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• Monday, January 13th, 2014

NEWS FLASH: We have a new blog home page!

We are still Ask The Strategist, only now, the site is autonomously run by the Publisher/Editor, Kesi Stribling.

“The decision to move Ask The Strategist from the direct affiliation with KSG Strategic Consulting enables us to reach a wider audience, many of whom are current fans and followers of our media brands outside of KSG,” says Stribling.

The newly refurbished Ask The Strategist will continue to feature posts on business, entrepreneurship, careers, and women, however, one of the additional benefits is a group of new guest bloggers, who will provide content on a number of industries and specialties, including diversity and nutrition.

Our first guest blogger, Delise, is a college student who will share her experiences navigating her internship and school during her semester-long stay in South Africa, beginning in February 2014. Her video blog will be housed under the new section on careers for college students.

What does this mean for you, our subscribers?

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Ready, Set, Compete: American Express OPEN Forum Shares Tips  to Maximize 2014
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5. I would like be a guest logger on Ask The Strategist. Whom should I contact?

While we have most of our guest bloggers for 2014, if you have demonstrated writing experience on issues that would be a good fit for the blog (i.e. entrepreneurship, careers, health, community, diversity, current events, youth, and women), please contact us. Be sure to include links to your blog or writing samples.

 

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• Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Since launching The Strategy Sessions in its original incarnation in 2004, and its current format on Blog Talk Radio in 2009, we have had a cadre of stellar leaders in business, entrepreneurship, health, travel, careers, and women’s issues share their strategies with our listeners. Last year, Blog Talk Radio took notice and now we are one of 300 featured show hosts on their network of almost 20,000, and are grateful to YOU for listening to, liking, and sharing The Strategy Sessions with others.

Airs on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 11am ET

Our goal is to continue offering programming that is interesting, thought-provoking, and insightful. We thank our listeners for tuning in live, listening online, or subscribing to our podcast on iTunes. Most important, we appreciate our guests who always give great conversation! Hence, we share with you the top 5 most listened to episodes of 2013. Be sure to tune in on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. ET for our 2014 episodes.

The New Face of Diversity

Original airdate: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Guest: Elizabeth Riley-Williams, CEO & President of the American Conference on Diversity

Elizabeth Williams-Riley, American Conference on Diversity

Summary: Our guest talked with us about the sweeping legislative changes resulting from the November 2012 elections, including the DREAM Act and same sex marriage, diversity in the workplace and immigration.
Listen online or download the podcast on iTunes: http://tobtr.com/s/4223843
Connect with American Conference on Diversity
Phone: (732) 745-9330

Against the Odds

Original airdate: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Guest: Rob Long, Graduate of Syracuse University and NFL Hopeful

Against the Odds: Rob Long

Summary: Our guest talked about his personal struggle after being diagnosed with brain cancer while attending Syracuse University in New York. Mr. Long shared what motivated him while battling cancer, how his faith and family encouraged him, and what’s next for the NFL aspirant.
Listen online or download the podcast on iTunes: http://tobtr.com/s/4624983
Connect with Rob Long
Twitter: @RobLong47

Preparing Women to Lead

Original airdate: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Guest: Dawn Culpepper, Director of Programs and Operations, Public Leadership Education
Network (PLEN)

Dawn Culpepper from PLEN

Summary: Our guest highlighted programming that help young women prepare for leadership in the public sector, corporations, and the community. Ms. Culpepper also talked about the Women, Law, and Legal Advocacy Seminar and Networking Reception, featuring a keynote address by Heather Podesta.
Listen online or download the podcast in iTunes: http://tobtr.com/s/5564277
Connect with PLEN
Phone: (202) 872-1585
Online: www.plen.org
Twitter: @PLENNetwork

Meet the DC Pink Divas

Original airdate: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Guest: Shyrea Thompson Robinson, Executive Director of the Capital City Area Heath Education Center (AHEC) and Rita Butler-Trewick, breast cancer survivor and member of the DC Pink Divas.

Shyrea Thompson-Robinson of Capital City AHEC

Summary: Our guests talked about their health initiatives for residents in the Washington, DC community, and specifically, their program, DC Pink Divas, which is a support system for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Listen online or download the podcast on iTunes: http://tobtr.com/s/4797863
Connect with the Capital City AHEC and DC Pink Divas
Phone: (202) 506-6122
Twitter: @DCPinkDivas

Annual Road Trip with AAA

Original airdate: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Guest: Heather Hunter, Director of Public Relations at AAA

Heather Hunter from AAA

Summary: Our guest highlighted some of the summer popular vacation spots, travel tips, and strategies for traveling with the family, alone, and with pets.
Listen online or download the podcast on iTunes: http://tobtr.com/s/5120849
Connect with AAA
Online: www.aaa.com
Twitter: @AAANews and @AAA_Travel
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• Monday, December 16th, 2013

Five Valuable Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Beyoncé

Beyoncé's surprise CD release holds 5 valuable lessons for entrepreneurs. Photo Credit: Invision for Parkwood Entertainment

Whether or not you like Beyoncé or her music, she has proven, yet again, that she is at the top of her game and a stellar marketing magnate.  The singer stunned music industry insiders and her fans alike with her surprise fifth studio CD release with no fanfare last Friday, and in the process, has taught entrepreneurs five valuable lessons they can employ, whether they run empires, or are just getting started. The singer’s self-titled compilation enjoyed the highest sales of a debut on iTunes in the company’s history, with more than 600,000 units sold within three days of the release.

Innovation is key

Mrs. Carter has shown us how innovation – approaching situations, projects, and challenges with a fresh eye and a bit of creativity – can help unleash ideas
that, if they are good ones implemented at the right time, can propel businesses and brands to the next level of success, or awareness.

Being stagnant is no fun for those in charge of running a business. Ideas don’t flow, and frustration ensues. What we can learn from Beyoncé in her evolutionary approach to her career is that innovation never goes stale, no matter how established you are in your industry.

Know and Respect Your Brand

If you followed comments in the Twitterverse about Beyoncé’s CD release, many people – including her colleagues in entertainment – opined that she is the only established artist who could take such a nontraditional, yet aggressive, risk and succeed.

A huge part of the decision to use iTunes as the conduit for her new music, I assume, was greatly influenced by Beyoncé knowing and respecting her own brand. When you know that your product or service is one that appeals to your target audience, and your brand is appealing to your followers, customers, or constituency, it gives you latitude to explore creative ways to share new products or services. As the adage goes, confidence is key. If you are confident about your brand, others will often take you
seriously, even if your company is relatively unknown.

Risk Can Be Gratifying

Most of us are averse to extreme risk in growing or expanding business opportunities, or in some cases, decrease or redefine products or services offered. Taking a risk, after all, can mean lost revenue, staff reduction, or unfavorable feedback from customers or strategic alliances. As in financial investment, a certain level of risk is a necessary element in eventually reaping a big reward.

Even for an established artist like Beyoncé, a surprise CD release in a unique format was a very risky move, but she  has proven that taking chances, research, preparation, and a stellar work ethic combined are the hallmarks of a successful entrepreneur. Whether or not the the end result is a roaring success, such as getting your product in a store that typically wouldn’t carry it, or launching a social media campaign that nets thousands of loyal customers, risk can help reduce the fear that keeps business owners and company decision-makers from evolving.

Plus, taking a risk and assessing its impact can be helpful in determining if timing, resources, or staffing influenced the outcome. Then, use that data to
retool the risk and try again, hopefully, with more success if it doesn’t go according to plan the first time.

Don’t Be Consumed By Public Opinion

In an age where people can berate you on social media, it takes a tough person to ignore the comments, harsh criticism, and opinions and get on with it. Without uttering a word, Beyoncé has let the recording industry and the world know that she is not consumed by what critics, or even her own record label, think of her music, and ultimately, the songstress’ strategy for how she wanted to distribute her music.

Great ideas or novel concepts aren’t always understood or appreciated, even though our guts, research, or soft promotions have told us otherwise. Hearing objections to our ideas, or being criticized because the time isn’t right, people don’t get the concept, or the idea has never been done before by the company, can influence our courage to boldly make the move anyway.

Feedback is essential from customers, strategic alliances, and collaborators; however, if harsh criticism is the sole consideration in deciding whether or not to move forward with an idea, you may need to ignore the contrarians and implement it anyway. Who knows? It could be the next Facebook, Amazon.com, or Trader Joe’s.

 

Keep Your Mouth Shut

I can only imagine how hard it was for Beyoncé to keep this historic entertainment move a secret. Confidentiality agreements aside, this is probably my favorite lesson from the songstress.

How many entrepreneurs have had ideas hijacked by people because they talked too much about their plans before all of the details were
in place and established in a way that no other person could lay claim to the concept?

While Beyoncé may not have worried about competition as the primary reason for keeping mum about the visual concept CD, great ideas
implemented at the right time can mean a financial bonanza, or priceless media coverage. She will undoubtedly enjoy both as the momentum continues.

I am sure that other entertainers are taking notes and learning from Beyoncé’s innovative and creative approach to her career, which may
influence how digital music as a primary CD release platform is used in the future. Ultimately, Beyoncé’s fearless – and lucrative – move is a lesson for
all business owners to take notice of and create their own unique ways of promoting their brand, services, and products.

 

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• Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Close Encounters with Nelson Mandela

South African President Nelson Mandela at Howard University in 1994. Photo credit: Howard University

As I sit watching Nelson Mandela’s funeral this morning on television, I thought about how this titan who championed for equality, humanity, and harmony influenced so many people across the globe. Drawing world leaders who said goodbye to South Africa’s father during the week-long celebration of Mr. Mandela’s life, they laid aside differences to salute a courageous man who endured more than most of us would willingly suffer.

But, as I watch his funeral, I think back to when I was a child and hearing about Nelson Mandela for the first time. He was still imprisoned then, and apartheid and its effects on South Africa’s people and economy seemed like a mystical concept to my naïve self. I could not imagine experiencing such oppression and the dismal outlook that many residents must have felt at the time.

The increasing spotlight on apartheid, and its wide-reaching effects in South Africa, influenced music celebrating Mr. Mandela’s courageous stand and denouncement of the separatist institution, including the song Free Nelson Mandela, released in 1984, by Jerry Dammers and The Special A.K.A. I remember hearing the song and seeing the video, wondering how one man could spark such an outpour of support and love from his country and people from around the globe.

VIDEO: Jerry Dammers, Special A.K.A., featuring Amy Winehouse, sing to Mandela on his birthday in 2008

Years later, I experienced my own close encounter with Nelson Mandela, a Herculean symbol of leadership to me, whom I laid eyes on at my undergraduate alma mater, Howard University, in Washington, DC. I still recall the buzz that permeated the campus when Nelson Mandela received an Honorary Doctorate degree during the University’s Convocation in October 1994, the same year he became president of South Africa, and just four years after serving almost three decades in prison.

Sometimes, especially as carefree youth, we don’t know when we are facing close encounters with history; but, on that extraordinary day on campus, many of us knew we had encountered greatness – if only briefly – in a man whose legacy would live on in us all. And, it will.

Rest in peace, Madiba.

 

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• Monday, December 09th, 2013

Staying productive while snowed-in

You can stay productive while snowed-in today!

Many of us along the Eastern seaboard are stuck inside after a brutal snowfall over the weekend, resulting in slick streets, icy roads, and general weather yuckiness. Sure, we would like to go out and make snow angels with the kids, or catch up on some guilty pleasure TV (cue the Housewives of whatever city), but the truth of the matter is that we still have to work.

So, here are five tips to keep you focused and productive while you are stuck indoors working.

Play first, then work

If you are like me, snow is actually a welcomed friend that I’m happy to see. So, to shake off the excitability and get focused, allow yourself time to revel at the winter wonderland for a few moments, including calling your loved ones to commiserate, and then get your workspace ready and operational. Having satisfied the kid inside of you before getting to work, you can reduce the urge to stray away from work.

Prioritize your day

You probably prioritize work responsibilities anyway, so tweak your agenda to include unanticipated interruptions, scheduling a play date for the kids because school is closed, shoveling the sidewalk, impromptu office teleconferences, and altered project due dates. If you are the most productive early in the morning, work on the most complicated tasks, or the assignments that take the most time to complete, at the beginning of the day.

Give yourself a break

For some people, working solo at home means that they can work nonstop with little interruption. That means progress, right? Sometimes, it can lead to burnout, brain freeze and frustration. So, schedule brief reprieves during your home-day workday. Take a coffee or tea break, make sure you have a bite to eat for lunch, and give those fast fingers a break from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

Stay connected

Staying connected with co-workers and team members while working from home during bad weather creates camaraderie, and keeps you on task. Checking in also helps you stay in touch on project updates, gain management input, and inspire collaboration through trading ideas in a more relaxed environment (your home!) and one-on-one conversations that may not happen during a normal day at work.

In addition, if snowy weather gets you down, staying connected to co-workers can help ease the effects of cabin fever.

Establish a routine and stick with it

Discipline can be tough in the best of circumstances. Staying on task when working alone at home can test your resolve, so it is a good idea to establish a work routine – especially if you anticipate being at home for more than one day – to help you keep on track with expectations from your supervisor, client, and colleagues on your project team.

Do you have any tips that help you productive during a wild weather shut-in? Share in the comment section below, or Tweet us @CareerConnectDC using hashtag #CCSnowDay.

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• Friday, December 06th, 2013
Sneak Peek: Super Soul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey and Howard Schultz

Ask The Strategist has been given an exclusive preview of Oprah  Winfrey’s interview with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on Super Soul Sunday, which airs this Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 11 a.m. ET on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Winfrey sits down with Schultz, who shares the story of his inspiring rise from the housing projects in Brooklyn, New York, to his current role as a successful entrepreneur, global thought leader, and innovator.

Schultz will share the leadership lessons he’s learned while guiding this iconic brand for more than three decades, discussing how an emphasis on ethics, authenticity and a people-before-profit philosophy helped to grow and sustain his multi-billion dollar company.

Reflecting on his #1 New York Times bestseller, “Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul,” Schultz recounts the story behind the global coffee company’s comeback in 2008, when he decided to return as the CEO to help restore Starbucks’ core values and mission to inspire and nurture the human spirit – “one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.”

 

Oprah Winfrey with Howard Schultz. Photo Credit © Harpo Studios, Inc./George Burns

Following are three excerpts and video clips of Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Howard Schultz on Super Soul Sunday on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

EXCERPT: One of Howard’s Principles: “Don’t Be Threatened By People Smarter Than You”

OPRAH: And I know that you’re guided by your own values and your own set of principles.  There are four that you talk about that I love: Don’t be threatened by people smarter than you. Can you speak to that?

HOWARD: You can’t build any kind of organization if you’re not gonna surround yourself with people who have experience and skill base beyond your own.  Only as if those people have like-minded values.

OPRAH: That is the key to starting anything.

HOWARD: That’s the key.  And I think when you discover perhaps that these people do not have those values, then you have to have a very quick conversation.  And if they don’t demonstrate that kind of behavior, not everyone deserves to be on the team.

OPRAH: Compromise anything but your core values.  That’s what you say.

HOWARD: Short-term success is not going to build long-term value for anyone.  And we live in an age where everything is based on the short term.  And I think what we’re trying to do and what we’ve demonstrated is very –

OPRAH: You had to fight that in your own culture.

HOWARD: We did.

OPRAH: Yeah.

HOWARD: It’s hard to do.

View the video: “Don’t Be Threatened by People Smarter Than You”

EXCERPT: Howard on the Importance of a Leader to be Vulnerable

OPRAH: You say it’s important as a leader –

HOWARD: To be vulnerable.

OPRAH: — to be vulnerable. Where’d you learn that?

HOWARD: Well, when I stood up in front of people and I — I apologized and started crying that first week.

OPRAH: Which is not what CEO’s do.

HOWARD: Especially men. I think we’re taught as men to — you know, but I think vulnerability is transparency.  And what I said earlier is I think the currency of leadership is transparency and you’ve got to be truthful. So I don’t think it’s — I don’t think you should be vulnerable every day.

OPRAH: Right.

HOWARD: But there are moments where you’ve got to share your soul and your conscience with people and show them who you are and not be afraid of it.

View the video: The Importance of a Leader to be Vulnerable

EXCERPT:  Howard finding Starbucks at a “Spiritual Crisis” Upon His Return to the Company in 2008

OPRAH: Would you say that Starbucks was in a spiritual crisis?

HOWARD: Yes, I would.

OPRAH: Mm-hmm.

HOWARD: And I would say that — I would also say that most of the problems we had were self-induced mistakes.  And I stood in front of the entire employee base of the company, our partners, and said — apologized for, as leaders, that we had let them and their families down.  But we were gonna return the company back to its glory days.

OPRAH: Okay.  So in those days where you knew the company — the company had lost its way –

HOWARD: Yes.

OPRAH: – was in its own spiritual crisis, did you debate whether or not you should jump back in or not?  I know — I know –

HOWARD: First of all, I never planned to come back to Starbucks.  But, again, this is about love.

OPRAH: Because you’d stepped down at CEO.

HOWARD: I did.  This is about love.  This is about passion.  This is about responsibility.  And it’s about leadership.  And there was no second thought whatsoever.  I came back to lead the company back.  But I also needed help from others. And I needed people to believe.  And we started doing things that were quite unorthodox, uncharacteristic of a company that was in trouble, especially during the financial crisis.

View the video: Starbucks Spiritual Crisis

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• Monday, November 11th, 2013

Honoring Our Veterans

Our veterans continue to risk their lives for our safety, often returning from overseas or their posts in the U.S. wounded, or without jobs. Today, we salute them and recognize a few organizations that help get our veterans back to work.”

 

Veterans Day marks an official time for us to remember, salute, and honor those brave men and women who often put themselves in harm’s way to ensure the safety and freedom of Americans, and our allies abroad. Our veterans continue to risk their lives for our safety, often returning from overseas or their posts in the U.S. wounded, or without jobs. Today, we salute them and recognize a few organizations that help get our veterans back to work.

Honoring our veterans today

While the road to reintegration and a rewarding career after service or combat can be daunting for our veterans, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Veterans Support Organization, and Vets in Tech are three entities that reconnect military troops with career opportunities, including entrepreneurship, around the country.

The U.S. Small Business Administration, headquartered in Washington, DC, has a panoply of services for veterans who currently own a business, or are looking to establish one. From writing a business plan, to learning how to market products and services, the SBA provides resources to assist veterans in running and growing their businesses. On Friday, November 8, 2013, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced a new initiative to provide loans to veterans starting businesses, providing zero fee loans – up to $350,000 – to authorized veteran entrepreneurs.

Based in Stuart, Florida, the Veterans Support Organization links military veterans to jobs, housing, and financial assistance. The nonprofit organization, founded in 2001 by Richard VanHouten, Jr., hires veterans in nine communities across the country in Arkansas, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia.

Vets in Tech, established in 2012 by military veteran Katherine Webster, links veterans to career opportunities in technology. The San Francisco, CA organization now has additional chapters in California (Los Angeles and San Diego), and in cities across the country, including Washington, DC , New York, NY, Austin, TX, and Seattle, WA. Through Education, Employment, and Entrepreneurship, Vets in Tech programs include pitch events, technology job fairs, and skills matching. Vets in Tech is a part
of the larger TechCentralSF network.

We salute the U.S. Small Business Administration, Veterans Support Organization, and Vets in Tech for the work they do for our veterans.

 

Know a company or organization that provides career opportunities for veterans? Let us know by commenting below or email us.

 

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• Monday, November 04th, 2013

The Strategy Sessions kicks off new season, celebrates National Career Development Month with the Public Leadership Education Network on Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The new season begins on November 5, 2013

November 5, 2013 marks the new season of The Strategy Sessions radio show. To mark the occasion, we are unveiling our new branding, including the new LIVE CHAT feature on the show page, show logo, and the new Facebook page (www.facebook.com/thestrategysessions).

 

During November, we are celebrating National Career Development Month. On the first show  of the new season, we welcome Dawn Culpepper, Director of Programs and Operations for the Public Education Leadership Network (PLEN) in Washington, DC. Ms. Culpepper will shed light on how the organization prepares young women for careers in elected office, advocacy, and in communities across the country. She will also discuss how today’s women leaders have tough issues to tackle – including the recent government shutdown and consensus building – and the organization’s upcoming event, Women, Law, and Legal Advocacy Seminar featuring keynote speaker, Heather Podesta.

We encourage listeners to call in or email us with questions about PLEN, women in leadership roles, challenges women in the workplace confront, or career development for young women.

The Strategy Sessions: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET
www.blogtalkradio.com/thestrategysessions
(Listen LIVE or on-demand after the show)

Call in during the show: (347) 539-5143
Email your question or comment: talkback@ksgsc.com
LIVE chat: www.blogtalkradio.com/thestrategysesssions
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Twitter: #TheStrategySessions

 

Dawn Culpepper, PLEN

Dawn Culpepper is the Director of Programs and Operations for the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), the only national organization with the sole focus of preparing college women for careers in public policy. Based in Washington, D.C, Dawn is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of leadership in public policy programs and recruitment of college women nationwide.

She was formerly an AmeriCorps *VISTA Fellow at Turning the Page, a Washington, D.C. educational nonprofit aimed at increasing parental involvement in public schools. Dawn’s responsibilities at Turning the Page included designing and implementing leadership curriculum; working with government officials, school administration/staff, and parent leaders; and overseeing grant implementation for a school-wide health and wellness program.  She also worked at Appleseed, a nonprofit network of 17 public interest justice centers, where she oversaw more than 300 pro bono legal volunteers from top firms across the national capital region.

Dawn graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia in 2010 with a BA in Government. She focused her studies primarily on gender and the political process. Dawn was involved with both the Women’s Center and the Young Women Leaders Program throughout her college career.

 

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• Monday, October 21st, 2013

Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards Hosts the 5th Annual College and Career Fair

For the past five years, Congresswoman Donna Edwards has hosted the College and Career Fair for students in the Greater Washington, DC area to prepare them for life (and education) after high school. This year, the event was hosted at the brand new Oxon Hill High School in Prince George’s County, MD. We were honored to participate as an exhibitor for the third year to provide a career checklist (junior high school, high school, and college), resources for starting the career preparation process, and highlights from our inaugural Wealth & Wellness Summit.

Sharing Career Connect USA resources with participants

More than one thousand students attended the event seeking resources to help them prepare for higher education, gain admission to college, get internships, and obtain resources to help them prepare for career opportunities.

The program began with a welcome by the Congresswoman, and then students had an opportunity to attend several break out sessions, to help them prepare, plan, and become proactive in their educational and career pursuits.

It’s Never Too Early to Start Thinking About College featured insight from Gisela Ariza, The College Board; Raymond Harrod, First Generation College Bound; Anthony Howe, Drew Freeman Middle School; and, Raolatu Raji, Oxon Hill High School. The second workshop, How to Write a College Essay, included a panel of experts from local universities: Derrick Davis, University of Maryland – College Park, and Tyrell Huggins, Bowie State University.

The workshop, Financial Aid Resources for Post-High School Education, highlighted various funding sources for students. Panelists included representatives from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Jumpstart Coalition for Personal Financial, the United States Department of Labor, Wells Fargo, United Negro College Fund, and the University of Maryland – University College.

 

 

Representatives from the Washington, DC Chapter of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.

 

Led by the organization Educational Excellence, students learned strategies for SAT Preparation, and the session, Admissions Decisions – the Hard Truths, presented behind-the-scenes perspectives of the college admissions teams and featured panelists from Congresswoman Edwards’ Educational Advisory Committee, Northeastern University, Clark Atlanta University, and Rutgers University.

One of the fair’s highlights included a host of hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities led by Discovery Communications, Patriots Technology Training, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, US Patent and Trademark Office, Metro Warriors, and Art Way Alliance.

Youth participants in the Training Source program with E. Kim Rhim, Executive Director

More than 200 educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and companies exhibited during the fair, including a number of local and national colleges and universities: Howard University, Spelman College, Fisk University, Montgomery College, Rutgers University, University of Maryland, Ohio State University, and Northeastern University.

Community organizations came out to provide resources to students to help prepare them for the college experience and career pursuits. Groups and companies such as the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. for women in business, Men Aiming Higher, The College Board, and Liberty Tax professionals were on hand to dispense advice and materials to the participants.

For more information about Congresswoman Donna Edwards’ College and Career Fair, visit the website.

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Congresswoman Donna Edwards Hosts 2nd Annual Nonprofit Forum

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• Friday, September 27th, 2013

It’s Wealth & Wellness Month!

Last year, we declared September Wealth & Wellness Month. Initially, it was a way we paid homage to the launch of our program, the Wealth & Wellness Summit, which we hosted for college students in the Greater Washington, DC area. Since these are tips any of us (in college or not) can use, we are declaring every September, moving forward, Wealth & Wellness Month.

As the month comes to a close, there is still time to do something – at least one thing – to strengthen your wealth (finances, debt, career planning) and your health (weight loss, emotional balance, and keeping physically active). We thought about updating the list of thirty things you can do in September, one tip for each day, but the compilation is one that is consistent and probably applies to all of us. So…if you missed the list last year, here it is again (add your own suggestions in the comment section below):

September is Wealth & Wellness Month

30 ways to improve your wealth and wellness

Initially, we declared September 2012 Wealth & Wellness month in honor of our upcoming summit for college students to help them develop positive strategies for creating optimal wealth (career planning, exploring entrepreneurship, and reducing debt) and health (stress reduction, positive emotional health, and healthy relationships); however, I’ve decided to issue a clarion call to adults and students, alike, to use September to actively reflect upon and take action to improve access to wealth and healthy living.

 

So, here’s a list of 30 things you can do each day during Wealth & Wellness month in September:

1. Swap out one sugary food for a healthy one during breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack time

2. Make an appointment for a dental cleaning

3. Organize a girlfriends (or guys!) group walk, hike, yoga, or Dance Trance class

4. Pack a homemade picnic and invite your beloved to dine with you

5. Go stargazing with a friend or spouse

6. Update your resume and ask a mentor or friend to review it

7. Open a savings account

8. Make an appointment for a pedicure or manicure

9. Have your blood pressure checked

10. Join a support group if you have lost a loved one recently

11. Introduce your child to a new vegetable (roasted carrots and red bell pepper are healthy, sweet, and delicious)

12. Engage a mentor to help you build a business

13. Pay off a credit card (start with the one with the lowest balance)

14. Talk to your child, Godchild, or young family members about money

15. Donate gently worn professional attire to Dress for Success

16. Talk to an experienced, licensed financial planner about investing in stocks, Roth IRAs, or CDs

17. Draft a will or living will

18. Get a mammogram

19. Tell your loved ones you love them

20. Eat dinner with the family, at the table, and not in front of the television

21. Disengage social media for 1 day

22. Donate your time or money to a worthy cause

23. Make an appointment to have your hearing or vision tested

24. Spend quality time with your pet(s)

25. Do 1 good thing for 1 person today

26. Try a vegetarian meal

27. Put on sunscreen – use an appropriate SPF

28. Substitute your drink full of spirits with a non-alcoholic option

29. Take an elderly parent or neighbor to the doctor

30. Tell someone else about Wealth & Wellness month. Better yet, share this list with others.

How have you celebrated Wealth & Wellness month? Let us know if any of these suggestions worked for you or your family, by emailing us, or comment below.

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