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Emily Bennington
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Emily Bennington specializes in two distinct forms of career transition: college students entering the workforce and women leaders entering executive management. Her work deep dives into what Stephen Covey famously referred to as “the space” between stimulus and response where she challenges executives to choose mindful, values-centered action. Emily is the author of Who Says It’s a Man’s World: The Girls’ Guide to Corporate Domination and the coauthor of Effective Immediately: How to Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job, a book she wrote with her first boss and mentor Skip Lineberg. Emily has led training programs for numerous Fortune 500 companies and has been featured in business press ranging from CNN, ABC, and Fox to the Wall Street Journal and New York Post. She is also a contributing writer for and a featured blogger for Forbes Woman. Emily can be reached online at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter at

Entries by Emily Bennington

Making Room for Fear

(3) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 3:45 PM

As I write, it's 3:31 a.m., and I'm sitting in my kitchen with a freshly-brewed cup of coffee.

This is not normal, but I can't sleep.

Then again, maybe it is normal.

If 47 percent of adult Americans say stress wakes them up at night, maybe I'm fitting...

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Wait... We're Not Exceptional?

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 2:46 PM

Countless barrels of ink and pixels have been devoted to Russian President Vladimir Putin's op-ed in the New York Times this week.

And in the hornet's nest of back-and-forth on human rights, foreign policy, and author credibility, a very significant part of the message...

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The Mindful Response to Atrocities

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 12:56 PM

I wrote an opening for this post that described the torture of a young boy in Syria.

And then promptly deleted it.

I wrote it again.

And deleted it again.

Finally I decided you should just read it for yourself.

But I warn you, it's disturbing.

The truth...

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I Have a Dream, Too -- Here It Is

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 1:12 PM

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech.

You know the one.

The one where he painted a compelling picture of what the United States could be, and then challenged the nation to "rise up" and meet that vision.

On the surface, it's easy...

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Where You 'Should' Be vs. Where You Are

(11) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 12:31 PM

If you work hard you should expect success, right?

But what if success doesn't come fast enough?

I mean, what if you're burning the candle at both ends and STILL feel lapped by others?

This describes the first 13 years of my career, and let me tell you, it was...

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You Are Not Your Job

(5) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 12:48 PM

"I was terminated."

This was the text I received a few months ago from an Awake Exec who lost her job.

She knew it was coming.

After all, she was privy to the numbers.

She'd also watched as colleagues went into the boss' office one by one,...

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The Mindful Remedy for Food Addiction

(3) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 9:08 AM

I know how it starts.

Believe me, I've been there.

You have a bite.

And then another.

Next thing you know, the box is gone and you feel terrible.


You're disgusted, ashamed, embarrassed, guilty, and -- even through the fog of a sugar high -- you know you're SO...

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You Know, That Work/Sex Balance Thing

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 12:14 PM

When I was in college, I fell for an Englishman.

We had one of those relationships where we didn't see each other much, but when we did, it was epic.

Long dinners in London.

Dancing all night in Brighton.

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What It's (Really) Like to Hang With Sheryl Sandberg

(2) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 10:21 AM


Last Monday I hopped in a cab en route to meet Sheryl Sandberg.

Yes, THAT Sheryl Sandberg.

COO of Facebook. Third-wave feminist poster child. Architect of the national love affair we're having with women and work.

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You Know That 'Special Place in Hell?'

(31) Comments | Posted March 9, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Two weeks ago at the launch of Who Says It's a Man's World, I shared the "real" reason I write about career success. I decided to talk about it because, for years, whenever I was asked in interviews how I got started in this work, my answer was pretty much...

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Making Sense of a Senseless World

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 11:37 AM

In light of the tragedy at Sandy Hook, I dropped my children off at school with a heavy heart this past week. Seeing a policeman at the door each morning has been comforting. Knowing why he's there is not.

I know I speak for many when I say that...

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The World Will Be Saved By the Western Woman

(10) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 11:22 AM

When the Dalai Lama famously spoke those words, he prefaced them with a warning that "some people may call me a feminist." (As if that were a bad thing.) Still, what the D.L. meant is that women inherently bring a greater focus on nurturing and connection -- i.e. love --...

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Flirting with Danger: The Lesson of Paula Broadwell

(3) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 1:31 PM

When the match that lights an affair strikes, it tends to strike at work.

I've never considered myself old-fashioned, but a few weeks ago when I wrote about the dangers of flirting at work, I was accused of being a stick in the mud. In...

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Confessions of a College Food Addict

(9) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 10:47 PM

I gained 18 pounds my freshman year.

Sure, it didn't help that I lived in the dorm right above the food court or that my first semester happened to coincide with the month Papa John's started taking student IDs.

Craving pizza but out of cash?

No problem....

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You Don't Have to Live in New York to Be Great

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 2:42 PM

In the spring of 2001, I had my first and only panic attack. I don't remember a lot of details other than uncontrollable crying (the really ugly kind) and gasping for every breath as if it were my last. I was 24 at the time -- barely out of college...

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Let Your Kids Fail

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2011 | 2:20 PM

Perversely structured.

That's how David Brooks described the background of today's grads in his New York Times op/ed. As I read Brooks' commentary, I happened to be seated next to the career center director for a major university. "I've been working with grads for nearly two decades,"...

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11 Resolutions for Every College Student This Year

(8) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 10:40 AM

A few weeks ago, I hosted a presentation at my alma mater. It was the first time I had set foot on campus in nearly a decade and, frankly, I found the whole experience a bit surreal. As I observed a new class of students walk the same halls, study...

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Should College Be Free?

(33) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 9:50 AM

Some of my best memories of life at the University of Pittsburgh occurred on the international floor of our residence hall. It was a place where you could hear three languages within ten feet, and where I first met British students who were studying in the States courtesy of their...

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Not Your Average Talking Heads

(2) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 10:16 AM

Last September, I became mildly obsessed with the results of a Wall Street Journal survey where college recruiters were asked which skills new grads needed to improve the most.

Their answer? At least half said problem solving and/or the ability to think independently.

This followed up...

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'Entitled' to What, Being Unemployed?

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 1:01 PM

I hate to be the one to break this to you, but the job market is pretty crappy right now. But before you grab your pitchforks in the wake of a national unemployment rate hovering at (gasp) 10 percent -- let me remind you that the Bureau of Labor Stats...

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