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In South Korea, Supporting Work-Life Balance is About Humanism: An Interview with Hillary VanVleck

By Stephanie Baum | June 14, 2018

Among member nations of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, South Korea has historically ranked high on the list of the average number of hours its workers log annually, at over 2000 hours per year (in contrast, US workers work an average of just under 1800 hours yearly). Until very recently, most South Koreans regularly expected to work nearly 70 hours weekly, six days a week. Over time, this work-life imbalance—once considered a productivity booster—has instead resulted in lower productivity and a declining birth rate for the country as many workers, especially women, have been forced to choose between working and caring for their families. Even as laws change to better support a work-life balance, employers are protesting the changes. In this interview, Hillary Van Vleck discusses working on a government team tasked with convincing employers that the new laws would be beneficial for them as well as their employees.

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How to Gain Momentum for Your Project While It’s in Progress

By Stephanie Baum | May 15, 2018

Like many of us, Fearless Fund’s Alyson Myers is passionate about the work she does. She and her team are currently working under a Department of Energy grant to grow macroalgae for conversion to fuel—a project that could lead to massive breakthroughs in the production of energy, feed, and raw materials. Out of necessity, the team prioritizes project work rather than the publicizing of that work. Yet for this team and many others, sharing that kind of information is frequently a key to establishing new partnerships, unlocking opportunities, resolving challenges, inspiring others, and ultimately moving forward. When our work itself is all-consuming, how can we easily amplify it for continued innovation? Hear what Alyson has to say in this two-minute video.

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9 Tips for Attracting More Social Media Followers

By Stephanie Baum | April 18, 2018

When it comes to all things digital marketing, Neil Patel is an industry leader, and he loves to share his knowledge. Whether you’re building a national brand or want to increase the digital presence of your project or small business, Neil’s site is a valuable source of best marketing practices. At Mentor Engine, we tip our hats to him. Here are our takeaways from his outstanding blog post on how to increase your social media following. Thanks, Neil!

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All About Humans from a Frog’s Perspective: A Mentor Engine Interview with Margot Fass, Frog Artist

By Stephanie Baum | April 16, 2018

In this interview, artist Margot Fass explains that frogs are an integral part of the food web, and like bats, they eat ticks, mosquitoes, and other disease vectors. They also are important because they are bio-indicators: “They give us an idea of what will surely happen to us as well, if we don’t change our ways,” she says.

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Investment in Your Team is Investment in Your Practice: An Interview with Gio Iuculano, DDS of Winchester Dental

By Stephanie Baum | April 13, 2018

Patients and referral partners of Winchester Dental in Winchester, Virginia regularly praise the practice for providing innovative, excellent dental care and an outstanding office experience—in fact, some patients travel regularly from other areas of the country for treatment. In addition to general dentistry, the practice provides modern, holistic dental treatment for related health issues. How did Winchester Dental evolve, and what drives its success? Practice leader Gio Iuculano, DDS explains.

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Vimala Rajendran Discusses Respect and Dignity at Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe

By Stephanie Baum | April 9, 2018

In this 90-second video clip, restaurateur Vimala Rajendran discusses respect and dignity at Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe.

From Social Justice to Philanthropy: The Curryblossom Foundation Prepares to Launch

By Stephanie Baum | April 6, 2018

Restaurateur Vimala Rajendran is launching the Curryblossom Foundation in response to a need in her community. “Our restaurant has been paying living wages to our workers,” she explains. “To meet some of the needs of the disadvantaged in our community, we need a funding agency.” Learn about the Curryblossom Foundation’s mission in this interview.

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Biomass and Beyond: An Update on the Macroalgae Project with Fearless Fund’s Alyson Myers

By Stephanie Baum | January 16, 2018

In spring 2017, Mentor Engine spoke with Alyson Myers about her team’s macroalgae project, which sustainably farms oceans to produce energy, feed, and raw materials for the economy. As 2018 begins, Alyson updates us on the project scale, refinements, and funding, managed now by newly-launched organization Fearless Fund.

Reducing Ocean Nutrient Pollution with Macroalgae: A Mentor Engine Interview with Alyson Myers of Kegotank Farm

By Stephanie Baum | April 17, 2017

In 2017, Kegotank Farm in coastal Virginia launched a macroalgae project to grow biomass, which reduces ocean nutrient pollution and can sustainably support growth of food, feed, and manufacturing material. What might this mean for the global economy? What challenges does this project face? CEO Alyson Myers explains.

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The ME Movement and the Irony of Our Name

By Stephanie Baum | March 30, 2017

In the digital world, self-promotion is useful and comfortable for some, but not for everyone. While Mentor Engine is dedicated to spotlighting the work of exemplary individuals without the need for self-promotion, we recognize the irony that arises every time we abbreviate our name! Is it all about me, or is it all about ME?

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