Five Tips for Handling Rejection at School or Work

by Naomi Watkins It’s one of my most vivid memories from high school. I had recently transferred to a new English class and was immediately assigned an Upton Sinclair book to read with a written literary analysis to follow. I figured that I would do what I had always done–write the paper the night before […]

Five Things I Want LDS Men to Know

by Melanie Steimle At the end of last year I wrote a post entitled Three Things I Wish I Could Say to Every LDS Young Woman. The audience I had in mind when I wrote that post was young women who did not yet have children and/or were not married. I hoped to encourage them […]

Healing Aspirational Shame

 by Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, LCSW I grew up in contradictory worlds. I was born and raised in Studio City, California in the heart of the entertainment business. Our neighbor was a makeup artist for movies like “Top Gun.” My extended family had a TV show, and my father, a professional musician, was the musical […]

Career Coaching: A Piece of the Puzzle

by Naomi Watkins with Melanie Steimle I hired a career coach for the first time last fall as I was considering a major career change. And while I am still in the midst of figuring things out, I found my work with the coach to be incredibly valuable. Many have asked for information about career […]

Mothers to Daughters: Passing Down Financial Savvy to a New Generation

by Kelli Sauvé As a little girl, I remember sitting at the kitchen table with my mom as she organized the monthly bills, wrote checks, and sealed the envelopes for our monthly trip around town to deliver payments directly to each company. She preferred this instead of mailing the payments, and it was something we […]

Advice for Starting My First Professional Job

by Bryn Watkins Dear Three Years Ago Me, So if I did the math right, you should be opening this letter on the day before you head into work for the first time ever. Did the USPS get it right? Tomorrow is your first day of professional life! Congratulations. I’m not sure this makes me […]

True Grit

by Nan Petersen I recently viewed a brief TED talk by Dr. Angela Duckworth, a former educator who turned to educational research after noting with wonderment that despite similar backgrounds, her students had widely different achievement rates. She wanted to know what made the difference. After years of study, she has determined that the fundamental difference […]

Communicating in the Workplace

by Melanie Steimle Did you read the recent New York Times article, “Speaking While Female,” by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant? In the article the authors examine why women are more likely than men not to speak up at work. Sandberg and Grant share anecdotes and studies that confirm that women are less likely to […]

Carry out the Counsel: Eliminate Your Unnecessary Debt

by Kelli Sauvé Most of us will have to incur some debt in our lifetime. Some even find themselves in a continuous debt cycle. Though not all debt is bad debt, we have been counseled for years by our leaders to minimize our debts and strive to become debt free. Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin counseled, […]

Mentoring Is about Relationships

by Nan Petersen In November I attended an event in a large city not far from home. After making plans with a friend and purchasing my ticket I found out that Whitney Johnson would be speaking. I nearly hyperventilated, and not just because Whitney is such a great speaker (which she is), or so inspiring […]

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 […]

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