It’s the last week of 2020. At this time last year, my husband Ben and I were busily planning our trip back to our home in New Zealand from our home in Seattle, where we had returned to spend the holidays with our family. Our decision to move to New Zealand in the Fall of … Continue reading Reflections on a year we couldn’t have imagined
Today is my 50th birthday. As I sit here and reflect back on the past decade, I’m overwhelmed, humbled by, and grateful for the past ten years. In fact, the past ten years were damn hard. My twenties were hard, my thirties a bit harder, but my forties were on another level. The decade began, … Continue reading This is 50
The Time’s Up movement is shining a light on the significant gap within the advertising industry for equal representation between genders, at all levels within organizations. My own journey within the industry launched me into a path of entrepreneurship when I found I could no longer advance at the male dominated agency I worked in. … Continue reading Burning bridges in business is never a good idea, particularly for female founders.
Today is International Women’s Day. Observed since 1911, the day celebrates women’s achievements and shines a light on gender equality—or the lack thereof. The day brings together governments, businesses, nonprofits, and public institutions and is celebrated around the world. The theme this year is #PressForProgress, a strong call to motivate and unite communities to think, … Continue reading Gender equality is the right thing to do, and it’s good for business.
Before we get into this post, let me state a few ground rules. I am not a feminist. I grew up in a home with a father who worked and a mother who stayed at home early in my childhood. All the traditional fixings of an Italian father, and an American mother. But that all … Continue reading The Berlusconi effect and Italian Women. Ladies, get your act together.
In my family, Sicily has always been one of those romantic places I never knew much about. Sure I’ve always wanted to visit, but with so many other wonderful places within the main “boot” I’ve just never thought about prioritizing a visit “way” down there. That is until this week. It seems, only through coincidence, … Continue reading This week’s obsession, Sicily
I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the service industry. Having grown up in it, my parents owned a grocery store for 30+ years, and having spent my career in it, it’s not a foreign concept to me. Still, I am often surprised (even today) when I have an amazing experience at one of … Continue reading Thoughts on Service
This Labor Day weekend was full of all things expected. Last minute school supply shopping, exchanging one size of jeans for another, buying the right “breakfast” groceries to ensure the kidlets get off to their first day of school with at least something of substance in their bellies. But it was also full of a … Continue reading This Labor Day we made jam. Darn good jam.
I’ve been a mom for far longer than I care to admit. My three children have given me more joy than I can express, so much so that it often brings me to tears if I really begin to think about it. But even with all this joy, raising kids is hard. There is so … Continue reading Raising kids the Italian way. Good, bad, indifferent? You be the judge.
I’m a chocolate fan. A huge chocolate fan. But I’m a picky chocolate fan. I won’t bother with any of that milk or white chocolate nonsense. Just give me the good stuff. Dark chocolate all the way! It’s wonderful. And it’s even good for you. Dark chocolate is made up of cocoa beans, which are … Continue reading The best darn brownies EVER