7 Keys to Networking as an Introvert

by Melanie Steimle For many people, the idea of networking engenders less than positive feelings. For those (myself included) who consider themselves introverts, networking can seem especially daunting. Although introversion is not the same as shyness, spending time in large groups, engaging in small talk, and/or approaching strangers can be physically, emotionally, and mentally draining. […]

Choosing to be Brave

Packard family photos by http://brookeschultzphotography.com/ by Anna Packard No one told me how much bravery would be required to become a parent. I also never realized the bravery required to navigate the messy world of being a working mom until it became my life. I feel like I am currently in the working mom’s trenches. I […]

Four Tips for Thwarting Impostor Syndrome

Image credit: Gabriele Ferreira by Naomi Watkins “What you create doesn’t have to be perfect…Don’t let fear of failure discourage you.” –Dieter F. Uchtdorf At the young age of 22, I faced a room full of seniors who were in the midst of their final semester of high school. I was their student teacher charged […]

Raising Our Hands

Image credit: Stina Jonsson by Ryan Hammond Last time I wrote about the need for LDS men to include their sisters in their professional opportunity and support networks. I also challenged LDS women to give LDS men a chance to step up by asking directly for their support, help and to be included in their networks. […]

Saying Yes: Finding My Voice & Platform

Image credit: Mark Kober by Anna Packard People sometimes make fun of me for how much I loved EFY (Especially for Youth) growing up. I went every summer, including the summer before I started college. I loved everything about EFY but especially the firesides given on Thursday evenings. These firesides literally changed my life. As […]

The Confident Woman

Image credit: Claire-Elizabeth by Tiffany Gee Lewis I consider myself a confident person. I don’t get ruffled in front of large crowds. I am a capable writer. I have some talent under my belt that makes me proud. However, I’m terrible at selling myself professionally. In email correspondence, I put on a tone of apology. […]

Mirrors and Windows: The Importance of Mentoring and Networking for LDS Women

Hall of Mirrors at Palace of Versailles, France. Image credit: Patrick Down by Naomi Watkins “A single book can be a mirror for some readers and a window for others.” –Rudine Sims Bishop [1] When I taught a university-level course about global children’s literature, I shared the above quote on the first night of class to […]

Stop with the Fear

by Holly I have always been afraid. Lots of fear. Mom says I was born with it, and I think she may be right. My earliest baby pictures show me weeping in terror of the camera. I was afraid of walking to school, of being kidnapped, of falling, of climbing trees, of failing, of roller […]

Why is Everybody Looking at Me?: Dealing with Self-Criticism

by Denia-Marie Ollerton Denia-Marie received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and French Studies from Brigham Young University. She recently obtained a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College, and currently works as a therapist in Boston. Her professional experience spans a broad range of populations, and settings, from schools working with children and […]

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