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Going Way off the Blogging Grid…

September 26th, 2016

Hi. I’m Erin. And I’ve been missing on the blog.

First, took a mini break this weekend to DC to see #NatBookFest.  It was interesting. Best part was Stephen King’s appearance, which I think was also on CSPAN Book TV.

I’m afraid to share that I’ll continue to be off the blog for a while.  There are way too other projects going on right now – but those I promise to keep you updated on as they roll out.

Fall Masterminders – your invites are in your inbox for writing and pharmacy careers for this fall.  I can’t wait to get started – and both have people who are in!

Also attending AMWA, ASPL and a few other local meetings this fall.

Cheers and happy fall!

Desk and Charitable Copy Requests of My Books

September 19th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 7.35.32 PMThese requests have been coming out of the woodwork lately, so I had to create a google form to capture, catalog and triage requests.  It’s here.  It’s also on the Square Store Page – in the “Donations” section.

Trust me, I wish I was independently wealthy enough to give away desk and charitable copies left and right, but I’m not quite there yet.  Please bear with me!

Reconciliation

September 18th, 2016

In an effort to broaden my horizons, I watched 2 radically different movies this weekend.

The first was Banksy Does New York – Banksy is a world-famous UK-based street graffiti artist who is also a bit of a mystery.  The doc focused on his 31 day residency of New York City a few years ago, and all the ‘hints’ via his social media channels on the location of the next art installation during his residency, and chasing that ensued during his random installations across the city.  What was most interesting was what happened AFTER people realized his art was installed somewhere – the removal of the art, the transformation of the art by other graffiti artists who thought Banksy sold out, etc., and the performance which actually became part of the art itself, really.  (And it also left me wondering about some art legal issues too – like, if Banksy left art on a building he didn’t own, who OWNED the art? Who owned the copyright in the art?  And, if it was removed, was it stolen?  Was it stolen if Banksy never said it was stolen?)

If the purpose of art is supposed to move you or get you to think, I think he definitely succeeded during his 31 day residency in NYC. Although, the mayhem that it caused was borderline ridiculous, considering the real challenges and problems in the world.  On the other hand, he actually made many political and social points while installing and scattering his art throughout the 5 boroughs.

The second movie, also a doc, Paycheck to Paycheck: the Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert was equally thought-provoking, but in a completely different way.  Here, we have a young mother of 3 kids, ill-educated (perhaps due in part to her marrying early?), with no healthcare insurance, making $9.49 an hour as a CNA, and doing her best to raise her family despite her own diagnosis of Graves’ Disease, and a former drug-addicted husband who lived in a different state at the beginning of the movie.  I’m not even going to try and sugar coat it, here: it looked bleak for her, particularly when she was trying to go back to school and get more education, and in particular when the kids had to give up their puppy.  I was exhausted for her just watching it.

The bright spot was Chambliss Child Care Center, which is a 24/7 center for kids who have working moms to help them with child care that is affordable.  Unfortunately, the waiting list for the center was crazy long at the end of the film.

One of the favorite games I like to play with my brain is trying to figure out how everything is connected, and I often think things show up in my universe at the same time for a reason.  But between these two films, the only thing I can see that is similar is the ridiculousness of both – in that the same energy put in to chasing some paint and street art seems incredibly wasted vs. putting more of our civic energy into helping more Katrina Gilberts in the world.  We’ll spend millions on street art, but we can’t seem to help working moms who are actually trying to better themselves with things like affordable child care and more education.

If Banksy is reading this, I challenge him to figure out a way to help the Chambliss Child Care Center, like he did for the second hand salvage store that donated to homeless/HIV patients at Housing Works in NYC in his film.  (I wouldn’t recommend fascism, however, as the vehicle by which he did it NYC.)  As for me, I’ll be making a donation to Chambliss as well.  For all of us, I challenge each to think about what we are channeling our energy into.  Is it something ridiculous?  More important, is there a way we can do better by our channeled energy to make the universe a better place?

That is all I have you for you on a Sunday morning.

#FF

September 16th, 2016

There’s definitely a higher dose of crazy energy in the air this week, and no doubt I finally understood why when one of my friends posted over at the faceplace that it is both a full moon tonight AND an eclipse.

My horoscope (if you believe in that sort of stuff–I like input from a variety of sources) said that major change was coming for me in my career, a project or something epic today.  Why not on a Friday?

My point to you all – let’s keep it safe out there, but open-minded.  Maybe something interesting is headed our way that we never even considered before?

And, if nothing else, the weekend is almost here!

Let’s Fall into Masterminding!

September 11th, 2016

fall-autumn-red-seasonThis fall, I’m going to start up another mastermind group.

What is a mastermind group? Well, there are definitions that differ.  Here’s one, here’s another, and here’s 7 reasons to join a mastermind group.

While I don’t complete agree with the 2 definitions I’ve given above, they’re close.

The only thing I’m not completely sure on yet for the fall mastermind is the THEME.  On the Google form I created, you may choose from the following topics as themes for a mastermind:

  • Careers in Pharmacy
  • Medical Science Liaison
  • Writing and Publishing to enhance one’s career

Those differ pretty widely, but I think it would be cool to mastermind in any of those topics.

My goal is to start in October, but it depends upon interest, topic, etc.

So, what are you waiting for? Go fill out the Google form and let me know what you’d like to mastermind on this autumn – we can ‘fall’ into it together!

#6 on Saturday – FOMO!

September 10th, 2016

rainI just sent out the #6onSaturday email to my fab 14 fans.  In this email, I’m previewing a bunch of stuff I’m thinking about or working on BEFORE it goes out to the masses, in most if not all cases.

If you have a fear of missing out, put your email address over to the top left slot of this blog just below the twitter feed so you don’t miss my little nuggets of inspiration or know what shenanigans I’m up to before it’s unleashed upon the universe.  (It’s always nice to have a heads up on big stuff before it happens!)

To the fab 13/14 who just got the email blast – THANKS for daring to crawl inside of my head and being part of my brain on random Saturday mornings!

Today is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life…And the Last Day to Vote for SXSW!

September 5th, 2016

9/5/16 – Labor Day – is the LAST day to vote for SXSW!  So, here is my final plea to vote thumbs up for:

Color Me STEAMED: 

Get Lit: 

Here’s the video thanks for many of you who already voted!

5 Alternative Work Weeks

September 4th, 2016

ClockI learned one big idea personally from the #5RoadsOutofRetail miniseries I co-hosted for the Pharmacy Podcast, and I thought Labor Day weekend was the best time to share it, which is this:

all of us aren’t working 9-5, M-F, 40 hour work weeks anymore.  Yay!

I like this idea a lot, because the 40-hour work week has been something that has been bugging me a long time.  It seems so…arbitrary.  And I roll my eyes every time anyone says they are working insane hours for other employers, rather than creating at least something of their own part time on the side (putting all your employment eggs in 1 basket as ONE stream if income is super dangerous these days.)  Yes, whomever you are working for at the time you should be giving your all to – but that should also include some time for YOU to build your own thing each week too!

BTW, thanks to Henry Ford for the 40-hour work week (and I say that somewhat crassly.  But in his defense, he got it down from a 48-hour work week.)

And what if you can get your work done in LESS than 40 hours? Why are we obsessed with time-based work rather than results-oriented work?  Where is the reward for getting your work done efficiently and ahead of time?

So, I wanted to explore this a little more in a post, since I’ve been seeing and hearing it more lately. Here are a few places I clocked it around the ‘net:

1. Of course, Tim Ferris has the age-old classic, The 4-Hour Work Week.

2. Amazon is going to a 30-hour work week.  Although it’s at 75% salary, it appears they are keeping full benefits.

3. Redesign your work day to start at 5 am – not sure I could rock this, but it’s another option!

4. Pitching…and Getting the 32-Hour work week (this, BTW, is the work week I’m on currently….and I love it!)  And, here’s a school system that’s experimenting (out of necessity), on a 4-day school week.

5. The most productive formula? A 3-day, 25-hour work week.  (But I’m not sure that one will cut it in the US for benefits…)

An Open Letter to the Editors of Girls’ Life

September 3rd, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 7.21.33 AMDear Editors of Girls’ Life Magazine:

A serious &*%$! storm of anger hit my Facebook feed today when I shared this photo, which was forwarded to me by another friend who knows I’m passionate about engaging girls in STEM education.  (Clearly, I have more work to do with the STEM Princess series.)

While my book series focuses on girls ages 5-9, and that’s not your key demographic for your magazine, I respectfully am glad I never read your magazine as a girl.  If I did, I might not have chosen a STEM career.  I might not have gone to graduate school, or started my own businesses, and wrote several other books in addition to the STEM Princess series. Instead, I’d be tackling the hard work of brushing my hair, figuring out fall fashion, and how to be pretty for the opposite sex.

I have had the blessing, luck and opportunity to know many women who ARE pretty…pretty curious, pretty amazing, pretty fantastic and pretty educated.  They are also pretty awesome!  They’re also women in STEM who are changing the world one company, project and volunteer engagement at a time.  (Two examples below – the magnificent Kristin Eilenberg of Lodestone Logic speaking at Troop #1887 in Hamilton County, IN on STEM careers, and Mandi Bishop Myers on getting more women engaged in HIT on the Pharmacy Podcast, here.)KristinEilenbergBrownieTalkHamiltonCounty

If you’d like me to share my list of pretty awesome women in STEM to help the next generation of girls be what they can see in your magazine, just email me and I’ll be happy to give you a list of pretty amazing women who are actually changing the world to feature in your magazine.  Better yet, I’d be happy to write a column for it.  That is, as long as I don’t have to write about hair, fashion or chasing boys…

Sincerely,

Erin Albert, MBA, PharmD, JD, Esquire
Chief #STEMPrincess

P.S. Here’s an alternative that moms may want to consider, although I personally haven’t seen a copy of it, Kazoo.

The Final Countdown on SXSW: We NEED YOUR VOTE!

August 29th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 7.35.32 PMIt’s the final week for @SXSW 2017 #panelpicker voting – and I need ALL HANDS ON DECK here….!  If you voted for our 2 panel pickers, THANK YOU!  If not, I need you to please drop what you’re doing RIGHT NOW and go vote thumbs up for the two following panel pickers:

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/60048

and

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/59975

And, OK, I’ll give you my own David Letterman top 10 list for reasons why you SHOULD vote for our two panel pickers on or before 9/2/16 – ready?

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Vote for these 2 Panel Pickers before 9/2/16:

10. Because we can get more adults interested in STEM at SX, which in turn can get more kids interested in STEM.

9. We could see a teleporter, a flying hovercraft in our lifetimes.

8. We can help teach other teachers how to help students learn how to write and publish books, so there will be even more and better books out there to help educate the next generation on public health topics.

7. Because I said so. (OK, that’s playing a parent card, I know, but I’m running out of reasons.)

6. Because = more STEM pros = more drones, and the possibility of never, ever having to step into another grocery or retail store again. Ever.

5. Because personalized medicine, and only having to have one pill that contains everything we ever need in one dose, courtesy of a future STEM superstar.

4. Because personalized chemotherapy, and only having the chemo target the tumor cells, not making a cancer patient sick or lose their hair via a STEM superstar who invents and hones targeted chemotherapy for the cancer cells only.

3. Because aerospace, and discovering the final frontier and if we are not alone in the universe.

2. Because solar energy, water preservation and cleanliness can both be waaaay better.

1. Because we can always, always improve the world in which we live.