Seeking Out Creative Partnerships

by Patti Cook One of my first professional jobs was in Washington, D.C., under the tutelage of two very different women. Both were very good at what they did, and together they interweaved vastly different but mutually beneficial strengths into a profitable company. Linda, the CEO, had been given a single $500 loan early in […]

A Home Away From Home: Dealing with Homesickness

by Bryn Watkins I’m not in Kansas anymore. Or California, for that matter. A week ago, I said goodbye to the good ol U.S. of A. for the last time for a while. I don’t know how long I can stay away this time but from the looks of things, it’ll be at least a […]

How I Learned to Code–And So Can You

Image of Grace Hopper, an American computer scientist and U.S. Navy rear admiral. by Kristina Giantsos Adams There was a time when I was underemployed and incredibly bored with my job. Often I found myself looking for things to do and creating projects to pass the day. The company that I was working for had […]

How to Scale Back a Career

by Melanie Steimle At AMW we often focus on providing support and information for women who are in the process of building their careers, but we also realize that there are times and circumstances in which women want to scale back at work in order to spend more time with their families. Coming back to […]

Be a Workplace Pioneer

by Kaylie Astin It’s too easy to assume that if your company doesn’t have many family-friendly work policies, that’s just the way things are. I say this because that’s what I did. When I was expecting my first child, I asked about maternity leave and I was told that such a thing didn’t exist. Many […]

Ambition, That “Dirty” Word

by Naomi Watkins In the months leading up to the launch of Aspiring Mormon Women, we agonized over the name of this organization. We brainstormed lists of possibilities—most of them not-so-great. We had conversations with people about our mission and our plans, asking for opinions about a name. And as we articulated our vision and […]

Three Things I Wish I Could Say to Every Young LDS Woman

by Melanie Steimle I recently moved into a ward that is quite diverse in the range of ages represented. There are a good number of young married women in the ward, and occasionally I’ll hear one of them make a comment about school or work that makes me want to jump in with a piece […]

Disengaging from the Mommy Wars

by Kaylie Astin To listen to some reports, you’d think President Obama is a stay-at-home mother hater. Here are his controversial words, from an Oct. 31 speech in Rhode Island: “Sometimes, someone, usually mom, leaves the workplace to stay home with the kids, which then leaves her earning a lower wage for the rest of […]

A Good News Minute: The CES Policy Change

by Naomi Watkins News broke on Friday regarding a Church Educational System (CES) policy change that now allows LDS women with children at home to work for pay as full-time seminary and institute teachers*. To clarify, women with children have been and are currently seminary teachers working in volunteer roles. Growing up in Southern California, […]

Organizing Your Finances after Graduation: Making the Transition from College to Career

by Kelli Sauvé In a previous post, I shared tips about how to clear your financial path to college, using my own experiences as an example. Even though it took me a while, I became a college graduate at age thirty! But then, I needed to decide on my next steps. There are many factors […]

Clearing Your Financial Path to College

by Kelli Sauvé My path to continuing my education became clear while I was vacationing in New York City.  I was visiting my cousin and it just so happened that the singles group had a camping trip planned during my stay and so I joined them. While sitting around a warm fire in a beautiful outdoor setting, […]

Daring, Not Shaming, Greatly

by Naomi Watkins I recently finished reading Brené Brown’s book Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. I first became familiar with Brown’s work when I watched her TED Talk about vulnerability and found it insightful. And her book? It was gut-wrenching, like I’m on […]

Are You My Mentor?

by Heidi Doxey There have been a number of fantastic posts here on AMW about mentors and mentees, both in a formal and informal sense. I should definitely re-read those posts. I’ve always imagined a mentor as a fearless, high-powered business professional, or perhaps an octogenarian with soft wrinkled hands and decades of wisdom. Or […]

Cover Letters Dos and Don’ts

by Melanie Steimle If you’re like most people, the thought of writing a cover letter doesn’t exactly make you want to do a happy dance.  You might have even heard that hiring managers don’t even read cover letters so you wonder why you should bother trying to write one. I, however, love talking about cover […]

Technology School–A Family-Friendly College Alternative

by Kaylie Astin When I was envisioning my glorious future in high school, a technical college was never part of the picture. I was an academic snob. I had to go somewhere where people would say “Oooo,” after I revealed my alma mater. I ended up going to school at BYU. I studied music and […]

12 Ways in Which Looking for a Job is Like Dating

by Melanie Steimle There are no such things as soul mates. Just as there is no one meant-to-be-yours-since-the-beginning-of-time soul mate (sorry, Saturday’s Warrior), there is no one perfect job or career for you. While it’s very in vogue right now to subscribe to the notion that following your bliss and turning it into your life’s […]

Frame Yourself as a Persister

by Rosemary Capps Bartlett Many women who visit this site are returning to higher education after time away. Earlier essays have covered topics such as how to find a mentor as a student, how to be a good mentee, practical considerations for a return to college (both part 1 and part 2), and profiles of […]

Who’s On Your Professional Sounding Board?

by Melanie Steimle I’ve been thinking about mentors lately, not because I’m long overdue in writing this post (although that is true), but because I need a mentor. Despite the fact that I write these monthly posts on mentoring or networking, I don’t have either subject all figured out. There are a number of people […]

Financial First Steps:  Where to Start as a Newly Single Mormon Mom

Image credit: Munah Ahmed by Kelli Sauvé As a newly single Mormon mom you are probably experiencing a lot of changes and have a lot going on with family, church and school schedules.  If you’re lucky, there might be a little time just for you. You are continually learning that things come up (more often […]

So, You Want to be a Nurse?: Pros, Cons, & Strategies

(A colleague and I taking care of a patient requiring ExtraCorporeal Membranous Oxygenation, in the pediatric intensive care unit. This photo is a few years old, as evidenced by the outdated equipment.) by Dora At a recent LDS feminist retreat, knowing that I would miss the session on “Leaning In,” I took some time to […]

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