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4 Tips and Tools to Avoid Procrastinating

As summer winds down and the new school year draws nearer, Fireside Insights wants to share some tools to avoid the inevitable procrastination that happens to everyone. From planning better to banning yourself from checking social media, these tools can help eliminate the distractions and barriers that cause us to put off important tasks.  Continue reading 4 Tips and Tools to Avoid Procrastinating

Job Offers: What to Negotiate Before Signing

The phone rings. You receive a call notifying you that you landed the job of your dreams. While your first instinct may be to scream an immediate “yes”, there are several factors to consider and possibly negotiate to ensure that you will be happy in your new role. Continue reading Job Offers: What to Negotiate Before Signing

3 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

With just over a month of summer left and school on the horizon, it’s a good time to dive deep into a few great books to keep you engaged. I visited my local Boston bookstore and selected three books–two relevant to my career in healthcare and one that’s reminiscent of my family’s immigration experience–and I highly recommend them if you’re searching for the next addition to your library. Continue reading 3 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

Marketing the Right Way: a Fireside Chat with AmaraReps

Amara Omoregie is an entrepreneur and marketing professional-turned-guru. In 2009, after spending years catering to the marketing needs of various companies, she decided to venture off on her own to found amaraREPS. As Chief Marketing Officer to this boutique marketing firm, Omoregie leads initiatives such as business development, strategic planning, and branding for small businesses.

In this Fireside Chat, we learned about what inspired her to make the leap into entrepreneurship and her tips for anyone working in the marketing field. Continue reading Marketing the Right Way: a Fireside Chat with AmaraReps

Why You Should Ask Why

As a young professional, you are fairly new to the workplace and are eager to learn the tricks of the trade in your industry. Take this time in your career to act as a sponge, soaking up all of the knowledge you can and exploring your interests. During this time, your mind is malleable and lots of more seasoned professionals will be around to offer you words of wisdom. Listening is only half the battle, however. In order gain the most out of any interaction, whether it be a seminar, meeting, or casual conversation, it is important to ask “why”. Probe for understanding and you’ll gain more than expected. Here’s why: Continue reading Why You Should Ask Why

Changing the World through Literacy: A Fireside Chat with Michelle Brown, Founder and CEO of CommonLit

Michelle Brown is an educator by training, and an entrepreneur by necessity. Having taught in both low-income and high resource schools, Michelle felt empowered to create a tool to help bridge the gap, so that students had access to a stellar education regardless of their socioeconomic status. A couple of years later, CommonLit was born.

CommonLit is a free tool that offers reading passages, tracking tools, and customized assistance for students in grades 5-12. In this Fireside Chat, we talked to Michelle about how she developed CommonLit and disseminated it to millions of students and teachers across the country. Continue reading Changing the World through Literacy: A Fireside Chat with Michelle Brown, Founder and CEO of CommonLit

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Own Business

According to the Kauffman Index, in 2015, there were 550,000 adults who went from being employees to being entrepreneurs with their own budding businesses. Trends show that 25% of start-ups will fail during their first year, however, this does not have to be the case. Before venturing out into the world of entrepreneurship, there are several factors that you need to take into consideration. While our list is not exhaustive, knowing the answer to these five questions is essential to making any business viable: Continue reading 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Own Business