LAGARDE’S 2ND TERM
Christine Lagarde, first female head of the International Monetary Fund, secures 2nd term as its head.
ALPHABET EATS APPLE
Alphabet, parent company of Google, became S&P 500’s most valuable company beating Apple.
COULD BLACK HOLE DISCOVERY LEAD TO NOBEL PRIZE?
Scientist detect a black hole’s gravitational waves first proposed by Einstein’s relativity’s theory – possible 2016 Nobel Prize candidate?
THE PAINTER IS A WOMAN!
MET opens exhibit on Vigée Lebrun, a rare female painter during the French Revolution.
In This Issue
Feb. 17, 2016
You may have heard of ‘Emotional Intelligence’ (EI). In this issue, we tell the story of the woman behind ‘Connectional Intelligence’ and her journey to a confident and connected life.
Check out this Issue’s Feature Story.
Time for a New Archetype
As busy women, we have all stood in front of an airport magazine rack littered with choices. I have been personally perplexed by the many titles that fall into the “mommy media” and “sexy media” categories – but nothing that reflected both my career aspirations AND my lifestyle needs. My co-founder, Aurelie Jean, and I found many professional women who felt the same way.
We found that the archetype of the classy professional woman who is comfortable aspiring to be successful was broadly missing from the media landscape. To normalize this archetype, we created PATRONNÈ – the classy female “boss”.
The idea of PATRONNÈ was born out a desire to deliver substantive career and lifestyle content for the professional woman but with the same creative flair and panache of a fashion magazine. Unlike other magazines targeting women, our “models” are truly accomplished – and that’s why we called them “mavens”.
We have worked tirelessly interviewing awesome mavens for our trial. For this inaugural issue, we chose Erica Dhawan who is not afraid of being confident nor does she believe in waiting in line for “your turn” at success.
I hope you enjoy the trial and use the opportunity to help shape PATRONNÈ.
The Tory Burch Fitbit bracelet is a super chic accessory that offers both style and function. Ideal for motivating you at a time when most people abandon their New Year’s resolution activities. Now you can do that fashionably.
CHEF UMA NAIDOO, MD
Full-time women workers’ earnings are only about 78 percent of their male counterparts’ earnings. (White House)
Do You Know Your Value?
Whether you’re hoping for a promotion, a pay raise, a shift in responsibilities, or a more flexible work schedule, professional negotiations rest on your ability to effectively communicate the value you bring to the table.
Negotiations can be tricky for everyone, but professional women face some unique challenges when it comes to striking a fair bargain. However, for women to effectively communicate the value they offer, they must first know it themselves.
So the first question we pose is – Do you know what you are worth?
Take Note of Two Mental Hurdles
1- You Just Need to Work Hard – We have come to believe the myth that if we just work hard, then we will be organically rewarded with promotions and increased salaries. As Dr. Chester Karrass proclaimed in his aptly titled book, “In Business As in Life, You Don’t Get What You Deserve, You Get What You Negotiate“.
He offers one explanation for why competent and hardworking men and women sometimes fail to earn what their skills are worth. If you can do one thing to improve compensation for your knowledge, skills, and abilities, replace the myth with with this fact – You have not (at least in part) because you ask not.
2- You Can Assess Your Value In A Vacuum – Nicole Stephens, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, notes that – unlike men, who may tend to overvalue their own strengths and contributions – “women are more likely to systematically underestimate their value.” Stephens notes that this is especially true “when standards are ambiguous” – that is, in the absence of information about what peers are receiving and about performance expectations. Fortunately, when that ambiguity disappears, the gender gap does to. So don’t expect yourself to accurately assess your value in the absence of information. Your skills have an objective market value, and that value is discoverable.
So how can you remove some of that ambiguity to more accurately assess your value?
Do Your Homework
1- Find out what your colleagues are making. If it’s a pay raise you’re looking for, it’s important to know what others with similar skills, experience and responsibilities are making. How do you find out? Ask. You would be surprised to learn how willing others are to share this information because they too would like to know. Colleagues at work and in trade associations are good places to start. Be sure to ask both men and women.
2- Assess the market value of your skills and abilities to understand the potential range that is appropriate to seek during negotiation. Tools like www.salary.com, www.payscale.com and www.glassdoor.com should be go-to resources for initial research and on-going updates to your understanding of the objective market value of your skills. If you are working with headhunters and other career search professionals, they too can be good sources of information.
Do your homework so you have a good sense of where you fit within the field of possibilities. And remember to update your data manually. Like home values, market value for skills can fluctuate.
Do an Honest Self-Assessment
Brzezinski notes that part of your research should be a self-assessment. Being well-informed about how your contributions and assets compared to those of your peers will help you have confidence that what you’re asking for is reasonable and well-deserved.
1- Taking the perspective of your company or organization, make a list of
That being said, assessing your value and having confidence in yourself is one thing, but communicating that value in a negotiation and asking for what you want is another.
Ask With Confidence. But Justify Your Request
Asking for what you deserve can be hard to actually do even with market research in hand. According to Professor Stephens, research has shown that women are not only less likely to ask (or likely to ask for less) than men, but unfortunately when they do ask, they’re more likely to be judged harshly.
Whereas men who drive a hard bargain tend to be seen as both more competent and more likeable, women who do the same tend to be seen as more competent but less likeable – and to experience negative consequences in their professional lives. This is true even if they initially get what they’re asking for. They may initially “succeed,” but they are more likely to pay a penalty down the line. Now, there’s a double bind if I ever saw one.
So what’s a savvy, professional woman who knows her worth to do?
Frame Your Request as Relational & Demonstrate Your Organizational Commitment
As Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook and author of Lean In) advises, women can often avoid these negative consequences by pairing a confident request with a rationale or justification – preferably one that demonstrates their organizational commitment.
Professor Stephens explains that, in negotiating on their own behalf, women are going against gender stereotypes, and, like it or not, this makes people uncomfortable. Providing a rationale can ease this discomfort and allow women to avoid the negative ramifications they might otherwise face in negotiating on their own behalf. Of course, keeping this all in mind can be intimidating.
Advice to Men: “Don’t be intimidated by your partner’s strength. A loving relationship is not a competition. If you feel threatened by a successful and career oriented woman, then you should look inside yourself and ask whether these feelings come from insecurity on your part.”
Meet Roy Karp, a 41 year old lawyer turned educator, married for 11 years to Courtney Karp (an Attorney) and father to 17 month old Lucy.
More than one year ago, Courtney and Roy faced one of the hardest challenges in their lives when their premature baby girl was born with health issues.
Roy talks to PATRONNÈ Magazine about his relationship, his new role as stay-at-home-dad, relationship dynamics and how it helped overcome past and current challenges.
PATRONNÈ: How do you view traditional gender roles?
Roy Karp: Courtney and I have a very equal partnership. We both have graduate degrees and professional careers, but we often joke about our common “role reversals.” For example, Courtney is the more avid sports fan, while I do things like sewing buttons. I don’t think we are that far out of the norm for 2016, though it is more equal than marital relationships of our parents’ generation.
PATRONNÈ: Describe one notable thing about being a stay-at-home Dad?
RK: One thing that is typical of my daily routine is laundry! I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t do laundry, fold and put away clothing and cloth diapers.
PATRONNÈ: How do you both manage your household?
RK: Before our daughter was born, we equally shared household chores. Courtney is an attorney in private practice so financially it made since that I stay at home while she returned to work. I have taken on more household chores and greater responsibility for our daughter’s care.
PATRONNÈ: How do you make time to date each other?
RK: We receive 74 hours of in-home nursing weekly because of Lucy’s healthcare needs. We have a weekly dinner date at our favorite restaurant to eat and catch up with each other. This is an essential break from our role as parents and the stress of caring for a medically complex child.
PATRONNÈ: What is it like to be partnered with an ambitious woman?
RK: I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am a professional myself, and enjoy having a partner with whom I can discuss my work, as well as literature, theater, art, history, politics, law, education, current events and other common interests.
Erica Dhawan, CEO of Cotential, has a lot to say about confidence and connections.
By Beth Renaud
Photographer: Ivan Djikaev
Becoming Confident & Connected
“The energy we create when we connect is the foundation for the change we can make in the world”.
“People want to connect with you when you’re open, authentic, and genuine.”
“I began to feel like I didn’t belong there and I started to cover myself. I hid my passion for Bollywood and Bhangra dancing. I hid the fact that I was doing work with a local nonprofit.”
“When we connect in entirely new ways, it gives us the curiosity to ask new questions and the courage to take new risks.”
"GET BIG THINGS DONE"
gets buoyed, but we also open ourselves to finding the right people we need at a given time to help us solve a problem.
Erica left Wall Street and has not looked back. She went on to pursue advanced degrees at MIT’s Sloan School of Business and then Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) to define a new version of success that was truly her own.
FAST & LONG-LASTING LOOK
We took our career model Daniela Kretchmer, former Marketing Director of Boston-based Amino Apps and demonstrated how a quick and long-lasting look could be achieved with Motives brand skincare and cosmetics lines.
Beauty Advisor, Maria Grantham chose Motives® skincare and cosmetics line because the products are mineral based, and talc, paraben and cruelty free. Because skin is the body’s largest organ, long-wear products should work in harmony with your skin and health. See Maria’s tips for a long-lasting look that can be achieved in minutes.
Tip 1: Moisturize
The secret to successful application is hydrated skin. Your moisturizer should leave no residue and create a smooth canvas.
Tip 2: Primer
Use a pea size amount of primer to enable skin to bond with makeup – extending the life of your foundation.
Tip 3: Foundation
Apply foundation with a brush and blend with round strokes. The mineral foundation is a good choice as it’s infused with vitamins and dries to a smooth powder finish.
Tip 4 – Shadow Liner & All Day Gloss
Blend colors from the eye shadow palette to create a liner look for the eye. Shadow liners last longer. Color lips with an all day gloss.
Tip 5 - Setting Spray
Another secret to a long-lasting look is a makeup setting spray. Lightly spray it all over the face before applying mascara.
Tip 6 - Finish with Lashes
Coat your lashes two times for extra staying power.
PATRONNÈ MAGAZINE | @Work Podcast, hosted by Chandra Briggman
Episode 1: A New Paradigm
Kristine Steinberg, CEO of Kismet Consulting sits down with Chandra Briggman of PATRONNÈ MAGAZINE to talk about professional women and office politics in this four episode series. In Episode 1 we discuss how framing office politics differently can help women embrace it as an important tool in their career toolkit.
PATRONNÈ MAGAZINE | Profiles in Action Video Series
Topic: Staying True to Your Passion
Leslie Kwan is a classically trained harpsichordist and founder of L’Académie – a critically acclaimed chamber orchestra that specializes in Baroque music. She is also head of Marketing for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Hear Leslie share her career path and how career women like you can stay true to your passions even when life takes you on detours. Follow her at @.
THE SIDE-SPLIT PENCIL SKIRT
SIDE-SPLIT INSPIRED SKIRTS
Is there a “best” time in my career to develop my brand and does it need to evolve along my career?
Think about your personal brand the way you’d think of your health. It’s far better and easier to do a little bit every day, over time, rather than “crash dieting” and trying to accomplish everything at once (which rarely works, anyway). Because your brand is the collection of impressions that people have developed about you over time, it’s useful to start a regimen early in your career of creating interesting content and sharing it, whether it’s blogging once a week or crafting a well-curated Twitter feed. Those small things, which may take only an hour or two per week, will ensure others are thinking about you in the right way (“she really knows a lot about marketing”), rather than forming a more haphazard impression.
3 Spices to Boost Your Brain
If you are in need of alertness and mental clarity, one of your best allies is an assortment of spices that go well in winter dishes.
Cloves possess antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties. In animals, clove oil reverses memory deficits and can speed the metabolism thereby uplifting negative moods.
Cinnamon metabolizes into sodium benzoate which significantly increases the levels of several chemicals in the brain which stimulate the birth of new brain cells and encourage the survival of existing cells.
In animals, nutmeg can act as an antidepressant and in some cultures, nutmeg is also used to promote sleep.
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Have you ever received the “Out of Storage” message on your iPhone but transferring files from your phone never makes it off your to-do list? The iMemStick is a handy device that can change that. It provides a quick and convenient way to transfer photos, videos, music and Microsoft Office files between your iPhone, iPad, PCs and Mac computers.
Why we like it?
- No need to connect to the internet or find cables for file transfer.
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