Balancing Act: How to end disproportionate job loss for women

In December 2020, the United States lost 140,000 jobs. Women accounted for 100% of the lost jobs. Diving deeper into the government jobs report, women actually lost 156,000 jobs while men gained 16,000 new jobs in December (resulting a net loss of 140,000 jobs). When the...

Innovation in Small Town America

Often people think of innovation in terms of the big inventions that pioneered new industries, like Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone, Thomas Edison’s light bulb and the Wright brothers’ airplane. As a patent attorney, I have seen innovation on many levels, from high-tech inventions at Microsoft to...

Take a Stand TC: Enable essential workers to vote

I was raised a Milliken Republican. Most of us in TC supported our hometown governor. I learned from his words that honesty, fairness and representing all people, including those who did not vote for you, was of utmost importance. Attending Central Grade School, we were taught...

Triple Whammy: Three post-COVID-19 issues to consider

The global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted business as usual for nearly all, especially in the areas of service workers, work from home options and racial inequalities. Service worker shortage. Many services organizations cannot find labor to fill jobs. This was a problem last year, but it...

Girls + Math + Science = Success

I have spent most of my career in male-dominated fields, having graduated from engineering school at a time when only one out of every four women enrolled would earn a degree. When I entered the male-dominated field of patent law – which requires both law...

Our High-Tech Hometown

Traverse City is my hometown. When I left to pursue an engineering degree – which turned into a high-tech career in Silicon Valley – I knew that my path would take me away from TC. Permanently. At the time, there was no high-tech industry in Traverse....