Close the Wage Gap

Want to know how to close the wage gap in pay? Here are three ways. Close it. It’s nice when people talk about the complexities and nuances of the labor market and then fold in a discussion on intrinsic motivation and capitalism. Those people are avoiding an honest conversation about accountability. If you want to…

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Social Media, HR and CIA Drug Trafficking

There’s a conspiracy theory out there that the CIA has been involved in drug trafficking since the 1960s. Starting with America’s involvement in Southeast Asia (remember that old war?) through our current conflict in Afghanistan, people on the internet believe that the CIA moved drugs across the globe to impact political outcomes while simultaneously working to distribute crack…

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Running a Business in NC: My Take on HB2

I live in North Carolina. It’s a beautiful part of the country with mountains, beaches, and rolling meadows of wildflowers in between. My city, Raleigh, is one of the fastest growing towns (and tech towns) in America. We are a hub of innovation, and unlike every other city that makes the same claims, it’s true.…

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Make Your CHRO Panel Better

I’m the queen of helping vendors put on better conferences, but nobody asks me to touch the obligatory CHRO panel. That’s too bad. A CHRO panel looks the same at nearly every event. The interviewer always asks Chief HR Officers about policy and culture with an eye towards a “holistic bigger picture” that is never…

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Marathon Monday: Workout Gear

A few years ago, I wrote about a woman at my gym who was working out in pantyhose. What kind of workout gear is that? You have to be entangled in a weird web of shame to put yourself through that nonsense. Lots of people gave me feedback and said, hey, it’s none of your…

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Van Gogh

Van Gogh

I have great clients who know that I’m a nerd. I went to visit one of them in March, and they structured our meetings so I could leave in the afternoon and see an exhibit called Van Gogh’s Bedrooms. It’s an art show based on three paintings of the same bedroom, created by Van Gogh…

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Florida and The Future WorkHuman 2017

Hello, everybody. I’m back from a few days in Florida. I was at a conference called WorkHuman, which is all about work-life balance and purpose. My husband is like, “Whoa, did you get some sun?” I’m like, “Uh, what? No. I was inside the whole time doing important things for my client.” Meanwhile, poolside, I…

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Travel and Art

Hey, everybody. I’ll be at WorkHuman, next week. (It’s a conference about work-life balance. Want to go? I know a woman. She has a sweet deal. Just let me know and we’ll find a way to get you there that won’t kill your travel budget.) I’m excited about WorkHuman, but I also know that I…

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