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Becoming a force of change: Building a sustainable DEI strategy (access required)

The Monroe County Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) was implemented in March 2021. The department was developed by County Executive Adam Bello to drive his commitment and vision of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce and community per his 2020 Transition ...

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Tips for obtaining appropriate business insurance coverage (access required)

It is important for any business to have appropriate insurance coverage. Nevertheless, many businesses fail to evaluate the scope of coverage necessary to offset business risks. Oftentimes, questions related to insurance coverage do not receive much attention. The cost to acquire just enough coverage to ...

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DEI critical at all levels of an organization for optimal performance (access required)

At ESL Federal Credit Union, having diversity in every level of the organization is important to  serve every community in the greater Rochester area, whether it is people who are underserved by financial institutions and “underbanked,” or people who are high-net ...

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Urban League, local leaders work to further DEI efforts in Rochester community (access required)

Achieving a diverse, equitable and inclusive community will take the help of everyone, including local business leaders, says Seanelle Hawkins, president and CEO of the Urban League of Rochester.   “We all have to take a piece of the puzzle and do our part,” Hawkins says.   ...

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Experts predict commercial insurance issues will take a while to resolve (access required)

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect insurance premiums in lines across the board, with some in the field believing the increased hikes and altered terms will be short-term, while others believe they may be in place longer. “The marketplace for ...

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Private schools note improved mental health for students learning in-person (access required)

At Hope Hall School, student wellness has increased dramatically because all of the students are now in-person, says Carol White Llewellyn, who works in advancement at the school.  Llewellyn notes that Hope Hall uses a multisensory program to educate students ...

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Private schools report uptick in enrollment as pandemic continues (access required)

Early this summer, Forbes and CNBC reported private school enrollment gains after years of pre pandemic slow to no gains in enrollment.  On a local level, private schools reported a range of increased enrollment numbers, from slight gains to as much ...

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Gleaning inspiration from urban developments in smaller cities (access required)

In college, I remember a professor telling a studio full of aspiring architects that traveling was an essential part of being an architect. The reason being, she stated, was that it contributed to a designer’s collective experience of places, a mental catalogue of sorts. Of ...

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Construction industry struggles with growing labor shortage (access required)

Finding workers to fill construction jobs was tough enough before the pandemic, but since then, it has only gotten harder, according to Anthony Soprano, vice president of preconstruction services at DiMarco Constructors.   “It went from a tough situation to a bad situation,” he says.   The lack of ...

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Increase in material costs affecting local construction projects (access required)

An increase in the price of building materials is having an impact on local construction and development projects, but the price hikes are not stopping work from getting done.   Peter Muench, vice president of preconstruction services at LeChase Construction Services LLC, says the situation requires the firm to ...

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Tips for evaluating retirement readiness (access required)

A successful retirement is the main financial priority for many people. Because retirement can last upwards of 30 years and coupled with all the variables that go into determining potential success or failure, it is often the most difficult financial ...

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Time a vital factor in retirement planning (access required)

The ideal time to do a formal retirement plan is five to 10 years before your anticipated retirement, says Brennan Redmond, first vice president and financial advisor at Sage Rutty and Co.  “If you don’t have a retirement plan by the time you’re five years out ...

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Financial planning today requires agility, open communication with advisors (access required)

Flexibility is key when it comes to one’s retirement income options, says Maureen Pilato, vice president and senior financial advisor at High Probability Advisors LLC, an affiliate of The Bonadio Group.   “Don’t get too tied to one strategy,” Pilato ...

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