas, money, favors, introductions, information, and more. So it stands to reason: In order to obtain the resources you need to accomplish the outcomes you desire, you need people. At the Power Summit held by the UT Center for Women in […]

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