A Reflection on Reinventing Oneself

Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking to almost 60 people attending a lunch sponsored by the Women in Networks (WiN) group at Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific here in Singapore.  The group’s executive sponsor Elizabeth Hernandez approached me about presenting to the group after seeing an article which featured the reinvention stories of my friend Carol and I.  See …

Channeling My Inner Hippie

Do you ever get that nagging voice somewhere from deep within that says, “there is more that you are meant to do in this world?”  The older I get, the louder these voices seem to be.  I call it my “inner hippie” speaking.  Sometimes I listen, sometimes life seems to get in the way.  But …

The Empathetic Ice Queen?

In my career over the last 20 years, I have been described as both an “Ice Queen” and a “Highly Empathetic Leader.”   How is it possible that one person can be viewed at such opposite ends of the empathy pole?  To be fair, the ice queen comment came from my much earlier days as …

But It’s All A Priority!

Freshly back in Singapore and over jet lag after My Summer Tour of Ignorance in the US, I am re-energized and excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead…and there are many!  I’m talking about important and valuable endeavors that are close to my heart and soul, and that I want deeply to give my full attention …

Broad Strokes

Although I currently reside and work in Singapore, I’ve been fortunate to have lived in many different cities across the U.S. including Pittsburgh where I grew up, Gainesville, Florida where I went to college, New Orleans, Houston and San Francisco.  I’ve also done a couple of 8-week summer work stints in both Amsterdam and Shanghai. …

Saving the World

Sometimes it overwhelms me – like this morning when I was sitting quietly on a bench in Central Park in New York City taking in all of the sites and sounds around me. I don’t know how to describe it quite right.  There is a scene in the 1997 end of the world sci-fi movie …

My Summer Tour of Ignorance

There’s a line in Michael Franti’s song “Say Hey” that goes something like “the more I see, the less I know.”  It really resonates with me, especially lately.  The last couple of years have been an intense roller coaster ride of new learnings and experiences.  Moving halfway around the world, quitting my secure job of 19 years, …

Exploring The Dark Side

About a month ago, I was at a Sunday brunch with a small group of very interesting and dynamic people here in Singapore.  It was a group that I did not know well…in fact, I was meeting some of the people for the first time.  Others I had met only once or twice.  After the …