The Biggest Mistake Women Make During Career Introductions

As an avid reader of the Cosmo, I have been a fan of Joanna Coles, former Editor-In-Chief, since her early days of at the magazine.  She expanded the content to career advice, finances, and other less traditional “Cosmo” topics making it my all around go to along with Forbes and Inc.  That’s right, I am a Cosmo girl.  My fan girl experience, with regards to Joanna, went to a level 10 when she liked and retweeted something I wrote back in 2014  about rock star women in business.  I felt like that was a small example of how supportive she is of women and their careers.  She is one of my celebrity mentors (in my mind) that I actually have never met but learn so much from.2

Career Advice from Joanna Coles

While watching episode 1 of So Cosmo, Joanna imparted her wisdom on a group of unsuspecting millennials visiting the Cosmo office.  During an introduction exchange between Joanna and the group, one woman introduced herself  by her first name only.  Joanna explains, “First rule of Joanne Coles, women in particular should always say both names [when introducing their selves].  Women always go, hi, I’m Julie.  You have to go hi, I’m Julie Thompson.  Men never ever worry about doing that.”  She further goes on to explain her rationale behind the “first rule of Joanna Coles” to relationship expert, Matthew Hussey, who overheard the exchange between Coles and the millennials.  “It is very important.  It’s my signature thing. Cause you think of yourself as Matthew Hussey, but if you were a girl you would just think of yourself as Matthew.”


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In that moment, I replayed several instances when I introduced myself to clients as simply Danielle when my male counterpart would introduce himself first name last name.  While doing a little research about introductions, I found that when people properly introduce themselves by first name last name, the other people is more likely to rememer you and your name.  Remember my whole, Hi nice to meet you, I forgot your name already phase??  Perhaps this would have helped everyone back then.  What I like about the “first rule of Joanna Coles”,  is the expression of assertiveness  and dominance in the first introduction.   It’s like “leaning in” before anyone has even had time to make any judgements, good, bad, or indifferent, and letting them know you are  a boss chick in the room.  If this is the first rule of Joanna Coles, I can’t wait to see what else I learn from my celebrity mentor.She Makes Cents Logo

{The Woman Behind the Brand} Danielle YB Vason of “She Makes Cents”

Hello Lovelies!  Are you curious about the person behind the brand? Who is SHE?  Well, I am very excited to invite you to check out my updated About Me page (click the picture below).  So much has happened in my life and in the lives of my readers since I created my first about me page… that I was way  past due for an update.  Over the years I have enjoyed getting to know my readers and I have been inspired by your stories that you bravely share on the site and the personal ones that are emailed to me privately.   I never feel alone in my journey because of readers like you are right there for every step toward financial freedom.   About Me

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{Woman to Watch} Misty Copeland

For years I have followed the career of ballet dancer, Misty Copeland.  Beyond her killer legs and amazing stage presence is a woman who encourages young dancers of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds to be the best they can be on the stage and off.  This week, Copeland was promoted to principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater, making her the FIRST African-American ballet dancer of the A.B.T. to lead the company, a goal that she set for herself years ago.

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At the beginning of every year, I ask readers of SMC the same question: What ONE word reflects your vision for the year?  Back in 2013, I selected the word “BALANCE” and framed the picture above as a visual reminder of the balance I so wanted in my life at that time. She has been an inspiration to me and an example that hard work and the belief in oneself is the most powerful prerequisites to accomplishing one’s goals. She is unstoppable, she is glamorous, and #shemakescents!

{Wise Words} Quote of the Week

This is an oldie, but goodie.  Instead of doing my normal “Wise Words“, I’d like to share a quote with you that shows, it’s not smart to mess with a smart woman.  During a radio interview with Sway and Lauren Conrad, a caller asked her, “What’s Your Favorite Position”?  Her answer, well, it’s a classic! 

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Oh Lauren Conrad… I remember being in high school watching her on MTV during her high school days in Laguna and then her Teen Vogue days in Hollywood.   Now she is all grown up and clearly a Woman to Watch. 

Mint.com Interview with Founder of SheMakesCents.com, Danielle Y. Boler

Back in March, I was contacted by a Editorial Assistant for Mint asking if I would be interested in doing an interview.  I interview people all the time, but rarely am I on the other side of questions.  Excited and a little nervous, I agreed.  Yesterday, they  contacted me to let me know that the interview was published. 

Check out an excerpt from my interview below:

Personal Finance Interview with Danielle Boler on Women and Personal Finance for Mint.com

Danielle Boler- Creator of She Makes Cents copyDanielle Boler hopes to start a conversation about how women can make smarter financial decisions and live a fabulous life on her blog She Makes Cents. When it comes to how women view money compared to men, Danielle says she believes women are more cautious – which can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, saving more creates a good cushion for emergencies and other unforeseen events, but it can also prevent big financial gain. “Some believe it’s because women are not confident in making big financial decisions. I’m inclined to disagree,” she says. “When armed with the proper tools to make sound financial choices, women prove to be confident, powerful and commanding in their financial choices.” In the end, diversifying your financial portfolio (no matter what your gender) is important on every income level to make your money work for you, she says.

We recently checked out with the sassy blogger to learn more about her site and get her take on personal finance. Here’s what she had to say:

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{Business Cents} Preview to Like A Girl Series

Women in the WorkplaceLast week I posed the question to my female readers, are we [women] losing the corporate game because we are playing “like a girl”? This very question inspired our new Like a Girl series. What does it mean to do something “like a girl”, anyway? As I child, my parents reinforced the notion that I could do anything a boy could do; however, society emphasizes the phrase “like a girl” to describe someone as weak, soft, and less than. Over the next few weeks, we will tackle topics of women, business, and money while rejecting the crippling actions and societal impositions of this “like a girl” behavior. Together, we will redefine what it means to do something LIKE A GIRL…. better yet, LIKE A WOMAN!

When joining us for this discussion, do not forget to use hashtags #shemakescents and #LikeAGirl

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{Business Cents} Is Thinking Like A Woman Not Enough to Become A Boss?

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I like the quote “Act like a Lady, Think like a Boss”, but after admittedly over thinking it, it might not be as empowering as I once believed.  Perhaps, the shift in my thought process came after the quote was expanded to say, “look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, & work like a boss”.  First off, I’m not a girl, rather a grown woman climbing the corporate ladder and this quote, in my opinion, perpetuates two very poignant paradigms that have been instilled in our culture.  The first, that thinking like a man yields better professional results and the second; thinking like a woman is inferior.  Is thinking like a woman not enough to become a boss?  Is this part of the reason gender and pay inequality is still very present in the workplace?  Better yet, are we losing the “corporate game” because we are playing “like a girl”?She Makes Cents

Join SMC next Wednesday as we begin our “Like a Girl” series as I take on topics of Women, Business, & Money explored through studies, career experts, and personal experiences.  My goal is to redefine the standard of measurement while shedding light on some awesome women who are kicking ass and taking names in their careers!

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{Woman to Watch} Jen Ramos of Made By Girl

Meet Jen Ramos!

Jen RamosOn of my favorite things to do on Sundays is kick back and read other people’s blogs. A few years ago, I came across the online shop and blog Made By Girl, by Jen Ramos, which features all things pretty from paper goods to typographical posters!  I had an instant connection to her style aesthetic and immediately started blogger crushing on Ramos.  She then upped the ante, when she launched her new site, Cocoa & Hearts, where she sells gorgeous original paintings.  Since following her on social media, I feel like I have gotten to know her precious and oh so fab dog Darla, her family, and get a more behind the scenes of the woman behind the brand.  As a blogger and a woman in business, it is important to make a splash and let your presence be known.  She is always polished, personable, and positive and that’s why she is our latest Woman to Watch!

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{Woman To Watch} Abi Ferrin

 Meet Abi Ferrin!

Fashion Cents She Makes CentsAbi Ferrin is a fashion designer, humanitarian, a woman who uses her “cents” to ignite awareness in global issues and define what that success means to her… oh and did I mention that she is our November Woman to Watch (#w2w).  She defines success  as “a moving target”, explains Ferrin in an email interview with She Makes Cents.    ABI FERRIN, the company,  is the versatile and sophisticated fashion brand that offers  easy-to-care-for fabrics providing a chic solution for women of all ages and body types; remember the 5- Way Nikki Dress?  Each of her Made in the U.S.A. garments feature  hand-crafted adornments made by women rescued from the sex trade and other forms of abusive employment in Nepal and Cambodia.  Ferrin adds, “My idea of what [success] is always moves ahead, so I can never seem to quite feel like I am there yet. Ten years ago the company I have created today would be a huge success in my mind, but now that I am here I have so much more I want to do! I think being successful is an ongoing project, measured by reaching certain benchmarks along the way. If you can see that you are impacting people’s lives in a positive way as a result of your daily existence and making a difference in this world, then you are successful”.  Yes, there are plenty of successful women to watch in business, but it is Ferrin’s impact on others that I find compelling. 

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About the Freedom Project

The Freedom Project is the branch of Ferrin’s business that focuses on giving back by incorporating vendor businesses that are created for and by marginalized people. For example,  all of the buttons and most accessories are from Sak Saum in Cambodia, which rescues, restores and rehabilitates trafficked people. These people then become a part of the Sak Saum business once they are healthy, and as a vendor she gets to be a part of supporting their ongoing success and empowerment through their own efforts and responsibility!  Ferrin explains, “Freedom is the most important thing to me. I knew I wanted my fashion company to have substance that went past making people look good. I wanted to empower women to step up their daily style and feel good about themselves, while still living their lives”.  Congrats Abi Ferrin for being our November Woman to Watch. 

For more information about The Freedom Project, please visit www.abiferrin.com or www.saksaum.com

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{Women in Business} Lessons from Kell on Earth

Meet Kelly Cutrone!

Kelly CutroneI used to watch the Bravo show Kell on Earth that followed fashion publicist, author, and mom, Kelly Curtone, and her team at the fashion PR firm People’s Revolution. While yes, I loved the “reality” of this reality show, without knowing it, I was learning valuable life and business lessons. Perhaps, her most repeated note of advice to women comes from the title of one of her books- If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You.   I remember hearing her say this and thinking to myself, duh, I wouldn’t cry at work. That’s so unprofessional. My naiveté at my judgment of people who do this. While yes, tears in the workplace can be viewed as unprofessional, sometimes things happen where the scale of logic and emotion could be tipped in either direction. My lesson learned from Kelly Curtone, never let them see you sweat or cry!