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What Bridges are You Building or Crossing?

What Bridges are You Building or Crossing?

Sometimes a picture is about something you don’t see at the time, but this bridge photo touches on a few guideposts that are important to me in my life and work. I took this photo when I was in Paris earlier this year, where I was so thrilled to connect with...

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52 Places to Go

52 Places to Go

As a consultant who has done a lot of work with destination and tourism clients, I was excited to see the New York Times annual “52 Places to Go in 2024” announced this week. It got me thinking about Place #42: The Boundary Waters, Minnesota. Their photo of Place #42...

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Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight

As the first week of 2024 begins to head into the weekend, I am struck by how important this time of the year is for all of us, but in so many different ways. In my consulting work, it’s a time to rebalance, shine some light on the areas I want to explore in the year...

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We Are Family

We Are Family

Walking down the street in 1979 in Italy, I heard a young boy singing the famous Sister Sledge tune "We Are Family"—it had just been released that spring. Even though English wasn’t his first language, he shared the joy in the song, and somehow all of us hearing him...

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Tourism Alive Program Officially Launches

Tourism Alive Program Officially Launches

Exciting times for suburban Cook County as Tourism Alive program officially launches. Big thanks to County President Toni Preckwinkle, Commissioner Kevin Morrison for kicking off tourism promotion campaign with industry leaders, led by their Bureau of Economic...

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The Power of Togetherness and Serendipity

The Power of Togetherness and Serendipity

Wow! It’s been a whirlwind of JOY! My husband and I had the great honor of gathering friends and family for our Chicago wedding a few weeks ago. Bringing our loved ones together, not only as guests, but as participants, was both powerful and memorable in ways that...

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Bring Your Partners Together

Bring Your Partners Together

...And do it with consistency. As someone who specializes in multi-stakeholder engagement, I have seen this strategy deliver time and time again. Remember that both the big and small moments matter. For instance, quarterly face-to-face meetings with several...

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