December 2016 Newsletter

December 2016 Newsletter

Free Teleclass | Broadcasting Happiness: Simple, Proven Strategies to Increase Happiness at Work

Michelle GielanBroadcasting Happiness: Simple, Proven Strategies to Improve Happiness at Work
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
1:00-1:30pm Eastern

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Flash Mob Experience at Financial Security Workshop Demonstrates Need for Education and Resources

Angela Foreshaw-RouseBy Angela Foreshaw-Rouse, Manager, State Operations and Community Outreach, AARP Pennsylvania

What do women want? Information about managing their personal finances, judging from the throng of people who crammed together to attend two workshops led by wealth coach Deborah Owens at the 2016 Pennsylvania Conference for Women. Sponsored by AARP last October, the workshops focused on ways that women can increase wealth and prepare for retirement and appealed to everyone from Baby Boomers to Millennials.

Whether you heard Owens speak or not, these free resources will put you on the path to a comfortable retirement. Read More


Mentorship and Supportive Networks: On Site and On the Mind

From left: Dominique Bonds, Janet Mitrocsak, Shamyune Jones

From left: Dominique Bonds, Janet Mitrocsak, Shamyune Jones

By Deirdre C. Hopkins, Strategic Communications Manager, Pennsylvania Convention Center

The Pennsylvania Conference for Women doesn’t just inspire attendees. It has also inspired the staff members of the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC), which has hosted the Conference for 11 years. Here, reflections about mentoring and supportive networks from several PCC women employees: Read More


Office Holiday Party Tips

Sarah CooperWhat do you get when you take 15 years of working as a user experience designer for companies such as Google and Yahoo and combine them with keen powers of people-watching and a razor-sharp wit? Answer: Sarah Cooper’s book 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: How to Get By Without Even Trying and her blog TheCooperReview.

Of course, it’s those years of toiling away in corporate America that provide the material for Cooper’s satire and make her humor so spot-on and of-the-moment. But during those years, Cooper, like many people, was just earning a living while figuring out how to be paid to pursue her true passion. Read More


Update on Happiness (It’s All Good!)

shawn-achorHappiness is largely a choice. That may sound like magical thinking or like what no-guff grandparents meant when they said to buck up, but it’s actually the finding of a field of scientific study called positive psychology.

“Many people think they can’t be happy right now because of their biochemistry or their job or life situation, but research has shown that we are not just our genes and environment,” says Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness and co-founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research. “We have a different picture of what it is to be human. We can train our brain to become more optimistic and thus happier.” Read More


Carla Harris on How to Lead and Succeed

Carla HarrisWhen Carla Harris first went to Harvard 30-some years ago, she had two beliefs that she ended up adjusting. The first was that Harris, now a vice chairman and managing director at Morgan Stanley, would be a lawyer.

The second: that only her professors would have things to teach her. “I actually learned as much from my classmates, who were from all over the country and the world,” she says. “The many different perspectives opened my eyes to everything, from the Holocaust to the best library to study in.”

No doubt, Harris’s adaptability as well as her growth mindset has helped her compete on Wall Street—and conquer it. Here, the author of Strategize to Win: The New Way to Start Out, Step Up, or Start Over Your Career shares some of the lessons she has learned while climbing the corporate ladder: Read More