Climbing for leadership: A Q&A with Everest explorer Alison Levine

2-22-16aClimbing Mount Everest taught Alison Levine how to lead a team in even the toughest of environments.  Alison Levine was team captain of the first American Women’s Mount Everest Expedition and is the author of a New York Times bestseller on leadership. No stranger to punishing environments, she skied both the North and South Poles, survived subzero temperatures, hurricane-force winds, avalanches and a career on Wall Street. Continue reading

What We Can Learn from the Red Cross About Disaster Preparations

March is just around the corner, and the US will be entering into National Red Cross Appreciation Month.  It’s a great time to make a donation, send a thank-you to Red Cross first responders or, take a half hour to donate blood, a hallmark of Red Cross support. Along with a show of thanks for an organization that has helped our nation through some tough times——this is also a good month to reflect on other aspects of disaster preparations. Continue reading

Shakin’: Earthquake Preparedness and What to Do in the Aftermath

What do you do when the floor starts shaking? The correct answer—at least one of them—is “panic.” And that can’t be helped. Any normal person will be at least a little worried if an earthquake kicks in with no warning. –Hopefully, when you regain your composure, you’ll recall those safety precautions that are hopefully already in place. Continue reading

Happy New Year Resolutions!

Resolved: 3 Tips for Protecting Against Losses Before They Happen

2013 One of the best things about the New Year is that it’s also a fresh start. It’s common for people to set goals for the New Year to better themselves or their situation in some way. One of the most common resolutions year after year, is to get more organized. Accordingly if you listen to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, it’s the perfect time for agents to encourage customers to take a good look at their policies to ensure adequate coverage in 2013. Continue reading

(Not) Home for Christmas: Holiday Burglaries and How to Avoid Them

It’s that time of year again! Lights are up everywhere, we’ve witnessed a couple of instances of snow (at least the northern section of the country), and December break is slowly but surely starting to kick in for students of all ages. For many families, having everyone back together for the holidays plus end-of-year deadlines having just been conquered, often equals a well-deserved vacation. But while you’re lounging on a Caribbean shore, tropical drink in Continue reading