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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?

All subscribers on the current Ask The Strategist blog (www.ksgsc.com/AskTheStrategist) will be sent a link and instructions for subscribing to/following the new site for Ask The Strategist (http://askthestrategist.wordpress.com). Support is available to answer any questions, or resolve difficulties signing up for the new blog, although a smooth transition for subscribers is anticipated.

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Ready, Set, Compete: American Express OPEN Forum Shares Tips  to Maximize 2014
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We are still migrating pertinent content over to the new Ask The Strategist blog site. You are strongly encouraged to activate your subscription to the new site as soon as possible.

The site will be shut down once we have completed migrating posts over to the new Ask The Strategist home page. So, don’t delay!

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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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• 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, 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.

Related reading:

Congresswoman Donna Edwards Hosts 2nd Annual Nonprofit Forum

Congresswoman Donna Edwards Hosts Trailblazers of Our Economy on Capitol Hill

 

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• Monday, January 14th, 2013
The New Face of Diversity: President and CEO of the American Conference on Diversity, Elizabeth Williams-Riley, joins us on The Strategy Sessions radio show on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. ET.

November’s election included sweeping legislative changes for many states, including the DREAM Act and same-sex marriage. In America, diversity has long been a discussion topic at work; however, it has taken on new meaning as social issues, including immigration and advocacy for women. Our guest, Elizabeth Williams-Riley, President and CEO of the American Conference on Diversity, joins us on The Strategy Sessions radio show to highlight how the conversation on diversity is re-shaping the workplace and communities.

Elizabeth Williams-Riley

 

TOPICS COVERED:

  • How the definition of diversity has changed as legislative and societal changes have evolved
  • The impact November’s election will have on the workplace and the community, including states’ support of Same-Sex Marriage and the DREAM Act
  • The relevance of diversity training as women and people of color make strides in the workplace
  • How diversity impacts youth – bullying, leadership, and education
  • American Conference on Diversity programming to raise awareness, train, and prepare tomorrow’s leaders

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For more information about Elizabeth Williams-Riley, or to view her bio, visit www.ksgsc.com/thestrategysessions.

 

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• Saturday, November 17th, 2012
Small Business Saturday on The Strategy Sessions radio show

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Black Friday has long been considered the official start of the holiday shopping season for Americans. Small Business

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Saturday is gaining momentum as the holiday shopping kick off for small businesses, and the customers they serve. Launched by American Express and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)  in 2010, this year’s Small Business Saturday is on November 24.

The Strategy Sessions radio show welcomes Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Marie C. Johns; WIPP Corporate Advisory Board Member and TargetGov Founder Gloria Larkin; and, Small Business Saturday Advisor and owner of Pinnacle Publishing Group, Inc. Patricia Norins to talk about Small Business Saturday and resources for businesses that want to participate.

Questions for our guests? Are you a business owner who participated in Small Business Saturday?

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Guests’ bios, Small Business Saturday resources including social media pages, are listed on our website at www.ksgsc.com.

 

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• 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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• Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

A day ON, instead of a day OFF

We kicked off this year’s Martin Luther king, Jr. Day of Service on Saturday, January 14, when we presented The Essential Job Search Toolkit (youth edition) to Washington, DC area high school students participating in the Leaders in Training (LIT) program, sponsored by Gap Buster, Incorporated.

Gap Buster Founder Dr. Yvette Butler, front left, with LIT program youth

During the workshop, participating youth learned how to create personalized cover letters for their dream jobs and internships, the elements of a great resume, pitfalls to avoid when creating cover letters and resumes, and detailed online job and internship resources.

They also discussed job categories (corporate, nonprofit, educational institutions, local and state government, and federal government), and identified which potential jobs were most appealing to them.

Feedback from The Essential Job Search Toolkit workshop:

…the students enjoyed your presentation tremendously. It was very informative and vital, since many of the students are on the verge of college; and internships are a great way to get experience and a head start on their competition.” – John, Gap Buster, Inc.

 

LIT students during the workshop

The students, most of whom are in their sophomore or junior year, also conducted a self-assessment to help them identify personality traits, skills, and interests that may aid them in their career pursuits.

They also learned how to identify their KSAs (knowledge, skills, and abilities), best tips for effective use of social media sites, and strategies for creating their (appropriate) online brand.

 

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• Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Remaking America: Tavis Smiley, Suze Orman, Michael Moore talk poverty, the economy, and jobs in DC today

Tavis Smiley brings Remaking America to DC tonight

Talk show host and commentator, Tavis Smiley, brings his latest initiative, Remaking America: From Poverty to Prosperity, to Washington audiences tonight. Smiley, who will moderate the discussion, is bringing some notable heavy-hitters to the table to discuss the nation’s poverty, the economy, and jobs.

Panelists for tonight’s event include Princeton professor Cornel West; financial advisor and author Suze Orman; Academy Award™ winning filmmaker Michael Moore; Director of The Earth Institute and New York Times best selling author, Jeffrey Sachs.

Remaking America will be held today, January 12, at the George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, or to view live streaming of the program, visit the Remaking America website.

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• Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Dr. Valerie Rawlston Wilson of the National Urban League Policy Institute

TODAY on The Strategy Sessions radio show, we will discuss how the American Dream has been reshaped by lagging employment, and a tenuous economy. Featured guests, Dr. Valerie Wilson, Vice President for Research, the National Urban League Policy Institute, and Megan Goffney, Executive Director of Dress for Success in Washington, DC join the discussion on jobs, The State of Black Middle Class report, the Urban Jobs Act, and how Dress for Success is meeting the needs of job seekers in the Washington, DC region.

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Megan Goffney, Executive Director of Dress for Success in Washington, DC

Have questions or comments about how YOUR American Dream has changed? Call into the show (805) 285-9841 or Tweet me @KesiStribling.

POLL: How have YOU redefined the American Dream? Post your comments below.