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Go Ahead, Launch!

Saturday Spark #61 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO Jason Santos is a celebrity chef in Boston, known for his blue hair, frequent TV appearances and mouth-watering food. This week, in probably the worst economy restaurants have ever experienced in modern times, he is starting construction on a new restaurant to open in August. […]


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Practicing Gratitude in a Pandemic

Saturday Spark #60 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO I want you to write down, right now, three things you are grateful for in this pandemic, in addition to you and your families health and our front-line workers. (For those of you reading this via email, you can even hit reply and tell me […]


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3 Ways to Address the Mental Health Impact of Covid-19

Saturday Spark #59 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO This week, the UN warned about the heavy health toll of Covid-19, but the focus of this message wasn’t on the devastating physical effects of the virus. The focus was on the mental health toll that the pandemic is inflicting. “The COVID-19 virus is not […]


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Slaying the Naysayers

Saturday Spark #58 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO This week, I attended the 10-year progress check-in for the strategy of one of the world’s largest companies. At the time an incredibly unusual stance, this company aligned their business strategy with their sustainability strategy. They set audacious goals they had no idea how to […]


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Every Company Should Consider an Employee Assistance Fund

Saturday Spark #57 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO The scope of the Covid-19 economic impact makes your head hurt when you think about it. 30M Americans have filed for unemployment already and the numbers continue to pile up. Economists predict the number could go as high as 32% or 1 in 3 American […]


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We Need a GI Bill for the Covid-19 Era

Saturday Spark #56 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO Over 16 million Americans fought in World War II, nearly 11% of the population. On June 22, 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law one of the most successful benefits programs in US history: the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act. It is more commonly known as the […]


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Why Seeing the Himalayas Matters

Saturday Spark #55 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO In the very early days of March, I met with the sustainability leader of a large financial services firm. The company was still open, but had made changes, most notably eliminating all reusable cups, flatware and plates. “I spent years fighting to eliminate disposables to […]


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Making the Case for Optimism

Saturday Spark #54 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO Last night, a friend who runs a boutique travel agency sent a survey. It stated, “We’ll get through this and get out traveling again. Answer where you want to go, we’ll survey the rest of your family and we’ll come back with a five-year family […]


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Just Win the Day

Saturday Spark #53 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO Is anyone else feeling really, really discombobulated?  Now that we are into week three of our lockdown in Boston, I’m past the immediate shock that we are living through the worst pandemic to hit in our lifetime. I’m even coming to grips with, albeit still […]


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Bring Me Your Pets, Your Kids and Your Roommates

Saturday Spark #52 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO I rarely let Twitter get me fired up. But this week, Jeff Jarvis, a professor at the Craig Newark Journalism school and well-known media blogger, took a New York Times writer to task for an article about video conference etiquette. “Who does The NYT think […]


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How to Help During Covid-19

Saturday Spark #51 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO It’s been a surreal week up here in the Northeast of the United States. No sports. No school. No museums or libraries to distract the kids with no school. Work is happening for some remotely. Work is still in person for others, but it is eerily […]


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5 Ways to Manage Viral Anxiety

Saturday Spark #50 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO The first weeks of March 2020 will be etched in my memory as that time Covid-19 hit Boston and other parts of the US. When many companies cancelled all but essential travel and sent everyone working from home for the rest of the month, something […]


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