Category: Gender

How to Rely on Our Knowledge if We Misjudge What We Know

By Karen Firestone One of the tenets of sensible risk taking, the topic of my recent book, “Even the Odds,” is relying on own knowledge and experience.   The more I describe that principle, the more I realize that it needs a footnote. Often, we do not have a solid grasp on what we do and…

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Here’s the Bad News: I Have to Stop Running

This article was recently featured in The Huffington Post. I recently got some very bad news: I have to stop running. Now! Notice that I didn’t say that I can’t run. I can definitely throw one foot in front of the other, pounding on my knee that no longer contains any cartilage. I can ignore…

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The Risk of Following Caitlyn Jenner

I am 100% supportive of Caitlyn Jenner’s journey of self-actualization, as well as anyone’s effort to “follow their passion” or “trust their instincts.” However, from the moment of Caitlyn’s unveiling, I have wondered whether any of the media, drooling in anticipation of a new quote from the former Bruce Jenner, would describe the risk of…

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Commonwealth School Graduation Speech

  The Commonwealth School is an academically rigorous, independent, co-ed day school of about 150 students from grades 9 through 12, located in Boston’s Back Bay. I was invited to speak at their graduation and spoke about life, “a-ha” moments, and keeping a sense of humor.   Hello, I am Karen Firestone, Chair of the Board…

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Does Having Grandchildren Persuade Women to Retire Early?

I am a grandmother. I don’t just admit it, I am proud of it. My first grandchild was born when I was fifty five, which is relatively young for American professional women, but I had four children by age 30. I also run an investment firm. You can imagine, then, how interested I might be…

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