Marian Cartwright

I am passionate about helping women make the most of their skills and talents in the workplace, as well as encouraging them to ask for what they want and deserve. Creating Ask Ajna with Jae Lynn has been a labor of love and if we can help women find their authentic voice and support one another, we will build a community of change.

The Joy of the Job – What Women Want

The Joy of the Job –  What Women Want

The joy of the job.  Two “j” words that many people would not put together.  According to Gallop, it is estimated that 70% of the workforce in the US is not actively engaged in their work.  People are not wild about what they do or where they do it.  There is little joy in the workplace. If you look around your workplace, how many truly joyful people do you see?  How many people have a smile on th ...[Read More]

Gender Equality – The Women’s Empowerment Principles

Gender Equality – The Women’s Empowerment Principles

Wouldn’t it be great if someone could come up with a couple of ideas that businesses could use that would increase business profits AND improve gender equality?  Impossible you say?  Not so, says the UN. The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the UN Global Impact have developed the Women’s Empowerment Principles, seven principles that support th ...[Read More]

Powerful Women Songs – Ajna’s Top 25

Powerful Women Songs – Ajna’s Top 25

Music has always been a centering point in Ajna’s life and her digital music selections include  a list of “Powerful Women Songs”.  These are songs that Ajna plays to celebrate powerful women or when she needs to hear some positive messages about women. A few years ago Ajna attended Power of Self leadership program and each woman was asked to bring in a song that inspired them.  ...[Read More]

Ajna – 5 Meditation Techniques for the Office

Ajna – 5 Meditation Techniques for the Office

Ajna has just completed her 21 Day Meditation with Deepak Chopra and Oprah.  It was a wonderful chance to reduce stress, quiet her thoughts, and improve her focus.  She has committed to herself to continue the practice everyday and has decided to look for ways to practice some short meditation techniques in the office. After a little research, Ajna found a couple of great tips she can use.. You do ...[Read More]

What Does Your Workspace Say About You?

What Does Your Workspace Say About You?

Most of us spend at least 9 hours a day at our workspace.  Whether you work in a cube, an office with windows, or work in the field, most of us care about where we produce the work we do. When Ajna moved into her new office she made a few choices.  She likes a calm clean office, with a few small pictures of her family, her favorite poster of a beach scene, and a variety of shoes stashed in the bot ...[Read More]

Ajna and The Elephant in the Room

Ajna and The Elephant in the Room

Once upon a time there was an elephant in the room.  It was a meeting room and there were 7 managers sitting around the table.  The elephant was off to the side in front of the door.  Everyone who entered the room had to go around the elephant to get to their seat, but no one seemed to notice.  Ajna came in and stopped short, looked at the elephant, and as she took her set said, “When can we ...[Read More]

Women Supporting Women – Who is Ajna?

Women Supporting Women – Who is Ajna?

During the month of August, Jae Lynn and I will be sharing some of Ajna’s wisdom in our blogs.  But before we do that, we thought it might be helpful to know a little bit about her. Ajna is the woman who shares her experience and knowledge with you without judgment or pity.  When you don’t know who to trust and you don’t understand why something didn’t work out, she can bri ...[Read More]

Is the Threat of Hell Enough to Get Women Supporting Women?

Is the Threat of Hell Enough to Get Women Supporting Women?

The often repeated Madeline Albright quote warns, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women”.  She said this in 2004 at a Wellesley panel.  It also was a very popular quote on a Starbucks cup.  The quote has been used by everyone from Sarah Palin to Katie Couric, to Taylor Swift.  Why is it so popular?  Almost everyone will say they’ve been the recipient of those evil ...[Read More]