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    6 Personal Branding Lessons Every Working Professional Can Learn from Trump and Clinton


    6 Personal Branding Lessons


    Despite having the two highest unfavorable ratings of any major presidential candidates in history, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have outlasted their competitors—and one of them is going to become the leader of the free world. What does success in the face of such highly unfavorable ratings teach us about personal branding? And what can working professionals at every level learn from it?

    MavenMaverick.jpgBelow, internationally-regarded brand strategist and revered media expert source Karen Leland, author of the newly released title, “The Brand Mapping Strategy: Design, Build, and Accelerate Your Brand, ” examines both candidates' personal branding successes, challenges and resulting lessons for us all in six specific areas. According to Leland’s predictive Brand Mapping Matrix, the success of any brand—in business, politics or otherwise—boils down to how the brand performs across these six key dimensions.

    Leland details each dimension below, including exactly how each candidate fared therein as well as the correlated business brand takeaways, to help other enterprising professionals achieve in kind.

  1. Develop Your Brand by Design, Not Default. Know precisely where you are so you can discern where you need to go.

    Trump: The Donald has clearly defined himself as the billionaire Maverick, owing no one anything. Trump has carefully crafted his image as the anti-establishment candidate proudly going against the grain. As a general strategy, it has allowed him to get away with more than the typical business leader or politician normally would.

    Clinton: Despite her best efforts to promote herself as “the qualified candidate,” many Americans have by default stamped Clinton with the brand of Matron—part of the old guard of Washington politics. Recently she has begun to pivot and is trying to find her way to a brand by design based on straight-talking thoughtfulness.

    *** Personal Brand Takeaway: Every business person, from secretary to CEO, needs to start by assessing the personal brand they currently have and be truthful about the degree to which it exists by design—or default. Then they need to take stock of the impact that current brand is having. Is your brand producing the reputation you desire? Is it creating the environment and responses you are looking for? If not, a pivot to a more powerful personal brand may be needed.

  2. Anchor Statement. What is the go-to description of who you are and what you do? This is sometimes referred to as an elevator pitch.

    Clinton: To date, Mrs. Clinton has made her marketing bottom line “I’m the woman candidate,” but that has not played well with Sanders supporters and younger voters in general. While Clinton’s status as the first woman Presidential nominee is certainly history-making and a proud moment, as an elevator pitch, it’s flawed. She would be better served by focusing on another message (consider Obama’s focus on messages of hope and change, as opposed to his race) that resonates with a wider slice of democrats and the population at large.

    Trump: Four words—“Make America Great Again.” This single sentence has become Trump’s signature call to arms, his reason why voters should check the box next to his name come November. The issue Trump will face as the election gets closer is how he will translate this general idea into specific policies.

    *** Personal Brand Takeaway: All business people need to be able to present their brand in less than a minute. For example: When at a cocktail party you are asked the standard, “What do you do?” can you answer in a few short sentences that pique the listener’s interest? If not, your anchor statement needs some work. In addition, it’s important to pay attention to how your anchor statement is resonating and landing with your desired audience.

  3. Unique Branding Proposition. What is it about what you do, or how you do it, that makes you unique, distinct and special? What sets you apart?

    Trump: The presumed Republican nominee, Trump has taken a two-pronged approach to differentiating himself. First off, he is keen to point out (at every possible opportunity) that he is a businessman, as opposed to a career politician. Secondly, his message of “I’m willing to go it alone,” whether it relates to raising money to fund his campaign or being supported by the Republican party, is at the heart of his “why I’m unique” message.

    Clinton: Hillary’s strongest point of differentiation to date has been “I’m the woman candidate.” The problem is that too much of her messaging has focused on this, and the voters don’t really seem to care.

    *** Personal Brand Takeaway: Positioning yourself by specifically articulating how your brand speaks to the needs of your audience, and the unique way you address those needs, is critical to creating an effective personal brand. And the more specific you can be, the better.

  4. Brand Tone and Temperament. What is the consistent mood, tenor, quality, character and manner you bring to all your interactions?

    Clinton: Clinton’s tone has consistently been one of a serious Implementer. The tonal subtexts to her speeches ring with “I’m experienced, I know what I’m doing and I can get the job done.” Her demeanor, while dignified, is missing an accessibility (and even friendliness) that voters need to see in order to wholeheartedly embrace her as their Presidential candidate. However, given the alternative, it may be enough to win her the highest office in the land.

    Trump: Trump is always Trump. To some, his brash pronouncements play with a tone of rugged individualism. For others, (even some members of his own party) his demeanor shows up as angry, and even childish in cases. So much so that the question of his temperamental suitability to be President has become a Democratic rallying cry. Likewise, Trump’s tone has some Republicans begrudgingly supporting him for the sole “anyone but Hillary” reason. Not exactly the inspiring message you would want your personal brand to create.

    *** Personal Brand Takeaway: What you say has power, but the way you say it—your tone—has just as much impact. Every businessperson needs to be aware of how their brand tone is coming across (online and off) and adjust where necessary. In addition, taking any tone to an extreme will always backfire: Too serious or too snarky both harm a brand in the long run.

  5. Signature Story. Why do you do what you do? What’s the essential story that brought you to this place?

    Trump: Rather than focus on a narrative based on how his past has informed his bid for the Presidency, Trump is pointing to the present problems America faces as his reason for seeking office. But by doing so, he is missing the opportunity to tie his brand to a bigger, more historical reason for running.

    Clinton: After her win in California on Super Tuesday, Hillary Clinton spoke about her mother, the influence she had on her life and how the way she grew up set her on a path to public service. Clinton has skillfully integrated her history into her narrative and connected the dots from how what she learned there has brought her to here.

    *** Personal Brand Takeaway: Never underestimate the power of a good story. A strong (and truthful) narrative about where you came from and what has influenced you to do the work you now do can connect you with your customers, employees and colleagues at a deeper level. Your brand needs to be more than a single sound bite or pithy elevator pitch. Otherwise, you run the risk of damaging your brand when things don’t go exactly as you planned. The best brands feature multiple, complementary messages that weave together to form an accessibly complex and in-depth communication.

  6. Signature Services. What are your core competencies?

    Clinton: At the heart of Hillary Clinton’s brand is her varied and deep experience in government—and her proven ability to get things done in a political system that makes this challenging at best. Her particular expertise in foreign relations—especially at this time in American’s history—gives her a powerful place to stand as the candidate of choice. She is able and willing to talk about the “how” of the why.

    Trump: In almost direct opposition to Clinton, Donald Trump’s brand is rooted in being “not” a government insider—but a business one. Continually providing tough talk about his corporate success, negotiation expertise and business acumen, Trump is presenting voters with the idea of a president who would function more like the CEO of a company than the head of state. While this “non-establishment” message is resonating with many people, the downside is Trump’s lack of specifics and seemingly naïve understanding of how things actually work in Washington and the protocols that keep the wheels turning—thus causing a questioning of his suitability for the job.

    *** Personal Brand Takeaway: Know exactly what your brand brings to the table and how it stacks up against your competitors, and craft a powerful way to talk about it that inspires confidence in others. The fulcrum of your brand needs to rest on the material ingredients of your values and commitments.

    A standout style (be it a brash Trump or competent Clinton) is a plus, but it will only take you so far. At some point going beyond taking a stand for what you believe in and specifically letting people know how you plan to get there will become a central issue. Think about one area where your personal brand is being expressed more in talk than displayed in action and focus on aligning the two.

    Karen Leland is CEO of Sterling Marketing Group, a branding and marketing strategy and implementation firm helping CEO’s, businesses and teams develop stronger personal and business brands. Clients include AT&T, American Express, Marriott Hotels, Apple Computer, LinkedIn and Twitter. She is the best-selling author of 9 books, including her most recent title, “The Brand Mapping Strategy: Design, Build, and Accelerate Your Brand, ” which details proven strategies, best practices and anecdotes from real life brand-building successes to help readers design, build and accelerate a successful brand. Learn more online at www.KarenLeland.com.


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    (BPRW) The National Black Public Relations Society Inc. (NBPRS) Opens National Conference with April D. Ryan, Veteran White House Correspondent & Author

    Golin’s CEO Fred Cook Joins Other Thought Leaders, Industry Experts, Authors, Educators and Executive Recruiters In the Industry’s Largest and Longest-Running Gathering of PR Pros of Color


    The National Black Public Relations Society Inc.
    April D. Ryan (Photo: Business Wire)


    (Black PR Wire) CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April D. Ryan, veteran White House Correspondent and author of The Presidency in Black & White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America, will be a keynote speaker at the 2016 National Black Public Relations Society, Inc., (NBPRS) national conference, and will address the theme #PowerPR: Playing to Win.

    Ryan will speak at 9 a.m. on October 28, 2016 at the Mid-America Club, 20 East Randolph Drive in the Aon Center, in Chicago, Ill.

    Image makers from around the country will converge on Chicago to discuss trends in public relations, global markets and entrepreneurship, and hear insights on crafting newsworthy pitches, effective media training, and building out social media campaigns that engage audiences and drive brand loyalty.

    The National Black Public Relations Society Inc.
    Fred Cook, CEO, Golin (Photo: Business Wire)


    The Friday schedule also features a general session with Fred Cook, CEO of Golin and author of Improvise–Unconventional Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO and workshops with public relations experts from AT&T, Burson-Marstellar, Walmart and Ketchum. Special sessions will include insights of recruiters targeting entry-level, mid-career and senior level. Master Classes will offer strategies and case studies on sports and entertainment, social media and global public relations. Additionally, there will be high-energy Playing to Win sessions on crisis communications, the job search and entrepreneurship.

    The Thursday schedule features a day-long session where delegates will hear best practices for communicating effectively with the police, the media and other stakeholders during a crisis at a pre-conference, from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at 303 W. Wacker Drive.

    The early-bird registration rate for both days for professionals is $299 per person. The Thursday pre-conference only rate is $149 for students. Conference organizers have negotiated a special room rate of $189 plus tax per person at the Fairmont Hotel for Thursday and Friday nights, which is available until September 30.

    “This year we’re offering a full slate of workshops and seminars to help PR professionals at every level strengthen key skills and strategies to succeed at work and in business,” said Neil Foote, NBPRS’ president. “We are continuing our efforts to make sure the industry makes good on their diversity promises and programs. Whether you’re entering your first job, transitioning from another profession, or a mid or senior-level communicator, the conference is designed to provide you with insights, skills and networking opportunities to take you to your next level. We’re playing to win.”

    Raschanda Hall, president of the Chicago NBPRS chapter and director of global relations for BusinessWire, said, “We’re excited to host the national conference here in our city. We’ve been working extremely hard to create a packed program that will give professionals information and tools they can use in their jobs everyday.”

    Our sponsors this year include (alphabetical order) BusinessWire, Edelman, Golin, Burson-Marstellar, Flowers Communication Group and Walmart.

    Last year, NBPRS released its groundbreaking white paper, 2015 State of the PR Industry: Defining & Delivering on the Promise of Diversity and will present progress on efforts to move toward greater equity, parity and diversity. The Summit which was held in Washington D.C., surveyed best practices from corporate communication leaders, challenged some of the nation’s top public relations agencies to intensify their diversity efforts, and concluded with a four-point program focused on jobs and small business advocacy; training and education; alliance and partnerships; and thought leadership.

    For more information, visit www.nbprs.org.

    About the National Black Public Relations Society Inc. (NBPRS)
    Since its founding in 1998, the National Black Public Relations Society Inc., (NBPRS) has served as an advocate for black professionals in the public relations, media relations, corporate communications, investor relations, government affairs, community relations and related fields. Run by professionals for professionals, NBPRS addresses the diverse needs of its members through programs and partnerships that provide cultural and competitive advantages. NBPRS has chapters in the major media markets and offers peer-to-peer support, mentorship, networking, job opportunities, internships, and career advancement strategies for professionals engaged in corporate, government, agency, non-profit, and private practice. The organization is more than 500 members strong.


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    (BPRW) BGE Appoints Maria Harris Tildon to Board of Directors

    Healthcare executive to contribute expertise in external relations


    Maria Harris Tildon
    Maria Harris Tildon to contribute external relations expertise to BGE's board (Photo: Business Wire)


    (Black PR Wire) BALTIMORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BGE has announced that Maria Harris Tildon has joined the company’s board of directors. Tildon is the senior vice president for public policy and community affairs for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (“CareFirst”), the largest healthcare insurer in the Mid-Atlantic. Tildon’s responsibilities at CareFirst include all matters related to public policy, government relations, external and internal communications, strategic medical communications and community outreach and corporate giving. She joined the company in 2006, after holding senior positions at The Century Council and with the Clinton administration.

    “Maria has an extensive and impressive background in areas that are critical to an energy utility,” said BGE Chief Executive Officer Calvin G. Butler Jr. “Her expertise in public policy and understanding of our customer base will be an asset as we move smart energy forward with innovative programs to meet customer needs.”

    Tildon succeeds former BGE board member Dr. Carla Hayden, previously chief executive officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, who was sworn in as the United States 14th Librarian of Congress on Sept. 14, 2016.

    Tildon, a Baltimore native and current resident, also serves on the boards of Healthcare for the Homeless, the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the Chesapeake Employers Insurance Company. She is also a member of the Baltimore City College Board of Trustees and the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee.

    Tildon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Boston University and a Juris Doctor degree from American University’s Washington College of Law.

    Founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility, BGE marks its 200th anniversary this year. BGE is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.


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    “GIRL CODE” Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur

    with Cara Leyba


    GIRL CODE


    Forget competition, it’s all about empowerment! Cara’s glamorous approach to self-help has attracted thousands of women to attend her workshops, buy her books, read her blog and follow her on social platforms. GIRL CODE was recently named one of the top 9 books every female entrepreneur should read by Inc. magazine, and is currently the #1 best-selling book in the Women in Business category on Amazon, leading ahead of Lean In, #GIRLBOSS, and Thrive.

    GIRL CODE is a roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, “side hustlers” (those with a day job who are building a business on the side), and anyone in between who wants to become a better woman. This book will not teach you how to build a multimillion dollar business. It won’t teach you about systems or operational processes. But it will teach you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your “why,” eradicate jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection. Because at the end of the day, that’s what life and business is all about.

    We would love for you to consider featuring Girl Code and interviewing Cara on Turning Envy into Inspiration. As women head back into #workmode this fall and girls head on out to college these tips will help them live their most empowered life yet.

    Women vs. women, it’s an age-old battle among females from the boardroom to the chat room. In fact, recent studies show at work, women bullies target other women 68% of the time and even on Facebook jealousy occurs among 68% of women users. With our first female presidential nominee, now is the time for women to come together and celebrate each other. Now is the time for women to stop competing and start collaborating, because we are better together.

    As a master life coach and author of four bestselling books including her latest book “GIRL CODE” that covers this topic, Cara will discuss how women can stop the “compare and despair” mindset which leads to depression and strained friendships. Cara has helped thousands of women empower themselves, connect and celebrate each other and she is available to come in-studio to help gals turn envy into inspiration and develop strong healthy relationships.

    The breakdown/tips:

  • Don’t Hate “Her” Success - Jealousy is a common emotion when we see other women getting “what we want” and it's not just all in our heads. According to the American Journal of Science, the feeling of jealousy actually activates a region of the brain involved in processing physical pain; however, we can put a stop to it by taking positive action. If you are feeling envious of another woman's success, email her or reach out to her letting her know you're happy for her and give her a genuine compliment. Remember, insecurity competes, confidence empowers. And her success is not your failure.


  • Go Where It’s Warm – I’m not talking about a vacation to the beach. It’s time to take mental stock of the people in your life and ask yourself, “Does this person make me feel better?” And, if they don’t, you aren’t alone, “84% of women say they've had a toxic friend at some point.” We have a choice when it comes to the people we surround ourselves with, so make sure the women in your life are giving you energy, warmth and strength opposed to draining you. Avoid drama and instead, spend time with people who focus on being the best versions of themselves.


  • Create a Power Circle – It’s easy to slip into negative thinking patterns when we are all alone, so assemble a group of positive, supportive females and start meeting monthly for masterminding sessions to share ideas and lift each other up. To get started, try using MeetUp.com to look for women on a similar mission. In New York, there are thousands of women-focused groups like "Women Living More Abundantly", "NYC Women's Spiritual Empowerment Group" and "Beautiful Inside and Out: A Woman's Healing Circle."


  • Interrupt Envy with Gratitude - We simply cannot be jealous of others when we are grateful for our own lives. Rather than spending your energy counting someone else's blessings, channel it into identifying areas of your life that you are thankful for. Make a list of all the things that you love about your own life -- your supportive family, great multitasking skills. Can you bake cookies better than Betty Crocker? These are all things to write down, and chances are someone else is envious of your life, too.


  • Write a Success Mantra - Many women come from a mindset of lack, believing that there is not enough success to go around. Retrain your mindset by creating a personal success mantra and meditating on it daily. Example: "If she can have it, I can too!” An easy way to make sure you meditate everyday is meditating before meals. I like to repeat my mantra with breakfast to set my day up for success.


  • Cara Alwill Leyba, Best Selling Author + Master Life Coach

    As a best selling author, speaker, and master life coach, Cara Alwill Leyba empowers women to live their most effervescent lives, celebrate themselves every day, and make their happiness a priority.

    In the past four years, she has self-published four Amazon best selling books including her most recent title, Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur. All of Cara’s books have reached #1 on various bestseller categories on Amazon including Self-Help, Self-Esteem, Motivation, and Women in Business, and have gained massive popularity around the world. In July 2016, Inc. magazine named Girl Code one of the “Top 9 Books Every Female Entrepreneur Should Read” alongside Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, Thrive by Arianna Huffington, and Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso.

    Her glamorous approach to self-help has attracted thousands of women to attend her workshops and events around the country. She is often sought out by the media to help women challenge their fears and create their best lives and has been featured in Glamour, Shape, Vibe, Huffington Post, PopSugar, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, MSN.com and The Daily Mail to name a few as well as on broadcast programs including nationally syndicated BetterTV, Pix11 New York Morning News on WPIX-TV, Good Day Chicago on WFLD-TV, Good Day Austin on KTBC-TV, FOX 45 Baltimore on WBFF-TV, Indy Style on WISH-TV, CT Style on WTNH-TV, Oklahoma Live on KSBI-TV and The Women Recharged Network. In 2015, Cara was named one of YFS Magazine’s “Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs That Will Inspire You.”

    As a social influencer, Cara reaches her following of over 80,000 people across all her social media platforms and inspires them daily with lifestyle tips, mindset advice, and business strategies, and a does it all with a chic and fashionable flair. Cara has done collaborations with brands such as Macy’s, Kate Spade, SoulCycle, and Moet and is an influencer for fashion powerhouse network rewardStyle/LIKEtoKNOW.it.

    Website Link: www.CaraAlwill.com


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    MBDA National Director Receives 2016 National Urban League’s “Women of Power Award”


    WASHINGTON (Aug. 9, 2016) — The National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), Alejandra Y. Castillo received the National Urban League’s (NUL) “Women of Power Award” during the 2016 “Women of Power & Business Leaders Awards Luncheon,” Aug. 4 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The “Women of Power” award is designed to recognize women leaders who are making an impact in the world of arts, politics, journalism, justice and sports.

    “I am incredibly honored to receive this award from the NUL and to be in the presence of so many dynamic and powerful women, past, present and future,” said MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo. “It’s so important that we continue to celebrate and support one another. This is one way that we can help ensure even more women are in position to lead, grow and contribute to the success of our nation.”

    Other 2016 honorees included; White House Senior Advisor Valerie B. Jarrett, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Broward County Dr. Germaine Baugh-Smith, Fellow and Vice President of Community Investment for Comcast Corporation and Executive Vice President of the Comcast Foundation Charisse R. Lillie, Esq., and President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund Cecile Richards.

    The awards luncheon was part of the 2016 National Urban League Conference: Save our Cities: Education, Jobs and Justice held Aug. 3-6 in Baltimore. The annual conference also featured a career and networking fair, entrepreneur summit, young professional’s summit, and information sessions and workshops on topics relating to education, business, the economy, health, and justice.

    Past “Women of Power” award winners include MSNBC/NBC Anchor Tamron Hall, Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios, Professional Boxer Laila Ali, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan E. Rice, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, President, Morehouse School of Medicine and hip-hop legend, entrepreneur and philanthropist, MC Lyte.



    About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
    MBDA, is the only Federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses. Our programs and services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. Services are provided through a network of MBDA Business Centers. After 47 years of service, MBDA continues to be a dedicated strategic partner to all U.S. minority-owned businesses, committed to providing programs and services that build size, scale and capacity through access to capital, contracts and markets. Follow us on Twitter @usmbda.


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    Creative Disruption Enhances Leadership Performance


    Creative Disruption has long been used in the marketing world to break existing patterns of behavior of a target audience. Smart CEO’s are using this technique to change the pattern of behavior in their leaders.

    National business consultant Lorraine Grubbs along with CEO Frank Granara of Boston based General Insulation recently used creative disruption to address lack of honest communication among their high potential team.

    This team consists of 10 individuals selected to participate in the company’s high potential program. They had been together through four development sessions and, as expected, some individuals embraced this opportunity to learn while some members were not giving it their all. Although the higher performing team members knew, nothing was being done among the team members to encourage the lower performing members to step up their game.

    Lorraine and Frank gathered the team together and introduced a creative disruption technique based upon the TV reality show “Survivor”. Each member of the team was asked to submit the name of an individual who they thought had contributed the least and asked to explain why. Not surprisingly, out of the 10 team members, three people were “voted off”. The team now validated these three individuals, previously identified by Frank and Lorraine.

    After collecting the names, the team was asked to call the individual they had voted off to tell them why. The intent was to not only have them identify the weakest link, but further, to have them communicate honestly with the person and finally to come up with a way to help them improve their performance.

    In the training world, we say, “People can’t argue with their own evidence”. This was a great way to teach these leaders how to conduct difficult conversations while addressing individuals’ vulnerabilities.

    Although no one was eliminated, it was a tough exercise for all participants. Ultimately this creative disruption technique taught a critical leadership lesson – honest communication.

    How can you utilize Creative Disruption techniques to enhance communication among your leadership team? No one likes to have difficult conversations, and this exercise proved its value in the elevation of the team’s trust in one another.

    About Frank Granara and Lorraine Grubbs
    Frank Granara and Lorraine Grubbs are co-authors of “Beyond the Executive Comfort Zone: Outrageous Tactics to Ignite Individual Performance” (www.executivecomfortzone.com). Granara is CEO of General Insulation Co. and has a bachelor’s degree in business from Northeastern University. Grubbs is president of the consulting firm Lessons in Loyalty. As a former 15-year executive with Southwest Airlines, she takes principles and practices she helped develop to companies that strive for better employee engagement and loyalty.


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    4 Pitfalls To Avoid On The Path To Career Independence


    Career stability isn’t what it once was.

    That’s why many workers frustrated with today’s corporate climate are venturing out on their own, offering their skills and experience to those very same corporations, but on a consulting rather than fulltime basis.

    Certainly, there’s a lot to be said for going independent, says Aaron Zwas, a consultant and author of “Transition to Independence” (www.t2iplan.com), a book that serves as a guide to making such a change.

    “You have more freedom and a healthier balance between work and family,” Zwas says. “It’s the be-your-own-boss opportunity many people crave.”

    But not so fast.

    Before you take the plunge, there are drawbacks worth knowing about.

    “When I made the transition about 15 years ago, I didn’t have a lot of guidance,” Zwas says. “I didn’t really understand what I was getting into, so there was a bit of trial and error. The good news is that others can learn from my mistakes.”

    If you’re considering going it alone, Zwas lists at least four pitfalls you’ll want to avoid:

  • Prepare yourself financially. The transition from working for someone else to being independent almost certainly will require you to dip into savings. Take every precaution as you prepare yourself financially. A conversation with an accountant is a good start and so is reviewing your monthly budget to see if you can cut spending. Build up savings – preferably enough to sustain you through one year of expenses – before ending fulltime employment.


  • Set your social calendar. When you’re independent, you have no co-workers to chat with, bounce ideas off of or play tennis with on the weekend. If you’re not careful, it can be a lonely existence. To compensate, Zwas recommends setting up regular dates with friends and family. You can also take up new interests or hobbies. “Get out of the house and be with other people,” he says.


  • Stay focused on your expertise. Being a one-person team has its advantages, but it can also be a double-edged sword because many independents get pulled in too many directions by spending time on activities unrelated to their expertise. There’s no problem in admitting you don’t want to take on certain activities, Zwas says. For example, bookkeeping could be a chore you despise or aren’t suited for. You might want to contract out and let someone else handle it.


  • Spend time on your personal brand. Some independents thrive without any branding efforts, but most need to do at least a little branding. A logo, a website, business cards, a presentation template, social-media accounts and a blog can help you create a professional image.


  • “A little advance preparation can go a long way in helping you become a successful independent,” Zwas says. “The most important lesson I’ve learned is that consulting is more than a job – it’s a lifestyle. Even on my worst days, I’m grateful for the freedom I have.”

    About Aaron Zwas
    Aaron Zwas, author of “Transition to Independence” (www.t2iplan.com), is a consulting journeyman with 15 years of independent experience as a strategic technology advisor. His T2I Plan (for “Transition to Independence”) provides a step-by-step approach that helps people move from traditional employment to a career as an independent consultant while minimizing the risks.


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    Jock Talk: 5 Communication Principles for Leaders as Exemplified by Legends of the Sports World


    May is National Mental Health Month and as many as 75% of people suffer from glossophobia, the severe fear of public speaking. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, public speaking is considered the greatest fear a person can have, even greater than the fear of death. As common as glossophobia is, being an effective presenter is critical for anyone in the professional workforce. While their careers depend on some measure of public speaking, most aspiring executives either become paralyzed and avoid it or they default to the mediocre norms of speaking and presenting that plague conference rooms and board rooms everywhere.

    A substantive yet down-to-earth business book, Jock Talk: 5 Communication Principles for Leaders as Exemplified by Legends of the Sports World entertains while it teaches leaders and aspiring leaders why and how they should shape their communications in order to be more effective and impressive. In it, Beth Noymer Levine blends her communication coaching experience with her love of sports folklore and candidly examines the public comments of athletes, coaches, and team owners. Their stories serve to illustrate five foundational communication principles: audience-centricity, transparency, graciousness, brevity, and preparedness.

    "No one is making communication a part of the training regimen," says communications and public relations expert, Beth Noymer Levine. "That's probably because communication is assumed to be something people just do, like breathing. Yet it's not."

    Communications coach Beth Noymer Levine is an expert in helping Fortune 500 executives, professional and world-class athletes, and other high-profile individuals effectively think about, prepare for, and deliver their messages to important audiences. She is known for her rapport with her clients, her quick understanding of their business and communications challenges, and her emphasis on speeches and presentations that work for both the audience and the speaker.

    The founder of SmartMouth Communications, Levine has more than twenty-five years' experience in public relations and communications and has worked on both the agency and corporate sides, in New York and Atlanta. She currently maintains an office in Salt Lake City and an active presence on both coasts. Levine has written speeches, developed messaging strategies, and coached business executives, politicians, other professionals, and, notably, athletes. Her clients have included members of the Utah Jazz, the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding, the U.S. Speedskating Team, and several collegiate athletes.

    A native of Boston, Levine has a degree in economics from Franklin & Marshall College, has completed a post-MBA program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and holds certificates in training and in coaching from the American Society for Training and Development.

    Levine is also the creator of the "SmartMouth Public Speaking Toolkit," a five-star-rated mobile app for iOS devices available in the iTunes store (app.lk/smartmouth).

    Website: www.smartmouthgroup.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SmartMouthCommunications
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/smartmouthcomm

    Jock Talk: Five Communication Principles Exemplified by Legends of the Sports World is available for purchase at Amazon, 800-CEO-READ and Barnes and Noble.


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    POWERMOVES.NOLA NAMES EARL ROBINSON PRESIDENT AND

    - SEPTEMBER HARGROVE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER -


    June 25, 2014 -- Veteran investment executive and entrepreneur Earl Robinson has been named President, and economic development expert September Hargrove has been named Chief Operating Officer of PowerMoves.NOLA, a new national initiative focused on providing access to capital, connections and guidance to increase the number of America’s venture-backed minority entrepreneurs.

    PowerMoves.NOLA
    PowerMoves.NOLA has named Earl Robinson President of the initiative that provides access to capital, connections and guidance to increase minority entrepreneurship.



    In addition to his new position at PowerMoves.NOLA, Mr. Robinson is an advisory board member of and partner of RLMcCall Capital, a private equity firm focused on investments in the media, technology, oil & gas and general industrials sectors, which he is relocating to New Orleans. He is a founding board member of Cardinal Points Holdings, an equity sponsor of ClearCompass Digital Group (www.cleadcdg.com), a digital media company based in Encino, California. Prior to co-founding Cardinal Points, Mr. Robinson launched Column Point Capital, an investment platform concentrating on the transportation, industrial services and healthcare IT sectors.

    Mr. Robinson and his family are relocating from Atlanta for his new position.

    Before joining PowerMoves.NOLA, Ms. Hargrove was the Policy & Program Manager in Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Office of Economic Development for the City of New Orleans. In this position, she managed the City’s $2M Economic Development Fund, created the City’s Small Business Assistance Fund and collaborated with community partners on business and workforce development initiatives. Ms. Hargrove began her career in government as a California Senate Fellow. Following her fellowship, September received a gubernatorial appointment in the Schwarzenegger Administration as a Legislative Liaison. Her policy work in economic development and social services has been instrumental in passing legislation supporting opportunities in underserved communities to help individuals achieve self-sufficiency.

    “Earl has a strong understanding of and background in the investment community, and he’s launched a number of new ventures during his career, so he understands first hand some of the hurdles that entrepreneurs - especially minority entrepreneurs - face in getting new businesses off the ground,” said PowerMoves.NOLA Founder Leslie Jacobs, president of the New Orleans Startup Fund. “September’s strong background in managing economic development initiatives and her understanding of the business climate here in New Orleans makes her a perfect choice to round out our leadership team. Most importantly, both Earl and September have a real passion and commitment to what we are trying to achieve with PowerMoves.NOLA.”

    Prior to his position at Column Point Capital, Mr. Robinson served as a Senior Vice President at Pacific Corporate Group (PCG), a $2 billion private equity investment platform focused on special situations, turnaround, distressed and growth equity investments. Before joining PCG, Mr. Robinson served as the Operations Officer of JPMorgan Investment Management – Americas and as a Vice President at JPMorgan Investment Management, assisting the CEO with mergers, acquisitions, and strategy. Mr. Robinson began his career in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley & Co.

    PowerMoves.NOLA
    September Hargrove has been named Chief Operating Officer of PowerMoves.NOLA



    Ms. Hargrove is an alumnus of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI), Loyola University’s Institute of Politics and From Harvard Square to the Oval Office program. She is an active volunteer with the New Orleans Young Leadership Council as a Project Leader for the College Admissions Project where she manages a cohort of 75 students and volunteers at three local public high schools. Ms. Hargrove is a member of the Emerging Philanthropist of New Orleans, New Leaders Council of Louisiana and serves on the boards of the GNO, Inc. NexGen Council and Harvard Club of Louisiana. In 2014, Ms. Hargrove was a recipient of the NORLI Regional Leadership Award.

    Mr. Robinson received his BA in Economics from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) and his MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School. Mr. Robinson attended Columbia as a Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow.

    Ms. Hargrove received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley where she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and Public Policy International Affairs Fellow and her master’s degree in public policy and urban planning from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Graduate School of Design.

    About PowerMoves.NOLA
    PowerMoves.NOLA is a national initiative designed to increase the number of America’s venture-backed minority businesses by leveraging the entrepreneurial ecosystem, resources and culture of New Orleans.

    Headquartered in New Orleans, PowerMoves.NOLA's mission is to deploy innovative ideas, fresh approaches, and an overall commitment to equity and diversity as a growth strategy to address the generational obstacles that prevent minority entrepreneurship.

    PowerMoves.NOLA can be found online and in social media at www.powermovesnola.org, @powermovesnola, Facebook, LinkedIn.

    Contact: Lynn McReynolds, 410-268-0275
    McReynolds Elek Communications/Urban Media Solutions
    lynn@mcreynoldselek.com

    Kim Elek, 410-956-0460
    McReynolds Elek Communications/Urban Media Solutions
    kim@mcreynoldselek.com


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    (BPRW) Wake Forest University School of Business Announces Partnership with Ron Brown Scholar Program

    - Unique educational collaboration promotes opportunities and awareness of graduate business programs for African-American scholars -


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Wake Forest School of Business today announced an agreement with the Ron Brown Scholar Program to participate in a shared commitment to promote and support opportunities for Ron Brown Scholarship winners and applicants to pursue graduate studies at the School of Business, including its nationally recognized Master of Arts (MA) in Management, Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs. The agreement includes the recommendation of a Ron Brown Scholar for an annual Corporate Fellowship Award to include full tuition and $10,000 living stipend to attend the 10-month MA in Management program.

    “We are very pleased to establish this partnership with the Wake Forest University School of Business,” said Michael A. Mallory, president & executive director, Ron Brown Scholar Program. “Our organizations share a commitment to developing the next generation of business leaders who will lead with integrity and use their success to help in meaningful ways within their communities and society as a whole.”

    As part of the agreement, Wake Forest will collaborate with the Ron Brown Scholar Program to identify candidates for the Corporate Fellowship Award and additional interested students for applicable graduate programs at the School of Business. The partnership represents one of several new initiatives the School is pursuing to increase the number of underrepresented students across its graduate and undergraduate business programs.

    “Valuing diversity, leadership and service is core to our mission at Wake Forest,” said Charles Iacovou, vice dean at the School of Business. “The Ron Brown Scholar Program embodies this ideal and we are proud to establish a deeper relationship with this outstanding organization and its exceptional group of students and alumni who share these principles.”

    Since 1997, a total of 338 Ron Brown Scholars have been selected from more than 110,000 applications on the basis of demonstrated academic excellence, leadership potential, social commitment and financial need. With a graduation rate of 99% and 54% completing graduate studies, Ron Brown Scholars are committed to education, while 100% are involved in extensive community service projects demonstrating a strong dedication to enriching lives in their local communities and worldwide.

    “As a Ron Brown Scholar, I have experienced first-hand the benefits of access to opportunities in higher education, leadership training and social service, which has prepared me well for the demands of a graduate business program,” said Simone Watson, 2009 Ron Brown Scholar and 2014 candidate in the Wake Forest School of Business MA in Management program. “My experience as an MA candidate at Wake Forest has reinforced these strong values within a collaborative, hands-on environment that emphasizes the development of passionate business leaders who can positively impact the practice of business. The Ron Brown Scholar Program and Wake Forest provide a unique combination of ethical ideals and learning opportunities that will help me achieve my personal and career goals.”

    For more information on the Ron Brown Scholar Program and the Wake Forest University School of Business and its various programs, please visit the website for each organization listed below.

    About Ron Brown Scholars (ronbrown.org) The Ron Brown Scholar Fund is a 501(c) 3 public charity, managed by an independent Board of Trustees. The Ron Brown Scholar Program, named for the late Secretary of Commerce and inspired by his dedication to public service, was established in 1996 by the CAP Charitable Foundation to provide academic scholarships, service opportunities and leadership experiences for young African Americans of outstanding promise. The Ron Brown Scholar Program provides Scholars with the financial resources to attend some of the finest colleges and universities in the country. Acceptance into the Program means Scholars are also provided with the nurturing and mentorship to succeed and flourish in college and beyond. Graduating Scholars go on to outstanding careers in the arts, sciences and public service, and many more pursue professional degrees in law, medicine and business.

    About Wake Forest University School of Business (business.wfu.edu) The Wake Forest University School of Business offers undergraduate programs in finance, accounting, mathematical business, and business and enterprise management, and graduate programs including a Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Accountancy and Master of Arts in Management. Our programs are consistently ranked among the world’s best in surveys by U.S. News & World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Economist, Forbes, and the Financial Times. Wake Forest MBAs who sat for a Six Sigma green belt certification exam in 2011 and 2012 had a 100% pass rate. Wake Forest accountancy graduates earned the highest passing rate in the nation on the CPA exam last year and have maintained the top CPA exam pass rate among universities with accounting programs for 11 of the past 15 years.

    Source: Wake Forest School of Business


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    Council of Urban Professionals Announces Second Annual List of Professionals of Color and Women in Finance

    - “CUP Catalysts” List Recognizes Professional Achievement in Financial Sectors and Commitment to Community

    CUP Catalysts: Change Agents | Finance First in Series of Three Catalyst Lists -


    New York – Today, the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) announced the CUP Catalysts: Change Agents 2013 | Finance. The list highlights and celebrates the accomplishments of diverse leaders across the financial services sector who have achieved extraordinary success in business and have made a significant impact on their community. These individuals will be recognized at CUP’s 6th Annual Wall Street Partners Forum on October 1st.

    The CUP Catalysts: Change Agents 2013 | Finance list includes 14 financial service professionals, between the ages of 35-50, who serve at senior levels of organizations, and who have been nominated by their colleagues and peers.

    “These are the diverse, dynamic and dedicated executives and entrepreneurs who are transforming business, driving economic growth, and giving back to their communities through board service, mentorship, and philanthropy,” said CUP Executive Director Chloe Drew. “We are committed to recognizing diverse professionals from across financial sectors and congratulate the leaders who were nominated and selected.”

    For the full list of CUP Catalysts in Finance, visit the Council of Urban Professionals’ website.

    CUP developed CUP Catalysts: Change Agents 2013 | Finance to highlight and celebrate diverse leaders, role models, and heroes among us. Executives and entrepreneurs who are selected for CUP Catalysts: Change Agents 2013 | Law will be recognized at CUP's 4th Annual Lawyers Forum on October 29, 2013 and those selected for CUP Catalyst: Change Agents 2013 | Media & Entertainment will be recognized at CUP's 5th Annual Media & Entertainment Forum on November 12, 2013.

    ABOUT THE COUNCIL OF URBAN PROFESSIONALS:
    The Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) connects, empowers and mobilizes the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders. Founded in 2007, CUP is a 21st century leadership development organization with over 1,500 individual members, a national network of 20,000, and 65 corporate partners spanning the financial services, law, media & entertainment, digital & technology, and non-profit and public sectors. Through a series of forums, leadership development programs, and peer networks, CUP empowers aspiring diverse professionals to develop connections, opportunities, and expertise that best position them for top leadership roles, resulting in transformative impact on our communities.

    For more information about CUP, visit www.nycup.org.


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    (BPRW) UPTOWN PROFESSIONAL Magazine Announces the 2013 Top Companies & Organizations for Diversity & Inclusion

    - Semi-Annual Publication Addresses Diversity in the Workplace -

    (BLACK PR WIRE) – NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UPTOWN Magazine’s brand extension UPTOWN Professional Magazine (www.uptownpromag.com), a twice yearly career-focused magazine and website for the global urban professional, has announced its 2013 Top Companies & Organizations for Diversity & Inclusion. The list is created in conjunction with a partnership with OppsPlace.com, one of the leading recruitment and employment solutions sites. OppsPlace, founded by entrepreneur Robert Johnson, is a diverse network connecting talent with jobs and businesses with opportunities. In addition to career aspirations, UPTOWN Professional also covers related business lifestyle topics. The cutting edge, new, career-focused publication was launched to great excitement and fanfare at two well-attended launch events in NYC and Chicago in January 2011.

    “Our goal in this issue of this important industry leading publication is to highlight the very best companies and organizations that have demonstrated measurable achievement and performance in the vital area of diversity and inclusion,” said UPTOWN Professional publisher Robert Ingram. “It is no accident that many of the companies and organizations on our list are the most profitable, innovative and largest enterprises in the world. UPTOWN Professional offers relevance, relationships and most importantly, solutions. Our goal is to assist forward-thinking companies and executives and help them navigate the challenging paths of recruitment, retention, marketplace and development in a new and more diverse workplace worldwide.”

    Among the Top Companies and organizations that are considered the best of the best are: Colgate-Palmolive, McDonald’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, Credit Suisse, Society of Human Resources Managers, the American Institute of Architects, Adecco, Sodexo, Marriott International, UPS, Aetna, Prudential Financial, Comcast, EMC and Lincoln Financial. A complete list is below in alphabetical order.

    “These industry and thought leading companies and organizations are responsive to the seismic shift in global demographics and we feel are sensitive enough to connect the dots in the nettlesome areas of recruitment, retention, training & development and multicultural marketing in calling to positive action new, vibrant emerging markets for the onset of this dynamic millennium,” said Ingram.

    Uptown Professional is a game changing publication that has taken the global professional marketplace by storm. Previous issues have covered cutting-edge professionals in great jobs, in awesome locations, working for the world’s top companies and organizations. A full look at diversity & inclusion today is Uptown Professionals rallying call as balanced coverage is given to Black, Latino, Asian, Women, Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgendered and the Ability professionals.

    UPTOWN Professional also offers tips on best Travel Apps, E-readers and books to save time and increase productivity, as well as Coaches Corner and Critical Path which offer career guidance from respected executives and thought leaders.

    “In riding the momentum of the publication and keeping with our desire to inform today’s talented diverse executive, UPTOWN Professional will follow up this Top Companies & Organizations issue with a themed issue in the fall highlighting the Top Executives,” says Ingram. The identity of the Top Executives will be announced in mid to late September 2013.

    Uptown Professional 2013 Top Companies & Organizations for Diversity & Inclusion (in alphabetical order):

    1. Abercrombie & Fitch
    2. Adecco
    3. Aetna
    4. AFLAC
    5. American Express
    6. American Institute of Architects
    7. AT&T
    8. Avery Dennison
    9. Cargill
    10. CDC
    11. Colgate-Palmolive
    12. Comcast
    13. CookRoss
    14. Credit Suisse
    15. Delta Airlines
    16. EMC
    17. Executive Leadership Council
    18. GE
    19. Huntington Bank
    20. IBM
    21. L’Oreal
    22. Lincoln Financial
    23. Lockheed Martin
    24. Lowes
    25. Macy’s
    26. Marriott International
    27. Mass Mutual
    28. MasterCard
    29. McDonald’s
    30. MGM
    31. Nationwide
    32. New York Life
    33. Pepsico
    34. Prudential
    35. Society for Human Resources Managers (SHRM)
    36. Sodexo
    37. Sprint
    38. State Street
    39. The Coca Cola Company
    40. The Home Depot
    41. The McGraw-Hill Company
    42. The Medici Group
    43. The Nielsen Company
    44. Toyota
    45. United Healthcare
    46. UPMC
    47. UPS
    48. Walmart
    49. Wells Fargo
    50. Yum Brands

    About Uptown Media
    Founded in 2004, Uptown Ventures Group is the only luxury lifestyle company targeting the Affluent African American (AAA) Market. UPTOWN Magazine affords luxury purveyors the broadest access to this highly sought-after demographic. Uptown Ventures Group, LLC offers traditional and innovative strategies, including UPTOWN Magazine (published eight times per year with NYC, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington DC, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Detroit and National editions); interactive website UPTOWNmagazine.com, lifestyle guide UPTOWNsocial and Uptown's signature events. UPTOWN Magazine is available by subscription at UPTOWNmagazine.com and on national newsstands, including Hudson News. UPTOWN Magazine, a toast to Luxury, Lifestyle and Living.

    Source: UPTOWN Magazine

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    Association of Black Foundation Executives Challenges Philanthropic Leaders to be Unconventional in Addressing Needs of the Black Community

    ABFE 2013 Conference Hits Chicago Streets; Addresses Community Violence, Black Male Stereotypes and Celebrity Foundations

    [April 4, 2013, Chicago, IL] Over 225 leaders and professionals in philanthropy including presidents, trustees, program officers, athletes and donors are expected to attend The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) fourth annual conference on April 4-7, 2013, at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago. The conference offers attendees strategic philanthropic solutions that impact Black communities. It puts a spotlight on violence, negative images of Black males in the media, and innovative community re-development initiatives. The rarely engaged and often misunderstood topic of foundation operations, specifically finance, investment and grants management, provides a 101 course in institutional investing. There is also a session designed to help sports and entertainment philanthropist increase their understanding of the mainstream grantmaking process, an issue recently portrayed negatively in an ESPN news story.

    Representatives of several organizations founded by athletes and entertainers are expected to attend, including Chicago Bears linebacker James Anderson. Robert K. Ross, M.D. President and CEO of The California Endowment will receive this year’s prestigious James A. Joseph Lecturer Award and John W. Rogers, Jr. Founder, Chairman and CEO of Ariel Investments will receive the 2013 Trailblazer Award. Maya Wiley, Founder and President of the Center for Social Inclusion will give a keynote address and Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland Baltimore County will close the plenary session.

    The theme: "Innovation + Investment = Impact" sets the tone for a conference that encourages members to leverage the power of philanthropy to address critical needs facing Black communities, including economic, educational and social inequalities. “Foundations move money,” said Susan Taylor Batten, President and CEO of ABFE, “and philanthropy is a powerful tool for positive, enduring social change.”

    With Chicago as the backdrop, the four-day conference opens with a plenary session that addresses violence in Black communities across the country. Visits to Dorchester Projects and other Rebuild Foundation sites demonstrate how arts and culture have revived formerly abandoned spaces on Chicago’s South side.

    For a complete schedule, visit abfeconference.org.

    About The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)
    The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) is an independent membership organization that counts among its members the most influential staff, trustees and donors of grant making institutions that promote effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities. For more info, visit www.abfe.org.

    Carla Sims
    202-360-9959
    Media@aspecialgathering.com


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    (BPRW) BUSINESS WIRE AND BLACK PR WIRE TO HOST BEST PRACTICES WEBINARS


    - Free online sessions take place February 20th & 27th 2013 -

    (BLACK PR WIRE) – In recognition of Black History Month and in celebration of their continued partnership, Business Wire and Black PR Wire will launch their 2013 Minority Leadership Series. The series will showcase the best of multicultural services and practices used by business professionals in the country. It will also highlight networking tools essential for effective media and public relations practitioners and provide insight for the new and seasoned communications professional.

    The much-anticipated event includes two online webinars. Part I is entitled “Preparing for a Future in Communications.” This 90-minute session will include a panel of HBCU graduates working in newsrooms and leading PR/marketing departments from across the country. Speakers will share their best tips to help students and young professional communicators excel in the industry and maximize their collegiate and early career experiences for success, job opportunities, and leadership positions. This webinar takes place on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. EST.

    Raschanda Hall Raschanda Hall, Global Media Relations Manager – Business Wire

    “The Minority Leadership Series offers a great opportunity for both college students and PR agencies to gain effective insight on ways to grow, survive and thrive in this ever-evolving industry,” says Raschanda Hall, Global Media Relations Manager for Business Wire, and the session’s moderator. Presenters joining this session include: Greg H. Lee, Executive Sports Editor, Sun-Sentinel; Aprill O. Turner, PR Professor and Communications Consultant; and Vince McGraw, Online Web Producer, Detroit News.

    Part II of the series is entitled “Leveraging Opportunities for Strategic Partnerships.” This 90-minute session includes a panel of marketing and communications professionals who will share their experience of leveraging business services through strategic partnerships. This webinar takes place on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. EST.

    “Participating in this webinar will help the busy business professional to grasp key and critical information needed to position their business for success by effective partnering techniques and services,” adds Bernadette Morris, president and CEO of Black PR Wire, and the session’s moderator. “Our goal is to create a win-win for both the boutique and large business, and ultimately, their clients.”

    Presenters for Part II, “Leveraging Opportunities for Strategic Partnerships” include Danita King, principal/founder, PRNoir; Cyn Davis, senior manager, ICF International; and James Andrews, founder, Social People. Panelists will discuss how they combine their passion for their products and services to partner with other agencies for a successful collaboration.

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  1. African American Black Magazine ...
    African American business magazine dedicated to educating and empowering Black professionals and small business owners.
    http://www.tnj.com/

  2. African American Professionals in Philanthropy ...
    African American Professionals in Philanthropy Gather to Empower Communities of Color.
    http://www.blackgivesback.com

  3. African American Professional Women ...
    Afro Puffs and Ponytails, Inc. The inspiration of young African American girls.
    http://afropuffsandponytails.com

  4. Afro-Netizen ...
    More than 13,000 black professionals focus on economic empowerment at Houston confab.
    http://afronetizen.blogs.com/

  5. All Black Professionals Meetup Groups ...
    Meet other local Black Professionals to network and discuss the unique perspective that belongs to business people who share an African heritage.
    http://blackbiz.meetup.com

  6. AuburnMountain ...
    We provide education, licensing, career resources and practice building tools for aspiring and practicing Financial Services Professionals. We are dedicated in serving the aspiring Financial Services Professionals and practicing Financial Services Professionals who assist and counsel clients in growing, managing and protecting wealth.
    http://www.auburnmountain.com/

  7. Black Caucus of the American Library Association ...
    Promotes the development of library and information services for people of African descent.
    http://www.bcala.org/

  8. Black IT Professionals ...
    Black, it, information, technology, professionals.
    http://www.blackitprofessional.com/

  9. Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation ...
    Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation (BPACF) strives to bring scholarship and educational opportunities to deserving students within the African American community.
    http://www.bpacf.org/

  10. Black Professionals Connection ...
    Our goal is to provide fun, unique and exciting events at various venues for Black professionals of different interests and backgrounds to meet, mix and mingle.
    http://www.blackproconnection.com/

  11. Black Speakers and Experts ...
    The National Directory of African American Speakers, Experts, and Professionals.
    http://www.blackexperts.com/

  12. Black Vision Online ...
    Black Vision Online is the monthly online magazine sent to Urban professionals across the country.
    http://www.blackcottonworks.net/blackvisiononline/

  13. BlackVoices ...
    Informative BlackVoices website.
    http://bv.channel.aol.com/

  14. Black Women Connect ...
    BlackWomenConnect.com is the #1 online community for African, Caribbean and African American women who are professionals, entrepreneurs, and business owners. Black women are one of the most wealthy and influential demographics on the planet. It's time we have our very own social network!
    http://www.blackwomenconnect.com/

  15. BostonOffline.com ...
    The online hub for people of color in Massachusetts. We provide free job and business listings, event submissions, message boards, dating and artist showcase.
    http://www.bostonoffline.com/

  16. CityhappeningsUSA.com ...
    Resource for social and professional events happening in North Carolina and surrounding areas.
    http://www.cityhappenings.com/

  17. Deborah Hardnett International ...
    The site for Deborah Hardnett International. A motivational speaker and coach. Professional and personal development books and audios are available.
    http://www.deborahhardnett.com/

  18. eBlackStudies ...
    Academic Organizations - Professional Organizations.
    http://www.eblackstudies.org/organizations.html

  19. e-BlackWomenNetwork.com ...
    The e-BlackWomenNetwork was created for Black women business owners who are enterprising and adventuresome. This includes authors, speakers, coaches or consultants ... those who are ready to take their business and their life to the next level.
    http://e-blackwomennetwork.com/

  20. Hair Today ...
    We are an organization of Licensed Professional Cosmetologists In New York State about 66 years old dedicated to unifying professionals and working to promoting and improving our Profession.
    http://sbcahair.hypermart.net/

  21. Journalists of Color, Inc. ...
    Sstrategic alliance of journalists of color acting as a force for positive change in a fast-changing global news industry.
    http://www.unityjournalists.org/

  22. Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers ...
    The principal objectives of the Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers are to endeavor to enhance the educational and employment opportunities of minority individuals.
    http://www.lablackengineers.org/

  23. Los Angeles Real Estate Now ...
    Real Estate/Affluent African American Professional.
    http://losangelesrealestatenow.com/

  24. Minority Professional Network ...
    Career Connection, Economic Connection, Lifestyle Connection, Events, News, Resume Posting, Profiles, Jobs for Minority Professionals and Small Minority Businesses.
    http://www.minorityprofessionalnetwork.com/

  25. NPN Cruise ...
    An international network of multicultural professionals who annually sail the globe with RCI, the most celebrated cruise line in the world.
    http://www.npncruise.com/

  26. NYC Professional Black Women Meetup Group ...
    Meet and network with NYC strong career minded black women. A great opportunity to meet new people, network in a friendly, comfortable and fun atmosphere.
    http://workwmn.meetup.com/139/

  27. Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons ...
    Celebrating the achievements of pioneers in medicine by highlighting four contemporary pioneer African American surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields and believe in continuing the journey of excellence through the education and mentoring of young African Americans pursuing medical careers.
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/aframsurgeons/

  28. Organization of Black Designers ...
    Nonprofit association dedicated to addressing the unique needs of African-American design professionals.
    http://www.core77.com/OBD/

  29. People You Need to Know ...
    Metro Atlanta Business Celebrities.
    http://myideas1.podbean.com/

  30. People You Need to Know, Inc. ...
    Voted Atlanta's most elegant presentation of dentists, attorneys, real estate agents and physicians in the southeast.
    http://www.sparkplugpeople.com/

  31. Reddi Business Solutions ...
    Reddi Business Solutions is the intelligent, cost-effective and efficient business strategy of the 21st century, specifically for businesses or individuals needing occasional office support.
    http://www.reddibusiness.com/

  32. Sista Talk ...
    Sista Talk will help you build a personal network that connects you to other esteemed and acclaimed professionals and entrepreneurs online.
    http://www.sistatalk.co.uk/

  33. Texas A&M African- American Professional Organization ...
    Where there is unity, there is strength.
    http://aapo.tamu.edu/

  34. The Black Collegian Online ...
    This site is the cyberspace partner of The Black Collegian Magazine and the career site providing jobs for African American college students.
    http://www.black-collegian.com/

  35. The Columbus Free Press ...
    The Rise of Black Professionals.
    http://www.freepress.org/fleming/flemng07.html

  36. The Dapper Gent ...
    The Dapper Gent is a men's lifestyle blog targeting young urban modern successful men. It features different articles covering style, hip-hop, fashion, politics, business, race, African-american culture, psychology, self-help, entrepreneurship, women, relationships, dating, and other issues affect us African Americans in general.
    http://blogofthegentleman.blogspot.com/

  37. The National Black Pre-Law Conference ...
    The official website for the nation's premier information-sharing and networking empowerment conference for aspiring Black lawyers. The entire two-day event is completely FREE OF CHARGE!
    http://www.blackprelawconference.com/

  38. The National Medical Association ...
    A professional society representing the interests of physicians of African descent and the patients they serve.
    http://www.nmanet.org/

  39. The Organization Index ...
    TheOrganizationIndex.com is a leading online resource for home and office organizing.
    http://theorganizationindex.com/index.html


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