Saturday, February 6, 2016

How to get along with a union

Friday, February 5, 2016, 2:10 PM
Yes, they mix it up at the bargaining table, but Craig E. White, the chief executive of Philadelphia Gas Works, and Keith Holmes, who leads PGW's largest union, Local 686 of the Utility Workers Union of America, get along, both agree. Some of it is pedigree: White's father was a union worker at PGW... Read more

From investor to CEO: It blew his mind

Saturday, January 30, 2016, 10:00 AM
Some CEOs rise through the ranks. Not Ted Karkus, who runs ProPhase Labs Inc. A Wall Street investor who happened to be a major investor in the company that makes Cold-EEZE over-the-counter cold remedies, Karkus got into a proxy fight with the company's founder -- and WON. And just like that (although... Read more

Plenty of talent here, says insurance exec

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 9:45 AM
Lots of people gripe about skills gaps, so it's interesting to hear Philly-area executives talk about whether they can find the people they need. Eileen C. McDonnell, chairwoman and chief executive of The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. Inc in Horsham gives the region's talent a thumbs up. "Coming... Read more

How nurses' union rewrote history at Hahnemann

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 9:45 AM
Back in 2009, when an ugly management-union dispute took hold at Hahnemann University Hospital, labor and delivery nurses Jane Bryer and Sue Robertson were good friends. But when it came to bringing a union into the hospital to represent nurses, they were on opposite sides. Ultimately, the union lost... Read more

Do high heels matter? Another exec weighs in

Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 9:40 AM
Are high heels important to women who want to advance in their careers? As someone who didn't even wear high heels on her wedding day, I keep hoping the answer is no. But most of the female execs I've interviewed believe in high heels, including, to a lesser degree, Eileen McDonnell, chief executive... Read more

CEO's gripes, fears on new insurance regs

Saturday, January 23, 2016, 10:20 AM
"Regulation, regulation on regulation" is the biggest challenge to Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co.'s business, its chief executive, Eileen C. McDonnell, said. It would be one thing if the regulations actually accomplished protecting consumers, but, she said, they really don't. Also worrisome are proposed... Read more

How Coker Graham's teenage job as a waitress launched her career

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 11:00 AM
Julie Coker Graham, the new leader of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, is an illustration of the importance of teen employment. Folks like labor economist Paul Harrington at Drexel University's Center for Labor Markets and Policy say that teen employment connects young people to the... Read more

To heel or not to heel -- that is the question for lady execs

Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 10:45 AM
Is it a must for lady execs to wear high heels? Are heels part of the uniform, a requisite part of "executive presence" and CEO moxie? Julie Coker Graham, weighs in, answering the question always posed to ladies who lead as part of the Executive Q& A published in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer... Read more

Convention sales boss will be calling on the mayor

Saturday, January 16, 2016, 10:45 AM
Julie Coker Graham and Jim Kenney both started their new jobs at the start of the year, and Coker Graham, who now heads the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, hopes Philadelphia's new mayor will be an ally in landing convention business for the city. "Mayor Kenney will be, I think, extremely... Read more

What gambling, moonshine and hard work taught him about entrepreneurship

Saturday, January 9, 2016, 10:35 AM
These days, Marcus Allen, the chief executive of the local branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, wears nice suits, hobnobs with Philadelphia's wealthy elite and invests in real estate. Thirty five years ago, he was hungry and homeless with crime a part of his everyday life. His story... Read more
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Jobbing covers the workplace – employment, unemployment, management, unions, legal issues, labor economics, benefits, work-life balance, workforce development, trends and profiles.

Jane M. Von Bergen writes about workplace issues for the Inquirer.

Married to a photographer she met at her college newspaper, Von Bergen has been a reporter since fourth grade, covering education, government, retailing, courts, marketing and business. “I love the specific detail that tells the story,” she says.

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