Why To Try New Things

Last weekend my friend called me and asked if I could help her out on a film set she was working on. The person in charge of the production design had canceled last minute so she needed someone to replace them. At first I thought about rejecting the offer and telling her I was busy.… Continue reading Why To Try New Things

Five Ways to Prototype Your Career

Our regular Friday movie night at our house will be disrupted next week as my daughters will be involved in a fifth grade fundraiser at school. Their school has an outdoor education program that gets rave reviews but is also a bit pricey, so one of the moms came up with a creative approach: run… Continue reading Five Ways to Prototype Your Career

How to Prototype Your Career

“Experience is the teacher of all things.” Julias Ceasar was definitely on to something with this famous phrase. There’s no substitute for getting your hands dirty — the best way to learn something is to try it for yourself. Sure, you can read everything on the internet, ask for advice from friends, or even consult… Continue reading How to Prototype Your Career

Striking the Perfect Pitch

Friday night at our house is movie night. Which you might think would mean we’re up to date on the latest. You’d be wrong. Our 10 year olds far prefer seeing movies they’ve seen many times before… and so the family polling this past Friday resulted in a victory for Pitch Perfect 2 (often it’s… Continue reading Striking the Perfect Pitch

Want to get 50% less out of your summer job? Skip this step

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I hosted a barbecue last week for a group I’m a part of. I was lucky to have lots of help from my family, my husband on the grill and the girls walking around offering appetizers and filling drinks. My daughters enjoy all the accolades and get to hear some of the adult conversation –… Continue reading Want to get 50% less out of your summer job? Skip this step

Harnessing design thinking so students can design meaningful journeys

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Design thinking has been a hot topic over the last few years and applied well outside of the design world. Businesses that are household names have incorporated the principles. What’s the basic idea behind design thinking? According to the Design Foundation, “designers’ work processes can help us systematically extract, teach, learn and apply these human-centered… Continue reading Harnessing design thinking so students can design meaningful journeys

The Power of the Lousy Internship

I was heading out to meet a friend for coffee last Wednesday and spied on the counter my daughter’s lunch bag.  Since she’d left 20 minutes ago, I gave it some careful thought. I could easily walk the 2 blocks to school and drop it off for her…it would get me some fresh air and… Continue reading The Power of the Lousy Internship

Making Meaning From Internship and Summer Job Lessons

A few weeks ago we had the softball season-ending barbecue for one of my daughter’s teams. She and her sister had entered the next division this year – where the players had considerably more skill than they did last year. Case in point, one of the opposing team’s star pitchers was clocked at 44 MPH.… Continue reading Making Meaning From Internship and Summer Job Lessons

3 Things Interns Wish They’d Known Before Accepting Their Internship

Reading the news today that our local pool is officially open made me realize that summer is coming soon….and with it summer internships.  Before you (or the student in your life) agree to work for the company of your dreams – or turn down the one that’s not quite so popular – it’s worthwhile hearing… Continue reading 3 Things Interns Wish They’d Known Before Accepting Their Internship