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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 ( will be sent a link and instructions for subscribing to/following the new site for Ask The Strategist ( 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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Read our first post on the new site:
Ready, Set, Compete: American Express OPEN Forum Shares Tips  to Maximize 2014

NOTE: We are still in the process of migrating most content over to the new site. Until we have completed this process, archived blog posts may be retrieved from the former blog website. The site will be discontinued and inaccessible once this process is finished with, or without, advanced notice.

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If you opt to continue your subscription on our new site, your blog notifications will not be interrupted. Once you have subscribed to the new blog, we will terminate your subscription on the old site.

You will also receive one final notification from us if you have not subscribed to the new blog by January 31, 2014.

3. How long do I have before I have to switch to the new site?

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!

4. Will Ask The Strategist share my information with sponsors and advertisers?

No, Ask The Strategist will never share your contact information with our advertisers and sponsors.

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, May 01st, 2012

EVENT: Presented by STEM Connector

Townhall Conference Call
Workforce Planning to Fill the STEM Jobs Pipeline
May 2, 2012 – 2PM EST

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Current Speakers Include: 


Governor Jack Markell, Delaware Governor Jack Markell, DelawareAs Governor of Delaware, Jack Markell has helped open shuttered manufacturing facilities, won President Obama’s Race to the Top competition for progress in public school reform, and signed new laws to drive improvements in the economy, environment, and education. Governor Markell brings innovative public and private sector experience to the Office of Governor. He began his career in the private sector helping lead the wireless technology revolution as the 13th employee at Nextel (a name he coined), where he served as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development. Governor Markell is the current Vice-Chair of the National Governors Association.
Marc Morial Marc Morial, President and CEO, National Urban LeagueEntrepreneur. Lawyer. Professor. Legislator. Mayor. President, U.S. Conference of Mayors. CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights organization. In a distinguished professional career that has spanned 25 years, Marc Morial has performed all of these roles with excellence, and is one of the most accomplished servant-leaders in the nation. He served as Mayor of New Orleans from 1994 to 2002.
Hank Jackson Hank Jackson, President and CEO, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)Henry G. (Hank) Jackson is the president and CEO for the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest association devoted to the human resource profession. Prior to this he served as the Society’s interim president and CEO, and before that he was Chief Global Finance and Business Affairs Officer. In this capacity he was responsible for financial management as well as publications and new media, meetings and conferences, seminars, member marketing, corporate sales and technology solutions.
Rick Stephens Rick Stephens, Senior VP, Human Resources, BoeingRichard (Rick) Stephens is senior vice president, Human Resources and Administration for The Boeing Company, and member of the Boeing Executive Council.
Stephens, a 31-year Boeing veteran, oversees all leadership development, training, employee relations, compensation, benefits, Global Corporate Citizenship, and diversity initiatives at the Chicago-based aerospace company.
Gary Wimberly Gary Wimberly, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Express ScriptsGary Wimberly came to Express Scripts in 2004 and has held numerous top management positions. As senior vice president and chief information officer, his focus is on the overall IT strategy and performance, specifically focusing on innovative solutions, process improvements and improving productivity. Wimberly is responsible for ensuring the information systems are aligned with the business strategies of Express Scripts.
Jeri L. Buchholz Jeri L. Buchholz, Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management, NASAAs the Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Management and NASA’s Chief Human Capital Officer, Jeri Buchholz has stewardship responsibility for NASA’s workforce. Her responsibilities include setting the agency’s workforce development strategy, assessing workforce characteristics and future needs based on the agency’s mission and strategic plan; aligning the agency’s human resources policies and programs with organizational mission, strategic goals, and performance outcomes.
Linda Cureton Linda Y. Cureton, Chief Information Officer, NASALinda Y. Cureton is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As NASA CIO, she provides the requisite leadership to transform the management of information technology (IT) capabilities and services to support and enable NASA’s mission. She ensures that the Agency’s information resource management (IRM) strategy is in alignment with NASA’s vision, mission, and strategic goals.
Leland Melvin Leland Melvin, Associate Administrator for Education, NASAMr. Melvin has served the Astronaut Office Space Station Operations Branch, the Education Department at NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C, and the Robotics Branch of the Astronaut Office. As co-manager of NASA’s Educator Astronaut Program, Leland Melvin traveled across the country, engaging thousands of students and teachers in the excitement of space exploration, and inspiring them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A veteran of two space flights, STS-122 in 2008, and STS-129 in 2009, Leland Melvin has logged over 565 hours in space.
Martin Scaglione Martin Scaglione, President, ACT Workforce DivisionOver the past five years, ACT has witnessed widespread adoption of its Workforce Development programs, including the globally recognized WorkKeys System and the National Career Readiness Certificate. In his pursuit of ACT’s mission to help people achieve education and workplace success, Martin has called on his extensive experience in business and industry. Martin began his career with Maytag, where he worked for nearly 20 years. He then led the North American Bosch-Siemens Household (BSH) appliance group in a variety of roles including chief operating officer.
V. Celeste Carter V. Celeste Carter, Program Director, NSF – ATEV. Celeste Carter received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine in 1982 under the direction of Dr. Satvir S. Tevethia. She served as a Program Director twice in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) as a rotator. Dr. Carter accepted a permanent Program Director position in DUE in 2009; she is the Lead Program Director for the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program in DUE as well as working on other programs in the Division and across the Foundation.
Brian Fitzgerald Brian Fitzgerald, CEO, Higher Education Forum (BHEF)Brian K. Fitzgerald is a leading analyst and advocate for higher education and science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Dr. Fitzgerald serves as BHEF’s chief executive officer and has led the organization to develop an ambitious policy and programmatic agenda focused on college readiness, access, and success, particularly in high-need disciplines such as science and math. Under Dr. Fitzgerald’s leadership, both of BHEF’s key initiatives—Securing America’s Leadership in STEM in partnership with Raytheon Company and the College Readiness, Access and Success Initiative (CRI): An Agenda for Educational Success—have grown as signatures of the organization.

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• Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Free Webinar: Know Before You Go

Networking can be a pretty intimidating, and sometimes baffling, concept. How do I network? How do I know if I am doing it right? What should my ROI (return on investment) be for my efforts?

I, and several networking professionals, lend strategies for effective networking in the recently published Biggest Tip for Effective Networking? by Michelle Villalobos.

Have you mastered your approach to networking? If not, join us on Thursday, May 12, 2011 for networking tips

In an effort to dig a little deeper into the notion of effective networking, we are hosting a FREE webinar  that delves into the Three Rs we talked about in Villalobos’ article: Research, Rehearse, and Remember, all key topics we cover in our popular seminar, The Strategic Meet and Greet.

Join us so that we can help you put your game face on before you meet and greet.

FREE WEBINAR: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - 3 Networking Tips to Master Before You Meet & Greet

WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 2011

TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EST


1. Register for the free webinar at

2. Receive confirmation of your registration, which includes webinar access info


Who Should Attend?

- Anyone seeking to improve networking skills

- People who want to develop the perfect elevator pitch

- Entrepreneurs who want to re-tool how they interact with potential clients

- People who are re-entering the world of work after a long period of unemployment, stay-at-home parents, and retirees

- Recent college graduates


Have a question? Email your question before the webinar to or Tweet it @KesiStribling. She will make every effort to answer it during the webinar. Include your name and city/state.


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• Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Veteran Business Training & Outreach Conference

WHEN: Monday, March 21, 2011
Registration starts at 7a.m. Workshops start at 8:30a.m.
COST: $25.00
WHERE: Delaware County Community College, Large Auditorium, 901 S. Media Line Road, Media, PA 19063

A day-long conference for Veteran business owners. Find out how to get started with state and federal government contracting; learn to find state and federal business opportunities; network with other veteran business owners and make connnections with exhibitors, large prime contractors and government service providers; hear from other veteran entrepreneurs sharing their experiences, successes and insights in managing successful businesses.

Keynote Speaker: Rocky Bleier, Vietnam Veteran & Super Bowl Star.

Rocky Bleier’s life story – a gripping tale of courage on the football field and the battle fields of Vietnam – has held audiences in rapt attention for years. Yet, the motivational message behind it, detailing how extraordinary people can become extraordinary achievers, defines success in the new American century. Bleier takes audiences from his early years through his professional career and talks about the lessons he learned along the way…lessons we all can benefit from.

To register, call 610-723-1229 or go to  

Reasonable accomodations for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested as soon as possible. Please call 610-723-1229 or 610-359-5020 (TDD).

Presented by: Delaware County Community College, Veteran Business Outreach Center, Small Business Development Center – Widener University.

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• Monday, February 14th, 2011

ASK THE STRATEGIST: Am I Too Old to Go Back to School?
February 14, 2011

Dear ATS: I am an administrative professional at a law firm in DC, who has become bored to tears. While the office is fast-paced and the attorneys get some interesting cases, I am not all that excited about my work. Lately, I have been thinking about going back to school (already have my Bachelor’s degree). I think I really would like to become a teacher because I really enjoy working with children. Am I too old to go back to school? I’m almost 50 and I really don’t want to be in a classroom of twenty-somethings – M.S., Washington, DC

I applaud your interest in potentially pursuing such a noble career, M.S. We can experience trepidation when it comes to switching careers at any age; however, there are a plethora of issues that could arise when career transitioning in your 40s, 50s, or beyond.

I believe it is never too late, no matter your age, to go back to school or pursue a new career. The key is to properly plan for what you want to do next. Start by researching local universities that offer degrees in education. Be sure to include schools with a great academic advising team and those that offer evening classes. One of the things you should ask admissions or the Dean’s office is the percentage of students who are nontraditional students, i.e. 40 and 50 year-olds in the program. You can seek some of them out to create informal support system, if none exists. Better yet, you can start one yourself!

If you prefer to skip the human touch and interaction that comes from attending classes, you can pursue a degree using online classes. Local universities, such as the University of Maryland (, Strayer University (, and Phoenix University (  all have online degree programs.

In addition to researching your preferences in colleges, be sure to do your research on the teacher certification process so that you can handle requirements as you pursue your education degree – always be ahead of the game! Finally, there is a great national organization, Forty Plus, that offers career transition assistance to mature job seekers and a multitude of related resources. Check out the Greater Washington, DC office online at

Good luck, and keep us posted.

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