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Have you heard of "Summer Slide?" You probably have if you're a parent—and you most definitely have if you work in education. "Summer Slide" refers to the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. As a mom to three school-age boys, it's something I try to be mindful of. I attempt heading into each summer break with a plan: summer reading logs, book clubs, math apps and camps. Of course, these initiatives are often received with eye rolls and complaints ... but I know if I don't push it, my… Read more...

Soaking Up Summer: 3 Ways to Boost Morale

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 07:21
It can be difficult feeling "stuck" inside during the beautiful sunshine-filled summer months. Worse yet, many of us experience the additional stress of having kids home from school, celebrations and holidays, and other conflicts that seem to pop up over the summer. Less structure and more events to fit in can be stressful for families. It's a great time to ramp up your wellness culture by promoting activity and healthy eating, which help with stress reduction and our ability to cope. Read more...
West Michigan is shining a bit brighter, thanks to the dynamic talent, spirit and intellect of local women (and men) honored at West Michigan Woman's first-ever Brilliance Awards. Read more...

Run As You Are

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 07:44
Have you considered running for office? Maybe in a few years or decades? Don't wait. There's no definition outlining who can aspire to leadership—and most women today already have the experience, talent and networks to achieve political ambition. Read more...

2017 Dolphin Tank: Call for Papers

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 10:14
It's that time of year again—time to apply for the Michigan Women's Foundation Dolphin Tank Business Plan and Pitch Competitions. Established in 2012 as a gentler version of the hit TV show Shark Tank, Dolphink Tank showcases the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Southeast and Western Michigan. Read more...

Working with ADHD

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:00
When it comes to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), jokes abound. Take, for instance, Dug, the talking dog in Disney Pixar's Up: My master made me this collar. He is a good and smart master, and he made me this collar so that I may ta—SQUIRREL! For humans, ADHD is most often associated with young, energetic boys bouncing off the walls at school. The disorder affects plenty of working adults, however. Employees with ADHD might seem lazy, sloppy and forgetful. Maybe they're the one always arriving late. The one whose desk looks like ruins after an earthquake. The one who… Read more...

Safeguard Your Business Today

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:16
In today's fast-paced business world, it can be easy to overlook the importance of operational controls in your small business. Now, however, it is more important than ever to safeguard your business and its assets. Did you know the typical organization loses 5 percent of revenues in a given year as a result of fraud? What would that add up to for your business? Read more...
I am an extrovert. I like meeting new people and often make a point to do so while traveling, while out to dinner or even in the elevator. Meeting and talking with new people is, honestly, a favorite thing of mine. So gearing up for my first formal networking event, I put on my new black pumps and suit dress, made up my hair and makeup, and felt ready. Read more...

Stay with Me

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 06:11
All too often, employers are asking questions that could help retain a valued employee after the employee is already out the door. Read more...

Is Your Company Good for Grand Rapids?

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 07:31
An engineering firm. A brewery. Restaurants. Design firms. A housing development company ... A diverse range of West Michigan businesses are already taking strides to make positive social and environmental impact in the community through Good for Grand Rapids, an initiative that brings together and celebrates companies using business as a force for good. Read more...
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