Creating Community in the Emotional Desert of Corporate America

Alternative title: Mentorships v. Masterminds - You can have your cake and eat it too.

We’re going to start with a PSA…

In case you are not already part of our private community, please come on over and join us. I invite you cordially, formally and with engraved invitations to join this amazing group of women where we talk about all the things related to being a professional in today's society and culture.

Here’s the link where you can request access (it’s free) >>

We also love to talk about applying the art and science of psychology to help improve ourselves, our lives and our careers - everything to being seen, being heard, being appreciated, being recognized and for God's sake - getting paid.


For years now, I've been a corporate consultant and I really do love that job. I love the strategy involved. I love helping our clients achieve exactly what they want. I love bringing clarity and structure around chaos. I love building bridges and relationships across teams and individuals who, frankly, don't always see eye-to-eye.

Split personality

I also love entrepreneurship and thinking about business strategically. My husband and I have a couple of businesses. Thinking about the marketing, the online moving pieces, and learning the tools. But, I feel like my brain has two levels that it's always operating on: corporate brain and entrepreneur brain (not to mention the family and personal stuff).

For the corporate side, I have been truly blessed to have amazing mentors. But I sought them out, cold-called, fan-girled them on social media, took their classes and inserted myself into their circles.

Mentorship, for me, has been something I've always had to go after, I've had to make a conscious effort to establish it and maintain those relationships. I've been very fortunate in that these people have usually been very receptive and continue to guide me mentally, strategically and even emotionally as I progressed through different points of my corporate career.

Let’s compare that to what’s available to entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurially, there are amazing communities online of other entrepreneurs who are helping, coaching, supporting, masterminding, master-classing, always generating content and creating groups where these types of conversations can happen.

What I aim to do with The Real CREW is something that I lack of. This community is a mastermind, sharing, community culture in the corporate world.

Can you imagine?

How great would it be if you were sitting in your day job or trying to think about your career strategically and not have to go after a mentor? Not have to consciously seek them out? Not feel like you're being a cyber-stalker like I felt? Not have to pay someone, or feel like you're inserting yourselves and someone's already extremely constrained schedule?

Can I get an amen?

THIS what The Real CREW is here for.

We are a cooperative, reciprocal mentorship network where we do all of those fun things and more.

Let us hear about your challenges and talk about them together. Other people in The CREW have been where you are…

  • trying to get to a new position

  • trying to negotiate a salary

  • dealing with a really nerve-wracking presentation

  • a really creepy co-worker

  • having to step out of your comfort zone and do a stretch role

The CREW is a group of professional women who have been there and done that or want to get where you are and can learn from you.

So join us. The Collective of Real Executive Women

We are a cooperative, reciprocal mentorship community. We are that beautiful hybrid between the corporate, formerly structured and sort of rigid mentorship dynamic and this beautiful online community of people who are truly thoughtful and positively intentioned professionals, who want to help you succeed and want to learn from you so that they can succeed.

You hear the JFK quote “A rising tide lifts all boats,” all the time in the entrepreneurial world — I invite you to join us as we bring this into our corporate cultures. This has the potential to change the world for the better.

I want to hear from you if you have questions that you would like us to talk about here and in the group. Please post them in the comments below.

I am excited and honored with the hope of getting to see and talk with you soon, thank you.

With love, joy & gratitude,
Tarah Keech |
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CREW, We’re starting a new thread. Introducing…



Because I want to know what you know.

For this inaugural conversation, please, please answer this question in our private FB group:

What topic, area or industry do you know the MOST about?

(Ahem, holistic and organic hair care! Cancer research! Navigating bankruptcy! Vacation rentals! Health and wellness! Copy editing! Crowd sourcing funding! Makeup and skin care! It doesn’t have to be your job.)

As my hubs and I teach the kids life “stuff” - oh, so much random stuff - I’m kind of falling in love with the marvelousness of how we learn.

“Sharing what we know (read: what YOU know) supports us all”

“Growing Up Wild” (on Netflix) has this scene of baby macaques diving and swimming (did you know monkeys can swim?!) to find the hidden superfood, seed heads of lily pads.

This is a remarkable example of how we benefit from growing up in a society with a cumulative knowledge base - we get to learn the best of the best from those who have gone before us and figured it out. The information gets updated and refined through the group’s experiences and shared which multiplies the benefit to society.

Hellooooo, CREW! Sharing what we know (read: what YOU know) supports us all!

Please, for God’s sake, learn what I know without having to go through the toil, tribulations and student loans it took me to learn it.


Here’s my vision: #whatweknow will become our very own CREW directory of awesomeness.

You never know what you might have a question about or when you might be able to help someone else in a moment of need. What you take for granted just might help one of our CREW score some of that sweet, sweet, lily pad superfruit in their own ponds ;)

So, tell us! What do you know?

Post what you know in our group HERE >>

With love, joy & gratitude,
Tarah Keech
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August 2018 Highlight Digest

Hello ladies! If you love us or if you hate us or if you’re somewhere in between, your experiences and thoughts matter and I want to hear all about them. Share your perspective right HERE.

Currently, The Real CREW is our private Facebook community but I am super excited to be growing to also offer retreats and workshops. What you share here will help shape the next steps for this Real CREW community of ours so THANK YOU!

August’s Highlights

This is August’s Highlight Digest from our private CREW Facebook community (of amazing professional women, just like you) because I know you are out there, working and earning, without much margin left in your days to scroll through your feeds. HERE are summaries + links to a few of the most popular conversations from August that you might enjoy, including…

Access the full CREW Highlight Digest >> HERE.

How about you share this with two of your business besties so we can keep sharing, growing, and learning together. You can use this link when you share with your friends >>

With so much love, joy and gratitude,
Tarah Keech

July 2018 Highlight Digest


I don’t know if you can relate - sometimes I feel stuck... stagnant even. There are joys and thrills and peaceful, centered truths but there are also days when I feel disconnected from that ambition. Ever felt that way? 

A post from one of my mentors reminded me, “Be patient with yourself. Nothing in nature blooms all year.”

What a lovely sigh of relief that is. For those of you in seasons of growth, restoration or still reflection - be kind and patient with yourself. 

Knowing your “why” can underpin, encourage and support you even in those times of disconnection, uncertainty, waiting and trying without results. Why do you do what you do? A paycheck is not the answer. Won’t you join us in August as we read Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why”? We’ll be exploring and sharing together - I am thrilled to go through this book with you all! Details follow. 

What has July been like for you? For me, July has been a glorious, steamy month here full of productivity and connecting to my roots. Sweet family visits, quality friend time and many sweet summer memories. 

July’s Highlights

This is July’s Highlight Digest from our private CREW Facebook community (of amazing professional women, just like you) because I know you are out there, DOIN' IT and DOIN' IT WELL, without a whole lot of time to scroll through social. HERE are summaries + links to a few of the most popular conversations from July that you might enjoy, including…

Access the full CREW Highlight Digest >> HERE.

Remember, you’re welcome to invite women you think would enjoy this group - we are our best when we’re in it together! You can use this link when you share with your friends >>

And, as always, let me know if there are topics you recommend and anything you’d like us to explore. 

With so much love, joy and gratitude,
Tarah Keech

June 2018 Highlight Digest

Ladies, You are an absolute joy to know and to be with here in the Real CREW!

Thank you for being here and for bringing all of your realness. It can be hard and feel lonely when we have to do all.the.things every single day. Conflicting emotions of joy, fatigue, disappointment, stress, accomplishments, and all of the relationships to all of the people in all areas of our life...

But the CREW, we’re right here with you, rooting for you, eager to encourage and support you anyway we can.

If this group is something you enjoy, please invite others who you think would appreciate it (just send ‘em here >>

And, as always, let me know if there are topics you recommend and anything you’d like us to discuss here.

In case you missed it…

Because I know you are out there, kicking butt and taking names, without a whole lot of time to scroll through social. The monthly Highlight Digest includes summaries + links to the most popular community conversations and lessons from June including…

Access the full Highlight’s June issue HERE.

Join the conversation and bring a friend - it’s better when we’re together!

With so much love, joy and gratitude,

Tarah Keech