Saturday
Apr162011

 

CESI Joins Forces With UAF & All Star Ray Lewis to Talk About Financial Literacy Education

 

Ray Lewis, as part of the United Athletes Foundation (UAF)  is speaking out about the need for Financial Literacy Education in our communities and for the athletes they serve.

CESI’s CEO Dr. Diane Chen will be taking part in a panel discussion at the upcoming Pro Athlete Summit in partnership with UAF, the New York Stock Exchange and Racing Toward Diversity Magazine. This event is part of the larger UAF  Charity Weekend in New York City. We are excited to spread the word about the difference financial literacy can make in our communities! For more information about the UAF Event visit the link on their website

Thursday
Apr142011

 

Beyond.com Survey Reveals Experience Matters More When Finding a Job Than "Who You Know"

 

Networking not always the strongest way into your dream job according to survey results.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 13, 2011

Beyond.com, Inc., the world's largest network of niche career communities, polled job seekers across its network of thousands of geographic and industry-specific sites to learn what is most helpful to business professionals when searching for a job. More than 1,600 Beyond.com Network visitors responded to the poll that asked:

What is most helpful when finding a job? 

  •     45.35% - My Experience
  •     20.97% - My Education
  •     19.93% - The People I Know
  •     13.75% - My Communication Skills

 

With the unemployment rate hovering at 8.8 percent according to the United States Department of Labor and a large pool of candidates vying for similar job opportunities, applicants are placing more value than ever before on their actual work experience than they have in the past.

"At one time it was all about who you knew and who in your Rolodex© you could connect with in order to secure an interview," says Rich Milgram, CEO of Beyond.com. "While networking is and will continue to be an important component of the job search, it can only get you so far in the process. Employers are looking past just 'who you know' and making sure candidates have the right qualifications and experience before hiring."

For more workplace-related resources, visit the Beyond.com Career Resource Center.

About Beyond.com, Inc. 
Beyond.com is the world's largest network of niche career communities, providing access to thousands of top-tier industry and local web sites. Our career search services and networking tools enable job seekers and employers to create targeted connections across thousands of online communities. We deliver a one-of-a-kind recruitment solution that provides the targeted exposure of a specialized job board, reinforced by the breadth and volume of a larger career network. Beyond.com was named to Inc. Magazine's prestigious ‘Inc. 500' list and is a Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE: SFE) portfolio company. http://www.Beyond.com

Monday
Apr112011

Transforming Diverse Teams

 

Can a white guy talk with authority on diversity?

 

Brian V Moore • Human diversity includes people like myself. 


I am what you would call white, a member of an African tribe, descendant of Irish, Scottish, Welsh, English and South African forebears, born in Zambia to a Roman Catholic family, resident in South Africa, my wife is a Hindu South African of Indian descent, I speak a number of African languages, Afrikaans and English, greet in over 100 languages, have worked in the USA, UK, Hong Kong and in numerous parts of Africa.

My diversity experience comes from living amongst and experiencing people, traditions, cultures, religions and I have worked as a peacemaker in rural African communities.

There are two issues here:-
1) How dare I not share my growth and lessons with others who have not had my experiences.
2) How strange it is that we, as diversity specialists, can judge people by colour. A Zulu (African tribe in South Africa) say clearly in this proverb. "Uhlubu’ dlube ‘khasini" Literally - "A bean is revealed when you open the shell."

We cannot know a person by their external appearance. We can only learn about them through either our own experiences of them - or that of others whom they have impacted.

Of course any focused and experienced person can speak with authority on diversity. My wife and I have touched 10s of thousands of lives through our work.

Let the catalysts of change do their work without judgement!
Best wishes
 
Brian V Moore

 

 

Friday
Apr082011

 

Liberty Tax Service is a proud sponsor and participant in VALHEN’s Encuentro 2011 Conference, providing expertise and scholarship funding

 

The Encuentro Conference is an annual meeting of the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN), where members discuss Latinos and education, and strive to advance Virginia Latinos in higher education.

The VALHEN Encuentro 2011 was held on March 24 -25 at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, VA. This year’s topic was Latinos – Growing and Driving Success in Virginia. Keynote speakers were Dr. Michael Olivas, J.D. and Ph.D, and Mr. Juan Sepulveda, Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. Liberty Tax Service was a major sponsor of the event, and actively participated as a speaker/presenter in the conference.

Ms. Martee Pierson, Director of Diversity Programs of Liberty Tax Service and Executive Director of the Una Familia Sin Fronteras Foundation, led a session on the Importance of Entrepreneurship, together with Dr. Marcela Chavan-Matviuk, Ph.D. and Dr. Mavel Velasco, Ph.D. Key topics of their session included Drs. Velasco’s and Chavan-Matviuk’s introduction of the natural adeptness at entrepreneurship as a part of typical Latino “DNA”, due to a long tradition of creative and successful entrepreneurship throughout Latin America, as well as the cultural barriers that can create a risk-adverse sentiment among our new immigrants. Ms. Pierson proposed and rationalized the extension of existing GED and ESL classes, which are very popular with Latinos, in order to include financial and fiscal responsibility education, as well as career training. The premise of Ms. Pierson’s presentation was that the Latino students are already physically and psychology ready to learn by virtue of attending these classes; therefore it would make sense to provide them with these educational tools that will help them can grow and prosper economically.

One of the conference highlights was the awarding of the Second Annual VALHEN scholarships for the 2011-2012 school year. Two deserving students received awards of $1000 each, both funded by VALHEN. Three additional students were awarded $500 scholarships, sponsored through a generous donation by Liberty Tax Service and its Una Familia Sin Fronteras (A Family Without Boundaries) initiative and Foundation.

“VALHEN is a highly respected organization whose goals are completely in synch with the values and intentions of Liberty’s Hispanic initiative and Foundation,” explains Ms. Pierson. “It is always a pleasure to work these types of organizations that are bringing education, inspiration and empowerment through education to our Hispanic communities.”

Liberty’s Una Familia Sin Fronteras initiative is an educational outreach program that brings financial and fiscal education seminars and courses to Hispanic communities across the nation, at no cost. Courses and seminars are taught in Spanish, and many qualify for college credits through the University of Phoenix.

The Una Familia Sin Fronteras initiative seeks to partner with educators of Hispanic youth and adults, to further enable immigrants to achieve financial success in the United States. If you represent an educational organization that is interested in partnering with Una Familia Sin Fronteras, please contact Ms. Martee Pierson at Liberty Tax Service.