Thursday, September 27, 2007
Josefa Salinas, the show’s host, was in the audience this past summer when I delivered the keynote address to the Latina Style Business Series in Los Angeles. According to her, she turned to everyone at her table and said, “THIS woman is coming onto my show!”
Our one hour interview is part of the station’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration where inspiring members of the community are profiled.
I promise you’ll be inspired by the program as we cover more than just business. Find out how my parents influenced my success, what advice I’d give to young people, and tips on business and visibility.
Mark your calendar, set your alarm, and be sure to listen to LA’s 92.3 FM this Sunday morning at 7am Pacific/ 10am Eastern. (Remember, you can also listen live by visiting http://www.hot92jamz.com)
Love and Visibility,
Thursday, September 13, 2007
National Hispanic Women's Corporation 22nd Annual Conference
Whenever I attend women's conferences (Latina or not) the topic of work life balance always comes up. 2 years ago at the National Hispana Leadership Institute annual conference, I distinctly remember some very powerful and successful women say that work-life balance is a myth and that if you want to be successful you can't even expect balance. (One panelist even went so far to say that if you have kids you'll never be able to reach the levels you want.)
At another recent conference, a woman who held a high state government position shared how taking a job in the state capitol took her away from her young children 5 days a week. She tucked her 5 year old son in bed each night via the phone.
These stories are evidence of the long way women STILL need to go in order to understand what balance is all about.
Today I attended a panel on Latina Power Players, featuring 3 high level leaders. They spoke of their mentors, their formative years, education, advancement up the ladder... but when the topic came to work-life balance a sad hush fell over the room.
One by one they recounted regrets caused by long hours at the office, putting the job first ALWAYS, and forgetting to take care of themselves. Divorce, stress related illness, and resentment from kids for "never being there" were openly discussed in this panel.
When asked to list things they'd have done differently either professionally or personally, no one had any professional regrets but did with life issues.
"I wish I'd dedicated more time to my children."
"I wish I'd slowed down and listened more."
"I wish I'd created stronger boundaries between work and home."
This is information women can share between women. Shared with the wrong audience and it could be a call to discriminate against women climbing the ladder or to toss out the gains of feminism and women's activism over the years.
Here is what I have to say: you can have balance if you CHOOSE to.
No job (or business, or non-profit, or cause, or fill in the blank) is more important than your health. Nor your cherished relationships, such as family or friends.
Equally, no relationship or physical limitation should stand in the way of achieving your potential in a career or business.
That is the true work-life balance equation.
When I work with clients, I ask about how much time they spend working. I ask how much time they spend with family and friends. I ask if they have any days of no email whatsoever, or days when their family is occupied so the client can get work done. I ask if they have set work hours and set personal time - with no cross over.
I meet too many people filled with personal regret but hold professional achievement. I'm not a lone voice- there are plenty of people who talk about the topic of work-life balance- but we need to be heard more loudly by women in salaried jobs. (For us entrepreneurs it is easy to delegate things out and create lifestyles that reflect our choices.)
Here are my simple tips for taking steps towards balance whether you're in your own business or work for someone else:
1. Learn how to say no.
2. Set work hours. Start and stop at the designated times. Be a stickler to this.
3. Quit trying to do everything yourself. Give someone else a chance to shine by handing over responsibilities.
4. Set family or friend time and don't overlap this into work. That means no business calls while your kid is on the playground, no blackberrying under the table at Grandpa's 80th birthday. Do you think no one notices that you're not fully present and engaged? Come on.
5. Change your limited beliefs. If you think that hard work equals success, then go find someone you know who had to retire early due to stress related illness. Find out how much fun it is to be benched for playing too hard.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Nancy Marmolejo, CEO Comadre Coaching
Phone: (714) 777-1216
Fax: (309) 410-4227
Beyond the Business Plan: Award Winning Business Woman to Share Success Secrets at Nation’s Largest Latina Conference September 13-14 in Phoenix.
Anaheim, CA, September 10, 2007 - Nancy Marmolejo, owner of the award winning Comadre Coaching, will share her success tips “Beyond the Business Plan” with fellow Latina entrepreneurs in Phoenix this September 14 at the National Hispanic Women’s Conference. This event is the largest Latina conference in the United States and draws speakers and attendees from across the nation.
The conference includes plenary sessions designed to address topics such as money, careers, health, business, literature, and political power. Marmolejo will speak on creative ways to grow and market a business in the workshop, “Beyond the Business Plan”.
Known for her creative and spirited style, Marmolejo will stress the importance of :
• Thinking outside the box to remain competitive and confident in any field
• Maintaining a high level of visibility and how to use that to leverage your marketing efforts
• The magic of standing out and getting noticed with do’s and don’ts for entrepreneurs and career women alike
For conference registration and itinerary, go to www.HispanicWomen.org
About Nancy Marmolejo: Founded in 2003, Comadre Coaching has helped hundreds of women entrepreneurs start, improve, and expand their businesses. Founder Nancy Marmolejo is the recipient of several awards including the 2006 Anna Maria Arias Award, Entrepreneur of the Year, and was named one of the 100 most inspiring and influential Latinos in Orange County, CA. Nancy has also been nominated for several other community and business awards both in her local area and nationwide.
Get free resources and tools to help you in your business by visiting www.ComadreCoaching.com
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Op-Ed pieces are not about you pushing your business; they are about you demonstrating your fearless expertise in any given subject. Tied to current events, they show the readership that you are truly an expert in your field and can relate your expertise to the world as it happens around us.
Ruth Kunstadter, Chief Creative Officer of Chispa Productions (and longtime friend and client of mine)has taken her expertise of language instruction to the next level by tying it into a heated topic: Immigrant bashing and English only initiatives.
Ruth's mission as a business owner is to bridge cultural gaps through authentic teaching materials. She teaches Spanish not from canned videos or scripted soap operas, but rather goes directly to native Spanish speakers and features them in her multi media productions.
Ruth has found that the Op-Ed section of her local paper is a great way to voice the values of her company's mission AND intelligently debate contrary opinions in well written, thoughtful essays.
Ruth has spoken out on issues such as language and culture, culture and identity, immigration, and racism. Best yet, she does so unapologetically and like a well informed expert.
You can get inspired by Ruth's passion for her expertise by reading this recent Op-Ed piece.
Click this link to read the entire essay.