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Action is the Only Option

Saturday Spark #62 By Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO Before this week, when was the last time you did something to actively combat systemic, institutionalized racism? Reflecting on the tragic murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and the killings of Black people and People of Color throughout our history, prove what […]


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Go Ahead, Launch!

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, is his launch for construction on a new restaurant, to open in August. Unlike his flashy restaurants in Boston, this one will […]


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Practicing Gratitude in a Pandemic

I want you to write down, right now, three things you have gratitude 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 the three things). What are you grateful for, right now? […]


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

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 only attacking our physical health; it is also increasing psychological […]


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Slaying the Naysayers

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 hit, which several executives admitted to being “slightly terrifying.” They […]


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Every Company Should Consider an Employee Assistance Fund

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 workers. More than ever, we need to start planning for […]


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We Need a G.I. Bill for the COVID-19 Era

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 G.I. Bill. Benefits included four years of educational support, including […]


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Why Seeing the Himalayas Matters

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 hit our zero-waste targets. Have we just sent the message […]


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Making the Case for Optimism

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 travel plan.” For the first time in weeks, I suspended […]


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Just Win the Day

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 grieving, how much has been lost and how much more will be lost in the months to […]


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Bring Me Your Pets, Your Kids, Your Roommates

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 they are to tell us that people should not be […]


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How to Help During COVID-19

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 slow and quiet. What’s getting louder however is the dramatic […]


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