“YOU OFFER SO MUCH WISDOM AND INSIGHT WITH A GENUINE, PERSONAL TOUCH. YOU SPEAK FROM THE HEART… AND FROM YOUR OWN PRACTICAL EXPERIENCES. YOUR WRITING PROVIDES NEW ANGLES AND INVITATIONS FOR APPLICATION. THERE IS SO MUCH DROSS IN THE BLOGOSPHERE. YOUR WRITING REPRESENTS A BRIGHT SPARK.” - PARTNER, MCKINSEY & COMPANY

Ambition

I gave a talk at an intimate dinner gathering for Founders in LA earlier this week. Funny enough, we were almost all NYC-transplants. After I shared a bit of my story and riffed on the topic of the evening – 2019 in review – we went around and had each of the women make an…

Self-Compassion

I’ve been doing a lot of noodling on resilience lately. Perhaps because clients are increasingly in need of this topic or because I’m coming off of 8 weeks of travel programs and am teetering on burnout myself. Whichever way you slice it or dice it, resilience is the way of the world today. We are all doing…

Anticipatory Fear

Something interesting happened to me earlier this week. I was flying from Orange County to San Jose for a busy week of client programs. It seemed a bit windy the morning of my trip and I saw on my weather app that San Francisco was expecting an equally windy day. I didn’t think anything of…

Mind the Gap

One of the most popular topics that clients want to tackle is how to navigate difficult conversations in their organization. Whether it’s equipping managers to have more effective performance reviews with their teams, teaching employees how to bravely ask one another for feedback, or helping senior leaders elevate their impact in negotiations, difficult conversations are…

Unsocial Media

So, my dog’s Instagram account has more followers than my professional Instagram account. There, I said it. I didn’t find that fact terribly troubling until I saw how concerned my husband was. “You know Henry has more followers than you, right?” Yes, of course I know – I’m Henry’s CMO. I give myself kudos for finding 184…

Waiting for the other shoe to drop

I’ve been facilitating several women’s leadership programs this month and one of the themes that’s bubbled up is – what I’ll call – the shadow side of joy. The women I work with are at the top of their game, running incredible companies, leading organizations through industry-wide change, expanding families, giving back to their communities. They are brilliant…

Lessons from the Court

I can’t tell you how many leadership lessons I’ve learned playing Tennis. Since moving to SoCal, Tennis has creeped up to my Top 5 list of life priorities right now. You wouldn’t necessarily see that dedication if you watched my doubles game, but at least you’d see me having a good time chasing a yellow ball around. …

It’s Never too Late

I was teaching an Elevator Pitch class this week at a local career development center where I volunteer. I normally get a mixed bag of “clients” in the room – industry changers, mothers returning back to work, multiple interview rejection folks, recent grads not knowing which way is up. I would say it’s usually mid-career, people in…

SNEAK PEEK

A special edition note for you today. I’m thrilled to share my most recent labor of love – the official VALIA website. Ironically, my lifelong journey towards “more” – wanting to serve more people and make more impact and expand to more clients in more industries through more coaches on my team – has brought me right back to the essence of who I am: a teacher….

Listening without agenda and holding space by not running away is one of the greatest gifts a leader can give.