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Little Things Make a Big Difference

    Leadership is an act that takes place in three areas of our lives: in our work environment, our personal environment, and in our community.

     Recently, while facilitating a leadership training, I shared the DVD titled, 212°, because I found its message both inspiring and motivating. After the presentation and then again at our lunch break, many of the participants continued to discuss, interpret and then envision how the information would be helpful. I continue to marvel at how little things, do indeed, make a big difference. 212° tells us there is very little that separates the good from the great. The difference is, many times, only a single degree!  This simplistic truth has vast application for all of us.
 

A Mother's Love Letter: "The Way that I Love You"

A Mother's Love Letter: "The Way that I Love You"

It’s indescribable, really . . . the way that I love you. I want more for you than I could ever imagine wanting for myself.

Helping Women in Transition Make Sound Financial Decisions

Helping Women in Transition Make Sound Financial Decisions

A Woman in Transition is a woman who finds herself bracing for a new phase in life.  “Transition” is not just a change in routines, relationships or social status – it is a fundamental shift in a woman’s identity.  It could be brought on with purposeful intent, such as voluntarily retiring from a successful career, or entering a second marriage.  It could be brought on by an unexpected surprise, such as losing a spouse to a heart attack, or becoming single after a painful divorce.  For a Woman in Transition, the uncertainty of the future can result in anxiety and fear and/or excitement and anticipation.

Examples of Real Life Women in Transition

OPOWER

OPOWER

OPOWER is an industry leader in Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid software. Through their patentpending approach, they have successfully converted large-scale customer engagement into a highly reliable energy efficiency program that delivers unprecedented energy savings to their utility partners. Modern DC Business recently sat down with OPOWER CEO Dan Yates and President Alex Lasky.

What does O stand for in OPOWER?
There’s no one answer: the O represents many different things to many different people, all of them positive. We love it for its openness, optimism, and limitless opportunity.

Your company provides a software solution in the cutting edge business of  Smart Grid. Please explain for non-industry experts why they should get excited about Smart  Grid? What does it mean to the average consumer?

Staying Fit Locally, Quit Making Excuses

Staying Fit Locally, Quit Making Excuses

It is predicted that, over the course of the present decade, Americans will be looking to spend less money on exercise options and a lot less time to it due to tighter budgets and hectic schedules. Combine that with a mostly unregulated commercial food industry that still relies heavily on inexpensive and low quality resources high in fat, salt and processed additives. Not enough time to move and poor food choices at the ready. This is our nation’s crisis with obesity, which is expected to climb as high as 85%, up from an already disheartening 60%. Prevention is possible, through awareness and a little creativity. While nutrition accounts largely for body fat content, exercise raises metabolism and muscle can fill up space previously occupied by fat cells. It’s a package deal. Making wholesome food choices (yes, it really is that easy—just do it) will give you energy to work burning fat.

Vivian Schiller of NPR | Interview by I AM Modern Magazine

Vivian Schiller of NPR | Interview by I AM Modern Magazine

Interview originally posted on I AM Modern Magazine

The National Broadband Plans' Impact on the Underserved: And What Does It Mean?

Since the announcement regarding the National Broadband Plan efforts - we have seen and heard of education and training centers proping up all over the country. Assisting residents in learning how to use and benefit from getting on the internet.But, with all these efforts - how does it affect the underserved communities?

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Media and Technology Institute Invites you to a Technology Policy Forum on

The National Broadband Plan and the Underserved 

One Year Later

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

National Press Club
Holeman Lounge
529 14th Street, Northwest
Washington, DC  20045