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About Melissa Waage

A native of upper east Tennessee, Melissa has lived and worked in seven different states but is now proud to call Washington, D.C., home. She is a campaign director at the Natural Resources Defense Council and has also worked as a Capitol Hill advocate for the Center For Biological Diversity and as a field organizer for the U.S. Public Interest Group. In her spare time, she enjoys trail running, cooking, consuming craft beers and hanging out with her husband and two cats. Melissa holds a B.A. in politics from Princeton University and is a graduate of the Green Corps field school for environmental organizing.
13 01, 2015

Transforming Mistakes Into Opportunities

By |January 13th, 2015|career advice|0 Comments

Some people say you shouldn’t run away from mistakes. I’d take it one step further. Don’t run away from your mistakes—walk right up to them, introduce yourself, and buy them a drink.

Everyone makes mistakes at work. Everyone. Few are un-fixable or career-ending (with a few, notable, exceptions). In fact, mistakes are a tremendous opportunity to practice and demonstrate what the social psychologists are calling “grit,” which is a trendy word for what your grandma called “sticktoitiveness.” Remember, mistakes are just challenges we create for ourselves. If you depersonalize them, remove their emotional weight, and think of them the same way you’d think of any other bump in the road, you can transform mistakes into opportunities for future success.

Next time you’re about to freak out about a mistake you made at work, don’t panic, know that we’ve all been there, and try out a few of […]

22 04, 2014

Why you don’t have to change your personality to advance your career

By |April 22nd, 2014|career advice|0 Comments

Women are always getting advice on how to overcome disadvantages at the workplace to grow their careers—whether it’s leaning in, à la Sheryl Sandberg, or “leaning out” by seeking a sponsor at work. It’s difficult enough to sort through the latest buzzwords to find the advice that really works. It is more difficult still to follow through on that advice consistently in our daily work lives.

For some women, the advice we receive (Talk more! Ask for things! Promote yourself!) can seem to conflict with who we are. Women tend to score higher than men on measures of so-called emotional intelligence, such as self-awareness, empathy and interpersonal relationships. Emotional intelligence also happens to be a predictor of success at work and in life. What […]