Category: Blog

Playing a Part in “Rebuilding California”

It has been almost two years since the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was signed. This landmark law includes federal policy direction and funding for climate action, zero-emissions vehicle deployment, social equity, and multi-modal transportation investments – all critical initiatives for our State. Highlands…

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Making the Most of a Professional Conference

Conferences for professional development can be fun and exciting. They offer an opportunity to get out of the day-to-day bubble, learn new things, meet new people, and shift one’s mindset. Ideally, the excitement from a conference translates back to the office routine. I recently attended…

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Creativity and Collaboration: How Improv Transforms Business

Improv, short for improvisation, is an art form that involves creating spontaneous performances without a script or predetermined plan. At first glance, it may seem unrelated to the business world, but I recently realized its profound impact on my professional growth. Here are three ways…

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A Culture of Continuous Learning

Continuous learning is a core value at Highlands Consulting. It is a pillar of our organizational culture and something we rely on when tackling complex client projects each year. Throughout my 16-year career here, I feel very fortunate to have learned from incredible managers, mentors,…

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A Memorable Day at the Special Olympics

Excitement was in the air on March 18 at the Special Olympics 2023 Folsom Basketball Regional Competition! After an 8-week basketball season, these tournaments showcased the efforts of the 300 Special Olympians from Sacramento, Placer, and Yolo counties. These determined and passionate athletes were an…

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A Rose by Any Other Name…

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” – William Shakespeare It’s that time of year when I check-in on all those resolutions, transformations, and brave goals that I set to achieve in the New Year. As a Change Consultant, I have a…

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Meaningful Peer Exchange and Collaboration

As a public sector consultant, I have the privilege to help design and implement projects that are shaping California’s future. One of the ways I do this is through meeting facilitation. Regardless of the discussion topic, my priority is to guide my client towards a…

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Happy Lunar New Year!

As part of a State IT project with over 1200 team members, I’m pleased to be co-chair of our team’s Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Employee Resource Group (ERG). I have developed multiple communications, teambuilding activities, and events to foster awareness of the AAPI community.…

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Lots of Good News

Part of my role at Highlands is to post articles that are meaningful to our clients and colleagues. However, researching industry developments and good news can be challenging sometimes. But as an eternal optimist, I’ve found some great sources including Good News Network and Beautiful…

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Rediscovering the Value of In-Person Team Meetings

Since May 2020, I’ve been part of a large team working on California’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over countless virtual meetings, chats, and emails, we’ve spent long days and occasional weekends “together” sharing many experiences and successes over the past years. Earlier this month,…

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