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Tokeya Graham: Five women I admire

Author Toni Morrison wrote, “make a difference about something other than yourselves.” My grandmother, Marie Young, has always told me, “the time of day is due to everybody.” These two directives shape who I endeavor to be: a kind and ...

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How the affordable housing industry can help New Yorkers register to vote (access required)

One person, one vote: that principle is foundational to our democracy. But the sad reality is that in nearly every election voter participation is embarrassingly low in the Empire State. Every New Yorker has a responsibility to help reverse this ...

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Women offer words of wisdom to rising young professionals

Focusing on money, instead of what makes you happy, is the worst mistake women professionals can make, says LaShunda Leslie-Smith, executive director of a nonprofit that seeks to break the cycle of poverty in Rochester’s EMMA and Beechwood neighborhoods. Leslie-Smith, ...

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Women say community-first attitude a major Rochester asset

Business women in Rochester say the community is embedded with positive values of kindness, gratitude and positivity. Rochester’s business community wants to see entrepreneurs succeed, says Sujatha Ramanujan, managing director of Luminate, a startup accelerator focused on optic, photonics and ...

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Make sure your financial adviser’s credential is a credible one (access required)

Investors are understandably confused by the dazzling array of credentials financial professionals use to differentiate themselves when marketing their services. As the number of individuals who provide financial planning advice has increased over the years, the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) ...

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Companies recruit employees by emphasizing benefits packages (access required)

Lynn Clement of the KJT Group Inc. brings up her firm’s benefits packages during recruiting interviews. “We do have a fairly generous health insurance benefit, and we do have vision and dental,” says KJT’s chief research officer. “I do bring ...

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Value-based health care beginning to reap benefits in hospitals (access required)

Even the most optimistic medical or health care professional will tell you that there are some things about the United States’ system of treatment and billing that needs some work. We’ve got the best doctors in the world (some right ...

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Mobile app a new resource for managing health of Excellus members (access required)

The Rochester region’s largest health insurer has seen success using technology to connect its members with their health care teams and manage their health outside of the doctor’s office. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield introduced a mobile app in 2016. Since it ...

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Electronic medical records changing aspects of health care (access required)

While recently treating a patient, Gregg Nicandri M.D. was able to diagnose an infection, consult with a colleague on a potential surgical complication based on the patient’s medical history and come up with a plan of action for care – ...

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Innovation on display at ROC Tech Conference

RTC19 an opportunity to learn from the experts Artificial intelligence, cloud technology, talent strategy, and digital transformation. Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is excited to once again partner with Innovative Solutions on the 2019 ROC Tech Conference at which these ...

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Construction firms deal with rising costs, in particular tariffs (access required)

The Association of General Contractors of America reported that costs for commonly used construction materials rose 7.4 percent from 2017 to 2018, adding that contractors and construction firms have since been squeezed by import tariffs and are grappling with talent ...

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Inclusive leadership can inspire minority employees to achieve (access required)

Many organizations boldly advertise in their marketing material, on their websites and through recruiting methods how their total workforce is very diverse. This is really a misnomer that doesn’t consider that most of the diversity exists among entry level employees ...

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Diversity ethos becoming ingrained in forward-thinking businesses (access required)

There’s been an interesting trend developing over the past two decades in American business regarding efforts towards diversity and inclusion — but it’s probably not the one that seems most intuitive. It’s no great insight to realize that the face ...

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