Multiplying the value of conference attendance

Attending conferences can cost a large amount of money – I average about $1000 a conference just for hotel, flight, and that doesn’t include the tickets. For this to make sense for your business, you have to know what your ROI is to make sure you’re getting the most out of the experience. So how do you go about multiplying the value of conference attendance? While these suggestions are primarily for those attending business or professional conferences, they really apply to any kind of conference Continue reading →

Stating the Obvious: tips for nailing an interview with a social impact business

We recently went through a hiring process to add some members to our Anna Blanch Rabe & Associates. We were looking for skilled communications professionals who could step into our social impact business and help us make legalese easy to understand, share meaningful stories, and empower those who are building communities. While we ended up with two great candidates we were somewhat surprised and perturbed about some of the behaviors of some of the applicants in the interview stage. Their missteps are your opportunity to Continue reading →

Milspouse Resource and OakTree Network Makes Business Connections Possible

Britni Miltner is a problem solver. Milspouse Resource and specifically the OakTree Network is a response to the problem of military spouse business owners being able to connect with each other and for those who are looking at hiring a service business. OakTree Network provides platform to connect and hire military spouse service business owners Britni founded the Milspouse Resource and OakTree Network because she wanted to provide a place for military spouses to be able to connect and hire each other for local service Continue reading →

Why our CEO is working on a Doctoral degree

Our CEO is working on a doctoral degree in English Language and Literature. Why? To serve you better. Yes, she knows that doctoral degrees don’t always increase financial earning capacity, but she is insatiable about learning how to write more effectively, develop better arguments, and explain complicated ideas to non-specialist audiences. Audiences like your law firm’s clients. She wants to reinforce her education and experience teaching others how to write well. Her pedagogical training and experience teaching/lecturing/working as a teaching assistant at four universities means Continue reading →

Why You should care about Legal Client Education

Let’s face it. I know you’re asking why you as an attorney should care about legal client education. After all, aren’t they paying you because of how much you know? Well, no. They are paying you to add value. Bottom line: most of the time, our clients don’t understand us. In every context where I’ve worked, whether in law, higher education, non-profit or social enterprise and within the military community, general legal literacy was poor. And in the many negotiations, emails, conference calls, deals, everything Continue reading →

How MilKids Ed is fighting for the education of military children

Meg Flanagan and MilKids Ed is a champion and advocate for the education of military children. Changing schools is nothing new for military kids. My own husband attended 12 schools during his early years, and experienced every type of educational environment imaginable – from montessori, to japanese preschool, to coop, to public school, private school, Catholic School, and even homeschooling for two years in highschool. His experience is anything but unique. But that doesn’t mean it’s not hard for many military kids – sometimes, especially Continue reading →

From Attorney to Media Company CEO: Sarah Wilkerson

Sarah Wilkerson forges her own path: Attorney to Media Company CEO Sarah Wilkerson’s story starts out in a way that is all too familiar. Professional military spouse is hindered by the different state licensing rules and looks for a career alternative. Finding something creative she makes a new career for herself. But in the case of Sarah Wilkerson, an attorney who found that practicing law while her active duty husband served in the JAG corps was near impossible, there’s a successful twist, she’s now the Continue reading →