Online oomph: 7 steps to better virtual programs

23 Sep, 2020
Colleen Killen-Roberts looks at 7 best practices that have helped the Edward Lowe Foundation pivot from in-person programs to online ones…

boldSOCKS: Finding a foothold in custom products

21 Sep, 2020
Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, boldSOCKS aims to be a one-stop shop for socks — and a model for social impact...

Emotional intelligence: Robust leadership tools for tough times

24 Aug, 2020
A couple years ago I was introduced to the concept of emotional intelligence while attending a leadership workshop at the McChrystal Group...

Old school or new school, micromanaging doesn’t make the grade

17 Aug, 2020
Micromanagers are typically viewed as people who provide too much feedback, who are constantly looking over your shoulder and telling you how to do something. Yet a recent Gallup article points ...

Our new normal: expanding virtual programs

17 Jun, 2020
Previously I’ve talked about the foundation’s partnership strategy to work with advocates of entrepreneurship-led economic development (ELED). The pandemic has been a real proof of this strategy — especially when it ...

Back to Big Rock Valley

10 Jun, 2020
Now that Governor Whitmer has rescinded her Safer at Home order, Edward Lowe Foundation employees are beginning to return to Big Rock Valley, our headquarters’ property in Southwest Michigan...

Leading through unprecedented change

9 Apr, 2020
Everyone wants to know when things will return to normal. Yet we shouldn’t preoccupy ourselves with trying to get back to the way things used to be. The issue now is ...

8 steps to navigating uncertainty

2 Apr, 2020
As business leaders struggle to navigate COVID-19, one of the most difficult challenges is dealing with the many levels of uncertainty...

Relationships matter: 5 steps to stronger partnerships

27 Feb, 2020
“People Need People” was the title of my second-grade reading textbook. My 7-year-old mind was curious about this title choice, but it wasn’t until much later that I really understood its ...

Prioritizing your priorities: When to say “no”

17 Feb, 2020
It’s easy for entrepreneurs to burn out during second stage. Not only are they running a growing business, but their leadership success pushes them into the limelight, and suddenly they’re flooded ...