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Ally Vitale of Bar Method Talks Perseverance, Patience and Why Cliches are (Usually) True

"Good things take time." This month at Graymake, we are exploring the idea of patience. When thinking about who to interview for our CEO spotlight, we knew Ally Vitale—wearer of many hats: mom, business owner and fitness trainer—might be able to shed some light on the importance of enduring difficulties, meeting goals regardless of the … Continue reading Ally Vitale of Bar Method Talks Perseverance, Patience and Why Cliches are (Usually) True

Interview: Zainab Chaudry Makes the Case for Faith, Activism and Acceptance in the Workplace

Here at Graymake, we talk a lot about bringing our full selves to work. But what about our religious identities? Our faiths? Our belief systems? Is there room for them in the business world? We decided to pick the brain of an expert: Zainab Chaudry, civil rights advocate and activist, and the Maryland outreach director … Continue reading Interview: Zainab Chaudry Makes the Case for Faith, Activism and Acceptance in the Workplace

Technically Speaking, I Still Prefer Face-to-Face: How I’m (Still) Working Through my Complicated Relationship with Technology

When I went to college, I was the only kid on my floor who hadn’t connected with my roommate ahead of time. I felt some sense of panic. The girls down the hall had coordinated matching bedding. Was this what you did at private school? I was already behind.  Nothing new for me.  My parents … Continue reading Technically Speaking, I Still Prefer Face-to-Face: How I’m (Still) Working Through my Complicated Relationship with Technology

Interview: Photographer Mary Gardella on Finding Her Niche, Learning to Say No, and Drowning Out Her Naysayers

Mary is so easy to connect with. She is curious and genuinely wants others to succeed as much as herself.  One of the many traits I admire of Mary's is her passion for women. She wants to help them feel powerful. How does she accomplish this? By allowing her clients and friends to simply be … Continue reading Interview: Photographer Mary Gardella on Finding Her Niche, Learning to Say No, and Drowning Out Her Naysayers

Alan Tsao Talks Luxury Branding, How to Build a Loyal Customer Base, and the Importance of Indulging your own Curiosity

Alan Tsao has been an innovative yet grounded person as long as I have known him, (which is longer than I can remember). Unwavering, never without a smile and there for you in a pinch, Alan is someone you can dream with or go to for solid advice. I have always envied that he knew … Continue reading Alan Tsao Talks Luxury Branding, How to Build a Loyal Customer Base, and the Importance of Indulging your own Curiosity

Five Ways to Foster Curiosity in Your Workplace… and What’s Preventing it in the First Place

In a wide-ranging survey by Harvard, only 24 percent of employees reported feeling curious in their jobs, and about 70 percent said they face barriers to asking more questions at work.Yet new studies show cultivating curiosity at work leads to: fewer decision-making errorsinnovation, positive changes and workplace improvementsa more solution-oriented workforcereduced group conflictopen communication Leaders and employees alike … Continue reading Five Ways to Foster Curiosity in Your Workplace… and What’s Preventing it in the First Place

Chella Drew Talks Wholeness, Managing Feelings and Not Taking Things Too Personally

This month at Graymake, we've been thinking, reading and talking about wholeness.   When I think about wholeness, there are a few people in my life that really stick out in my mind: Chella Drew is one of them.     Chella has taught me so much about what it means to sit with all … Continue reading Chella Drew Talks Wholeness, Managing Feelings and Not Taking Things Too Personally