“Success Is:” by 50 Top HuffPost Bloggers

9 Feb

Huge thanks to Sean Gardner, Emily Thomas, and Marsha McCullough for creating this amazing piece for The Huffington Post.  Everyone mentioned here is impressive individually, and to see them all in one place – and to be among them – is singularly humbling and amazing.  Honored doesn’t even start to cover it.  My appreciation and gratitude for being part of this knows no bounds.

Please share the original article on all your social networks with all your friends and read it on Huffington Post.

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50 Huffington Post bloggers share their secretes to success. By Sean Gardner (@2morrowknight)

No matter who you are, you find yourself thinking about what success is, and, how you can lay the foundation for it — personally and professionally. All three writers on this post see this issue through the same view. We believe that success is ever changing, and evolving. What may be defined as success for one person today can easily change a few weeks or years later. There is no mold or equation for success as it is defined differently for everyone. To achieve it, one should use their strengths and values, while recognizing that obstacles and setbacks are also a part of the process.

To read more, click HERE.

#GoOrange for No Kid Hungry – Help Kids Eat!

14 Sep

Go Orange for No Kid Hungry

Orange is a bold color, and the No Kid Hungry campaign has an equally bold solution for ending childhood hunger in America.

This September, join Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to raise awareness that 1 in 5 children in America face hunger.

GO ORANGE NOW to help!  It’s s easy!

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When you dine out at a participating No Kid Hungry restaurant and support their No Kid Hungry promotion, you help raise funds to end childhood hunger in this country. We need your help on September 16  to spread the word about how you can dine out this month and help make No Kid Hungry a reality. Our supporters are taking to social media to spread the word. We’ve made it as easy as one click to share on Facebook or Twitter:

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The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority. YOU are the biggest part of this.

Through access, education,  and awareness, things are already changing for the better.

Please GIVE a few quick latte’s worth of love to make a massive difference in many children’s lives.  Kids are smiling right now because YOU just made their day!

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It’s So Easy to Help Make Sure There’s No Kid Hungry! Take the Pledge!

2 May

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Guess what today is?  It’s the day you can change an American child’s life in mere seconds!  Take the pledge to be part of Team No Kid Hungry  – #TeamNoKidHungry and @NoKidHungry on Twitter — and become a hero in seconds.  331,000+ Americans are already making the decision to help our kids get the meals they need to succeed.  Let’s drive the number to untold heights and help as many kids as possible!

Millions of kids don’t get enough to eat, but we’re all helping to change that, one pledge at a time.  There are so many little actions, that together, can change the world. If you can make a donation, of course it is most welcome!  And you pledge to help means the world.  Please share your hope and helpful spirit with friends via social media and any way you like to help them take the pledge and help make sure there’s no kid hungry too.

It’s so easy to exponentially increase your help if you tie an event to helping kids!  You can leverage a marathon, bake sale, car wash, or any other event to help feeds kids too.

It’s super-simple to donate once or monthly!

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Thank you!

Tolerance Fair in Cleveland Fosters Compassion and Awareness

10 Mar

Here’s a great, inspiring story from The Plain Dealer.

On Sunday March 10, the Bachman family of Solon is hosting the second Tolerance Fair at the I-X Center to bring awareness and compassion toward differences, like their son Justin’s Tourette Syndrome.  This year, more than 48 charities and 1000 attendees are expected.  The event is inspired by Justin’s less-than-ideal personal experience with people’s lack of understanding about differences.  Ignorance can result in a  lack of tolerance, something Solon’s Bachman family is on a mission to prevent.

“Our original goal was to show people how to become involved as volunteers… We learned that a lot of people were seeking resources to help themselves,” Justin said in the article.

Justin Bachman,  Solon High School sophomore, and inspiration for the Tolerance Fair, March 10  at the I-X Center in Cleveland.  Photo courtesy of The Plain Dealer.

Justin Bachman, Solon High School sophomore, and inspiration for the Tolerance Fair, March 10 at the I-X Center in Cleveland. Photo courtesy of The Plain Dealer.

Admission and parking for the Tolerance Fair are free, and the event will be held from 2-7 p.m. March 10 at the I-X Center.

Read the full article here.

Kyle Maynard, a two-time ESPY sports award winner and a New York Times bestseller author of the book, “No Excuses,” is the Keynote speaker.  Maynard, born a congenital amputee who became a champion in wrestling and in life, will share his inspiring story.

Participants at the event can see what it’s like to have various disabilities by engaging in adaptive sports, like soccer and rugby in a wheelchair.  The Cleveland Sight Center will provide hands-on lessons to aid participants in understanding what it is like to be visually impaired.

Visitors will receive a free resource guide listing the various organizations at the fair with contact information and websites.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase, while book signings and T-shirt sales will go to support Honor Good Deeds.

Learn more and read the original article on Justin Bachman’s story here.

SME Cleveland’s Professional Development Day 2/12/13 – Marketing (w @CharityIdeas)

4 Feb

Exciting!  I’m looking forward to joining the Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland February 12 as a presenter for their Professional Development Day – Marketing.  Learn how to:

  • Fine tune your sales skills

  • Implement social media strategies

  • Develop relationship skills to improve your business

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013 * 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cleveland Downtown -Lakeside
1111 Lakeside Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

R.S.V.P. online at www.smecleveland.com or 216-767-5951

For more details click here.

Speakers presenting:

Bob Sukys
Partner
The Partnering Group

“Using Brand ENRg to Bring Life to your Brand”

Scott Mowery
Cleveland Clinic

Search Engine Optimization

Amy Neumann
cleveland.com

Social Media for Sales and Marketing

Kristy Amy
Smart Business Network

Driving conversation through content

Hope to see you there!  R.S.V.P. online at www.smecleveland.com or 216-767-5951.  Thanks!

Catchafire: Kindle Your Passion To Help Through Pro Bono Volunteering

2 Feb

This piece originally appears in The Huffington Post

Social Good and Technology Devotee; Director SEO/SEM/SMO at Cleveland.com

Social Good Stars: @Catchafire’s Rachael Chong on How Pro-Bono Changes the World – And You

“You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world.” ― Woodrow Wilson

A few years back I was introduced to Catchafire, and it has become a favorite organization. Rachael Chong is Founder & CEO of Catchafire, the nation’s leading online pro bono network that connects talent and purpose. Rachael is a social entrepreneur, visionary leader, and evangelist of all the ways project-based volunteering benefits the world, and the people who do it. Prior to Catchafire, Rachael helped start up BRAC USA by strategically utilizing pro bono talent. From this success, Rachael founded Catchafire in 2009 with a vision to create a more efficient and effective social good sector, and a world where it is commonplace to serve for the greater good.

In 2012, Rachael received the prestigious NYC Venture Fellowship, the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award, and was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business. She also writes a new series about generosity.

Rachael shared her thoughts on pro bono work, and why everyone has the power to help create positive change.
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Rachael Chong, Founder of Catchafire. Photo courtesy of Catchafire
You’ve explained Catchafire as a marketplace for talented people to share skills and passion for good. Can you talk about the goals behind Catchafire?

There are two main priorities. First, to create a more efficient and effective social good sector by leveraging best practices from business and sharing knowledge. Second, to create a movement of socially-conscious leaders who are empowered to be change agents, catalysts for meaningful, impactful change.

What inspired your new Generosity series for Fast Company?

The genesis for the series, which so far has highlighted the 10 Most Generous Social Media Mavens andThe 11 Most Generous Designers, was to show that giving is accessible, a day-to-day way of life that anyone can incorporate. By highlighting how successful people are already turning good intentions into actions, it’s easy to relate to their stories. It’s a humanized way of looking at giving and generosity that is practical and doable.
How does Catchafire work?

It’s skills-based volunteer matching. When someone goes onto Catchafire.org, it’s as easy as connecting your LinkedIn profile (or answering a few quick questions.) Then we work the magic behind the scenes to present opportunities you may be interested in to you through email, for you to peruse at your leisure. It’s along the same lines of Match.com or eHarmony, but for voluntering opportunities you’ll enjoy, based on your experience and skills.

Catchafire is all upside. It helps with professional development, and can leverage secondary skills you have but may not use in your daily job (think not only of business skills you use on the job, but also hobbies like photography, writing, film making, marketing and PR, etc.) It can be very rewarding to use a skill around a passion to do good in the world.

The amount of time and level of involvement is up to you and there are options that can fit into almost any schedule. And pro-bono work can give you experience in leadership, project management, sales, creative thinking, and other important management skills.

Everyone already has skills they can use to create positive change in the world, and no one should feel like they’re not “experienced enough” to try pro-bono work. In fact, it’s a perfect opportunity to create deeper experience, and give back in the process!

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Learn more about Catchafire and how you can get involved in pro bono work. Video courtesy of Catchafire

You can learn more at Catchafire.org, friend them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @Catchafire.

Amy Neumann is a passionate fan of social good and is dedicated to leveraging technology to change the world. Check out her Charity Ideas Blog and follow her on Twitter @CharityIdeas.

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