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Do This Before You Plan Next Year – 10 Things To List

Do This Before You Plan Next Year – 10 Things To List

Race to the finiish line. Pixaby Before you dash into 2019, take stock of what you accomplished in 2018.  We are strengthened and motivated by recognizing what we have done, even if we did not achieve all our 2018 goals, and it will boost your confidence and clarify...

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10 Best Career Tips For Women Of 2018

10 Best Career Tips For Women Of 2018

To start 2019 off strong, here are a bakers’ dozen of the top career tips for women from my ForbesWomen blogs in 2018. These apply to women in every field from government to the arts, and especially science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and other...

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Pay Gap? Harassed? Discrimination? Listen up – Charlotte Burrows, Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Pay Gap? Harassed? Discrimination? Listen up – Charlotte Burrows, Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

“Let me give you some reassurance here,” even when there are no direct witnesses, “there is always more evidence than you think.” Charlotte Burrows on Green Connections Radio. As a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for 4 years, since December 2014 having been nominated by President Obama, she is a non-partisan defender of employees. Her goal is to make it as easy as possible for anyone to have the opportunity to seek legal protection in the workplace, so she shared terrific tips and insights in this raw, yet highly informative conversation with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson.

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Air & Space Museum Director – Ellen Stofan, Head of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Air & Space Museum Director – Ellen Stofan, Head of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

“Think about who you’re going to be and what you’re going to contribute.”Ellen Stofan on Green Connections Radio. When Ellen Stofan stepped off the management track to stay home with her kids and work part-time, she accepted that she was probably derailing her career.  She kept a few toes in the game over the 12 year period, working part-time doing a few interesting research projects that she could do on her own time.Today, she finds herself the new Director of the famed Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC — the most visited museum in the United States — and spearheading its ~$1 billion transformation, as the first woman in this prestigious role. Wait, really? Listen to this fascinating conversation Dr. Stofan had with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson.

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A Creative Way To Teach Kids To Be Eco-Conscious

A Creative Way To Teach Kids To Be Eco-Conscious

“What does the earth need from you if you want to be a good friend to it?” “We choose where we spend our time and our energy “What do you appreciate?” “What do you value?” “What’s your favorite animal?” “What does the earth need from you?“ “Why should we care?” These...

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Eco-Kids? Ellen Sabin, Author of “The Greening Book,” Watering Can Press

Eco-Kids? Ellen Sabin, Author of “The Greening Book,” Watering Can Press

How do you “grow kids with character”? That’s the goal of Ellen Sabin, President of Watering Can Press and author of experiential children’s books that teach different values, including “The Greening Book” about taking good care of the environment.  How can a book be experiential? How can you teach kids values without being preachy? Listen to this engaging interview with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson to find out and also learn about her unique book publishing business model that guarantees sales before she starts writing.  She does extensive research before she starts writing and provides tools for teachers too.

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High Achievers, Grit & Talent – Angela Duckworth, Author of “Grit” & TED Talk Star

High Achievers, Grit & Talent – Angela Duckworth, Author of “Grit” & TED Talk Star

“Race your strengths and train your weaknesses” to accomplish your goals, Angela Duckworth on Green Connections Radio. Listen to best-selling author of “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” Angela Duckworth, Ph.D. in this inspiring conversation with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson about grit, talent, strengths, weaknesses and strategies to achieve your goals. Duckworth’s TED Talk has nearly 20 million views!

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Innovating with Purpose – Rainia Washington, VP of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Lockheed Martin

Innovating with Purpose – Rainia Washington, VP of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Lockheed Martin

Leveraging Culture to Drive Performance and Innovation. “How do we innovate for the future?…Do we have the right talent to compete tomorrow? Are we thinking about technology and innovation from the right perspective?” Everybody talks about how innovation is crucial to success over the long term. But how do you do it? How do you stay abreast of changing technologies and market needs, while maintaining performance standards? Listen to Rainia Washington, Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Lockheed Martin – one of the most innovative and high-regarded companies in the world — in this engaging interview with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson.

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8 Tips For Designing Your Career GPS

8 Tips For Designing Your Career GPS

You want a promotion with more responsibility and a higher salary that also positions you well for future growth.  How do you get there?  Which roles should you seek?  Is it best to stay where you work now or jump to someplace else? What you’re looking for is a career...

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Recruiting Innovative Talent for STEM – Barbara Whye, VP of HR and Diversity Chief at Intel

Recruiting Innovative Talent for STEM – Barbara Whye, VP of HR and Diversity Chief at Intel

What do we need to know to recruit, retain and promote innovative talent? What do we need to look for in a potential employer if we ARE innovative talent? Listen to Barbara Whye, Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Intel — one of the most innovative and high-regarded companies in the world — in this engaging interview with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson.

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“What People Say About You”: Your Brand – Diane Diaz, The Brand Teacher

“What People Say About You”: Your Brand – Diane Diaz, The Brand Teacher

“Clarity, credibility and consistency are the three most important things about your brand….Understand what you want to do and what you’re good at… You have to live up to your brand promise”
Diane Diaz on Green Connections Radio. Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has said, “Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room” (according to various sources). Yikes! So, what is your personal brand or your company’s brand, why should you care, and what can you do to understand and control yours? It’s complicated. Trust. Listen to “brand teacher” Diane Diaz, who literally teaches about branding as well as coaches people on their personal and organizational brands, in this fascinating interview with Green Connections host Joan Michelson to find out. They talk about Diane’s favorite brand assessment tool, which Joan did – and its enlightening insights.

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NASA-Winning Teen Girls, Water – Bria Snell & Mikayla Sharieff, Banneker High, DC

NASA-Winning Teen Girls, Water – Bria Snell & Mikayla Sharieff, Banneker High, DC

“We wanted to create something that would not only impact our community, but the communities around us.” Bria Snell on Green Connections Radio. Before you drink from a school or public water fountain….At 17 years old, these Washington, DC high school girls won second place in the NASA OSPARC 2018 contest. Listen to Bria Snell and Mikayla Sharieff of Banneker High School describe their water filtration system to purify water in school water fountains — called “From H2NO to H2O” — and how they developed it.

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Integrating Purpose in Orgs. – Beth Colleton, Frmr SVP CSO, NBCUniversal and NFL

Integrating Purpose in Orgs. – Beth Colleton, Frmr SVP CSO, NBCUniversal and NFL

“You’ve got to walk the halls and really understand how they run the business, where their pressure points are and what they think their challenges are….walk in their shoes….It’s not what you’re selling, it’s what they’re buying.”

Beth Colleton on Green Connections Radio, “Purpose” is in style right now, but how do you “do” purpose successfully, driving measurable value creation in a large company or organization? How do you create and lead sustainability efforts that make a difference? Listen to Beth Colleton, former SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability at NBCUniversal (and formerly at the NFL) discuss the nuts and bolts of this work with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson.

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Women Changing the Rules – Jennifer Palmieri, fmr Head of Communications, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Campaign & Obama’s White House

Women Changing the Rules – Jennifer Palmieri, fmr Head of Communications, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Campaign & Obama’s White House

“We’re playing by an outdated set of rules.”Jennifer Palmieri on Green Connections Radio. You might expect the Communications Director of the White House and a historic presidential campaign to spew talking points, but not Jennifer. Listen as Jennifer and Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson dig into points she raises in her new book – “Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to Women Who Will Rule the World” – and reveal great new insights and stories that are not in the book.”

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“Seismic Shift” in Financial Power & ESG Metrics – Patsy Doerr, Thomson Reuters, Global Head, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability & Inclusion

“Seismic Shift” in Financial Power & ESG Metrics – Patsy Doerr, Thomson Reuters, Global Head, Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability & Inclusion

“There’s a lot more pressure on companies to reveal their statistics…give us the number…a lot more expectation from employees, from clients, from investors to see that level of granularity.”
Patsy Doerr on Green Connections Radio. How do the bolder positions on social and environmental issues that many companies are taking affect their financial performance? What difference can we as individuals make? Listen to Patsy Doerr, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability and Inclusion at Thomson Reuters and Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s candid, engaging conversation about “tipping point” we are at where social impact meets 70% of financial power. They talk about the impact of transparency and corporate activism on the bottom line and how we can use ESG metrics to find out what the company is really doing. What can we do with that information?

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Fabric Waste to New Fashion – Stephanie Benedetto of Queen of Raw

Fabric Waste to New Fashion – Stephanie Benedetto of Queen of Raw

“If we continue at the current pace of textile production, by 2025, two-thirds of the entire world’s population is going to face shortages of fresh water and be exposed to toxic chemicals from textile dyeing.” Stephanie Benedetto on Green Connections Radio. Look around you. Everything you set your eyes on came from raw materials of some kind. Your clothing, the chair or seat you’re sitting on, the desk you’re sitting at. Natural resources were used to make it anew. What if it was made from materials already in the marketplace instead? Enter today’s guest, Stephanie Benedetto, CEO and Co-Founder of Queen of Raw.  Listen to this fascinating discussion with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson about transforming apparel industry waste into new clothing you see in stores and online.

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Environmental Health Risks & Innovation – Dr. Maria Freire, President, the Foundation of the National Institutes of Health

Environmental Health Risks & Innovation – Dr. Maria Freire, President, the Foundation of the National Institutes of Health

“The potential disastrous health effects” of climate change include an “increase (in the) rates of allergies, asthma, heart disease and cancer, among other illnesses.”The Scientific American, 2017How do we innovate our way through the risks to public health from climate change? Listen to the remarkable Dr. Maria Freire, President of the Foundation of the NIH (National Institutes of Health) with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson to find out!

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Fabric Scraps to Good Use – Jessica Schreiber, Fabscrap

Fabric Scraps to Good Use – Jessica Schreiber, Fabscrap

  The clothing manufacturing process generates about 15 million tons of waste per year, according to the EPA, and 85 percent of apparel we buy ends up in landfill. What can we do about this?   Meet a creative entrepreneur who saw a marketplace gap and formed...

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2018 Energy Trends to Watch – Christa Marshall, Greenwire, E&E News

2018 Energy Trends to Watch – Christa Marshall, Greenwire, E&E News

The Trump administration is unabashedly pro-fossil fuels and anti-clean energy, yet the Energy Dept. has historically invested heavily in clean energy technologies and incentives, including regulations and in trade policies. In addition, many top Energy Dept. roles are still vacant. What’s going on?
What should we watch to find out how we’ll fuel our energy-dependent economy and what companies should prepare for? Listen to top energy reporter Christa Marshall of Greenwire and E & E News share her insights on these issues to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson in this enlightening conversation.

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Making Clothing Sustainable – Karla Magruder, Fabrikology

Making Clothing Sustainable – Karla Magruder, Fabrikology

"Sustainability is so big and it's so hard for apparel companies, just getting into it and understanding what to do." Karla Magruder on Green Connections Radio How do you make fabric from recycled plastic? Listen to this fascinating interview with Karla Magruder, CEO...

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– David, CEO EdgeStudio.com

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Joan Bryna Michelson, MBA is an award-winning business and communications leader, public speaker and host of the acclaimed podcast series, Green Connections Radio™... Read More

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