Employee Engagement and Women

My friend, Don MacPherson, is awesome. Don is the founder and president of a company called Modern Survey — but who cares about his job? I count my blessings that our paths crossed back in 2011. He is a smart guy with a big heart who accepts my idiosyncrasies and encourages me to do better in life. I…

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Work Life Balance and Recognition

While I was out on vacation, I received word that my blog was recognized as one of The Best Work Life Balance Blogs of 2014. Of course. How perfect. It’s just link bait, but I was moved by what the article says about this site. “Ironically enough, Laurie’s blog may be the only work-life balance…

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On Robin Williams and Your Truth

It seems like the whole world is shocked and saddened by the loss of Robin Williams. Makes sense. Death in any form is awful and scary. When I heard about Robin Williams, it made me think about the veterans who take their lives. His death made me think of all the drug addicts, alcoholics and…

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Now Calling All Felons: Anthony Weiner is Hiring

I have family members who can’t find work because of arrest records and felony convictions. They haven’t served time in prison, but their lives feel like prison because they are locked into a cycle of low-wage jobs (and no savings) due to non-violent offenses in their past. Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner (aka Carlos…

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Marathon Training

I am marathon training. Again. I run with an astounding group of people who are wholly committed to fitness — whatever the hell that means — while being parents, spouses and good corporate citizens. I don’t know how they find the time. I am so impressed and inspired.

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You Use LinkedIn Like Shit

Nothing good happens when I’m on LinkedIn. If I am not randomly hassled for free career advice or spammed by your mom, I am objectified by strange men. You know what really bugs me, though? It’s when you do LinkedIn wrong like this guy. Okay, this is not the worst. But I am not interested in collaborating. The…

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Chiraq and Predictive Analytics

I went back to my hometown of Chicago for 24 hours, earlier this week. I didn’t bring a gun because I don’t need to bring a gun. You can find ’em in any dumpster or playground around the city. For the past few years, Chicago has been a mess. The cops have been using a software program that…

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My French Marathon: Summer 2014

Hello, bonjour, I am just back from France. My husband had a business trip. I asked to tag along. “I’ll be busy with work,” he said. “You’ll be alone for a few days. I can’t stay out late or drink too much during the week.” I’m like, “A decent night’s sleep and free time to wander…

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