“You expected t…

“You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person died for no reason.”
― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Ahhh fall.  The time of maturation, old growth dying, and hunkering down for hibernation.  What can be an insular time of year is also beautiful and one of reflection.  And really, the weekends are the best.  Football, leaves, hikes, coffee inside.  Enjoy!

The arts are alive in Atlanta: Opera Ball 2013

The arts are alive in Atlanta: Opera Ball 2013

This past Saturday I had the privilege of attending the Atlanta Opera Ball at the beautiful St. Regis in Buckhead.  As a platinum level sponsor, I arranged our company table of 10 and we all had a “ball”!  Part of my involvement was to line up our silent auction items (thank you to Dior, La Prairie, YSL, Tom Ford, La Mer, and Charriol) and ensure they were prominently displayed.  Nestled among private wine dinners by Atlanta’s top chefs, trips to NYC and Aspen, and more luxury items and experiences, I can say the marketing and PR efforts paid off.  Our media partner, Modern Luxury, was in effect with photographers buzzing about, ABC News host Jovita Moore stunned in royal blue as she MC’d the evening, and one of the Atlanta Opera’s own singers graced us onstage with her amazing voice.  

This isn’t your vision of old-school opera you think of from the past- modern opera uses young talent with extraordinary training and imaginative story-telling.  Of course, the stories has always been at the heart of the opera… it’s really a soap opera of theatrics sets to music.  What I didn’t realize was how hip and interesting a new arts outlet this was for me.  And no matter the medium, the arts are vibrant and alive in Atlanta.  Take another look at the Atlanta Opera.  It’s a good night out with a wealth of talent from across the globe that we welcome in our lovely city!

Fall Birthday fun for ONE!

Fall Birthday fun for ONE!

I had such a ball planning and creating a fun fall birthday party for our little pumpkin, Alexander.  He turned 1 on 10/12 and seriously, the time FLEW this year.  Between working overtime, being fully booked at home and involved in so many outside marketing and social media venues, I’ve been batting thousands.  While raising a surprise baby.  So, he really deserved a fun party.

Thanks to Atlanta’s fabulous fall weather, we had a sunny warm day for adults and kids to hang outside and drink beer and wine (adults) and glue glitter on pumpkins (kids).  There was football throwing, open doors, driveway hangouts and general fall fun.  The Bulldogs lost but we still had a great day.  

The decorating was inspired all by Pinterest.  While it took time to get it all together, this planning site has again proven invaluable!  Chalk one up for party pro, PR perfection, and Pinterest!


Happy fall, y’all!

Get on Board! Or how to get a spot on an executive board…

Get on Board! Or how to get a spot on an executive board…

Today I had an informative meeting with the director of an organization that consults women to land executive board placement.  As someone who aspires to serve on a for-profit board later in my career, I listened with interest and gained insight I hope you can use.  

I currently serve on the board for http://mygirltalk.org/, a peer mentoring program I really believe in.  She said that non-profit boards are real work and can be quite demanding (agreed).  They are requiring of:

– your time

– your talents

– your funds

– your connections

Now this usually pays off in the form of opening your network and placing you in a good light professionally, not to mention the value of giving back personally.  I find that giving back when in the middle of a hard time yourself is even more rewarding and miraculously lifts burdens (try it- I’m serious).

Executive or for-profit boards are the holy grail of the business world and highly coveted.  Most offer pay in return for high-level expertise in specialized fields like finance, accounting, legal counsel, auditing, etc.  This is a nice bonus in most executive’s late-career years when retirement is on the horizon.  It’s also a benefit to pay it forward and work outside the box from they daily corporate needs they are chained to.  Again, a coveted spot.  So how does one aspire to land a gig like this?  First off, get to C-Suite level status.  It starts there.  Pave your way in the years prior by serving on non-profit boards (check!)

My contact advises the women that sign up with her on this very tactic- through strategic networking, exposure to corporate sponsors, and tools to put them in the right place at the right time.  In fact, she argues that even top-qualified women and men have been passed up for board appointments simply due to serendipity.  You can have “all the right stuff” and if there’s no connection or the timing is off, an opening can go to someone else.  So check out http://www.onboardnow.org/ and see that you’re on the right track.  Network, let your associates know you’d like to be considered when a spot opens up, and get ready to pay it forward.

What about you?  Have you served on a non-profit or for-profit board?  What’s your take on the tips to get to the top?

What a week

What a week

Lots of hours & little rest. With the whirlwind fall season upon us, my email inbox on overdrive, and the tweets that keep me in promotion-motion, I’m tired. More brain tired than physical tired which tells me I need to … Continue reading