## Leave the ladder down: #41of 55 things I have learned in (almost) 55 years

In her dissertation on African-American leaders, Dr. Shanetta Robinson has a couple of memorable quotes on this topic. One executive she interviewed urged women leaders that have reached the top to “leave the ladder down”. Another admonished that if you reach the top, you should bring someone else with you. Michelle Obama, in her beautiful…

## This could have been me: Start-up death

My heart goes out to whoever is writing the blog, “My start-up has 30 days to live”. It’s the truest thing I’ve read about business since Paul Hawken wrote that the reason most small businesses fail is that they have too much money.  It’s funny, because I was on the Forty Women to Watch over…

## Mama AnnMaria’s Point-y Click-y Guide to Factor Analysis

So, yesterday, if you were paying attention, we figured out WHY to do a factor analysis today’s post is about how. I’m using SAS Enterprise Guide because I had it open on my computer. Here is what the completed project looks like:   Here is what I did, reading from the top — I opened…

## You have your survey data, now what?

“The problem with women isn’t that they leave you, but that they have to tell you WHY.” Whether in teaching judo, statistics, programming or management, I’m a big fan of telling people why. As I said before, the first step in programming is to THINK. This applies to statistical programming as well, which is what…

## Women over 40

How we refer to older women in our language would be translated literally as “the one who holds things together”. Yet, we have forgotten that in the modern world. We are no longer proud of our grey, we hide it with dye in our hair. We go to aerobics classes to try to keep the…

## Factor analysis is your friend: Quit whining and learn it

Too often, when I look at the surveys some people design, I have the same thought as when I see my granddaughter with a lollipop bigger than her head – Just what exactly do you think that you are going to DO with that? The problem is that both may have metaphorically (or, in Eva’s…

## Wolfram asks- why teach multiplication?

If you have not listened to the TED talk by Conrad Wolfram, I highly recommend you do. If you have any interest in math education, the odds are great that his talk is far more important than anything else you could possibly doing in the next 20 minutes. If you think the name sounds familiar,…