I asked Katherine McGraw Patterson to be a Smart Woman Conversation member because I know she brings authenticity, experience, and insight to the world of business. Her focus is women. And, with all of that, she recently became an author. Her book, Lunching with Lions: Strategies for the Networking-Averse, tells us right on the cover that "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu." Read more →


We build connections that spark with talent, excitement, laughter, tears, emotional bonds that are forged in iron! These are connections that will not be broken. When you forge something in iron, it builds tensile strength and beauty in one glorious piece of metal. Read more →


In this video, Maggie touches upon how to succeed in a gig economy and how to take something remarkably unique (i.e.: zero pet waste information) and turn it into a successful focus for her writing. You need to watch to learn how she got started - and while she has magic in her soul, becoming successful was not magic! It was... a good bit of work. Read more →


This is boutique catering. There needs to be balance and harmony, as we all know that food is an integral part of life - which is ever about balance and harmony. I love that they say Chef Juan is "balloons in the air" while Judith is "feet on the ground." B Read more →


I tried to imagine where it had hung, once upon a time. I read the inscription over and over, and imagined it as part of a large, heavy door, facing the public square in some mid-sized city. I could see people look at it, turn their eyes away, hurry along, hoping no one they knew would ever have to go through that door. Read more →


When I found Nettie, again, after many years of silence, we took up right where we left off. Our conversations (behind the scenes) were full of the stories of life we needed to share. And therein lies the best part of today's Smart Woman Conversation with Nettie Reynolds - storytelling.  Read more →


Anastasia calls herself a "generational expert" and she doesn't do this lightly. She recognizes the need for all of us to work together. I give her oodles of credit for figuring out the #newjobnewlife hashtag (how that happened is in the video and it's interesting... so pay attention as you watch), given that so many of us are on that path.  Read more →


We are curious creatures, we human beings. Women, especially, are seekers of truth and justice - for our children, if not for ourselves. For our community, for those we love unconditionally. We long for a sense of significance. We ache for righteousness. We strive for acceptance. We desire to be noticed. But, we are too often not present for the result. Read more →


Margo Lovett has a voice that makes my soul melt. There is a quality to the softness of it that makes me listen more closely to what she's saying. It also exudes confidence. When she speaks, I think the world is listening. Certainly, my heart hears and tells me this is a good thing.  Read more →


Yes, being polite is a good thing. Knowing when  to express apologies and when not to, is a learning experience. The message here is that you cannot fix the whole world, and being sorry for that is not endearing you to customers or clients or prospects. In fact, it may be harming your growing relationship. Read more →