Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Global basketball schools a young African-American

Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 4:55 AM
A knee injury dashed Marcus Allen's hopes for a pro-basketball career with the Denver Nuggets. But what he learned as a result influenced his whole life. Keep in mind that Allen, chief executive of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region in Philadelphia, grew up in poverty, with his formative... 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

In a tech job? Don't neglect life's beauty, says engineering CEO

Saturday, January 2, 2016, 10:20 AM
Want to warm up a crowd? Borrow Lutron co-CEO Michael Pessina's joke. Did you hear the one about the extroverted engineer? "The joke of the extroverted engineer is when they come up to shake your hand; they look at your shoes, rather than theirs," said Pessina, an engineer who leads Lutron Electronics... Read more

Rudy Karsan: Three cardinal sins that condemn CEOs

Saturday, December 26, 2015, 10:05 AM
What are the cardinal sins a chief executive can commit? Former Kenexa chief executive Noorudin "Rudy" Karsan, now head of Karlani Capital, a Philadelphia-based investment firm, has a list of them. "There are three traits. If I see any one of those three things, they are done." Before we head to... Read more

Company workers get paid to run

Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 10:00 AM
Getting paid to run? Maybe this kind of employee perk shouldn't come as a surprise in a company run by a chairman who has competed in 15 marathons, plus many triathlons. But do workers really get the time to participate? "It''s an employee policy that's really unique to this company, where we'll pay... Read more

What happens when a donor promises, but doesn't deliver

Saturday, December 19, 2015, 10:00 AM
Imagine this nonprofit nightmare scenario. The deal is done -- a wealthy patron pledges millions of dollars to underwrite a new campus building. Cameras. Press releases. Ribbon cuttings. Contractors bring in backhoes and ... the donor goes bankrupt and the promised millions never materialize. Then... Read more

How do you save a struggling bank? For one thing, answer the phone

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 3:00 AM
What do you do when a proud legacy isn't so proud any more? That was the situation that Anthony C. "Tony" Weagley encountered just over a year ago when he was tapped to lead the struggling Malvern Federal Savings Bank, which started in 1887. "The legacy of this company if you will, we're a hundred... Read more

High school banker followed the money - now he's the boss

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 10:40 AM
Imagine being a kid in high school, handling tens of thousands of dollars in cash, wearing a three-piece suit and hanging out with rich people. That was Anthony "Tony" Weagley's life as a junior in high school and what launched him into the field of banking. Weagley, 54, now leads Malvern Federal Savings... Read more

Do high heels matter for female execs?

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 10:00 AM
Are high-heels a prerequisite-requisite for executive success? It's such a shallow question that I hate to ask it, even though I did pose it to Paula Goldstein, chief executive of Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia, during our executive question and answer interview published... Read more

Bowling for millennials -- keeping the young as customers and employees

Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 2:20 AM
Can bowling and teamwork keep millennial employees engaged? Boscov's Department Stores CEO Jim Boscov certainly hopes so. Not only are retailers pushing to attract and retain young customers, but they are, like employers everywhere, also trying to figure out how to attract and retain millennial employees... Read more
About this blog

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.

Reach Jane M. at jvonbergen@phillynews.com.

Jane M. Von Bergen Inquirer Staff Writer
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