Archive for ◊ March, 2012 ◊

• Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The Strategy Sessions featuring Dining by Design – Wednesday, 3/21/12 at 11am ET

New York will be alive with innovative creations by the country’s leading interior designers during Dining by Design this week, as its host Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), launches the much anticipated event.

The Strategy Sessions talks with David Sheppard, DIFFA’s Executive Director, andCheryl Umbles, Principal of Perspectives Interiors, about design strategies, fighting AIDS, and a star studded list of guests who will grace Dining by Design.

Sponsored by Architectural Digest, the New York Times, and LX-TV, Dining by Design will be held at Pier 94 in NYC from March 22-26, 2012.

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• Thursday, March 08th, 2012


In honor of Women’s History Month, the ASK THE STRATEGIST blog is launching Women of Influence: Leaders Past, Present, and Future. During the month of March, we will feature audacious, awesome women who contribute, or have contributed, to communities across the globe.

January 1, 1752 – January 30, 1836

Betsy Ross, an American icon (source:

It is fitting that the first woman featured today, International Women’s Day, is Betsy Ross. Born in Philadelphia on January 1, 1752, Elizabeth Griscom Ross was the eighth of seventeen children born to Samuel and Rebecca James Griscom. Ross married her first husband at age 21, John, with whom she established an upholstery and seamstress business.

Famous for fashioning the American flag presented to George Washington in 1776 to commemorate the country’s independence from Great Britain, Ross was a successful entrepreneur in 18th century Philadelphia. What makes her occupation an even rarer occurrence is that Ross maintained the upholstery business after the deaths of her first husband, John, and indeed, after her second and third husbands, Captain Joseph Ashburn and John Claypoole, respectively.

While Ross’ legend revolves around Old Glory, and the debate about whether she designed the original flag, the fact remains that this “patriot of Philadelphia,” Betsy Ross continues to inspire civic pride and patriotism.

So, we celebrate Betsy Ross on March 8, 2012 – International Women’s Day – for her lasting contributions as a pioneering woman entrepreneur whose work in the 1700s continues to resonate centuries later.

Fast facts:
 Betsy Ross’ family were devout members of the Quaker Society
 Ross’ family ostracized her when she married John Ross, an Episcopalian
 She was a fourth-generation American

Betsy Ross,
Betsy Ross,
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