Latest Blog Posts

  • Do The Time: “Social” Relationship Building

    The following article, which originally published March 21, 2013 in Puget Sound Business Journal has been updated a bit. Conversations and articles abound on the power of social media. Many of those newer to the practice marvel about how something tweeted with a hashtag specific to an industry, for example, could have the potential to [...]

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  • Relational Skills: The Secret Sauce for Business Leadership

    The definition of business leadership has changed, a lot, since the 1950s. The fact that there are many more women in leadership positions these days is rightly getting plenty of coverage now. But, beyond celebrating that women are bringing “it” to the table, what “it” is has yet to be been given its full due. [...]

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  • On Making Ethical Business Decisions: My Guardian Post

    If we knew what kept people from making values-based decisions in business situations in the first place, we could surely create the conditions that support increasing corporate social responsibility. So, what’s stopping us? A recent NPR story about UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business research conducted by Professor Laura Kray (studying behavior of MBA students) showed [...]

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My writing and consulting focus areas

GENDER & MARKETING

My path to sustainability and social media was through marketing to women, so that is the “lens” through which I write about sustainability and leadership, and through which I approach social engagement (relationship building, communications, investment). It all started with the work and research I did as a co-author of Don’t Think Pink I then realized I wanted to leverage that knowledge for a broad sustainability impact. And, that’s where Gender and the Sustainable Brain comes in. I wrote that piece, which outlines my perspective on the marketing to women and sustainability connection (and why it matters) for The Solutions Journal.

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SUSTAINABILITY & CSR

Having chosen to live in places like Portland, OR; Bellingham, WA; Burlington, VT; and now, lovely Seattle, WA, it became clear that I was driven by the desire to be in and around people thinking about sustainable business and corporate social responsibility. As the tech entrepreneurs say, I “pivoted” from marketing to women into this specialty in 2008, leveraging my writing and social networks to dig in. Whether writing or doing communications consulting, I look for counterintuitive angles, big picture trends to connect with and interesting voices, as yet unheard – for the purposes of corporate brand and thought leadership development.

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SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT

Building social capital is how you create change and amplify impact. I have been blown away by how I’ve seen this to be true through networks like Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ (for now) and absolutely love to help clients gain from real engagement and investment in the relationship building process. Whether with a sustainability/CSR focus or not, there is incredible power in building community, sharing appreciation of the great wisdom, research and innovation already out there… and connecting with an audience around your own thought leadership along the way. None of what I advise is a hard sell – as that is not an authentic way to make human connection. Instead, social engagement prepares the ground or fortifies the foundation from which leaders can contribute and interact with broader ideas and new audiences. But, you have to dive into the practice of being “social” in a way that works for you. Helping you or your small team figure that out is my goal.

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