I used to believe that in order to be seen as a leader, a woman must be bold and aggressive, always ready to get her point across. I was of the school of thought that said to assert her power, a woman leader must put on a tough exterior to show that she’s mastered the hard skills of business and strategy.
For Stephanie Rastetter, proprietor and chef of Water Street Bistro, excellence is not a word, but a creed. She can make even the most ordinary dish extraordinary. Her philosophy: she prepares food not only for the love of cooking but for more generous goals of community and sharing.
tishomir / Shutterstock.com From a young age my mother always compared me to my older brother. Our grades, our abilities, even our actions were all fair game for comparison to the other. Many psychologists may cringe at this parenting tactic, but in my mother's defense I grew up strong, independent, and believing [...]
Cocoa The Cure-All: Good For Hearts, Minds, And Small-Island Economies I’ve always loved chocolate. I grew up on chocolate bars, rationed out in sensible doses by my parents so as to avoid tooth decay, obesity, and teenage acne. The best thing about Easter continues to be achingly sweet Cadbury crème eggs, although nowadays I [...]
I’ve Paid My Dues, Now Pay Me What I’m Worth Prospect: “I love your portfolio. What’s your rate?” Freelancer: “My retainer rate is $2000 per month.” Prospect: “How about we make it $1200 and call it even?” Freelancer: “Okay.” Huh? Does it surprise you that female freelancers often accept lower rates than their male [...]