Education and Awareness, Seminars

SC & GA: A (Quick) Southern Summary

To summarize a week long trip from hundreds of pictures (I edited some 629 photos off my phone to 325 when I first got back) is not an easy feat. The statistics and stories shared by the folks who were gracious enough to host our VALOR cohort is still swirling in my head and in… Continue reading SC & GA: A (Quick) Southern Summary

Education and Awareness, Legislation and Regulations, Seminars

Let me tell you a story…

Ah, Richmond. The capitol of Virginia; home of the oldest elected legislative body in the New World. Mother of Presidents (the state, that is). Steeped in history and tradition. It reminds me every time I go why I appreciate where I live…for a multitude of reasons. But I’m not a fan of politics; never have… Continue reading Let me tell you a story…

Class III, Communication, Seminars

Crucial Conversations

As I reflect on our time spent in Southside Virginia during our last VALOR seminar, I am reminded of our training on crucial conversations. A crucial conversation can be one that is difficult, challenging, and/or important. These types of conversations occur in every part of our daily lives. In many cases, it is a conversation… Continue reading Crucial Conversations

Class III, Communication

Interviewing 101–Nailing the Message

I’ve spent my career as a marketing and communications professional, crafting and delivering messages both on paper and in front of the camera. Being interviewed has been part of my job for more than 25 years (don’t do the math please!), but I’ve never been so ill at ease talking into a mike than I… Continue reading Interviewing 101–Nailing the Message

Communication, Creative Problem Solving, Uncategorized

The Entrepreneur’s Journey

Yes, it is true--when you decide to make your passion your "job" you don't work another day in life!  There are great rewards to entrepreneurship: in control of your time, meeting influential people, traveling to different places, being given a platform to share your talents.  It does seem that entrepreneurs "don't work...have it easy...happy-go-lucky."  This is an… Continue reading The Entrepreneur’s Journey

Communication, Creative Problem Solving, Education and Awareness, Seminars

I Expect MORE

Virginia, roughly shaped like a triangle (per my fantastic drawing above), is home to two distinct population curves. The more common one, called the Golden Crescent, is home to approximately 6.1 million people, and if it were a state, it would be second in the nation for college degrees, wealth, etc. It stretches from the… Continue reading I Expect MORE