Author: Janet

Just in case that entrepreneur life fizzles

  In recent years entrepreneurship has seen a meteoric rise especially among people of color and I have enjoyed the fruits of their labor. I try to shop exclusively from small business owners for gifts and a few personal items. It is my hope that all of my favorite entrepreneurs […]

A Brief Break in Annapolis

As a working mother and wife, it is so easy to slip into a routine of who is making dinner, picking up the kids from sports practices or putting in late hours in the office that you forget to make time for your partner. This weekend we threw our routine […]

Grab a newspaper and a cup of tea

I’ve always been an avid print newspaper reader but I got away from it in recent years and have been primarily catching up on news listening to NPR and spending my free time reading my favorite bloggers. Lately, I’ve been hungry for hard news beyond what a well-respected blogger could […]

On bedtime and morning habits

Recently, I’ve been making a few small changes to my daily routine to improve the likelihood I will go to bed earlier and wake up more refreshed. The returns has been tremendous. My cell phone is now banned from my bedroom in the evenings. This is key. I’ve been using social […]

On Letting Go of Proving Yourself

The most successful people I know shy away from constantly proving themselves. In fact, they are usually the person in the room entirely comfortable in their skin daring you to accept them as they are. Granted they are typically more seasoned professionals and have been around the block, but you […]

Notes on Grounding Activities as the World Shifts

I am not alone in feeling a bit topsy turvy since inauguration. As if this event was not enough, it was immediately followed up with daily assault on our emotions via executive orders. While my committment to being actively engaged in the direction of this country is at an all […]

February Career To-Do’s

Managing your career should be tackled in small daily and monthly actions for long-term success. Notes From HR monthly to-do’s are actions you can do in small bites. February is ripe with opportunities to lose the fire in the belly spirit the month of January swept in. There’s something about the month […]

Notes from the Women’s March

My oldest daughter’s college basketball team played against Drexel University last weekend, so I found myself in Philly for both the game and the Women’s March. Quite honestly I went to the March out of curiosity. I was ambivalent about the March when I heard about it months ago via […]

January Career To-Do’s

Managing your career should be tackled in small daily and monthly actions. With this in mind, I will be sharing to-do items for each month. Our Notes From HR to-do’s are simple things you can do to take things up a notch. January To-Do’s Start the year off on the […]

2016 Highlights

My mantra for 2016 was “less talk, more action!” I committed to moving forward with projects that I had been talking about for years: helping people of color navigate workplaces and giving back to my community in a meaningful way. In retrospect, it has been gratifying watching the seeds planted […]

Travel Adds Value to Our Career Psyche

Traveling adds tremendous value to our career psyche, not just in terms of relieving stress and recharging but boosting our career game. Years ago I made a pact to travel outside of the U.S. at least once a year, This year, my wanderlust bug led to South Africa and the […]

I Got a Promotion!

I got a promotion today, and I am over the moon. Promotions are far and in between when you are near the top of the ladder in your chosen profession, especially when you are already the head of the department. So it feels good to be elevated to Senior Director […]

Table Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts

In part one, we covered the function of tableware and place setting. Read it here. In this post, we will cover the do’s and don’ts of business etiquette. I hope this post will take the hand-wringing out of that sometimes nerve-racking business dinner. Let’s be frank, people will judge you by […]

Notes on Formal Dinner Table Setting

The season for celebrations is upon us. Over the course of the next few weeks or your career in general, you will be invited to formal business dinners. A formal business dinner can be stressful if you are unfamiliar with table etiquette and trying to be a good conversationalist with […]