There are times when life throws you a curveball that’s so unbelievable you can barely believe it. This is what happened to a career politician by the name of Joseph Crowley in November 2018 when he was voted out of office. A 28-year-old female bartender named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – who received 57% of the vote – suddenly became the youngest woman to serve in the United States Congress.
The media quickly dubbed her “the second-most talked about politician in America” and in April 1, 2019 she appeared on the cover of Time magazine with a report about her meteoric rise. What happened? This was the question everyone was asking because three weeks before Primary Day the polls had shown Crowley leading by 36 percentage points.
It takes a perfect storm to dislodge a congressional leader and the conclusion was this: (a) it was a demographic and generational change, (b) an insider vs. an outsider, plus (c) the traditional tactics vs. modern-age digital organizing. That’s it – but not quite – there was one more factor.
ENTER MEGAN HELLERER, THE CAREER COACH
I read this eye-opening piece by Bridget Read that appeared in the November 2019 issue of New York magazine and it was a revelation. Hellerer, 35, calls herself the Conscious Career Coach. She works only with women – more specifically “underfulfilled overachievers,” meaning: high-performing teacher’s-pet types who have followed every mandate for success and remain desperately unhappy. Hellerer has a stellar background: Chapin, Stanford and employment as a Strategic-Partnerships Executive for eight years at Google before she left in 2014.
HELLERER STARTED HER OWN BUSINESS IN 2015
This is when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (we’ll cut that down to AOC), a Boston University grad, took one of Hellerer’s workshops that Hellerer explains through acronyms: (1) MMB for Mind Mood Body, (2) FOBM for Fear of Being Mean, and (3) LMGTFY for Let Me Google That For You. She is all about dismissing outside voices and listening to yourself or your inner GPS. For women, the fear of self manifests itself as: (A) I’m TOO old, (B) I’m TOO young – followed by (C) I won’t make ENOUGH money – followed by (D) No one SHOULD go to Stanford to become a career coach.
Megan Hellerer taking a coffee break – Photo: Courtesy of New York magazine, 11/19
HER COACHING SESSIONS WITH AOC ARE PRIVATE
But Hellerer did mention that after her workshop she worked one-on-one with AOC and they worked out an approach of “instead of hitting goals, think of warmer or colder steps.” For example: AOC went to community-board meetings, volunteered for the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign and took time off from work to go to Flint, Michigan and then Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Lastly, she received a call asking her to run for Congress.
A TESTIMONIAL FROM AOC POSTED ON INSTAGRAM
Hellerer asked AOC if she would write a positive comment and, of course she complied. “Your guidance, help and support were pivotal, at a time when I felt very lost. You helped me reframe a lot of my thinking and were part of a series of events that culminated in the big advantage of a Congressional run – and win!” Overall I think this is a great story!
NOW, LET’S TAKE A LOOK BACK AT 2019 FOR WIN #2
Remember Awkwafina aka Sandra Oh? We’ve written about her a lot but if you need to refresh your memory please CLICK HERE.
She had a banner year in 2019 – at the Golden Globes she made history not once but three times according to Marie Claire magazine, Holiday 2019. Here’s the list: (I) The first actress of Asian descent to win multiple globes, (II) The first woman of Asian descent to win Best Actress in a TV Drama in 39 years, and (III) The first Asian person to host the Golden Globes ceremony. You go girl!!
Awkwafina accepts her Golden Globe in 2020 for The Farewell
AND THEN SHE DID IT AGAIN on January 5, 2020 the actress won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy – she’s on a rocket!!Shaun Nelson-Henrick
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I just read an article that sounded – to me at least – like “a canary in a coal mine” or an early warning of danger. This piece, written by Joe Pompeo, appeared in the May 2020 issue of Vanity Fair magazine with the title “The British Tabloid Invasion” and a subtitle that read, “How the Daily Mail is conquering American gossip.”
The paparazzi horde, La Dolce Vita, 1960 – photo courtesy of Vanity Fair
Apparently the good old U.S. is a nation of “not great” sleepers. Really? And I thought I was the only one! According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it was revealed that one out of three Americans are chronically sleep-deprived. Yikes!
I think we’re all taken by the incredible mystique of the famous French fashion house, Hermès that has been with us for two centuries and is still owned and operated by the same family. From its beginnings in fine equestrian leather goods, they are – in the tumultuous year 2020 – best known for their handbags and many other items.
My image of Hermès has always been rarified products at equally rarified prices so imagine my surprise when I recently received a very stylish publication of theirs in the mail.
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