A high level of productivity in the workplace environment is a magical state of affairs. It sets the stage for the corporate utopia that all companies aspire to arrive at, and is the driving force behind growth and employee retention. It’s also dependent upon several factors and consistencies directly related to the personal well-being of…

Read More

To ease you into the topic of billable hours, or more importantly, to the reasons your firm should begin to embrace the alternatives, I recently laid out the drawbacks of sticking with this obsolete approach to professional services. The macro stressors perpetuated by the “more-equals-better” mentality, combined with a disconnect between companies and their millennial…

Read More

The restaurant business. I know it well, from both sides of the table. I’ve done my share of dining out, for business and for sport. I’ve proudly been part of the wait staff at several of NYC’s most elite dining establishments. I even took the plunge and launched my own restaurant Goldie’s By The Bridge…

Read More

Can you believe that people spend up to 50% of their time digging their way out from under a perpetually swollen inbox? Wait, you do too? Don’t be ashamed of being a statistic; I used to be right there with you. In fact, I know another little email secret about you: You sometimes feel a…

Read More

When we consider our New Yorker lifestyles….the fast pace, the layers of noise, and our on-the-go careers, how are we to STOP, breathe and reflect? For that matter, what incentive do we even have to slow down at all, let alone carve out time to meditate? According to Yoga and Meditation Practitioner Vero Ruelas, meditation…

Read More

Last month, half-a-dozen lucky DRIVEN Professional women joined me in attending an intimate dinner event with one of my favorite authors, Laura Vanderkam. Laura is a productivity expert and her newest book I Know How She Does It is both an empowering and inspiring read for any business person. Attendees of the dinner witnessed Laura…

Read More

At the conclusion of WAC’s community events, participants are asked to volunteer their feedback about what they’ve learned from the presentation. This takes the form of “Baby Steps” that they plan to take in their careers and personal lives. These concise “pearls of wisdom” serve not only as ideas to share with other attendees who…

Read More

Self-Compassion. It was my 2014 Word of the Year, and it was timely. It had been the necessary prescription to get me through the infancy of my new business and the community that formed around it. As WAC is entering its tumultuous twos via the introduction of our virtual platform, Self-Compassion alone can no longer…

Read More

Is the modern workplace outdated? Well, consider that in the 21st century more business is done in a global economy, shattering the old 9 to 5 workday model. Factor in the increasing time and expense of commuting, plus the recent announcement that each of the NYC-area tunnels will be shutting down long-term for repairs, and…

Read More

If you have met me, you’ve probably concluded that I’m an outwardly happy person. You’d say that Anger and Deborah just don’t seem to belong in the same sentence, and I would agree. That’s likely the reason I was so surprised at myself this past weekend when I unleashed some fierce road rage. When discussing…

Read More