Sep 20 2014
by Denny |
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It’s no secret that the Women to Watch issue is my favorite every year. I love getting to learn about the many women in our  community doing amazingly positive things professionally. It is incredibly inspiring to hear the stories of our winners every year and to meet them all in person at our annual Women to Watch event. This year will be even more magical as we are also including the women that were honored in past years. As you read through this issue prepare to be inspired...

Sep 15 2014
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On June 14, 1919, the 19th Amendment was passed by Congress. It had been a long-fought battle for women to earn the right to vote. However, despite the progress that has been made, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women released a report on March 11, 2014 that asserted there was still a glass ceiling for women in the political arena. According to the report, as of January 2014, the United States placed 83rd in the world for women in national...

Sep 10 2014
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WBOA Events For September WBOA After 5: Networking Secrets from an Ex-Wallflower September 4 at 5:30pm, ex-wallflower turned self-employed Business Coach, Val Nelson, will share her secrets for making networking easier and more effective. Her secrets work for both introverts and extroverts. Networking is NOT about the gift of gab. No fakeness required either! She’ll lead an interactive program about handling networking with ease, at events and beyond. She’ll also structure...

Sep 09 2014
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Comments Off on Is it Finally Time to Sell your House? What Upgrades Should you Make?

That’s the question on homeowners’ minds as house prices just posted their largest annual gain since 2005 — congrats to those no longer “underwater” on their mortgages — even as interest rates remain tantalizingly low. But here’s the catch: Those same higher prices can make buyers as choosy as a Michelin restaurant reviewer. “A house with a $1,600 mortgage payment last year now has a $2,000 mortgage payment,” one broker told the Wall Street Journal. “Buyers...

Sep 09 2014
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Taking over a parent’s finances is not an easy task. As an adult offspring, it is difficult and awkward to take care of someone who once took care of you. Women tend to outlive their husbands – usually we become caretakers for our mom. It is an emotional time for both parent and child. Knowing when to step in is different for every person, every situation and for every parent. Sometimes we are suddenly thrust into the role of financial caretaker and for others it is a...

Sep 09 2014
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Disappointment is inevitable for leaders. At times your people will disappoint you, and there will also be instances where you disappoint others. So the fact that disappointment occurs isn’t the challenge. The real issue to address is how you respond to the disappointment. Unfortunately, far too many leaders react to disappointment with anger and punishment. You’ve likely seen the scenario. An employee loses a key client, misses an important deadline, or does any number of...

Sep 09 2014
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Teens and texting are a familiar pair but it can also be a dangerous combination behind the wheel. A move from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office is intended to help prevent distracted driving. Fingers typing, eyes averted from the road: for too many teens by the time they look up it’s too late. Now parents have a tool to help reduce risky driving. The teen driver safety program from Esurance was approved for policy holders in New York by Cuomo. Check to see if it is approved in your...

Sep 09 2014
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1. Tone down the enthusiasm. Salespeople love to show their enthusiasm to prospects about their product or service. The problem is that every salesperson uses the same fake enthusiasm, and prospects are on to this gig. It’s time to par back on the histrionics and simply be real and sincere. 2. Stop trying to persuade. All of your competitors are out right now trying to persuade their prospects to buy from them. Persuasion is a very old-school strategy in selling, and it simply...

Sep 09 2014
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Did you know that gum disease is contagious? If you have it, your spouse is more likely to have it. If your parents had it, you are at risk. Even your children can get and carry those germs. How do you know you have it? It is painless! You might have bleeding gums, bad breath, loosening teeth, or NOT! The only way to know for sure is to have X-rays taken to determine any bone loss and a clinical exam by a dentist that includes measurements of your gums around every tooth. So...

Sep 09 2014
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Comments Off on Keeping It Local: MA and CT Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

 October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”, and the pink seen across our region draws attention to what is still one of the most significant health challenges women face. Right here in New England, it is an unfortunate reality that breast cancer continues to strike too close to home. This is what drives Anne Morris, Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts and Connecticut Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, her passionate leadership team, and the many dedicated...

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