BUSINESS: Meet Gina and Leslie In the Medical Cannabis Industry

Uncategorized Jan 23, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?  

We believe that the most interesting people have come from difficult lives……it has seasoned and polished them.  And it is that uniqueness that makes them compelling and able to do neat things. And the ‘difficult’ part is different for everyone!  

We believe that people who have worked hard have an appreciation for their success and compassion for others and life in general. 

We work really hard.  As do many people. We want our story to be a love letter and encouragement to other minorities. 

What message does (your company) like to promote?  

We are elated to say that we have three companies now:

  • Greenhouse Wellness—Greenhouse Wellness is a medical cannabis dispensary in Columbia, Maryland and our primary message is “Cannabis is an effective, whole-plant healing option for those looking for relief.” As...
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BUSINESS: Meet Cheryl Throgmorton of Psychological Associates

Uncategorized Jan 16, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

I found a field I was passionate about and that fit my talents at an early age. It was more by accident than by design, but it has worked out well for me. I have been an organization development (OD) and learning professional for coming up on 27 years. The OD values of respect, inclusion, collaboration, authenticity, self-awareness and empowerment fit the way I approach my work and my life. 

I became aware of “exclusion” at an early age. As a little white girl of maybe four or five years old, I asked for a black doll. The reaction I got was, “why would you want that doll?” This fueled a lifelong quest to create an inclusive environment where all voices could be heard, and where I notice who is not in the conversation. I also see the connectedness of things – talents, resources, concepts, energy, etc. Sometimes I may be a quiet observer, especially in group...

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BUSINESS: #Thrive Thursday: Meet Jennifer Doncsecz: Founder of VIP Vacations

Uncategorized Jan 09, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?  

25 years ago, I created VIP Vacations, a full service travel agency.  Over the years, VIP has evolved into becoming one of the top travel companies for honeymoons and destination weddings; having earned hundreds of industry awards.  Utilizing my background in communications, I was able to build a media presence on TV as a travel expert (Fox National News, The Travel Channel, syndicated NBC affiliates) and notable contributing writer for several publications (USA Today, Forbes, Inc, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Cosmo).  VIP has a reputation for providing amazing service, travel guidance, as well as being a valued resource to our clients.   

What message do you promote? 

VIP Vacations creates amazing experiences for our clients through travel.  We promote using an experienced travel advisor in planning vacations as we can reduce stress, save time and...

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LIFESTYLE: Find your WARRIOR at the Yoga Studio

Uncategorized Jan 08, 2020

It’s Tuesday or Wednesday or Friday or Sunday and I’m in one of my very favorite places and spaces. The Yoga Studio at Lifetime Fitness. I hit that door and I know without a shadow of a doubt something is going to happen…change…I will find clarity or hear a message that I need to hear at that exact moment in time.
It happens all the time. In every single yoga class I attend.
Just when I least expect it, the instructor says something amazing that I could have heard a million times before and yet, this time it sinks into my cells. Into my brain. Into my heart. And I never know when it’s going to happen. But it does. Constantly and continuously.
Breathing easier in the yoga studio is a truth for me. I can be turned upside down, challenging myself in a tripod pose or simply flowing and I know I am where I am supposed to be.
It was in THIS yoga studio that I found my Warrior. In those beginning classes during a particularly rough time, I needed Warrior One and...

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LIFESTYLE: Life Lessons We Can Take from Children

Uncategorized Jan 08, 2020

Life Lessons We Can Take from Children

Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, as a responsible adult, it’s your duty to teach children values and information. Essentially like a role model. This undoubtedly sets the child up with a good start in life. This dynamic isn’t viewed both ways however, but what if children can teach us things too?


Playgrounds can be places of intense competition and arguments for a child. The best part about this though is that the children tend to forgive and forget, perhaps quicker than an adult would do so. Often, time spent mulling an argument over internally isn’t a positive approach, as we are focusing on the dispute itself rather than weighing out a solution for it. Whether we feel at odds with a colleague or a loved one, having the ability to process this feeling and forgive rather than carry a grudge can prove extremely beneficial — allowing us to get on with the important things in life.

Being Honest


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BUSINESS: #Thrive Thursday: Meet Michelle Tinsley: Co-Founder & COO of Yellowbird

Uncategorized Jan 02, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?  

I’ve always been someone fueled by challenges.  After my undergrad at University of Oregon (Honors college, dual degree in Marketing and Finance) I started working at Intel Corporation in Oregon as a financial analyst.  My desire to continuously learn and add more to my plate was a great fit with the company culture. In 1996 I decided to pursue an evening MBA so transferred to the Phoenix facility that was ramping at the time.  I completed the MBA in 1999 and decided I wanted to continue to broaden my experience outside the company. I joined the Tempe YMCA BOD and eventually served as Chair. I also in 2001 took an assignment in Copenhagen, Denmark as Controller proxy for an acquisition.  I loved the opportunity to live and work in an international setting- and learned the most in an intensive eight month assignment.  

By 2011 I was ready to move...

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BUSINESS: #Thrive Thursday: Meet Miiko Shaffier, Author, teacher and Mom of 9

Uncategorized Dec 26, 2019

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

I'm a mom of 9 children. When I was pregnant with my ninth, I was on strict bed rest for about five months. During that time, I wanted to find a way to provide something of value, but I had very limited mobility. My husband is a tour guide who does live broadcasts of his beautiful tours of Israel. I realized that, by using technology, I could create something of value while stuck at home. I asked myself what skill I could share with others. I decided to teach the Hebrew alphabet. It’s something I love to do, anyway.

I was pretty nervous about doing a live broadcast (something I’d never done before) teaching Hebrew reading in an original style (something I was creating in real time.) It was a pretty immediate success and Periscope is a really lovely live broadcasting app. I love the medium and I love getting to know the most unexpected people from around the world.

My book “Learn...

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LEADERSHIP: #ThriveThursday: Meet Donna Wojcik, Artist, CEO and Entrepreneur

Uncategorized Dec 19, 2019

Meet Donna Wojcik, Artist, CEO and Entrepreneur

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

I don’t know about awesome - some awe maybe. We all have a unique, long story - especially if we have been working for years and years. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity throughout the years to be creative in every aspect of my life. I have a very positive spirit and believe that it is important to share this spirit as often as possible, with everyone I have the honor of meeting. 

My story is your story, and every woman's story. We learn the hard way, we fight for what we need to, we love and show and share this as much as can. We succeed and we fail. We are real and significant. I don’t know that we ever give ourselves as much credit as we should, that is why we need each other. What is really awesome is that we are all in it together - and this understanding helps us muster the strength and fortitude that we all possess...

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BUSINESS: 5 Ways to Address Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Uncategorized Dec 13, 2019

5 Ways to Address Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

By Esme Oliver

Ever since I graduated from college, I have worked in high-pressure environments with a lot of powerful men.  The vast majority of men who I interacted with on a daily basis were my superiors. I have worked in Congress, law firms, a Fortune 100 company and a startup throughout my career. As different as each job sounds, I had one thing in common at all of them. I was at the receiving end of sexual harassment at each job.


Believe it or not, I can say that I have been sexually harassed at almost every job I have ever had. However, in the wake of the #metoo movement, this fact probably won't surprise you or anyone else.  Although I was young and naive when a lot of this happened, upon the precipice of 40, I did eventually work up the courage to file a lawsuit against my harasser -- and I won. This was a daunting undertaking, but I realized it was something I personally needed to do. Quite simply, it...

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LEADERSHIP: #Thrive Thursday Meet Megan Redzia, Executive VP, Partner, Mother, Wife & Powerhouse!

Uncategorized Dec 12, 2019

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

I am the Executive Vice President & Partner of 3E Public Relations – a public relations, social media and content marketing agency based in New Jersey, where I was born and raised. I grew up with a passion for creative writing that my parents encouraged by reading and critiquing my poems and short stories and submitting them for writing contests. In high school, I served on the editorial staff of our student newspaper and developed an interest in journalism. With my eyes on a career writing for a major newspaper or national magazine, I headed to Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT as a journalism major. During my sophomore year, I registered for a PR 101 course – a mandatory prerequisite for all communications majors. My professor had worked for numerous agencies throughout her career and had a passion for the field that was infectious. She motivated me to take more public relations...

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