Women in Business

This Is Us

This Is Us

Almost three years ago, I decided I needed something more out of life.

I wanted to lend support to other women striving to obtain their career goals, and I felt like my experiences up to that point would be able to lend a diverse voice to the career development conversation.

I have to be honest, I wasn’t 100 percent sure how I would do this, or what it would look like.

What To Do When You Don't See Options

What To Do When You Don't See Options

Sometimes all the positive self-talk in the world doesn’t change the fact that some situations leave us stuck. During these times, despite how much perspective we try to have, we just can’t help but feel wedged between a rock and a hard place. If you’ve ever found yourself in this position, and chances are if you’re alive and reading this right now you have, then you’ve experienced that sinking feeling of running out of options. Rather than give you a pie-in-the-sky approach to managing those feelings or improving that situation, we have another alternative – surrender to what is.

The Mentor Match

The Mentor Match

Often, I receive emails from young women asking me to serve as their mentor.** I remember what it’s like being their age, admiring so many women from afar, and wanting to tap into their magic. Heck, there are many women *today* that I consider mentors in my mind. They have no idea who I am (yet) -- I admire their business acumen and the way they choose to show up in the world. Sometimes we are lucky enough to connect with our role models, and other times we have to take notes from afar. (In our careers, we should all strive to be *both* mentors and mentees!) There are times I am not able to meet with everyone face to face who reaches out to me, but I try to make myself available via some medium. 

Today, I want to share answers to the top five questions I receive around mentor and mentee relationships.

Don't Wait For Your Chicago To Come

Don't Wait For Your Chicago To Come

Recently, I’ve been thinking about a close sister-friend of mine who passed away last year. I affectionately referred to her as my Silver Dollar. In college, there were three of us that made up this "silver dollar trio." I know what you’re thinking, but in 2001 it sounded like a cool name. We were thick as thieves, and we definitely believed our own hype! In the words of Kanye West, "Can't Tell Me Nothing." The Silver Dollars even went so far as to get matching “SD” ankle tattoos. After college, people always thought SD was some ex lover’s initials - boy were they wrong!

I would give anything to hear her voice on my voicemail saying. “SD call me back!

My SD, Liz, died too young and in her sleep.

Jennifer K. Goss, Executive Director, The 31 Project

Jennifer K. Goss, Executive Director, The 31 Project

I thought about how many young ladies I missed out on reaching, I thought about how my vision had sat in a box and collected dust.  These thoughts literally made me sick to my stomach and I began to weep uncontrollably. In that moment I realized I could not wait any longer.