Featuring Anina Monteforte: World Traveler & Founder of The World Within Us

I met Anina Monteforte, world traveler, gender equality advocate, and Founder of The World Within Us, through another fellow Shine On feature, Abby Gibbons. And let me tell you, Anina is the coolest. Born in New York City of Mexican, Cuban, and Italian descent, Anina has traveled to 43+ countries in the last five years….

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A 6-Step Guide to Writing an Enticing Cover Letter

Are you fed up with spending hours struggling to write the perfect cover letter? It certainly can seem like an impossibly difficult thing to do. You’ve probably thought to yourself, “I don’t know where to start!” or “I want to sound confident but not arrogant” or “I don’t know what to write about myself!” During…

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Life Lately: Volume 9 – The Power of the Pivot

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of the pivot. Pivoting can come about from a disruptive event or life change, from a restless feeling that it’s time to change, or from an inspired and committed decision to move in a new direction. Pivoting in a Pandemic This whole year has been an…

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6 Ways to Show Your Personality at Work

When I first started my corporate career nearly a decade ago, I didn’t feel like I could bring my full personality into work. The way I was expected to show up in the workplace was different than it is today. I was directed to keep my social media private, to not bring my emotions with…

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Featuring Shalane Walker: Corporate Leader & DEI Advocate

I met Shalane at my first L&I event in late 2018. I connected with her right away because of our career background, as we both work full-time in the advertising industry. Shalane is an Associate Media Director at Wavemaker Chicago, where she currently manages media data for the 2020 U.S. Census account. She has extensive experience…

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The #1 Way to Fast-Track Your Career & How to Do It

Wanna get on the fast-track of your career? I’m going to let you in on a little secret. If you want to get noticed, rise up the ranks through promotions, and make more money — you need to get uncomfortable.  I know, I know, getting uncomfortable can make us feel nervous. And let’s be honest,…

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Ending the Silence & Committing to Change

“Silence, especially in these times, is deafening.” ~ Vivianne Castillo I didn’t find out about George Floyd’s murder until the night after when I was watching ABC World News Tonight with David Muir. As I was finishing my dinner, I heard the words “I can’t breathe… I can’t breathe!” I looked up to see what…

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Featuring Beth Levy: Women’s Health Advocate & Fashion Entrepreneur

Beth Levy is the definition of badass. She’s a badass breast cancer fighter and survivor. She’s a badass advocate for women’s health. She’s a badass mom and wife. And she’s a badass female entrepreneur with a spirited and innovative approach to fashion. While Beth’s breast cancer diagnosis in June 2018 was undoubtedly scary, terrifying and…

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How to Establish Yourself as a Thought Leader

A few weeks ago, I joined a webinar put on by Charlene Walters and Entrepreneur about how to establish yourself as a thought leader. The webinar was geared towards, you guessed it – entrepreneurs – but there were some takeaways that I found important even for us fellow 9-5’ers.  What is a thought leader, anyway?…

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