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This just isn’t a catchy title to get your attention. (Although it must have worked if you’re reading this.) No, this is an actual question posed to me by my daughter, The Teenager. 

In our office kitchen, there is an island. And when there is food on that island, it is generally understood that it is for the benefit of all. Since we are an office of mostly women and one very polite man, community food—especially if it is dessert—disappears at a respectful rate. A half of a brownie instead of a whole, a small sliver of pie instead of a thick cut, and never, NEVER take the last piece. 

I’m a wordsmith by profession, and by passion. And while our woes may vary, we may have something in common when it comes to having to multitask and needing to prioritize. 

Did you know? Boards that have women in twenty percent of their board seats are forty percent more profitable than other boards! Women bring to boards a sense of calm, thoughtfulness, collaboration, and willingness to address issues head on. So, why there aren’t more women on boards of directors? A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend Inforum’s BoardAccess™ event, “How Boards Work.” Mary Tuk, president of Fifth Third Bank, and Maureen Noe, president/CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way, shed their light on what fundamentals make a good board and what women can do to provide their talents to an existing board. 

When I first started with Serendipity, one of the things I was most excited about was getting back to my long lost love of the written word. I used to love writing; I loved writing poems, stories, nightly in my journal. There was something about it: Sometimes, I could only express what I was really feeling through writing it down.

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