Kristen Marano
I'm passionate about women in business, and sharing stories of the emotional challenges they face in the work they do. These stories are also shared on You Inc., an online community for entrepreneurs.

Entries by Kristen Marano

Lauren Lancy, Designer: Sleep Is Sacred To Manage Stress

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2017 | 2:54 PM

It's common to feel stressed at some point in our careers from unexpected moments to big change. We accept new jobs in new cities. We make mistakes on client projects. We're asked to present on our feet. While these situations are normal and often inevitable, how we handle stress is...

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Hana Shafi, Illustrator: Sexual Violence On Campus Is A Highly Stigmatized Topic

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2016 | 1:32 PM

News headlines about sexual assault are too common, but stories of survivors and their realities are not commonly spoken. As part of Social Justice Week at Ryerson University, sexual assault survivors have shared their emotions in Lost Words, art workshops led by Toronto illustrator Hana Shafi....

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Anxiety Comes From Trying To Present A Perfect Image

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2016 | 10:14 AM

We have generations of women in our lives to thank for creating the strength of a women's movement; but until now, it hasn't always included conversations about emotional wellness.

American blogger and author Grace Bonney is forging that connection from our living rooms to coffee shops with the...

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Monica Semergiu, Photographer: If You Love What You Do, Keep Doing It, Even When Times Are Tough

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 3:03 PM

More than ever we live in a nation of instant photography: selfie sticks, photo filters, and photo feeds. We spend more time creating a perception of how we want people to see ourselves than spend time in a moment when a photo is taken.

For the longevity of professional...

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Victoria Watts Kennedy: I Challenge Myself Through Travel

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 4:43 PM

The conversation about digital nomadism is at its height. Travel startups are cropping up to make the experience more accessible, while the early adopters are increasingly vocal to show that this lifestyle goes beyond the hype of working on a laptop from the beach.

I recently spoke with Victoria...

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Emily Ramshaw, Fashion Editor: Listen To What Your Readers Want

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 3:30 PM

It's no secret that capturing the attention of online readers is becoming increasingly difficult. This shift is especially prevalent in fashion as editors, bloggers, and brand writers compete for the attention of readers; traditional fashion magazines no longer own style advice.

Emily Ramshaw, Senior Editor of the popular online...

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Katherine Langdon, Jazz Singer: Sacrifice The Status Quo To Follow Your Intuition

(0) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 4:31 PM

I was once asked in a business meeting what I do for fun, and I stumbled to say something beyond what I do for work. I left that conversation embarrassed and ensured that I would always have something to say about myself that didn't involve my career.

Toronto Singer...

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Anjali Ramachandran: Women In Tech, Be Ruthless With Your Time

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 9:23 AM

For all of us that wonder how that woman in our life does it all, here's the answer: she knows how and when to say "no."

Anjali Ramachandran's main goal in all of her personal and professional endeavours is to make an impact; she's ruthless with her time so she...

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Youjin Do, Digital Nomad: Digital Nomads Aren't Single People In Their 20s

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 9:37 AM

Digital nomadism has been rising in popularity over the past few years, yet it's still largely misunderstood. I've been a digital nomad for about two years, and family and friends continue to ask me, "do you ever work?"

Youjin Do, a digital nomad based in...

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Andra Vomir, Kinesiologist, Urges You To Give Yourself The Space To Listen To Your Body

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 3:07 PM

Photo credit: Kavi Guppta

At a time when we increasingly rely on Google and Instagram for answers to our problems, the role of kinesiology, the study of body movement, is becoming more important to help us make our own decisions.

Two years ago Andra Vomir, 26, sat down in...

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Erin Bury Of 88 Creative: No One Else Has More Right To Be Doing What I Am Doing

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 4:29 PM

We all have career dilemmas: to stay or go, to work with a corporation or a startup, to go freelance or full-time. The questions go on.

Toronto agency director Erin Bury, knows this feeling well--she has contemplated and answered all three of those questions and she's just over 30.

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Tara Oxley, Restaurateur: Design Is Art With A Purpose

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 2:26 PM

Food and ambiance, they can't exist without each other. Think about it for a moment: eating chips while watching your favourite Netflix show. Catching up with friends over dinner at your neighbourhood restaurant. Enjoying a delicious, home-cooked family meal.

For New York restaurant owner and designer Tara...

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Sarah Anderson, Yogi: Start Everything You Do By Asking Why

(2) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 12:39 PM

It's that time of year again, and fitness centres across the country are packed with people running treadmills and lifting weights.

But beyond fulfilling a New Year's resolution to lose weight and feel better, why are people really visiting the gym? Why have they dedicated themselves to move their...

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Marnie Goding Of Elk: Don't Worry About What Everyone Else Is Doing

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 9:32 AM

Recently the Australian government announced a new 'Innovation Fund' to support startup growth. It's an important evolution of business building for the country, and also a key time to look at Australian business success stories like Elk Accessories. Elk started as a small business in 2004...

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Candice Faktor Of Wattpad: Be Resilient Enough To Keep Trying

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 9:45 AM

Building business from the ground up takes a combination of perseverance and a willingness to fail often before reaching a sliver of success.

Candice Faktor knows this process well; she knows the art of a good story. She has been building business in various publishing streams for more than...

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This Female Entrepreneur Doesn't Apologize for Having High Expectations

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 2:29 PM

Many people think about making a career pivot, but not many people will take the leap. The risk, uncertainty, and change in itself can stall people from doing what they really want.

Two years ago U.S. Entrepreneur Sarah Villafranco, 41, found herself in a similar situation. Villafranco was 10 years...

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This Woman Wants to Shake Up the Male-Dominated Trades Industry

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 12:05 PM

At an increasingly vocal time to achieve gender equality in business, Mandy Rennehan is an inspiring leader to follow. Rennehan, 39, is the founder and CEO of Freshco, the first full-service, on-call retail maintenance provider in Canada and the Eastern United States, servicing clients like Apple, Nike and...

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This Street Artist Wants You to Listen to Your Little Voice

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 1:50 PM

It's rare that people get to experience street art when they merely stumble across a painted wall, take a picture and then keep walking.

I started to experience street art when I met Perth Artist Hayley Welsh at her recent exhibit, Hijacked, in collaboration with...

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Four Getaway Experiences for the Digital Nomad

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 4:57 PM

Where I stay when I travel is just as important as the destination. I choose my accommodation based on two factors: how I can experience a specific part of a culture or section of a city; and more importantly, how I can create an experience that as a writer and...

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Three Lessons for Creative Women From Entrepreneur Cindy Gallop

(1) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 5:47 PM

At the recent 3 Percent Conference in London, United Kingdom, entrepreneur and outspoken advocate of gender equality in the workplace Cindy Gallop said in her keynote speech, "The new creativity is female-informed."

Gallop, the founder of, is crusading for the power of creative women in business....

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