In the guest chair:
With Thanksgiving right around the corner (did we mention #savethanksgiving ?) today’s show was all about feeling thankful and giving thanks. Brandon Smith, Founder of The Workplace Therapist was on the show to discuss the importance of showing gratitude and thanks in the workplace. Brandon Smith is a leading expert in management communication and “curer” of workplace dysfunction. Known as “The Workplace Therapist,” Brandon is the founder of The Worksmiths LLC, a boutique exectuvie coaching and culture consulting firm that helps clients craft-top performing workplaces.
Paula Collins, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Simply Flourishing was in to dish on what exactly it means to “flourish” and how she helps people to do it everyday. The company is focused on feeling good and functioning well. Simply Flourishing is on a mission to help people know why flourishing matters, and to help them achieve that level of well-being.
Sonia Booker, CEO of Sonia Booker Enterprises is an “uber” entrepreneur and real estate guru. She is also one of most sought-after speakers and real estate coaches. Sonia is the best-selling author of “Real Estate and Wealth: Investing in the American Dream.” Inspiring a wealth building movement equipping people with a blueprint to build wealth “one dollar at a time.”
In the headlines:
- Pollack Shores Real Estate Group is the latest developer to place a bet on the Buckhead Village. The Atlanta-based company is planning a 315-unit apartment building at Pharr Road and North Fulton Drive, just down the street from Buckhead Atlanta
- IBM (NYSE: IBM) launched a new Sports, Entertainment and Fan Experience consulting practice and a Sports and Entertainment Global Consortium — both based in Atlanta.
- United Parcel Service opening new driver training facility in Atlanta
- The Metro Atlanta Chamber still has plenty of openings for small or medium-sized companies interested in competing for grants in the export contest the organization launched last month. Only 12 companies have submitted applications since the contest was announced on Oct. 30, said Ricardo Hubler, the chamber’s senior director for global business development. The chamber plans to award first-round grants of up to $5,000 to 35 companies in January.
- Shares of mobile-payments startup Square and online-dating service owner Match Group surged in their first day of trading, a welcome relief for the beaten-down market for initial public offerings. Both stocks closed above the high end of their estimated IPO ranges on Thursday afternoon, despite disappointing Wednesday night with offerings that priced below or at the low end of expectations.
- Marriott merger plans with Starwood Hotels & Resorts leaves big question for loyalty SPG program members about points.
For other events and appearances, check out Dana’s event calendar: http://danabarrett.com/events/.