9 Leadership Skills of Successful Women to Make Them Stand Out

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Gender equality in the workplace is gaining momentum, offering many opportunities to women leaders. This is good news for women who have been plagued by harassment, salary inequality and feelings of insignificance for years. Katrina Lake, founder and CEO of Stitch Fix, and the youngest CEO to lead a public offering, believes that decision-makers are starting to realize that being more inclusive of women is simply good business. 

Cultural transformations are taking place but they need to be translated into actions, whether it’s acing a job interview, successfully re-entering the workplace after a period of staying at home with children or developing leadership skills. Here are some of the skills successful women leaders need to stand out. 

  • Emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage our own emotions, and those of others around us. It involves empathy, self-awareness and social skills. Emotions should never get in the way when making decisions. The more a woman is able to relate to and work well with others, the more success she will have. Continue reading

How Boomers & Millennials Should Communicate Infographic

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Today’s workforce is becoming increasingly diverse, as members of Generation Z join Millennials, Gen X’ers, and Baby Boomers as the major age groups represented in the workplace. Though these different perspectives and backgrounds can create a great creative environment and lively discourse, it can also spark workplace conflict and disagreements and members of each generation struggle to understand one another. In order to promote workplace harmony and communication, it’s important to understand where your coworkers are coming from. Take a look at the visual below for a summary of the core values and work ethic for each generation, along with general communication tips to keep in mind for the workplace.

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What to do when words aren’t enough

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

It’s not so surprising when you think about it.

It’s no surprise to most of us that in some circumstances, like when you experience loss, words fall short. 

Yet, while we can see this happening, instead of changing our expectations about what words can and can’t do for us, we keep looking for the “right thing to say.”

When words fall short

Recently, I was talking to my sister about her relationship – or rather the one she was pursuing. To my big sister pride, she had declared how she felt, and as many of us fear, the response she got wasn’t exactly what she was hoping for. It was a lukewarm, brush off that diverted the conversation to other things. 

Bummer. Continue reading

How to Ensure Your Company-Based Video Content is Reaching a Broad Audience

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

When you take the time and energy, not to mention investing money in creating video marketing and advertising content for your company, you want to be sure it is reaching as broad an audience as possible. To do that, you need to find the appropriate channels to distribute your video, paying close attention to who the audience is, making sure it fits your key demographics.

So, what happens if you aren’t quite satisfied with your reach, and you’re questioning if you are in fact doing all you can to get your content out there? Here are some tips and advice that will help ensure your video content is reaching the broad audience you hoped for.

Understand It’s Not a One-Size Fits All Approach

One of the biggest mistakes companies can make is to assume video marketing is a one-size-fits-all approach. Continue reading

When Not to Listen to Your Customer (Infographic)

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Everybody has heard the old adage that the customer is always right. Nobody can deny the importance of listening and responding to your customers. There’s no better way to build customer relationships and foster trust in your business.

By demonstrating that you hear your customer’s opinions and are willing to address their concerns and feedback, customers will remain loyal to your brand. They are also more willing to refer your business, make a repeat purchase, or leave a positive review.Continue reading

How to Use Inclusive Language in Your Small Business

As a business owner, you know that there are a lot of elements that have to remain in balance in order to ensure business success. Between acquiring clients and keeping your finances in check, things like the culture of your workplace can easily fall by the wayside. Many leaders do not recognize the importance of fostering an empathetic and diverse culture, yet diverse workplaces are 35% more likely to financially outperform homogenous ones. So working on creating an inclusive and supportive workplace is just as important as any other part of running a business.

How can you create a more inclusive workplace culture? A great way to do this is to demonstrate empathy in the way you communicate with your employees. Not only does this mean being understanding and helping them thrive professionally, but this also means understanding that your intentions cannot always be accurately conveyed. Even if you don’t mean to say something that offends someone, it’s still entirely possible to do so. That’s why it is important to educate yourself on the words and phrases that exclude others.Continue reading

How to Succeed as a Team Remotely

Thanks to Avery Taylor Phillips for this fabulous post! Enjoy!  –  Kimberly

Image Source: Tech Trends

Across the country, more and more people are working remotely, and companies are creating innovative new ways to communicate with employees from anywhere, regardless of location. Remote work is a growing trend in the U.S., and experts think “telecommunicating will approach or even reach 50 percent by 2020,” according to Rutgers. Here are a few tips, apps and tools you can use to make communication among co-workers much easier and more efficient.

Tips for Great Communication

With over half of professional jobs in the U.S. held by women last year, women are thriving in the workforce and taking great remote work opportunities, even when certain industries aren’t hiring as many women as they should be. When working from home, it may take a bit of getting used to, and it will take a while to find a workflow that works for you. Continue reading

Young Community Volunteer Makes a Difference with Autistic Children through Music by Nithya Tippireddy


Whenever we would go to India, my mom would take us to her friend’s house. That friend, who was affected with a form of muscular dystrophy, could only move her feet. I remember first visiting her 10 years ago when she was a shy and naive seven-year-old. I hid behind my mom, staring mortified at her distorted features.

Concerned about the resistance I showed towards this friend, my mother encouraged me at fourteen to volunteer at FCSN, a special needs center, hoping to increase my exposure to the disabled community. I recall being nervous my first day, completely unsure how to react when engulfed by meandering kids who were flapping their wrists and incoherently asking my name. Asked one day to help a young autistic girl use the restroom, I stifled my initial horror at this request and led her inside, soon realizing that yelling instructions from outside the stall doesn’t work. Continue reading

Scientist Comedian Finds an Algorithm to Bringing Laughter to the World by Vidushi Somani


I stood in front of hundreds of people, worrying that the microphone would slip out of my sweaty hands. Suddenly, my throat swelled up, and my chest became heavy. I took a moment to reflect on how I’d ended up on this stage. This was different from anything I had done before.

For years, I had entertained my parents with stories from school and accents I picked up. My parents would hang on every word, laughing hard. Then they would invite me to perform in front of their friends. Embarrassed at first, I became more comfortable the more my audience laughed. Soon, I was making up stories on the spot, coming up with new ways to embellish and exaggerate to get people howling with laughter. Almost every week, I’d find a new family to entertain.Continue reading