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July 26, 2016

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Are You More Melania or Ivanka?

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There’s no love lost for Donald Trump among some women, but wife Melania and daughter Ivanka are getting plenty of kudos.

This week, it has been the Trump ladies, a powerful combination of beauty and brains, who have dominated headlines.

From Melania plagiarizing Michelle Obama in her stirring speech (a Trump speechwriter ultimately admitted blame) to Ivanka’s powerful introduction of her dad at the GOP convention, all eyes have been on the Trump women.

One widely-shared New York Times piece put forth the idea that men want to marry Melanias (women who are at happiest at home) and raise Ivankas, who nurture families and bring home the bacon, too.

All of that buzz got us talking about what we want for ourselves and our daughters–as professionals, as wives, as mothers–and who we look to as role models.

We’re doing a little poll.

Putting politics and even money aside, with whom do you identify more: stay-at-home Melania or workaholic Ivanka?


And, it goes without saying, you may very well be like many of us who can’t identify with either.

Is Working From Home Right For You?


Telecommuting is here to stay: A recent Gallup poll found that 37% of workers have telecommuted, up from 9% in 1995. For many women, the opportunity to split their time between home and office is ideal.

But just because it sounds good doesn’t mean everyone is cut out for it, which is part of the reason not everyone telecommutes.

There are clear signs to consider before envisioning a work-at-home arrangement.

Be prepared to answer questions that your boss is bound to ask, starting with: Do you need to be on-site to do your job?  How does your boss feel about it? And how will you measure and ensure success?

“If your boss is still hesitant about the idea after you’ve made your case, ask for a trial period to prove you can be successful working outside of the office,” says career expert Lisa Quast.

Also, if you’re interested in working from home, take our  short assessment here which will give you an idea if it’d right for you.

Working Long Hours May Be Unhealthy

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We’ve all heard variations on the expression “all work and no play makes Jane a dull girl.” But a new study says that too many hours at work may actually be unhealthy. Researchers at Ohio State University based results from interviews with almost 7,500 women born between 1957 and 1964 over a 32-year period. What they found was found that women who worked an average of 60 hours or more over the three decades of the study had three times the risk of getting diabetes, cancer, heart trouble and arthritis than those who worked 40-hour weeks. Men weren’t nearly as affected by long work hours, the researchers found: They had a higher incidence of arthritis, but none of the other chronic diseases. Moreover, men who worked 41-50 hours per week had a lower risk of heart disease, lung disease and depression than those who worked fewer than 40 hours.

Why Spelling and Grammar Matter Now and Forever

In a study of 1700 online dating sites, 43 percent of users considered bad grammar unattractive while 35 percent thought good grammar was appealing. Likewise, many companies place a high value on spelling and grammar: if you’re sending out an email with errors, it’s a reflection on their entire organization. And if you don’t bother to spell check an email, how can clients be sure that your company will deliver quality products or services? In this piece,  writer John Boitnott lays out six steps to take before pushing “send” on any email. “While it may not seem like a major concern, making even the smallest of mistakes when composing these written messages can have a major impact on our careers since poor writing skills can give colleagues and customers the impression that we’re not really educated or  skilled enough to do our jobs properly.”

What To Expect During a Job Search

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It’s safe to assume that looking for a job is not on very many fun lists. There are bound to be false starts and stops, along with an accompanying range of emotions from misery to elation. In this piece, Vicki Salemi says “the key to handling the emotions of your first job search is to ride them out.”

Think You’re Underpaid? Your Doctor May Be, Too


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The New York Times reports  that women doctors at some of the nation’s most prominent public medical schools earn nearly $20,000 less a year on average than their male colleagues. The story appears to confirm two things that women know all too well: 1) when it comes to salaries, men are hard-wired to pay men more than women to do the same work and 2) one reason may be that women don’t demand more when they negotiate their pay. Study author Dr. Anupam B. Jena, a Harvard professor, told the paper that men and women may negotiate differently, and “male physicians may be more aggressive in terms of obtaining outside salary offers.” The medical community seemed exasperated by the results. “It’s 2016, and yet in a very methodically strong, large study that covers a broad swath of the country, you’re still seeing at the very least a 10 percent difference in what men and women take home,” said Dr. Molly Cooke, a professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco, who has studied salary disparities among physicians.

Candor is One of the Most Underrated Qualities in Business


Kathleen Murphy joined Fidelity in 2009 as President of Personal Investing, a business that provides millions of individual investors with investment services such as retirement planning, college planning, estate planning strategies, retail brokerage & trading services, and cash management offerings. Personal Investing is a leading provider of offerings such as mutual funds, IRAs, ETFs, college savings plans, and many more.

Ms. Murphy also oversees Fidelity’s life insurance and annuities business, its workplace savings business for tax-exempt organizations, all of the firm’s brand and advertising programs, its online strategies through, and Fidelity’s mobile device applications.

Prior to joining Fidelity, Kathy was CEO of ING U.S. Wealth Management, leading the Defined Contribution, Defined Benefit, Retirement Solutions, Annuities, and ING Advisors Network businesses. Ms. Murphy began her career with Aetna, spending 15 years in a variety of legal and government affairs positions, eventually serving as general counsel and chief compliance officer, Aetna Financial Services.

Kathy sits on the Board of Directors and Executive Committees of America’s Promise Alliance and the National Football Foundation. She has been named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business” by Fortune magazine, one of the “Wall Street Top 50” and “Business 100” by Irish America magazine, and named as one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” by US Banker, among other honors.

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