Can we have an honest conversation about stress and self-care?

I’m hearing the online buzz more frequently about self-care as stress management. It seems like ‎every day there’s a new article or post targeted at women with tips on how to better balance it ‎all. ‎

Get a mani/pedi!

Make time for brunch and make sure you hashtag it on instagram!

Get your Orangetheory workout in with before and after selfies!

And it’s so enticing. Who wouldn’t want 10 tips on how to do it all, look amazing and feel ‎refreshed!

But is it real? Is it helping? Is it all bull? Is it just another thing that women are expected to do perfectly? Is self-care another chore to check off?  Continue Reading Stress Management Versus Self-Care: Let’s Not Lump Them Together

Think it’s too late to change your career? It may not be.

On this episode of Think Tank of Three, we’re talking to a former nurse who spent decades in hospitals, but changed gears completely to follow her passion: wine. She now has a very successful company and charity with her husband, and we’re finding out how she did it.

In this podcast, you’ll also learn:

  • How to get the best value on a bottle or a glass of wine in a restaurant.
  • Which glass should you buy to save money.
  • Which glass of wine has the highest markup and which one to choose instead to save money.
  • How you can order a bottle of wine in a restaurant at the best price — without looking cheap.
  • A little insight on what it’s like owning a business with your husband.

Continue Reading Think Tank of Three Podcast: How to Get the Best Prices on Wine & Starting a Business in Your 40s – Episode #18

Guest Blog by Katie Frankhart, mConnexions WriterKatie Frankhart | mConnexions Writer

Throughout my career, I’ve been privileged to have mentorship from brilliant female leaders who show me what I am capable of, and who give me the power to explore and understand myself as a woman and a professional. Working alongside strong women has taught me a lot about the relationship dynamics it takes to be empowered and successful, both in and outside of the workplace.

I’ve had great experiences working with women, and I’ve had experiences so difficult that I started to become jaded about the overall idea of working with a female team. But, I will tell you this: every single experience was dependent on the female leadership, and the overall approach to building a strong team dynamic.

Continue Reading 4 Keys to Success in Work & Life

In the blink of an eye, we’ve entered the second quarter of the year.  How’s that marketing plan going? Are you bringing in new sales? Are your Facebook posts getting enough engagement? Are your ads generating quality leads? Are you struggling to know where to start?

Don’t let the start of Q2 add to the pressure! This is a great time of year to look at the goals you set for 2019, evaluate your progress, and determine how to make the biggest impact for your business in the coming months. Continue Reading Video Series: Top Trends Right Now in Marketing

You work, and work, and work some more. Sometimes you get enough sleep, water, and time for yourself to decompress, but are you getting enough? What happens to our bodies when we forget about the number one person in our life: ourselves?
Today’s podcast features Beth Heller, with a personal story that could change your life.

Continue Reading Think Tank of Three Podcast: Work, Stress, and Fertility with Beth Heller – Episode #17

The internet is overloaded with information, and the growing number of social platforms only means information will keep coming—at an even faster rate than it already is.

How do you make sure your messaging doesn’t get lost in the storm of internet information and algorithms? You already have a strong social presence, you are consistent with email marketing and blogging, and you focus on creating strong and quality content.

So, what could you be missing from your marketing strategy?

Continue Reading The Power of Video: Your Brand, Marketing and Bottom Line

For more than 30 years, women have earned more college degrees than men. Yes, you heard that right!

But yet, women remain underrepresented at every level in corporate America.

Companies are feeling the pressure to change, some publicly committing to gender diversity. Is it enough, or is enough enough?

On this episode of Think Tank of Three, a special guest joins the trio, talking about women, equality, and what she’s doing to make a difference.

Continue Reading Think Tank of Three Podcast: Gender Diversity in the Workplace with Vicki Hamilton-Allen – Episode #16

Giving feedback can be hard and it can be scary. It can be especially awkward when giving peer to peer feedback.

As leaders, we might be comfortable with talking to direct supports but offering feedback to peers can be uncomfortable.

Do you ever find yourself questioning whether it’s your job to give feedback?

Should it come from you?

Should it come from your boss?

Will it be well received coming from you?

Or will it hurt the relationship?

Giving feedback is a critical skill in the professional setting and one that when used effectively can help build trust and effectiveness with your peers. But how?

How do we offer necessary feedback when we’re not the boss?

Continue Reading Giving Feedback Even When Uncomfortable

“Don’t #$% this up. It’s the rest of your life.”

That’s the advice and strategy I received before I headed into a local community college in the northwest suburbs of Chicago to take my ACT.

Continue Reading How to get into college or land an internship without an expensive admissions scheme