Reader recommended

Posted on Sep 27, 2019 :: Reader Recommended
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer


What are you reading, watching, listening to or doing that’s so great you want to share it with others? We asked a few of our Insight readers, and this is what they said.

— Compiled by Insight Editor MaryBeth Matzek


Volunteering: Good for you and your business

“Whether I’m serving on a committee or helping at a community event, I’ve found that there is no better way to get connected to our community and make a difference at the same time. With each volunteer experience, I find myself growing and gaining valuable leadership skills along the way. Even better, research continues to prove the many health benefits of volunteering. Many businesses are also starting to recognize workforce development benefits, like cultivating collaboration, empathy, adaptability and leadership skills. This is leading to more workplace volunteer programs to help employees carve out time in their busy schedules. The end result is a happier, healthier, better-connected community. That is good for everybody!”

Renee Torzala, Faith Technologies Inc., Menasha


Cutting through the noise

“Nonprofit marketers have more control over their organization’s content on the digital landscape than ever before. We can share information when we want, how we want and to the defined audience we want. While this is powerful, it can also be overwhelming, especially if you manage multiple platforms and need to show an ROI. The #501Social Blog by Julia Campbell helps cut through all the noise and delivers practical, relevant advice and sound tips and tricks that every nonprofit professional can benefit from. From email to Instagram, information shared covers everything from technical tools to storytelling. I reference her materials often and always walk away with ideas to try.”

Kristen Paquet, CP, Green Bay


Uplifting inspiration

“‘The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World’ by Melinda Gates is filled with stories about the power of lifting up women to not just improve communities but humanity. Many of her stories and the focus of her work has been in developing countries, where perhaps some of the most innovative programs have been developed. As the executive director of the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region, I was inspired by the lessons, concepts and philosophies. I can envision how some of these ideas can be modified and adopted here to raise women and girls, improving our entire community.”

Julie Keller, Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region, Appleton


Lesson in productivity

“Productivity theories and methods always intrigue me, and I’m hooked on author Michael Hyatt right now. He recently published ‘Free to Focus,’ and his ‘Lead to Win’ podcast and Full Focus planner are great companions for anyone interested in implementing his system. ‘Educated,’ a memoir by Tara Westover, is also a recent favorite. She brings to light that higher education should be attainable for everyone, and with support, there are no limits to success. I see this in our students at Lakeshore Technical College every day and am so inspired by their journeys to success.”

Julie Mirecki, Lakeshore Technical College, Cleveland