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Writing Samples – Erin L. Albert

May 24th, 2015

So, to all 12 of you who are regulars of this blog and website – you’ll notice something missing.  This weekend, along with other janitorial (like finally selling a couple of my books direct to the awesome fan masses in Pharm’s Square Store – like STEM Princess 1, STEM Princess 2 presales, and 46 Doses in hard copy formats), I also removed the “other” page that resided on this blog/website.

Why?  Well – it was just too…busy.  Too much stuff there.

Instead, I’m going to post it in this post, so I can point my friends and fans to this page for writing and speaking samples, OTHER than the books. Ready?

Articles/Letter to Editor/Blog Posts:

Podcasts/Audio Interviews:


Want to Preorder #STEMPrincess2? Here’s How!

May 22nd, 2015

Pssst.  Over here.

Wanna snag your copy of #STEMPrincess2 before anyone else?

I’m soft launching the preorder of #STEMP2 through Pharm’s Square Store: online.

Disclaimer: THESE ARE PRESALES ONLY.  They won’t be shipped until beginning of 4Q15.  But – those who know me also know that I deliver on my promises…so if you want to help get this series going in the ether and help girls giddy up on STEM, now would be the time to reserve your new copy or copies!

The Origin of Erin

May 22nd, 2015

I knew there was another reason I liked Abdul Hakim Shabazz: we share a birthday weekend!  So, when I saw his post on the origin of Abdul today, I thought – what the hay?  Why not talk a little about the origin of Erin, since it is my birthday weekend too?

That and, the new vacuum cleaner of time tool out – the name calculator (to plug in your first name, and see how many people living and dead share your name, and when it was most popular) – all this demonstrated in graphic form, yet again, who I am.

What the name calculator says about my name is also true of me: I was and am generally ahead of my time.

My name popularity didn’t peak until almost two decades after I was named.  Growing up in small town Indiana with 2 parents who instilled in me to get things done, I was the annoying kid who turned in my homework first, usually (not because I was a gunner seeking an A, but because I have always had the need to just get things done, as quickly and efficiently as possible).  I’d take a B and be the first done any day over the A and going until the last minute to wrap things up.

The ideas I put out are usually ahead of their time too, and thus I have to compound them with the annoying, yet useful habit of persistence over my life as well.  Hard work, reading, writing and hustling were all gifts that my parents gave me during my younger years.  And, those traits coupled with a love of trying new things–like music, debate, theater, editing, more writing–I think led me to the path I’m on today.

Often I’m asked why or how as a first generation college graduate in my family did I choose a STEM profession, since I’m a girl and deck was technically stacked against me (and unfortunately is STILL stacked against girls today).  I think it was a combination of factors, but not necessarily at first a love of science.  Instead, it was the factors above–reading, being curious, trying new things, being persistent, putting out new ideas–that led me to STEM.  Not the subject matter itself.  It was the behaviors and habits that STEM professionals have that interested me in STEM.

Last thing about me (then I’m going to shut up and quit writing about myself): some people like to call me a professional student.  I’ve been to formal ed a few times now, and informal ed at least annually, if not more often.  But here’s my thoughts on this: we are ALL required to be life long learners now.  That makes us responsible humans–because education can lead us to creating a better world.  And if you have to invest some $$$ to make that happen for yourself, it’s rarely NOT a good investment.  I’m not saying that you should drown in 6 figures of debt to go back to grad school, either…but what I’m stating instead is: make the universe your classroom and teacher.  Be curious.  Connect. Ask questions. And think for yourself.

That’s enough on the origin of e.  Happy #Forever29th birthday to me!  And if you share a birthday weekend with me, happy birthday….and give yourself the best gift of all: a 100% authentic version of yourself.  As I’ve said before and will say again right here, right now: the best form of success is to be the most authentic version of you – and don’t water down, silence or hose the awesomeness that is in you for anyone just to make others feel better.


The Next Level: #altMBA

May 21st, 2015

For some strange reason a week or so ago, I stopped by a blog that I don’t often go to regularly: Seth Godin’s.  For those of you who don’t know Seth (I’ve never met him, but always admired his work around book publishing and marketing, and reference him frequently inside and outside the classroom), he’s a big non-fiction business writer.  Epic level. Defcon 1 level.  His Icarus Deception crowdfunding campaign inspired me to try crowdfunding for the #STEMPrincess series.

Anyway, the day I went to his blog, he had this posting, on his new experiment, #altMBA. And, even though I have a MBA and the fortune of other formal education, I got the sense that this course didn’t have much to do with traditional education.  (Fine by me!)  Of course, getting that hinky, woo woo feeling as I read the post, I immediately applied to the program–thinking of course I didn’t have a shot in Hades competing with others from around the world–but I was going to play with the universe and apply.

Yesterday, during a flurry of slides at work (oh, and I found out BTW Google has group slides now – yay!), I received the golden ticket email that I was in for the inaugural class of 100 starting in mid-June. DOUBLE YAY! Made. My. Day.  And yes, even though my summer is already busy with meetings, papers and talks, I’m going to make room for this opportunity, as it may be a once in a lifetime thing.  A new neighborhood and subdivision, with 1,000 new doors and windows to be opened and explored.

Everyone has been asking post bar exam and law school what’s “magically next” for me, and I’m hopeful that this program might give me a few more clues on what “the next level” might be for e.  Stay tuned–I’ll keep you posted.

Fingers crossed!

National Pharmacy Meetings for Second Half of 2015

May 11th, 2015

During my day off, I’m ironically trying to figure out what meetings I’m attending for pharmacy for the rest of the year.

So, I thought I’d suss them all out and share the google sheet again.  It should be embedded below.  I also stuck the updated version on Slideshare.

Enjoy your pharmacy meeting planning!  And let me know if I left anything major out…thanks!

Pharmacists: Off-The-Beaten-Career-Paths

May 10th, 2015

mpI get quite a few requests to help coach others about their career paths, particularly pharmacists and STEM professionals. As I traded email with someone this weekend about my career coaching service, I was reminded to go back and recall which books are about career development.  So, I thought it was worth a post to share all these, as I think they are great places to start when shopping for a one-of-a-kind off-the-beaten-career-path. (All these are on the Amazon Author page).  Oh – and thanks to Pharmacy Podcast for letting me talk this blog out on the Podcast radiowaves too!

1. The Medical Science Liaison: An A to Z Guide – A classic for MDs, PharmDs and PhDs who want to enter the pharma/biotech environment, but love autonomy and science.  There’s the first book-book edition, and the second e-book edition.

2. The Life Science Lawyer - If any healthcare professional comes to me about law school, this is my must-read for them.  I also of course recommend Law School: A Few Short and Plain Statements as well…

3. The New Pharmacist: 46 Doses of Advice – This is more for younger pros in pharmacy, but I do end the book with dual degree/grad school options.  For the uber young, there’s #STEMPrincess.

4. Single. Women. Entrepreneurs. – One of the fastest growing demographics in entrepreneurship, and the only place where women beat men in starting businesses, this is for the 60%+ of women who are now in pharmacy–and other professions.

5. Plan C: The Full-Time Employee and Part-Time Entrepreneur – One of THE smartest options for pharmacists who have the entrepreneurial itch, but don’t want to fight the 65,000 pound gorillas in healthcare (PBMs, Wholesalers, etc.) by starting their own pharmacy.  I’m here to tell you that you can work as a pharmacist for someone else AND have your very own thing on the side part time!  This book is full of people doing just that.

6. Multipationals – I talk about one of the most creative avenues I’ve found thus far for pharmacists in this book.  I even experimented with my own career using the model.  What IS the model?  Guess you’ll have to read the book to figure that out.

There.  For all the pharmacists who keep on asking me, “Is this all there is?” – I offer you these 6+ books.  And while creating custom ANYTHING is hard (including a career) it’s way more rewarding than just treading water, creating nothing, and waiting for everyone else to hand cool stuff to you to do.  (Hint: you could be waiting for a while…)

Own It, or It Owns You

May 9th, 2015

Madonna. Martha. Oprah. Paula. Rachel. What do these folks share in common?

First, they are women.

Second, they have been at the top.

Third, they’ve also been at the bottom.  That is, they’ve been criticized, critiqued, picked apart, and thrown under the bus by the media at one point or another.

Whether or not they deserved it or not, as I read the new book, Spike Your Brand ROI by Adele Cehrs this morning, she reminds me of successful women getting bashed in the media (she calls it “The Pedestal Principle.”) I tend to agree with her on many points, including this chapter.  And, go read her book if you want better ideas on how to get you or your brand off of the pedestal.

We’re all human.  We are going to make mistakes.  I make mistakes all the time!  And, I think women are shredded even more in the media when they make mistakes than men, which goes back to my general philosophy that success with women is inversely related to likeability.  That is, the more successful a woman is, the less she is liked.  While, unfortunately, the opposite is true for men.  (And even though HBR did an article refuting this trend, I don’t really care–they respectfully are totally wrong on this one.)

Ladies and gentlemen, we all need to own our mistakes.  Myself included.  And that’s something I’ve worked very hard on as a professor–to admit that I don’t have all the answers.  That’s I’m not always going to get it right the first time.  That sometimes, I’m co-learning right along with my students.  Failure is OK.  We just have to own it…or it owns us.  (Hint, Tom Brady?)

Conversely, for all of us who read that juicy gossip garbage online and feed the nit-picky media machine that focuses on the wrong stuff (myself included at times)–we have to stop.  Stop putting women in charge in particular under the microscope, and stop expecting women at the top to be perfect.  They won’t be.  We’re human.

OK – enough with the public service announcements – back to Adele’s book!

5 Places to Pick Your Own Flowers in the US

May 8th, 2015

Me and my bro near the garden. He looks a little overdressed.

I’m about to get a little sentimental, y’all, so kindly look away if you’re not into Hallmark moments…

But…when I was a little girl, I remember spending a lot of time in the family garden.  I weeded.  I was eager to see seeds we planted pop out of the ground.  Best of all, I was in to eating the veggies and raspberries that came out of the garden–provided the critters didn’t beat us to them. Also, my grandmother was a defcon 1 level gardener.

Seriously – more than half of her acreage was dedicated to her garden–and she was a huge flower gardener.  You name it, she grew it.  Even those dahlias and glads that had to be dug up every year in our frozen arctic tundra growing zone in northern Indiana.

Anyway, as it is now mother’s day weekend, I am reminded of all these flowers–and it makes me want to go out and pick some.  I don’t have many around the house just yet – so instead, I tried to find ‘you pick flower farms’ online.  And while I didn’t find any in my corner of the world, I thought I’d share them all with you, so maybe you can get your mom some fresh cut flowers this weekend. Ready? (And check each individual garden before you head off – many have different open seasons.)

Take Your Pick Flower Farm – Lansing, NY – mid May to Oct, as it appears on their website.

Lady Luck Flower Farm – Leicester, NC – they roll Apr-Oct.

Kruger’s Farm – Portland, OR – no flowers on their website blooming just yet, allegedly – but check back.  Looks like they have fruits & veggies too.

Michigan Flower Farm – Northville, MI – their list of current flowers ready for your clippers are here.

Omena Cut Flowers – Suttons Bay, MI – looks like whomever is running this garden is multipational – woot!

There.  If you are near any of these places: a. you’re lucky! and b. please try them out.  We really need to support our local farmers, and there’s nothing better than cutting your very own fresh bouquet of flowers for your mom this weekend…or for that matter, any weekend!

And moms – happy Mother’s Day!  Hope you can find a little time to kick back and suss out whatever makes you happy, and have a big dose of whatever that is on your weekend.

15 Bits of Advice for the Class of 2015

May 7th, 2015

diplomaThis weekend marks spring commencement at Butler University.  Congratulations to all the graduates!

So, bring on the advice!  While I’m not a speaker this year, I certainly have LOTS of advice for grads…(and for the rest of us).  Here are 15 bits – ready?

1. Act like a poor college student a while longer – Don’t run out and buy a huge house, a big Benz and go hog wild.  The longer you save and act like a broke college student, the better off you’ll be over the long haul.

2. Invest in you – IMMEDIATELY if you haven’t already – If your employer offers a 401k or 403b – START IT.  Make the deposits automatic.  Max it out each and every year.  If you start now, you’ll never miss that $18K you can put in that 401k.  Also, start an IRA.  The sooner you start, the better off you’ll be in the end.

3. Invest more in experiences, less in things – Travel while you’re young to far away places.  The older you get, the harder it is to travel.  Experiences trump things.  And, I’ve had the nice things, but they’re not as important to me now.  As one of my friends says, ‘the more stuff you have, the more it has you.’

4. Thank everyone who helped you get to graduation – you didn’t do it alone.  Grab a box of thank you notes, and start writing.

5. Network like a rock star – just like the 401k and the IRA above with FINANCIAL capital, begin investing in your SOCIAL capital as well. They are intertwined.  And, the older I get, the more I realize that they are equally important, just in different ways.

6. Get a hobby – the odder, the better.  The more outside your day profession, the better.  I’m a big believer in getting in different trains of thought to bring back to the day job in order to be more creative.  You’ll become a better employee because of it.

7. Have fun – Probably not a tough one for those who are just getting out of college, but this was probably one of the hardest adjustments I had to make out of school – because I was constantly working and studying when I was in school.  I couldn’t really remember what fun was.  If you worked hard in college too – celebrate by having a little fun every now and then.

8. Mentor up, down and across – much like networking, you need to be seeking new mentors for yourself and your career, but you should also try to help others who are coming after you.  Make sure you’re mentoring w/ colleagues too – they’ll get you the most business, projects and gigs on the side.

9. Dabble – This goes double for tough majors like medicine, or pharmacy, or any subject that made your brain hurt during school.  If you become a dabbler in a lot of things, you become curious about the world, and that turns you into an excellent life-long learner.

10. Don’t get married right away – There may be a few who disagree with me on this, but I’m sticking to my guns on this one.  Especially the ladies out there.  The ‘ring before spring’ mentality on college campuses drives me crazy!  You need to figure out who you are before you attach yourself to another, and that’s next to impossible to know in your 20s.

11. Read – those things called books. Magazines don’t count.  Invest in your local library by getting a library card, then use it.

12. Pay off your student loans – as quickly as you can.  Debt is a ball and chain you definitely want to get rid of ASAP.

13. Write – those things called words, stories and posts.  Writers are leaders.

14. Play the connection game in your life – not to get too woo woo, but I do believe everything is connected.  It’s a little game to try and figure out how things are connected.  If you play this game, again, you’ll stay curious about the world.

15. Hustle.  Seriously.  If you think your professors were tough on you in the ivory tower, just wait until you get into the real world.  And while college owed you an education, the real world truly owes you nothing.  So, bust a move to try and make the world a better place–because no one is going to do it for you.

That’s a decent list for now.  To all who aren’t graduating from college this year – what’s your best advice to those who are graduating?

Multipationals: The Changing World of Work, and How to Create Your Best Career Portfolio – IS HERE!!!!

May 4th, 2015
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Multipationals: The Changing World of Work, and How to Create Your Best Career Portfolio by Erin L. Albert

‘Twas the night before a book launch…and all through the house.
Erin was scrambling – to get the URLs live on her website for…her new book.

Yeah, that didn’t rhyme.  Dr. Seuss is shaking his head somewhere.  But…you all get this first on the “wire” – link to the new book, Multipationals is here!  It’s also up on Amazon KindleHere is the press release.

Here are other interviews I did about this book: Pete the Planner, and Pharmacy Podcast.  Also, thanks to Marianne at ARTxFM, and Abdul-Hakim Shabazz for chats on the air about it.

And yes, it’s also at B&N Nook, coming to iBooks, at Google ebookstore, etc.

I tried a few new things with this, my 9th original title book project:

1. OK, I know what you’re thinking: what the Hades is a “multipational”?  You may at this point be scratching your head on how I define “multipational,” since I kind of made it up.   Yeah, so I guess I’d better define here what I mean by that word I made up.

Well, in older posts, I kept commenting and refining what I think it means to be a multipational.  It’s someone who has multiple careers and gigs going on at the same time.  And, even cooler, while there may be different jobs or gigs in there, they all kind of go back to some type of career theme.  I argue this is different from the slash, in that slashes tend to compartmentalize their gigs on a calendar basis–multipationals have their multiple gigs going on around them all the time.  The term “slash” is commonly used in the business and career development literature.  However, I think the multipationals out there are a little different than the slashes.  Again – you’ll need to read the book to understand the differences.

2. It’s a shorter book.  Apparently, people aren’t reading as much these days, so I tried to cut to the chase.  I have real world multipationals in it in a variety of flavors – so readers will get a flavor of what it means without an overdose.

3. It took longer than I expected to publish.  Why?  Well, because I experimented with my own career as guinea pig in this book.  Did it ‘work’?  Was I successful?  Did I fail spectacularly?  Well, I guess you’ll have to buy a copy of it and officially find out for yourself. (Hint–I was just discussing Hemingway’s quote today on writing about what hurts.)  And, as a side bar bonus – the weird experiment I tried on myself involved pharmacy.  And I know there are a LOT of pharmacists out there shopping for interesting career paths – so all pharmacists out there should grab a copy of this book and consider a multipational career angle.

4. Cover art a la e.  I was lamenting to an artist friend of mine about not being able to find a fast and economical cover artist.  To which, he replied, “Why don’t you design your own cover?”  So, just like my first book on MSLs, I decided to go for it and take his advice.  So, if the art is bad – you can blame that on me.  (Don’t worry, I can take it.)  I did take the photo, and it has been officially entitled, “blur,” as our lives and careers these days seem to feel like one big blur.  But colorful!

5. E-book to start – As much as I love book books, I decided to get the first edition of this subject out in e format first.  Books are ongoing dialogues and conversations – so will I have a book book version of this title in the future?  There’s always a possibility of it! Besides, ebooks are frankly lower cost to get out there.  And, I know readers of my career books wants what is hot now – they don’t want to wait another 3-6 months for a paper edition of data that’s rotting on the vine.

So, there you have it, my peeps.  The 411 on the new book before the press release is out.  Before it’s even for sale at the major ebook retailers.  And regardless of whether or not you buy my latest ebook experience and experiment, THANK YOU for coming along with me on all these crazy book journeys.  It’s been a wild and amazing ride this past almost 10 years in writing and publishing.  Y-O-U made it worth getting on the roller coast for – mwah!