Author archive for Michelle Meyer

  • Betwixt and Between

    How do you get from where you are to where you want to be? I’ve written a lot on this blog about the need for women to build new businesses – different kinds of businesses – if we hope to achieve a better balance in our workplaces and in our lives. But how does that happen? How do you live […]
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  • What the world needs now is more wealthy women

    What do Silicon Valley, the Catholic Church and the nation of Germany all have in common? If the articles I’m reading lately are any guide, the answer is an under-representation of women in leadership. Germany has taken the strongest action this month, actually passing a law a few weeks ago requiring its major firms to allot at least 30% of […]
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  • When “Equilibrium” Means “No”

    One of the greatest forces we have for equilibrium is the power of our own choices. I was reminded of this last month as I sat wringing my hands in Galway, Ireland, making a choice of my own. It was New Year’s Day, I was midway through a wonderful vacation with my family – and I was supposed to be […]
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  • Bye-bye to the Long-Hours Culture

    The title above was the subtitle of a recent article by Lucy Kellaway, a columnist for the Financial Times. This full-page piece ran in the Business section of “The World in 2015,” by The Economist. I was so excited to see a global periodical dedicate a full page of commentary to changing attitudes on work hours. Why? Because women have […]
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  • Life Comes First

      “My kids have no memories of me at dinner – I never made it home before dinner.” My sister was sharing this quip from a male colleague of hers, and it really struck me – though perhaps not for the reason you’d think. I know plenty of men who are choosing to let presence, not absence, define their family […]
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  • It Was the First Time There Was a Line

    I was going to have to wait in line to use the restroom. And I couldn’t have been happier. I’ve been attending my profession’s annual global conference since I was a junior in college in 1987 (I’ll let you do the math). There was often a line for the men’s room, but never for the women’s room. It was, we […]
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  • Walking the Talk

    I have great business partners. When I launched GirlAuthentic in early 2013, one of them said to me, “That’s great. Now when are you going to start walking the talk?” He was right. He and I had been talking for a couple of years about starting a business together.  Now I was talking at GirlAuthentic about the need for women […]
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  • You want a horse? Go get a horse.

    I wasn’t even 6 years old when I discovered something I really wanted: My own horse. My family had just moved to a much more rural area where EVERYONE had horses  – well, except me. I knew I wanted a horse. My parents got me lessons at the local stables, and many of the neighbors were kind enough to introduce […]
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  • Is your workplace built on love – or fear? Here are 2 ways to tell.

    We are embedded in fear – more deeply than we realize, much of the time. It’s ingrained, so we don’t even realize it much of the time. It’s become part of our autopilot at work – and in life. If you want to see whether you’re operating mostly out of fear or out of love, there are two places to […]
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  • Closing the Gap

    “We’re minding the gap, but how do we close it?” That’s the question the Women Donors Network asked recently. A lot has been written lately about all the gaps that exist for women – in business leadership, in political leadership, in the imbalance of how many hours of taking care of our families women still shoulder even if they are […]
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