Archive for ◊ April, 2011 ◊

• Thursday, April 28th, 2011
Pat Mitchell President & CEO
Paley Center for Media
Margie Warrell Author/Executive Life Coach
“Find Your Courage”
Joan Amble Executive Vice President & Corporate Comptroller, American Express


Do you know these women?  You should.  They are leading ladies in America, shaping the world around us in business, politics, and media.  Come meet them personally and several more successful women from across the country THIS Saturday!  There is still time to join some of America’s most influential women at

Ladies DC and the UN Foundation have joined forces to host the inaugural “Women Leading the Future” day-long women’s conference, THIS Saturday, April 30, 2011, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, bringing some of the most powerful women in America together to discuss major issues and topics important to women today.  Focusing on women making a difference in the world, some discussions will deal with where women are today and how they can become stronger, more effective leaders and why their leadership is important as we head into the future.


Category: Women  | Tags: , ,  | Comments off
• Friday, April 22nd, 2011

5 Things To Do In the Workplace on Earth Day

Earth Day 2011

Today is Earth Day, an annual reminder to be a little kinder, gentler to our planet and the communities in which we live. Following are five simple things you can do in the workplace to commemorate Earth Day, while taking steps to incorporate green activities on a daily basis.

 1. Say goodbye to paper

Help Mother Earth by eliminating unnecessary paper in the office. Whether discarding old memos, outdated company procedures, or decades old personnel files, eliminating the deluge of paper can have a positive impact in the workplace. By scanning and electronically storing essential documents, offices can decrease paper use resulting in cost saving, the preservation of trees, increased storage space, and the reduction of mold and spores. 

 2. Turn off the lights

 Turn off the power in rooms at work – unoccupied offices, the restroom, and cafeteria – that are not in use. Energy efficient light bulbs, including those operated by automatic sensor to turn lights on and off, are easy to use and cost-effective. Conserving energy helps the planet, and reduces your office electric bill. Use those saved dollars for employee bonuses instead!

3. Ditch the plastic

Replace plastic utensils with silverware and bring your own coffee cups to work – ditching the Styrofoam and plastic cups. Using cutlery can eliminate waste and save corporate dollars. Some health experts believe that Styrofoam and plastic have a negative impact on the body. So, ditching the plastic may not only help the planet; it may benefit your personal health as well. 

4. Take on telecommuting

With gas prices on the rise, telecommuting is a money-saving and efficient way to better our planet. Telecommuting reduces traffic, emissions, and saves energy usage in the workplace. Working at home also has great health benefits, reducing stress that comes from driving to and from work during hefty traffic, being at home when the children arrive after school, and fostering a bit of peace and quiet that is not always present in the workplace.

5. Convert your coworkers

The best way to sustain green activities in the workplace is to engage your coworkers. Make your efforts to conserve energy a contest, work on projects together, and encourage other businesses in your work complex or community to join forces. Organize Earth Day activities, including initiating a recycling plan, planting trees, forming teams to present innovative ways to conserve energy during staff meetings once a month, or bring in an expert to help you and your coworkers implement a strategic green effort at work.

 Have a green tip that you have used in the workplace? Let us know in the comment section.

Article courtesy of KSG Strategic Consulting, and cannot be reproduced without express written permission.

Category: Community, Uncategorized, Workplace  | Tags: , , ,  | Comments off
• Tuesday, April 19th, 2011


ASK THE STRATEGIST interviewed Carol Van Valkenburg, owner of the McDonald’s restaurant in Mazza Gallerie, Washington, DC, during the National Hiring Day today. Carol’s family has owned McDonald’s franchises in the area – 18 locations to date – since 1979.


Carol Van Valkenburg stands in front of the Wisonsin Avenue restaurant

ATS: What are your three strategies for success?
Carol: Never be afraid to ask questions, never be afraid to admit that you do not know the answer, and be open to all possibilities.

ATS: What is your insider tip (unconventional, nontraditional or out-of-the-box philosophy or action)?
Carol: Be brave and shake the hand of or introduce yourself to someone you don’t know – you’ll never know where it will lead.

ATS: How do you stay relevant?
Carol: Talk to your children! I value my daughter’s opinion – even when she was in high school. Children are “wired in” and know the latest trends.

(Your children) may not know everything, but they do know a lot.

McDonald's team members at the Wisonsin Avenue restaurant in DC


McDonald’s tells thousands of jobseekers: You’re hired! Read the article on>>>

Carol Van Valkenburg talks with new hire Jasmine Session

McDonald’s jobs in DC :

McDonald’s jobs across the country:

More info about National Hiring Day at McDonald’s:



Category: Business, Entrepreneurship, Women, Workplace  | Tags: , ,  | Comments off
• Monday, April 11th, 2011

Ric Edelman takes the bestseller, The Truth About Money, to televison. His new show, of the same title, premieres on PBS in April.

Financial Expert, Ric Edelman, Screens New PBS Show, The Truth About Money, in Washington, DC 

Financial expert and New York Times Bestselling Author, Ric Edelman, screened his new show, The Truth About Money, in Washington, DC at the National Press Club today. The show premieres nationally on April 22, 2011.

Check out our exclusive interview on YouTube now>>> ASK THE STRATEGIST interviews Ric Edelman-The Truth About Money

Read my review of The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman on To get The Truth About Money show schedule, visit

Let us know if Ric Edelman’s strategies work for you!

Category: Advice, Finance  | Tags: ,  | Comments off
• Friday, April 08th, 2011

Join us for The premiere networking event in DC!

Saturday, April 16, 2011
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


M Street Bar and Grill
2033 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Get directions by car    Take METRO


Washington, DC business owners, networking mavens, federal government agency representatives, business
decision makers, nonprofit organization leaders, and YOU! 

$42.00 (includes registration, appetizer, main course, dessert, unlimited Champagne or Mimosas, tax, and gratuity)

To foster an intimate environment and maximize conversation, limited spaces are available.

Registration for this event is closed. 


Category: Networking  | Tags: , ,  | Comments off