Category: Blog

Book Club Benefits

Reading is a decadent activity for me. There is always some “work” to be done which I prioritize over sitting still to read a book. So, when my colleagues started a book club, I saw an opportunity to help me slow down, change my priorities,…

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Special Olympics – The Power of Sports

On May 18, our Highlands team was thrilled to volunteer as timers and stagers for the swimming and track & field events at the 2024 Special Olympics Folsom Spring Games. The athletes were truly inspiring, exemplifying true sportsmanship, competition, and fun! It was an amazing…

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GenAI for Change Leaders

In the past year, I’ve been learning and talking a lot with other Change Leaders and Project Managers about Generative Artificial Intelligence, or GenAI. This is an exciting time for people who lead changes in their organizations, because GenAI can help them perform better in…

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Connecting with the OCM Community

I recently had the opportunity to participate in my first major organizational change management (OCM) conference since the pandemic started – the 2024 San Diego Change Conference. After four years of video conferences and online meetings, I had many questions about this large in-person event.…

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Cracking Open Hearts

Earlier this month, I attended a crab feed fundraiser to support the Sacramento Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) organization. Highlands sponsored the event, and I was happy to attend especially given my lifelong love of shellfish! Just as I began to savor the endless amounts…

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Gratitude and Giving Back Are Key!

Among our Highlands team, giving back is second nature. Whether it’s organizing a river clean-up event, sponsoring fundraisers for the MLK Celebration and CASA, or donating annually to charities of our employees’ choice – there’s a sincere appreciation for what we have and for what we…

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Continuous Learning Through MasterClass

I recently completed the MasterClass “Building Inclusive Teams” with the goal of expanding my knowledge around inclusivity. What resulted was greater self-awareness and a strengthened desire to be more curious in all I do. Here are my three takeaways: Self-awareness. Our minds generate tens of…

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Engaging with the Future Work Force

The benefits of internships to students are well documented. They gain tangible work experience, they delve into a specific type of work to better understand it, and they hone their scholastic teachings into real-world abilities. Less often discussed are the advantages that internships offer companies…

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Preserving a Prized Natural Resource in Our Community

The American River Parkway is the Sacramento region’s most valued natural resource. The Parkway includes the Lower American River, which stretches 23 miles and covers over 4,800 acres, supporting hundreds of species of fish, wildlife, and natural vegetation. The Parkway is also used to provide…

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Leveraging Pandemic Investments

California invested significantly in new or improved IT systems in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These initiatives, such as deploying a statewide contact tracing platform and systems for vaccine distribution and appointment scheduling, met critical needs that existed long before the pandemic. With the worst…

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