In a previous post, I mentioned a book, Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office, that helped me get my voice heard and my actions respected. A reader asked me what I did exactly to “stand out and not be ignored anymore?” Since it has been eight years since I read the book, I could not remember ...
In my “How to Present Stylishly” post, I mentioned presentation tips and lessons I learned when I transitioned into a business career. A reader asked if I had any tips for dealing with the fear of public speaking. I shared with her tips I learned from Steven C. Toy (a great speaker himself) when...
The Jerk GapRecently, I heard on KQED’s Forum about the finding that aggressive men (and women) earn almost $10,000 more a year than nice guys (listen to the story). It brought back so many memories that I have to share my journey from being a nice-yet-often-ignored girl in my first-year graduate ...
We increasingly see job postings that call for well-rounded candidates. I think this trend is here to stay, especially with the growth of interdisciplinary or cross-functional positions both in academia and industry. I actually think this is a good thing, since this trend facilitates mor...
“Are you sure you’re ok with going from helping injured soldiers walk again to helping people look better?” I’m willing to bet that very few people have heard this as an interview question. But it was a valid (albeit surprising) question in my case. The vice president inter...
One of my grad school profs was fond of saying “it seemed like a good idea at the time” when asked why he’d done something. It’s all about finding an idea that really is a good idea. That should mean something to anyone whose grant was just funded, and it means even more when the grant is re...
I recently attended BIO’s International Convention in Washington, DC and it was quite an exciting week. Over 15,000 people attended from 48 states and 65 countries. I’ve written about maximizing your networking at scientific conferences, and I took a colleague’s advice by volunteering at...
Quality is the life of industry, especially for healthcare related enterprises. We need to satisfy not only the customer, but also the government. If you want to work for industry, no matter what kind of work you do, you have to put quality in your mind first. Furthermore, if you work for an interna...
No, this is not a VOGUE article that advises you on your work wardrobe. One of the things that graduate school can do better is prepare students to be effective presenters. In my early phase of transiting into marketing functions, one of the biggest adjustments was my presentation style. Looking bac...