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It’s Time to Change the Office Culture

Does this sound familiar to you? The meeting is about to start when the committee chairman catches your eye, and you realize that you’re the only woman in the room, and you know what’s coming next: “Diane, would you mind taking notes for the meeting today?” What do…

Wasted In The Workplace

A few weeks ago I had the chance to ask Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria about the continuing inequalities many women experience at work. In response, he noted that "Since 54% of college graduates are women, it is a waste of a valuable resource not to have…

Not "Female Leaders," Just "Leaders"

With female executives stepping up to the plate and making their voices heard, women now have many more role models in leadership. Women like Mary Barra of General Motors, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, and Virginia Rometty of IBM are becoming household names and accelerating the conversation about female…

The Truth About Ambition

So, women have made some great advances in education and in the work place in recent decades, but we still lag behind men when it comes to compensation, promotion, and executive-level management. This is true despite the fact that our nation’s top colleges are graduating more women than…

A Real Partner

What does it mean to have a “real partner?” As I mentioned last week, I just finished Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In, and one of her main recommendations for working women is to “make your partner a real partner.” Sheryl cites research showing that if a married couple…

Women Who Work, Love and Pray

Diane with 4word Portland leaders Maria (left) and Katie (right) at the Portland Good Friday Breakfast last month. It's been a little more than a year and a half since Diane's book "Work, Love, Pray" was published. Since then, the topic of working mothers and working women has…

Leaning In, Together

I’ve been reading Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In.  For the most part I like it very much, with one caveat.  For me, no discussion of work life balance is complete without faith. I believe that work and family are best served through a relationship with one God,…

Choosing a Partner on the Path to "Having It All"

Could choosing the “right” guy be the key to having it all? Some high profile women think so. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg called this choice the “most important career decision you’re going to make,” while giving the commencement address at Barnard College. Sandberg went on to explain that…

You Can Have "It" All

What does it mean to "have it all"? It’s a phrase we’ve all heard, but last week in an article for The Atlantic, Anne-Marie Slaughter made “having it all” a hot issue. She says professional working moms really can’t do it in today's economic and societal structure. Moreover,…

Home for Dinner

The COO of Facebook leaves work every day by 5:30 to have dinner with her kids, and she thinks you should too. How great is that? I love so many things about this clip. First, it's refreshing to hear women talk frankly about their balancing choices.  Note that…