There’s a New Sheriff in Town

Buckle up, bitches. It’s going to be one hell of a ride.


Yes, our fearless leader Gigi Eligoloff has surrendered to the siren song of her roots in TV-Land. And I’ve bravely volunteered to cover for her until she returns.

Actually only part of that is true. I didn’t volunteer, per se. I was asked to step up for no additional pay and I said AW HAYLE NO YES PLEASE.

This is a pattern in my life: I have daddy issues and I can’t say no I’m a hard worker and I get results!

Case in point: twenty years ago, I took a part-time gift shop sales position at The Pittsburgh Children’s Museum. I truly hated that job. Retail just wasn’t my thing. But I showed up every day, on time, I did my best, and I used it as an opportunity to network. Within a few weeks, I got myself transferred to a different department and I rocked the face off that new job. Next thing I knew, I was their Weekend General Manager.

And every job I’ve had since then has been a similar experience.

Of course, if history proves, what happens next is that I am no longer doing what I love and instead I am managing a group of former peers who have probably seen me drunker than a skunk and who may or may not resent me for my promotion. Ah, good times.

I remember this one guy, “Jay.” I had just been promoted from Computer Trainer to Training Manager at a tech company in California. I was 26; he was probably 46. He did not want me to observe his classes or give him any feedback on how he could improve. He’d been there longer than I had and he didn’t give a rat’s ass that I was his new boss. So the first day I showed up to observe his class, he slammed the classroom door in my face.

That motherfucker was the first person I ever fired.

But from that day forward, I was able to build a pretty awesome team.

Luckily for me, we already have a fantastic group here, and there have been no slamming doors, not just yet anyway. (But I’ve got my shit-kickers on and my foot in the doorjamb just in case.)

It’s been almost a year since I came on board here as a weekly columnist. Man, time sure does fly when you’re writing about vaginas. Lots of wonderful things have happened for me since then in the blogosphere, including being named a BlogHer Voice of the Year. I am grateful to the ITPR team for giving me a shot last October and constant support and encouragement to continue my journey as a writer and editor.

I’ve been serving as our U.S. Editor for a few months now and it has been a solid training ground for me to now take the reins as Editor-in-Chief. I’ve gotten to work closely with and learn great tips and tricks from Gigi, Paula, Di, and Johno. I’ve scouted and hired the fabulous Kim Bongiorno and all the incredible guest writers we’ve had here over the summer such as Allison of Motherhood, WTF?, Anna of My Life and Kids, Kerry of HouseTalkN, The Suniverse, Angela Shelton, and Jen of People I Want to Punch in The Throat.

Hopefully you’ve also noticed some improvements that I championed in the commenting process. Gone are the days when you would receive an email every time someone else would comment on a post. Nowadays, you should only be notified if someone replies directly to you. {You’re welcome.}

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Gigi has been such a generous and nurturing role model for me. I am truly sorry to see her go and I will greatly miss her editing magic. Fret not, she has assured me that she will be on-call for emergency advice. I have offered my services to her as well in case she gets into a pickle and needs some American vulgarities on the fly.

Hey, I’m a giver, what can I say?

Thank you for being here with us, for being such a valuable part of our community, and for supporting our writers.

Now buckle up, bitches. It’s going to be one hell of a ride.

Leslie Marinelli is a writer, wife, mother of three, toilet humor aficionada, and transplanted Pittsburgher trapped in the suburbs of Atlanta. She’s the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of In the Powder Room, the creative force behind the award-winning tell-all mom blog, The Bearded Iris, and the editor and co-author of In the Powder Room’s hilarious bestselling anthology, “You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth.”

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