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 Testamonial:  Georgian's workshop, "Advice to Your Younger Self:  Celebrate Your Story" at the 2015 Connecticut Women's Conference was very well received.  Each attendee came away with newly discovered energy and courage to take on life's transitions.  Her workshop was the perfect follow-up to our morning program, "Unleash Your Inner Hero!" 

Joanne Gustafson, President, Connecticut Women's Alliance.


Workshop Offerings Include: 

Your Next 20 Years - A Workshop for Midlife Career Women

Develop realistic hope for earning as we age; address 'what if' scenarios; catalog transferable skills and talents; explore opportunities to do what you always wanted!





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Mister Ed, Lucy, Mom & Me is a booklet that shares how watching '60s sitcoms with my Mom helped lighten the caregiving experience.  Available on Amazon. 

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Insights & Observations

 Welcome! Note the tabs on top -- Trades Success showcases Handbooks I co-authored that celebrates careers in the trades. The "Working Women" section offers services and ideas to help summon our creativity in every phase of our careers.  In the "Ponder That" section I comment on current news items and emerging trends.  In the "Tips" section I offer workplace advice and reminders. "About Me" is just that. "Mid LIFE Matters" has segments from my public tv show.   "The Ryan Group" tab offers access to an astounding set of organizational improvement services.

2019 career advice for success in the trades:



Available on Amazon  

Special Edition Building Success in the Trades


Manufacturing Trades Success: 



Below are two managment e-books I authored for retaining talent:


Read these E-Books  in 2 hours at Work!

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Below are shots of inspiration for experienced working women: 


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 "Mid LIFE Matters" - Wallingford Public TV

 I host a half-hour show on WPAA-TV celebrating women's wisdom and wit.  Fascinating women share their stories and growth mindsets:  Segments are under the MidLIFE Matters tab on this site and on You Tube, under my name.

I am honored to win the 2016 Community Media Rika Welch leadership award for community impact; a testimony to the Guests who shared their stories on MidLIFE Matters



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E-Book Webinars & Workshops

Thank you to Joan Lahti, Ph.D., of Get To The Point Books for sponsoring a 45-minute webinar on my e-book, Are Your Star Performers Packing Their Bags?  How to Persuade Them to Stay.  Participants from across the country (and globe) reflected on their own retention tactics, and saw how to navigate this user-friendly workbook approach.   I offer similar sessions -- in person, online, or using blended technology, for any size group.  Contact Joan for a reference:







Trying to Make Sure the Kids ARE Alright

Good news about pay equality? ... "Women do almost as well as men today ...as long as they don't have children."  Jane Waldfogel, a Columbia U professor who studies families and work, weighed in with that pithy statement in a 08/04/10 NYT article featuring women nominated for the Supreme Court.  No surprise to any of us parents, taking time to take care of others extracts a high price in terms of career earnings.  One memorable story for me came from an upwardly-mobile friend whose wife was on a business trip.  When his young daughter complained at breakfast that she didn't feel well,  he dismissed her with "you'll be fine."  At which point she threw up in her cereal bowl.  What an inconvenient truth, as he had a busy day in the office all planned out. 

In the NYT article by David Leonhardt, one conclusion is that the odds are stacked against working parents ... "Most parents are simply not able to have it all, regardless of where they are on the income spectrum."  From where I sit, this same statement is also true about adult children watching out for their aging parents ...  as current "sandwich" caregivers are mostly women, its 'de-ja vue' all over again.  Of course, some things can't be reduced to dollars and cents --- my Mom enabled me to work long hours when my daughter was in pre-school,  and  that grandmother bond was priceless.


Hopelessly Twitter-pated 

Disney's Bambi learned about the birds and the bees by watching his forest friends, Thumper and Flower, get 'twitter-pated' in the annual rite of Spring. Today we seem to be suffering from an epidemic of 'twitterpation', but the passion is less primal.  Or is it?

  •  A  survey by AAA reveals that 86% of teens drive while distracted, despite 30 states having laws against texting while driving.  William Van Tassel, manager of AAA's driving training programs said "... Driving is the first real adult responsibility, but let's face it, they're still teens whose brains aren't fully developed." (USA Today, 08/02/10)
  • Buzz Bissinger, acclaimed author of "Friday Night Lights" decried texting as "the complete dumbing down of our society" before becoming addicted, himself.  He claims wife #3 is threatening drastic measures if he can't step away while with the family. (NYT, 08/02/10)
  •  Tumblr is described as "a space between Twitter and Facebook" by Mark Coatney, the company's "media evangelist"; its positioned as a way for traditional companies and media outlets to build a relationship among a young crowd, with "creative expression in mind."  (NYT, 08/02/10)
  • Just Dukky merges junk mail with social marketing and web technology --"direct marketing on steroids."  Customers get give-aways but provide personal info to redeem the on-line coupons, using texts or email.  Their online activities are tracked at each stage. A marketing bonanza!  (Entrepreneur, July, 2010)
  • On a less progressive note, the United Arab Emirates are planning to block BlackBerry email and text messages, citing  security concerns.  YouTube, Facebook and Google have had their own challenges within the Persian Gulf.  (NYT 08/02/10) 




Shoot for the Moon, Land on a Star

If a Kaplan learning center helped you become the star you are today, be grateful Stanley Kaplan was rejected from medical school.  His "Plan B" ultimately spawned over 100 test-prep centers in the US.  Perhaps his success started with his job at age 14, tutoring others for 25 cents an hour.  Like other start-ups of lore, he launched his company from his parents' home -- in 1938.  He and  his wife also established a foundation for a range of causes, including, of course, education.  He died at age 90 in 2009. So stop staring at that closed door, and get going!   Source:  USA Today, 8/25/09.


Small World After All

A 7/29/10 NYT article features a woman-owned hot dog stand in California that was rescued by an international microlender;  the money was disbursed through a US pilot program.    Amanda Keppert believes if not for the $6,500 loan from Kiva.org, she would have lost everything.  But thanks to funds that are more commonly available in third world countries, she is shown smiling next to her cheery stand.  The depressed economy in Silicon Valley was the villian, but Kiva and a group called the Opportunity Fund are the heroes.  Gina Harman, president and chief executive of Accion USA, another microlender and Kiva partner, said "People are compelled to do something in their backyard.  Suddenly, giving $1 to someone in Ghana isn't as important as giving to someone here." 


Nostalgia: a Healthy Indulgence

An article in the July/August, 2010 edition of Scientific American Mind reverses the idea that nostalgia is a weakness.  To the contrary, a 2006 study links it to psychological well-being.  Derived from the Greek words for "return" and "pain", nostalgia can actually improve people's moods and sense of well being.  Study participants who recalled vivid, complex memories reported a strong sense of social competence (openness with others about feelings; ability to give emotional support to friends; adeptness at forming relationships). As teams are strengthened by a history of overcoming obstacles, it may be a form of organizational nostalgia.  "To be able to look back on one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice" -- First century Roman poet Marcus Valerius Martial.