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Prepping for Your First Performance Review? Here’s How to Stand Out.

November 9, 2016

No matter how much you prepare, your first performance review will bring some level of anxiety. Instead of planning for only the things you know, anticipate your boss’ questions by adhering to our list.

6 Ways Extroverted Introverts Can Make Lasting Change

November 2, 2016

If you’re an extroverted introvert looking to have your voice heard and make a difference in your community, try these six tips.

Give Constructive Feedback Without Sounding Like a Jerk

October 26, 2016

It can be intimidating to give constructive feedback in the workplace. Here’s how you should provide feedback in order to clarify expectations.

Adelaide Lancaster on Entrepreneurship and Launching We Stories

October 19, 2016

Read on for Adelaide’s thoughts on launching We Stories, talking to children about race, and plugging in a new community.

10 Lessons You Should Learn (and Accept) at Your First Job

October 12, 2016

For recent grads on the hunt for their first jobs or those who are just starting, here are 10 key takeaways to help you avoid the pitfalls of being the new kid on the block.

5 Strategies to Change the Way You Use Money

October 5, 2016

When it comes to developing boundaries around money, it can be hard to break already built-in habits and patterns. But you don’t have to let past patterns determine your future if you use these five strategies to tackle bad money habits.

Power Posing: Fake It Until You Become It

September 28, 2016

Need to boost your confidence in the workplace quickly? Try power posing.

Annie Marggraff on Starting a Sustainable Community Service Project

September 19, 2016

Interested in starting your own nonprofit or a sustainable community service initiative? Learn how the founder of Bear Cubs Running Team did it.

How to Revive (or Develop) 7 Connections This Month

September 7, 2016

Success requires the support of colleagues who understand your goals and mentors who want to help you. Here’s how to connect with the people who will make your success a reality.

Why You Need to Start Saying No

August 23, 2016

Whether the request is coming from a close friend, family member or boss, determining when to say no can be tricky.

It’s Not You, It’s Me: Lessons from my First Board Breakup

August 10, 2016

I expected board membership to be an important part of my professional and personal development, and it was. But it wasn’t for the reasons I was expecting.

The #1 Communication Skill Every Woman Needs

August 3, 2016

As young professional women, we’ve got to do better. We have to change our passive communication style if we want to grow and continue moving up in our career.

8 Questions You Should Ask to Find Your Purpose

July 27, 2016

It’s never too late to figure out your purpose.

Reflect on Your Leadership Qualities During the Summer Lull

July 19, 2016

Slow summer work days don’t have to feel wasteful; instead, use this time to reflect on your leadership qualities and determine your career goals.

Adrian Bracy on Putting a Personal Mission Statement into Action

July 12, 2016

What do you do when your career doesn’t seem to be the great fit you once thought it was? Adrian Bracy experienced that ill-fitting feeling and did something about it.

How to Make Connections in St. Louis (when you don’t know where to start)

June 28, 2016

If you’re unsure of how to answer the question, “Where did you go to high school?” then it’s likely you’re also in the throes of figuring out how to find a community in St. Louis.

The Reason You’re Not Meshing with Your Co-Workers

June 15, 2016

Do you know your type? Your personality type, that is.

3 Strategies for Navigating Gender Dynamics in the Workplace

June 8, 2016

How can you, as one woman, learn to navigate gender dynamics in the workplace? Start with what you can control: your actions.

How to Be a Great Nonprofit Board Member

June 2, 2016

Do you have what it takes to be a great nonprofit board member?

Stop Using This Word and Achieve Your Professional Goals

May 16, 2016

Do you use the f-word in your professional life? If so, you’re not alone.

Find the Best Skills-Based Volunteer Opportunity by Asking These Questions

May 9, 2016

Asking the right questions about potential skills-based volunteer opportunities will help you decide if a project you’re considering is a good fit for you.

Here’s What No One Tells You About Workplace Depression

May 4, 2016

An estimated 25 million Americans – nearly 13 percent of the population – live with major depression.

Why I Regret Not Taking My Dream Job

April 29, 2016

I regret not taking my dream job, and sometimes I still wonder how my life could’ve gone in a much different direction.

Who to Include on Your Personal Board of Directors

April 25, 2016

Need accountability and coaching for your career? Consider creating a personal board of directors.

Essential Tips for Being a Great Mentor

April 18, 2016

Here a few tips to becoming a positive, reputable mentor. Follow these, and your future mentees might even start to form a waiting line for your time!

Chris Reimer on Making a Mid-Life Career Switch

April 14, 2016

A former accountant turned social media expert, Chris Reimer has experienced a long and winding career journey.

8 Ways to Sound Confident in the Workplace

April 11, 2016

If you don’t sound sure of yourself, people will not recognize you as a confident leader.

Dan Parris on Finding Your Purpose

April 6, 2016

According to Dan Parris, when people live according to their purpose, our city is a better place.

How Weak Connections Can Make a Big Difference

April 4, 2016

Meeting people outside of your social circle who can connect you to the opportunities and knowledge that will help you achieve your professional goals starts with fostering weak connections.

Are You Ready to Serve on a Nonprofit Board? Here’s What You Need to Know.

April 1, 2016

Here are four points to consider before serving on a nonprofit board.

SiSi Beltrán on Giving Back While Staying Balanced

March 30, 2016

Are you trying to balance a successful career with a desire to participate in community service? Here’s how SiSi Beltrán does it.

The Five Principles of Developing a Personal Brand

March 28, 2016

If thinking about developing a personal brand makes you cringe, it’s time to rethink your view of self-promotion.

Rosie Stafford Smith on Cultivating a Nonprofit Career

March 23, 2016

Learn how Rosie Stafford Smith put her passion for helping people into action and built a meaningful career in the nonprofit industry.

Better Ways to Use Your Lunch Break

March 21, 2016

Are you feeling too busy to make the most of your lunch break? If so, here are some things you’re missing out on.

When it Comes to Networking, Here’s How to Decide Where to be

March 18, 2016

Do you face decision paralysis when it comes to attending networking events? The next time you receive a networking invitation, consider the following before you commit.

6 Smart Job Interview Questions You Should be Asking

March 14, 2016

Asking the right questions in a job interview will help confirm your qualifications for the position, show your interest in the company and give you the opportunity to find out more about its culture.

3 Myths of Serving on a Nonprofit Board

March 11, 2016

We’ve compiled a list of three common myths of serving on a nonprofit board to help equip you to be the most informed nonprofit board member.

How 9 St. Louis Women in Business Overcome Challenges

March 7, 2016

To learn how to navigate balancing work, life, and everything in between, we spoke to ten St. Louis women in business and asked them for advice on overcoming challenges.

5 Ways to Prepare for a Salary Negotiation

March 4, 2016

From recent college graduates to seasoned professionals switching industries, everyone has the power to negotiate his or her salary.

What to Consider Before Joining a Young Professionals Board

March 2, 2016

If you enjoy volunteering and giving back to your community, chances are you’ve considered joining a nonprofit’s young professionals board.

Want to Impact Your Community? Start by Building Social Capital.

February 26, 2016

Building social capital is about developing connections with others and using those connections to provide people with access to opportunities or resources.

How to Harness the Principles of Opportunity-Makers

February 24, 2016

Our city needs people dedicated to creating opportunities across different neighborhoods, industries and communities.

Adopt These 10 Habits to Create More Time in Your Day

February 22, 2016

Want more time in your day? Making micro-level changes to your lifestyle can add up to surprisingly impactful results.

The 5 Qualities I – and Most Millennials – Look for in a Company

February 19, 2016

There are currently more than 80 million millennials in the workforce. Here’s what your company needs to offer to successfully engage them.

3 Simple Steps to a Powerful Professional Brand

February 17, 2016

Learn the three simple steps you can take to craft a powerful professional brand and better present who you are to current or future employers.

Julie Lawson on Embracing Leadership at Every Level

February 10, 2016

As the vice president of programs at FOCUS St. Louis, Julie Lawson is putting her passion for leadership development into action by finding new ways to empower women in St. Louis.

4 Reasons Why You Need a Mentor

February 8, 2016

Many different paths lead to professional success. Here’s why you need a mentor to get you there faster.

Travis Sheridan on the St. Louis Startup Community

February 3, 2016

From effective leadership to career reinvention, learn how Travis Sheridan has used his strengths to meet the challenges of a new opportunity.

Advice on Motivating Others from St. Louis Women Leaders

January 29, 2016

The following women leaders in the St. Louis region understand the impact motivation has on workplace performance.

Nancy Schnoebelen on Building a Business

January 27, 2016

What does it take to leave the corporate world and launch your business? Find out in our interview with Nancy Schnoebelen.

5 Components of an Unforgettable Elevator Pitch

January 25, 2016

The goal of any good elevator pitch is to get the next conversation. Does your elevator pitch include the five components that will make you unforgettable?

Bonnie Barczykowski on Embracing New Opportunities

January 20, 2016

Female CEOs are rare to find, even at non-profit organizations with revenue over 10 million. Here’s how Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri CEO Bonnie Barczykowski is breaking that mold.

How to Intentionally Develop a Professional Network

January 15, 2016

Here’s how you can clean up the network you have and identify a strategic networking approach that will grow your career.

Aimee Muirnin Dunne on Building Meaningful Connections

January 13, 2016

Aimee Muirnin Dunne shares her tips on building confidence and finding a community in St. Louis.

5 Ways to Enrich Your Career in Your 20s

January 8, 2016

Follow these five tips to take ownership of your career development.

8 Unconventional Ways to Save Money

January 4, 2016

Finding extra money in your budget starts with thinking outside the box.

Want to Position Yourself for a Promotion? Here’s How.

January 2, 2016

What does it take to earn a promotion? Here’s how Orv Kimbrough recommends positioning oneself for a promotion.

Interested in Making a Career Change? Here’s How Veronica Coleman did it.

December 30, 2015

For anyone looking to change industries or career paths altogether, Veronica’s advice will help.

5 TED Talks That Will Influence Your Career

December 28, 2015

We’ve picked out five TED talks that will help you in your pursuit of professional goals.

8 Easy Ways to be a Good Neighbor

December 23, 2015

Get started fostering a safer, friendlier community.

Stop Being Unfaithful to Yourself

December 21, 2015

Struggling with negative self-talk? Here’s how to overcome self-doubt and embrace confidence.

5 Tips for Finding Fulfillment in Your 9-5

December 18, 2015

Use these five tips to build a more positive workplace.

3 Tactics for Transitioning from a Young Professionals Board to a Governing Board

December 16, 2015

Want to make the transition from a young professionals board to a governing board? Here’s how should you go about it.

8 Ways to Make the Most of Your Holiday Vacation

December 14, 2015

Want to enrich yourself in different ways during your time off? Here’s what you can do.

How Do You Build Your Network?

December 11, 2015

As a young professional, you’ve heard about the importance of building your network. But how do you actually do it?

Use Inclusive Leadership to Build a Better Workplace

December 9, 2015

Here’s how inclusive leadership will help you stay more aware of the needs of your employees.

5 Questions to Ask Before Joining a Young Professionals Board

December 7, 2015

Consider the following questions before committing to board service.

3 Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level

December 4, 2015

Want to be considered a high achiever? Learn the three steps you need to take in order to gain access to new opportunities.

Penny Pennington on Philanthropy, Confidence and Feeling Terrified

December 2, 2015

Penny Pennington shares why she invests in her community, what she’s learned from St. Louis’ inspiring women and why it’s good to feel terrified.

5 Ways to Showcase Your Smart Skills in an Interview

November 30, 2015

Your technical proficiency will get you the interview, but in today’s competitive work environment it’s not the only skill that matters in landing the job.

Make Your Best Career Move by Asking these Questions

November 27, 2015

To simplify the process of a job search, we’ve compiled a list of questions for you to ask yourself about a future employer.