Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SEPTA union leader: You need a thick skin

Monday, October 27, 2014, 3:25 AM
Here's what makes being a union leader different from being a leader in other businesses. You can be voted out. Imagine being able to vote out your boss! Interesting, right? That's what happened to Willie Brown, head of the union that represents SEPTA's bus drivers, cashiers, mechanics, trolley and... Read more

Moore's CEO on being Irish and the gathering of the green

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 3:25 AM
Cecelia Fitzgibbon puts a lot of stock in being Irish -- she even credits it for helping her succeed at fund raising -- an increasingly important part of her job as president of Moore College of Art & Design. "I've found that being Irish is extremely helpful in raising money," she told me during... Read more

Moore CEO advice: Cracking the toughest nut

Monday, October 20, 2014, 3:10 AM
Cecelia Fitzgibbon, president of Moore College of Art & Design, had just hit age 30 when she landed the kind of position that usually goes to people much more senior. Fitzgibbon became executive director of the Delaware Division of the Arts and every single person on her staff was older than she... Read more

In Philadelphia: Safety for body and soul on the job

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 2:45 AM
PECO's lobby was bustling with a celebration honoring the company's LGBT employees the day I went to interview Denis O'Brien for the Leadership Agenda column published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. "I express two key values here -- safety and culture," said O'Brien, who oversees PECO and two other... Read more

CEO introvert: From shy to hi

Monday, October 13, 2014, 2:45 AM
Glad-handing, chit-chatting, networking -- that will be Denis O'Brien's life on steroids starting Wednesday when he becomes the new chairman of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Sounds like a nightmare for someone who described himself as an introvert by nature during our Leadership Agenda... Read more

Visit Philadelphia: What CEO says you should see

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 3:30 AM
You can't interview a person who makes her living from tourism without asking what she personally recommends to visitors to the region and what she likes when she travels. Here are snippets of what Meryl Levitz, chief executive of Visit Philadelphia, said in our Leadership Agenda interview published... Read more

Visit Philadelphia: Managing through a crisis

Monday, October 6, 2014, 3:35 AM
Here's the scenario: Visit Philadelphia's chief financial officer resigns in February 2012. A few months later, as CEO Meryl Levitz explained during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer, an audit and investigation reveals that $210,000 is gone, over a five-year... Read more

Hospitality 101: Learn to connect

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 3:50 AM
"In our [hospitality] business, you don’t have to be an expert on all businesses and subject matter," Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau chief executive Jack Ferguson told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. "What you have to be is a... Read more

What a spotty tie tells you (and it's not good)

Monday, September 29, 2014, 3:55 AM
"If I have a tie, and I get a spot on it, it’s like I have to get this fixed right now because the world is looking at me," Jack Ferguson, president of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer.... Read more

Conventions key Marriott's business

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 3:25 AM
When Robert M. Allen, general manager of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown arrived in Philadelphia in June 2013, he was quickly recruited to sit on the Pennsylvania Convention Center's customer advisory committee. And that put him in an ironic position -- since in past assignments heading Marriott... 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