The Edge: Network Your Way to Success

By Jennifer Sugarman (This Column Ran on FloridaToday.com 11/12/2007) Oh no, it’s another one of “those” articles – about how networking is important. I can hear your collective sighs and visualize your eye rolls from here! But what if I told you that your business could experience an increase in revenue without spending a dime? OK, maybe a few dimes … Read More

Board Games: Access, Activity, Advocacy

By Anne Conroy-Baiter (This Column Ran on FloridaToday.com 11/5/2017) Fun Fact: There are more than 2,100 nonprofits in Brevard County. 2,100! (https://cpkb.s3.amazonaws.com/4297/55bb9ba6d5c3f.pdf) Given those numbers, the odds are fairly high that many Brevardians will have the opportunity to serve on a nonprofit board at some point. Board service can be one of the most rewarding things a person can do—helping … Read More

Don’t Be Afraid of Changes, Rather Embrace Them

Once upon a time, in the land of work, there lived a people who were comfortable and secure. They had good education and advanced degrees. They were celebrated and adored for their long-term dedication to their companies and crafts. This fairy tale life guaranteed the people would live happily ever after. Then one day, the people of the kingdom realized … Read More

Entrepreneurship At All Ages

I have embraced entrepreneurship since I was a little girl. At age 10, I had a newspaper route in Alaska and won awards for top sales and great customer service. I learned early to fundraise by getting people to pledge money to non-profits for my bike-a-thons, skate-a-thons and beauty pageants. At 15, I was crowned Miss Hospitality for the state … Read More

Taking Life’s Changes in Stride

I wrote an article in July 2015 titled “The Only Constant is Change” that addressed this very same topic – embracing change. It seems that change was a constant then just as it is today. The one thing we can count on is that we will experience change no matter if we are pursuing it or it is pursuing us. … Read More

Strategic Partnerships Within Your Community

Establishing strategic partnerships is key for any business, but especially for non-profit organizations looking to address complex issues in the community they live in. Understanding how partnerships can strengthen your business and organization is key for every leader, especially in Brevard County where there are more than 2,000 registered non-profits – being able to show potential donors that you are … Read More

The Magic of Being Marginal

Yes, indeed – you read the title correctly. It’s time to change the mindset that to be marginal, is to be minimal or insignificant. I’m here to tell you that when you become marginal, you will become more successful. Perhaps I should explain… While attending weVENTURE’s Women Who Rock Luncheon, I had the pleasure of speaking with Ellen Little, a … Read More

What Factors Trigger Motivation for You?

Motivation is powerful and puzzling. It is defined simply as the desire to do things. Why can something so simple make life so complicated? At times, it can be a fleeting desire – difficult to recapture once it is lost. This is particularly true after a major setback or working toward a long-term goal. It happens to the best of … Read More

Chart Your Course With Purpose As Your Rudder! A Navy Wife’s Tale

What characteristics do you think a leader should posses? When I think about it, leaders need to think with vision and no preconceived notions. Leaders are fearless. As a young submarine commander’s wife, my leadership skills were put to the test. I had the unpaid, but expected job of being liaison to the ship’s families. Later, I became president of the … Read More

Intentional Corporate Community Engagement: How Reaching Out Brings Success

What’s your equation for the success of your business or organization? For Junior Achievement, money for operations and materials plus volunteers to deliver our programs equals more students served. Easy, right? Well, not so easy. I liken it to a perpetual treasure hunt. As a result, I put a lot of time and thought into the motivations behind community engagement … Read More