Sleep On It

Civility is on a precipitous decline, driven by the ever-accelerating speed of interactions and transactions. Though this trend is more pronounced in this digital age, research shows it has been going on for 50 years. The adage “sleep on it,” originating from ancient Roman history, is still relevant today for individuals and organizations looking to sustain connections and protect brands…

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Thomas Montgomery
One Year Out

One year ago, I replaced writing papers on bridging 18thcentury literature with post-modernist texts for a Big-Girl career in Public Relations. Turning over my tassel to begin a new chapter where essentially I am more in charge of my own life, has been a huge undertaking as I discover my passion and purpose, and how to communicate that in my career.

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Toyin Akinwande
Snow in June

When my lunch break at work was disrupted by men doing a job, my mind jumped to conclusions and emotions quickly got out of hand. But what starts as a frustrating interruption turns into a powerful lesson in empathy. Not that I had any chance of seeing it coming. The last thing I was expecting was snow in June...

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Thomas Montgomery
Teaching as an Act of Learning

Even the most selfish people should have teaching on their to-do list. If your goal is to be the absolute best in your field, it behooves you to show others how to do it. It forces you to dig deeper into the material at hand, understanding beyond the surface memorization level.

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Yoshi Yui
The Princess

When my niece, Aurora, and I tell each other bedtime stories each night, mine always start the same way: “Once upon a time, there was a princess named Aurora…” Yesterday, when I asked Aurora what she wanted her story to be about, she surprised me by saying that she wanted it to be about death.

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Courtany Schick
Politics, Prayers and Peace

Let’s face it: 2018 was exhausting. Somewhere along the way, we forgot how to talk to each other, how to be together, why we need each other, and why communicating matters. As the holiday season comes to a close, I am now braced for the new year with the federal government shut down, Washington politicians at an impasse, and the generous and joy-filled spirit of the holidays quickly fading on social media. A reboot is in order.

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Ellen Yui
A Tradition of Oneness

Typically, whenever I’m asked what my weekend plans are, my response is almost always “My friends are getting married.” This year, I witnessed six marriages. They weren’t your typical Western wedding, with a church ceremony and short reception afterwards, they were a major celebration.

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Toyin Akinwande
The Souljourner’s Travels: Windows into the Soul

Just four miles off the coast of Venice, Italy stands the technicolor island of Burano. I’m profoundly grateful that this September my sojourns brought me there. What the colors of Burano revealed to me was that the person I will always need to spend the most time trying to hear is myself.

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Courtany Schick
Taking a Leap

This is my last blog post. This Friday will be my last day working for YUI+Company.  

To try and summarize what I’ve learned and observed over the past four years would be impossible. Yes, my writing has improved and my press wrangling skills are sharper, but there are other things too, outside of what you think about when you think about PR.

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Molly Devlin
The Louis C.K. Show Starring Louis C.K.

Louis C.K. is a master of digging himself into a hole of horrible thoughts and climbing out as the most open-minded person in the room. The problem is that his negative jokes about women weren’t just jokes. While I always assumed C.K. was being sarcastic, he was putting those sexist thoughts into practice behind the curtain. It brings into question the very moral compass…or lack thereof…that allowed him “sarcastically” say nasty things about himself, his ex-wife, his children, his audience, and the world around him. Is there a road to redemption?

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Yoshi Yui