Stephanie BarnhillGuest Blog by Stephanie Barnhill, Operations Consultant at mConnexions

“Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort.” –Mr. Rogers

The new year has just arrived. And as we begin to peer into what 2020 will bring us, we may also be considering what changes we want to make in our lives. Goals for fitness, vacation plans, career shifts, and all those pesky little resolutions we are so excited about in January but that quickly fade away in February.
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Have you ever met someone who was absolutely fearless?

Do you know that one woman who was 100% herself, 100% of the time?

Do you have that one person who is the definition of tenacious?

She’s digging in, she’s getting things done. And maybe you’ve seen her and you’ve always wanted to be her.

Good news, you already are her. You just need to believe it and cultivate it. Today on the Think Tank of Three, we have a special guest, Dr. Terri Hackett, to talk to us about how to show up as authentic, fearless, and relentless in our professional and our personal lives.
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I was just helping a few people rewrite and beef up their LinkedIn pages this week… and thought… maybe yours may need a little reworking. When was the last time you updated your profile? Or posted an article to attract more eyeballs? Added a link to recent work of yours?

With so much information out there… we’re on overload.

Newsfeeds. Overposting. White noise. Buzz words. It can be difficult to stand out. As you grow your personal brand and market yourself, one key part (and often a forgotten step) is developing a bio that reflects your worth.


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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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What if women only needed to master the art of persuasion to be able to compete equally with men professionally?

Radical idea, I know. I’m not suggesting that this is the case but I love this as a thought experiment.

I wonder how much farther we could go if we embraced this idea of persuasion and set it as a top skill to hone.

If more women were able to wield this tool in the professional setting, how much farther could we go?  
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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.


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The beginning of the year, in fact, the entire first quarter is my favorite time of year. We’re making plans, building out vision and focusing on how we’ll execute on the strategy.

I find this time of year to be invigorating but also overwhelming. The beginning months of the fiscal year means the possibilities are endless. The sky is the limit and I’m always tempted to try and make it bigger this year than last year.

And by February, I’m swimming in the busyness of all of that. Why?

Because no matter what, if you’re not hyper focused on a couple of big initiatives, you’ll get swept away by all the other busy work.
Despite “shiny distraction” syndrome, I know that the best plan is to focus at the beginning of the year. I have a couple of tips to reign myself back in.

In your career, are you at the decision making table?

Do you know how to GET that seat at the table?

Research tells us that when women are politically and socially engaged, societies are more peaceful and prosperous.

So how do we get there? Today on the Think Tank of Three we have a special guest, Kela Hall, to help us claim our seats at the decision making table.


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