Talk Like a Boss

By Matilde Begliomini | Oct 1, 2019

This past month, we decided to shake things up and host a special workshop instead of our usual bi-monthly Coffee Chat. Our hands-on Talk Like a Boss Presentation Workshop taught participants how to eliminate bad presentation habits, while acquiring new tips and tools to use when speaking in front of others.  On Tuesday, September 17, […]

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Why Color Theory Matters on Social Media

By Natalie O'Grady | Aug 8, 2019

Images are king on social media. The 3.2 billion active users across all platforms are eager for relevant content, and imagery is an essential piece of capturing their attention. 65% of people retain information they saw paired with an image, compared to 10% of people who simply heard a piece of information. Facebook posts with images receive […]

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Our Summer Family Traditions

By Hannah Sewell | Jul 26, 2019

Summer is finally here, and warm weather brings fond memories of family traditions. Below we’ve shared our favorite summer family traditions – including ones that are still going today.  Natalie  For a good chunk of my elementary to high school years, we spent a few weeks every summer visiting my grandma and grandpa in Lake […]

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Coffee Chat Rewind: Living with Pride

By Ann Smith | Jul 19, 2019
Ann with Lianne & Steph Saffer

Thanks to Steph and Lianne Saffer for getting personal at our July “Like a Boss” Coffee Chat focused on Living with Pride. It was an amazing morning talking about the power of love, resiliency and showing up for each other. Here are a few standout moments for our team. For others in the audience, what […]

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What We’re Reading: Interesting and Inspiring Articles

By Savanna Frimoth | Jul 18, 2019

Below we’ve shared some recent articles we read and enjoyed. From strong women in sports, to gardening, outdoor education and memes, there’s something for everyone!  Kris:  How Hydroponic School Gardens Can Cultivate Food Justice, Year-Round This article from NPR’s “The Salt” section showcases the interesting ways some schools are using indoor gardening to teach students about […]

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Firm Updates & Happenings: Mid-Year 2019

By Ann Smith | Jul 17, 2019

Here at A.wordsmith we are feeling great as we roll into the second half of 2019 – and hope the same is true for you! Celebrating a Decade This is a landmark year for the firm as we officially celebrated our tenth anniversary in April. We had a great time celebrating this milestone with many […]

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Coffee Chat Rewind: Women Changing the Conversation

By Ann Smith | May 29, 2019

Thanks to the three amazing women — Heidi Yewman, Janice Levenhagen and Angela Earl — who brought all the feels to last week’s “Like a Boss” Coffee Chat on the topic of Women Changing the Conversation. It was a powerful morning that will undoubtably stick with us for a while. Here is what we are […]

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Happy Mother’s Day

By Gretchen Hoffman | May 10, 2019

We’d like to take a moment to thank all of the moms and mother figures in our lives – you continue to inspire us each and every day. Happy Mother’s Day! Ann Dear Mom, There really aren’t words that accurately sum up just how much I love you.  Even though I’m raising girls of my […]

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You Don’t Need to be a Journalist to Write Well – Tips to Improve Your Writing

By Hannah Sewell | May 1, 2019

In today’s world, we’re writing constantly. Texts, social media, emails – they all involve writing, and you don’t have to be a professional journalist in order to do it well. At A.wordsmith, writing takes up a large portion of our day. Whether we’re authoring a blog, white paper or press release, it’s important that we […]

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Where to Dine Al Fresco in Portland

By Natalie O'Grady | Apr 16, 2019

Summer’s just around the corner in Portland (despite those April showers), and we’re already daydreaming of patio season. Portland has a multitude of al fresco dining options that can be enjoy late spring through fall. It’s not all breweries (though we’re huge fans of those), either. Here’s our recommendations for where to get some sunshine […]

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“Like a Boss” Coffee Chat Rewind: Keeping it Real in Portland

By Ann Smith | Mar 6, 2019

Last Tuesday we had another great “Like a Boss” Coffee Chat, this time focused on all things Portland. Thanks to Ken Boddie, Aaron Ward, Angela Jackson and Andy Nelson for making up our fantastic panel. We discussed everything from the city’s infrastructure and business landscape to the housing crisis and volunteer opportunities. Below are a […]

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Key to Growth: Team Offsites

By Addy Torian | Feb 28, 2019

A couple of times a year, we’ll lock up the office and meet at an offsite location for a full day of reflection, teambuilding and forward-thinking goal setting. These offsites are essential to the firm’s growth and the development of the team – allowing us to take a step back from the day-to-day grind and […]

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