stacy-marie ishmael

Trinidadian-at-large. Galavanteur. Mobile @BuzzFeedNews. Editor of #awesomewomen, a list - http://ttms.us/awesomewomen.


Don’t be the reason people quit


I’ve always been interested in what makes an effective team, and in the fundamentals of attracting, hiring and retaining talent. And I am particularly intent…


What I mean when I say (FT) Communities

Or, I’m from Team Communities, and I’m here to help


This is a lightly edited & combined version of an internal email and blog post I wrote when I (re)joined the FT in October 2013 as its first VP of Communities.

Here’s an early attempt to outline what I’m up to, what I’m working toward, and how I’m…


Beyond leaning in: a review of “The Orange Line”

You should leave work and go to yoga at 6pm. But you’ll probably get paid less.


I confess to having spent so much of my career leaning-in that I now need to lie down.I can’t quite buy in to the notion of “having it all” as a benchmark for success. And since my only obligations to people under 18 comprise…


How I write

And how I fail to.


I ‘write’ in my head first, and constantly. Subject lines and headlines. Ledes and sentences. Paragraphs. Whole letters, essays, emails. My…


Integrity = Loyalty + Pain

(or, to thine own self, your friends and your colleagues be true)


Step one: devote five intense, underpaid years immediately following university to an august and demanding institution. Step two: suddenly move on. Step three: develop a fundamental appreciation for and understanding of loyalty.


People-shaped blurs

No one survives life


In the novel Annie John, by Jamaica Kincaid, the protagonist describes how, during a period of illness, she rubbed out the faces…


What’s your vanity metric?


When I first joined FT Alphaville, we had no traffic, no readers, and certainly no commenters. And so when people finally started commenting, first in trickles and…


Thirty


Thirty.

Suddenly it matters. The number, the age, the sense of foreboding that accompanies any reflection on such.


RIP, Granny


In the room, watching this tiny, frail woman who could barely speak; who didn’t know who I was; who was dying, who had been dying.

In the room, standing next to and apart from my mother, watching her mother, three generations bound by blood and memories.

In the room, back on the island of my birth for the first time in more time than was…


Don’t be the reason people quit


I’ve always been interested in what makes an effective team, and in the fundamentals of attracting, hiring and retaining talent. And I am particularly intent…