Tap Into the Surprising Benefits of Gratitude

If you’re new here, you may want to sign up for my free email newsletter. Thanks for visiting!Thanksgiving – that most American of holidays – is upon us. And although I have lived outside of my home country of the US for roughly 40% of my life, I still get a hankering for turkey with […]

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From Envy to Inspiration

“Remember to stay on your own yoga mat,” the yoga instructor said as I, and the members of my yoga class, held the “warrior” pose. “Don’t compare yourself to others. This is your yoga practice, not someone else’s.” After that comment, I made a concerted effort to avoid sneaking a peek at the super-fit, super-flexible […]

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Do Not Skip This Step in Your International Development Job Search

It’s okay to dip your toe in the pool, and then decide whether you’d like to dive in. It’s okay to go on a first date — or 50 dates – before you decide whether you want to marry that person. It’s okay to test-drive a car before you buy it. In fact, not only […]

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3 Questions to Find Your Career Sweet Spot

Trying to figure out what work is best for you? Answer three questions and find the “sweet spot” where your answers intersect. In sports like tennis, baseball, or golf, there is such a thing as a “sweet spot” – the area on the racket, bat, or club where hitting the ball will have maximum impact. […]

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Good Fences Make Good Careers in International Development

Fresh out of grad school, I took a job at a management consulting firm in Washington, DC. My employer was a large private sector company; all of my clients were government agencies. I was excited to help public sector organizations become more effective in carrying out their missions. In my early days on the job, […]

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Dads in International Development Weigh In on Work-Life Balance (Part 2 of 2)

Long working hours, extensive international travel, and late night (or early morning) conference calls are often expected of international development professionals. And for those who are raising kids, it can be challenging to balance these demands with the needs of family. To celebrate Father’s Day last week, I asked dads who work in aid & […]

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Dads in International Development Weigh In on Work-Life Balance (Part 1 of 2)

Long working hours, extensive international travel, and late night (or early morning) conference calls are often expected of international development professionals. And for those who are raising kids, it can be challenging to balance these demands with the needs of family. To celebrate Father’s Day, I asked dads who work in aid & international development […]

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Help Build a Network of Support for International Development Professionals

“I shouldn’t complain and vent so much to my team about our projects,” admitted Annette (not her real name) during one of our coaching sessions. As the country director of an international development contractor, she is the only person at her level in country, and the only expat in the office. “I know complaining is […]

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Working Moms (and Dads) in International Development (Part 2: The Trade-offs)

Raising children while pursuing a career in international development is not for the fainthearted. In speaking with working moms in development about the challenges – and benefits – of being a working mom in this field, I heard about several themes. Travel, of course, is a critical issue. Working moms also shared about the trade-offs […]

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Working Moms in International Development (Part 1: Surviving Travel)

What are the challenges – and benefits – of being a working mom in international development? To celebrate Mother’s Day, I gathered answers to this question from aid & international development professionals who are also moms. Their input highlighted a variety of issues, including travel, balancing one’s career with a spouse’s or with the needs […]

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