Can a book change your life? This one can.

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

February is here, and for many of us, those steadfast New Year’s resolutions to be healthier, more productive, kinder to our spouse—whatever—are starting to lose steam. When life gets hard (as it always does) our good intentions often fly out the window. We feel frustrated. We slip back into old…

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How to Make the Most of a Summer Internship

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

It’s that time of year once again: summer internship season. This month many college students will begin summer jobs in their field of study, so let’s dust off a blog from last year on how to be a great intern. This time with a twist….from the voice of MPD intern and…

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The Dash: The Meat & Meaning of Every Endeavor

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Over the weekend I attended a memorial service for my Cousin Johnny Moore. He had a wonderful, fulfilling 83+ years, so it was a celebration. On the drive to East Texas my Facebook feed popped up this most appropriate image from SoulSeeds. So fitting. More fitting than I imagined: Johnny’s…

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Celebrating a Shared Culture & Honoring a Visionary: APQC’s Inaugural Founder’s Day

Friday, October 9th, 2015

As some of you noticed on @PaigeDawson yesterday, I had the good fortune to spend the day with APQC (the American Productivity & Quality Center) for the Inaugural Founder’s Day & Jack Grayson’s 92nd Birthday Celebration. What an inspirational event! I have a special affinity for APQC (as a long-term…

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Let Freedom Ring: Let’s Dream, Take Action, Get Results & Have Fun

Monday, July 6th, 2015

It’s July and the start of Q3. The year is halfway over. Yes, really! Every year I awake amazed that we’ve sprinted to the midpoint of a year. The big question this poses for me: Am I halfway finished with my 2015 goals? Hitting annual goals takes discipline. And, it…

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Internships: The Good, The Bad & The Value (Part 2 of 2)

Monday, June 29th, 2015

In my last blog, I shared my background on internships over 20 + years as well as Ten Tips for Interns. This blog post will cover Ten Tips for Employers who hire and manage interns. Ten Tips for Employers: Don’t rely on the resume or interview alone, sometimes the sizzle is…

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Internships: The Good, The Bad & The Value (Part 1 of 2)

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

I’ve long been a fan of college internships as both a source of real-world learning and relationship building for young students as well as a resource to handle the multitude of support/entry-level tasks for employers—especially marketing/PR agencies. Over my 20 plus years in business, I’ve had the pleasure to work…

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Marketing and IT Executives: Tear Down This Wall

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

I recently had the privilege of attending an event that is one of Dallas’ best-kept secrets: The quarterly Spotlight Series breakfast hosted by Pearson Partners International, one of our long-time clients. Each breakfast addresses one current hot topic, with either a panel of experts or a single speaker answering questions…

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Putting the rules of improv to work

Monday, June 30th, 2014

A few years ago during a professional development session, our team was introduced to Tina Fey’s bestselling book, Bossypants.  In addition to being a quick and hilarious read, the book offers some very practical advice that we’ve incorporated into our work philosophy:  the four rules of improv.  While developed in the…

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Talana Morris promoted to Principal with MPD Ventures Company

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Please join me in congratulating Talana Morris on her promotion to Principal with MPD Ventures Company. Talana joined our firm more than seven years ago and moved well beyond the role of Project Manager several years ago. We’ve certainly lagged behind in recognizing her contribution to our firm, team and…

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