Relationship Advice 101

By Ann Smith | Jun 9, 2022

The topic of relationships is prevalent in our house these days. Having teenagers brings the power of human connection front and center. Whether it’s highs and lows with friends, experiencing first loves or seeking to find common ground with parents, teens are on one hell of a relationship rollercoaster. And while it can be daunting […]

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What in the World is Happening on LinkedIn?

By Ann Smith | Feb 28, 2022

Let me start by saying that I love me some good LinkedIn time. While my husband is burning the midnight oil on TikTok I’m over there scrolling through people’s professional posts on LinkedIn. That being said, what in the world is happening on this platform right now?  I always think of LinkedIn as the professional […]

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Taking Out a New Lease (Literally) On Business Life

By Ann Smith | Oct 18, 2021

When I sent the email to our team in the early morning of March 13 of 2020 letting them know that we’d be closing our office for the next 2 weeks, given the suddenly growing concern about COVID-19, I couldn’t have imagined that we’d never return.  What transpired over the next 19 months is hard […]

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One Year Later: Flashing Back to March 2020

By Ann Smith | Mar 5, 2021

March is my favorite month. It starts off with a flurry of birthdays in my family, then a Guinness and shepherd’s pie at Kells on St. Patrick’s Day and with any luck some time away in the sunshine over spring break. But March now holds another place in history: the month COVID-19 changed our lives […]

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Wordsmithing for Impact

By Ann Smith | Feb 10, 2021

As I sat awestruck listening to the poetry flow out of Amanda Gorman’s mouth at the presidential inauguration on January 20, I had one thought coursing through my mind: words matter. She was brilliantly captivating, and when I went to her website I had never been prouder to be aligned with a fellow self-proclaimed “wordsmith.”  When I […]

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We are Grateful

By Ann Smith | Nov 25, 2020

In a year filled with challenges, we are humbled by all we have to be grateful for this season. To our clients, partners, colleagues, friends and families, our team sends our heartfelt love and thanks. “This year I’m deeply thankful for kindness, common sense and the strength to keep showing up.” “This year, more than ever, […]

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A.wordsmith in August

By Ann Smith | Aug 16, 2020

I had the best of intentions to write this communication in July. Alas, like much of the past five months, the days and weeks seem to inexplicably pass by and before I know it, another month has arrived and now it’s mid-August! No one could have predicted this is how we’d be spending our spring, […]

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Readying for a Comeback

By Ann Smith | May 26, 2020

This morning I was scrolling through LinkedIn and came to a new post from advertising agency Wieden & Kennedy. They had shared their newest collaboration with Nike – a 90-second spot that transcends advertising and struck me right in the gut. A message of resilience and hope – of comebacks.  Sport is big in our […]

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Welcome to May

By Ann Smith | May 1, 2020

Hello partners and friends – I hope this finds you all safe and well. While the last two weeks of March felt like an eternity, April has gone surprisingly fast. I am not sure if that’s a sign of adapting to this new unique normal, the reality of homeschooling teenagers, finding a virtual work cadence or […]

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Coffee Chat Rewind: Going Forward with Intention

By Ann Smith | Feb 27, 2020

On Thursday, February 20 we kicked off our 2020 “Like a Boss” Coffee Chats with the topic of Being Intentional. This theme rose to the top for me after hearing so many people talk about slowing down, doing less and focusing more in 2020. Thanks to our amazing panelists, Natalie O’Grady, Jamie Opra and Mark […]

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“Like a Boss” Coffee Chat Rewind: Use Your Voice!

By Ann Smith | Nov 21, 2019

We held our last “Like a Boss” Coffee Chat of 2019 on Tuesday and it certainly didn’t disappoint. November marks exactly two years since we held the first of these events and it’s been completely energizing to watch the momentum around them grow. Thanks to all of the panelists who have shared their stories and opinions […]

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A Haunted Walk Down Memory Lane

By Ann Smith | Oct 30, 2019

Ghosts, princesses and witches, oh my. ‘Tis the season for playing dress-up and eating too much cheap candy. Our team is reliving some of our favorite Halloween memories and wishing everyone a safe, fun (and warm!) night with your favorite goblins.  Gretchen Favorite Halloween tradition: Multiple pumpkin patch visitsBest costume: Ghostbuster (with Stay Puft Marshmallow Man sidekick)Least favorite […]

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