Meetings & Groups

Over the last few weeks, I have blogged about all the spring activities that you can enjoy at Heartland Lodge as well as planning your summer vacation. All of the activities mentioned in the blogs…and many more…are great for just about anyone wanting to e

Lessons from the 2014 Olympics

February 18th, 2014

Every two years my social life takes a two week break. I spend my evenings curled up under a blanket emotionally investing myself in the lives and pursuits of people I’ll likely never meet. I learn about other countries. I learn about sports I’ll never be

Confucius Says…

October 6th, 2013

Work is tough.  It’s draining.  It’s hard.  No matter what you do…I’m sure there are days when it gets to you.  Confucius wrote that if you “choose a job you love, you [will] never work a day in your life.” Ordinarily I wouldn’t be super comfortable openl

Treat your Interns Right

June 21st, 2013

Years ago, after graduating from college, I accepted an internship in Springfield, Illinois.  At the time, I had no way of knowing what a formative and powerful experience that would be – how important it would be for my career and personal development.

Let your People Create

June 16th, 2013

I sit behind a computer.  Professionally.  In an average week, I probably spend about 60 hours behind a computer.  Now, that time is not wasted and my work is not without its fulfillment.  I really quite enjoy what I do and wouldn’t trade it, but every no

Have you heard?  Another millennial, techie genius, entrepreneur has struck it rich using that uniquely American combination of creativity, moxie, and persistence.  David Karp, age 26, never completed high school or college but he started learning HTML at

WiFi Enabled

May 9th, 2013

I’ve mentioned before how much conference attendees love their phones.  They love checking-in, posting photos, looking up places to eat…they love everything about their phones.  So, it isn’t a surprise that the opposite is also true.  Attendees hate whe

Do you remember the first time you attended a conference or major professional event?  I do.  I was 16 and was nominated to attend a conference in the State Capital.  Only four kids from each high school were selected.  We would get to stay in a hotel, we


Google is involved in every part of our online lives.  We use Google as a search engine.  We use it for directions.  We use it for e-mail.  We use it is for blogging.  If you are reading this, odds are you use Google to get here.  Google has become such a

Be fearless.  Be brave.  Be remarkable.  Read any cool tech magazine or visit a future-minded website and this is what you’ll hear.  I work in an office that receives a lot of publications and e-mails talking about things like company culture, passion, le

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