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…

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 ...

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 ...

New membership organization to champion smaller manufacturers

22 Nov, 2019
The Kinexus Group has launched the newest addition to its nonprofit family — the Manufacturing Growth Alliance...

Leading for the common good

12 Aug, 2019
I recently wrapped up an intensive program at the Great Lakes Leadership Academy (GLLA) — one that challenged me on a lot of fronts...

Tough talk: Getting comfortable with uncomfortable conversations

7 May, 2019
Let's face it, difficult discussions are simply not fun. Yet business leaders can’t shy away from tense topics, especially operations professionals...

The COO seat: Being a No. 1 second banana

4 Feb, 2019
As they enter second stage, leaders of growth companies realize they can’t do it all. They need an operations professional who can keep the home fires burning...

Entrepreneurial infrastructure: your roadway to growth

9 Nov, 2018
Operations management is not usually a glamorous or even popular position because most of the job revolves around implementing systems and holding people accountable. Yet operational professionals are often the unsung ...