Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Celestial Ball

My dessert is glowing!

My dessert is glowing!

All glam and ready to go!

All glam and ready to go!

It’s not every weekend I get to put on a fancy dress and my dancing shoes for a good cause! Attending the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Celestial Ball benefitting the Neil Armstrong New Frontiers Initiative, was truly a once in a blue moon experience and reminded me that the time for action is now.

Dancin' Dancin'

Dancin’ Dancin’

 

This fund will serve as a catalyst for the next generation of discovery, funding the pursuit of the next new scientific frontier. If anyone is interested in honoring the legacy of Commander Armstrong with a gift, please visit: www.cincinnatichildrens.org/armstrong.untitled

Book Review: Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office

Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office 101: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers

by Lois P. Frankel, PhD

What constitutes a good book?

1. It’s quotable.

2. I’d recommend it to a friend.

3. It’s informative, but interesting. What I like to call miniskirt length: long enough to cover the details, but short enough to keep it interesting.

4. Makes you think.

5. Sticks with you even after you’re done reading it. I love that weird indescribable feeling of irony when you learn something new and then hear about it everywhere.

6. It’s relevent.

As part of my journey on the path to professionalism, I sought to find some quick reads that would broaden my literary horizons beyond the usual “chick-lit.” When I was little, I used to read a book a day. Although I will occasionally entertain the season’s hottest blockbuster, the text is ALWAYS better (hello Hunger Games, team Gale of course!). During college, you could count on me to be pleasure-reading on the sofa while my roommates spent countless hours at the Library with their heads buried in textbooks. I have stood in line at midnight, on multiple occasions, in anticipation of the next Harry Potter novel. Get the picture? I LOVE TO READ. When I find a good read, I am not to be interrupted.

Not So Expert Book Review:

I would give this read a solid 7/10. I will definitely refer to it in the years to come, as I begin to distinguish myself among my peer group. It was informative, but lacked the quirky anecdotes that I would have added had I had the literary prowess to write such an informative piece. AND IT IS BY FAR THE MOST RELEVENT COMPOSITION that my eyes have perused in the last 2 decades (which is about how long I’ve known my ABC’s).

The book starts with the author, who is an executive coach and trainer, reiterating an assertion that one client made at the beginning of a coaching engagement: “I want this to be more than I fond memory. I want a promotion.” I can’t imagine a greater gift that an author can bestow upon her readers than giving them a chance at a greater future. Without recounting the entire selection and the 253 pages of hormonally charged advice, I will give you a run-down of some of the greatest mistakes I have made as a woman in corporate America. Double standards do exist, it our job to refute the generalizations that plague our gender.

By making note of these inadequacies, I hope to make a conscious effort to override these subconscious idiosyncrasies and learned behaviors.
1. Give myself permission to waste a little time. Dedicate 5% of my day to building relationships.
2. There is a whole section on jerks and protecting them in the work space. One sound piece of advice: “When the jerk is your boss, it’s time to look for another job.”
3. When a personal situation is affecting your ability to do your job, be honest, but brief and don’t give away too many specifics.
4. Practice your handshake.
5. Forward notes of appreciation or acknowledgement about your work to your manager.
6. Ask someone in your Finance department to explain the basics.
7. Go to the makeup counter of a high-end department store and ask a salesperson for a free consultation.
8. Never sit with your foot tucked beneath you (I always do this!).
9. If you can’t be the first to speak, make sure you’re not the last.

On another note, here is a little something to give the women out there something to brag about:
Women on Top: A list of those not-so-nice girls (CEOs) sitting sky-high on the Fortune 1000 List.

Happy Monday to all my soul sistas out there!
@PostGradSAP
Tracy

Making Those Tough Decisions

Why SAP. Why itelligence.

Target. Belden. Sears Holdings. Saks. Accenture. Deloitte. Abercrombie. Amazon. American Greetings…

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These are just the few of the companies that I sought favor with between August and October in my first-quarter as a college senior. As part of The Ohio State University’s undergraduate program in the Fisher College of Business (FCoB), I only had one thing on my mind- solidifying a job, post-grad. Luckily, I had a sought after degree and I was presented with a wealth of opportunities after graduation. It was pretty remarkable actually, considering the state of the economy and the shrinking job-market, but Supply Chain was the “hot ticket” in 2011.Saks_Fifth_Avenue_Logo10

When Career Fair season rolled around, SAP wasn’t even on my radar. Heck I could barely spell SCP SAP, but itelligence was a game changer. In a sea of polyester and pinstripes, I met two [C&M] of the most enthusiastic and self-aware people I could ever come to know. Often, college students and yopros alike are nervous to boast their accomplishments and accolades while trying to land the job; they want to appear humble and therefore, they tend to sell themselves short. It was within five minutes of meeting these two men from itelligence that I understood the importance of not under-selling yourself and furthermore, what you represent. Had it not been for C&M, I would have been too fearful of a career in computer software consulting. I am not ahead of the curve when it comes to technology, usually when I phone in to a help-line the problem is usually the result of a PEBCAC (Problem.Exists.Between.Chair.And.Computer) error. On the rare occasion that I could actually turn my Macbook on in undergrad, I didn’t exactly delve into any complex configuration. After a bit of coercion, C&M were able to convince me that itelligence and I, well we were a match made in heaven and I graciously accepted their offer for a day of on-site interviews in Cincinnati (bleh).

The following week, as I meandered my way through 6 grueling interviews, a wild appreciation for itelligence and an immense respect for the individuals that worked there blossomed. I came to learn that it just wasn’t C&M who were wildly passionate about the organization, but that every single individual had immense proprietorship over the group’s efforts and took customer satisfaction seriously.amazon

Looking back, one of the most amazing aspects of finding my career at itelligence is that I joined the company for the same reasons that I am still a part of it today. I guess you could call me a good judge of character πŸ™‚

If I could offer a few words of advice to those on the path to self-discovery (or those on the path to seeking out the big bucks in corporate America) it would be the following:
1. Look for a place where you can start a career, not just have your first job.
2. When I was first job-hunting location was everything, but as it turned out, finding the right fit in an organization became more important. I’m not undermining being comfortable in your surroundings, but realistically, you will be working more hours a week than you will do anything else, so finding fulfillment in your career should be the #1 priority when you’re starting out.
3. Ask the tough questions. Having done some interviewing myself since graduation I know first-hand that future employers appreciate a candidate that shows interest and divulges their true intentions. Remember, they are interviewing you, but you are also interviewing them. If you’re lucky enough like I was to have options, you better have enough ammunition to make an informed decision.

On the drive back from Cincinnati I hastily called my mom (I know, but being co-dependent doesn’t make me a less competent consultant)… “Mom, there is no way in H#!! I’m going to get this job, but if I do I am definitely taking it.”

AND I DID.

Later bloggies,
@PostGradSAP
Tracy