The Decade I Balanced in Three Inch Heels: My THIRTIES

My third decade began in 1984 while I was employed in the executive and corporate aviation world. The culture and personalities of this micro industry taught me a great deal about what to do and what not to do to advance my career and dodge trouble.

I learned many skills including how to recite the aviation alphabet and hold my liquor like one of the boys. We worked hard and we played hard and for sure, today, many of the then accepted practices and behaviors would be forbidden. Let me just say the #MeToo club had lots of members.

My thirties were a very pivotal time in my identity development. This decade included my second divorce and my third marriage. I expand on this in the chapter  "Serial Wife". in my book.

This decade was also the beginning of my education in the chemical industry, and a discovery I had an affinity to sales and marketing because of my fascination with the uniqueness and motivations of people.

Initially, I was terrified at the prospect of convincing...

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Guest Encore Blogger - Caren Cantrell, 102nd Place

By Guest Blogger, Caren Cantrell

“Too many people are ready to carry the stool when the piano needs to be moved.” - Anon.

For a long time this was one of my favorite quotes. I heard it early in my banking career and decided right then, that if I wanted to make a difference, I’d need to be a piano mover. I’d need to have strength, courage and a “can do” attitude. I’d have to be a leader.

So that’s what I did, rising through the ranks over 30 some years becoming the Chief Operations Officer for a Super Community Bank leading a team of 600 plus employees in five different states. Some of the pianos I moved were Grands – consolidating and creating centralized operations areas where none existed. Some of them were simple keyboards – tweaking a process, filling a gap. With every move I broadened my experience, developed my character, and defined who I was: a competent,...

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Guest Encore Blogger - Lee Woodward, Woman In Disguise

Welcome Encore Guest Blogger:

Lee Woodward, Owner of Woman in Disguise


Sometimes encores come in disguise.

When I met Lee Woodward she was leaving her role from big corporate to become an entrepreneur. Talk about changing some paradigms!

Lee's experience will be an inspiration for many others to pursue their Encore!



I am very excited to be a guest blogger for the Encore Catalyst. Isabel is always generous with her wisdom and warmth, so it is nice to be able to offer something in return. I’m also excited because I have started my own encore, I’ll call it an encore in process.

Here is how I got started on the script for the next & best performance of my life...

This April will mark one year since I quit my career. I use the word career because I was not changing jobs, companies or industry. I made the decision that I was going to start over, do a redesign so to speak. The decision was not...

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