Going Gray: When did my hair become part of my resume?

:: I wrote this blog in the spring, but only had the nerve to post it after reading an article on the same topic in yesterday's New York Times. Author and age activist Ashton Applewhite’s  call to action is the same as mine: "Rather than hiding from age, supposing women embraced it by not trying to look younger than their years. That might help remove the stigma of aging." I remember the day I decided enough is enough…my hair dresser politely suggested that I needed to start coming to see her … [Read more...]

Hitting the High Ground in 2017

:: As women business owners, many of us were eagerly looking forward to seeing our country’s first woman president elected in November. Unfortunately, as we all know, that didn’t happen. The aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory has been a country deeply divided, with anger and aggression erupting on both sides. Regardless of which candidate you supported, you’ll need to deal with a changed business climate in 2017.  Here are 5 factors to consider in your upcoming business dealings: … [Read more...]

The Importance of Intentional Networks

:: Marilyn Nagel is the guest speaker for the WIC General Meeting on July 21, 2016. For more information click here.  I’ve spoken to literally thousands of women about intentional networking and always ask “How many of you have gotten a job, promotion, or large piece of business from a connection in your network?” Most of the people in the room raise their hands and this is consistent with surveys that say 65% to 85% of all jobs happen through connections. What is curious to me is that … [Read more...]

Overcoming Obstacles Using External Resources

At the end of last year, I conducted research to understand how market research is being used in organizations. We heard back from participants that there are three primary obstacles to doing market research: budget, time and lack of internal resources. This is a familiar story for us as consultants also. These are ALWAYS the obstacles to making huge strides in business whether it has to do with our marketing efforts, our administrative processes, or even in launching new products/services … [Read more...]

An Interview With Deb Siegle

Deb Siegle, WIC’s president, was recently interviewed (by email) regarding women consultants and business owners for possible inclusion in an article for one of the Boston College blogs. Here are excerpts from that interview.   In February of 2015, the Cass Business School At City University London hosted an event called Women In Consulting - Challenges And Opportunities. What have been some of the major challenges you've dealt with, as a woman in the business world? I think the … [Read more...]

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