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Professional Development

Baker or Lawyer?

Natalia Martinez | Posted 07.30.2015 | Women
Natalia Martinez

First, the purpose of a personal brand is to position you mindfully in a context that is relevant for your vision, not just differentiate you and go on a lunch break. Differentiation can sometimes be easy, but marrying differentiation and positioning takes a lot of conscious and strategic effort over time.

What Does the Research Say on Professional Development, Anyway?

TNTP | Posted 07.28.2015 | Education
TNTP

We know that by consistently helping teachers reach their full potential in the classroom, we could put millions of students on the path to success. And as we shared previously, conventional wisdom is that we all already know how to help teachers improve. But do we really?

Getting Started in UX -- 5 NYC Pros Share Their Stories

Iva Turgut | Posted 07.23.2015 | Business
Iva Turgut

I have learned the most by collaborating and talking to other fellow UX professionals. So I invited some friends and great people I've met in the NYC UX community to share their story and a piece of advice that would help others get started and accelerate their careers.

A Little Music Theory for Your Management

Margaret Ruvoldt | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business
Margaret Ruvoldt

Teams will be as versatile and adaptable as their leadership. In some cases, strong and specific direction is called for -- allowing each person to expertly play their part while following within narrow scope and under well-timed guidance might be the best course.

Gender Transitions in the Workplace Require the Transition of Employment Policies Too

Ellevate | Posted 07.16.2015 | Business
Ellevate

Employers work hard to comply with the law and treat their employees fairly and with respect. Not all employers, however, know how to respectfully and lawfully treat transgender individuals.

To Pluto and Beyond

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 07.16.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

We are a hugely wealthy country, and we can afford to go to Pluto and to educate our children to a much higher standard than we do. In fact, the way we became a hugely wealthy country, and the only way we can maintain our wealth into the future, is by investing in education, science, technology and invention.

Make Your Feedback Personal

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 07.07.2015 | Business
Naphtali Hoff

I remember once sitting around the table with my faculty advisory committee. The committee consisted of four teachers from different grade levels and disciplines within the school and was designed to offer me feedback on various programs and change initiatives as well as be my ears on the ground.

Navigating Transition

Austin Schneider | Posted 07.07.2015 | Business
Austin Schneider

To my fellow workers, learners, Millennials and explorers...it is a pleasure to share the road less traveled with you. Others take the lit and comfortable path. We prefer the cold, dark passageways that offer remarkable experiences.

6 Tips to Boost Your Career

Tamesha Keel | Posted 07.07.2015 | College
Tamesha Keel

Before beginning your job search, it's important for you to change your perspective. Job searching is more than just finding a "job;" it's finding the right opportunity to broaden your experience and cultivate the necessary skills to propel you further in your career.

For Leaders, Perception Is Reality

Julie Cohen, PCC | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Julie Cohen, PCC

Leaders are regularly faced with difficult questions. Often, it's not your answer to those questions, but your delivery that has the most influence on how you are perceived and the impact of your response.

4 Ways to Have an Open Relationship With Success and End Professional Jealousy for Good

Kate McCombs | Posted 06.18.2015 | Women
Kate McCombs

I recognize that it isn't always easy to subvert jealousy. The green-eyed monster can rear its ugly head at the most inconvenient of times. But by continually choosing to challenge that pesky voice, I've learned several strategies that help me nurture the kinds of professional relationships that bring me more joy (and, incidentally, more success).

8 Tips to Help Grow Your Professional Network

Jonathan Long | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Jonathan Long

Establishing a strong professional network can benefit your business several ways, from receiving feedback by bouncing ideas off successful entrepreneurs and business owners to opening doors that were once closed -- building your professional network should be something you are always working on.

Argue Like You're Right, Listen Like You're Wrong

Margaret Ruvoldt | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Margaret Ruvoldt

If you want to continue to be relevant and innovative, you must be open to new ideas and to voices that improve what you already hold to be true.

How to Use the Summer to Jumpstart Your Legal Career

Tamesha Keel | Posted 06.08.2015 | Education
Tamesha Keel

Summer is the elusive time in between semesters when students take a break from law school, but continue to work hard as students of the law. Very quickly, they learn that summers may not be quite as glamorous and relaxing as portrayed.

Mentor Others for Your Own Professional Development

Margaret Ruvoldt | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
Margaret Ruvoldt

Whether through a formal company initiative or through informal organic relationships, many leaders find themselves asked to make time in their busy schedules for mentoring.

Gaining Job Experience: 101

Chrissy Scaffidi-Williams | Posted 05.15.2015 | College
Chrissy Scaffidi-Williams

Experience is something you need when applying for a job, but how does one gain experience when no one will hire them because they don't have experience? It is weird, right? I have found that you can spin any opportunity into something that can help you nail down a job.

Endings with magical beginnings: From corporate to entrepreneurship

Bisila Bokoko | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Bisila Bokoko

As 2015 marks my 15th year anniversary in business, allow me to share with you the main highlight of my career: transitioning from corporate to entrepreneur. What a jump!

Real Models, not Role Models and Why I Needed Sally Field

Margaret Ruvoldt | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Margaret Ruvoldt

A personal hero of mine for many years has been Sally Field. I was thrilled to hear her speak at the conference and have the opportunity to meet her.

Teachers in Search of Good Research

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

The phrase "research says" has been so misused that many teachers cringe when they hear the words. That isn't because helpful research doesn't exist; it's because teachers have been exposed to a lot of bad advice and instruction claiming to be "research-based," often in professional-development sessions organized by their principals and superintendents.

How to Be an Indispensable Force in the Workplace

Val Matta | Posted 05.05.2015 | Business
Val Matta

While dropping your search for a fulfilling career just to get "any job" may not be the best advice for every job seeker, Rowe's advice to "become indispensable" is something we should all strive for, as we grow as professionals.

Why Women Need To Learn How To Negotiate

Jackie Harder | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Jackie Harder

In the workplace, we feel if we talk about our accomplishments, it will come across as bragging. And too many of us believe that if we just work hard, we will be recognized and rewarded appropriately. Don't believe everything you think.

Hindsight is 20/20: The Leadership Edition

Sara Canaday | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Sara Canaday

I believe this leadership evolution is admirable, and companies that apply these updated strategies are reaping the benefits. When leaders are groomed with this richer set of leadership competencies, the organizations experience a significant increase in a number of key areas.

To Meet New Student Standards, We Must Support and Empower Teachers

Ellen Moir | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Ellen Moir

We have at our doorstep, a once in a century opportunity for education in America. Almost every state in America is introducing higher, more rigorous standards for all students.

Does Meerkating Count as Networking?

Vivy Chao | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Vivy Chao

Have you ever thought about how the act of networking is actually quite unnatural? Think about it. A person needs to attend an event, with or without knowing other attendees, and act like it is normal to walk up to complete strangers, shake hands with them, and then begin conversing.

Teacher Nourished, Not Teacher Proof

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 06.15.2015 | Education
Christine Nasserghodsi

Who do we need to be to unlock children's potential? Some say good teachers are born, not made. Others believe in the power of teacher training to cultivate an effective teaching workforce.