Non-Profits/Association Clients

American Staffing Association

Play to Your Staffing Strengths: Staffing companies have a challenge as U.S. businesses face the tightest labor market in 50 years: Finding quality candidates whose skill sets strongly match available positions. But a new study points to ways staffing companies can locate the best fit when talent is scarce. (September-October 2019)

That Staffing Spark: Violeta “Shaya” De Oleo Medina’s story is a tribute to persistence, maintaining a positive attitude, and having a desire to learn and grow, no matter what it takes. De Oleo Medina was named the 2019 National Staffing Employee of the Year by the American Staffing Association. (January-February 2019)

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)

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MCCA: Minority Corporate Counsel Association

The Future of the Legal Profession: 2015-16 (May-June 2016): A look at the winners of the LMJ Scholarship for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. 

Head of the Class Guilford County Schools, focusing on his transition from practicing law to leading the state's third largest school district. 

The Future of the Legal Profession (May-June 2015): Jiali “Keli” Huang dreamed of being an attorney since moving to the United States with her parents at age 8. 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. This series of articles, published over a year, looks at members of the first six classes.

• 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): Thomas L. Sager, former general counsel for DuPont Co., 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. 

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SGIA Journal

The Packaged Deal (January-February 2019): Small printers are embracing packaging as a new market, taking advantage of technological advances that had once threatened to erode the profitability of commercial printers and specialty graphics professionals. The reason: What previously was a “fairly specialized” set of tasks in dealing with folded packaging and corrugated materials has been made easier with the increased sophistication of digital presses. 

Before You Make a Capital Investment (September-October 2018): 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. 

The Green Evolution (July-August 2018): 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. 

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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.

Stage Dad (May 2012 to present): Essays and columns written for the DC Metro Theater Arts website about being the parent of a young stage actor. Essays also are available on the blog on this website.

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.