I noticed something interesting about creativity and organizations in my earliest years of studying it: organizations were willing to embrace it...when something had gone wrong. Think about it: when are managers, bosses, or leaders most likely to ask for your creative solutions? When you're down a staff member. When funding is interrupted. When circumstances change … Continue reading Calling Upon Your Inner Creative During COVID-19: Part 1
I don't know about you, but I've never seen this before. Colleges and universities are accustomed to adapting to any number of strange and seemingly unreal circumstances: major storms, lockdowns in the face of safety concerns, but pandemics - mercifully - seem brand new. As schools start to ensure the continuation of their academic operations … Continue reading Care and Creativity: Programming Considerations in the time of COVID-19
It's been too long since I returned to my roots. My claim to (far from real) fame was thinking about how introversion intersects with our work lives - particular through my lens of student affairs and higher education. Years later, though I talk about a number of other topics, introversion still holds a very special … Continue reading [WEBINAR] Coming Soon: Job Search Strategies for Introverts
In my last post, I walked readers through the first half of my Cultivating Creativity framework, as lived out through the ethos of the Bon Appétit test kitchen. After losing myself in hours of their taped footage for what felt like no reason, I later came to understand that it was giving me a real … Continue reading Cine-spiration: Creativity in the BA Test Kitchen, Part 2
When I think about one of the times in my life where I had the smallest amount of time to access creativity - high school - one outlet stands out: cooking. It started with an elective I took sophomore year, Principles of Food Preparation. In the grind of an ambitious and exhausting academic schedule, Food … Continue reading Cine-spiration: Creativity in the BA Test Kitchen, Part 1
It's that time of year! With between 78 and 79 books under my belt on the year (I abandoned one and am finishing another), I always like to share what made me smile, made my heart glow, and made my brain grow with knowledge. Hope you enjoy, and feel free to sound off on what … Continue reading Best Reads of 2019
Last week, it was my pleasure to present my session geared toward introverted women for wiseHer's inaugural Business and Career Acceleration Summit. As an organization, wiseHer is dedicated to providing women the career advice, mentorship, and knowledge to push their entrepreneurial and professional dreams forward; I highly recommend it as a place to find support, … Continue reading [VIDEO] wiseHer Business and Career Acceleration Summit Recap
I've just finished reading Reach Out: The Simple Strategy You Need to Expand Your Network and Increase Your Influence by Molly Beck, and I proverbially ran here to write about it. For those who know my work with Defector Academy, you'll recognize that its emphasis on building your network aligns nicely with principle 4: Assemble Your Crew. … Continue reading Hey Defectors, Run to Molly Beck’s “Reach Out” Method!
Hey there, me again. I haven't been writing in this space as much as I once had, thanks in large part to strenuous writing posts with Social Media Week, as well as a hectic speaking schedule and content work with Swoot, a podcast app built for "socially powered podcast recommendations." But the bright side of … Continue reading The Marfo Makeshift Money Manual: Podcast Edition
Next month, I'm doing a one-off offering for Defector Academy that I'm really excited to provide...and I hope you'll be excited enough to take part in! When I talk to people who are in the early stages of contemplating leaving student affairs and higher education, many of the same words surface in our conversations: "overwhelming," … Continue reading Defectober is Coming. Will You Join Us for the Ride?