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1102, 2017

Meredith Kopit-Levien––On the Front Line of Journalism

February 11th, 2017|Categories: Personal|

Once upon a time, a newspaper was a newspaper was a newspaper. News was gathered, organized, edited and printed. The finished product was then sold—daily, weekly, occasionally monthly—at bookstores and newsstands, delivered to homes and businesses by paid subscription. Not so anymore.

Meredith Kopit-Levien, my guest on Episode 11 of the Disrupt Yourself Podcast, is the […]

2601, 2017

Forbes | Mentors Matter: There Are So Many Different Ways To Mentor

January 26th, 2017|Categories: Other Publications|

When I ask women to name someone who has been a meaningful mentor in their lives, the most common response sounds something like this: “There are so many. I don’t know where to start.” But when you pin them down, they usually come up with someone, whether a boss, a teacher, parent, grandparent or partner. […]

2601, 2017

Patrick Pichette–How This Former CFO of Google Disrupted Himself

January 26th, 2017|Categories: Personal|

The former CFO of Google, Patrick Pichette, is my guest on the 10th episode of the Disrupt Yourself Podcast. I think you’ll find, as I did, that Patrick has valuable insights on many of the nuances of personal disruption. Talent development, for example, and the importance of leaving the curve when you’re at the top […]

1701, 2017

Forbes | Stacy London On How To Wear Life Well

January 17th, 2017|Categories: Other Publications|

Stacy London by NickOnken.me

For me, there is this sense of fashion being about privilege, and that privilege has to do           with wealth, youth and thinness….Those are the qualifications that you need in order to           participate in fashion. I’ve spent my life sort […]

1701, 2017

Stacy London–Getting Fired From Mademoiselle Is Exactly What She Needed

January 17th, 2017|Categories: Personal|

Stacy London, television fashion guru and bestselling author, is my guest on Episode 9 of the Disrupt Yourself Podcast. Early in her career she spent four years at Mademoiselle magazine. Then came a new editor-in-chief, new priorities and London found herself unceremoniously fired. Devastating at the time, she has long since realized that being fired […]

1001, 2017

Forbes | Travel Alone- You’ll Be Surprised At What You Discover

January 10th, 2017|Categories: Other Publications|

I used to be surprised when I reached out to someone after a contact hiatus of a year or two and discovered they were off on an entirely new adventure. No longer—it happens too often and happened again recently with Paula Froelich.

When last we communicated, she was Yahoo Travel’s Editor-At-Large. She had a wonderful series […]

201, 2017

Forbes | To Get Ahead, Figure Out Your Boss’ Biggest Challenge, And Solve It

January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Other Publications|

Liz Wiseman delivering a keynote speech.

After the publication of the bestselling book, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, and the launch of leadership research and development firm, The Wiseman Group, of which she is President, Liz Wiseman popped onto the scene as a leading management thinker, writer, speaker and trainer. She followed with […]

3012, 2016

Linkedin | Even For the Really Successful, the Price of Success is Perseverance

December 30th, 2016|Categories: Other Publications|

The late Steve Jobs is famous for many things, large and small, including this statement: “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

My guest for episode eight of the Disrupt Yourself Podcast, Bernie Swain, exemplifies this as well as anyone I’ve ever met. Bernie is […]

3012, 2016

Forbes | Wondering What To Do With Your Law Degree, Consider Cybersecurity

December 30th, 2016|Categories: Other Publications|

Courtesy Shelley Westman

Your career may not turn out as you imagined. But what you learn in the process can springboard you to new opportunities.

Just ask Shelley Westman.

As a girl, her cousin would tell stories about his legal clients. She decided to become a lawyer. The fact that he was quite wealthy didn’t hurt either.

She loved law […]

2912, 2016

Bernie Swain–Sometimes You Can’t Justify The Risk, But You Do It Anyway

December 29th, 2016|Categories: Personal|

Bernie Swain, Chairman and Founder of Washington Speakers Bureau, is my guest on episode 8 of the Disrupt Yourself Podcast.

He is a little older than my previous guests. Retirement age, in fact. He has weathered the ups and downs of a long career. Now old enough to offer real insight.

Bernie launched his career before shelves […]