Melissa Kandel Named as a 2021 Member of the Forbes Communications Council

Posted by heatherlygraceshepherd on January 12, 2021 in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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Melissa Kandel Named as a 2021 Member of the Forbes Communications Council

*Forbes Communications ***Council Is an Invitation-Only Community for Senior-level Executives in Communications, Marketing, and PR.

Newport Beach, Calif. (Jan. 6, 2021) — Melissa Kandel, founder and CEO of boutique creative marketing agency little word studio and co-founder of Wavemakers Media Group, is a 2021 member of the Forbes Communications Council, an invitation-only community for senior-level executives in communications, marketing and public relations.

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The Business of Business in 2020

Posted by heatherlygraceshepherd on December 31, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

2020 has been a year of change, growth, regression, experimentation and adaptation. With December coming to a wrap and January speedily approaching, let’s reflect on the new “business as usual” mindset we’ve developed in response to COVID-19, working from home while navigating the unexpected expectations of online performance.

Digital is arguably the most impactful component to the success or setbacks of a given industry. Mary Meeker’s 2020 Coronavirus Trends Report cited advancements, improvements or simply increased use of technology across a variety of industries that helped them survive. A surge in tech usage allowed healthcare, corporate offices, engagement-reliant businesses (like entertainment or fitness) and on-demand businesses to thrive despite restrictions and shortages.

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Reasonably Jess

Posted by heatherlygraceshepherd on December 31, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

As a lot of us have spent the past year inside our homes with more free time on our hands, social media has become a safe haven for creators, influencers and regular viewers like myself. For me, 2020 meant having two major knee surgeries on top of multiple quarantines, and social media became a larger part of my daily routine than ever before. I am absolutely one of the 50 million daily U.S. TikTok users, which led me to find @reasonablyparanoid. My For You page is filled with tons and tons of content seemingly created just for me (… shocking) and I immediately resonated with Jess, along with 155.4K others. Her humor, hair and dogs make me smile every time they come across my feed, and I’m so happy I got the opportunity to talk with her. Read More

Working from Home with AllModern

Posted by heatherlygraceshepherd on October 20, 2020 in AllModern, home decor | 1 Comment

When I moved into my house and saw the half-empty dining room, I didn’t see desolate space; I saw possibility. And I knew I could fill it with pieces from AllModern.

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Fiction, Storytelling, and a Mirror to the Real World

Posted by Contributor on October 2, 2020 in Novel Ideas, Personal | No Comments

By Annaliese Bennett

When I was in the sixth grade, I had all but convinced myself that I was basically Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. I wanted so badly to be exactly like her; I learned how to do the signature braid, wore a “mockingjay” necklace religiously, and even developed a very middle school crush on a boy in my class who my adolescent brain believed was a dead ringer for her “star-crossed lover” Peeta. Read More

Step Into Your Power

Posted by Contributor on September 29, 2020 in Female Founder Collective | No Comments

By Gabrielle Katz

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the Female Founder Collective’s What’s Next Fest. During the three-day virtual summit, I heard remarkable female leaders share their experiences on the way to success and how to lead once they got there. One session in particular changed my perspective completely. The session, “Owning the Room and Owning Your Future,” gave me a sense of confidence in my future and inspired me to figure out what I want to do in my life. It taught me how to step into my power. Read More

Renewing Your Sense of Purpose

Posted by Contributor on September 29, 2020 in art, business journey | No Comments

By Annaliese Bennett

“It was never about the art; it was always about how you looked while creating it.”

A while back, I decided to purge some of the seemingly endless notes I’ve accumulated on my phone. I’ve developed a habit in recent years of using my notes app as a catch-all for everything from grocery lists to a space where I jot down random thoughts and musings. This simple little reminder caught my eye during my scrolling, inviting me to consider its enduring relevance. Read More

Failing Forward with the Female Founder Collective’s What’s Next Fest

Posted by Contributor on September 25, 2020 in Female Founder Collective | No Comments

By Annaliese Bennett

“We have to be able to try things out and to fail forward.”

Out of all the brilliant insights from the many talented women I’ve had the opportunity to listen to over the past few days during the Female Founder Collective’s What’s Next Fest, this simple reminder from Nadia Al Saeed, CEO of Bank al Etihad, has stuck with me the most. Read More

Financial Literacy For College-Age Adults

Posted by Contributor on September 23, 2020 in Financial Literacy | No Comments

By Gabrielle Katz

College. The “best four years of your life.” And don’t get me wrong, as a current college student I can confidently say they are, but there’s so much more to the experience than those six words. Over the span of just four short years, you not only learn more about yourself but also about how life in the real world works. Living on your own, or in my case living 1,800 miles away from home, you have to learn to fend for yourself and make your own decisions. I’ve been taught many valuable life lessons during the past three years I’ve spent away at college, but there is one lesson in particular I wish I had learned earlier: how to save and invest my money. Read More


Posted by heatherlygraceshepherd on September 11, 2020 in Inspiration, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

“There is no courage without fear.”

The 19th anniversary of 9/11, my father deploying again, the current conversations highlighting good versus evil in our society and the many doctors and nurses who are working tirelessly through COVID-19 and other surgeries like my most recent knee surgery have inspired me more than I could ever express. Read More