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The Alexa Problem career confidence inspiration job search skills susan rietano davey May 06, 2021

Alexa doesn’t live at our house. When we installed our Sonos sound system, we purposefully decided we could handle the ‘inconvenience’ of having to select a playlist on...

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Black Lives Matter; Black People Belong. inspiration susan rietano davey Dec 31, 2020

One summer evening in 1973, my parents drove my siblings and me, piled in the way-back of our Bonneville wagon, past a crumbling public housing project downtown. “The only difference between...

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Creating A Rhythm for our COVID-19 Days inspiration susan rietano davey work + life balance Apr 09, 2020

After a year of hearing a continuous loop of “you’ll never look back” and “you’ll love it”, I still have a hard time recognizing the...

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Maternity Leave: Then and Now career susan rietano davey work + life balance Oct 17, 2019

Do you know those women who plan out their lives and everything goes pretty much according to schedule? Well, I’m not one of them. If you read my blog, you know that I call myself an...

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You Are A Special Person confidence inspiration susan rietano davey Jun 06, 2019

At Roaring Brook Elementary School, in my little suburban Connecticut town, a major rite of passage for second graders is Special Persons Day. Each student chooses one special person in their life,...

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Stop Talking Small! career inspiration susan rietano davey May 02, 2019

About 18 years ago, two of the major insurers in our part of Connecticut instituted massive layoffs. Many highly-skilled, accomplished mid-level professionals were soon out on the street looking...

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Recovering from Mom Guilt career confidence susan rietano davey Apr 25, 2019

I met my friend Anne Marie through her daughter, Nicole, a classmate of my son Jackson’s at Roaring Brook Elementary School. One day I ran into Anne Marie in the school parking lot minutes...

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What It Takes To Succeed As An Entrepreneur career inspiration susan rietano davey Apr 17, 2019

Kelley and I are serial entrepreneurs. Prepare to Launch U is not the first business start-up rodeo for either of us. Creating something and being our own bosses is just what...

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The Financial Case for Going Back to Work career susan rietano davey Apr 11, 2019

When I left Xerox Corporation to stay home with my firstborn Tucker, back in 1994, I was surprised about what I missed most about my work life. It wasn’t the familiar connection with clients...

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5 Steps to Communicate a Difficult Decision confidence inspiration kelley biskupiak Apr 04, 2019

“Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing for you…are the same”

There is such truth in this quote. Especially when it comes to making decisions that could change an aspect...

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The Importance of “Fluff” inspiration susan rietano davey Mar 27, 2019

Kelley and I met in the summer of 2016 at a women’s conference where we were both keynote speakers. Up first, I shared colorful stories of career-returners meant to entertain and, most...

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Getting Along With A Little Help From New Friends confidence inspiration kimberly howard Mar 20, 2019

For years I bragged that whenever I chose to, I could jump back into the workforce. Who wouldn’t want an experienced marketing communications exec? I knew enough about social media and SEO to...

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