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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.

During a recent Inforum Affinity Group activity, I learned that even though I'm an adult and have been living on my own—and paying my own bills—for years, sometimes I need to tackle financial lessons like a little girl. At the end of the month, even if your dollars may not be many, the details that go into plotting and carrying out monetary success are. So, get your duckies in a row! 

As kids, we loved the prospect of a snow day. I can still remember the thrill of getting to fall back to sleep on a blustery morning, then spending the entire day doing anything but going to school. But now, with a daughter of my own, snow days aren't so exciting. Instead of relaxing, snow days are anxiety-ridden as I try to figure out how to provide care for my child while I'm at the office. 

As a recent college graduate, I am finding that keeping up with paying the bills and affording gas and food is a lot to handle on a small budget income. But it is nothing like those I know who have student loans to pay off as well. 

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