There are a lot of smiles in those headline photos. Smiles to cover up the pain, smiles to show our hope. We have all been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. It’s the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only leading cause of death in the list of top ten that does not have a treatment, prevention, or cure. In two weeks, we will have a special guest on our podcast from the Alzheimer’s Association to talk about the risks for women and what’s being done to fight the disease. This week, I’m sharing a snippet of my story. Millions of Americans have stories just like mine, so I share it to offer comfort, resources, and hope.

I will never forget the day that my grandmother gave me a blank look, no longer able to recognize me.

I had flown home for Christmas, nearly 700 miles from Minneapolis to Detroit, and that day I felt every single painful mile that we had spent apart.

My grandmother walked through the door with a big smile on her face. She hugged everyone in my family, still smiling, and then she stopped and looked at me. That blank look. A wave of confusion. A look, almost, of fear. I will never forget the dagger through my heart. She could only manage to say a few words at this stage in her battle, but the look said it all.

Alzheimer’s had ravaged her brain. She no longer knew who I was.


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Are you making enough money?

Are you leaving dollars on the table?

Have you ever struggled to ask for a pay raise? I mean really, when was the last time you negotiated for an increase in your compensation?

Pay gap, sexism, and just not asking – all of these contribute to women not making as much money as men in the workplace.

So what can women do to help themselves to a bigger piece of the compensation pie?
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Dayna's headshotGuest Blog by Dayna Schmidt-Johnson, Worth Advisor, Visibility Strategist & Digital Content Marketer.

Getting a job offer is a great feeling. You’ve spent a lot of time getting to this point: countless applications, a few interviews, and probably more than one disappointment along the way.

Ideally, you are getting exactly what you hoped for. But more often than not, there’s money or other benefits you are leaving on the table.

Here are six reasons you didn’t negotiate your last job offer – and how to make sure you don’t make that mistake again.
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Guest Blog by Allison Spooner, mConnexions Writer

So, I’ve got this theory. I’m gonna call it, Three To Thrive and the idea is that there are three things about you, three core things, that you need to take care of and nourish and keep in alignment, in order to truly thrive.

Not just get by, but thrive.

Not just be happy but feel fulfilled and, in a way, complete.


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You’ve been invited to interview for a job that will elevate your career. You have the credentials and know you can make a difference at the company. Now, you just have to prepare. There’s a lot of advice out there on how to best approach this important meeting, and it’s overwhelming.

Or is this you?

You’ve been interviewing and interviewing… but no call-backs. You have the experience and knowledge — but something is stopping you from landing your dream job.

Or is it this?

You have the years of experience, you’re ridiculously brilliant, everyone says you should be in “his job”… but you just can’t interview. You won’t apply. You won’t leave and go for the opening that would have you managing a larger team at your competitor. You’re stuck. You’re afraid. You’re afraid of the interview, putting yourself out there… the possible rejection.
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Hello friends! This week your fearless Think Tankers are enjoying some time away from the blog and podcast. However, we didn’t want to leave you high and dry so we thought we’d share a couple of our top posts.

These are the posts you’ve loved the most over time all together in one spot. You can reconnect to the content that you’ve said was most meaningful.
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Do you think you belong in your role?

Do you feel qualified and empowered to move up the ladder?

Are you ever your biggest critic? Or your own biggest roadblock?

Imposter syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts his or her accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud.”

Are you suffering from it? Well good news, because there is a banishing spell for imposter syndrome coming right up. 
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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.


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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.


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