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Staying in touch with students; the early bus to Montgomery County Community College

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 3:35 AM
Many of the CEOs I've interviewed work hard to push through the layers of yes-saying bureaucracy and connect directly with their customers or frontline employees and Karen Stout, president of Montgomery County Community College, is no exception. "I get my energy from being with our students," she told... Read more

College president Karen Stout's integrity fund

Monday, December 8, 2014, 3:40 AM
Montgomery County Community College president Karen A. Stout has an integrity fund. She doesn't call it that, but that's the purpose it serves, she told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. As leaders, "We deal always with lots of issues that have... Read more

Philadelphia: The good, the bad and the ugly

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 3:25 AM
Steveanna Wynn grew up in rural Virginia, where, she said, the poverty is hidden, tucked up in the foothills and along the back roads, not front and center on busy streets as it is in Philadelphia. Wynn, executive director of Share Food Program Inc., the Philadelphia food distribution nonprofit, got... Read more

Staying strong when sorrow abounds

Monday, December 1, 2014, 3:00 AM
It takes empathy and anger to work in the service of downtrodden, both necessary emotions, but both psychologically draining. The people who stick it out manage to find a way to handle those emotions. In our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer, I asked Steveanna... Read more

Boscov: Keeping payrolls fat

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 3:30 AM
Trimming payrolls to the bone might make a pretty balance sheet, at least on the expense side of the ledger, but having enough help in the stores is key to Boscov's success, Albert Boscov, 85, chairman of the Reading-based chain of 43 department stores, told me during our Leadership Agenda interview... Read more

Says Boscov: Friends matter in retailing

Monday, November 24, 2014, 4:35 AM
When it comes to leadership, Albert Boscov, 85, puts a high premium on friendship, he told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. The friends he made over 50 years in retailing helped him pull his family-run 43-store department store chain, Boscov's L... Read more

Why Bob McDevitt is no fan of Carl Icahn

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 3:15 AM
When Bob McDevitt leads casino bartenders, housekeepers, food servers and other union members on a protest march on Atlantic City's Boardwalk Wednesday, the target will be policies set in motion by Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor whose company owns the Tropicana and whose affiliates control the... Read more

Atlantic City: Not dead yet, says union leader

Monday, November 17, 2014, 3:05 AM
"Everyone wants to write an obituary for Atlantic City," Bob McDevitt told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. But, cautions McDevitt, president of the union representing the city's casino workers, those pundits should put away their pens. "Look... Read more

Renfrew leader: Learning lessons on leading women

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 3:10 AM
In his business -- the treatment of eating disorders -- Samuel E. Menaged, founder and president of the Renfrew Center, finds himself surrounded by women. Not only are the clients, but the majority of employees, including the leadership team, are women. During our Leadership Agenda interview, published... Read more

Renfrew: Insurance helps, hurts eating disorder clients

Monday, November 10, 2014, 3:20 AM
Imagine this scenario: A woman in the throes of an eating disorder deliberately keeps herself dangerously thin during treatment. Why? Not because she wants to, but because she has to, in order to keep getting health insurers to reimburse her care. "It's tragic," Samuel E. Menaged, founder and president... 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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