28
Feb

5 Ways To Meaningfully Engage With Black History Beyond Black History Month

As a young African American native West Virginian from Institute (the city), Black Excellence was something I knew because I was living in it. I grew up beside West Virginia State University and was privileged enough to travel the country to other more culturally diverse areas. I noticed, even at a young age, there was something VERY different about how culture was celebrated in other places.
28
Nov

All My Memes Gather Round Her

As West Virginians, we’ve witnessed how our state has been portrayed by the internet and popular media through the years, and we’ve seen how damaging that can be. Luckily, things are looking better now than they have been for us in a long time. Through the use of memes on the internet, people all over...
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24
Apr

Cultivate Community Like A Boss Babe

Everyone has a network around them, but how do we harness that community to empower each other and ourselves? In 2017, I launched Boss Babes WV, a collective-event series promoting social empowerment for self-identified women. One of the goals of Boss Babes is to help women identify and achieve their aspirations, whether they want to...
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23
Mar

The Intersection of Work and Heart ?❤

I’m suspicious of productivity. And I’m obsessed with it. I’m a product of my generation, and for us productivity matters. We live in a world that is outcome-obsessed, driven by metrics and external performance. We look busy, and we’re damned good at it. We eat at our desks and find ourselves checking email right before...
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27
Feb

☀? Ready for spring? ?☀

Gabby Scrofano wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail (AT) to disconnect from the world for a while. She planned it to be a solo trip, a chance to get to know herself better. But her mom, LuAnn Scrofano, was nervous about the idea of Gabby hiking the more than 2,000 miles alone. So just a...
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01
Feb

10,000 Baby Boomers

Access to workforce is consistently the most important factor for companies in deciding where to locate. Therefore, our state’s economy depends on how we respond to these seismic demographic shifts. West Virginia must focus on attracting and retaining the next generation of leaders as older West Virginians, who have earned the right to retire, exit...
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23
Jan

What do 68% of Millennials have in common?

Young people have the potential to play a major role in West Virginia’s entrepreneurial growth as they have the drive and desire to get small businesses off the ground. But in order to harness this generation’s entrepreneurial potential, it’s critical that West Virginia’s policies support and encourage more young people to launch or locate start-up...
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18
Jan

? ? take your wallet to the gym in 2018 ? ?

There are lots of blogs and books out there that attempt to “Teach You How To Be Rich,” but let’s be honest: most of us aren’t in a position to make bookoo amounts of money or start a new business to cash flow an extravagant lifestyle. That’s just not reality. What is possible though, is...
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17
Jan

Every. Single. Day.

Until we reverse this number, West Virginia will continue to see its tax base decline. We cannot afford to ignore our outmigration of young people as they are a key economic driver. In a 21st-century knowledge-based economy, young talent retention, attraction, and advancement now play an even more decisive role in economic success. The 2018...
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05
Oct

More than beers with Bourdain ?

Q: Why does West Virginia need to diversify its economy? And why is agriculture part of the answer? A: We have all heard the grim social and economic statistics for West Virginia. Low workforce participation. High poverty rate. Lack of living wage jobs. The opioid epidemic. These statistics are indicative of an economy in trouble,...
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