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American Staffing Association
Navigating a Candidate-Driven Market: A strong U.S. economy combined with a tough hiring environment has resulted in prolonged job vacancies—which can be very good news for staffing companies that have the right recruiting strategies in place. Written for the American Staffing Association’s magazine. (September-October 2018)
Agility Supporting Growth: For small and mid-size staffing companies, focusing on generating revenue is critical to success. Some are finding that outsourcing their “back end” office operations is the way to go. (July-August 2018)
Supporting Staffing Success: For small and midsize staffing companies that work with large numbers of temporary and contract employees, contracting with an outside provider to provide backend support ensures payroll is accurate, on time, and in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. (July-August 2017)
The Other Kind of Business Intelligence: Published in ASA’s bimonthly magazine, Staffing Success, this cover story looks at how the staffing industry is working to provide the best professional development opportunities for its employees, as well as the effect these efforts are having. (May-June 2015)
MCCA: Minority Corporate Counsel Association
The Future of the Legal Profession: 2015-16 (May-June 2016): For much of the past year, I have profiled winners of the LMJ Scholarship for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. This issue, “The Future of the Legal Profession: 2015-16,” focuses on this year’s class.
Head of the Class: Written for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, this profile of Guilford County Schools Superintendent Maurice "Mo" Green looks at his transition from practicing law to leading North Carolina's third largest school district. (August 2015)
The Future of the Legal Profession (May-June 2015): Jiali “Keli” Huang has dreamed of being an attorney since she moved to the United States with her parents at the age of eight. But her path to law school was fraught with family obligations and financial roadblocks that would have deterred all but the most determined individuals. Thanks to the LMJ Scholarship program, Huang has a financial head start to make her dream a reality.
Where Are They Now? Since 2005, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association has awarded deserving law school students with serious financial needs up to $30,000 in aid through the LMJ Scholarship. Over 12 issues of MCCA's magazine, Diversity & The Bar, I profiled members of the first six classes and wrote a "Where Are They Now?" sidebar for the rest.
• 2005: Patricia Astorga of New York City (November-December 2015)
• 2006: David Lewis of Chicago (January-February 2016)
• 2007: Will Nevin of Birmingham, Ala. (March-April 2016)
• 2008: Carly Bad Heart Bull of St. Paul, Minn. (July-August 2016)
• 2009: Nila Bala of Baltimore, Md. (September-October 2016)
• 2010: Atticus Lee of Houston, Texas (November-December 2016)
A Career Built By Opening Doors for Others (January-February 2015): A profile of Thomas L. Sager, former general counsel for DuPont Co., is featured in the January-February issue of Diversity & the Bar, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's magazine. Sager helped develop the DuPont Legal Model, an industry benchmark and process for law firms to promote diverse and inclusive cultures while redefining how they measure success.
Before You Make a Capital Investment: More and more small and midsize commercial graphics and printing companies are expanding, thanks to new, business-favorable tax laws and a steady economy, as this story in the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association magazine notes. With three out of four small businesses planning to invest in technology, equipment upgrades and hiring staff, here are some things to watch. (September-October 2018)
The Green Evolution: Concerns over costs and quality control have prevented printing on recycled plastics from taking hold on a widespread basis. But it is likely coming, thanks to the rapid evolution of digital technologies and retailer demand. For now, companies need to know the issues associated with printing on recycled materials and start educating their clients about the drawbacks and long-term potential of doing so. (July-August 2018)
Other Columns and Essays
Association Publishing: Can Print Survive? (January 2015): A column published on LinkedIn and by Association Trends that examines the future of print in the nonprofit publishing world.
Print: The New Vinyl (January 2015): A column published on LinkedIn and by Association Trends on print journalism and how it compares to the rebounding vinyl record industry.
(It’s Just Like) Starting Over (October 2014): A column published on LinkedIn about the challenges of freelancing while looking for a fulltime position.
Raising a Child With Bipolar Disorder (May 2009): An essay published in Exceptional Parent magazine about the challenges of raising our then 11-year-old daughter.