From Stress To Success in the City: Dressing Professional During the Summer Swelter

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Dressing well is not about being stylish or fashion forward (though that is a temptation) so don’t wear your mini-skirt and tank top to the office. Your office attire is about communicating your professional personal brand. Though brains and hard work are what get the job done, dressing professionally is important for developing a career brand. When you dress […]

From Stress to Success in the City: Employee Fitness Outside of the Office

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Establishing a workout routine and intentionally exercising outside can be a key to reducing stress from the workday grind. Physical activity, fresh air and sunshine contribute to your overall well-being. For National Employee Wellness Month, consider outdoor fitness to stay in shape and healthy after work hours to reap the benefits 9 to 5. Physical activity is one component of overall health […]

Summer Break: Festival Planning for the Most Summer Fun

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Festivals are a fun way to enjoy nice weather while relaxing with friends and family. The combination of local crafts, good music, and tasty culinary treats often draw cheerful crowds in cities across the country. Navigating the big crowds does take planning. However, with a little flexibility, incorporating festivals into your summer plans will be no hassle at all. Over […]

From Stress to Success in the City: Using Social Media to Build Your Personal Brand

Personal branding for career success.

Personal branding is increasingly accessible due to social networking. You may be asking yourself, “what is personal branding?” By definition, personal branding is the process in which we market ourselves to others. Standing out from the crowd and making yourself known can guide you to career success. Today, branding is no longer reserved for companies and their products. […]

Education: 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education

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Two generations removed from the monumental Supreme Court Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka ruling, my educational experience was one privileged with opportunities perhaps unfathomable by my grandmother in her childhood. In a mixed-income suburban setting, I participated in rigorous academic programs. I became familiar with the subtleties of middle-class etiquette deemed necessary to succeed in life. I […]

VIDEO: Immigration Manufactured Drama. On MSNBC

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Pu-leaze. Spare me the manufactured drama over immigration. Today, it’s 2014 midterm elections and the GOP calculation to hold the House and perhaps narrowly capture the Senate (despite a few “rogue” Republicans such as Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman). The strategy relies on voter turnout which for midterms, hinges on reliables–older, white voters. Some are against […]

From Stress to Success in the City: Never Underestimate the Benefits of an Informational Interview

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Informational interviews are one of the most important elements to starting on the path towards career success. When moving to Washington, D.C., a friend gave me this advice: “Meeting with other professionals is crucial for growth because you have everything to gain and absolutely nothing to lose.” Informational interviews are key to unlocking your potential professional […]