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WFH or WFA?

By Dean Whittaker Since March I found myself along with many of you working from home (WFH). The big surprise for me and many companies and organizations were that it works and works well! There are many benefits. On the personal side, there is no commute to the office, more time with my family, and wearing “COVID-casual” attire. There are fewer interruptions by colleagues, and I have a more...

Back to School… Sort of.

By Brittany Ryzenga As summer came to an end parents across the globe had been anxiously anticipating the arrival of “Back to School 2020”, unsure of what back to school would truly mean this year amidst a global pandemic.   After months of stay at home orders, many still somewhat in place, would children be allowed to learn together once again?  In March, our five year old daughter...

Name Three Things…

By Valorie Oonk Even before the Coronavirus pandemic, our team at Whittaker Associates have conducted team meetings via Zoom or GoToMeeting as our team is located in different parts of the world.  Typically, at the end of every meeting, we are each asked to name three things in which we are grateful for. Anyone can come up with three things to be grateful for, right? We're encouraged to...
Name Three Things…

Name Three Things…

By Valorie Oonk Even before the Coronavirus pandemic, our team at Whittaker Associates have conducted team meetings via Zoom or GoToMeeting as our team is located in different parts of the world.  Typically, at the end of every meeting, we are each asked to name...

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June 2020 Wonderings

June 2020 Wonderings

By Dean Whittaker With over four decades of experience in economic development, I am hard pressed to see a clear path forward for the clients we serve. Economic development organizations are struggling to re-start their local economies after having been shut down for...

Leadership and Civil Discourse

Leadership and Civil Discourse

By Dean Whittaker The August 19, 2020 meeting of the Holland, Michigan city council was very dramatic. I watched the live stream of people speaking their truths with vulnerability and eloquence for nearly five hours. Ten years ago, the city council voted down the...

Work Like a Mother- the “Imperfect Balance”

Work Like a Mother- the “Imperfect Balance”

By Brittany Ryzenga I wrote a newsletter article exactly one year ago to the month, titled, Making the Most Out of Every Hour, focusing on redefining the way we view work-life balance as not so much a 50/50 balance of hours, but instead, focusing on quality of time...

Remote from Where?

Remote from Where?

By Brittany Ryzenga Just about one year ago, Dean and I had traveled to the International Economic Development Council’s Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The four-day conference offered distinguished keynote speakers along with numerous breakout...

Ode to May 2020

Ode to May 2020

By Dean Whittaker What an incredible month it's been. Webinars led, webinars attended, and an unplanned surgery. Meanwhile, stay-at-home orders remain for much of Michigan, though we are opening gradually. A webinar I gave for American Electric Power communities...

My Torch Lights

My Torch Lights

By Sambridhi Shrestha With the increasing cases around the world we are imprisoned in our houses. There are many things to be grateful about but there are many things that are disturbing and establish a big question mark on our future. The future looks blurry and the...

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Back to School… Sort of.

By Brittany Ryzenga As summer came to an end parents across the globe had been anxiously anticipating the arrival of “Back to School 2020”, unsure of what back to school would truly mean this year amidst a global pandemic.   After months of stay at home orders,...

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