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I am a huge fan of Andy Andrews. He is an author and motivational speaker and also a “noticer”. I have read many of his books including The Noticer. It is a great story of seeing things others miss and finding wisdom and perspective from people and situations. I cannot say I am necessarily a “noticer”, but I am a connector. Both in my job and in my personal life I encounter opportunities, or should I say sometimes opportunities find me, to connect people based on their circumstances. It really is amazing to be able to help people on so many different levels. From complicated to simple – I connect.

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Good to Know

Dierks Bentley, Jason Mraz, Jim Gaffigan, Kesha, Marc Broussard, Colony House, Marshall Crenshaw, Squirrel Nut Zippers, the Original Wailers and We are Scientists are among the nearly 400 performers taking the stage as part of the 35th edition of Musikfest, the nation’s largest free-admission music festival. The event, set for Aug. 3-12 in Bethlehem, Pa., features music on 16 stages, with more than 500 free music and art performances during its 10-day run. On Aug. 12, the festival concludes with a spectacular fireworks show adjacent to the iconic Bethlehem Steel Blast Furnaces.

Did you know that Emmaus, PA boasts Wildlands Conservancy’s 350+-acre South Mountain Preserve? This local, natural destination offers nine miles of easy-to-challenging trails, including an ADA loop for wheelchair users. Trails are accessible for hikers, responsible pet owners, trail runners, birdwatchers, mountain bikers, bicyclists and other passive recreation. Single use biking trails are maintained throughout, making the preserve one of the best mountain biking points in the Lehigh Valley. Grounds are open day to dusk.

Partner Career Tips

Sue’s Search Support Snippet #1: Managing Change

I've been working with many of you, the accompanying partner, for the past few months helping to get a leg-up on all aspects of preparing for your job search in the Lehigh Valley. That support has mainly focused on resume and cover letter review, LinkedIn support, preparing for an interview and, of course, networking, networking, networking. This prep work has included LINC sharing many tools and support that will help you be successful in landing a position in your field as quickly as possible. So, I had an IDEA! Beginning with our August newsletter, let's start sharing all the important things we have been learning and exchanging throughout this process that may continue to help all of you and all future clients who will be experiencing the same challenges. Let’s change those challenges into opportunities.

Ambassador Corner

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.