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“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”  Madeleine L’Engle

  hen we are teaching, doing social work, raising children, training, or coaching, we are teaching, working with, raising, training, and coaching ourselves.   We nurture our own earlier selves in nurturing those who are on the path we once took. You reach out, they take your hand, they move towards what you offer.  You offer […]

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Fear of Death: What to do now.

I was just inspired by a conversation about colleagues who are a few years away from retirement. These colleagues are difficult in meetings. They’re creating conflicts. They’re acting out. In these behaviors, they may not only be fighting for their perspective in the meeting on the small point under discussion. They may be fighting for […]

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Do you want a career in science? Questions to ask yourself

What do you want to do with your life? Is science something you’d like to engage in? What would that involve? On 28. June 2017, the University of Koblenz-Landau’s Women Career Center, Projekt Zugewinn, the Interdisziplinäres Promotionszentrum, and Frauenbüro together with the Gleichstellungsbüro of the Hochschule Koblenz hosted a day-long symposium on Career Pathways in […]

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Reason #8 why it matters to have women in leadership: women’s personal development

The final aspect from my series of eight aspects why women should have access to leadership positions is the personal development that growing in a position, or towards a position, can bring for a person. A person who can grow and develop and be challenged at work will be able to develop parts of the […]

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Reason #6 why women should be in leadership: Sharing the burden

Reason six: It does people good to know they’re not alone. Sharing responsibilities in the home is good for partnerships and for children, who learn that everyone pitches in. The division of labor at work does us and our teams good, too. Sharing the burdens and responsibilities makes it possible for men and women to have more […]

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Creating a Colorful Career: GRADE talk on 7. May 2014

What can you do to make sure your career fits your ideal? There are no guarantees or formulas to follow precisely, but there are some questions you can ask yourself to guide the decisions and options you have along the way. That’s the message I told a group of graduate students at the GRADE Career […]

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Why we need vacation

ere in Europe, taking vacation is a normal part of life. Why? Quite simply, because human beings need it. We need to take time out to discover who we are, really, as human beings, when we strip away from ourselves all the trappings of business and busyness. When the everyday routine falls away, it is […]

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Women in STEM Fields: Hessen’s Mentoring Network 2012 Celebration in Fulda, 22. June 2013

The state of Hessen has a mentoring program for women in science, engineering, and technology fields at the university and doctoral level. The graduating class of 2012 of this mentoring program met on June 22, 2013, a beautiful Saturday, in the impressive rooms of the Palace in Fulda for their final awards ceremony and send-off. […]

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The uniqueness of the German academic system: my insider and outsider perspective, Part II

On January 9, 2013, I gave the keynote talk at the “Meet the Female Faculty” Event at the Ruhr-University of Bochum. The Equal Opportunities Office and the Internal Continuing Education Office at Bochum team up to offer a special program for women scientists to meet each other and talk about their careers. I’ll present the […]

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Authentic at work II: We are what we do

We influence our work, clearly. But our work also influences us.  How often do we talk about this fact?  How often do we talk about the question, “What kind of a person will this job turn me into?”  When we counsel young people about their career futures, do we focus on this aspect? What kind […]

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