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Interview with Jane – Advice for Women Working in Male Dominated Environments

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Tuesday, November 4, 2014

I asked Jane whether she had any advice for women who are working in male dominated environments.   Jane says: “I would say work your hardest and make sure you’re doing your homework coming into meetings.  I’ve not run into it too often where there’s a male bias where they think that you’re not qualified or anything like that.  I would say work your hardest and if you decide to have children, or even if you’re not having children, keep your professional and personal lives separate.  A lot of times when people bring all their personal stuff into work it causes doubts in managers and they start second-guessing and wondering whether or not they’re going to be reliable.  Something I’ve always done ...

Interview with Jane – Role Models, Mentors and Sponsors. Men and Women in the Workplace

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I asked Jane whether she had a role model who inspired her to be ambitious and aspire to succeed in her career and her life.   Jane says: “Well as far as setting goals and benchmarks and that sort of thing, I would say that it’s more innate for me. I didn’t really know anybody who did it that way.  I’m sure there are people, I just didn’t know them. My role model as far as my work ethic and tenacity would have been my mother.  My mother, despite not having an education…actually probably because she didn’t have an education…she just had to work so hard for the family and so I saw her as such a role model, somebody who had ...

Interview with Jane – Educational Background and Career History, Success and Ambition

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Thursday, October 23, 2014

Today's post is the first of five excerpts from my interview with "Jane" a successful women with a very unique position in the US government.  I was happy she agreed to be interviewed and granted me permission to "tell her story!!" I hope you enjoy reading it and as usual your comments are most welcome!! I asked Jane to tell me about her educational background and career history.   Jane says: “Okay, I’m going to go with full disclosure of my background because it might be helpful to younger girls.  I’ll go a little deeper than I usually would.  Normally, I start with college but I think it’s important to let younger ladies know that regardless of your background, if you work really ...

Taking Chances!!

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bev Morris is the proprietor of Churchill's Fine Gourmet Gifts and so much more!!   I am a member of her book club and so received the note she sent out to her BBC (best book club) friends. I asked for her permission to share it with you and she agreed.   "Happy New Year to my BBC (best book club) friends!   Really looking forward to spring and book discussions. I just turned 65 (yay! senior's discount) and have been reflecting a lot on the last 10 years. I'm sending my thoughts on "taking chances" in the attachment. I have been profoundly surprised at myself. I wish you, all the best, in taking chances whatever they may be."   I have admired Bev Morris ...