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    Leadership is a Continuous Cycle of Growth

    Leadership is complicated. I grew up the second oldest in a large, latch-key family. Leadership was thrust upon me as a practical matter. It was a way to bring organization and structure to the chaos of what would now be termed a “free range” upbringing. As I grew, those leadership traits served me well; captaining […]

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    Getting to Know Aimee Velez

    What is your role with the Alliance of Women in Workers’ Compensation? Aimee has been engaged with the Alliance since it’s inception, 6 years ago. Her initial role was as a Philadelphia ambassador, she was one of the first ambassadors in the program. Ambassadors bring Alliance content and programming to local areas around the country. […]

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    Meditation and Business

    Blog by Robin Nickell, Mindful Mechanic For some, meditation and business sound as connected as oil and water. Even though we have been utilizing scientific tools to capture data regarding it’s effects since 1950, some still find themselves thinking it’s just for monks or hippies. The truth is every PEAK PERFORMER you know of has […]

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    Millennials … a key part of our future

    In 2015 the millennial generation surpassed the number of all other generations in the workforce.  In addition, in the United States alone, millennials have $1.3 trillion in annual buying power.  So without a doubt, millennials are important to consider when you are marketing your brand or attempting to attract them to your organization or to […]

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    Lady Lawyer, Can You Soar in a Man’s World?

    I recently spent a weekend by the beach with some friends, absorbing the sunshine and enjoying the beginning of summer.  A friend of mine invited one of his friends, who happens to be a ninth-year associate at a law firm.  We chatted a great deal over the weekend, and one thing was prevalent in her […]

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    Why Having a Sponsor is Integral to Career Growth

    Everyone looks for a mentor, but what you don’t know is that having an internal sponsor as well is a very important key to having a prosperous career. Whether you’re in an entry-level role or a higher position, a great combination of both mentors and sponsors positions you for career growth and success. Who is […]

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    Taking the Big Risk: Career Changing Decisions

    Years ago the COO of my company came into my office and said, “I need you to do me a favor.” By the look on his face I knew he was serious. I was running a fairly small marketing and communications department at the time, a job that I loved and that had allowed me […]

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    7 Business Lessons Learned from Mom

    My mother wasn’t a businesswoman.  In fact, she did not even graduate from high school.  Given her lack of business acumen, one might think she didn’t have much to offer in terms of business wisdom. I beg to differ! My mother was a fireball with great common sense. Her advice has served me well throughout […]

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    He Said, She Said

    Within our personal lives, the concept that men and women communicate differently is widely accepted.  In John Gray’s famous book, he goes as far as to say that men and women are so different they don’t even come from the same planet! There has been a considerable amount of research done to study these differences […]

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    Stand Up to Move Out

    Career mobility is a subject we all talk and think about in our workplace.  It’s human nature that we desire to grow in our careers, to be noticed, to earn that promotion or land a new job. The question we need to be asking ourselves is what am I doing to stand out amongst my […]

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    Into or Out of the Woods

    Do you ever wonder whether you are going into or coming out of the woods? In this metaphor about our busy lives, the woods represent complicated areas that may be entangled with conflict and fear. Two women in entertainment unleashed powerful messages relating to the woods they deal with in their careers where they face unfair biases and obstacles.

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    Bringing Talent to Our Industry

    Many leaders in the risk management industry are aware of the difficulty we are currently experiencing with regards to attracting new talent. It’s evident to me that there are not enough collegiate programs set in place to funnel qualified graduates into our industry let alone expose students to the many outstanding careers that are available.

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    I Could Never Work for a Woman

    If there was a single phrase I could eradicate in the workplace, it would be this one: I could never work for a woman. Gasp.

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    Three Strategies for Minimizing the Impact of Attrition

    In today’s workplace, most organizations are operating more scarcely than in the past. Managers are often asked to do more with less. This type of environment necessitates that managers examine business processes and remove waste so customer expectations can still be met despite fewer resources.

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    Professional Women Need Unity, Not Competition

    It’s often said that women are difficult to figure out. Since I raised four boys, I consider myself fairly unqualified as an expert in the psychology of girls and young women. However, now that I have been gifted with three granddaughters, I am learning a little more every day. What I see as I watch them grow is sometimes disconcerting.

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    Achieving the Work-Life Balance

    Carry out a quick internet search on the topic of work-life balance and it is obvious the subject strikes a popular chord. Articles abound with advice on how to achieve it in ten easy steps or less! Some advice is practical and easy to implement; some is intangible and harder to act upon. Let’s take a closer look at three recommendations that show up frequently. As a woman and a ‘seasoned’ workers’ comp professional, I would like to share my thoughts on whether these recommendations hold water and should be embraced.

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    Managing Multiple Generations in the Workplace

    When managing generations in the workplace, leaders at every level are tasked with managing employees who can span multiple generations. Recognizing the differences, both the pros and the cons, of each generation is key to laying the groundwork for a successful workforce program.

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    The Ying Yang of Mentorship

    As women in the workers’ compensation industry, most of us have been subject to a barrage of advice from fellow colleagues, particularly in the earlier phases of our careers. This advice is well-intended and almost all of it has merit for young women navigating the often male-dominated world of our industry. Perhaps you’ve heard mentors remind you to exhibit these important behaviors and qualities?

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    Just Let It Go

    When my youngest was in kindergarten, she had such a sweet little face. Don’t all kindergarteners? During that time, I had recently decided to really “lean into” my career which, in the national arena, called for a great deal of travel which also meant some milestones would be missed. There is so much to manage and coordinate with two small kids in school, my husband working full time, and life going on all around us.

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    Forget About What Your Company May (or May Not) Be Doing to Support Women

    I am an avid reader. Fiction, non-fiction, management books, research studies, sports reports, news articles — well, you get the point. I’m also very much in tune with women’s issues, particularly in the workplace, having read countless articles on the wage gap, the disparity between men and women in management positions, and differences in how men and women negotiate, among others. All issues that we need to collectively work to improve.

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