Day: May 8, 2014

“Mistakes I Made at Work” edited by Jessica Bacal

“Mistakes I Made at Work” edited by Jessica Bacal c.2014, Plume $16.00 / $18.00 Canada 252 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Everybody knows what you did. It didn’t take long for word to get around, actually; you can tell by the smirks and the lack of eye-contact in the hall. It was a colossal error, one that cost the company more than you care to think about. And it was all your fault. How can you ever bounce back from something like this?  Will it end your career?  Twenty-five leading women say no – and you’ll find out why in the new book “Mistakes I Made at Work,” edited by Jessica Bacal. It’s a platitude everybody’s heard before: learn from your mistakes. Embrace them, we’re told, and grow from them. But Jessica Bacal wondered how, with a culture that demands perfection from women and a reluctance to discuss such things, we can ever learn anything from our errors? She contacted influential women from several walks of life, and asked them about their mistakes, what they learned, and how they grew from it. Laurel Touby, founder of Mediabistro.com, learned the hard way that no job was worth ignoring who she really was, down-deep. Her advice is to “pursue work environments that feel like the right fit for you.” For writer Rachel Simmons, achievement was the only goal until...

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Carousel to host Trailblazers rally Saturday

Salem’s Riverfront Carousel is getting into NBA playoff fever with a celebration at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. Trailblazers fans will gather around the carousel when they hear the Rip City music playing. Once the music stops the crowd will give a rousing cheer. The first 77 fans will receive a free carousel ride. For information contact platform manager Bryan Eldridge at...

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GGNA gets tips from award winner

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes When looking for tips on how to improve, why not turn to the best? That’s just what leaders of the Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association did recently, inviting Erika Wilson of the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association to speak at the April GGNA meeting. Mt. Scott-Arleta was recently named the 2013 Portland Neighborhood Association of the Year, beating out 92 other associations for the honor. GGNA president Brad Coy, who took over in late 2012, noted his organization has taken big steps to grow. “It was about to die when I came here,” Coy said of GGNA, which was expanded last summer. “The president at the time had wanted to fold it for a while.” The meeting was a chance for Coy and others to bounce ideas off Wilson, as well as learn about some new ideas to try. Rhonda Rich, president of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association, also gave an update on her organization, which had its boundary expanded in 2008. “It’s wonderful to hear everything both neighborhood associations here have been doing,” Wilson said after short presentations from Rich and Coy. “I’ve gotten some new ideas from you. Communication wise and getting the word out, we’re doing a lot of the same things you are. We use neighborhood signs and we’re on Nextdoor. We have about 350 people in Nextdoor and about the...

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Keizer United fundraiser supports four local orgs.

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes You may not have heard of Keizer United, but that’s one of the reasons the non-profit group is seeking to make a big splash with its first fundraising event Monday, May 12. The non-profit group supports Keizer’s Peer Court. the Southeast Keizer Community Center, the Mid-Valley Literacy Center and Keizer community gardens. The fundraiser includes a live auction featuring a Traeger grill, wine tours, a golfing package and custom cabinets as well as performances by Capitol City Theater. Tickets are $20 per person or $150 for a table of eight. The fun begins at 6 p.m. at Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road N.E. “The funding some of our member groups have had through Marion County Children and Family Services and other sources has been depleted,” said Cari Emery, peer court coordinator. “Our first goal is to make up what we are losing through other programs.” For the peer court, the lost funding includes the elimination of a block grant focused on juvenile accountability. “Instead of spending the money on education, they are putting it into remodeling buildings and facilities,” Emery said. The total loss for the peer court, which last year had a 90 percent success rate for youth offenders completing the program and staying out of trouble for six months, amounts to about $5,000. The Mid-Valley Literacy Center provides adult...

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