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March 24, 2018

When my son Ryan was seven and my daughter Lily was five, we implemented a household “pay for performance” program in lieu of an allowance. We charted simple, but meaningful chores that gave them an opportunity to contribute AND earn spending money - their first taste...

January 26, 2018

Raised by a Catholic father and Buddhist mother, I’m a hybrid of opposites: a candid, hustling, ambitious New Yorker; and a yoga loving, meditating, spiritual Angeleno. 

I subscribe to the ‘Law of Attraction’, made popular by the book and movie The Secret, but said...

January 13, 2018

In my senior year of college, while others were making plans for backpacking trips to Europe or figuring out their summer hang out plans before grad school, I decided it was time to launch my career.  It was 1993, we were just coming out of a recession, and many of my...

December 15, 2017

My most vivid memory of Christmas Day 2008:  Sitting on my living room floor next to the Christmas tree with my then five year old son.

We were both in tears because I had purchased a Spongebob Lego kit in a box clearly marked for 7-12 year olds, which I somehow missed...

December 5, 2017

One of the most powerful women within my network is a petite and soft spoken colleague with the class of a geisha and the entrepreneurial agility of a ninja. 

When most in her bracket are revving towards retirement, she's perched in her eagle’s nest of success; bot...

November 20, 2017

Rocky Balboa was inspired by the true story of my mother growing up in rural Taiwan in the 1950s. 

Well, I’d like to think so at least...

My mom lost her father at three, and grinded through hunger and poverty for most of her formative years. 

She didn’t know a dress...

November 6, 2017

Integrity, kindness, dignity, and confidence may not fit in my bag, but unlike the power red lipstick or mints that mysteriously go AWOL in to my tote's bottomless pockets-these ride or die items are always within reach. 

Almost a decade ago, I presented my co...

October 15, 2017

When my son Ryan was six weeks old, I left him with a caregiver and cried hysterically all the way to the airport for a business trip, work bag and breast pump in tow.

I was the primary breadwinner for my family, and we were feeling the additional expenses of a new hous...

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