Surviving the Virus in a Business World

first_img Top of the News HerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeauty For the past three Saturdays, Pasadena-based entrepreneur Farshad Ali has been offering a series of webinars called “COVID-19: Business Survival and Empowerment,” designed to help and inspire fellow business people amid the tough times they’re facing due to the Coronavirus pandemic.This week’s edition will feature a very special guest presenter, as Nick Vujicic – who was born with no arms and no legs yet developed an international career as a motivational speaker who has traveled to 74 countries – offers a talk called “Attitude is Altitude.”Born in Australia and a current California resident, Vujicic has authored several best-selling inspirational books in addition to being a musician and actor, and has been featured on “Oprah” and “60 Minutes.” He was born with the rare genetic condition tetra-amelia syndrome, which is characterized by being born without limbs, but his indomitable Christian faith led to his thriving career as well as life as a husband and father to four children.“I’m very thankful for my faith and my family and friends,” says Vujicic. “That helps me to believe that even in the midst of challenges and crisis that we can still be thankful for what we have, seeing opportunities through obstacles and the purpose of trying to be an encouragement for those around us.”The objective of the series is to inform, equip, and inspire participants to not only survive but thrive, during and after this unprecedented challenge. Asl created the webinar series in partnership with fellow leaders Roger Doumanian and Victor Arceo to respond to\ the community’s urgent need for guidance, resources, and leadership, during this uncertain time.Vujicic himself has been impacted severely by the Covid-19 pandemic, with 65 percent of his speaking engagements canceled or postponed this year. Yet he quickly adapted, starting the Nick Vujicic Podcast on, enabling him to reach people without having to travel.“It actually has been a desire of mine that I can stay at home,” says Vijucic. “Zoom opportunities and webinars are what we have pivoted towards and now I have become aggressive in looking for some major opportunities for me to find endorsement deals and become an ambassador for companies.”The free webinar series has experienced fast growth, with several hundred watching each edition thus far, and there are 1000 slots available for Saturday’s event, which will be available for viewing on the Zoom app at 2 p.m. Registration is required at“Each segment of the series has sold out, and the response has been overwhelming,” stated Farshad Asl, CEO of Top Leaders, Inc. and Regional Director of Bankers Life.Keynote speakers featured previously in the virtual, four-week series include noted motivational speaker and leadership consultant Amir Ghannad, acclaimed financial expert Eszylfie Taylor, and Rob McCoy, former Mayor of Thousand Oaks.“In my part, I always do a brief touch on the latest relief packages available for businesses,” says Doumanian, who has dual careers as a corporate attorney and business coach. “A lot of my clients are applying for the funding, and people are asking where’s the money, so I’ll share that several of my clients got approval and had loan packages distributed to them.“I’ll be bridging the gap between what is survival mode now and how businesses can deal with the aftermath of Covid-19,” adds Doumanian. “I believe there will be significant changes to how businesses will operate and that’s my focus of Saturday’s talk.”“We’ve been talking about adapting brick and mortar businesses and individuals without online marketing and digital marketing, and we’re giving free tips and advice on how business owners can do that,” says co-organizer Arceo. “They have to take everything they were doing with face to face engagement in stores and do it 100 percent online.”Ultimately, Vijucic points out that the human spirit and innovation will get everyone through this crisis, just as it has in numerous crises of the past.“Know that even though it is unique, this is not the first crisis we have had, and we have to take it one day at a time,” says Vijucic. “For any of us who have had to make tough decisions in downsizing or shutting down your business, do not let those circumstances define you as defeated. Many business owners and entrepreneurs who endure through challenges take advantage of this “reset button”, to pivot, learn and grow. Every business is different, but persistence is the key for the success of any entrepreneur and being open to a revolution of our business models.” Business News 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Community News Community News Surviving the Virus in a Business World By CARL KOZLOWSKI Published on Friday, April 17, 2020 | 3:30 am Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

Finding meaning in loss

first_imgFor many Americans, Sept. 11, 2001, evokes memories of confusion and sadness, a stunned sense of the world not being what it once was. For Jennifer Page Hughes, those feelings were all too familiar, from an earlier time in 1996.Hughes was preparing to graduate from high school on Boston’s North Shore the year her father died. While walking the family dog on a cold spring Saturday, he fell through the ice on a local pond and drowned.“It’s not something you ever imagine will happen,” said Hughes, now a counselor at Harvard’s Bureau of Study Counsel (BSC). Her father was simply there that morning — as she headed out the door to meet friends at the mall — and then he wasn’t. A loss of that nature, she said, “feels chaotic.”Since then, she has found meaning in her own senseless tragedy by working to mitigate and confront the pain of grief on a much broader scale. Her clients include not just Harvard undergraduate and graduate students at the BSC, but the families of some 9/11 victims.“I’ve made meaning of my own tragic loss by helping others going through painful experiences in their own lives,” she said.Hughes began to confront and understand her own grieving process during her sophomore year at Williams College. Her grades had begun to slip, and a running injury sidelined her career on the track team.“Not having that outlet of literally running away forced me to suddenly have to face some overwhelming emotions,” she said.Eventually, she sought out a counselor at Williams and began dealing with her loss. The experience was so rewarding that it persuaded her to pursue counseling. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the State University of New York, Albany.“While I would never have wished it to happen, that experience [of my father’s death] provided me with an increased sensitivity to a kind of pain or loss or experience that I otherwise wouldn’t have,” she said. “It’s forced me to gain a clearer understanding of myself and allowed me to better understand others.”In 2004, while on an interview for her predoctoral internship at the University of Pennsylvania, she met an intern named Rob Fazio. They discussed their shared interest in grief counseling.“He said something like, ‘So, who’d you lose?’ ” Hughes recalled. “It was the kind of direct question that only someone else who’s gone through loss would ask in that way.”It turned out Fazio had lost his father in the World Trade Center attack. He asked Hughes to join his new nonprofit organization, Hold the Door for Others Inc., which he envisioned as a national support network of counselors and survivors interested in working through the psychological trauma brought on by sudden loss.As a consultant for Hold the Door, Hughes now helps to create workbooks and other tools and leads group workshops. The organization also hosts a daylong summit every year, called Hold the Door Day, where roughly 100 participants attend workshops and group counseling sessions. This year’s event will take place Oct. 22 in Fort Lee, N.J.Over time, the annual gathering has become an informal meeting ground for families affected by 9/11. “It’s very much been a community for them,” she said.Now starting her sixth year at the BSC, Hughes relishes the opportunity to work with students. She and the bureau’s 10 other counselors, who operate under the umbrella of Behavioral Health and Academic Counseling, provide individual and group counseling, create and lead workshops on everything from study skills to adjusting to life at Harvard, and serve as liaisons to the undergraduate Houses to provide support to residential life staff.In addition to providing grief counseling and running her own private practice, Hughes works with students struggling with learning and attention disorders and perfectionism. While the latter is much more visible on campus than the former, she said, both problems can be exacerbated by Harvard’s rigorous workload.In a competitive and challenging environment, she said, counseling can give students the space to explore their fears, worries, or goals, just as she was able to do in therapy in the wake of her father’s death.“The college years are such a significant time where there’s so much change and possibility,” she said. “To work with someone and see that change happening — and to have them share that journey with you — is so rewarding.”The upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11 can serve as a reminder, she said, that even after a decade grief persists.“I hope that the spotlight’s back on [the victims’ families] in a good way,” Hughes said. “I hope people can understand that, for these families, or for anyone who’s experienced loss, it’s not something that goes away.”But grieving can be transformed into a meaningful experience, as it was for her.“It’s a way of keeping my father’s memory alive, and it informs the work I do every day,” she said. “It’s always going to be hard, but it’s made me who I am.”last_img read more

Students unable to return home housed indefinitely at Morris Inn

first_imgThe COVID-19 pandemic has dozens of students in the tri-campus community caught in limbo between school and home. In a March 18 email to the student body, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced Notre Dame would be closing its doors for the remainder of the semester due to the advancing virus. In a follow-up email that same day, vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said each student originally approved to stay on campus past March 17 — 253 in total — was expected to return home as soon as possible. Still, with travel restrictions locking down borders both in the U.S. and around the world, many students have nowhere to go. Others may lack reliable internet access or a stable home — necessary criteria for a proper learning environment. As a result, the University is sponsoring some of the original 253 to stay at the Morris Inn for, at minimum, the rest of the academic year.After Jenkins’s March 18 announcement, Hoffmann Harding emailed students still living on campus and invited those with reason to stay to apply for extended housing via Google Form. In an email to The Observer, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said staff in Campus Ministry, the Office of Student Enrichment, Notre Dame International and Residential Life also called students individually to help them work out their next steps.“All students who identified on the form or to a staff member that they still needed housing accommodations were provided continued room and board in University-sponsored housing,” Brown said in the email.Brown said the Emergency Operations Center made the decision to provide extended housing to the students and will continue to oversee their accommodations for the rest of their stay.Students eligible to stay at the Morris Inn were notified in an email from Hoffmann Harding the evening of March 19. Move in took place March 21.“Living in a common location on campus will help alleviate any potential feelings of loneliness you may experience during this uncertain and difficult time,” Hoffmann Harding said in the email. “It will also help the University reduce the number of staff on campus in accordance with public health guidelines.” Since March 28, the Morris Inn has also been hosting about a dozen Saint Mary’s students. Linda Timm, interim vice president for student affairs at Saint Mary’s, said a few more are staying at the Inn at Saint Mary’s and Opus Hall, the College’s on-campus apartment complex.“When we made the decision to close the residence halls, we focused on settling our students in a location that was nearby, had plentiful WiFi and equipped for food service,” Timm said in an email. “The hotels on our tri-campus were willing to assist our students, and we’re grateful for that.”As a precautionary measure, most of the day-to-day life at the Morris Inn is relatively insular. Students are assigned one to a room, and meals are served at the door twice a day. Students also receive weekly laundry service from Saint Michael’s. According to a March 25 email from the College’s Office of Residence Life, both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame residents receive the same services.Morris Inn residents must abide by parietals and all other standards of conduct outlined in du Lac during their stay, according to an email sent to the Notre Dame Morris Inn residents March 20. In the interest of public health, a number of social-distancing precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also are in place. Residents must stay six to nine feet apart, may invite in no outside guests and all social gatherings are limited to 10 people.Director of Campus Ministry Fr. Pete McCormick serves as community director of the Morris Inn. McCormick works with 10 other University staff members — called “community assistants” — to help residents during their stay. Nine of the community assistants are rectors and one is a Campus Ministry employee.He said a large part of their job is pastoral care — making sure students’ needs are met and they feel supported. McCormick said each community assistant oversees about 10 to 20 residents.“Being away from loved ones, being sometimes away from your own home country in the midst of a pandemic like this can be a little nerve-racking,” he said. “We want to make sure that folks feel accompanied and known and loved in the midst of all this.”To that end, the University has arranged a number of weekly services to help build community at the Morris Inn, he said — for example, Zoom hall meetings, make-shift hall sections and virtual game nights.Students are also allowed to use public spaces around the Inn to study and spend time together, so long as they practice social distancing, McCormick said. To keep the building clean, all shared spaces will be sanitized on a nightly basis.“We do not have any expectations that students won’t engage with one another, go for a walk together or whatever the case might be like,” he said. “There’s going to be opportunities for [a] smaller community.”Notre Dame senior Natural Baptiste is one of the dozens of students staying at the Morris Inn. Baptiste said a number of reasons kept him from going home. For one, he worried about remote learning.“WiFi isn’t something I have access to readily at home,” he said. “And with my entire family at home working, being at home was not feasible.”He was also in Morocco over spring break. While returning home, he traveled through the Netherlands just as it was declared a level three travel advisory country by the U.S. Department of State. With an eight-month-old niece at home, going home wasn’t an option, he said.Baptiste said his transition back to Notre Dame and into the Morris Inn was not easy. Though students still on campus were told to leave “as soon as possible” in Hoffmann Harding’s email March 18, he said it wasn’t until the morning of March 19 that Residential Life offered them the chance to stay — and until then, students were left with more questions than answers. “If ‘Wait, what?‘ was an emotion, that’s how I felt,” Baptiste said.Gizelle Torres-Mendez, a Saint Mary‘s sophomore, is also staying at the Inn. She said she originally applied to stay at Saint Mary‘s because she didn’t have WiFi at home. Now she has no choice because of travel restrictions in her home state, Illinois.Torres-Mendez said her first few days at the Inn have been quiet.“Most of us just kind of stay inside the room,” she said. Still, she said the Morris Inn staff have been proactive in making sure all students are settling in.“I think they have been very good about asking if we have any issues or if they can help,” she said.Tags: COVID-19, Erin Hoffmann Harding, Morris Inn, remote learninglast_img read more

Giving hope when disaster strikes

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data…center_img 2020 has been HARD. Our credit union family has not only been navigating a pandemic, but many have found themselves faced with natural disasters that uproot their families, their finances and overall well-being. It has been a challenging season with hurricanes impacting the Gulf Coast and wildfires ravaging California, Oregon, Colorado and more.The Foundation wants to thank everyone who has donated to CUAid this year in the aftermath of these natural disasters. Every dollar makes a difference, and for someone going through something tragic, your donations make a world of difference. When you give to CUAid, you are giving to real people, just like you, who work for a credit union. You help them see that “people helping people” is more than just a saying. Take this credit union employee for example who received a grant after their house was damaged from wildfires:“Wow, thank you so much for the good news. I am so very appreciative of not only the amazing aid, but simply that the credit union industry cares so much. I have been in credit unions for over 25 years now and the people never cease to amaze me. Please pass on a BIG thank you to all involved with the program and the decision to grant me such a wonderful gift.”last_img read more