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This March ARA New York will host a thought-provoking event pioneered by our Chicago counterparts two years ago. Though it might look like a typical panel discussion to many, “Women in Tech: The Male Perspective” is already stirring up early debate and buzz. It’s evidence, I believe, that we can count on a lively, dynamic discussion on March 18th…

The Challenge: Hiring in Our Own Image

In the early 1990’s, Dr. Deming’s Continuous Improvement and Total Quality Management strategies that had revolutionized manufacturing were now sweeping through the consultant services industry. At the time, I was Manager of Planning and Environmental Services for a planning, engineering and landscape architecture firm in the Pacific Northwest, helping to lead our company through business…

Confidence. Some women just seem to have it.  Breezily walking into any situation, comfortable and unafraid no matter what happens because they know that they can handle it. They believe in themselves and their abilities and powers. However, as countless statistics demonstrate, many women lack confidence, no matter how successful they may be. “43% of…

Last month, I had the privilege of joining Women of Orbitz Worldwide, known as WOW—and, wow, is right! The group focuses on supporting and promoting women, coupled with a commitment to create opportunities for Orbitz employees to share their career journeys with fellow colleagues. With that in mind, WOW organized an engaging panel presentation titled,…

Here’s an astonishing, although perhaps not surprising, fact: women make up only 10% of board-level positions, but account for 45% of the global workforce. While the conversation surrounding the gender gap has gained momentum in the U.S. over the last few years, there is still limited focus on a global scale. That may be changing,…

As an Army Reserve Captain, I was assigned to Operation Cobra Gold, a three-week exercise held in Thailand. Cobra Gold—the largest Asia-Pacific exercise—was as much an exercise in diplomatic relationship-building and peacekeeping as it was about training for combat readiness. When my commander in California assigned me to the mission, I jumped at the chance…

One of the highlights of my month was being invited to lead roundtable discussions on the topic of work-life balance at the #ARASeattle Mentoring Forum. Fittingly, I had to do some serious juggling to make it possible — coordinating schedules with my husband, arranging carpool rides, and rushing from my nine-year-old’s soccer practice at Magnuson…

Confidence in Our Progress

Being confident in ourselves and our abilities is essential in life. It is confidence that allows us to fight for what we believe in, to succeed in our careers, and to put ourselves out there in a personal way. But at times confidence can be hard to come by. So what do we do when…

Searching for the right fit in both business and personal relationships can be a challenge. Nowadays, many singles look to online dating as a preferred first step towards a romantic partnership. Photos and profiles of potential matches can be reviewed prior to a first date, allowing users to pre-determine who could be their Mr. or…

Over the past year, many women have asked questions at ARA events about the obstacles of balancing work and family. To shed additional insight on this topic, we talked to Jocelyn Greenky Herz, a CEO in the tech world herself who has also published a book providing career advice for women. Here is a typical…