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Today is my 6th anniversary of going solo

Six years ago today, also a Friday, was my very last day at my very last full-time job. Two weeks prior, I had finally worked up the courage to walk into my boss’s office and quit. It was a cushy job with great pay, reasonable hours, and somewhat interesting work. But that was no longer [Keep Reading...]

Writing for Huffington Post

A month ago today, I flew up to San Francisco to attend the Wisdom 2.0 Conference. Though it is now in its fifth year and had more than 2,000 people in attendance, I hadn’t heard about it until just a couple months prior. I happened upon it when doing research on meditation programs inside organizations, [Keep Reading...]

5 Years of Independence

Happy anniversary to me! Today marks five years since I left my full-time job to go indie — and what a hell of a ride it’s been. I want to thank all my clients who have valued what I could contribute to their organizations and the countless friends, colleagues and strangers who pointed them my [Keep Reading...]

The First Four Episodes of Designing Yourself

It’s been a whole month since Paul McAleer and I started our podcast Designing Yourself and we’ve already launched four hour-long episodes. Whoa. We pick a topic each week, usually one word, and just start talking. No script, no outline, just impromptu, fluid conversation. If you’ve listened, you’ve probably noticed how candid and personal we [Keep Reading...]

Designing Yourself

At some point along the way, I realized I was putting so much energy into growing my business that I was stunting my own growth. All of the decisions I made were to benefit the work, not the woman. I’ve designed hundreds of digital experiences, I’ve designed dozens of organizational experiences, but what effort have [Keep Reading...]

My Natural Next Step: Becoming a Coach

My life’s mission is to put humanity back into business. As a user experience consultant, guiding technology companies on how to make their products easier and more pleasurable to use, I get to work towards this every day. But I’ve come to realize that user experience is not enough. Designing the product is all for [Keep Reading...]

War Stories: Stories of War

[Originally published in the series War Stories on Steve Portigal's All This Chittah Chattah] I interviewed Holocaust survivors. Four words that still send shivers down my spine. Their stories were meant to shape my research; they ended up shaping me. It was the project of a lifetime. I was asked to conduct user research for [Keep Reading...]