Speaker Articles

Grow Education Budgets and Improve Learning Outcomes Through Energy Efficiency


By PECO Smart Ideas

Schools and universities that upgrade to energy-saving equipment are lowering costs while improving school operations.

Energy often represents the second largest operating expense among educational facilities, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). By reducing energy costs, school districts, charter schools, universities and other private institutions across Greater Philadelphia are finding a sustainable path to keep spending down and budgets stable. Read More

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“My Experiment in Being Early: Conserving and Creating Energy in Life and Work”

Angela SteelBy Angela Steel, Vice President, Clinical Operations-Infectious Diseases, GlaxoSmithKline

As I race from meeting to meeting, both virtually and physically, I like to say, “I’m not Scottish or American. I’m Russian, because I’m always ‘rushing’ around.” That’s my standard line (admittedly pretty bad). I am also often heard saying “Sorry I’m late” or “I need to go,” particularly during 30-minute meetings!  

That is, until earlier this year, when I made a personal commitment to experiment and be early for meetings, events and appointments. I had noticed that being slightly late (which I define as five minutes late) for almost everything, both at work and in other aspects of my life, was having a profound physical and emotional impact. I could feel my heart start to pound as I rushed my family (notably my 10-year-old) out the door in the morning. Running behind him, I was literally sweating, loaded up with laptop, gym bag and my kid’s school bags—and once behind the steering wheel, I was gripping it so tightly my fingers would cramp as I stressed over getting to work with no time to spare.   Read More

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How to Network Effectively in Our Hyper-Connected World

J. Kelly HoeyIf you’re like most people trying to use social media to network, you probably think the number of followers or connections you have matters. But instead of obsessing over breaking 200, 500, 1,000, “you should be paying attention to what’s going on in your network and how you’re connecting with posts, content, likes, retweets and mentions,” says J. Kelly Hoey, a networking expert and author of Build Your Dream Network. “Online or offline, your focus should be adding value to your network.”

In other words, you should “be the person you want to network with and build a vibrant, engaged community from that vantage point,” Hoey adds. That means helping connections in tangible ways such as making referrals and introductions on behalf of people who need them. It also means being open and loud about your situation. “We need to confidently share what it is we’re working on and seeking to get done and provide ways for our network to jump in to help us,” Hoey says.

Here, she recommends five more steps to better networking on social media: Read More

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Stand Out in the Crowd: Experts from QVC and Zulily Share Insights on How to Differentiate Your Brand

Rachel Ungaro, QVC

Featuring Rachel Ungaro, Vice President of Apparel Buying, Design and Global Sourcing, QVC, and Lori Twomey, Chief Merchant, zulily

QVC’s Rachel Ungaro and zulily’s Lori Twomey know a thing or two about discovering new products and brands. On their watch, QVC has launched and fostered the growth of some of today’s most successful brands, many of which were founded by women, including bareMinerals, Spanx, IT Cosmetics and Lori Greiner, while zulily, QVC’s sister company, has worked with 15,000+ beloved and boutique brands. Read More

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Will You Face Downward Mobility When You Retire?

Teresa GhilarducciMany of us picture retirement as a time of ease. By then, the house will be paid off and the nest should be empty. Though there won’t be a paycheck to cover our bills, maintaining our lifestyle will cost less.

The reality, however, is often reduced circumstances. “Our current retirement plans, including 401(k)s and IRAs, have failed,” says Teresa Ghilarducci, economics professor at The New School for Social Research and author of How to Retire with Enough Money and How to Know What Enough Is. “Even the top 10 percent who make more than $100,000 save less than half of what they need.” Read More

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