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WeCanDoIt...andWeDo If our CAWLM cover image this month looks familiar, it’s because it is. When we began discussing our coverage for September earlier this year, the stories we assembled fell under an umbrella theme of “She Means Business.” We wanted to highlight women in our area who are working to make a positive difference through their dedication and devotion to the work they do and the communities they serve. No other symbol typifies that can-do attitude more soundly and succinctly that Rosie the Riveter. The iconic image created during World War II initially was meant to represent the legion of American women who stepped up on the home front to reinforce the vacant jobs in factories and shipyards across the country to ensure that the supply trains of munitions and war supplies never ceased running. The war eventually ended, but the image of Rosie continued to be lifted up and carried forward as an emblem in the strengthening swell of the feminism movement and as a champion of the pursuit for equality.
It’s a happy coincidence that our featured cover women this month – Colleen Graber, president of Public Policy Associates Inc. – is a Rosie fan. It’s fitting that our cover this month is a reflection on the strength of women as we approach the annual Inspiration & Influence Awards. CAWLM and the Aitch Foundation are again in partnership to celebrate heroes in the mid-Michigan region whose imagination and ambition soar where only eagles dare and who lead by example to encourage others to similar heights. On Oct. 16 at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West, we will be delivering deserved recognition on leaders in the areas of community impact, women’s advancement, medical research and award the mid-Michigan Woman of the Year. This year’s keynote will be delivered by state Treasurer Rachael Eubanks, so it will surely be an evening of positivity and empowerment not to be missed.
to set aside some time to play too. Prior to the Inspiration & Influence Awards next month, the CAWLM Lady Classic Golf Outing tees off at Hawk Hollow Golf Course on Sept. 18. The benefit for the Women’s Center for Greater Lansing is open to golfers of all abilities and skill levels, and there’s always an overabundance of fun. The perfect ways to swing into the fall season await, and I hope to see you at both of these worthwhile events.■
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ORIGAMI’S HANNAH ACCEPTS NOMINATION TO SERVE AS VICE CHAIRPERSON FOR BIAMI Origami Brain Injury and Rehabilitation Center has announced that President and CEO Tammy Hannah has accepted a nomination to serve as vice chairperson on the board of directors with the Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI). BIAMI’s mission is to improve the lives of those affected by brain injury and reduce the incidence and impact of brain injury through advocacy, awareness, education, prevention, research and support. Origami is proud of Hannah’s commitment to this community, the people they serve, and to those affected by brain injury and other disabilities throughout the state ■
POTTERSʼ GUILD CELEBRATES 50 YEARS The Greater Lansing Potters’ Guild, a nonprofit, member-run, educational cooperative, is celebrating 50 years of serving the area with student classes, community outreach and more. The Potters’ Guild facility has a working studio in Haslett with a several kilns to help potters craft ceramics with a full range of possibilities.
“I have been a member of the Greater Lansing Pottersʼ Guild for 50 years,ˮ said Barbara Hyman, current guild president. “I have enjoyed the opportunity for artistic expression enhanced by sharing with fellow members, the chance to lose myself in the process of working with clay, the chance to interact with the community as a teacher at the guild and at community events and the many close friendships with fellow members who come from many walks of life.ˮ ■
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FROM THE HART Acts of service means doing things – be it chores, child care or running errands – you know your spouse would like you to do. You look to please the other person and express your love by doing things for each other. Love must be freely given, so be sure no one is feeling forced into acts of service. We can request things of each other, but demanding something from another feels quite different. This may require you to examine gender roles within your household and if certain expectations came into the relationship without being spoken. Remember that requests give your love direction, but demands can stop the flow of love.
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Acts of service can be used as an exercise in frugality as well. Accomplishing an act of service can save you and your household money in the long run. This can add to the warm feeling your partner may receive should budgeting be on his or her mind. Alternatively, if you find yourselves with more money than time, paying someone to do the act of service could also be an option; however, you will want to discuss this with your partner before moving forward. Present this option as a way to take some day-to-day tasks off everyone’s plates so you all may spend more quality time together. It is important to communicate precisely what you would like most for your partner to do for you. Doing simply what you think he or she
would like is quite different from doing what your partner really wants. To get started, try having both you and your partner make a list of five acts of service that you feel would not only be helpful to you, but would also make you feel cared for. Keeping the list concise will make it easier to follow. Plus, each item will not only be more likely to be completed, but the list will be less overwhelming to your partner. Try these suggested items for two months, then check in with your partner to see how everyone is feeling about the experiment. As time goes on, the feeling of being “in love” will eventually fade and the work will begin. Long-term relationships tend to ebb and flow, so you will want to ensure you have a strong basis of the relationship to fall back on in times of need. Our actions and how we express love are often influenced by the model of our parents, our own personality and our perceptions of love. Understanding your partner, where he or she originally learned about love and which particular acts of service they appreciates most will help you get over the difficult humps in your relationship and get you back on track to smooth sailing. ■ Kerry Hart is a couple and family therapist with a private practice in East Lansing. The only thing she loves more than saving relationships is writing about them. See more of her musings at kerryhartcounseling.com.
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Goat yoga marries stress relief and animal therapy When the stresses of everyday life get your goat, Shawn Cannarile has a suggestion. She recommends that you turn the tables and get her goat. With a total of 10 at Cannarile’s Williamston-area farm, she has plenty of goats to spare. Plus, she's certain you’ll feel much better afterward. Cannarile runs Original Goat Yoga-Michigan out of her Hilltop Views Farm, 161 Frost Road in Wheatfield Township. As the only Original Goat Yoga satellite in the state of Michigan, Cannarile’s business is exactly what it sounds like it is: a yoga class intermingled with animal-assisted therapy in the form of goats. Why? Because it makes perfect sense, according to Cannarile. “Goats are social animals, they’re clean animals, they like heights. They don’t like to be dirty. They don’t like to be cold,” she explained. “Unless I missed it, there hasn’t been one person who hasn’t left here smiling.” She’s not talking about just a handful of yoga enthusiasts. In her first season of Original Goat Yoga-Michigan in 2018, more than 1,200 people took a class. Most of the weekend classes held in the nearcentury-old barn on Hilltop Views Farm during the first year were sold out. Those people came from across Michigan as well as five different states to attend the classes because, Cannarile noted, they get the point: As the goats walk underneath guests, climb on top of them or simply lay down next to them, the yoga becomes the secondary experience. “The yoga is the vehicle to the goats,” she said. “Some people get dragged here, but by the time they leave they get it. We have people who come back again and again. We have people come in who are going through a tough time in their lives and they need a distraction. We have people come in with anxiety or depression. Life is hard, and we’re not taking the time to relax and play as adults. This is something that kind of gives them permission to do that.”
when the goat yoga concept first started making an appearance in popular culture. Encouraged to combine her two passions, Cannarile contacted Original Goat Yoga founder Lainey Morse about bringing a satellite location of Original Goat Yoga to Michigan. “At the end of the phone call, I was pretty much in tears,” Cannarile said. “I knew this was something I wanted to do.” Original Goat Yoga-Michigan launched in April 2018 and, thanks to heaters placed in the barn, ran through New Year’s 2019 in its first season. Cannarile’s tribe of goats that have been adopted or rescued has expanded to the 10 mostly Nigerian Dwarf breed she has now. “I did not expect this to be a business like it has become, but I’m so happy it has become what it is,” she said. “This to me – I call it my safe space, my happy space. It’s where I come to let go. “Sometimes goat yoga is really calm. Sometimes it is really chaotic,” she added with a laugh. “But because of these goats, I have a hard time getting to work on time. And because of them, I can’t wait to get home.” Original Goat Yoga-Michigan typically holds one or two 30-person classes on the weekends, but private events can be scheduled. Classes start at $35 per person. Discounted rates are available for students, seniors and members in the service industries. For more information, call (888) 992GOAT or visit lansingmichigam.goatyoga.net. ■ Christopher Nagy is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and has more than 20 years of experience in journalism. He rarely misses a Motor City Comic Con or Michigan Renaissance Festival.
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Cannarile and her husband acquired their first two goats – Oakley and Petunia – not long after making the transition from suburban life to rural life at Hilltop Views Farm. Cannarile was already taking yoga classes at Williamston’s Our Space Yoga with Cherrie Ferro SEPTEMBER 2019
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This deck is coming soon to the Coaching Toys Store website, and I can’t wait to add it to my card decks collection. The deck was created by Karen Warner and it is all about networking. We know we should network, yet many people put this activity on the back burner, month after month and year after year. This clever deck offers 50 ways to network, either to build alliances within your organization or to grow your own business. Have fun with these decks or with others that stand out to you on the Coaching Toys Store website. Sometimes, all it takes is an image on a card or a suggestion in a card deck to spur us into action and get us moving toward our dreams.■ Susan Combs, MBA and professional credentialed coach, helps clients enhance their leadership skills. She manages corporate mentor programs, the ATHENA WIN Executive Connections groups and Leadership Lansing. She is a licensee of the Fit Leader Program. Visit SusanCombsCoaching.com.
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SUCCESS FOR YOUR BUSINESS A strong, well-formed strategy is crucial for any business’ success. Here are 10 steps to help you get started.
1. Plan Writing business, financial and marketing plans are essential. Not sure how to create them? There are many resources online with helpful outlines.
2. Set goals Make sure you set SMART (specific, measureable, attainable, relevant and timely) goals so you can see where you want to go - and the steps you need to take to get there.
3. Value your product Identify the unique value your product or service has that will attract buyers. Then, add that to a thorough evaluation of the market to determine the best go-tomarket price.
4. Use technology
8. Don’t underspend
Technology can provide new opportunities, help you work more efficiently and even save money. A willingness to adapt to technology can help your business in the short and long term.
While some small-business owners overspend, others don’t spend enough. Not investing capital in your business can limit it's potential success.
9. Ask for help
The best type of marketing for your business is whatever will reach your target audience. The mistake to avoid is assuming you don’t need to market and that business will come to you.
Effective delegation can be one of the best ways for startup owners to build their businesses, free up their time for business activities that require their unique expertise and build a team positioned for future success.
6. Know your customer
10. Make a commitment
Do your research. Identify who you are trying to reach, where to find them, and how they will react to and engage with your marketing activities.
Most small-business owners are driven, dedicated and committed. To be successful in the long run, they need to be willing to make sacrifices, put in the necessary time and face challenges head-on. The key to small-business ownership success is constantly working to make smart, well-informed decisions within your unique venture. These 10 steps can help you get there. ■
7. Don’t overspend You don’t have to spend top dollar to get great results if you do the research to find less expensive but equally viable options. These can come in the form of marketing help, equipment and software.
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REFLECTIONS BY TEECE ARONIN when you pore over the options at HealthCare.gov. Is there a surplus of gold watches now that employers have only four employees to hand them out to at retirement parties? And retirement – don’t even get me started on that topic.
CAN YOU GIG IT?
Women working in the short-term business world
Women have always been adaptable when it comes to getting things done. Think American frontier: Where, on any given day, you might be farming, shooting, sewing or whipping up a year’s supply of soap from wood ash and boiled animal entrails. Think World War II: When you rationed, nursed, piloted, soldered and riveted our way back to peacetime. One newish aspect of life and work is the gig economy. In the Land of Gigging, the freelancer is queen and independent contractors are commonplace. In the gig economy, you pivot 180 degrees from more
traditional employment with its eight-hour workdays and employer-sponsored benefits. In the gig economy, you trade on-site for online and cubicles for home offices, and you share studio space, conceive side hustles, and learn and teach new skills. In the gig economy, you compete for short-term assignments from your phone using apps such as Fiverr while waiting for your kids at the dentist’s office. In the gig economy, you add new layers by the second to the multitask onion. The terrain can get rocky on Planet Gig, like when you’re only as secure as your current assignment and
According to what I read online, the term “gig economy” was coined in 2009 when the rains fell on the economy’s landscape, triggering a financial mudslide. People had to get inventive about how and where they worked because failure to do so could spell disaster. Today, our overall financial health is said to be much improved, but a lot of us still find ourselves thrust into gig life due to job losses or other personal financial crises. On the bright side, the world is full of “overnight” successes who just kept gigging until the right people noticed. As the world of work evolves and more young people enter it, gigging should become a happy choice more often than it was for many of us who have been there since the beginning. They say that the only constant is change. True or not, the women of the gig economy are making it better and stronger – no matter how they started out there. ■ Teece Aronin is a writer and career coach. She works with individuals from all walks of life, including persons with disabilities and career-changers. Contact her at teecearonin8 @gmail.com, and read her blog, Chipped Demitasse, at chippeddemitasse.blogspot.com.
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Women of East Lansing Roller Derby take their sport seriously So the weekend arrives and you’ve finally got some free time. You could go see a movie, spending an hour or two while the plot develops on the screen. If you choose, you could finally tackle that yard work or DIY project you’ve been too busy to finish. Or you could do the cool thing – go to a roller derby bout and watch as the talented and athletic women of East Lansing Roller Derby (ELRD) do their thing. Formed in 2010 as the Mitten Mavens, founders jumped on the flat-track roller derby bandwagon started by the Texas Rollergirls in 2003. By 2010 – the year the East Lansing squad was established – there were more than 450 flat-track roller derby leagues worldwide, according to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
“Twice a year we offer a six- to eight-week basic skills boot camp both during the winter and summer,” Jahr explained. “During this time our newest recruits practice skills and build up endurance so they can become safer roller derby skaters.” Those who are unable to attend a boot camp can still learn the ropes during the team’s regularly scheduled practices. At its conception, ELRD did not have a united vision on how to form the team, so two teams were established, the A-level Mitten Mavens and the Broadbarians, which was the developmental team where skills were refined. Both teams still exist, but under a united banner. “Today, you will no longer see the skull-with-pigtails logo from the league’s inception, but instead the bold block letters of ‘East Lansing Roller Derby’ to more clearly connect with our home base roots or our current bouting and practice location,” Jahr said,
Organizers used social media to recruit women interested in starting an East Lansing-area team, said Ali Jahr, president of ELRD, who competes under the pseudonym “Jahrmageddon.”
When asked what she thinks team members get out of the sport – a sense of accomplishment, exercise or a chance to blow off steam, Jahr enthusiastically said “most definitely all of the above.”
“I started with the organization in late June of 2011,” Jahr explained. “I was in leadership in 2014 when our league decided to do a complete branding overhaul and focus on shifting the league’s culture, look and message.”
“If you were to ask each teammate what their favorite thing about roller derby was, you would get a lot of similar answers, but ultimately the focus for each person is different,” she explained.
Currently carrying a roster of 29 skating members, the team was not always fortunate to have a deep bench. “Our organization at one point had seven skating members, so we’ve seen tough times,” she said. “We know what it’s like to struggle. We’ve been through it and learned from it.” Jahr explained that ELRD is in constant recruiting mode, bringing in prospective players of all skill levels to learn the game. In fact, even if someone interested in participating has not been on roller skates since elementary school – if at all – they are welcomed into the fold.
The roller derby season runs from March to October and features six home bouts and six road bouts. At the end of the year, the organization participates in Michigan’s Mitten Kitten Tournament. This year it will be hosted here in Lansing at the Summit, Jahr said. For the current schedule, visit eastlansingrollerderby.com/new-events. ■
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“We really do accept anyone, regardless of their current athletic ability or experience skating,” Jahr said. “Our organization is very proud to offer adult women an outlet to learn or relearn the incredible athleticism that their bodies are capable of. Honestly, 75% of our current skaters started this sport with none to very little skating experience.” While having logged time on skates or being earlier involved in sports will help new members pick up on the needed skills set, it isn’t a requirement. SEPTEMBER 2019
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DEL ACRUZ HAIRPINS AND HAPPINESS BY KYLE DOWLING Carleana DeLaCruz is a professional hairstylist in East Lansing who specializes in cuts, color and bridal styling. Her hairstyling escapades have led her to travel around the world, from as close as Grand Rapids and Chicago to as far away as New York, Milan and London.
“I love that it’s ever-evolving,” DeLaCruz explained. “We have the most incredible opportunity to help women to look and feel their best daily. And our careers can be so flexible, from being full time or part time to being avant-garde, traditional, editorial. The sky really is the limit for us.”
“I love to travel,” said DeLaCruz. “And I like to pull a lot of inspiration from the places that I’ve traveled. I often incorporate family vacations around different hair shows and hands-on classes. It’s great to be able to share so many new experiences with my children.”
DeLaCruz sees all clients as special and likes to help them find the style that fits them.
When she’s not globe-trotting, her day-to-day job consists of maintaining her regular clientele’s haircuts and hair coloring in her studio, which she shares with the Joni Mendyk at Hair and Body Salon Suites. DeLaCruz’s love for the beauty industry is what drives her passion forward. 12 SEPTEMBER 2019
“If my client wants a trendy, quirky cut, that’s what they get,” DeLaCruz explained. “We talk about what’s right for their hair texture and face shape, of course, but the result depends on their wants and needs.” DeLaCruz and her daughters also enjoy classic, vintage movies, like “Roman Holiday,” “The Great Gatsby” and “Charade.”
“I’m always paying attention to the hairstyling and going over all aesthetics of the movie,” said DeLaCruz. “I love incorporating vintage details into upstyles and finishing work.” For her daughters, DeLaCruz likes to set a can-do attitude. She likes to set an example by showing them that hard work and determination can get them what they want. “My husband, Shaun, and I always want to encourage our girls to never stop working hard and learning,” said DeLaCruz. For an appointment, more information or to see DeLaCruz’s work, visit her website at hairpinsandhappiness.com. ■
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Cheryl listens and collaborates with you to develop and implement direction based on your specific objectives. She fully utilizes the broad range of financial tools and seasoned professionals available at Oppenheimer, a highly respected, leading global full-service brokerage and investment bank with a 135-year history and over $80 billion in client assets under administration. Prior to joining Oppenheimer, Cheryl held the #1 Financial Advisor National Production Ranking for nearly a decade at a Forbes, “Top 100 Wealth Management Firm.” Cheryl graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Business Administration and emphasis in Finance and Marketing from Northwood University. Whether hosting first class garden parties in her magnificent gardens at her home in Haslett or assisting you in designing an investment strategy to help meet your goals and objectives, Cheryl is committed to excellence. The same level of passion and detail that she has mastered in her “gardening hobby” is clearly reflected in her successful professional career in the investment world spanning over 20 years.
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What’s the first image that comes to mind when you hear the phrase “Rosie the Riveter”? Odds are that it’s the iconic rendering of a flexing female factory worker under the slogan “We Can Do It!” That image is burned into the collective consciousness as a national symbol that has been inspiring and empowering countless girls and women since … 1982. That’s not a typo. Read more about the curious background of this famous image by visiting the Weekly Reads section on the Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine website, cawlm.com.
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ROSIE THE RIVETER Colleen Graber empowers change at Public Policy Associates BY ALICIA FRANK Rosie the Riveter is an iconic American image from World War II that represents and embodies a time in our country when women were called to action. She has inspired and empowered women for generations with her “We Can Do It!” attitude. About 75 years later, this image still speaks to women today. For Colleen Graber, chief operating officer of Public Policy Associates Inc., Rosie the Riveter is a symbol of strength. “She is a symbol, historically, of how women took on a role that was needed and yet new for women around World War II, when the men were off fighting,” Graber said. “The image is strong and isn’t showing stereotypical womanhood; she’s not in her kitchen in her heels doing the mopping, which is really the social expectation of that time period. She’s a new vision, at that time, for what women can be – and it still resonates now.”
“We have been working on doing more issue briefs lately – which is a newer thing we’ve been doing and providing on different policy topic areas that we work in – and just trying to continue to Michigan’s success, broadly speaking, while also working nationally,” Graber said. “We’re delivering good work so we can empower organizations to do their best for the residents or population in their area.” Graber did her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, where she received a bachelor’s degree in history before relocating east for her master’s degree in history at the University at Albany-State University of New York. Even more impressive, she completed her studies as a single mom by age 23. Graber originally wanted to work in a museum; however, along the way, her skill set and passion for helping others led her to a role in education. “Be open to new opportunities even
if that’s not necessarily what you planned to do,” she said. “It’s what happened to me, and it worked out great. On one hand, it’s all the planning and preparation you know you should do, but also be open-minded about where your career path might take you because it’s a long journey and things are changing rapidly. Be willing to work along the way and recognize your skill sets and develop those to the fullest capacity.” After college, Graber made her way back to the midMichigan area and became a post-secondary teacher. The Grand Ledge native is now a mom of two and has been married for almost 20 years. She enjoys gardening, reading, sewing, and her two cats and two dogs. Although Graber does plenty of reading and writing on a daily basis in her career, she still enjoys relaxing with a good fiction book in her downtime.
It just happens to be a coincidence that Rosie portrayed women working in factories and in nontraditional occupations for women, while Graber works toward bettering conditions for those in similar industries. Public Policy Associates provides research and evaluation services as well as strategic consulting to a variety of government agencies and workforces, philanthropies, and nonprofit organizations both throughout the state of Michigan and nationally. Generally, it studies social programs, education, criminal and juvenile justice, healthy communities and food access, and workforce development. “We’re trying to inform policymaking and decisions in a sound way, through research and data,” Graber explained.
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She has been with Public Policy Associates for almost 16 years and is the first female president of the organization. Graber currently manages projects, handles leadership design and implementation, conducts general research and strategic work, and supervises staff. Before taking on her role of president, Graber worked largely on research projects and helped to identify and manage projects. She has filled roles within the organization from editor to working on research. Graber is able to use that experience and knowledge to help fulfill needs both within the organization and the organizations that Public Policy Associates assists.
COVER STORY Graber’s favorite poem – “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by English poet and cleric John Donne – is one that directly speaks to her and the impact she makes. No man is an island, Entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thine own Or of thine friends were. Each manʼs death diminishes me, For I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.
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Graber said that in her dealings with policy issues – even if the work is not for her personal benefit – she understands the endeavor affects the entire society and everyone has a role to play. ■
Alicia Frank is a journalism graduate of the University of Akron and is now residing in Mason. When not playing with her yorkie poo, she enjoys her coral reef tank and all things fitness related.
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their ultimate career goals are and how the credit union’s leadership can better support them. Singleton collects all this information into a career development binder for each of her employees that lays out how they can achieve in their career and sets them on a trajectory of success within the credit union. Singleton’s binder system proved to be so effective in improving employee growth and office culture, it is now in use across the entire organization. “I’m like the mama bird,” Singleton said, laughing. “I give them all the resources they need and then they fly away.” Singleton attributes her passion for helping others to her upbringing. Though both of her parents grew up in poverty, they worked tirelessly to give Singleton and her siblings a better life. They taught her the value of hard work and putting others before yourself. Singleton is grateful for the early financial lessons her parents taught her, but it wasn’t until she started her first job at a credit union in 2005 that she realized how many financial resources were available. “I love how credit unions help people,” she said. “It’s not just an institution that wants to get your money. They actually educate their members.” Fourteen years later, she’s filled almost every role available at a credit union — from a teller, to collections, to management, to her current role in senior administration. Her diverse experiences and her exponential career evolution have given her a unique perspective on how to be a creative and supportive leader and help her employees thrive within the organization. What’s more, she gets to be on the front lines of helping credit union members achieve financial success.
GROWTH How one credit union VP finds purpose in lifting others up Rachael Singleton begins each day with a Chinese flower tea latte, a deep breath and a fire in her belly to serve others. Singleton, vice president of operations for CASE Credit Union, oversees each of the managers of the credit union’s six branches, contact center and resolutions department. Her role includes bigpicture thinking for the organization, but it
also focuses on employee development — one of Singleton’s strong suits. “I really love seeing my employees develop and pouring into my staff,” Singleton said. Through regular one-on-one meetings with each of her employees, she learns how they are hoping to grow in their current position, what
“People really don’t know what is available to them through credit unions,” she said. “They have financial counseling that teaches you how to budget, how to build a savings account. You can meet with a financial adviser and learn more about investments and 401(k)s.” Singleton fills the margins of each working day supporting her employees. How does she refill her tank? Family. “The thing that motivates me each day is my husband,” she said. Not only does he support her professional pursuits each day, but he keeps her grounded and encourages her to shut off her email during the evening hours and recharge. “He’s such a good support for me, and I always want to be able to support him in the same way.” The couple has two daughters, ages 4 and 7. “They look up and watch everything I do,” Singleton said. “Because I know they’re watching me so closely, I want to be able to give a good example. If you work really hard you can get what you put your time into. It’s ok for you to have a family and to have a fulfilling career.” ■
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Most of us agree, who we choose to have on our health care team makes a big difference in our longevity and, more importantly, the quality of our life. But how do we choose? First and foremost, we must be heard and our thoughts respected. When you find yourself in the presence of a medical “expert,” remember that we are each an expert of our own bodies. The best health care decisions require a partnership. Even if our doc demonstrates extraordinary curiosity and respect for us as individuals, his/her treatment recommendations must be grounded in up-to-date, high-quality, science-based “evidence.” Why is this important? Sydney Burwell, dean of Harvard Medical School answered best: “Half of what you are taught in medical school will be wrong. The problem is, we don’t know which half!” Speaking humbly for myself and my health care colleagues, we must all get better at questioning
our orthodoxies — the thoughts and beliefs behind our routine practices. We must each ask ourselves, “How open-minded (vs. entrenched) am I?” We as health care professionals can never master the complexities of the human body. Our knowledge voids are deep, and they are vast. We must each cultivate a thirst for knowledge, critical thinking ability and the skills to analyze good scientific literature. The value of the evidence is another challenge. Any of us can find “evidence” for whatever we believe, but it might be of poor quality. An internet search is a good example. There are so many intellectual biases as well as poorly orchestrated studies.
Part of our responsibility as health care professionals is to continually seek out quality evidence and change how we practice as a result of new learning. But it’s a humbling practice. It’s hard to clear out old habits. It’s easier to operate on cruise control. What’s a patient to do? Don’t put health professionals on a pedestal so high the fall would kill them. Keep asking questions and challenging the status quo. Get a second or third opinion if you feel compelled. Surround yourself with docs who are ask-it-alls and learn-it-alls ― NOT know-it-alls. And by all means, keep reading yourself. ■
Richard Horton, editor in chief of the Lancet said it this way: “Much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue.” Every health professional is aware that if a study is privately funded, and it ends up unfavorable for their corporate profitability, it simply doesn’t get published.
Dr. Susan Maples is a dentist in Holt. She is also a speaker, health educator and author of "BlabberMouth! 77 Secrets Only Your Mouth Can Tell You to Live a Healthier, Happier, Sexier Life." Reach her at Susan@DrSusanMaples.com
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I was looking for a fun way to carry earbuds without them ending up being a mess in the bottom of my purse or in a school bag. This earbud case solves that problem. It makes them easy to access and hassle-free. Don’t have earbuds? This could double as a fun container for loose change or other small items.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED ● Empty plastic mint containers ● Mod Podge ● Brush (to apply Mod Podge) ● Fun fabric, scrapbook paper, markers or washi tape ● A drill ● Keychain hook ● Keychain clasp ● Goo Gone (optional)
WHAT TO DO 1. Remove any labels from the mint container. If the labels aren’t coming off easily, soak the container in soapy water or use Goo Gone to help remove any adhesive left behind. 2. Drill two holes on one side of the side of the mint container, spaced to fit the keychain ring that will be used.
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Cut out the fabric or paper to fit the top of the mint container. Attach using Mod Podge. If using washi tape, just cut pieces to stick onto the top of the container that would allow it to still open. If using markers just draw the design on.
4. Attach keychain clasp and ring to the container. ■
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INGREDIENTS ● 14.1-ounce package vanilla sugar wafers ● 1 cup white candy melts ● 1 cup pink candy melts ● 30 chocolate chips
DIRECTIONS ● Using a sharp knife, cut one end of 30 vanilla sugar wafers so each resembles the point of a pencil. Place on a large cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
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● Dip the pointed end of the vanilla sugar wafer in the white candy melts and place on the parchment paper. ● Place a chocolate chip on the “point.” Let dry. ● In a small bowl, slowly melt the pink candy melts in the microwave until smooth. ● Dip the other end of the vanilla sugar wafer in the pink candy melts and place on the parchment paper to dry. ● Keep covered at room temperature. Makes 2 ½ dozen “pencilsˮ ■ Cathy Blatnik grew up in Maryland, but has lived in Michigan for almost 17 years with her family, which includes her husband, adult stepson, adult daughter and a son in high school. She has been baking and cooking for as long as she can remember in Cathy’s “Kitchen.”
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for securing new office space. She also helped Boji Group successfully win a city of Lansing bid for the redevelopment of the historical Farnum Building and launch a $94.2 million development of the Royal Oak City Center project.
Her management and relationshipbuilding skills and her understanding of public-private partnerships help bring Boji Group projects to fruition. In her role as vice president of development, Fitzpatrick leads a team of 25 in managing leases and 2.8 million square feet of new and existing developments in Michigan. For example, she was instrumental in successfully winning a Michigan state Senate RFP bid
Fitzpatrick also dedicates time to her community. As a proud member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, she has served on various tribal commissions, including the Economic Development, Housing and Utility authorities. She attended Lake Superior State University and is a graduate of the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University. ■
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Get Ready to Be Inspired! Help shine a light on influential heroes in the mid - Michigan area CAWLM and the Aitch Foundation are pleased to announce the 2019 Inspiration & Influence Awards Oct. 16, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. At the Crowne Plaza.
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Rachael Eubanks CAWLM and the Aitch Foundation have come together to shine a light on heroes in the mid-Michigan area who inspire, impact, imagine and influence change in our communities. These distinguished awards will recognize leaders in the areas of community impact, women’s advancement, medical research and honor the mid-Michigan Woman of the Year. We’re also pleased to announce our keynote speaker for the event will be Michigan’s 47th state Treasurer, Rachael Eubanks. Appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in January 2019, Eubanks welcomes the opportunity to bring creativity, collaboration and commitment to identify and implement solutions to some of Michigan’s greatest challenges. She will do this while also building upon the Treasury’s culture of service to Michiganders through continuous improvement and employee engagement. In 2016 she was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder (and reappointed in 2017) to serve on the Michigan Public Service Commission as a utility regulatory commissioner. In that capacity she reviewed and voted on hundreds of orders that helped shape Michigan’s energy future. Eubanks served on several national organizations, including being elected as vice president to the Organization of PJM States Inc., and was on the board of directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, where she was chair of the Supplier and Workforce Development Subcommittee. Prior to that role, Eubanks structured more than $25 billion in bond financing for public entities – primarily the state of Michigan, State Building Authority, Michigan Finance Authority and the Michigan Strategic Fund. Eubanks also served as point of contact for credit rating agencies on state credit matters for 10 years. Treasurer Eubanks serves on the National Association of State Treasurers’ State Debt Management Network and Legislative Committee. She was on the board of Michigan Women in Finance from 20082013 and was elected treasurer and president.
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NONPROFIT BY KYLE DOWLING chiropractic techniques are great for keeping them from sickness and injury. People come to us to fix themselves, but don’t have the money for their kids. Our nonprofit provides that opportunity to people.”
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Chiropractors are professionals who use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments. The theory behind chiropractic techniques is that proper alignment of the musculoskeletal structure, in particular a person’s spine, will help the body to properly heal itself without surgery or medication. Live Moore Inc. is a nonprofit run by chiropractors Ryan and Allyson Moore out of their practice, Moore Life Health and Healing. They have been located within Lansing’s Image Day Spa for around two years. “The reason that we put together this nonprofit was to help people,” said Ryan. “Many people come to us with issues but don’t bring their kids or significant others for financial reasons. We want to help as many people as possible, and the first step is to overcome that financial hurdle.”
The Moores had very different introductions to chiropractic techniques. “I was a professional soccer player and collapsed,” said Ryan. “I was in pain and thought I’d need surgery but saw a chiropractor. After two weeks with him, I was able to get back into playing. That’s when I saw that I could help people like me, without using surgery or medication.” “My story wasn’t as traumatic as Ryan’s,” Allyson laughed. “My family has always been more holistic and works on ways to be healthier. I was going to school as a nutritionist and job shadowed with a chiropractor. When I saw how much he helped people without medication, I knew that was something I’d like to do.”
The Moores practice a technique called “zone therapy” that breaks the body into zones and helps to balance them instead of only focusing on just the back and spine. The zone technique’s founder worked from the premise that the brain needs to be sending the body the proper signals in order for the body to be balanced and healthy. The Moores work to improve overall health instead of just one aspect, such as aligning the curvature of the spine. “Some chiropractors require a high number of visits or focus more on the structure or curve of the spine,” explained Ryan. “But we’re more worried about people’s brains than the bones. We check a ligament behind the head to see what’s wrong.” “We’re also a results-based practice,” added Allyson. “We try to get people to feel better in less visits.” For more information or to set up an appointment, visit the website for Moore Life Health and Healing at moorelifehealth.com. ■
The Moores said they’d like to assist youth. “We’d like to help more kids,” said Allyson. “Our
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2019 Hawk Island Fall Kids Triathlon, Lansing This race is a beginner-friendly event for kids of all fitness levels and abilities. It features three categories with varying distances for ages 1-14. The swim course is shallow enough that Goldfish and Dolphins can touch the bottom at all times, and the entire kids’ race is within Hawk Island County Park, providing optimum safety for racers and visibility for parents. The event is open to children of all ages, and it has previously included baby triathletes in swim diapers and floaties. From toddlers to teens, the event has the perfect race for the next generation of multi-sport athletes. Visit trisignup. com/Race/MI/LANSING/HawkIslandKidsTriathlonFall2 for details.
Taste of Downtown, Lansing The 10th annual Taste of Downtown takes place from noon to 5 p.m. on the 100 block of South Washington Square. Tickets are available at the event for $25 per adult. All adults 21 and over are required to bring a valid ID to the event, which will be checked upon entry. Children’s tickets are available at the event for $5 for children 12 and under. Children under 2 years of age receive free admission. Each adult ticket includes a keepsake Taste of Downtown wine glass, five food tickets and five wine-sampling tickets. Each children’s ticket includes two food tickets. Additional food-sampling tickets will be available for purchase at the event for $1 each. Additional wine-sampling tickets will be available for purchase at the event for $2 each. Visit tasteofdowntown.org for more information.
Lansing Storytellers Project: Bad Advice, Lansing On Sept. 17, the Lansing Storytellers Project team will remember situations where they received “bad advice.” There will be two showtimes for the event at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tellers and stories for each time will be the same. The event is open to the community. Lansing State Journal subscribers who have logged in to lsj.com/Insider will get a free gift at the event. All topics have been announced for the 2019 season. Visit Lansingstatejournal.com for more information.
Lady Classic Golf Outing, Bath CAWLM is proud to host the 2019 Lady Classic golf outing, benefiting the Davies Project, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. CAWLM is hitting the green to celebrate the many fabulous women in the Lansing area. Ladies and first-time golfers are welcome and we will meet up at Hawk Hollow Golf Course on Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to have some fun. To register your team – or get more information contact Alicia at Alicia@m3group.biz or by phone at (517) 999-5139.
Down Home Days Courthouse Show, Mason The 46th annual Down Home Days Courthouse Show is an outdoor show with over 100 community, commercial and food vendors. The family friendly event is an end-of-summer celebration. There will be entertainment for all ages starting with a ladiesʼ night; an awardwinning rodeo; The Saloon, the largest bar this side of Texas; a parade; arts and crafts on the courthouse lawn; and The Frontier Market. This event is happening rain or shine. Visit masonchamber.org for more information.
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Michigan BluesFest, Lansing Old Town’s Michigan BluesFest brings together the best blues artists from Lansing and across the country. Music workshops, a beverage tent and ethnic food will be featured. This free community festival is a tradition in Old Town. Enjoy great music, ethnic food, a beverage tent, a variety of vendors and children’s activities. Get the full experience with Old Town’s restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, historic buildings and more. Visit oldtownbluesfest.com for more information.
PRIME Music Festival, Lansing From the producers of Lansing’s Common Ground Music Festival and the Columbus, Ohio-based Breakaway Music Festival brand comes a fresh first-year event. The multi-genre PRIME Music Festival-Michigan will take place at Adado Riverfront Park. To purchase tickets and learn more, visit festicket.com.
Fifth Third Capital City River Run, Lansing The annual Fifth Third Capital City River Run halfmarathon, half -marathon relay and 5K are family-friendly events that raise money for the Impression 5 Science Center. The race starts on Michigan Avenue in front of Cooley Law School Stadium and finishes on the stadium ballfield. Visit runsignup.com to sign up for this event.
Fall Festival of Song, Lansing Attention female singers of all ages! Did you know that the Lansing area has a local chapter of Sweet Adeline’s International called Water Wonderland Chorus? The hands-on educational event runs from 7-9 p.m. in the Lansing Catholic High School choir room. Learn what barbershop singing is all about. Come learn about the unique sound of barbershop harmony and join in the fun. Contact Sandy at email@example.com or (517) 230-2004.
American Heritage Festival, Lansing Woldumar Nature Center invites you to its 2019 American Heritage Festival. This annual event features a variety of local vendors, demonstrators and performers, all celebrating local history and traditions. This free event features tours of the Moon Log Cabin, horse-drawn wagon rides, pontoon boat rides on the Grand River, kids’ crafts and much more. There is no admission charge for this event. Donations will be requested at certain activities as a fundraiser for Woldumar’s environmental education programs. Visit woldumar.org for more information.
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East Lansing Farmers' Market, East Lansing The East Lansing Farmers' Market, a growers-only market every Sunday in September, is in an inviting, open-air atmosphere just steps away from the Michigan State University campus. Customers can fill their shopping bags with a diverse selection of fresh, farm-grown Michigan produce and products, including fresh vegetables, grass-fed beef, artisan bread, cheese, all-natural chicken, organic produce and much more. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court. Vendors must either grow their own produce or make their own products. Customers at the market enjoy authentic local Michigan goods rather than purchasing wholesale items. Customers can enjoy SNAP Bridge Card benefits or Michigan Electronic Benefit Transfer and Double Up Food Bucks benefits. Visit cityofeastlansing.com/farmersmarket for more information.
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MY COMMUNITY ELE’S PLACE RAISES FUNDS WITH ANNUAL RACE Ele’s Race took place July 27 on the campus of Jackson National Life Insurance Co. in Okemos. This family fun event raised funds for Ele’s Place, a healing center for grieving children and teens, by offering a certified 3.1-mile course. The event also featured a kids’ run as well as face painting, Zeke the WonderDog, Impression 5 Science Center, Bubbles R Fun, Victory Martial Arts, Michigan State University’s Sparty, the Lansing Lugnuts’ Big Lug, Preuss Pets and more. Creative Wellness provided massages, runners were provided swag by the Lansing Board of Water & Light and free drinks were provided by Runabout Coffee. ■ Ele's Race 2019 - volunteers
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MY COMMUNITY BWL ADOPT A RIVER
The Lansing Board of Water & Light and Impression 5 Science Center celebrated the 26th annual Adopt A River event on May 11 at Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing. This year’s event theme celebrated “Power to the Pollinators.” Hundreds of volunteers gathered to help make Lansing beautiful by cleaning up the Grand and Red Cedar rivers along the 10.2-mile Lansing River Trail and planting native pollinators. ■ PHOTOS PROVIDED
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Seniors Helping Seniors in-home care services brighten the lives of seniors who can benefit from a helping hand and friendly smile. Our caregivers, who are seniors themselves, make life easier by providing confidential compassionate care in the comfort of your home. ®
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Our in-home care services strive to empower seniors to maintain independent lives with the dignity and respect they deserve. The caring staff at Seniors Helping Seniors become more than just a provider of service, they become your friend. •Companionship •Meal Preparation •Transportation Escort •Housekeeping •Yard Work •Handyman Services •Shopping & Errands
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PROFESSIONAL GUIDE JODI WILLIAMSEN, RN, CNM Jodi Williamsen received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loyola University of Chicago and her master’s degree in midwifery from the University of Michigan. She strongly believes that all women should be involved in decisions about their own health and care. Williamsen particularly enjoys teaching her patients about their care options for every stage of their lives. She is especially partial to the OB side of women’s healthcare and getting to know her patients and their families during such a rewarding time. She also provides nurse-midwifery care for her OB patients as a Healthcare Facilitator in our Centering Pregnancy program.
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Sally Babbitt of Babbitt Legal Group provides probate and estate planning services to help individuals and their families navigate the legal issues of death and incapacity. Babbitt serves as the treasurer for the Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan, is a member of the Eaton County Bar Association and Ingham County Bar Association, and the probate and estate planning section of the State Bar of Michigan. Babbitt also serves as co-chair for the probate and estate planning section of the Ingham County Bar Association. Babbitt frequently speaks and publishes on estate and probate topics in addition to appearing on the Fox 47 (WSYM-TV) “Morning Blend” program.
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DARLENE PUJA Darlene Puja is the proprietor and master injector of Ageless Beauty Center medical spa in Okemos. She studied physiology and psychology at Michigan State University and received her RN license from Lansing Community College. After graduation, Puja launched her career as a nurse in Michigan, where she specialized in cosmetics, eventually leading to her owning her own business and doing what she loves. As a medical professional, Puja subscribes to a conservative and educational approach to customize to her patients’ needs. She provides the most sophisticated techniques and technologies available in skin care health and beauty to deliver the most beneficial and noninvasive treatments with a thoughtful and caring demeanor.
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Dr. Susan Maples is a 30-year clinician who leads a total health and dental care practice in Holt, Michigan. She is one of the Top 25 Women in U.S. dentistry and also one of the Top 8 Innovators in Dentistry, according to Dental Products Report. Dr. Maples is co-author of "Blabber Mouth, 77 Secrets Only Your Mouth Can Tell You To Live a Healthier, Happier, Sexier Life" and is the co-investigator for an award-winning study on the detection of diabetes in the dental office.
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