Immigration: A Historic Cost in Dollars

As the world continues to connect via globalization, advanced communication and travel, immigration has continued to rise. Most notably immigration has rose exponentially in European and Western enclaves around the world. “You should see Paris now, it’s little Africa.” She said with a chuckle. The francophone African woman I was interviewing for a story was…

Here’s Why Today’s Hard Work Will Not Make You Rich

Perhaps one of the biggest myths is that hard work equals success. This is a concept strongly held in Western tradition, despite its historic and present day inaccuracies. The hidden assumption behind the hard work trope is that the “worker” will be able to enjoy the production value behind his/her own hard work. This is…

The Pivot: New Beginnings, New Directions

While in Nigeria I read a book on execution—the concept of getting things done. It reminded me of another business book that I read about how companies restructured and reinvented themselves. I found both to be very compelling, most especially because they showed how good companies got better, bad companies improved and some companies innovated…

Make The Deal: A Case Study on Decision-Making

Making a good deal requires understanding what you will gain and what you must lose. Deal-making is almost as old as time. Part of what makes some people better deal-makers than others, is their ability to evaluate a deal beyond their emotions. Emotions are essential in making a deal; often emotions can signal red flags…

EdCheck: The Value of a College Education

Every year millions of youth around the world graduate from college or matriculate to an institution of higher learning. According to the NCES figures, there are close to 8000 universities and institutions of higher learning in the US, we can guess that number goes up decidedly throughout the world. However, the value of that education…

Five Tips for Workaholics

Every once in a while, we have those times when we are absolutely inundated and quite overwhelmed. As humans, we can be assured that these hectic periods in life will happen to everyone. Many times during these periods we are pushed from pillar to post. Those times can be personal, career, lifestyle changes, family or…

Grad Nation: 3 Tips for College Grads

In part one of our two-part series on graduation, we learned a few key things students matriculating to higher education should keep in mind during graduation.  According to the National Center for education Statistic, public institutions had the highest graduation rates of public, private an for-profit institutions (accept in cases where the for-profit institution had…

Grad Nation: 5 Tips for the Class of 2018 (High School Edition)

The United States high school graduation rate reached an all time high of 83% in 2014/2015 school year and in 2016.  Many credit the surge in highly targeted US social programs and initiatives aimed at improving graduation among low-income and underserved students.  In a little more than a year, U.S. graduation rates fell 10 percent…

The Beginner’s Guide to Entrepreneurship: 5 Resources to Get Started

So you wanna be an entrepreneur?  Good.  It can be the first step to making money or losing it.  As an entrepreneur, tenacity is your greatest resource.  Many don’t succeed at business, because they do not take it as seriously as a conventional career.  In the United States, and in many countries, students are socialized…

EdTech to Bolster Educational Achievement in Guatemala, Developing Economies

Guatemala recently rolled out a new education program launched by its Ministry of Education which allows Guatemalans from ages 13 to adult, both at home and abroad to continue their education.  The program, Programa Nacional de Educación Alternativa –Pronea, allows students to participate in distance learning and earn formal certifications. Education like all other sectors…