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26 10, 2014

The Art of Raising $-it’s Marketing!

By |October 26th, 2014|Celebrations, Education, Entertainment, Family, Food, Friendship, Health and Wellness, Inspiration, Marketing, Passion, Philanthropy|

I’ve been in the philanthropy circuit the last few months,  involved with wonderful organizations and people that do great work in the non-profit world.  Employees and volunteer teams work hard to support families, men, women, and girls. I have had the task of raising money, learning what it takes to get a commitment, and what motivates people to GIVE.

THE RED CROSS-  I had  the privilege of being invited to [...]

15 10, 2014

Fly Me To The Moon

By |October 15th, 2014|Ambition, Business, Celebrations, drive and ambition, Entertainment, Family, Global, Inspiration, Leadership, Loyalty, Opportunity, Passion, Travel|

Remember when Richard Branson started Virgin Airlines before he was crowned SIR?  I thought he was fabulous…I wanted to work for him.  Why?  He said that one of the key differences that made his company a special place to work was the fun and freedom of expression that rested from the absence of employee handbooks that read like some kind of a corporate penal code.  Recently I heard an [...]

14 09, 2014

In Search of the ‘Great Pumpkin’ of Wisdom

By |September 14th, 2014|Ambition, Business, Career Development, Education, Inspiration, Leadership, Opportunity, Women's Issues|

“The Great Pumpkin Will Come”, shouts Linus as he writes a letter every year to the Great Pumpkin to visit him in the pumpkin patch.  Charlie Brown is in disbelief and says it is a waste of time.  Peppermint Patty is convinced the Great Pumpkin is a fake.  And Snoopy is laughing. Love watching this TV special every October.  Will the Great Pumpkin come and bring Linus wisdom?  Should [...]

2 09, 2014

“Make Them Like You”

By |September 2nd, 2014|Ambition, Business, drive and ambition, Inspiration, Leadership, New Businesses, Opportunity, Passion, Retail Stores, Selling, Sports, Technology, Travel|

TIMING IS EVERYTHING.

September is the month of opportunity. IN RETAIL EVERYONE IS HIRING .  Internal candidates are being interviewed for promotions to build the foundation for the 4th quarter.  How to break through the clutter of interviews and be remembered?

“Make them love you”, has always been my mantra, whether the job is for you or not.  Make an impression. Make a connection. You want an offer!

J Crew’s CEO recently wrote an [...]

26 08, 2014

1 Yr of Retirement-What’s Next?

By |August 26th, 2014|Education, Family, Food, Health and Wellness, Inspiration, New Businesses, Passion, Retail Stores, Technology, Travel, Women's Issues|

This month marks one year since my official retirement from a 40+ year career in retail…so how did I do this first year?

I really dislike the word retirement!  We have to find another way to describe the next phase.  I had lots of goals, (on paper) and have achieved many of them.  ‘Slowing down’ was never a goal, as the pitch of my day and calendar is full.  I [...]

12 08, 2014

Jewels in the Rough-7 Days A Week

By |August 12th, 2014|Art, Business, Entertainment, Food, Inspiration, New Businesses, Passion, Retail Stores, Selling, Travel|

Main Street in Vinalhaven, Maine, is the center of town and the hub for all activity. It’s also known as Down Street.  It is 3 blocks long separated by alleys and water. There is a post office where everyone meets, one supermarket where everyone shops, and a few very creative merchants that are now my friends.

Many people on the island wear Alison Thibault’s hand made jewelry from her Five Elements [...]

21 07, 2014

A Tribute to a Mentor and Friend

By |July 21st, 2014|Business, Entertainment, Family, Food, Health and Wellness, Home Decor, Inspiration, Leadership, Loyalty, Passion, Women's Issues|

Barbara Turf, former CEO, past President, and Head Merchant for Crate and Barrel passed away after a short battle with cancer last week.  I felt it was important to write a tribute to her, as she was a Mentor, Leader, and Friend to me my entire Crate and Barrel career.  At the funeral last week, people she touched came from around the world to celebrate her amazing life of [...]

7 07, 2014

To Get an MBA or not-that is the question?

By |July 7th, 2014|Ambition, Business, Education, Inspiration, Leadership, Passion|

If the answer is yes, when?  If the answer is no, what then?

One of my regrets is that I did not apply to the Simmons MBA program 20 years ago when I was truly motivated.  I had attended the Simmons Leadership Conference yearly with members of my team, and was jazzed about all I was learning from the leaders I heard speak.  But I made excuses.  I had to [...]

27 06, 2014

Retail In Our Blood

By |June 27th, 2014|Ambition, Business, Entertainment, Health and Wellness, Inspiration, Passion, Retail Stores, Selling, Sports, Travel, Women's Issues|

The Five Most Powerful Women in Retail from Forbes 100 Most Powerful women are to be admired for their influence and impact on the industry:

Rosalind Brewer, CEO of Sam’s Club Walmart Stores-spearheading a collection of programs to increase customer experience and market share. Miucilia Prada, Owner and Fashion Designer Prada- brand image of elegant, crisp style Carol Meyrowitz, CEO TJX- in its 36 year history TJX has only had [...]