The world is demanding social leadership from the corporate sector. Wealth continues to increase for the top 1 percent, and the rest of us are managing a good amount of anxiety over a myriad of issues—the widening wage gap, digital divide, soaring healthcare costs, and a lack of affordable housing to name a few.
While the largest companies hog more than their fair share of media attention for building social programs as an afterthought, social entrepreneurs across the country are building business plans with community impact in mind.
“The social entrepreneur should be understood as someone who targets an unfortunate but stable equilibrium that causes the neglect, marginalization, or suffering of a segment of humanity; who brings to bear on this situation his or her inspiration, direct action, creativity, courage, and fortitude; and who aims for and ultimately affects the establishment of a new stable equilibrium that secures permanent benefit for the targeted group and society at large.” …
I started this article five months into my first pregnancy; the first time I felt a consistent state of calm inside my body since finding out the news.
At steady-state, I’d characterize myself as a worrier. On a scale of 1 (don’t have a care in the world) to 10 (in a constant state of worry), I’d rate myself a 5-6, depending on the day. Naming myself a worrier, helps me remember to let it go. I hope there’s a time in the future where I can cast off the label, but something tells me motherhood won’t be the remedy. …
Last year, I drafted an article to reflect on a gathering of over 2,600 Phoenicians at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019. Spurred by recent civil rights violations and police misconduct caught on video, the community came together to share personal experiences and protest police brutality.
With bleeding hearts, we heard first-hand accounts from victims like Edward Brown, paralyzed from the waist down from a police shooting, and Dravon Ames and Iesha Harper, the family violently acosted by the police with guns drawn in response to a call about their four-year-old daughter taking a Barbie doll out of a store. …
Keep your communication crisp and your message on point using these three tips.
Mic on? Video on? Presentable from the waist up?
You’re good to go.
Although this week my boss asked us all to stand up and stretch during a two-hour client meeting, so maybe wear pants just in case.
Visually presenting yourself is the first step and crisping up your verbal communication is second.
No matter the medium, communication is the ever-elusive skill and business function that people and organizations are always trying to improve.
It’s easy to fall into a monologue when addressing a group in person and it’s even harder to read the room over Zoom. …
Earlier this week, my employer called an impromptu all-hands meeting to announce a new work from home policy to adopt Coronavirus precautions. We’re out of the office for the next two weeks with plans to reevaluate the situation every Friday.
My hunch is that more time at home, market volatility, and an increase in positive Covid19 tests, leads each one of us to spend more time consuming digital content across social platforms. The word I’d like to unpack and evolve is “consumption.”
We can’t pick the sponsored ads that pop up before our YouTube videos play (there is no way I’m paying for Premium) or the next story scrolls across IG, but we do have agency over how we interact across platforms. …
Warm alpaca sweaters, fresh fruit smoothies, protected bike lanes, and two days of mild indigestion. These are a few of my favorite work abroad things.
Wait, strike indigestion. Funny story, but I’ll spare you.
I spent the month of February working remotely in Peru’s Miraflores district. Usually, I work out of a small office in Scottsdale, Arizona as an Executive Recruiter. Our small, but mighty B Corp supports mission-driven clients across the U.S. and 98 percent of my day to day work is accomplished through phone and video call.
Location agnostic job responsibilities plus a significant other with family in Lima led to sweet work abroad magic. My partner pitched me on the idea of an extended trip to Lima (sold!), so I floated the idea to my supervisor and she asked me to put the proposal on paper. …
After graduating from college and starting my first full-time gig, I went into my local credit union to meet with the financial advisor, a service provided to members at no extra cost.
“So, I want to start investing. Where should I start?” twenty-three year old me asked of the middle-aged gentleman.
“Do you have an emergency fund saved with enough cash to cover six months of your expenses?” he replied.
“No, I don’t.”
“Well, start there.”
The conversation ended five minutes after it began and I left the office without the startup investment pointers I longed for.
Thirty-year-old me stores that conversation in my memory warehouse under “the worst financial advice I ever received.” …
Local and national leadership programs are great tools to expand professional knowledge, build new relationships, identify a future employer, and support a commitment to continuous learning.
Here are six Arizona leadership programs to galvanize your civic engagement, nonprofit management, and business leadership.
Many of the programs below host information nights for curious individuals to learn more about the curriculum and what qualities the selection committee looks for in applicants.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) — three words commonly used to tiptoe around the fact that our country’s racist hiring, housing, and lending practices are entangled into our corporate DNA and we have to mutate before we can move forward in an authentic and productive way.
Our past and present state of discrimination leads organizations to build and scale with only a homogenous segment of the population in mind (read: white and male), thus rewarding that segment with economic opportunity, decision-making power, and a false sense of merit. …
One of my favorite job perks of working as an executive recruiter with Y Scouts is mining leadership brains for philosophical gold every day. Of course my primary purpose in having these exploratory conversations with potential candidates is to see if they are values-aligned with who our clients are looking for, but speaking with leaders every day also brings me a sense of “smart by association.” I soak up whatever I can about the frameworks leaders use to drive results, learn relentlessly, and develop others.
In recent conversations, I’ve picked up a lot about how conscious leaders lead. I say “conscious” because often there’s a point in someone’s career when they realize what it really means to be a leader; when they start seeing themselves as a “leader of people” for the first time. This leadership awakening can happen years after someone first received the promotion that denoted leadership status on paper. …