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Virtual Workforce Development Approach Encourages Youth to Dig Themselves, Discover Their Talents and Compete for Prize Money

By SPN Newsroom / April 4, 2020

When CEO of Symphony Workforce Todd Smith speaks about Discover Your Genius, a workforce development challenge for high school and college students, enthusiasm brightens his voice.  When he describes what DYG (“dig”) has done for underserved youth across Nebraska—particularly in rural areas where food deserts, poverty and lack of mental health services persist—it’s hard to…

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Telecommuters

By SPN Newsroom / March 24, 2020

Many of us can only dream of working from home. No more rush hour. No more sack lunches or $11 takeout sandwiches. And especially no more long, drawn-out conversations about the loose floor tile by Kelly’s office.  Well, now we have to miss all of those things.  Many of us are struggling with the reality…

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10 Reasons Why Princess Leia Was Totally Boss

By Tom McCauley / March 18, 2020

We know you’re probably cooped up inside right now (like us) and could use some lighter fare to ease your mind (same). So here is the first in a series of articles about what makes certain pop culture icons effective leaders—or not. Maybe you can passively absorb some leadership development lessons while you read this.…

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Impact of COVID-19: Be a Conscious, Local Consumer and Supporter

By SPN Newsroom / March 13, 2020

This is a guest post by Maria Brady. In light of recent cancellations, the Omaha economy faces a period of uncertainty. The economic downturn will impact businesses, workers, families and individuals in various ways—and to differing degrees.  We must remember that little steps can go a long way. While we should limit non-essential social contact…

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KANEKO: Putting Omaha on the Map

By Tom McCauley / March 11, 2020

Some might not realize it yet, but the arts and culture nonprofit KANEKO has fans all over the world.  “KANEKO puts Omaha on the map,” said Samuel Bertino, KANEKO’s Individual Gifts & Community Engagement Manager.  “It’s a place to come and see new and exciting things that are happening. Whenever we have people come in…

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Hybrid85 passes profits onto farmers

By Henry Nunn / March 4, 2020

At the very top of the Nebraska State Capitol building stands a 32-foot tall bronze statue of the Sower, a figure representing agriculture’s vital role in the development of modern civilization. Maybe it wasn’t the best fit for the state license plate, but the Sower is an undeniable symbol of Nebraska. According to the Nebraska…

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Steel Wheels Keep on Turning, Thanks to Union Pacific Innovation

By Tom McCauley / February 29, 2020

This is a guest post by Union Pacific. Imagine if roadside sensors could warn you before one of your tires suffers a blowout. While that technology is still a fantasy for drivers, Union Pacific Railroad has been using a similar technology to prevent train derailments for years. It comes by way of thousands of strategically…

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Marina Brown is a true tech champion

Marina Brown, recently named to the 2020 “Ones to Watch” list by CIO Magazine, is truly a tech champion

By Tom McCauley / February 28, 2020

Technology was not Marina Brown’s first choice of profession. Originally from Bulgaria, Brown is the daughter of medical professionals who urged her to become a doctor. She wasn’t interested in medicine, however. And as high school slid toward college, she began noticing how new technology was coming out all the time—and that programmers had fairly…

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Send in the Clowns: An Experiment in Outsourcing to Fiverr

By Tom McCauley / February 21, 2020

Outsourcing used to be a dirty word. To an extent, it still is. That’s probably due to public confusion with the term “offshoring.” Outsourcing—contracting with an external entity to complete work that could be done internally—sometimes gets conflated with offshoring, the practice of moving corporate operations to a different country to capitalize on cheaper labor. …

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