Intentional Culture: An Interview with Alyse Makarewicz, AIA

Alyse Makarewicz, AIA, is President of AMB Architects, a bootstrapped Commercial Interior Architecture consulting and design firm with nine employees. She is also a contributing author to the book Phenomenal Success Stories, released earlier this year. Alyse’s company has been named the Best Small Business to Work for in Houston, Texas, for the last four… Read More

Teach your Core Values During New Employee Onboarding

The creation and documentation of company core values is a prerequisite to building a strong workplace culture. Core values are the rule book, the set of standards by which an organization makes its decisions.  Without core values, the culture is rudderless.  It’s how companies end up with “culture by default” instead of a “culture by… Read More

Hiring and Managing Nonprofit Teams with Blair Brettschneider, Founder and Executive Director of GirlForward

Blair Brettschneider has been named a CNN Hero and a Forbes 30 Under 30, among other accolades, for the work done through her nonprofit, GirlForward. GirlForward is dedicated to creating opportunities for girls who’ve been displaced by conflict and persecution and have been resettled in the US. GirlForward was founded in 2011, has seven employees, operates… Read More

Building, Retaining and Developing the best team with Zawadi Bryant, CEO and Co-Founder of NightLight Pediatric Urgent Care

Zawadi Bryant founded NightLight Pediatrics Urgent Care with Dr. Anastasia Gentles and Connie Cazares in 2007 with a single location in Sugarland, Texas. It’s ten years later and they’ve expanded to seven locations across the Houston area. It’s this incredible growth that landed NightLight Pediatrics on the 2017 Forbes Small Giant list and on the Inc… Read More

The Best Employee Retention Strategy Starts with Three Simple Words

It’s more difficult than ever to retain employees. With U.S. unemployment rates at near historic lows and with workforce demographics shrinking the size of the labor pool, main street businesses need to take a hard look at their current employee retention strategy and determine whether or not it’s getting the job done. Retention begins with driving… Read More