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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
http://askthestrategist.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/ready-set-compete-2014

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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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• 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
Do you have a story idea, or are you a publicist who would like to recommend your client as a potential guest? Please email talkback@ksgsc.com for consideration. We also have exclusive sponsorship opportunities that meet most budgets. Email showsponsorship@ksgsc.com for more information.
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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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• 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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http://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/super-soul-sunday.html

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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.

DISCLAIMER: ASK THE STRATEGIST is a blog that highlights information on business, entrepreneurship, careers and the workplace, health, community, and women’s issues. Any content or advice dispensed through Ask The Strategist is solely for informational and entertainment purposes. All content is the property of Ask The Strategist and affiliated companies unless otherwise noted. We occasionally address questions from our readers and subscribers in posts. Send your question or conundrum  via video or regular email to ask@ksgsc.com. All submissions become the property of Ask The Strategist. Names and other identifying information may be changed to protect the person asking for advice.

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• Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Prosperity, Opportunity, and Freedom

1963 March on Washington, Wiki Media Commons

At 3:00 p.m. today, bells rang across the country to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington, DC, and the stirring I Have a Dream speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Half a century ago, marchers flocked to the Nation’s Capitol to rally for civil rights, including jobs and economic opportunity.

Many still debate if the quest for the American Dream is reasonable, or attainable. Fifty years ago, despite challenges that impeded progress at the time, hopeful marchers believed fervently that all should have access to the pursuit of the dream,  in the workplace and beyond. While many meaningful strides have been made since the historic gathering in Washington, DC, there remain hurdles to scale. Women account for only 16% of corporate board leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies (source: Catalyst). Sixteen percent of the population - almost 50,000,000 people - live in poverty (source: U.S. Census Bureau), and, while the nation’s overall unemployment rates have decreased, almost 24% of teenagers are out of jobs (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Let us all continue to ring the bells of prosperity, opportunity, and freedom in our own lives by committing to:

  • Proactively seek opportunities to cultivate skills that bolster or benefit our professional expertise
  • Celebrate those who fought for progress during the Civil Rights movement and vow to make a difference for good in our individual communities
  • Enthusiastically mentor a teen or Tween and help him/her prepare for internships and career opportunities
  • Courageously confront barriers that block your progress, whether internal or external
  • Consistently and positively use skills, talents, and abilities to gain workplace promotion or establish a business

How will you pursue prosperity, opportunity, or freedom in your own life? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Related:

Declare Your Own Independence

New Year, New You

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• Monday, July 15th, 2013

Annual Road Trip with AAA on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 on The Strategy Sessions Radio Show

For the third year straight, the nation’s largest, trusted federation of motor clubs and travel resources, AAA, joins us on The Strategy Sessions radio show for the Annual Road Trip with AAA. Heather Hunter, AAA Public Relations Director, returns to discuss hot travel destinations in the United States and abroad, safe travel tips, preparing for unanticipated travel issues including wild weather, pet travel, and getting your car ready to hit the road.

Heather Hunter, AAA, shares travel tips on The Strategy Sessions

 

TOPICS COVERED:

• Hot travel destinations (from the AAA blog, Travel Views)

• How to stay safe and calm during travel emergencies, including wild weather

• Tips for traveling with pets

• Strategies for traveling with family, friends, and solitary travel

Listen LIVE:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thestrategysessions

Have a question or comment for AAA?

Call (347) 539-5143

Email talkback@ksgsc.com

Tweet @KesiStribling

 

For more information about AAA and traveling resources, visit:

AAA online: www.aaa.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/aaafanpage

Twitter: AAA_Travel @AAASafety @AAAAuto @AAANews

YouTube: www.youtube.com/aaa

ABOUT THE STRATEGY SESSIONS

A radio show featuring industry leaders who share tips and strategies on business, careers, travel, health, and more, The Strategy Sessions airs live on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 11:00 a.m. ET. The show has featured luminaries representing corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations such as the U.S. Small Business Administration; Internships.com; AAA; American Express; Women Impacting Public Policy; LifeLock; Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship; Aetna; the American Heart Association; and, Lockheed Martin. For more information, or to download the podcast, visit www.blogtalkradio.com/thestrategysessions. Twitter hashtag #TheStrategySessions

 

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• Thursday, July 04th, 2013

Declare Your Own Independence

Today, we celebrate the brave efforts of our forefathers, who fought tirelessly for America’s freedom. Make a pledge to assert your own independence in your professional lives:

1. Proactively seek opportunities to grow: Desired change will never come to anyone who sits around waiting for it. In order to make a career or professional transition, start a business, or get a promotion, one has to work for it. Pledge to do one thing this week to help you grow, such as sign up for an online course in accounting, read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, take a Spanish class, or consider becoming an entrepreneur.

2. Update your resume: Always be at-the-ready with a resume that you can tweak for a particular position. Having an easily personalized resume for a job opportunity in which you are interested decreases the amount of time it takes to submit the finished product, and can reduce the stress that usually accompanies developing a resume.

3. Create a circle of influence: Create, or widen, your circle of mentors and supporters who can give you sage advice, listen when you want to share ideas with them, or just lend you a shoulder when you ware weary.

Are you declaring your independence today? Let us know how by emailing Ask@ksgsc.com.

 

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• Monday, June 03rd, 2013

Angela Franco, President and CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, joins us on The Strategy Sessions radio show on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. ET to talk about the organization’s upcoming Gala recognizing Hispanic Women in Business. During the second half of the show, Gabriela Mossi, Program and Resource Development Director of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, discusses how the Foundation is helping newly minted business owners in Washington, DC.

Angela Franco

Gabriela Mossi

TOPICS COVERED:
• The upcoming 37th annual Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala on June 21, 2013 in Washington, DC
• The role the organization plays in supporting local businesses and providing opportunities to new entrepreneurial efforts
• How the economy impacts business owners in the Greater Washington, DC area
• The organization’s strategic alliances and partners
• Enterprise DC business mentoring program

Listen LIVE: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thestrategysessions

Have a question or comment for our guests?

Call (347) 539-5143

Email talkback@ksgsc.com

Tweet us @KesiStribling

For more information about the Greater Washington Chamber of Commerce, and their upcoming Gala, visit www.gwhcc.org.

ABOUT THE STRATEGY SESSIONS

Listen live

A radio show featuring industry leaders who share tips and strategies on business, careers, travel, health, and more, The Strategy Sessions airs live on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 11:00 a.m. ET. The show has featured luminaries representing corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations such as the U.S. Small Business Administration; Internships.com; AAA; American Express; Women Impacting Public Policy; LifeLock; Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship; Aetna; the American Heart Association; and, Lockheed Martin. For more information, or to download the podcast, visit www.blogtalkradio.com/thestrategysessions. Twitter hashtag #TheStrategySessions

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• Friday, April 12th, 2013

 

The Power of No

Last week, Dr. Oz had a physician, Dr. Sue Varma, on his show who detailed the health challenges that befall certain personality types (What does your personality reveal about your health?). For example, Type C folks often bottle up their feelings, and potentially shave years off their lives because they refuse to say no to others because they want to please them. Saying yes to people or situations that warrant a “no,” can also have an impact beyond health.

I am an unabashed optimist who believes in embracing opportunity, which usually comes from saying yes to something: a last-minute speaking engagement, guest blog post, or a chance to submit an article. The problem is that we sometimes say yes to others, when we would gain more power (personal and professional) from just saying no.

Recently, I had two opportunities, one professional and the other personal, presented to me. Let me address the work-related one, which would have allowed me to practice my professional strengths. There is no doubt that I would have enjoyed my work. I ultimately decided not to pursue the opportunity because my intuition signaled that it would interfere with other professional opportunities that may have presented themselves after committing to the engagement.  Making the decision to decline was initially a hard one, but one that I did not regret because another, better opportunity came along one week later.

I am not suggesting that you turn down opportunities, willy-nilly, that could potentially lead to great experiences.

The point of the Power of No is that when we take time to think decisions through thoroughly, peacefully, and with a sense of clarity, we sometimes realize that saying yes to something that we should really decline could interfere with better opportunities that are more beneficial for us.

That’s the Power of No.

 

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