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Professional Development

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 05.19.2015 | 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 04.29.2015 | 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 04.23.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.17.2015 | 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.

Professional Mentorship -- A Double Edge Sword

Lisa Marie Jenkins | Posted 04.17.2015 | Business
Lisa Marie Jenkins

Find someone that guides you into self-inquiry, so you may hear your own intuition and wisdom. We all have it, we just all haven't been taught how to tune in and trust it!

What Are the Five Best Practices for Tweeting From Conferences?

Mona Shattell | Posted 04.15.2015 | Technology
Mona Shattell

Dr. McLemore's good friend and colleague, Steph Herold, Deputy Director for The Sea Change Program developed a set of best practices for use of social media at professional meetings and conferences.

Top 10 Trending Legal Careers

Tamesha Keel | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Tamesha Keel

For several years, one of the biggest shifts in the legal job market is the steady demand for specialized expertise. The career potential is high for skilled talent with industry or practice-area specialization. Both employers and clients are looking for efficiencies and value found in subject matter experts.

8 Things Young Female Professionals Are Sick To Death Of Hearing

Cecily Trowbridge | Posted 04.13.2015 | Women
Cecily Trowbridge

I should not have to work twice as hard as any male or elder in my position would in order to prove my worth. I should not feel the desperate need to grapple for job stability because I happen to have a '90s birthday and breasts.

No Fear Presentations: A Guide to Public Speaking

Austin Schneider | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Austin Schneider

I will defy most on one topic...public speaking. I love it. It is an interesting thrill to be able to present to a group of people, and a sign of great respect for you. It means people are there to hear what you have to say, and that they want to learn from you.

Despite the Rhetoric, Teachers and Students Are Succeeding

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.02.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Teachers are demonized as "failures" in the classroom. Fortunately for all of us, more and more are banding together as agents for justice by believing in the inherent capacity of all students, and seeking strategies and instructional pathways to improve student performance through professional development and collaborative learning.

How to Become the George Clooney of Your Office

Jack Stahlmann | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business
Jack Stahlmann

What is this "it" thing that some people just seem to have? It's easy to say looks and talent, but "it" is more than that.

The PDP Farce -- Wink, Wink, Nod, Nod

D. A. Russell | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
D. A. Russell

PDPs - Professional Development Plans (usually referred to as Professional Development Points by teachers) - are the primary means of giving teachers needed training during their careers.

The Importance of Meeting You

Daniel Horgan | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Daniel Horgan

When we are honest with ourselves, we find the direction that we are searching for in life. By accepting who we are, we gain the confidence to take the first step in that direction. And by embracing who we are, we build more authentic relationships and drive deeper impact.

How to Be Unforgettable in Your Job Search (Or Get a Celebrity to Go to Your Prom)

Maureen Hannan | Posted 05.17.2015 | College
Maureen Hannan

Racking your brain for ways to get the attention of a hero in your field? Desperate to get your resume past a vigilant gatekeeper? Hoping to get published? Try creating an irresistible story through social media--and then enlist some help from your friends.

The Toxic Boss Syndrome

Marion Chamberlain | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Marion Chamberlain

How many of us can relate to the movie Office Space and the infamous boss Bill Lumbergh? Most people would say that they can easily point to a boss that they currently have or have had who could have served as a role model for the movie character.

How to Make It In America

Luna Atamian | Posted 05.12.2015 | College
Luna Atamian

Eventually I found my feet, started working on my practical skills and basically realized that opportunities were not going magically appear. I needed to create them for myself. Here are some things I learned along the way that I think are vital parts of any practical skillset when job-hunting.

The Value of Mentoring

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

Someone once said that the great thing about golf is that you get immediate feedback after every shot. For some of us, the feedback is brutal and routinely includes the words "slice" and "hook."

Life Lessons From 3 Insightful Song Lyrics

Austin Schneider | Posted 05.10.2015 | Business
Austin Schneider

I loved the response I got from one of my past articles on business lessons from 3 of my favorite movies. I thought I would go to the same space, but move to another corner. Song lyrics.

Players Gonna Play: How to Handle Professional or Business-Related Criticism Like a Pro

Victoria Olubi | Posted 05.09.2015 | Small Business
Victoria Olubi

It's true that even the most thick-skinned of individuals wince when criticized and struggle to cope with the blow to the ego that it causes. Whilst criticism of any sort is never fun, there are ways to lessen its impact. Here are four highly effective rules that make criticism hurt a bit less.