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Decide & Conquer – David Siegel

(May 23, 2022) As business books go, this is a standout. The personality of the author David Siegel shines through and it’s an enjoyable read. He’s had an interesting career and writing this book is meant to be a gift to others. Even before I read his “Gratitude” in lieu of Acknowledgements at the end…

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Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce

 (Oct 13, 2021) Catherine Read talks with Jennifer Rose, Executive Director of the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce (CFCC), which is based in Fairfax City, VA. The Chamber provides support through programming, events, education, professional networks, and community involvement. The CFCC was founded in 1958 and Jennifer has been the Executive Director since 2018….

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Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia with Laurie MacNamara

(June 17, 2019) Catherine Read speaks with Laurie MacNamara, the first female President of the Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia. (DemBiz).  Their wide-ranging discussion covers everything from the purpose of the council, to the programming and policy components of the organization. MacNamara is the first female to head the DemBiz Council in its sixteen…

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Ellen Graham – Cameron’s Coffee and Chocolates – Every1CanWork

(July 11, 2018) Catherine Read sits down with Ellen Graham of Every1 Can Work and Cameron’s Coffee and Chocolates. Every1 Can Work is a non-profit dedicated to providing permanent employment opportunities for young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Over 84% of young adults with cognitive disabilities are unemployed, but not unemployable. Graham and her…


Non Obvious 2018 – Rohit Bhargava

(March 2018) A trend is a unique curated observation of the accelerating present. The future belongs to those who can learn to use their powers of observation to see the connections between industries, ideas, and behaviors and curate them into a deeper understanding of the world around us. Preparing for the future starts with filtering…

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Empowered Women International

(Feb. 28, 2018) Catherine Read interviews Sarah Bodley, Associate Director of Empowered Women International to talk about their organization that helps minority women in the United States start and grow their own businesses. Founded 16 years ago by an immigrant woman, they empower women in the Greater DC Metro area facing economic and social challenges,…

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OAR Fairfax Breaking the Cycle of Crime – Inside Scoop

(March 20, 2017) Catherine Read talks with Derwin Overton of OAR Fairfax. OAR was founded in 1971 as a national organization which later became more localized with smaller non-profits embedded into communities across the country to better serve those who are released from incarceration. Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources is the core value of this organization…

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Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future

(Feb. 2017) I will never hear the phrase “jobs and the economy” again without thinking of this book. The steady advancement of technology into every aspect of our lives is slowly replacing much of our current labor force. There is no politician, no public policy, no regulatory voodoo or tax magic that is going “bring…

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A More Beautiful Question – Warren Berger

“Organizations gravitate toward the questions they ask.” And that applies to countries, communities, families and individuals. We all live in the world our questions create. This is according to David Cooperrider, PhD, a professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Case Western Reserve University. I loved every aspect of this book. Author Warren Berger has done deep…

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