The long term security of a known paycheck, health insurance and retirement that went away was very scary. I struggled with the pros and cons for about a year before actually making the leap. BUT once the words came out of my mouth…it was like an elephant was lifted off my chest and it was … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 3: Meet Bonnie, Chelsea, and Sharon
Today marks the start of the third series of The Defectors, and you might find it's taken on a different form from its last two iterations. And there's a reason for that. When I first Defected, one of the biggest challenges I never expected to feel was feeling isolated. Between going into business for myself, … Continue reading The Defectors, Series 3: Defectors in Conversation
Season 3. We back. The time has come to share your stories. I'm gathering a new set of dispatches for The Defectors, my now annual series about the interesting and fulfilling ways that I and others are using their higher education experience in new fields. Former faculty, staff, and administrators in higher education are encouraged … Continue reading Call for Submissions: The Defectors, Season 3
The start of April marks the end of Women's History Month, a period where female speakers are in high demand. I had the opportunity to participate in a few events celebrating women over the last month, and relished the opportunity to do so. But now that April has arrived, I want to keep that momentum … Continue reading 7 Women Whose Wisdom Inspires Year-Round
Experimenting with new forms this week: check out my video on how to support introverts during crunch time- and happy April! Wanna skip the video? No worries, full text is below: Hey everyone! Amma here, and today I want to talk about crunch time. As I come to you, the calendar is approaching April. For … Continue reading [VIDEO] Supporting Introverts Through Crunch Time
I want to talk about Logan Paul for a minute. Actually, I don't. I don't want to talk about Logan Paul, but the events of the past few months surrounding the callous video content he's posted on his YouTube channel, his apparent contrition for offense or trauma that was caused, and subsequent missteps which show … Continue reading What Does Creativity Without Heart Look Like?
Earlier this week, I got to tick a major box off my lifetime "to do" list: present at the South by Southwest Conference and Festival in Austin, TX. Alongside standup comedian and MondayPunday creator Matthew Broussard, satire professor and News Hangover creator Keli Dailey, and Emerson administrator and Humans of Higher Education contributor Jason Meier, we spent … Continue reading [VIDEO] SXSW Panel: Memes and Monologues
A few weeks ago at the Academy Awards, Best Actress in a Motion Picture winner Frances McDormand set Google afire with the phrase "inclusion rider." The idea was not hers; rather, it was the brainchild of USC Annenberg School of Communication professor Stacy L. Smith. First proposed in 2014, it is a contract clause that … Continue reading Inclusion Riders for the Rest of Us
I know the feeling well. Your head buzzes the whole flight home, perhaps punctuated with quick jots in the margins of conference programs or inside padfolios. The last several days have been educational, entertaining, and energizing. But what do we do with that energy once we get home? This year, I want it to really … Continue reading Presenting: 2018 Post Conference “Coffee Chats”!
This post was previously published with Keep Calm and Dream: For Introverts, by Introverts. Any group that is lesser known to the public is bound to be misunderstood, and introversion is no exception. A great many myths have been attributed to this quieter 1/3 to 1/2 of the population, but many have deeper explanations and … Continue reading 8 Myths About Introverts