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Business Program Calendar, May 2012

April 30, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

These free programs at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Downtown & Business, 612 Smithfield Street, Downtown are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm.

May 3 A Homeowner’s Guide to Hiring a Contractor: What Service Providers Don’t Want You to Know
Alexandra Sabina, Author and Lecturer

When you are ready to make repairs or major renovations to your property, how do you know if the company or person you plan to hire is trustworthy and reliable? Ms. Sabina, author of A Homeowner’s Guide to Hiring a Contractor, will explain where to find a services provider, questions to ask during the interview, how to obtain reliable references, and everything you should see on a contract before signing. Ms. Sabina’s book will be available for purchase after the program.

May 10 Betting to Win – Your Guide to Casino Gambling
Mark Gruetze, Administrative Editor
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Winning always makes a casino visit more fun. In order to do that, you need to know which bets to make and which to avoid. Join us as Mark Gruetze, longtime recreational gambler and author of the weekly Player’s Advantage column in the Trib, reveals the best strategies for blackjack, craps and other table games. You’ll learn how to make money, or at least how to make your money last longer!

May 17 Investing for Today, Tomorrow and the Future
Nadav Baum, Executive Vice President
BPU Investments, Inc.

Are you wondering how you can maintain your same lifestyle today, tomorrow and into retirement? It’s important to invest your assets so the principal and income will keep pace with inflation. After you understand your tax status, risk tolerance, expectation of return and time horizon, you’ll be prepared to create a plan of action that will help you achieve your goals.

May 24 No program – Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend!

May 31 Stock Shock: The Short Selling of the American Dream
(DVD – 72 minutes)

When Sirius XM Satellite Radio went public, potential investors were told they had the opportunity to realize enormous profits if they bought stock in this company that offers hundreds of commercial-free music stations, sports channels and talk show personalities like Howard Stern. This documentary is a cautionary tale of how unsuspecting (and unsophisticated) investors became victims of a calculated ‘pump and dump’ scheme that caused the stock fall to five cents a share before a massive recapitalization plan saved it from bankruptcy.

Did You Know?

April 30, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

That many ancient cultures celebrated mothers including
theancient Egyptians who celebrated
the goddess Isis, the Mother of the Pharaohs
with an annual festival?

That ancient Greeks celebrated a holiday in honor
of Rhea, the mother of the gods ?

That ancient Romans celebrated a holiday in
honor of Cybele, a mother goddess?
That the celebrations were notorious enough that followers
of Cybele were banished from Rome

That in the British Isles and Celtic Europe, the goddess Brigid,
and later her successor St. Brigid, were honored with a spring Mother’s
Day, connected with the first milk of the ewes?

That In the 17th century, due to a clerical decree,
the British Isles initiated a religious celebration
of motherhood, called Mothering Sunday, held on the fourth Sunday during lent?
That the reason for the holiday was to serve as a reunification of the children of
mothers who were servants and trade workers who on Mothering Day, were allowed to
travel back to their home towns to visit with their families. This day also became a reprieve
from the fasting of lent, providing a time to enjoy a family feast with mom being the guest
of honor and Moms received gifts, such as cakes and flowers and a visit from their children?

That long before the “Hallmark” version of Mother’s day, Anna Reeves Jarvis was the 1st woman to
hold a celebration of Mothers day by declaring Mother’s day in 1858, in West Virginia?

That in 1914 the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution, signed by President Wilson,
that established a national Mother’s day?
That Since that time, Mother’s day has been celebrated by Americans on the 2nd Sunday
in May?

That the greatest advocate of motherhood, Anna Jarvis never had children of her own? Ms Jarvis
was dismayed over the commercialization of Mother’s day, “I wanted it to be a day of
sentiment, not profit,” she is quoted as saying.

On Equal Pay Day, NOW Calls For Closing of Gender Wage Gap

April 30, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education


Statement of NOW President Terry O’Neill

On Equal Pay Day, the day when U.S. women’s average earnings finally catch up with the amount men were paid on average in the previous year. That means that women must have worked more than 600 hours into 2012 to attain the same pay men received in 2011.

Recent reports show that the wage gap is wide for women across the board, regardless of educational level. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women with the same education as their male counterparts and doing the same job as men still earn far less. Just one example of the disparity can be found in a new study by the corporate governance firm GMI Ratings, which shows that women chief financial officers are paid an average of 16 percent less than their male counterparts. Overall, by one estimate, the average woman stands to lose about $400,000 over her working lifetime to wage discrimination. Such pay discrimination compels women to seek higher and higher degrees if they hope to begin to match their male peers in pay — often forcing women into the increasingly costly student loan market.

Women working full-time annually are paid 77 cents for every dollar paid to a man, and the gap is significantly wider for women of color. An unprecedented number of women are now family breadwinners due to persistent unemployment rates, making pay equality critical not simply to family economic security but also the nation’s economic recovery.

Thanks to the wage gap, women are more vulnerable during economic downturns, making government action to strengthen pay equity laws more essential now than ever before. NOW calls for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 1519/S. 797) and a stronger bill, the Fair Pay Act (H.R. 1493). In the meantime, we call on President Obama to issue an executive order protecting employees of federal contractors against retaliation for disclosing or asking about their wages — an important first step that would reach more than 20 percent of the civilian workforce. Together, these measures can help to create a climate where wage discrimination is not tolerated, employers provide a women-friendly workplace, and government has the enforcement tools it needs to make real progress on ending wage discrimination.

A Beautiful Weed

April 30, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education


When we hear the word ‘weed’ we may grumble and grovel,
but many times this word may lead us to exquisite wildflowers.
One of the most eye-catching of these ‘weeds’ is Butterfly
Butterfly Milkweed has many common names including
Butterfly Weed and Orange Milkweed, but scientifically
Butterfly Milkweed is known as Asclepias tuberosa.
The common name Butterfly Milkweed comes from the
plant’s relationship to butterflies. Butterfly Milkweed, which is in the milkweed family, is one of the host plants, or larval food sources, for caterpillars such as the queen and monarch. Caterpillars are very persnickety eaters and without these plants these caterpillars would not grow to become butterflies. Not only is this plant host to caterpillars, but it also attracts many adult butterflies due to its flower shape, bright color and lovely nectar. Wildflower lovers are often astonished when they see this blossom while driving along quiet country roads through meadows and farm fields. It is not a flower that one sees everyday, which is one of the reasons why a sighting is so special. Many New England states have watched populations of this plant drop drastically, and in some states Butterfly Milkweed is listed as an endangered species. Luckily, if you have a sunny spot in your garden you can provide a lovely habitat for Butterfly Milkweed, all while bringing beneficial insects such as butterflies into your garden. This summer as you plan to spruce up your landscape please keep our friend, Asclepias tuberose, in mind.

The Outdoor Classroom staff

Expert Senior Care Advice at Your Fingertips!

April 30, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

For fifteen years, the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise network has been devoted to providing seniors with the highest quality care in their own homes, and to arming families with the information they need to make the best decisions about caring for aging loved ones. Below is a list of webinars offered by Home Instead Senior Care and related to important senior topics. Click the link to get more information and pre-register on any webinar below (email: info@asaging.org  or call: 415-974-9600) if you have questions about registering for or accessing a recorded webinar. Choose this link to get upcoming webinar information and other helpful articles delivered to your email.

Educational Opportunities - Family Caregiver Support Webinar Series

The 2012 Family Caregiver Support Web Seminar Series provides access to information and advice from professionals experienced with issues faced by family caregivers.
Caring for a senior loved one can bring a sense of fulfillment, but usually not without a few challenges as well. To help you feel a little more confident and equipped in your role as a family caregiver, the Home Instead Senior Care® network is launching the 2012 Family Caregiver Support Web Seminar Series, featuring free monthly seminars for family caregivers on a variety of essential caregiving topics.
The web seminars, hosted in cooperation with the American Society on Aging (ASA), provide tips, information and advice from the perspective of professionals who are well-versed in issues facing families caring for aging loved ones.
Please note, these Family Caregiver Webinars are not eligible for CEU credits. The CEU credit offering is only available for the webinars featured in the Professional Family Caregiver series.
Please pre-register for any Family Caregiver Webinar by the deadline of 9 PM PST the day before! for the following 2012 Senior Care Web Series. Please click each “Register Now” link below for more details of each webinar and to sign up.
Recorded webinars will be available for viewing following the live sessions. It may take up to two weeks following the session for the archived version to be posted.

Webinar Schedule
Navigating the Senior Care Maze - Family Caregiver Webinar
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | 10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain / 12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern. Register Now.

Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s - Family Caregiver Webinar
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | 10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain / 12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern. Register Now.

Managing the Stress of a Family Caregiver - Family Caregiver Webinar
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain / 12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern. Register Now.

How to Balance Work and At-Home Care - Family Caregiver Webinar
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | 10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain / 12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern. Register Now.
Senior Cognitive Issues - Family Caregiver Webinar
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | 10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain / 12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern. Register Now.

Helping Seniors with Finances - Family Caregiver Webinar
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | 10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain / 12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern. Register Now.

Helping Seniors with Loss of Independence - Family Caregiver Webinar
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | 10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain / 12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern. Register Now.

Multi-Generational Living - Family Caregiver Webinar
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | 10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain / 12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern. Register Now.

If you, or any organization of which you are a part, is interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s, please contact our office. We would be happy to speak to your group free of charge about this subject, our services, and even employment opportunities.

Rebecca Champagne, Human Resource Coordinator
Home Instead Senior Care
1102 S Braddock Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Phone: (412) 731-0733


April 30, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

By Joyce Faulkner

I met Geri at the University of Arkansas in the fall of 1966. You couldn’t miss her. Her carefully constructed hairdos sported tiny clip-on bows in the oddest places…over one ear or just above springy bangs or in the curl at the top of a French twist. She was a quirky beauty – one that made people pause and reflect on how the room changed when she arrived.
She dated my boyfriend’s buddy and I saw her at parties almost every weekend for two years. I can’t say that we became close but she made me laugh when she imitated the Supremes – or when she slow-danced by herself, eyes closed and face upturned like a sunflower seeking light.
When I eloped, she wore her prettiest dress and snapped pictures and ate cake and toasted us with cheap champagne. I remember her waving as we drove off to enjoy our new life when my husband graduated in June 1968. It was the last time I saw her.
She was in love, but that relationship didn’t work out – nor the next or the next. While we traveled the world, she finished school, got a job, and moved to Tulsa.
I was in the hospital having a baby when Geri disappeared in 1975. We waited – pretending she was okay. Three weeks later, I held our infant son on my shoulder, clutched my husband’s hand — and cried when a friend called to tell us that they’d found her in an abandoned apartment building – raped, mutilated, and murdered.
Over the years, I tried to visualize her face but could only bring those silly bows into focus. Lying in the darkness with my husband snoring beside me, I thought about how scared Geri must have been – and how alone. I’d get up and blow my nose and stare out the window – watching for the glint of a knife in the shadows.
When I couldn’t stand it anymore, I started reading – first about Ted Bundy, then Gacey, and a host of other monsters. True crime magazines soon turned into tomes by Ann Rule and Robert Ressler. I began volunteering at a rape center – and moved on to textbooks to further my knowledge of psychopathy and serial rape.
In 2000, I began writing about a predatory ghoul who kidnaps young women and hurts them. Terrified of John Walsh and Larry King, my villain is a rambler – moving from town to town, taking a victim here and another there – driving a truck or working with an airline. He is aging but still dangerous – using the internet to lure his prey.
I finished the book that I called USERNAME — and put it away in a drawer. “Goodbye,” I whispered to my almost friend. “I wish…” Actually, I didn’t know what I wished…that she was alive? That I’d figured out who killed her? That I wasn’t so damned afraid?
Then our son turned 30 — and we heard.
They found Geri’s murderer! He was old — sick from drugs and drink and debauchery – and a truck driver. They matched his DNA to her rape kit and he confessed. In fact, he’d killed several times before Geri. Exhilaration gave way to more horror – Geri died in 1975. Since then, Clyde Carl Wilkerson had traveled to every state in the continental US. There had to be others. Unknown others.
“The bastard never knew how special she was,” a friend said when he heard.
“He didn’t care,” I murmured. “He can’t.”
I still cry at night when it’s dark and my husband’s sleeping – and Geri still haunts me. A book, it seems, is not enough. I guess I knew that all along but I had to try.

Krannert Events

April 03, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

For Immediate Release
April 2, 2012

For more information, logos, or photography, please contact:
Bridget Lee-Calfas, Advertising and Publicity Director
Phone: 217/333-6282
E-mail: bklee@illinois.edu

UI Wind Symphony
Robert W. Rumbelow, conductor
James Pugh, trombone
Sunday, April 1, 2012, at 3pm
The premier ensemble of the country’s largest band program brings together the finest wind, brass, and percussion players for innovative concerts.
Foellinger Great Hall
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

Lady Macbeth: A Kabuki Play
By Karen Sunde and conceived by Shozo Sato
Shozo Sato, guest director
Thursday-Saturday, March 29-31, 2012, at 7:30pm; Saturday, March 31, 2012, at 2pm; Sunday, April 1, 2012, at 3pm; Wednesday-Saturday, April 4-7, 2012, at 7:30pm
Shozo Sato returns to campus for a final presentation of Lady Macbeth: A Kabuki Play, which paints in visual poetry the story of the lonely, power-driven Lady Macbeth.
Studio Theatre
Flex: 15 / SC 14 / Stu 14 / UI & Yth 9
Single: 16 / SC 15 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10
On Wednesday-Thursday, get 2 tickets for the price of 1!

Ian Hobson Presents the Complete Solo Piano Works of Robert Schumann: Prophetic Visions
Monday, April 2, 2012, at 7:30pm
In a series of 10 concerts during the 2011-12 season, Ian Hobson will perform the complete solo piano works by Robert Schumann.
Smith Memorial Hall (805 S. Mathews, Urbana)
Single: 10 / Stu & Yth 5
Series: 70 / Stu & Yth 35
Individual tickets may be purchased in cash at the door
Series tickets are available through the Sinfonia da Camera office (909 West Oregon, Suite 202, Urbana)

UI Symphony Orchestra
Donald Schleicher, music director and conductor
Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at 7:30pm
This first-rate orchestra performs works by Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Norman, and Barber.
Foellinger Great Hall
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

Krannert Uncorked with Deak Harp One Man Band, blues
Thursday, April 5, 2012, at 5pm
At Krannert Uncorked, Stage 5 is the crossroads to gather, make connections, linger for the music, and try a new wine.

UI Trombone Choir
Elliot Chasanov, director
Thursday, April 5, 2012, at 7:30pm
More than 25 trombone players will blend their sounds in glorious brass works during this concert.
Foellinger Great Hall
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

Dance for People with Parkinson’s
Marianne Jarvi and Kate Kuper, instructors
Beverly Hillmer, accompanist
Friday, April 6, 2012, at 10am; Friday, May 18, 2012, at 10am
Experience the fellowship of communal dance with instructors Marianne Jarvi and Kate Kuper of Dance at Illinois. If you or a loved one is living with Parkinson’s, join us to explore gentle movement in a safe, welcoming environment. Set to uplifting, familiar music, this 70-minute monthly class may assist with the preservation and improvement of balance, flexibility, and strength. Please dress comfortably for this full-body workshop.
Drama Rehearsal Room (Level 2)

Friends of Theatre: Shozo Sato Retrospective
Saturday, April 7, 2012, at 2pm
This retrospective of the work of kabuki master Shozo Sato is held in conjunction with his production of Lady Macbeth: A Kabuki Play.
Studio Theatre

Rochelle Sennet, piano
Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 7:30pm
After receiving her DMA from the U of I, Rochelle Sennet joined the faculty as a teaching associate in piano. Sennet’s recitals showcase her versatility through works by Bach, Beethoven, and African American composers such as H. Leslie Adams, Adolphus Hailstork, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker.
Foellinger Great Hall
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

Krannert Uncorked
Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 5pm
At Krannert Uncorked, Stage 5 is the crossroads to gather, make connections, linger for the music, and try a new wine.

Our Town
By Thornton Wilder
Henson Keys, director
Thursday-Saturday, April 12-14, 2012, at 7:30pm; Thursday-Saturday, April 19-21, 2012, at 7:30pm; Sunday, April 22, 2012, at 3pm
Let the Stage Manager guide you to your seat for a trip to Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, and into the lives of Emily Webb and George Gibbs. Their daily routines and small-town sensibilities show that ordinary moments are what create a profoundly meaningful life.
Colwell Playhouse
Flex: 15 / SC 14 / Stu 14 / UI & Yth 9
Single: 16 / SC 15 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10
On Thursdays, get 2 tickets for the price of 1!

Traffic Jam: Ryan Ideus and The Feudin Hillbillys
Friday, April 13, 2012, at 5pm
This all-out party band and Urbana Sweet Corn Festival headliner has tunes from Waylon Jennings, Bob Seger, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, and Elvis and has been named the Illinois Country Music Association Dance Band of the Year four times.

UI Percussion Ensemble
Ricardo Flores, director
Friday, April 13, 2012, at 7:30pm
The versatile members of this ensemble showcase percussion traditions from across the globe.
Foellinger Great Hall
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra Pre-concert Discussion with Steven Larsen
Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 6:30pm
Join Steven Larsen, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra’s music director and conductor, for a discussion before the concert.
Foellinger Great Hall
Free, but concert tickets will be collected at the door

Dessert and Conversation: Our Town
Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 6:30pm; Sunday, April 22, 2012, at 2pm
Get insight into the intimate community created in Our Town with a conversation before the show.
Krannert Room
6.50 (ticket includes dessert and a beverage)

Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra: Struggles and Triumphs
Steven Larsen, music director and conductor
Alon Goldstein, piano
Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 7:30pm; free talk in the Great Hall at 6:30pm
The final concert of the CUSO’s 52nd season begins with Borodin’s overture to his tragically unfinished opera Prince Igor and concludes with two striking blockbuster works: Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini performed by Alon Goldstein and Shostakovich’s daring Symphony No. 5.
Foellinger Great Hall
31 / SC 28 / Stu & Yth 5

Krannert Center Debut Artist: Wuna Meng, piano
Sunday, April 15, 2012, at 3pm
Pianist Wuna Meng holds a bachelor’s degree from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, and a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music.
Foellinger Great Hall
Flex: 34 / SC 29 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10
Single: 36 / SC 31 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10
*Balcony: 10 / UI & Yth 5
Sunday Salon Series: 128 / SC 108 / Stu 60 / UI & Yth 40
*Balcony tickets do not include food and beverage

Sinfonia da Camera: Rush Hour—Northern Lights
Ian Hobson, piano
Sherban Lupu, violin
Jeffrey A. Spenner, guest conductor
Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 5:30pm
By popular demand, Sinfonia’s Rush Hour concert returns with spirited and energetic music inspired by northern climes. Please note that the program changed in January 2012.
Foellinger Great Hall
10 / Yth (17 and under) Free
Sinfonia da Camera Series: 138 / SC 134 / Stu 40

Krannert Uncorked with Los Guapos, Afro-Cuban jazz
Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 5pm
Groove with Opening Night Party 2010 stars Los Guapos and be prepared for an overwhelming urge to break out your best dance moves at Krannert Uncorked this week.

Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell, violin
Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 7:30pm
Feel “ear-tingling joy” with music from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Joshua Bell on an all-Beethoven program of Coriolan Overture, Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, and the stately Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 (Times of London).
Foellinger Great Hall
Flex: 48 / SC 43 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10
Single: 50 / SC 45 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10
Choral Balcony: 15 / UI & Yth 10
Great Hall Series: 224 / SC 199 / Stu 75 / UI & Yth 50

Studiodance II 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 7:30pm; Friday-Saturday, April 20-21, 2012, at 7pm and 9pm
Faculty and students select the fresh pieces from Dance at Illinois choreographers that will be performed at Studiodance II. Please note that this production may contain adult content.
Studio Theatre
Flex: 13 / SC 12 / Stu 12 / UI & Yth 7
Single: 14 / SC 13 / Stu 13 / UI & Yth 8
Dance at Illinois Series: 53 / SC 49 / Stu 49 / UI & Yth 28

UI Women’s Glee Club Mom’s Day Concert
Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 2pm
Join this outstanding ensemble for its annual Mom’s Day performance.
Foellinger Great Hall
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

UI Black Chorus Mom’s Day Concert
Ollie Watts Davis, conductor
Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 7:30pm
Join this outstanding ensemble for its annual Mom’s Day performance.
Foellinger Great Hall
11 / SC 10 / Stu 8

UI Wind Orchestra
Linda Moorhouse, conductor
Sunday, April 22, 2012, at 3pm
Linda Moorhouse conducts this fine ensemble in the esteemed UI bands program.
Foellinger Great Hall
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

Ian Hobson Presents the Complete Solo Piano Works of Robert Schumann: Last Reflections
Monday, April 23, 2012, at 7:30pm
In a series of 10 concerts during the 2011-12 season, Ian Hobson will perform the complete solo piano works by Robert Schumann.
Smith Memorial Hall (805 S. Mathews, Urbana)
Single: 10 / Stu & Yth 5
Series: 70 / Stu & Yth 35
Individual tickets may be purchased in cash at the door
Series tickets are available through the Sinfonia da Camera office (909 West Oregon, Suite 202, Urbana)

UI University Band and UI Campus Band
Michael Chester, Christopher Dye, J. Ashley Jarrell, and Dale Pointon, conductors
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 7:30pm
These traditional concert bands are far from ordinary when they play contemporary pieces, popular works, and the classics.
Foellinger Great Hall
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

UI Steel Band and I-Pan
Ricardo Flores, director
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 7:30pm
These groups perform calypso, soca, jazz, and popular works.
Colwell Playhouse
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

UI Jazz Trombone Ensemble
Jim Pugh, director
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 7:30pm
It’s a brass celebration when the UI Jazz Trombone Ensemble heats up the Studio Theatre.
Studio Theatre
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

UI Harding Symphonic Band and UI Hindsley Symphonic Band
Barry L. Houser and Abel Ramirez, conductors
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 7:30pm
The dedicated musicians in these two ensembles showcase the beauty and energy of symphonic band music with performances of transcribed works, traditional marches, and other stirring pieces from the standard repertoire.
Foellinger Great Hall
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

UI Jazz Combo I
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 7:30pm
The Studio Theatre becomes an urban club when this tight-knit group serves up jazz.
Studio Theatre
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

Krannert Uncorked
Thursday, April 26, 2012, at 5pm
At Krannert Uncorked, Stage 5 is the crossroads to gather, make connections, linger for the music, and try a new wine.

Thursday, April 26, 2012, at 7:30pm
The 12 male voices of Chanticleer are “luxurious perfection” on songs of love from across time (Los Angeles Times).
Foellinger Great Hall
Flex: 32 / SC 27 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10
Single: 34 / SC 29 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10
Choral Balcony: 15 / UI & Yth 10
Classical Mix Series: 158 / SC 135 / Stu 70 / UI & Yth 50

Paradises Lost
Libretto by Marcia Johnson, based on the novella by Ursula K. Le Guin
Music by Stephen Andrew Taylor
Eduardo Diazmuñoz, artistic director
Robert W. Rumbelow, conductor
Ricardo Herrera, director
Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28, 2012, at 7:30pm; Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 3pm
In this new opera by University of Illinois composer Stephen Andrew Taylor, Hsing and Luis know their lives will end on board the starship Discovery as they hurtle toward a distant planet ready for colonization. The followers of Bliss—a religion emerging from their cocoon in space—teaches instead that the travelers are angels who should remain inside that spaceship heaven for eternity.
Tryon Festival Theatre
Flex: 24 / SC 20 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 8
Single: 26 / SC 22 / Stu 17 / UI & Yth 10
School of Music Opera Program Series: 66 / SC 54 / Stu 39 / UI & Yth 18

UI Jazz Ensemble III
Thursday, April 26, 2012, at 7:30pm
The jazz groups from the School of Music launch high-energy charts, cool improvisations, and tight harmonic tunes.
Studio Theatre
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

Friday-Saturday, April 27-28, 2012, at 7:30pm
With more than 100 works in their bodies and the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in choreography in hand, the Pilobolus crew will create a night when “acrobatics are liquefied into poetry” (The New York Times).
Colwell Playhouse
Flex: 34 / SC 29 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10
Single: 36 / SC 31 / Stu 15 / UI & Yth 10

UI Concert Jazz Band
Chip McNeill, leader
Friday, April 27, 2012, at 7:30pm
You’ll hear old and new favorites from this classic jazz ensemble.
Studio Theatre
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

UI Latin Jazz Ensemble
Tito Carrillo, director
Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 3pm
South American, Caribbean, Afro-Cuban, and traditional jazz rhythms will entwine in this kinetic improv session with Tito Carrillo and the UI Latin Jazz Ensemble.
Studio Theatre
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

Libretto: Paradises Lost
Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 6:30pm; Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 2pm
One hour before the performance, you’ll be treated to insights into the new opera Paradises Lost.
Krannert Room
6.50 (ticket includes dessert and a beverage)

UI Varsity Men’s Glee Club 125th Anniversary Concert
Barrington Coleman, conductor
Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 7:30pm
In this special anniversary concert, more than 100 alumni will take the stage, and a work for double male chorus commissioned by and dedicated to the Varsity Men’s Glee Club by Michael Richardson, a former accompanist and assistant conductor of the VMGC, will have its world premiere.
Foellinger Great Hall
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

UI Jazz Ensemble II
Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 7:30pm
Get ready for jazz in free-flowing style from this School of Music group.
Studio Theatre
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

UI Wind Orchestra: Concert for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum
Linda Moorhouse, conductor
Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 3pm
In this special one-hour concert, families with children on the autism spectrum are invited to experience the joys of concert music in a friendly, relaxed, and specially designed atmosphere.
Foellinger Great Hall

UI Jazz Saxophone Ensemble and UI Jazz Guitar Ensemble
Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 3pm
Reeds and strings take charge when these jazz ensembles head into the Studio Theatre for a night of cool charts and hot improvisation.
Studio Theatre
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

UI Philharmonia
Louis Bergonzi, conductor
Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 7:30pm
The supple musicians of this orchestra can play avant-garde works and classics of the literature with ease.
Foellinger Great Hall
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

UI Jazz Combo II
Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 7:30pm
Shimmy into the night with a serving of cool and hot tunes from this jazz combo at the School of Music.
Studio Theatre
10 / SC 7 / Stu 4

April Business Calendar

April 03, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

Business Program Calendar
April 2012
Programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Downtown & Business, 612 Smithfield Street, Downtown. Seating is available for 45 people on a first-come, first-seated basis.

April 5 Commuting Choices in Southwestern Pennsylvania
Robert Villella, CommuteInfo

Did you know that the CommuteInfo program offers cost-saving alternatives to driving alone to work or school? Mr. Villella will discuss the use of public transit, carpooling, vanpooling and biking. You can also register for a free commute options report during the session.

April 12 Best Organizing Tips from the Pros
Members of the Pittsburgh chapter of NAPO
(National Association of Professional Organizers)

Do you often find yourself saying, “I just need to get organized?” Help is on the way! A panel of local experts will be here to answer your questions about how to get organized at home, manage your time, and increase your productivity at work. You won’t want to miss this chance to meet the pros and get practical tips that will help you get your life in order.

April 19 Writing Your Own Last Chapter
J. Franz, MD
Anna Hays, Attorney – Julian Gray Associates
Closure Speakers’ Bureau, an initiative of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Starting a conversation about end-of-life wishes is difficult, sometimes painful. Yet it can also enhance family connection, healing and affection. Resources are available through www.closure.org that will help you and your family put your wishes into writing and draw up legal documents that will protect your choices. Join us to learn how to write your last chapter through advance planning. Your family will thank you for it.

April 26 Steve Jobs: One Last Thing
A PBS Production (DVD – 60 minutes)

Steve Jobs was one of the greatest innovators of our time. He was also known as a very difficult and controlling individual. This PBS documentary includes interviews with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, investor Ross Perot, the people who designed the original mouse and the typography design for the MAC and more. Find out more about the “real” Steve from those who knew him best.

April Events

April 03, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

April 4 – Pittsburgh Professional Women – April Clever Connections Dinner - from 6-8pm Walnut Grove Restaurant in Waterworks Plaza 911 Freeport Road, Fox Chapel - Guest Speaker TV Host Tonia Caruso from WQED’s Nightly News Program On Q and Comcast Newsmakers. Members $35 Non Members $55 (prices increase to $45 and $65 on March 28th) Registration includes workshop and dinner - Visit http://www.pittsburghprofessionalwomen.net/register.html   to register

April 4 – Pittsburgh Professional Connection – Networking Event - The Pittsburgh Professional Connection is famous for its FREE events at very upscale venues throughout the city and the upcoming event at the WINE LOFT will not disappoint even the most discriminating guest - Network with Pittsburgh’s Premiere Professionals in grand style at The Wine Loft on April 4, 6-9 PM. If you have already attended one of our events, you must join to attend. Please visit http://www.pittsburgprofessionalconnection.com / to register

Business Exchange Networking Lunch
* Give a 1-2 minute commercial for your business.
* Bring business cards, brochures, and samples.
* Make new business contacts.

Four Dates and Locations:
April 4- Wexford, Atria’s, 12980 Perry Highway, Wexford
RSVP: email Michelle Zmijanac at
April 11- Mount Lebanon, Atria’s, 110 Beverly Road,
Mt. Lebanon
RSVP: email Tina Noblers at TinaNobers@CMNNutritionGroup.com
April 18- Murrysville, Bella Luna Trattoria, 5060 William Penn
Hwy, Monroeville, Pa 15146
RSVP:email Rob Magee at BLXMurrysville@gmail.com
April 25- Fox Chapel, Comfort Inn (Old Holiday Inn) in RIDC
Park, Ohara Twp
RSVP: 412-781-8773 or PlanBConsultant@comcast.net
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $18 (Bring cash; No-shows will be billed for the lunch)
RSVP: By Monday prior to the event

April 10 – Girls Coalition - Meet & Greet, hosted by the Membership Committee - Join other individuals who serve, support, or advocate on behalf of girls for a morning meet & greet. These events are free and attendees will have the opportunity to: Network with other professionals, Explore opportunities to partner and collaborate with the Girls Coalition and other GC members, Take advantage of a 20% discount off of Girls Coalition Membership Dues (if you are not already a member) - 8-10am - Union Project, 801 N. Negley Ave, Pittsburgh - info@girlscoalitionswpa.org   - Visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e5r06ud4f18d2edf&llr=fx6svmcab to register

Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania Brown Bag Lunch & Disability Resource Breakfast

April 11 -
12:00 – 1:00pm
Speaker: JoAnn Forrester, “Empress of Biz” TalkCast Host, S. I. Business Associates.
Topic: Price it Perfect! Join us to learn how to price your widget for a profit. This business detail can be the difference between success and failure.

Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania
1650 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
RSVP: 412.782.5344 x 209 or volunteersofamerica@voapa.org

April 12 – Helping Women Helps The World - Lunch with Nancy Berk, PhD - College Bound and Gagged: How to Help Your Kid Get Into a Great College Without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind -11:30AM - 1:00PM The Fairmont Hotel, Pittsburgh $25 for single lecture. Call Jennifer Signore at
412-391-1348 x222.
Email Jennifer for more information at jsignore@bethlehemhaven.org .

April 12 - The In Sisterhood project is hosting a special event to celebrate the Bridge Builders exhibit: 5:30-7:30 pm - August Wilson Center - The event includes a private viewing of the exhibit and a reception with Marcia Ann Gillespie as the featured speaker. Ms. Gillespie is a trailblazer in the magazine industry, a leader in the women’s movement, and a champion of gender and racial justice. She was editor-in-chief of Essence from 1971-1980 and Ms. From 1993-2001, and served as Professor of Diversity in Residence at the Johnetta B. Cole Global Diversity and Inclusion Institute at Bennett College. She is author of Maya Angelou: A Glorious Celebration and is writing a book entitled, When Blacks Become Americans.
• For more information visit: www.insisterhood.info

April 12 – “Up Close and Personal with Suzie McConnell-Serio” – Please join us for this exciting Women’s Interest Network event – 2-5 pm at the Marriott Pittsburgh Airport, 777 Aten Road Coraopolis – call 412-264-6270 to register – event sponsorship opportunities still available – contact Michelle Kreutzer at mkreutzer@paacc.com

April 13 - Free Pittsburgh Diversity Symposium - 3 PM
 - Teplitz Auditorium, Ground Floor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 3900 Forbes Avenue in Oakland
Registration: No cost. Advance online registration at www.workingdiversity.org is encouraged but not required.

Panelists for “Let’s Talk Diversity” include:

* Bridgette Cofield, Senior Manager, Diversity & Employee Relations, FedEx Ground
* Chaz Kellem, Manager of Diversity Initiatives, Pittsburgh Pirates
* Jamie Scarano, Director of Integrated Inclusion Strategy, UPMC
* Chris Weiss, Director of Recruiting – Midwest/Central Regions, and Executive Diversity Council Member, Aerotek
* Susan Yohe, Managing Shareholder of the Pittsburgh Office and Shareholder In Charge of Diversity (Firmwide), Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney P.C.

Please visit www.workingdiversity.org  for more information.

April 13 – Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series - 7:30-9:00AM Venue: James Laughlin Music Hall, Chatham University, Shadyside Campus - Cost: $25.00 ($12.50 for students with valid ID) Register Online at www.chatham.edu/cwe  - Speakers: Julie Hera DeStefano, Filmmaker - Topic: “The Business of Documenting History: One Women Filmmaker, 100,000 Women in the Military” - Once inspiration strikes, it’s what you do NEXT that determines your future success. How do you build a business around the spark of an idea? When DeStefano conceived the documentary film Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home, she had no idea that her personal journey to make the film would take her on a walk across Pennsylvania, to the combat zone in Afghanistan, and into the daily lives of the women of the US military. What will you do when inspiration strikes you? Come learn how one woman - just like you – developed the business behind the art.

Brentwood Baldwin Whitehall Chamber of Commerce
Women’s Networking Luncheon
April 13, 2012,Noon
South Hills Country Club
4305 Brownsville Road, 15236

The monthly luncheon meeting* of the Women’s Networking of the Brentwood Baldwin Whitehall Chamber of Commerce will meet on Friday, April 13, noon, at South Hills Country Club. Please plan on attending and bring a friend. We welcome members and non-members. Tables are available for ladies who would like to display products or merchandise. Everyone will pass out cards and brochures and present a one-minute “commercial.”
Guest Speaker, Dorit Brauer

Find inner Peace with the Labyrinth
Join us and learn life-changing tools for relaxation and spiritual growth.Local author Dorit Brauer reads from Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes – A Spiritual Adventure Into Life’s Labyrinth which chronicles a modern day pilgrimage in which she embarks onto a 7,430 mile solo motorcycle adventure across the US to walk labyrinths.

Lunch for Chamber Members - $15 - Bring a friend!
Lunch for Non-Members - $18
Display Table—$10

Please make a reservation by contacting our secretary: Mary Dilla at
secretary@bbwchamber.com  412-884-1233
* It is important that we respect our host restaurants and make our reservations timely. Also, if you do not cancel a reservation, you are financially responsible for your commitment. We realize how difficult it is for our hosts to prepare for walk-ons, and as a Chamber we need to take responsibility for no-shows.

Women’s Power Lunch

Schedule April 13
Butler Women’s Power Lunch
Siba Cucina
Seven Fields, Cranberry Twp
1:00-3:00 pm
Cost $30.
RSVP at www.womenspowerlunch.com
Suzanne Froehlich 412-389-3420

April 13-
Washington Women’s Power Lunch
Country Angel Tea & Coffee
The Shoppes at Quail Acres
Washington Road (near the casino)
1:00-3:00 pm
Cost $20. Soup & Sandwich lunch
RSVP at www.womenspowerlunch.com
Melanie Ansell 412-848-0165

April 20
Pittsburgh Women’s Power Lunch
Elements Restaurant
4 Gateway Center Downtown Pittsburgh
1:00-3:00 pm
Cost $30.
RSVP at www.womenspowerlunch.com
Suzanne Froehlich 412-389-3420

April 27
Westmoreland Women’s Power Lunch
Location to be determined soon!
1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: TBD
Melanie Ansell 412-848-0165

April 18 - Mary Lou Quinlan Lunch & Learn - A Special Event hosted by Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University - 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Venue: Mellon Board Room, Chatham University Shadyside Campus - Cost: $15.00 (includes lunch) - Register Online at www.chatham.edu/cwe
Speakers: Mary Lou Quinlan, Founder and CEO of Just Ask a Woman, Topic: The Whole Truth about What Women Want

April 19 - Please join EWC’s WIRED committee, Women Initiating Regional Economic Development, for breakfast and information on what’s happening around Allegheny County with Rich Fitzgerald at the Rivers Club - Location: Rivers Club, Oxford Centre, Pittsburgh - 7:30 Registration and Breakfast, 8:00 Welcome by Joan Ellenbogen, 8:15 Speaker Allegheny County Executive Fitzgerald followed by Q & A - $25 EWC Members and $35 Non-member cost
https://ewcgp.memberclicks.net/index.php? option=com_mc&view=formlogin&form=117157&return=L2luZGV4LnBocD9vcHRpb249Y29tX21jJnZpZXc9bWMmbWNpZD1mb3JtXzExNzE1Nz9zZXJ2SWQ9Mzg4NSZvcHRpb249Y29tX21jJnZpZXc9bWMmbWNpZD1mb3JtXzExNzE1Nw== to register - For more information: Contact EWC Administrator, Renee Peiffer - Email: ewcpittsburgh@gmail.com

April 19 - 9am to 11:30am - WPXI Television Studios 4145 Evergreen Road, Pittsburgh - Join as at this empowering and informative panel and meet some of the most professional resources available in the region. Full details coming later this week. Members $35 Non Members $55 (prices increase to $45 and $65 on April 12th) Registration includes continental breakfast and panel-workshop. Visit http://www.pittsburghprofessionalwomen.net/register.htm l to register

Disability Resource Breakfast
April 19 -
8:30 – 9:30 AM

Speaker: Katherine F.H. Heart, M.Ed., President of Heart Resources, LLC. a social enterprise company dedicated to spreading wellness.

Topic: Managing Wellness Recovery AND a Small Business
From an entrepreneur’s perspective, learn how to achieve “work-life balance” when faced with challenging mental and physical health conditions. Turn personal challenge into an opportunity for improving health, happiness and independence.

Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania
1650 Main Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
RSVP: 412.782.5344 x 209 or volunteersofamerica@voapa.org

April 25 - Healthy Works of PA is pleased to announce a special fundraising event focusing on Womenʼs Health and Wellness in honor of Administrative Professionals Day. This pilot event, called Ladies Night of Luxury, is designed to empower and educate local women while supporting two worthwhile local charities: Dress for Success Pittsburgh and The American Liver Foundation, Pittsburgh Chapter. 6-9pm, in honor of women and Administrative Professionals Day, several hundred women from the Pittsburgh area will gather at The Holiday Inn, 4859 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 to be treated to an evening of luxury, education and fun. Michelle Wright, WTAE 4 News Anchor is the mistress of ceremonies. Other participants include local businesses such as Pretty Hair Salon, Worth New York, Psychic Sara Sachs, Giant Eagle, The Body Bar, Choice Chiropractic, Body Beautiful, Dr. Nicole Chenet and many more. Participants will enjoy informative mini-workshopsas well as champagne punch and hors dʼoeuvres along with massages, wardrobe styling, spray tanning, posture checks, body fat analysis, makeup consultations, hair blowouts, bone density testing, bra fittings and teeth whitening. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at WWW.HEALTHYWORKSOFPA.COM . Healthy Works of PA is an organization that specializes in keeping Pittsburgh workers healthy, safe and sound. They provide complimentary health fairs and events to companies and organizations in Western PA. Executive Director Lindsay Wiefling states, “Local companies and organizations are looking for effective strategies to decrease healthcare costs, improve employee productivity and decrease sick time. Our mission is to prevent physical and mental health crisis by educating employees onhow to stay healthy and prevent illness.”For more information contact: Lindsay Wiefling, HealthyWorks of PA lindsay@healthyworksofpa.com , 412-877-6834

April 27 - Registration — 8:00am, Conference — 9:00am - 2:00pm
Plan to join us for a Special Needs Conference and resource fair. Workshops on employment, advocacy, inclusion in the Jewish faith community and sibling relationships will be offered - Keynote Address — Everybody Matters: Enhancing the Quality of Life for Families by Laura Marshak PhD, author of “Married with Special Children” (funded by the Herbert G. Feldman Jewish Inclusion Project) - Event Sponsors include: Agency for Jewish Learning Friendship Circle Jewish Community Center Jewish Family & Children’s Service Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh Jewish Residential Services Rodef Shalom Congregation - To learn more: Contact Linda Marino at 412-904-5945 or lmarino@jfcspgh.org .

April 28 - Save the Date:
Soul Pitt Media’s 4th “Meet the Authors” Event
- 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM - $15
- Hill House Kaufmann Center
1825 Centre Avenue Pittsburgh - Featuring authors, publishers and editors and to celebrate National Poetry Month there will be a group of talented Pittsburgh poets there to share their poetry. Light refreshments will be served. 

April 29 - Bethel Park, PA – South Hills Interfaith Ministries will host its 33rd annual Holocaust Observance. This annual event – one of the oldest in the region – commemorates the lives lost under the Nazi regime.

This year’s event is “Sugihara: Circle of Courage.” Chiune Sugihara was the vice-consul of the Japanese Consulate in Lithuania during World War II. In 1940, Sugihara – along with a provocative cast of characters, including his wife, his German secretary, and a Dutch businessman – was able to move approximately 6,000 Jews out of Lithuania. In doing so, he risked not only his career but also the lives of his family. As many as 40,000 descendants of those Jewish refugees can trace their families’ survival to the actions of Sugihara and his Circle of Courage.

The observance will include: music provided by Paul Silver, violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Mt. Lebanon High School students; participation by a wide range of local clergy; and a candle-lighting ceremony by individuals who are Holocaust survivors or children of survivors. - SHIM’s Holocaust Observance - 7:30pm- 8:30pm - Temple Emmanuel, 1250 Bower Hill Road, Pittsburgh

Save the Date

May 13 – Race for the Cure – Pittsburgh – Visit http://pittsburgh.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/PIT_PittsburghAffiliate?fr_id=2393&pg=entry  to register

June 3 - Animal Friends’ Mutt Strut 5K and Dog Walk” - Mark your calendars and clear your doggie play dates. Get ready for Animal Friends’ annual Mutt Strut 5K and Dog Walk! This year’s event will take place on Sunday, June 3 at the South Park Fairgrounds. Runners, walkers and teams can choose between a 5K run or bring your canine companion for a dog walk with Cris Winter of Today’s WISH 99.7. Or, plan to peruse a pet-friendly vendor fair. Best of all, proceeds benefit Animal Friends’ homeless residents! South Park Fairgrounds is located on Buffalo Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15129. Details, time and registration links will be posted on www.ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org .

What Makes A Great Leader?

April 03, 2012 By: admin Category: Consumer Education

by Rieva Lesonsky

What makes a great leader? There are lots of theories. You need to guide
and motivate, inspire and encourage, all while running your business.
Sound exhausting? It can be, if you don’t have the “right” attitude.

Entrepreneur and marketing guru Seth Godin believes (and I agree) that
being a manager and being a leader are two completely different animals.
Godin says, “Managers try to get people to do what they did yesterday but
a little faster, and a little cheaper with a few less defects.”

I’ve been both a manager and a leader, and I have to admit leading comes more naturally to
me than managing. Here are the leadership principles that work for me.

Say no to “yes men.” Don’t surround yourself with people who always agree with you.
What’s the point? You might as well make decisions in a vacuum. Why bother to put
together a staff of intelligent, talented people if you’re not going to listen to them? Enjoy
the debate, and listen to all sides and opinions.

Get to know your team. You can’t be a good leader if you don’t know what makes your
staff tick. You don’t have to get too personal, but by understanding the issues that may
affect each person’s job performance, you’ll be better able to motivate and lead them.

Teach your employees how to fly and then stand back. I like to give a person as much
information as I can about a project, and then let them figure out how to get the job done.
If they start moving in the wrong direction, of course you should step in, but letting
employees figure out what works and what doesn’t is not only more fun for them, but
teaches them valuable lessons.

Support and encourage. Growing up, my family was very supportive, and I try to bring
that to my personal and professional relationships. My team always knows we have each
other’s backs–no matter what.
Rieva Lesonsky is founder and CEO of GrowBiz Media, a content and consulting company. A
nationally recognized small-business expert, Lesonsky has appeared on hundreds of radio
shows and numerous local and national television programs. Read more of her insights
at SmallBizDaily.com.