exec moms

Many of us find a traditional career path to be stifling, especially after we have kids, and the number of hours we can toil away at the office becomes more limited. The happiest women I know are the ones who either work part-time or are self-employed. My friend Laura Scholes is no exception. Laura is […]


Who needs to “lean forward”

by Katrina on January 28, 2013

Hello! I’m still here. I’ve been working on something that I’m really excited about, and plan to share with you soon. In the meantime, check out this great column by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times: She’s (Rarely) the Boss It’s about the lack of women in the halls of power (for example, only […]


Girls Rule.

by Katrina on November 15, 2012

Cross-posted on The Huffington Post Ladies, we are having a very good year. This election, a record number of women—binders and binders full of them—ran for office, and…best of all…won. In the new Congress, we will have 20 female Senators, up from 17. We will have the first openly gay senator, Tammy Baldwin, in Wisconsin. […]


The pregnant CEO

by Katrina on July 19, 2012

By now you’ve heard that the new CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, also happens to be six months pregnant with her first child. I’ve been torn between two reactions: 1. Dang! That is so cool! 2. She’s only taking “a few weeks” maternity leave? OK, I will try to suspend my disbelief. Maybe that will […]


My advice to women who give advice to women

by Katrina on July 2, 2012

Cross-posted from The Huffington Post. By now, you’ve probably either read or read about Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Atlantic essay in which she recounts from personal experience why she believes women cannot “have it all” and calls on all of us to recognize the conditions that must change to make it possible for women to thrive in […]


The Atlantic magazine story

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by Katrina on June 22, 2012

I’m blown away by this essay: “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” Finally, someone is saying what’s true. The author, Anne-Marie Slaughter, was a high-powered working mom in Washington who stepped off her career fast track to be with her teenage children. Then she wrote an essay, which was published in The Atlantic, saying […]


Keep your foot on the gas pedal?

by Katrina on May 31, 2011

This is a provocative talk that Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) gave at the TEDWomen conference last year. If you haven’t seen it yet, definitely check it out. It’s about why we don’t have more women leaders. Some disturbing statistics: Of 190 heads of state, nine are women. Of all the people in parliament in […]


Technology CAN be your friend

by Katrina on September 14, 2010

I work in a technology-related field, and I am consistently disappointed by how the same technology that is supposed to liberate us often ends up enslaving us. Smart phones, lap tops, and social media have made it “possible” for many of us to work all the time. Gee, thanks. So today, I’m logging into my […]


Event: Money and Meaning (Bay Area)

by Katrina on September 13, 2010

A friend of mine is putting together this program for Friday 9/17 at 12 pm. It looks intriguing. Are there really ways to make money without killing your soul? Or as my Uncle Peter would say, can you do well by doing good? If you’re in the Bay Area and interested in exploring how capitalism […]

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Something to whine about

by Katrina on March 10, 2010

“Frankly,” Cheryl said, looking straight ahead at the sea of women milling about with their salads. “I think women whine too much.”

As soon as I heard this sweeping judgment leave her lips, somewhere deep within the dark and mildewed basement corner of my brain, I formulated a judgment about Cheryl…