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How to Fast-Track Your Climb Up The Corporate Ladder

leadership May 03, 2021

The workplace has changed and more women are taking the top jobs. According to a 2019 report on Fortune 500 companies, there was a record-high number of 33 women CEOs. Globally, women in senior management roles are at an all-time high of 29% — but there's still plenty of space at the corporate table for women. Especially as the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the job outlook for executives to expand until 2029.

That said, women—especially women of color—still face challenges that make corporate success harder to achieve. Here are some ways women can break boundaries and get equal opportunities:

Continue your education

If you want to fast-track your career you need to always be learning and showing your superiors that you are proactive in this regard. Yet taking time off work to further educate yourself could halt your progress. Thankfully there are two ways to learn while working: in-company learning courses and online degrees/programs. If your...

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Lead Up for Women: a Hammersmith Support Interview with Colleen Biggs

leadership Apr 23, 2021

Hammersmith Support is a proud member of Lead Up for Women and we are excited to introduce you to the founder, Colleen Biggs. In the organization’s own words, Lead Up for Women “… is an elite community of female entrepreneurs that are driven by their passions, support, and promote with a purpose to fuel female voices with power.” This dynamic group accomplishes its mission with events hosted by members, monthly networking “Lunch-n-Learns,” bi-monthly magazines with articles written by members, the Speak Up to Lead Up podcast, and many more impressive and exciting events.

Hammersmith Support loves to support women and women-owned businesses, which is why we are a proud member of Lead Up for Women! Our founder, Heather Locke, will be sponsoring an upcoming Lunch-n-Learn, The One Thing: Success Lists vs. To-Do Lists, on Thursday, May 6th. We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event and we know you’ll enjoy...

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Women in tech are facing historic challenges in 2021

leadership Mar 08, 2021

We’ve now spent a full year under pandemic conditions in an industry marked by upheaval. We find ourselves at a crossroads, where progress toward gender equality is threatened by a crisis that disproportionately impacts women.

The fight for gender equality continues to be crucial, especially with this setback.

The third annual TrustRadius Women in Tech Report offers insight into these issues.

We surveyed over 450 tech professionals (66% who identified as women). In their words, we discovered the biggest challenges women in tech face in 2021. We also heard their suggestions for what can be done to fix them.

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Positivity: Is Yours Toxic, Fearful, or Healthy?

leadership Feb 26, 2021

This past year has been very challenging, to say the least. Unfortunately, I’ve seen some people in the personal development sphere acting like all you need to do is Think Positive, as if breaking down and struggling with fear and grief and anger is some kind of character flaw.

It’s not. It’s human.

On the flip side, there’s also been the backlash against this so-call Toxic Positivity. People accuse the Don’t Worry, Be Happy crew of being self-centered and lacking in empathy, yet that, too, is overly simplistic.

See, sometimes the reason people shy away from acknowledging heavier, “negative” emotions isn’t because they don’t care. It’s because they care too much, and they’re afraid that if they allow themselves to feel the lurking fear, grief, anger, shame, and/or guilt, they’ll drown in it. I call this type of avoidance Fearful Positivity.

What’s the difference between Toxic Positivity and Fearful...

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Meet Colleen Biggs: Pioneer of change for Women

leadership Feb 25, 2021

As seen in Voyager Magazine: Shout Out Arizona Feature


We had the good fortune of connecting with Colleen Biggs and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Colleen, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success is other supportive women. The success of Lead Up for Women has solely been in my drive and passion to lift all women by being the example and in return having them lift me. We can walk through life ignoring the fact that women judge, compete, and downright fight over some of the most trivial topics, or we can agree to own the truth and take charge to make a significant change to how women work together. Lead Up for Women was born with this in mind. How can we create an accepting world, disrupt the current landscape, and instill lasting change for women to dominate the entrepreneurial market? That’s where my journey began!

What should our readers...

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Meet Colleen Biggs-Pioneer for Women Change Makers

leadership Aug 07, 2020


We had the good fortune of connecting with Colleen Biggs and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Colleen, what do you attribute your success to?
The success of a brand has more to do with the consumer than the actual business and the products and services it offers. Yes, it’s important to ensure that your product/service provides a solution for the consumer, but more importantly, how you serve your community is key! I have found the success behind Lead Up for Women to be serving first. We stand for the success of other women. Every platform we create and every opportunity we provide women is applied and measured to one simple rule.

Will this opportunity help her SHOW UP, BE SEEN, provide a judgment-free and competition-free zone, and finally will this assist her in sharing her story/message for growth? If the answer is YES, we give the green light and create the opportunity! We believe in...

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On Being Inspired

leadership Jul 26, 2020

On Being Inspired

Two years ago I was presented with an opportunity to be the writing instructor for the Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis.

It would be one of the best decisions of my life.

As a social worker and writer, I know that writing serves a purpose in processing our lives. I’ve been writing forever-my story, other people’s stories and through it all, I learned, grew, cried, laughed, and was able to understand on a deeper level the work I was doing was relevant and important.

Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis (CSC) has a mission:  “To ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community to enhance their overall well-being." CSC provides a comprehensive professional program of social and emotional support and education designed to enhance the mind, body, and spirit of people whose lives have been affected by cancer.

All of the programs and services are provided...

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Appreciating everything you already are

leadership Apr 24, 2020

I recently saw a post on Instagram which read ” Stop hating yourself for everything you aren’t and start loving yourself for everything you already are“.  It made me stop and think and ask the question am I doing this?


To be honest the answer was yes. To some degree I was, self-sabotaging my good works and hard efforts with unflattering comments that reflected poorly on my normal positive mindset.

I thought about this and I gave myself permission to wallow ( just for a little bit ) in my self sabotaging state of mind.  I felt as if I needed to go through this and get it out, after all, I’m only human.  Just like at times it’s good to cry, scream, yell, perhaps throw something or punch something. In order to let go of the negative energy that has taken over all the wonderful things you already are.

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The first half of the statement is powerful, Stop hating yourself for everything you aren’t.  This is not always easy to...

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LEADERSHIP: A Closer Look at the Brands Paving the Way for Female Empowerment

leadership Mar 12, 2020

In 2020, a brand must do more than simply sell a product. Each company needs to go above and beyond to retain customers and establish its place as a market leader — involvement with wider political matters is a big part of this effort. When brand ethics shine through, customers will
appreciate the company’s commitment when it comes to championing inclusivity and empowerment. When brands wave the flag of empowerment, consumers are bound to listen. Some brands go above and beyond to ensure that both their staff and their customers feel supported. Whether that’s through the initiatives that they support, employee benefits to ease the strain on working mothers, or a range of makeup that is inclusive of all, every step towards inclusivity and empowerment represents a huge milestone. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the businesses that are championing empowerment in 2020.
Bumble focusses on female empowerment down to its very core. This game-changing...

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LEADERSHIP: Women in STEM: Empowerment in Employment

leadership Dec 05, 2019

Women in STEM: Empowerment in Employment
STEM (standing for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are industries usually taken
up by men. Women in these careers are low compared to men. It was said that in 2017, only 23 per
cent of females were in this industry. However, we have seen an increase as this is up by 105,470
and is higher than it was in 2016.
Careers in STEM are improving, with more women getting involved and taking up various roles in the
industry. This year has seen some of the biggest names and influential figures in the industry being
women, such as Kate Bouman, the woman who engineered the first image of a black hole. In this
article, we track how more women have entered STEM than any other field in the past four decades.
LinkedIn reported that more women got involved in STEM careers over the last four decades, than
any other. Philanthropist and former general manager at Microsoft, Melinda Gates, said: “Innovation
happens when we approach urgent challenges...

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