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Colleague Corner: Featuring Jill Q. Hughes "The Bridge of Trust"

Colleague Corner: Featuring Jill Q. Hughes "The Bridge of Trust"

I get to do two things I love - lead a team and manage an active donor portfolio. In both of my roles as leader and fundraiser, my success means transformational charitable gifts which support deserving students. In this environment of plummeting state support for education, I need to ‘win’ in my work… now more than ever. And, as a recipient of my fair share of student scholarships when I was in college, I want to pay it forward and help the next generation. Read More
View from the Balcony:  Implicit Gender Bias

View from the Balcony: Implicit Gender Bias

In my last blog, I spoke about gender differences in the workplace and how to succeed as a woman in business. I received a lot of thoughtful feedback from that post—from both males and females—that confirmed and deepened the importance of the topic of gender bias to me. Hearing a variety of responses made me realize that, especially on sensitive issues like gender differences, everyone has a particular view based on their past experiences and perceptions. Read More
Brain Health & Retirement: A Daughter’s Perspective

Brain Health & Retirement: A Daughter’s Perspective

Well, it’s happened. The big life question that haunts every child growing up is…how will my parent leave this earth? As I stood quietly in the emergency room approximately a year ago and heard the doctor say the words “vascular dementia” as the reason why my dad was having so many recent medical and behavioral issues, I realized how stark the future was. My mom, as many caretakers do, tried to protect us from the truth for way too long. It was at that moment I realized the gig was....... Read More
The Self-Confidence Factor:  How to Win as a Woman in Business

The Self-Confidence Factor: How to Win as a Woman in Business

Have you ever down-played a compliment or your own success at work with a line like: “Oh, it was nothing,” or “I got it on sale!” or “I was just lucky,” or “It wasn’t really that difficult”? If so, you may be unintentionally hurting yourself more than helping. Why? The fact is, though gender bias in the workplace is improving (albeit slowly!), when it comes to business, we still live by the male-dominated rules of hardball. Read More
CRUCIBLES, CANCER and IPHONES

CRUCIBLES, CANCER and IPHONES

Last week was one of the worst of my life. On Tuesday, while overlooking the Pacific Ocean on one of those days that explain why everyone wants to move to Southern California, an oral surgeon speaking through my wife’s iPhone explained to us that the pathology report showed she has squamous cell cancer on the underside of her tongue. Read More

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