You’ve decided to speak. Now what?

We’ve been writing for a while about how speaking up and getting heard is an important step in advancing your career. Have we convinced you? If so, what should you do next? The act of speaking itself can invoke a ton of involuntary fears. I have an active imagination...

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What The Heck is Sexism Anyway?

“Public and private organizations all over the world have studied the mechanics of sexism within science and have concluded that they are complex and multifactorial. In my own small experience, sexism has been something very simple: the cumulative weight of constantly...

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Repetition Helps Presentation Design

The Principals of Design may seem esoteric or abstract to us non-designers, but the principal of repetition is undeniable and powerful in Lucia’s photograph. Susan says: This is an arresting photo for many reasons. The monochrome color scheme with  weathered red...

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Foto Friday – Technique and Nature Come Together

A combination of technique and nature came together to create a ‘zoom burst’ like effect. There’s a photography technique called ‘zoom burst’ or ‘zoom blur’ that creates a cool effect of blurry edges around a pinpoint focus. Sometimes it’s an abstract and other times...

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The Captivating Power of Story

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you see this provocative photo. I’d wager you want to know: WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING AT! WHAT DO THEY SEE? I WANNA KNOW. Susan says: What power is captured in this photo of a tree and a bunch of crouching guys taking...

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The Girls in the Band: All that Jazz

Hey, jazz lovers! Let’s sit back and enjoy some smooth trombone playing by Melba Liston. Or the sultry, hot sax of Vi Redd. Or let’s spend some time listening to Mary Lou Williams on piano or Tashiko Akiyoshi’s thundering big band. Maybe we could spend a minute with...

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It’s True: Women are Valuable to Team Success.

One of the primary indicators of team success is that team members are able to communicate well with each other. Without a discussion of diverse ideas, and an uncritical or non-judgmental brainstorming process, teams do less well. Women can contribute to that success...

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Design – Shapes Define Culture and Mood

Contrasting shapes in design can say so much about time, culture, mood. Susan says: Lucia has juxtaposed two very different shapes in a photo she took recently in Portland’s Chinese Garden. The walled garden is contained in a single city block in downtown Portland, an...

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