Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Beautiful Thank-You to Hillary Clinton

My daughter, of whom I am always proud, but never more so than today, penned and posted the following gorgeous tribute/call to action on Facebook this morning:

Hillary Clinton,
Thank you. We, as women, as a country, and as a global citizenry, owe you an enormous debt of gratitude. You fought unyieldingly for what you believed was good and fair and right. You shared this vision with all of us and took the returned mountain of abuse gracefully, as perhaps only you could.
I am so, so proud of you. I'm proud to share a vision, a country, and a gender with you. I am proud of the campaign you ran and the voices you surfaced. May they never be silent again. I'm sorry we couldn't finish this for you, and for all of us. I'm sorry that everything we had wasn't enough. I believe that someday it will be. Though I wanted more than anything for you to prevail, I am glad you will be spared the frustration and indignity of a weak mandate and an obstructionist Congress. You deserve better. I hope you will be able to take solace in your friends and family, in the support you've coalesced, and in the lasting effect I hope you'll have. I hope you'll rest, but I know you won't. You will move tirelessly forward, as you always have, knowing that it is darkest before the dawn. I will be thinking over the next days and weeks about how to honor your vision and find that dawn, how to make this a birth rather than a death.
Please join this discussion. Discuss it with your friends, neighbors, and coworkers. With those who agree with you and those you don't. And let's come together and fight, once more unto the breach.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Online Interview & Manners

My website gets a lot of visitors every day, and every now and then one of those visitors writes to me about something he or she has read on the site. I'm a big believer in responding to email (I used to include the words "within 24 hours" at this point, but of late even responding at all is apparently worthy of mention). Often when I respond (yes, within 24 hours), a little dialogue begins; less often, an actual business relationship or friendship blooms.

That delightful result happened with Tiffany Yu, a market strategy and business development specialist on the other side of the country from me. We've been emailing and talking on the phone for a while now, to our mutual benefit. I love mentoring younger business women, and Tiffany loves sharing her creative marketing know-how, an expertise that couldn't have popped into my life at a better time given that I have a new book out.

Tiffany is active in Women In Parking, where she serves on the Leadership Board and as Secretary, and when Lost Wyoming was published, she suggested we do an interview for WIP Matters, the organization's newsletter for members. Please click here or on the Women In Parking logo below to read the resulting interview, which is not only a great bit of publicity for my new book, but also a great reminder of why it's worth it to answer those emails.