The Beacon: January 2024

January is the month of new. A new year and people making new resolutions, deciding to make new changes to hopefully better their lives. The sad news is that only 9% of people will actually keep their resolutions for the entire year. Why are we so resistant to change? Humans are creatures of...

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The Beacon: December 2023

December is a month of many things. Religious holidays, the remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor, National Fruitcake Month and National Read a New Book Month. Universal Human Rights Month. The end of a past year and the wish for the new year to be merry and bright.​ ​ A time to reflect and a...

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The Beacon: November 2023

November is National Military Family Month. Since its declaration in 1996, this special month has served as a reminder of the challenges that military families face every day. It wasn’t until many years after I served in the Navy and stationed in Keflavik, Iceland for two years, did I...

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The Beacon: October 2023

October 30 – November 3 is National Veteran Owned Business Week. Did you know that there are two million veteran owned businesses in the US. Those businesses employ over five million Americans and represent $1.3 trillion in sales. ​ Veterans are 45% more likely to start a business and Veteran...

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The Beacon: September 2023

It’s National Self-Care Awareness Month. That could mean different things to different people. Whatever it means to you, give yourself permission to do self-care this month and build a self-care habit to make it a routine.  The best self-care practice is the one that makes YOU feel best. A...

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The Beacon: August 2023

August is back to school for many across the United States. It’s a great time to talk about my favorite subject: Skills! ​ ​ According to a study by McKinsey, 65% of people who left their jobs between 2020 and 2022 did not return to the industry they left. 48% went to another industry. They...

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The Beacon: July 2023

July is the month of Freedom. Our nation’s freedom and celebrating our independence at the forefront of our minds when July rolls around. Other freedoms are celebrated this month as well. With our mission here at Talents ASCEND, to be the beacon of talent diversity, equity and inclusion, we...

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The Beacon: June 2023

June is Safety Month. Saying the word safety can bring up many different feelings. Being military, I think of our national security when I say safety. I see our brave women and men (military and first responders) standing on that “wall” and keeping us safe. Being a mom and Mimi to five...

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The Beacon: April 2023

Work Life Balance: A Benefit for Employers and Employees By Nila Thompson We have all heard the term work life balance, but how are we really incorporating it into our day-to-day operations? Why is it even important? New research has proven that having a balanced business and personal life can...

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The Beacon: March 2023

According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), there are approximately 2.5 million Veteran Owned Businesses in the United States, which represent nearly 10% of all businesses. These businesses generate more than $1 trillion in annual revenue and employ over 5 million workers. Furthermore,...

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