There was one empty seat.

I sat down confidently while the girls twittered about homework, parties, and a sweater that would soon be on sale. They stopped and stared at me in disbelief.

“Hi,” I said to the girl next to me.

“That seat’s taken,” she answered, waving her fork…


Golden Tans During COVID

My old boss once told me, “We’re born naked, wet, and hungry. Then things get worse.”

Truer words . . .

I stood awkwardly naked in my ex-husband fiancé’s guest bedroom, getting a complimentary spray tan from a properly masked beauty named Jordan.

“How dark would you like to be?”


We All Must Choose

Unless we do something, giant international corporations may be the only survivors in the post-pandemic economy.

But I’m an optimist. My husband calls me “Pollyanna,” even though my kids have no idea who that is. It’s true. Eventually, the overall economy will recover. People will need to buy things and…


Every Monday morning, the suits in our law firm crowded in the rosewood-paneled conference room the associates affectionately named, “The One Where They Fire People.” It was our time to discuss upcoming projects and boast about the companies we represented.

As usual, the associates were the first in the room…


Photo Credit: James Besser

This morning, a young lawyer seeking mentorship, asked me about working with some of the world’s largest companies and brands. I happily answered Amanda’s questions, sometimes throwing in a few pithy proverbs.

Then she asked, “Who are the best leaders you’ve worked with, and why?”

My pause was so long…


Fortune Cookie Answers

I spent many of my undergrad evenings hunkered down in the cushy green armchair at the coffee shop “College Drip.”

Sure, it sounds like something you cure with a shot of penicillin, but it served exceptional espresso and was a refuge for the uber-geeky and 90’s alternative scene. …

Amy Osteen

Amy is an attorney with OutsideCLO.com and founder of CleanCreed.com. She prepares early-stage companies and small businesses for their next steps.

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