Sara Forner Howland

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Employee advocate. Writer. Joy seeker. Adventurer. Dog lover. Accomplished eater.

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CORPORATE PRIDE
Diversity & Inclusion

Happy Pride! With June in our rearview, we’re taking a look at how Pride celebrations showed up in the corporate world, how companies are celebrating their people and how Pride is being used as a marketing tool.

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Oh Baby, Baby
Employee Experience

We also create a lot of little humans, or as we like to call them, Brilliant Babies. As our team gets ready to welcome two new mamas back to our ranks, it got me thinking about the complexities of parental leave and the even trickier bit -- returning to work. 

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Peanut Butter & Downton Abbey
Just for Fun

It’s no secret us Inkies are big fans of Brené Brown. She shows up in our blog posts (here and here, to name a few) and even helped inform our recent effort to update our values (read about them here). So we were all atwitter when we heard about her new Netflix special called, Brené Brown: The Call To Courage.

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DUMPSTER FYRE
Employee Experience

Like a lot of people, I recently watched the Netflix documentary Fyre in total disbelief as I watched the festival slowly swirl down the drain. And now it seems the scandal of the festival has even infiltrated the documentary battle between Netflix and Hulu, raising questions about who else is really responsible beyond Billy McFarland. 

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SPEAKING OUR LANGUAGE: A BRILLIANT EXPERT ON INTERNAL PODCASTS
Internal Communications

Podcasts are everywhere. According to some figures, there are over 550k shows and 18.5M episodes ready and waiting, and the numbers are climbing daily. 

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Adam Ruins My Night
Employee Experience

"A recent survey found employees only spend 45% of their day on primary job duties." A very-hip friend of mine recommended I check out a show called, “Adam Ruins Everything,” and specifically, the episode about work.

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The Power of Why
Employee Experience

I’m deep in the depths of the “why” phase with my toddler. Every other sentence out of her mouth is “but, why?

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You Find What You Seek
Best Practices

We’re often asked to look for opportunities as consultants — which is code for: all of the things that are broken, ineffective, mocked, archaic, damaged, and all-around terrible. While valuable at times, it’s all too easy to get caught up in that mindset and start to see problems everywhere.

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‘Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart’
Just for Fun

The Brilliant Ink team is a big fan of Brené Brown and the list of reasons why is long. Like, really long.

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Sharing Your Company's Cultural Story
Employee Experience

"What’s it really like to work here?" It’s a question that every talented, driven employee ponders when considering his or her next move.

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Telling Real Stories of Diversity
Best Practices

In our modern world of work, diversity seems like a no-brainer – an obvious tenant of a good company and something in which nearly everyone believes. However, it can often be a passive agreement.

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The Creative Wisdom of Iris Apfel
Just for Fun

The Creative Wisdom of Iris Apfel It all started with a photo of a white-haired woman with big glasses, bright lipstick, a magenta feather jacket, and piles of necklaces, bracelets and rings. She was over the top in every conceivable way — and I loved it.

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