The Beacon: July 2024

The definition of diverse is showing a great deal of variety. “Diverse ability” refers to the range of skills, perspectives, and capabilities that individuals with disabilities bring to the workplace. It emphasizes valuing the unique contributions that individuals with diverse...

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Small Business Longevity: Thriving Through the Years

Running a small business can be both exhilarating and challenging. While many small businesses struggle to survive past their first few years, some manage to thrive for decades. What sets these long-lasting businesses apart? Several key factors contribute to small business longevity.  Building and...

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Why a Skills Based Model is Best

Robyn GrableFounder and CEO of Talents ASCEND In its list of top workplace predictions for 2023, consultancy firm Gartner said “skills-based hiring rather than degree requirements will dominate at successful companies.”  According to McKinsey, “hiring for skills is five times more predictive of...

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The Beacon: May 2024

May is the month of remembrance. This year is especially difficult for me as I’ve had personal family members pass away. One served in the Navy and died by suicide, and one was a long-time caretaker of a Vietnam veteran whose selfless service took her way too soon.​   Memorial Day is...

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The Beacon: April 2024

April showers…..as the saying goes. We are showered with blessings and truly grateful for the two SkillBridge interns who chose to spend their time with Talents ASCEND. Thank you to Tatiana and Rachelle.​ ​ April is also the month to recognize and appreciate volunteers. There are many...

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The Beacon: March 2024

March is Women’s History Month and inspiring/expanding young women in science and engineering. My 14-year-old granddaughter aspires to be an astronaut and go to Mars by way of the Naval Academy or MIT. It is with her future in mind that I am delighted to celebrate Women’s History Month...

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The Beacon: February 2024

February is one of my favorite months. First because it’s my birthday month and second because of “love” day which is what I refer to for Valentine’s Day. Not everyone has a “valentine”, but everyone can have someone to love or someone who loves them. I have so...

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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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