Confessions of a (Potential) Business School Candidate

I am thinking of going to business school. And I have been surprised by the reactions I have received each time I have shared this aspiration. In other words, I have gotten one reaction: surprise.

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The Double X Solution: Empowering Women and Girls Around the World

I’ve written a fair amount in my life on the subjects of female empowerment. And I’m not about to stop, because these issues are very close to my heart. However, I have rarely felt as fired up, motivated and inspired as I did yesterday afternoon after dipping into Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. This groundbreaking work explores the far-reaching benefits of empowering and educating women across the globe. Read More The Double X Solution: Empowering Women and Girls Around the World

Ingenuity 101: DIY and the World of Tomorrow

I am interested in the upswing in enthusiasm for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects and initiatives. From bee-keeping to urban farming to bicycle repair, people across the country are taking on a wealth of independent projects with nothing but a heap of ingenuity and their local Home Depot to help them. Just across the street from me, there is an organization that hosts workshops almost every evening on everything from “Print Your Own Monogram Stationary” to “Build Your Own Terrarium!” Read More Ingenuity 101: DIY and the World of Tomorrow

Femme Fatales 4 Ever?

I saw Star Trek Into Darkness last weekend, and I liked it. I did, however, have a discussion with my boyfriend about whether or not the movie had honored the proud Star Trek tradition of portraying empowered female characters who work side-by-side and on equal footing with their male counterparts. Here’s the thing: one strength of Star Trek has historically been that it portrays a future in which men and women are equals and it’s not a big deal. And I’m worried that Star Trek Into Darkness represents a (potentially big) step backwards in terms of staying faithful to the gender roles that were represented in the original series.

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Do Your Work: A Short and Sweet Recap of “The War Of Art”

Here is my recap and review of The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

Step 1. Read this book.

Step 2. Do your work. Read More Do Your Work: A Short and Sweet Recap of “The War Of Art”

You Go Girl: A Reflection on Sheryl Sandberg’s New Book, Lean In

About a month ago, I decided that, instead of talking about Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, (and enthusiastically recommending that other people read it because “it was so important”), that I should take my own advice and read it myself. So I did. And I am so glad. Truly. There is a lot here. Read More You Go Girl: A Reflection on Sheryl Sandberg’s New Book, Lean In

Putting Your Peanut Butter in the Mail Box

I come from a proud tradition of eccentrics, and my father has his own share of cheerfully embraced oddities. At an earlier point in his life, he decided that he was eating far more peanut butter than was healthy, and so he began stowing the jar of peanut butter in his mailbox across the street from his apartment so that it was more difficult to get at when he was feeling “snack-ish”.

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