This woman went where no American woman had gone before.

Sally Ride: First American Woman in Space

Sally Ride, who was the first American woman to go into space in 1983, died on July 23, 2012 and tributes have flowed in to acknowledge her.

In an official White House statement U.S. President, Barack Obama said that, "she inspired generations of young girls to reach for the stars".

He certainly knows how to say in 11 words what will take me a whole blog post! Which is, "just because someone hasn't done it before - doesn't mean it can't be done". 13 words. Darn!

It's interesting that Sally was not only the first American woman in space she was also the youngest astronaut of any gender (at that time) - being 32 years and 23 days old.

Valentina Tereshkova, a Russian, who was the first ever woman in space twenty years earlier in 1963, was also the first civilian. She was actually a factory worker who parachuted as a hobby and applied for cosmonaut training.

 (The lesson here for anyone wondering whether to apply for a new role or promotion is that she actually applied for it - nobody came knocking on the door of the factory in Maslennikovo asking her to do it!) 

History remembers firsts for women; although they may also have achieved firsts for other achievements.

So perhaps not as eloquently as Obama would put it, for all those women, including Sally Ride, who have gone before us and paved the way.

Thank you.

(2 words!)

Post: Karen Adamedes

Business Travel Rituals

I like doing new things and trying new places. I do. But deep down I'm a creature of habit. I'll try something new but I really like to know it's going to be as good as the way I usually do it.

The folly of this is on my mind as I am sitting in a combined book shop cafe at Sydney airport (I am on my way to Melbourne to see a client). I've never been here before - and it's fabulous. Surrounded by books, good coffee and some light jazz as background music. I might forget to catch my flight!

My ritual is that I like to have a coffee before I fly. I can't stand that stomach twisting feeling of traveling to the airport - not knowing if I am going to make it in time.

So with plenty of time to spare -I love a coffee. And a little looky in the stores that seem to be getting better and better these days. It's a little time out in the day - that is always busy when I arrive at my destination.

The Career Chick Hot Tip for today - Take a few minutes for you when you travel for business!

Do you have any business travel rituals?

Let's chat


PS. I'm looking over at the paperback book stand and there's a book on display - "How to publish an eBook". Funny. Better fly!

Press Release: Career guide for women a finalist in 2012 global eBook awards

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Contact: Karen Adamedes, + 61 418 739 963,

Career guide for women a finalist in 2012 global eBook awards

A career guide by Australian business executive and career specialist, Karen Adamedes has been named as a finalist in the Careers/Employment category of the Global eBook Awards for 2012.

"Hot Tips For Career Chicks; unlocking the CODE to success" provides unique insights into the subtleties and nuances of work-place culture. The framework for the book is a four-step CODE to success - good Communication, a defined Operating Style, proactive career Development and prioritizing Everything else.

Although applicable to anyone developing a career, "Hot Tips for Career Chicks" is aimed at providing practical advice as well as insights into what works and why in the world of business, specifically for women. There are over 200 practical and easy-to-implement tips to develop confidence and control over a career and the direction that it is headed.

Topics include how to develop the skills to negotiate remuneration, get the job you want, prioritize what's important and know when to move on.

Author, Karen Adamedes believes that one of the reasons why women are not adequately represented in the senior ranks of business is a value equation. "When women do not get the money, recognition, promotion or even the feeling of being valued, that they want from their career, or see others achieving, they decide that they are simply not getting a good return on their efforts. Understanding how the business environment works, and how to work within it, is crucial to achieving career satisfaction and making the equation more rewarding.

Karen's career advice has been featured on the pages of major magazines and newspapers and her articles appear regularly in international publications.

The winners of the 2012 Global eBook Awards will be announced in Santa Barbara, California on August 18.

In the meantime Karen is working on another career book for men and women, a quick reference guide for tricky and everyday situations at work and is building an online go-to resource for career development,

The eBook edition of "Hot Tips For Career Chicks" is available through most eBook retailers including and Apple. Print editions are also available as trade paperbacks through a large number of retailers. Please visit for further information.


What do CEO's Tweet about?

Well as it turns out with some research - they tweet about all kinds of things.

And they seem to do it with thoughtful consideration of their position and the brand that they and their company represent. have just published The Ultimate CEO Twitter List which has the twitter names of over 100 CEO's from industries including technology, not-for-profit, business advising, media and the arts.

When I saw the list included a mix of people from both social media savvy organizations as well as some real traditional corporate types - I thought it would be really interesting to check it out and see exactly what they are tweeting about.

Here's a small sample:

Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin group was tweeting about being at Wimbeldon and wearing a tie (what he's doing and staying on brand that he still sees himself as a rebel but has to conform).

Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, had spilt coffee on his shirt on his way to a meeting (I'm an ordinary guy even though I'm going to meetings)

And, Greg Brown, the Chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions had been tweeting about the weather, the future and a career milestone (I'm a leader and I'm here on Twitter)

And not a photo of any of them doing shots to be seen! These posts might not get mega numbers of retweets but they do illustrate you can:

1. Be on Twitter even if you are in the most senior of positions or representing a conservative organisation

2. Present your brand and yourself on Twitter

3. Use hashtags, post pics and write about the every day - all the fun stuff of being on Twitter 

by thinking about what you post and making sure it is in line with your Operating Style

I went through the list and saved about 45 of the people I was interested into a list creatively called, CEOs - so if you want to take a short-cut and check out some of these folk - come visit me on Twitter @karenadamedes and check out the list.

If you've got some tips for how to stay on your brand when you're on Twitter - please share!

Let's chat
- Karen