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.: Gendersided: Did a clothing choice cost Elizabeth a job?:.

This afternoon, my Twitter was ignited in conversation about this photo from @AlanaBennett:     The state of job opportunities for females in coding or IT is abysmal.  Take a peek at this infographic by BizJournals.com:       The numbers tell one fraction of the story. As a former Director of H.R. and Recruiting,…

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.: A Decade Ago :.

“One day, whether you are 14, 28 or 65, you will stumble upon someone who will start a fire in you that cannot die. However, the saddest, most awful truth you will ever come to find––is they are not always with whom we spend our lives” – Beau Taplin I didn’t realize it had been 10 years….

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.: My Family :. Online and Off…

My family  is a little quirkier than most. Out of hundreds of people, I’m not related by blood to a single individual. While I’m adopted, my closest family, (apart from my mother and father,) rarely see each other.  I had 2 Christmas cards this year from family members out of state, that still hang in…

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Understanding Social Reach: Why Small Organizations Suffer on Facebook

    There’s one truth to digital media: Reach, is an ever-evolving puzzle. In 2013, Facebook claimed that graphics were out performing text content. We saw a dramatic increase in graphically-enhanced posts which helped de-clutter long, text posts. However, Facebook changed their algorithm again in late 2013 and smaller brands took notice, mainly because it…

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.: This Is How It Works :. The Anal Pap Smear Story

Editor’s Note: This post was supposed to be a tongue-in-cheek look at anal pap smears. I sent it off to my own editor weeks ago; we were going to run it for print in another publication. I pulled the piece this afternoon after receiving a call from my doctor and realizing, it all needed a…

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#ForeverAlone: Girl Met Herself

  It happened on the way to Culver’s, of all places. The kids were in their car seats and I was listening to the radio on a short jaunt just up the street to meet my parents for dinner. My daughter and I had just returned back from 4 days at Disney and my parents…

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One Step at a Time – Small Business Mantra

  When we run a business, especially as a sole proprietor, there’s an equally daunting struggle to grow and emerge greater every year. I’ve fallen into the trap lately of focusing on my growth numbers and not focusing on experience. I noticed it Monday of this week. Someone asked me, “And, how’s it going?” I…

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.: Target Marketing: Striking Up The Conversation :.

I’ve walked into many crowded coffee shops. As a talker, I seem to be able to strike up a conversation wherever I go. I tend to read people’s signs: Eye contact. Body language. Tone of voice. But recently, I missed all of them. Last week at my local Starbucks, I had a unique experience. While…

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.: Thirty Three :. A birthday and its gifts…

Thirty Three. I’m not sure if I ever really thought I’d be this old. Not because I was sick, or I didn’t have goals… I just sincerely didn’t see myself beyond my twenties. It was all unknown for so long. Here I am. 32 was a difficult year. It was 365 days where I ached…

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