Random Thoughts

Don’t Be a Booger Bystander

If you have a booger on your face, chances are, I’m going to tell you. I might say, “Hey, you have something hanging off your nose.” Or maybe I’ll silently hand you a tissue. But I’m not going to let you walk around town a minute longer with that booger on your face. Unless […]

By |May 16th, 2016|Random Thoughts, Sexual Violence|Comments Off on Don’t Be a Booger Bystander

Things I May Never Understand

There are a few human behaviors that just don’t make any sense to me. As much as I try to understand them, I can’t seem to figure them out. I strive to empathize with different perspectives, cultural contexts, and world views, so I really feel I must be missing something. Plus, having a reasonable […]

By |October 13th, 2015|Random Thoughts|Comments Off on Things I May Never Understand

Martyr for the cause

Why do we believe that we must sacrifice to do good in the world? It’s a false choice, but one that is reinforced at many levels throughout the non-profit sector.

My mentee graduated Brown with honors and had to take out a loan so she could accept a nonprofit position working with low income communities […]

By |October 6th, 2015|Random Thoughts|Comments Off on Martyr for the cause

It’s not a 4-letter word

“I just can’t say NO.”

How many times have you heard this lament from someone who was stressed, overwhelmed, and overcommitted?   As a fundraiser, relationship manager, and a parent of a three year old, the word NO is a part of my life. I hear it and say it on a daily basis – […]

By |November 20th, 2014|Motherhood, Nonprofit Management, Random Thoughts|2 Comments

Cuteness for Life

Everyone is cut out to be cute.  Men, women, gay, straight, young, old – doesn’t matter.  For some, it might take a little practice, but it’s totally possible for all of us.  And it’s much longer lasting, more versatile, and more universal than being hot.  When I’m 80 years old, I’m definitely not going […]

By |December 7th, 2012|Random Thoughts|Comments Off on Cuteness for Life


I love when life gives me moments that affirm I am on the right path. When the universe gives me a wink and a nod.

When I was a senior in high school, I was fortunate enough to be in the position of deciding between two great schools: Brown and Columbia. I had […]

By |November 19th, 2012|Random Thoughts|1 Comment

Enlivening is Easy

Maybe it is the caffeine or the crispness in the air, but I felt particularly alive today. It occurred to me that making the world more alive is pretty darn easy. Here are four things you can do before you even get to work or school:

1. Leave a $1 tip with your cup […]

By |September 13th, 2012|Random Thoughts|1 Comment

Networking Tips for Introverts

I took my first Myers Briggs Type Indicator test when I was 7 (INTJ, in case you are wondering).  As someone with an extroverted job, many are surprised to learn I am in fact an introvert.  As an advancement and fundraising professional, I’ve had to learn how to make my introversion an asset, and wanted to share a few tips with introverts and extroverts alike.  Being an introvert doesn’t mean that I can’t network or hang out at social events, it just means I approach it differently.

By |May 22nd, 2012|Random Thoughts|7 Comments

Working Mom Must-Have List

So in addition to being an advocate against sexual violence, I’m also a working mom - and a new one at that - my son is only 9 months old.  I had no idea what it would be like to balance my challenging job and motherhood, and I certainly don’t have it all figured […]

By |May 10th, 2012|Random Thoughts|6 Comments

The Low Road by Marge Piercy

Thank you, Cecile Richards, for an inspirational speech at Brown University’s 120 Years of Women Celebration and for sharing Marge Piercy’s words.  I left the weekend feeling moved, empowered, and just enough angry to recommit myself to fighting the injustices that still exist in our world.

Alone, you can fight,


you can refuse, you can


take what […]

By |May 6th, 2012|Random Thoughts|6 Comments