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How do you tackle a complex problem? With all the help you can get.

By Sue Krey
February 12, 2018 Category: Leadership, Spotlight

Ending homelessness. That sounds like a lofty goal, doesnt it? Its an idea so complex that it doesnt seem like it can be done. However, at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, weve already seen a drastic drop in the number of people experiencing long-term homelessness in our county. In fact, community partners recently announced that long-term homelessness in Cuyahoga County is on pace to end by 2020. How is that possible? For us, the key was recognizing that it couldnt be done alone. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland addresses health, education and housing for vulnerable populations, and we rely heavily on our ability to convene, collaborate and be a voice at the table. We find community connection is just as important to our success as our grantmaking. So when we, along with others in the community, set our sights on ending homelessness in Cuyahoga County, we knew we needed to get strong community partners on the same team we needed collective impact. I know

Building Stronger Connections and Communities - A Call to Action

By Barb Smith
February 12, 2018 Category: Leadership, Spotlight

Networking. How can one word turn my knees to jelly and make my stomach flip flop? The mere sight of the word makes me ill. I hate networking. In my book its right up there with anchovies, cold calling and root canals. Not a fan. However, I do love people. I am always interested in learning more about them, their stories and what makes them tick. My kids will warn their friends before they introduce me with a roll of their eyes, Get ready to be grilled. Or let out a breathless sigh followed by, Oh, Mother Please. when I am in the midst of a particularly good line of questioning. Have you read the book Now Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham or taken its associated test to uncover your strengths? I have had the opportunity to take the test a couple of times in the past couple of decades and one thing has remained consistent- my towering strength is woo which stands for winning others over. Yep, I am the one who makes friends effortlessly, easily strikes up a conversation, and tries

Loving and Leading: Why You Should Bring More Love into the Workplace

By Raquel Eatmon
February 07, 2018 Category: Raquel

To handle yourself, use your head: To handle others use your heart. ~Eleanor Roosevelt We arecelebrating Valentines Day and love is in the air, or at least it should be. I know, it might seem awkward to talk about love and leadership but hear me out. Love, as most of us know it, is an expression we reserve for family (this includes our beloved pets) and friends. We excitedly embrace the warm and fuzzy feelings these people bring. Why cant we stir up warm emotions for our team and clients? Why wouldnt we want them to feel that same kinship for us? There are degrees of love. You can love one person more than others, you can experience romantic love or feel love for humanity- we all have so much love to give. A humanitarian love in the workplace can influence your leadership. It fosters compassion, integrity, empathy and a host of other healthy emotions. When your colleague feel a sense of love from you or a supervisor, she/he is more likely to transport caring feelings to others on the

5 Things I LOVE About Being an Entrepreneur That You Can Do Too

By Elizabeth Brooks
February 07, 2018 Category: Entrepreneurs

After 18 years of big corporate jobs, I took the plunge and became an entrepreneur. I knew life and work would be very different. Now, after 6 months, Ive found there are a few things that I absolutely love about my new work-life mix that I didnt anticipate. In retrospect, most of these things were attainable in my old jobs I just didnt know how much better they make my day. Heres the good news - you dont need to change your job and start your own business to enjoy most of these things. You just need to change your perspective a little. Working from Everywhere Youve probably heard that variety is the spice of life. This is so true for me when it comes to where I physically work. BEFORE: Most of my jobs had me going into the same office every day. Yes, I travelled some. Yes, Id be in and out of meetings in different conference rooms all day. But mostly I was in the same physical space day after day. NOW: Technically, I work from home. I love my office - it has huge windows, my

Communicating Through Our Differences with Intention

By Raquel Eatmon
September 07, 2017 Category: Raquel

Healthcare, DADCA, nuclear war, taxes, hurricanes, flooding, childcare, human trafficking, job stability, aging parents, opioid crisis and the list goes on. Were up against a bolder that doesnt seem to be moving out of the way anytime soon. There are a lot of mixed feelings in our political climate and as it turns out, in some of our social circles and at the dinner tables. The emotions range from fear and anger to bliss and joyfulness. Its a drastic difference. With or without intention, the new administration has deepened the groove in an already divisive country. Were all pointing the finger in blame. Were passionate about our beliefs and values. Some people believe that their view point is the cure-all, be-all. All of it has spread a nasty virus through our tight office spaces, and communities. Some family members havent spoken to one another since the election. Yes, seriously. People are so heavily vested that relationships have soured over the debate. Beyond the blame, beyond

10 Women Discuss Race and Acceptance (and Moving On)

By Raquel Eatmon
February 09, 2017 Category: General

Im not ashamed of who I amnow. But there surely was a time when I lacked confidence in being black. There was a time when being called black or the n-word left a long-standing stain on my esteem and childhood pride. There were many instances stemming from being an 8-year-old at an all-white Catholic school, where the kids called my skin color dirty. Then there were the many times in the classroom where kids lost pencils or markers and I was the one paddled for stealing them only to discover thatthe kids usually found the items later on a bus or in their parents car. Never an apology from school officials. Never. I couldnt identify any other reason for the foul treatment I experienced besides the color of my skin. Then there were the other incidents that alleviated the guesswork. Like the time I was walking on campus at Akron University with a white friend and a car carrying three white boys sped by. One tossed rocks at me while another screamed, Go home you dumb nigger! It hurt, both

Project Heard: Your Voice, Our Forum

By Raquel Eatmon
September 08, 2016 Category: General

Were all trying to get there: professional success and personal happiness. We all want a piece of that pie. Our experiences, backgrounds, societal perceptions, education, etc., all have a way of shaping our belief system and therefore our outcome. One voice doesnt bring resolve to everyone. We need a mixture. Today, you have a mixture. Today we have a forum for every achieving woman. Welcome to the Project Heard community! Im excited that youre here. I hope that you will subscribe, tells friends about us, and help us expand our efforts to women all over the world. Project Heard is an interactive NewsINFLUENCER website that informs and promotes women. Its a digital magazine for achieving women. Multi-stage professionals are checking in to explore, learn, connect, and share valuable information for career advancement and lifestyle awesomeness. I wanted to build a resource that helps women not only chart success but helps us all prioritize our needs and pinpoint next moves in the professional

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