Ann Melinger

CEO

Head honcho. Passionate about people. New York City girl. Broadway addict. Late-blooming schussboomer. Family organizer. Social planner and kid cuddler.

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Diversity & Inclusion

"I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.” — Michelle Obama

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The brilliant story behind our new brand
Just for Fun

As Brilliant Ink embarked on its 10th yearin business, we felt it was time to refresh our brand to better reflect our evolution as a company. While there were certainly aspects of our brand that we loved - our name! Our logo! The bold colors! - there were also components we felt we’d outgrown. 

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It's All About TOMO
Employee Experience

As HR and communications pros, we’re constantly asking ourselves, “What can we do to motivate employees?” But imagine if you could answer that question DEFINITIVELY?

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The Big Ten
Best Practices

If you ask people what’s significant about September 2008, most will cringe as they recall the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and the global financial crisis that followed. But for Brilliant Ink, that date holds a lot more significance, as it marks the birth of our company.

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Making meaningful connections, instead of small talk
Best Practices

A few weeks ago, several Brilliant Inkies, myself included, attended ALI’s 5th Annual Strategic Internal Communications Conference in Boston. It was an excellent gathering of professionals representing a wide range of industries, organizations, geographies and backgrounds.

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What I Learned at PRSA Connect
Employee Experience

A few weeks ago, I led a workshop at PRSA Connect - PRSA’s annual conference devoted to Employee Communications. It was my first time attending (and my first time in Nashville!) and I was impressed with the sheer scale of the event, as well as the overall format and topics.</span>

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GDPR: What the What?
Employee Experience

In recent months, you may have noticed that many of the websites you visit are asking you to acknowledge their updated privacy policies. You can thank GDPR for that.

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Employee Experience: Whose Job is it Anyway?
Employee Experience

Original blog post featured on Poppulo. This time of year, publications and websites are clamoring to share their predictions for the year ahead.

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Small team, big strengths.
Best Practices

Because Brilliant Ink is a fully remote team, with employees spread across the country, our annual company retreat has become a sacred time for us. We gather for two days to unplug from our day-to-day work and refocus on some of our bigger priorities - connecting as a team, growing as individuals and developing as an organization.

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GPTW: Learning from the best of the best
Best Practices

Last week, I attended the Great Place to Work Conference in Chicago. This enormous and well-attended conference is hosted annually by the Great Place to Work (GPTW), which developed and publishes the 100 Best Companies to Work For list in Fortune magazine, among many other top workplace awards.

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Stop begging your candidates!
Best Practices

We have been doing a lot of work lately helping our clients to define their Employee Value Proposition (or EVP), and one thing that I’ve LOVED seeing is how many of our clients are embracing the fact that their company isn’t for everyone. All too often, companies are so focused on “selling” their workplace to prospective employees, that they lose sight of what it truly takes to be successful there.

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Life lessons from a tough professor
Employee Experience

Sure, it’s a bit of a cliché, but a recent blog post by Syracuse University’s Chancellor Kent Syverud got me thinking about how the people that push you the hardest are often the ones who have the most profound effect on your life. I’m always proud to tell people that I went to Syracuse University and attended the prestigious Newhouse School of Communications, which certainly taught me a TON about the finer points of our trade.

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