Interview with Eboni Williams

Eboni K. Williams currently serves as a FOX News Channel (FNC) contributor, providing political and legal analysis and commentary on today’s biggest headlines. She’s also a frequent guest host on New York City’s legendary talk radio station 77 WABC.

Prior to her role with FOX News Channel, Eboni served as a CBS News correspondent, HLN contributor and talk radio host for Los Angeles’ KFI AM640, sharpening her broadcast experience while sharing her expertly analyzed views on various culturally relevant topics. She’s also had frequent guest appearances on CNN and the NFL Network.

Ms. Williams was accepted to and enrolled in The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at the age of 16, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree.

Ms. Williams began her professional experience in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, where, as a law student, she clerked for the Louisiana Secretary of State and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. There, she also worked for various politicians, including New Orleans City Council Members, supporting efforts to rebuild the city of New Orleans.

She went on to specialize in family law and civil litigation, providing legal consult on high-profile divorce, spousal support, and child custody cases. Ms. Williams then transitioned into practicing as a public defender, as well as a private defense lawyer in North Carolina and throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. She has represented clients in criminal matters including murders, rapes, high volume drug cases, sex crimes and federal offenses.

Ms. Williams’ experiences over the years have grown her perspective, allowed many opportunities for lessons learned, and strengthened her personal commitment to informing the public with the facts plainly stated, but her opinion never lost.

Ms. Williams received her BA in Communications and African-American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Interview with Cheryl Casone

Cheryl Casone joined FOX Business Network (FBN) in September 2007 as an anchor. She also serves as a financial contributor on FOX News Channel (FNC), and provides weekly job reports.

Casone has years of experience covering finance, business and consumer news. She has reported on the economic impact of war on the economy, consumer fraud, global markets, foreign investment and corporate governance in addition to her work covering the U.S. markets.

Prior to FNC, she worked as a freelance business correspondent for CNN, primarily reporting from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and she worked for CBS Newspath as a general assignment reporter. Casone moved to New York to work as an overnight and early morning news anchor for MSNBC and NBC. Previously, she anchored a business show for San Francisco’s KRON-TV (MyNetworkTV) and served as a business and general assignment reporter. She began her career at CNX Media on the nationally syndicated program “Travel Update.”

Casone has served on the boards of the Associated Press Television and Radio Association, California and Nevada Regional Chapter, and American Women in Radio and Television, San Francisco Chapter.

A native of Dallas, TX, Casone graduated from Northern Arizona University.

Fox News: Five New Year’s Career Tips for Millennials from Dana Perino

All right, young folks, it’s time for your annual five quick mentoring tips from someone who cares about your career: me!

This year’s advice is very practical.  While I still believe it’s important to try to find that elusive work-life balance and to be willing to move and take chances on a new city or field of work, here are a few things you can easily do to improve your chances for good performance reviews, promotions and raises in any job:

1. MORE THINKING, LESS FEELING. In email communications with supervisors and managers, do not use emoticons or multiple exclamation points. Stop being so emotional in emails. Your boss will be pleased to know you finished an assigned project before the deadline, so you don’t need to encourage her appraisal of you by using a smiley face or pictures of party hats.

In the same vein, do not use any exclamation points in the subject line unless there is a true emergency.  Exclamation points show a lack of control and they can give busy people a near heart attack when they see red exclamation points in their In Box.

Managers want people to be passionate yet calm and collected — unnecessary exclamation points say the opposite about you. They say you’re over-excitable and have little judgment as to what’s really important.  So just keep it straight.  Then, when you have a real emergency, they’ll take you seriously.

2. NEW EMAIL THREAD, NEW SUBJECT LINE. While we’re talking about email, please learn to use new subject lines when introducing new topics.

It is very confusing for the recipient to get an email about an event in July 2014 that is part of an email thread from days before about a client visit in March.

As a staffer, you’re expecting your manager to be able to read your mind.  And it appears lazy to use an old email thread to write about a new subject.

You want your boss to focus on the content of the message, not the poorly thought out format.

But with today’s distractedness, and all the different ways we’re communicating with one another, it’s easy for the recipient to get irritated with the confusion and focus on that instead of the needed response.

You should learn to write perfect subject lines that are descriptive. For example, supervisors like to know if an email needs a response and how much time it will take — so a good subject line would be, “Two quick things, one FYI.”  That way the recipient knows how to prioritize the reading and response of that email.

3. DON’T IRRITATE POTENTIAL MENTORS. Part of climbing the career ladder is finding good mentors. Good mentors are usually very busy people and it can be difficult to get on their schedule. It’s not that they don’t want to lend you a hand, it’s that they really need an extra hour in their workday to be able to give you the time and attention you deserve.

When you’re trying to schedule time with them, keep in mind how swamped they feel. And when they write back with a note that says they are not able to meet until 8:30 a.m. three weeks from today, never write “My, my aren’t you a busy bee!”  It is insulting and careless and really makes people mad. And there go the benefits of your meeting.

Before you ask for someone’s attention, think of the ways you might be able to get their thoughts without infringing on their time.  For example, if you know your boss is going to be traveling and has a long car ride from the airport to the client’s office, you might see if you can get on his call list while he waits at the airport before boarding or in the vehicle on the way to the client’s.

Another way is to think of how you might be able to get the information through email. So if you have three questions, ask for the time to meet or talk by phone but offer the option of response through email.  Emails can be written from anywhere — just make sure you write good questions that will get you answers you’re seeking.

4. START A WEEKEND READING FOLDER. Every mentor will tell a younger person to read more and watch less TV. There’s a reason they all have the same advice — they know it works for them.

There are different categories for what benefits your brain; for example, I love to read fiction at night.  It takes me away from the news of the day and the fake outrages on Twitter, and I get caught up in characters that I live with for a week or two while I work my way through a book.

In the morning I read news and analysis relevant to what we will be talking about on “The Five” or other Fox News shows that day.  But that leaves a whole bunch of stories in magazines or feature stories written for online publications that I know I would learn from but don’t have the time to devote to reading at that time.

So I started a “weekend reading” folder. Anything I see that I would like to read but can’t afford to spend time on then, I put in the weekend reading folder. Some of those articles I read online, but I also print some of them in an actual real life paper folder that I read through the weekend.  I end up getting to read all sorts of different things without feeling stressed because I couldn’t get to it immediately when I saw it.

5. DO YOUR OWN NETWORK AUDIT.  In all of the mentoring research, there’s a common thread — your network — who you know, your contacts — is the most important thing to being able to grow your career.

Do you have a clear picture or list of your network? I suggest doing a network audit – write down who do you know, what industries they work in, where they live, what jobs they’ve had or have that you’d like to have one day, etc.

Just as important, make a list of who you don’t you know and identify the holes in your network. Then assign a value to the contacts. How strong is your network?  Have you kept in touch with people, sent a handwritten note lately, followed them on Twitter?

Your network develops over time, but if you really want to make use of your network, you have to take care of it like you would a new houseplant.

Once you have your audit and see the weak points, then you can make a plan to improve those areas. Make sure your plan has deadlines —  this is too important to keep pressing the snooze button.

Bonus Tip:  Start accepting that there is no defined path to success. When you ask a mentor, “How can I have a career JUST like yours?” it’s no wonder they hesitate to answer.

Most people have had multiple jobs and started in one career and ended up, often by chance, in a field that they never expected to be in and found fulfilling work. They started by worked in minimum wage jobs and in food service or retail. They got yelled at by angry customers and wore uniforms that they wouldn’t be caught dead in outside of work.

Your success story isn’t written yet — so try just to do what you’re doing now, with some goals on the horizon, and don’t be so hard on yourself. I have a feeling that good things are in store for you in 2014.

By the way, in case you wanted to check back in on last year’s advice, here’s a link. Let me know how you did!

Dana Perino currently serves as co-host of FOX News Channel’s “The Five” (weekdays 5-6PM/ET). She previously served as Press Secretary for President George W. Bush. Ms. Perino joined the network in 2009 as a contributor.

Dana Perino Shares Her Lean In Story

By now, people all over the United States and across the world have heard about the wildly popular book, Lean In.  The book, written by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, was published in March of this year and, by April, had already sold more than 275,000 copies.  The book, according to its author, is focused on encouraging women to pursue their ambitions, and changing the conversation from what we can’t do to what we can do.

In the book, Sheryl provides many of her own experiences.  And the creation of LeanIn.Org was the next step.  Among it’s other offerings, LeanIn.Org is a unique platform for women and men to share their stories the way Sheryl did in her book.  ”Good stories,” LeanIn.Org says, “can inspire, teach and connect us.”

As of now, some 211,684 women and men have shared their stories on the site.  Today, Minute Mentoring® co-founder Dana Perino became one of them.

Check out her story of a time in her life when she “leaned in.”

Interview with Elaine Chao

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the publishing of Norman Rockwell’s iconic “Rosie the Riveter” painting on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.  Rosie became a symbol for a movement as the number of working American women nearly doubled in the short time between 1940 and 1944.

Today, working American women look to examples of real-life Rosies as models of success in the workplace. At Minute Mentoring®, we strive to be a forum for young professional women to interact with their accomplished female counterparts and learn their top tips for success.  With both in-person sessions and a growing number of online opportunities, we try offer many young women access to insights  from today’s Rosies.

So, what better way to celebrate Rosie’s anniversary than with a Q&A with former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao?  She is unquestionably a role model for working women and we are grateful that she took the time to share her experiences with us.


Elaine L. Chao, the 24th U. S. Secretary of Labor who served from 2001-2009, is the first American woman of Asian descent to be appointed to a President’s Cabinet in our nation’s history.  She is also the longest tenured Secretary of Labor since World War II. 

An immigrant who arrived in America at the age of eight speaking no English, Secretary Chao’s experience transitioning to a new country has motivated her to devote most of her professional life to ensuring that all people have the opportunity to build better lives.

Secretary Chao has a distinguished career in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  As the first Secretary of Labor in the 21st Century, she focused on increasing the competitiveness of America’s workforce in a global economy and achieved record results in workplace safety and health.  

Prior to the Department of Labor, Secretary Chao was President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America, where she restored public trust and confidence in one of our nation’s premier institutions of private charitable giving after it had been tarnished by financial mismanagement and abuse.  As director of the Peace Corps, she established the first programs in the Baltic nations and the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. Her government service also includes serving as Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. She has also worked in the private sector as Vice President of Syndications at BankAmerica Capital Markets Group and Citicorp.  

Secretary Chao earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School and an economics degree from Mount Holyoke College.  Honored for her extensive record of accomplishments and public service, she is the recipient of 34 honorary doctorate degrees. 

A popular speaker on jobs, the economy, and U. S. competitiveness, Secretary Chao is a Distinguished Fellow in at the Heritage Foundation.  She currently serves on a number of nonprofit and corporate boards including News Corp; Wells Fargo; Dole Food Company; Harvard Business School Board of Global Advisors; Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors.  She is married to the Republican Leader of the United States Senate Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.  Her website is:

Interview with Heather Landy

Heather Landy has been editor in chief of American Banker Magazine since the magazine’s launch in July 2011. She previously spent two years on the staff of the American Banker daily newspaper, covering large institutions and an array of governance, risk, accounting and regulatory issues affecting the sector. Prior to joining American Banker, she was a special correspondent to The Washington Post, covering Wall Street. In 2007 she won a Gerald Loeb Award, one of the highest honors in business journalism, while reporting on the retail industry for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She began her career at Bloomberg News, covering various beats including corporate finance, retailing and heavy industry. Heather is a graduate of Northwestern University, with a BSJ and MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism.

Interview with Janice Perino

Janice Perino lives in Denver and is retiring this week after several decades of employment and community service through volunteer programs.  She was raised in Rawlins, Wyoming and then raised her two daughters, Dana and Angie, near Denver, Colorado.  She is a gifted sportswoman and is looking forward to having more time to pursue old (golf) and new interests (skiing and tai chi).  Minute Mentoring® asked her for reflections and advice for women juggling all that life has to offer.

Interview with Susan Molinari

Former Congresswoman Susan Molinari is the vice president of public policy and government relations for Google in the Americas.

She served on the New York City Council before her election to Congress in 1990. From 1990 to 1997, she represented Staten Island, New York in the United States House of Representatives. While in Congress, she was elected to the House GOP majority leadership, making her the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress. Molinari gave the keynote speech at the 1996 Republican National Convention, but left Congress in June 1997 to take a job as a television journalist for CBS. Molinari continues to be a guest commentator on major political talk shows.

After several years on television news, Molinari began her lobbying career. She served as chair and chief executive officer of Ketchum Inc.’s lobbying firm, The Washington Group. In 2008, Molinari joined the government relations, advocacy and strategy section of Bracewell LLP as a senior principal. She also founded and chaired Susan Molinari Strategies LLC, a government affairs consulting firm.

Molinari received her B.A. and M.A., from the State University of New York at Albany.

Molinari married to former Congressman Bill Paxon. They live in the Washington, DC area with their two daughters, Susan Ruby and Katherine.

Interview with Monica Crowley

Monica Crowley is a host and political and foreign affairs analyst for the Fox News Channel, and the host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Monica Crowley Show.  She has also been a regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group and an anchor on MSNBC.  She is the author of The New York Times bestseller, What The (Bleep) Just Happened? The Happy Warrior’s Guide to the Great American Comeback.  She served as Foreign Policy Assistant to former President Richard Nixon from 1990 until his death in 1994, and wrote two bestsellers about her experiences, Nixon Off the Record and Nixon in Winter.  She has also written for The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and The New York Post, and has lectured at Yale, Columbia, and MIT.  She graduated from Colgate University and holds two Master’s degrees and a doctorate from Columbia University.

Visit Monica’s website at and follow her on Twitter @MonicaCrowley

Interview with Danielle Dobin

Danielle Dobin is the founder and President of Apifeni, Inc (pronounced “epiphany”), a luxury activewear brand for women.  Apifeni’s innovative pants and leggings have been featured in O Magazine, Elle, SELF, SHAPE, Allure and on the Today Show. Apifeni is a formal Aliance Partner of Women for Women International, to whom Apifeni donates a portion of proceeds of every sale.

Prior to founding Apifeni, Danielle was a real estate developer and attorney. She earned her law degree from Georgetown University and a Masters degree in real estate investment from New York University. Her company, Monarch Real Estate LLC developed multiple condominium projects in California.  Prior to launching Monarch Real Estate, Danielle was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York.

Danielle lives in the New York metro area with her husband, their two sons and their beloved Whippet, Jean Luc.