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“It will be a different Christmas, but that does not mean it will not be a merry one.”

Families, friends, and experts around the world are mulling over how to spend Christmas and New Years in the midst of a pandemic. It has been a confusing year, to say the least. Christmas isn’t like it usually is — rooms filled with lights, laughing, and love. Devoid of the usual, we are all adjusting to this new normal.

Stephanie Ackler, a motivated financial prodigy, shares an anecdote from her sophomore year at boarding school. …


Karen Wyble — Ambassador for ‘from Healthcare to Wellcare’
Karen Wyble — Ambassador for ‘from Healthcare to Wellcare’
Karen Wyble — Ambassador for ‘from Healthcare to Wellcare’

Karen Wyble, the VP Rural Health and Workforce Development at Ochsner Lafayette General Hospital, has been chosen to serve on the Louisiana Rural Health Association board.

The LRHA defines their mission as, “The Louisiana Rural Health Association recognizes that rural areas are unique and differ from urban areas in their geography, population mix and density, economics, lifestyle, values, and social organizations. Rural people and communities require programming and advocacy that responds to their unique characteristics and needs. …


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Anouk Pappers, a brand anthropologist and CEO of Signitt.com, specializes in branding techniques, one of them being storytelling. The marketing strategy behind storytelling is compelling as it creates a relatable brand for customers. Customers do not want to feel as though they are buying products from a faceless giant cooperation. If a brand is able to tell a unique story and build a relationship with their customer, they automatically become more desirable. Storytelling humanizes a company’s brand which then allows for human connection to the brand. This is what Anouk Pappers is able to do for brands.

Anouk details the science behind why storytelling and humanization of a brand works. …


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An African business evangelist, Osahon Akpata is passionate about executing winning strategies for businesses on the continent and sharing their success stories globally. Currently serving as Head of Consumer Payements at Ecobank Transnaitonal Incorporated, Osahon recently spoke about financial inclusion at the virtual event Africa Future Summit.

You can watch the video, or read what Osahon had to say below.

“Financial inclusion is a challenge all over the world, 1.7 billion people still don’t have bank accounts. In Africa, around 350 million don’t have bank accounts. It is a big challenge all over the world. Having a bank account is the first step in being able to transact and have options for yourself. If you look at a continent like Africa where half of the population is into agriculture, people are constantly trying to sell their produce — this is mostly done in cash. This does not allow them an opportunity to plan, save, invest, or get the insurance that can protect them against risks. Hence, financial inclusion is a big challenge. What we are doing at Ecobank to promote financial inclusion, is we are leveraging technology. The ubiquity of mobile devices to provide financial services through mobile channels and agency banking channels. We launched the express account about four years ago, which is a digital wallet operated exclusively on a mobile device. Today, there are over 10.5 million express account holders. It requires no paperwork, no minimum balance, etc. It is fit for someone who is just entering the financial services space. We also launched the express loan, because a lot of the micro traders and micro-entrepreneurs need a way of accessing credit. We launched it in Ghana last year, and since then we have had about 1.7 million mobile wallet holders who have accessed the express loan. We have dispersed around 342 million dollars in those loans. …


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“Conflict cannot be ‘resolved;’ conflict must be managed.”

Blair Trippe, an accomplished advisor for families of wealth, recognizes that families are not always peaceful. Many things cause conflict amongst families, such as difference of opinions or beliefs. While no families are exempt from this friction, families of wealth may be at a greater disadvantage in restoring familial harmony.

“Differences always exist between individuals; any time individuals interact, they will be doing so in the context of those differences. Family members are interdependent with each other — in some families more than in others — increasing opportunities for individuals with different values and goals to interact. …


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Photo by Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash
Photo by Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash

The 2020 presidential election was a tight contest that painted a vivid picture highlighting our country’s division along racial lines. Simply put, the polarization of America could not be clearer. One would be ignorant to believe that these sentiments do not bleed over into corporate America and the business world at large.

While there are often concerted efforts to ignore or silence it, the power of our collective voice has proven time and again that it should not be taken for granted. …


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The rapid and transformational impact of technology will forever challenge C-Suite leaders and corporate boards on how they adjust and develop strategies for long-term success. All protocols will be impacted, such as: how you go to market, corporate governance, financial reporting, product development, operating systems, supply chains, employee engagement, commercial offerings, customer experience, regulatory and compliance systems, and more.

No corporate function will remain unchanged.

Everything will be interconnected:

- Data and its analytics will become the key to sustainability.

- Curated experiences will become the norm for customer and employee engagement.

- Artificial intelligence will augment and enhance human performance. …


Crain’s New York Business’ 2020 Notable Women in Financial Advice
Crain’s New York Business’ 2020 Notable Women in Financial Advice
Crain’s New York Business 2020 Notable Women in Financial Advice

Stephanie Ackler, a motivated financial prodigy, was chosen as one of Crain’s New York Business’ 2020 Notable Women in Financial Advice. Over the course of her career in finance, Stephanie has successfully led clients to build better, more secure futures, through a comprehensive approach. Further, she uses her position to address social injustices and promote equality.

Stephanie, congratulations on being named one of the Notable Women in Financial Advice for 2020. Tell us a bit about your professional journey and how you got here.

“From the very beginning, my professional objective has been to empower clients through knowledge and education. Throughout my career I’ve held steadfast to the same three guiding principles: 1. Help clients understand and embrace what their money can help them achieve in life, 2. Ensure clients have a wealth plan to maintain their lifestyle and not outlive their resources, and 3. Establish the proper legal safeguards so they are well taken care of financially should they become incapacitated or no longer able to care for themselves. …


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We are in an ongoing conversation with Corry Bazley, a self-motivated, articulate professional with excellent client relationship-building skills and an ability to motivate team members, Corry is a ‘collaborative persuader’. She creates win-win situations for her clients, and truly is a ‘leader beyond silos’.

Corry, you are known to help companies come up with creative ways to move things upward and forward. You focus on collaboration and creativity to create win-win situations both internally and for your clients. How do you approach a tough situation and look at potential solutions holistically?

“The goal is to understand what the problem is. What does the client need? It sounds basic, but what are their real issues? …


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We are living in a different world than we were before Jan. 30, when the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus an international public health emergency. In fact, we are living in a world that is different from what it was 48 hours ago or 24 hours ago.

Accordingly, a change in consumer psychology — fear and anxiety brought on by the rapid spread of COVID-19 — is causing a run on pantry and household staples, cleaning supplies, and medicines.

Right now we are all walking around with this heightened state of mortality salience and that creates a sense of existential anxiety. While the effects are harder to predict, it does tend to make people more likely to spend in ways that support their core values and support their self-esteem or to spend in ways that they feel says something important about who they are. …

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