The week of Thanksgiving is always a special time of year to me, but not for the reasons you may think. Two years ago, the Wed before Thanksgiving was my final day of my corporate job. You would think that I would have been elated, but on my last day, I was called down to HR and interrogated about the work bully situation that I had discussed (again) during my exit interview. Once more, I was brought to tears, and all that I wanted to do was to finally leave so that I could work on becoming myself again, but…

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I often times find myself referencing the book “True North” by Bill George to remind of my journey to authentic leadership. Depending on what I am experiencing, I find myself re-reading chapters and stories of others in order to do the internal work that I need to do in order to show up as a values driven authentic leader. I try my best to show up every day and lead with heart, but sometimes it’s easy to be derailed, especially with the pressure of social media at the forefront of everything that I do. I thought about the pressures of…

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Staying focused can be challenging, especially if you have a million things on your plate. This can be a struggle for ALL women: entrepreneurs, side hustlers, Moms, and even college students who work or do a sport. I am the worst at multi-tasking; if you start talking to me while I am in the middle of doing something, I literally won’t hear a single word that you are saying. It’s like I’m blacked out! Does this happen to anyone else? I own my own business, work from home, and manage a team remotely, so staying focused is important for my…

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I normally reserve podcast talk for the SC show notes, but I am SO, SO excited about today’s guest, Dr. Carole Barnett, who was my leadership professor during the MBA program. Dr. Barnett is one of my mentors, and she helped me realize that I wanted to be an authentic leader for others. She ignited a fire within me to seek and create change. I wasn’t able to shift the culture of the organization that I was working at through informal leadership, so I had to make a bold move and become fearless. I left my corporate job in November…

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I recently did an interview with my friend Rachel (scroll down to watch it), and she asked me “If millions of people were watching this right now, what would you say?” and my response was: don’t give up. Why do I say this? In the words of my Mom: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Her other favorite thing to say was “Life’s a bitch, and then you die,” but that’s another story for another time. But in all seriousness, life is f**king hard. People die, things don’t go your way, and people can be bullies. But…

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The Fearless Award is an award for #BOSSBABES who empower other women to do what they love! Style Collective is a platform for female influencers to connect, grow, and learn how to be successful bloggers and entrepreneurs. The Fearless Award is a way to empower and connect with other bloggers/Instagrammers that you want to get to know, affirm a girl boss you’ve always looked up to, share the love around your network, or encourage a new blogger/Instagrammer on her path! Fearless Award Questions: Who are you?! My name is Annie Spano and I am a lifestyle entrepreneur, this means that…

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