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Leading Forward

Aug 16,2017

Leading a company forward is tricky business.  You make what seems like hundreds of decisions a day, sometimes without realizing it, and with every decision there is the question “is this what is best for the company?”  Sometimes you feel like you are at the bow of the boat, hands


Casey and the Constitution

Feb 1,2017

I was a young woman in 1987 when the United States observed the bi-centennial of the signing of The Constitution of the United States of America. Four years earlier I had taken the oath to protect and defend it against “all enemies, foreign and domestic.” I’ll confess, I didn’t fully


Spock and the Furniture Catalog

Jul 8,2016

I’m nearly 3 months into my position as the Excel Technologies CEO and my desk is unexpectedly covered with floor plans and furniture catalogs.  Our lease is up in about six months or so and it turns out that the still healthy economy of Northern Virginia means that we aren’t



May 21,2016

My grandfather was a storyteller in the classic manner of a man raised in the Allegheny mountains. As a child I sat eagerly at his feet as he told incredible tales of coming face to face with bears in the woods, bad men being stopped by good townfolk, big snows,