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Marriott Women Lean In, And Should Office-bags Be A Thing?

Me at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York, earlier this year.

Here is one of my favorite summer memories, and why it matters to you.

Four Marriott executives hosted the semi-annual Marriott Women’s Leadership Gathering. Women from all leadership levels congregated at one senior executive’s beautiful Chevy Chase home. The women networked, shared stories, ideas, dilemma’s, and leadership experiences.

So awesome I ended up there!

How? I was invited to speak on the topic of “Biz Casual Power Pieces”.

This event was amazing!  It was inspiring to see female camaraderie – the spirit of women helping women succeed- instead of the rivalry that often takes place in large corporations.

Truly inspiring.

And this is why it matters to you:

While bestselling author and leadership expert, Rebecca Shambaugh, presented, and during my presentation, useful, and practical topics arose. Here are four that stand out:

1. Handling networking rejection –  You identify  someone you want to connect with at work. You send a request and don’t get a response, or  you get a response, but no meeting date is set for months. Do they not want to connect with you?

“Don’t let this bother you!”, one Marriott executive suggests. Remember that person could be very busy, just as you are. If your potential new connection says yes to meeting, don’t worry if it doesn’t happen for three or six months. Continue Reading →

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6 Tips To Transition From Tights To Bare Legs At Work

 

The calendar says spring has officially arrived.

But spring weather is fickle.

You never know how the weather will turn from the time you leave the house in the morning to the time you head home. The day could start out warm and end up cold, windy, and rainy.

Even snowy.

So when is it appropriate to stop wearing tights to work?

Here are five tips on transitioning from tights to bare legs for women in leadership:

1.  The 50 Degree Rule – New York based Glamour editor Sophia Chabbott has one simple rule that once the mercury dips below 50 degrees, the tights come on. When it surpasses 50- the tights come off. source Continue Reading →

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Looser Dress Codes Tighter Pants

“Are these pants too tight?” That is what my client- a millennial woman in leadership- asked me the other day.

We were working on her closet. She was trying on a pair of fitted ankle pants she loved to wear.  Her conservative company is forward thinking. They are embracing millennial ideas into their historically conservative company, in order to connect with younger consumers.

It got me thinking.

One important thing for millennials is style, and self expression through style. But what are the new professional boundaries? How tight can your pants be and still be  acceptable at work for a woman in leadership?

I looked into it:

In Corporette‘s blog post The Perfect Pants Fit, Kat suggests being able to pinch at least an inch of fabric at your thigh.  For that reason, Kat also believes skinny jeans are not appropriate for the office. Corporette is a style blog and forum largely for lawyers, so their offices are typically ultra conservative.

 

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What Not to Wear To The Corporate Gym

 

 

When you are a woman in leadership, many responsibilities are competing for your attention. It’s hard to find time for exercise. Luckily, some companies have facilities on site, which cuts down on traveling time at least. When using the corporate gym however, you may run into colleagues, employees, and superiors. To help you maintain a professional image here are five things to avoid when using the corporate gym:

Worn Out Sneakers – Footwear in bad condition sends the wrong message, and is bad for your body anyway. Try to replace your shoes every 500 miles. That is about every 6-9 months. Source

Unsupportive Bras – Not only is this uncomfortable, but it looks unprofessional. A good rule of thumb is to replace sports bras every 6-9 months as well. source

Loud Ear Gear – 
Listening to your favorite music is a great way to stay motivated at the gym; however, overly loud headphones limit awareness of your surroundings. For example, if you are sitting on a piece of equipment someone’s been waiting for, you’ll want to somehow have a clue in order to maintain a professional image. source Continue Reading →

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