How exciting it is to be able to reflect on the previous year and begin anew!
2018 – A Reflection
Although it is good to review the previous year and its many successes and changes, January is like a big reset button for me and the LINC team to set a new vision and goals for 2019.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!! Colder weather, a little snow, family and friend gatherings and music! This is our last newsletter for this year. This special edition is written because there are so many amazing things to take in during the next month and a half! As we head into the holidays of 2018 and anticipate the New Year (it is hard to even say the words!), there are many things to keep in mind and consider. Be sure to read through the newsletter and the many activities listed. You can also check out the over 430 event happenings at Discover Lehigh Valley! Regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, Mawlid el-Nabi, or Rohatsu, I believe the end of one year and beginning of the next is a great time for reflection.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought the new year brings an exciting energy with it – the energy from having a blank slate, the energy from imagining what’s to come, the energy from knowing this is another year you can make the most of. A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions inspired by this energy, and whether your resolutions involve getting active or trying new things, if you’re in need of ideas for where to start, here are some local resources that can help you do just that.
Soon, there will be a crisp chill to the air as the hills in the Valley turn bright shades of russet, amber and scarlet. Fall is a beloved time in the Valley as locals transition from shorts and t-shirts, air conditioning and rain (did I mention rain?) to layers of cozy clothing, outdoor fires and the first flakes. Valley residents look forward to fall not only because of the beauty and slower pace of life but also because of the many festivals and celebrations that are held at this time of year. Here is a sample of some of the larger fall festivals and activities, as well as some that are not as well known but equally fun...
As the temporary stages from Musikfest are taken down and the temperature drops, one might wonder if the energy in the Lehigh Valley wanes at the end of the summer. But, luckily for residents and visitors alike, the area famous for its summer and holiday attractions has many splendors to behold all throughout the fall season as well. And while it’s true that many outdoor attractions are winding down and closing up shop, the season for leaf peeping has only just begun.
I have always enjoyed being a “people connector” from my early working days in Human Resources at a bank to serving as an officer and engaging member of a Welcome Wagon Club in Butler, PA, to my involvement with the Newcomers’ Club of the Greater Lehigh Valley over the last ten years. I have embraced learning about the entire Lehigh Valley and exploring all it has to offer. Many people have dubbed me as an “ambassador” as I am always promoting a business, place or event. I thrive on meeting new people and getting to know them and helping them connect to others.
Happy New Year! As you think about New Year’s resolutions, be sure to include your career goals. You may be in your ideal job or be looking for a new position. Whatever your situation, challenge yourself to never stop building your professional network. You might say to yourself, “I don’t have time to add another thing to my plate.” Well, there is good news...It does not have to take lots of time! You can spend as little as 10 minutes a week to strengthen your existing network and gain at least one new contact.
An article in this month’s National Career Development Association’s (NCDA) magazine started with the following paragraph: “According to the naturalist Milton Olsen, birds fly in V-formation on their migrations because each bird flapping its wings creates an uplift for the bird behind it, and by flying in V-shape the whole flock gets over 70% better mileage than if each bird flew solo.” Written by Gregg Levoy, the article talks about the power of group support during career transition and I believe it couldn’t speak more specifically to LINC’s mission.
PBS39 is the Greater Lehigh Valley’s public media station, serving more than ten counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Our vision is to create a community that is inspired, engaged and vibrant. We focus on and celebrate the diversity of the region and work within our community to spread the message of inclusion. PBS39 is also involved in a number of collective impact initiatives, whereby several organizations join forces to affect large scale social change.
We live and function in an evolving society both domestically and internationally. As a result, I believe the time is now for the emergence of creative, innovative, and intentional partnerships driven by leaders who want to make the workforce more inclusive. The idea that institutions and industry can function in isolation given the current educational climate is outdated and not viable economically, socially, culturally, or politically. With the goal of educating and preparing the next generation of leaders who possess the necessary skillsets, here are a few thoughts on the value of partnerships from both the higher education and industry perspectives, based on my personal experience.
We moved to the scenic Lehigh Valley area almost a year ago. At first, we were slightly nervous moving to a suburban part of a new state, having previously resided in only major metropolitan areas including London, Boston, New York, and DC. Fortunately, we quickly and smoothly transitioned into our chosen residential hub, historic downtown Bethlehem, without a problem.
It is the most wonderful time of the year. The holidays are rapidly approaching and the Lehigh Valley is busy preparing spectacles and festivities for all to enjoy, especially those of us who are new to the area and will spend the season away from our nuclear families.
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