Interview with Gretchen McClain: rocket scientist, CEO, and role model

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Gretchen McClain SLC Salt Lake City UtahKeep in touch with people. Step up to challenging opportunities. Leadership is about teamwork. These are just a few of the takeaways from my conversation with an amazing woman, Gretchen McClain. Currently a Director of three publicly-traded companies, (Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation, AMETEK, Inc., and Con-way Inc.), Gretchen has been a VP at Honeywell, Senior VP at ITT, and the CEO of Xylem. Oh, and did I mention that she basically built the International Space Station for NASA? Yeah. Basically.  (This is where you ask “How did you get to have lunch with this woman???” and I say, “I don’t know! I got super lucky!!!”) Continue reading →

How to make a bad day better

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lunchtime professional interview attire Sometimes, like a tidal wave of deadlines and due dates, you can see a bad day coming. Sometimes, one bad “surprise” can ruin the entire day. While bad days (or months…) may happen, we are not completely at the mercy of fate. If, like me, you’ve dealt with anxiety and depression, you know that having a strategy for coping with the unexpected downturns in life can make the world of
difference. So! Here are three options I use regularly to mitigate the bad days, or at least help the bad days to end a little better.  Continue reading →

The Secret to Dressing Yourself Like a Model

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IMG_4069We’ve all seen outfits displayed on models or mannequins and thought “Wow, she looks so put together!” I’m about to teach you the one secret to putting an outfit together that will forever change how you look at your closet, so people will say the same thing about you. Are you ready? It’s just three words: Continue reading →

Dinner with the United Nations

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A tweed suit came in handy for this unexpected opportunity. (Also, check out this tweed suit post) I never thought I’d be at an invitation-only dinner and workshop hosted by the United Nations Foundation, but a friend of mine had a scheduling conflict and asked if I would step in for him. Sure! What could possibly go wrong? (Famous last words, right?)

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Do’s and don’ts of lunch interviews.

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what to wear with a gray suitLunch is not as care-free and casual when you are interviewing. Eating lunch with a candidate tells me more about the person than anything on the resume. Having sat through hundreds of lunches as the candidate, and now sitting on the other side of the table as the interviewer, there are some definite do’s and don’ts you need to be aware of– Continue reading →

Summer Series: Cocktail Dress

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cocktail dress for the summer

If your grandma dressed like Jackie Kennedy, I hope you are taking advantage of her closet!  Some looks just don’t go out of style. This dress, with its vintage collar and flattering black lines, is perfect for a company dinner, wine and cheese reception, or cocktails on the patio in the summertime. Perfect, that is, so long as you are extra cautious around red wine, red pasta sauce, and BBQ ribs. (Beware of the red sauce!!!)  Continue reading →

How to fold a shirt

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How to fold a shirt

 

A long-sleeved button-up collared shirt belongs on a hanger, not in a drawer; but what about when you have to fold it up for packing in a suitcase? (Or upon any other occasion when such a shirt is to be folded.) How exactly do the store clerks fold shirts so nicely? Well, I had a clerk teach me, and now I’m teaching you. Video would be cool, but if you’re like me and need to look at the image and compare and redo a few times, a video would go way too fast. So, in step-by-step pictured layout, I present “How to fold a shirt”:

 

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