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April 9, 2014

Love in the Age Of Autism

by Kate W. Hall

Kate W. Hall:

I honor of National Autism Month, had to repost this. People–and love–come in many forms.

Originally posted on Rocky Parenting:

image I recently revisited a Temple Grandin TED talk, The world needs all kinds of minds , from February 2010. I have watched this before and my son and I even saw her speak on this topic at the local University. But, each time I watch it I get something new out of it. What really stuck out to me on this viewing was a question asked of her at the end. Speaking for parents, the moderator asked, “Is it unrealistic for them to hope or think that that child loves them, as some might, as most, wish?” The question crossed me as strange and I think, based on her expression it may have crossed Temple Grandin as strange too. She answered saying, “Well let me tell you, that child will be loyal, and if your house is burning down, they’re going to get you out of it.”

I have never…

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March 30, 2014

This Little Girl Means I’m Doing Something Right

by Kate W. Hall


I spend half of my time worrying that I’m a terrible parent and the other half exhausted from the daily trappings of parenting.

Shit. I just typed “trappings.” No good mom would consider child-rearing duties as such. All of this work is a labor of love, right?

Bad, bad mama.

Today though, I won at parenting. No, not because I schlepped my soon-to-be-seven year-old to the overpriced, wonderful American Girl Doll store. . .because we shared an experience that will forever tie us.

We dined over chicken tenders and salmon (I wanted those tenders though don’t you ever doubt it.) As her baby doll sat between us, her tiny plastic teacup waiting patiently for an imaginary tint plastic teapot, she said, “Mama, this is my best birthday ever.”

She barely touched her lunch and the store was far too massive and overwhelming for her, but she knew what her birthday wish was–”just a few clothes for her dolly.”

“I don’t need a new dolly mama, just a few new things for her. Thank you for bringing me here.” She could care less about the quantity of her birthday booty; she’s quite content with a few items.

We hold hands.

And I know that I’m saying yes to all the right things and that, for this one day, I am hers. She is mine.

She looks up at me in awe as I hold tiny little branded boxes between grandmas and moms and girls who, too have probably been waiting FOREVER to get here. She loves her dolls and the tiny, soon-to-be-lost-in-transit accessories and our time together, and I love her to the moon and back. This is my freedom.


March 5, 2014

Can women afford to lean out instead of leaning in?

by Kate W. Hall

Originally posted on Of Means and Ends:

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I’ve already shared some of my issues with the Lean In brand of feminism promoted by Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. Rosa Brooks at Foreign Policy (whose work on drones I greatly admire) has a new piece arguing that leaning in too much is unhealthy for women:

Ladies, if we want to rule the world — or even just gain an equitable share of leadership positions — we need to stop leaning in. It’s killing us.

We need to fight for our right to lean back and put our feet up.

Here’s the thing: We’ve managed to create a world in which ubiquity is valued above all. If you’re not at your desk every night until nine, your commitment to the job is questioned. If you’re not checking email 24/7, you’re not a reliable colleague.

But in a world in which leaning in at work has come to…

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February 16, 2014

Don’t Underestimate the Power of One Tweet

by Kate W. Hall

Originally posted on olmsme40:

Early in 2013, at a tech conference named PyCon, an incident occurred which resulted in the unemployment of two attendees. One woman, named Adria Richards, was sitting in the row in front of two men who were having an inappropriate conversation. The conversation was apparently sexist and included such topics as “forking” and big “dongles” (which is a device that is plugged into a computer) that were used in a sexual context. Annoyed with the conversation happening right behind her, Adria immediately took a picture of the two men with her cell phone and sent a tweet to shame the two men on the internet. The repercussion of this action was unintended as it ended up in the unemployment of the tweeter, Adria and one of the men she had shamed.

Once a tweet is made, there is no going back. Adria’s tweet caught on like wildfire and many people (similar to Adria) felt the need…

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February 10, 2014

Social Media: Laugh with Me

by Kate W. Hall

Akin to tomato soup and grilled cheese on a winter’s day, social media is the hungry palette, humor the appetizer. We’ve shared this as the Richmond Rocks brand previously and a good story can be retold in different ways.

This is a recent and well-received post on my Richmond Rocks Facebook page, poking fun at our angst at the snow and impending school delays.

Two hundred and forty-nine likes later, this post neither sells Richmond Rocks books nor promotes anything related to it. It does achieve the goal of keeping the book front-and-center in a time when parents are online, watching the news, and need a laugh.

And that’s important for brands to understand: not every moment is an opportunity to sell, but it can be one to connect to the consumer. And that’s a start.

January 21, 2014

fight for your dream [a tribute to MLK]

by Kate W. Hall

Originally posted on Coley's Locket:

Today is the day that we celebrate the man who changed history forever. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw injustice in the world and decided that he would not stay silent. He stood up for his people, his country, and for his God. He gave up his comfortability and convenience for the challenge of leading others. He understood that a better future could be achieved and made it his goal to see it happen. He did not let fear stop him because he knew that “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7). He was a man of honor, courage, and faith.

“I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long… How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” - MLK’s ‘Our…

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November 3, 2013

My Friend Mike, The Headstand Revolutionary

by Kate W. Hall

Here’s my lifelong-friend Mike, the guy with his head in the pumpkin. He is making a movement out of standing on his head.

And people are digging it and going in head-first (couldn’t resist!) by snapping photos of friends in destinations near and far with their crowns on the ground. It’s a little crazy I know, but most of the fun things in life are, so check out his blog, Headstands for Humanity. He’s taking this heels-over-head parade up a notch by challenging his followers to break the Guinness Book record for simultaneous headstands.

My brother in-law passed away suddenly two days ago at age fifty-three and seeing this unique movement pop up on my Facebook feed tonight made me smile: Life is short, right? Why not do something even if it’s crazy, silly, and tough (yes I’ve tried a headstand myself. It took a few tries.)

I hope it does the same for you.

The best part about all of this is he’s doing good for children by funneling donations to children’s charities through The Headstand Movement. I’m proud of Mike and can’t wait to see where he and his headstands land next.



October 25, 2013

Join us at the 2013 VA Women’s Conference

by Kate W. Hall

Join us for the 2013 VA Women’s Conference tomorrow, I’m excited to be a panelist sharing my experiences with social media.

Over 700 are registered–should be an amazing event.

October 24, 2013

On Fear

by Kate W. Hall

This is my adorable, vivacious Godson getting ready to pummel me at soccer.

When I asked him how he got so good at sports he replied quite matter-of-factly: “I dunno. I’m not afraid of anything!”

It made me wonder about the last time I wasn’t afraid of something I’d say or do at work, if taking a chance would make me appear silly or awkward. The next time that fear starts to creep in, I’m going to think of this feisty six year-old and dive head first after the ball.

October 24, 2013

Coursera hits 100 partner milestone on its journey to make higher-ed open to anyone

by Kate W. Hall

Kate W. Hall:

Creative education solution:

Originally posted on VentureBeat:

Coursera hit a major milestone today.

The fast-growing online education provider has partnered with 100 academic institutions. It now offers 500 courses and  works with five million students.

Coursera is an ed-tech startup that partners with universities to put lectures online as low-cost (or free) video courses. Its platform makes content accessible outside the lecture hall, delivering it to a much wider audience and opening up opportunities for anyone to learn from academics.

It works with elite private universities like Yale and Northwestern as well as state university systems and public university flagships, including the State University of New York (SUNY) and the University of Colorado system.

In the past few months alone, Coursera has formed new partnerships with 13 institutions across 11 countries, including National Geographic, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, IESE Business School, The World Bank, a new Ukrainian translation partner, BIONIC University

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