Founder, Step Up Women’s Network
“There are no problems – only solutions.”
In your opinion, what qualities make a “Power Woman”?
Vision, strategic, philanthropic, passionate
What do you think is the number one action we as a society can take toward empowering women and gender equality?
Do you think that asking previous salary requirements in job interviews contributes to the pay gap between women and men? NY State outlawed this practice. Should it be nationwide?
Yes! Yes! There are many factors that contribute to a candidate’s previous salary. Expecting them to offer this information to prospective employers without the full context exacerbates the pay gap – not only the gender pay gap, but across many different demographics and psychographics. Organizations should understand the fair market value for the talent they’re seeking and be prepared to pay it when they find the right candidate.
What was the defining moment or experience in your life that led you to where you are
Starting Step Up. Feeling in my gut there was a need and the journey to launch — and the continuous exploration and growth of a collaborative — it never ends and continues to define me!
Legislators, priests, philosophers, writers, and scientists have striven to show that the subordinate position of woman is willed in heaven and advantageous on earth.” — Simone de Beauvoir. Is this still a major stumbling block on the 21st century road to equality?
It’s now on us. We’re the stumbling block. We’re also the stairway.
What is your mantra? What phrase or parabel best describes your approach right now?
There are no problems — only solutions.
How would you describe the changes in the political landscape for women over the past five years?
The work continues — we can’t let up.
Women are often placed in binaries. Strong and emotionless or weak and sensitive. How do you subvert these limitations and connect to all sides of womanhood?
Stay tuned in to your authentic self and be open — mentorship and connection is key .
What advice would you give to any aspiring Power Women?
Seek the support of trusted mentors and guides — together, we can go far!
What steps do you take to obtain a healthy work/life balance?
I’m always trying new ways of achieving this — but exercise is key, and I like watching episodic TV to unplug before bed. I also always make time to check in with my girlfriends!
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Wait a beat — don’t react. Take an hour or two or a day before you respond.
What is your favorite book (fiction or non-fiction)?
This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel
What do you most value in your friends?
Honesty/ humor/ trust
Which trait do you most deplore in yourself? In others?
I can’t answer this question — we all have things we need to work on. Being honest with ourselves, being able to have perspective on one’s own motivations and actions is key.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Seeming invincible — there is power in vulnerability.
“Seeming invincible – there is power in vulnerability.”