Tiger Teams, Task Forces, and Councils, Oh My!

“I’d like you to be a part of a new initiative we’re kicking off,” I said into the phone. “We’re forming a tiger team.” “Uh…a what?” he asked after a brief pause. It was the very same response that I had given when asked to lead a red team some years earlier. There are a … Continue reading Tiger Teams, Task Forces, and Councils, Oh My!

Rubbish Runners and Other Odd Jobs That Build Character

“It’s a trashy job, but somebody’s got to do it!” That was the slogan for our fledgling Rubbish Runners business, my first foray into entrepreneurship. When I was very young, our town had little motorized vehicles that zipped up to the top of people’s driveways to pick up trash. But cost-cutting measures eliminated the service, … Continue reading Rubbish Runners and Other Odd Jobs That Build Character

Stick-to-itiveness in Sports and Science

My first team sport was soccer, as part of an all-girls league in my hometown. I recall fondly the smell of freshly cut oranges passed around at halftime and breaking in stiff new cleats at the start of a season. My favorite coach was Mr. Glover — a stocky man who came to practice lugging … Continue reading Stick-to-itiveness in Sports and Science

I’m Also the Lunch Lady

Buckled into my window seat in coach, I took a deep breath and ran through my to do list in my head. It had been a whirlwind of a day already. After spending the morning preparing for the upcoming product launch event in Germany, I navigated New York traffic, crawled through airport security, and raced … Continue reading I’m Also the Lunch Lady