Category: Blog

Personal Growth from Giving Back

“Leave the world a better place than when you came into it” – it’s one of the teachings that I tried to instill in my step kids when they were growing up. Life is about more than simply existing; we can be more. One of…

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Communicating Scientific Information

Since the pandemic began, the vast amount of online information has been difficult to filter. We all seek “just the facts” but opinions win our attention (and are rewarded with clicks). Unfortunately, the most reliable sources are often the least visited, so they fall to…

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The Many Benefits of Internships

This summer, I was pleased to design an internship to enable a college student the chance to gain valuable skills outside of the classroom. Catarina has been studying at Columbia University and came to us with a positive “can-do” attitude. We were also fortunate to…

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Increased Productivity Through Vacation

It’s taken me 15 years to take a vacation. Even when taking one or two days off, I’ve felt afraid to fully switch off my computer and cell. My work ethic and fear has kept me tethered to electronic devices. What if something happens? What…

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Tactics for Developing High Quality Reports

One of the most common deliverables we produce as consultants are written reports. In public sector consulting, report types can vary widely, from open-ended “Blue Sky” reports (such as this program findings report) to more standardized, structured products (such as IT planning documentation). Each has…

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Translating Transportation Legislation into Action

On November 15th, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). This landmark law includes federal policy direction and funding for climate action, zero-emissions vehicle deployment, social equity, and multi-modal transportation investment – all critical initiatives for our State. In January 2022, the…

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Celebrating 20 Years!

This month we celebrate our 20th year in business and now coming to the realization that our firm is no longer a teenager. At the ripe age 20 we are just now coming into our own. We continue to improve our methodologies based on real…

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Three Steps to Finding a Supportive Work Culture

Almost everywhere we look – LinkedIn, Twitter, and the news – we see mention of a trend called “The Great Resignation.” Large publications like the Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review are evaluating why people are leaving their jobs. These articles reach similar…

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Time Flies With A Great Team

It seems like just yesterday I was meeting with Eric Norton at the Old Soul coffee house in midtown about coming to work for Highlands. Fast forward… and this year marks my 10th anniversary with the firm. While I wasn’t part of the “start-up” years,…

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Grateful for the Triumph Cancer Foundation

At the end of each year, Highlands Consulting staff select a charity that has personal meaning, and the firm donates on their behalf. This was especially impactful during a year when fundraising was limited due to COVID-19. I am especially grateful for a local organization…

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