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12 08, 2015

One Store Opens/Another Closes

By |August 12th, 2015|Building a Store, Business, Celebrations, Friendship, Leadership, Personal Development, Selling|

We opened our store Olive Connection one week ago and it has been fantastic! Our friends rallied to support us, as did the neighborhood. It is sleepy August in Brookline, many people are away, so those that came in were local and curious. Most people bought something! Web site launched. www.oliveconnection  Check it out.  There is a lot of bedtime reading here.  Hope you find it interesting.

Award Winning Olive Oil [...]

15 06, 2015

Flag Day and Land of Opportunity

By |June 15th, 2015|Ambition, Career Development, Celebrations, drive and ambition, Education, Family, Friendship, Inspiration, Leadership, New Directions, Opportunity, Passion, Personal Development, Politics, Uncategorized, Women's Issues|

Yesterday was Flag Day June 14th…and it is marked in my neighborhood with flags on every lamp post, a parade, and color guard celebration on the high school lawn.

The day commemorates the American flag, Old Glory, standing tall and flying free over American soil for 228 years is the symbol of: Freedom, Democracy, National Pride, and History. Many have lost their lives defending it.

Flag Day also marks for me [...]

3 02, 2015

Can’t Stop Eat’in Them

By |February 3rd, 2015|Ambition, Business, Celebrations, Food, Friendship, Girl Scouts, Leadership, Marketing, New Businesses, Products, Selling, Sports, Technology|

Last night I had 5,  the night before I had 5, the night before that I had 5.

Can’t Stop Eat’in Them Thin Mints 

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest, most successful girl-led business in the world and its power to teach girls business and financial skills that will serve them throughout their lives is unrivaled.  Every year nearly 1.5 million Girl Scouts sell about 200 million boxes of [...]

10 11, 2014

READY-SET-GO

By |November 10th, 2014|Ambition, Business, Career Development, drive and ambition, Global, Inspiration, Leadership, Loyalty, New Businesses, Opportunity, Passion, Philanthropy, Technology, The Boston Club, Women's Issues|

WOMEN ARE READY TO GO… ready to have an impact, be fully engaged, to make a difference and be a Director on a Board.

The 12th Annual Census of Women Directors and Executive Officers of Massachusetts Public Companies was released this week.  The 100 largest public companies in Massachusetts set new records of the percentage of women in their boardrooms and executive suites, continuing a three year pattern of progress.  The [...]

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 [...]

21 08, 2014

Do You Remember Camp?

By |August 21st, 2014|Art, Education, Entertainment, Family, Food, Health and Wellness, Leadership, Passion, Sports, Travel, Women's Issues|

Did you go to Girl Scout Camp?  I remember feeling excitement and fear, loneliness being away from home, and liked the new friends I made adjusting to the experience. I loved my counselors and can still remember their names. I remember the smell of the tents and the mosquitoes. It was the north woods of Wisconsin, the land of the vicious bugs! Jumping into the cold lake water with [...]

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 [...]