A Pledge of Resilience

Lately, the word “resilient” keeps popping up in conversation and in my social media feeds. Apparently, it is a hot topic across generations and across industries. I hear it from concerned parents asking how they can help their kids be more resilient. I hear it from young women who feel like they are crushed by adversity, and wanting guidance. I

Go Bananas! Let your coworkers know you care. 

I was walking through Target on Saturday, February 15th. It had been a few weeks since I’d visited this happy place—the place that greets you with the scent of Starbucks as you walk in and bright, colorful displays teasing you immediately to the dollar section. Smiling employees, wearing their red and khaki, offering to assist you and the lure of

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Brooke Peterson

Ever meet someone who just drew you in? Someone with genuinely positive energy? A few weeks ago, I met someone like that at a creative retreat in Wisconsin. She was quiet, at first. Thoughtful and respectful. But willing to open up and ask questions. I could tell almost immediately that she was smart. Like really smart. And compassionate, too. As

Rethinking Resolutions — My POWER WORDS for 2020

1. I’m going to only eat green leafy things and give up wine, cheese and chocolate so I can lose 25 pounds by February.  2. I will write 3 poignant and creative blog posts a week. 3. I will achieve work-life balance in 2020. I used to make New Year’s resolutions like the ones above. And I often gave up on

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Ruth Lopez

Today, you get to meet Ruth Lopez. She’s the Director of Transportation Management for Ryder System, Inc. and a real-life Wonder Woman. One of Ruth’s superpowers is humility. She works hard and does great things, but isn’t one to toot her own horn, which is why I am overjoyed to tell you that she’s had a big year. She earned the

Risk vs. Reward: Would you ride a mechanical bull? 

I was speaking at a conference in Dallas and arrived early enough to attend a conference mixer, the first night’s networking party. Imagine walking into a huge conference center ballroom, brightly decorated with a State Fair theme, and a thousand people in attendance. Bright lights, vendor booths, corn dogs and cocktails. And tucked between the popcorn stand and one of

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Ellen Voie

As President and CEO of the Women In Trucking Association, today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman mentors and supports real women every day! She founded Women in Trucking in 2007 to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, to remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate the successes of its members. And 12 years later, she’s still going strong. Women

#RealLifeWonderWoman — Meet Joyce Sauer Brenny

Driven To Serve! That’s the Purpose Statement of Brenny Transportation, Inc. And that’s how today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman rolls. Meet Joyce Sauer Brenny–CEO and Founder of Brenny Transportation. KR: Would you tell us about what brings you joy and fulfillment?   JSB: I find life and energy comes from giving back. Considering my background, I feel so blessed to have the health and

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Ann Torry

Brave. Smart. Kind. Innovative. Open-minded. Detail-oriented. These are words I’ve heard used to describe Ann Torry–today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman. She works as the VP of Marketing for BirdDogHR in Des Moines, Iowa, and recently won a national award that celebrates women in STEM fields. Ann has over 20 years of experience in B2B marketing and is a terrific example of a woman who

#RealLifeWonderWoman–Meet Melissa Sturm-Smith

Wonder Woman inspires me with her grit and determination. She fights for truth and justice and possess super-human strength. Yet, she has the heart of a woman. We encounter passionate, fascinating women every day. These women may not chase down bad guys in shiny red boots and may not wear tiaras to work, but they get stuff done. They are employees, wives,