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

It Is 2017, Women Have Options!

The hustle and bustle from the holiday season is finally over and we all survived yet another year of turkey, presents, and awkward family questions that feel more like interrogations and passive aggressive statements about whether or not you have hit life’s benchmarks. The constant questions about “real” jobs, kids, marriage and “settling down” seem to be the topics of … Read More

2017 – A Year for Empathy

Is it possible for us all to agree that 2017 could be the year of empathy? I wonder…. the media says that we’re a divided country, our friends on Facebook have difficulty holding fruitful and enlightening discussions about politics without calling each other names, the word “selfie” is used so much it makes me want to be sick, and many … Read More

Leaders, Experts and Innovators Aren’t Born, They’re Mentored

How do young college graduates entering the workforce, professionals in transition or retirees looking for their “encore” career get a leg up on the competition?  It takes experience, foresight and confidence —and you don’t get any of these on your own until you have gone through the development process and have become a proven commodity. Mentors could be the answer.  … Read More

FLORIDA TODAY EDGE BLOG: Workplace Gender Gap & How to Communicate

It’s not uncommon these days that CEOs and leadership are of the millennial generation. As we know and continue to read, millennials communicate with each other and the world in a completely different way than the rest of us, and they are quite particular about the type of communication used. This should not be a hurdle that stands in either party’s way, … Read More

FLORIDA TODAY EDGE BLOG: Negotiating Your Way to a Deal

Many of us find negotiations intimidating and awkward, but it doesn’t have to be that way. When you negotiate, it is important to know your audience. You know what your end goal is, but do you know theirs? Research and transparency are two key components to being a good negotiator. Research prepares you and gives you a bit of a … Read More

FLORIDA TODAY EDGE Blog: Making the Most of Industry Conferences

Many of us are obligated to go to a few conferences a year, but do we make the most of them? Conferences can be cumbersome and may not always directly correlate with your workplace responsibilities. However, there are other objectives you can pursue while at a conference. Don’t forget, networking can often be even more powerful than the knowledge you … Read More