Like most young people, I left college energized and excited, ready to take on the next phase of my life. I was ambitious, naive and probably overly confident about my prospects. I planned to be diligent, passionate and hardworking to make the right impression on my bosses and ascend to the top of my chosen profession. And that actually worked... for a while. My hard work was recognized and rewarded. My mostly male bosses supported and mentored me. I got to a really good place in my career. And then, reality set in. I plateaued, I had no personal life and I was exhausted by the late hours and the daily grind of navigating corporate culture.
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