Massachusetts Conference for Women board member Karen Kaplan was recently named CEO of Hill Holliday, one of the top advertising agencies in the country. We caught up with Karen just after this exciting announcement to ask her a few questions about her career path and who inspired her along the way. Scroll down to listen to the full interview. (more…)
A lot of times, our work is … fine. Things are going well enough that we don’t look too deeply or ask too many questions of ourselves, and shamefully leave the tv channel set to The Real Housewives. (more…)
Innovation remains an important priority for enterprises small and large as well as a major driver of our economic prosperity, if not even more important than ever. As a result, individuals and leaders continuously seek to increase creative output and improve innovation results. Yet we find ourselves, especially as women, mired in the never-ending search for continuous improvement – those elusive productivity gains allowing us to maximize our time and how we allocate this precious resource. Efficiency and effectiveness are top of mind for many of us daily, and on some days may feel like hourly. (more…)
Join us May 22nd at 1:00pm EDT as host Samantha Ettus and featured guest Darlene Templeton team up for the Conference for Women’s new online radio show “Office Hours.” This month’s broadcast is designed to give you the tools you need to be your own office advocate. As a bestselling author and the host of Working Moms Lifestyle, Samantha has helped hundreds of women champion themselves in the workplace. (more…)
In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked our conference community
How was/is your mother a role model for your career?
Following are some of our favorite responses. Add yours in the comments!
She taught me “Never say can’t. Tell me you don’t want to. Tell me you don’t know how and I’ll show you. But never say ‘can’t’.”
My mom’s mantra was “make yourself indispensable” (i.e. do whatever’s needed, not just what you think you should be doing).
My mom always told us to do what makes us happy.
My mom had her own alteration business in 1948 before (and after) she got married. She taught me to be independent and not to settle – whip up a dress and a fabulous meal too J.
My mom was a stay-at-home mom but also sold Tupperware and Avon. She had such a beautiful light about her, and people were drawn to her smile. I realized having positive energy and a good smile goes a long way.
Funny you should ask. I am a communications trainer and I reference her years in the banking industry all the time. I learned so much from her about how to treat people, how to be a true professional, and how to be a working mom. I am indebted to her entire generation of women who blazed a path for me and the women of my generation. I hope to do the same for my girls.
My mom didn’t have a high school diploma; she worked in sewing factories, long, hard hours for low wages, also waitressing. She inspired me to get an education so that I could earn a better life. I am grateful.
She told me to invent a product, I did, and millions of sales later I have her to thank!
Growing up, my sister and I witnessed my mother (a single parent) struggle and work long hours as a waitress. After many years she had enough and decided to better herself and her family by going back to school for nursing. While going to school full-time and working (and being a single parent was an even harder struggle), she graduated and has been a nurse for well over 10 years now. I am extremely proud of her hard work and dedication. Her persistence has taught me to succeed in everything I do. I would not be where I am in my career today if it were not for my mother.
My mom modeled communication, she took us to campaign, community, church…taught us to prioritize a balanced life…our God, our family, our community.
My mother started “take your daughter to work day” with two other women. She has paved the way for so many women scientists and inspired me to be a business owner. She’s my hero.
My mother owned a public relations company in the ’60s. She was very successful and always told me I had to find a career that I loved so that I would never have to depend on anyone else.
My Mom stayed focused on my Dad until his passing in 2006 with something good to eat and a cup of tea every morning and evening. When I felt I was failing she would encourage me to “Focus” and I would go back to the subject and would be successful. I feel very proud to have had her support until she passed nearly one year ago.