By Karrie Bobby | August 2, 2018
Customer Service Representative, ETR
Thinking about calling ETR? You might talk to me. I’m one of the voices behind ETR’s Customer Service Department. The other day, a customer said I had a soothing voice. That was nice to hear.
By Mary Nelson, MLS | July 19, 2018
Publisher Emeritus, ETR
This July 7, the Google Doodle honored Helen Rodriguez Trías. This evoked some lovely memories and powerful reflections for those of us who had the privilege of working with this remarkable woman. She was a leader not only in her own time (she died in 2001), but for the challenging times we are facing today.
Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES | July 10, 2018
Senior Editor, ETR
How do you do what you do? How do you keep going? Where do you find your inspiration?
Most of us doing mission-focused work have a range of answers. We connect with family. Read. Exercise. Stay active in a spiritual community. See friends. Take long walks on the beach.
By Vignetta Charles, PhD | May 3, 2018
Chief Executive Officer, ETR
Star Wars fans—this post is for you. And anyone exploring new partnerships—this post is also for you!
When the first teaser trailers for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens hit the internet in 2015, I was gleeful. More Star Wars! Yes, please.
But I must admit that I didn’t know how I’d feel about the new characters in the Star Wars movies.
By Debra C. Harris, PhD, MST | April 26, 2018
Senior Instructor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health & Adjunct Instructor, Graduate School of Education
Come take a ride with me. We’ll climb into an old BMW and drive on up from Red Lodge, Montana, to the Beartooth Pass (elevation 10,947 feet). Our chauffeur will be Dr. Bill Kane, which is why we’ll be stopping along the way to look at the beautiful fall colors, listen to the birds, hear the wind, and maybe spot some deer. Bill needed to do these things. He was that kind of person.
By Shawn Moore, MBA | April 19, 2018
Senior Vice President for Product Management at ActiveHealth/ETR Board Member
Everyone wants a healthy workplace, right? In a healthy workplace, workers are more productive. Missions are supported. It’s a more pleasant environment for everybody.
So why are there so many challenges to establishing a healthy workplace? Especially workplaces like health organizations, service organizations and non-profits. What’s holding us back?
By Vignetta Charles, PhD | April 3, 2018
ETR is a national organization—one with global aspirations. You might not have guessed this if you’d peeked in on one of our all-staff meetings a few years back. These were held in a single conference room, with a minority of our team joining from two smaller rooms at “satellite offices,” along with a few team members joining from home offices.
By ETR | March 14, 2018
Happy Pi Day! It’s March 14, the day when science geeks the world over revel in the stark beauty of mathematics. Pi is both one-of-a-kind (no other number like it) and part of the crowd (a member of the tribe of mathematical constants). It is irrational and transcendental. It is infinite in nature.
Pi Day resonates for ETRians.
By Sarah Axelson, MSW | March 18, 2018
Director of Training, ETR
When is the last time your organization held a staff retreat? Did it help you accomplish your organizational goals?
A few weeks ago, ETR held its annual staff retreat. I was genuinely inspired. The planners of this event offered some valuable lessons for any organization on how to design effective and engaging retreats.
By Vignetta Charles, PhD | February 14, 2018
How’s your love life? Today is Valentine’s Day, so no surprise if your thoughts turn to romantic relationships. But I’m actually talking about a different kind of love at the moment—love related to leadership, mission and work.
By Manveer Sahota | January 18, 2018
Community Outreach and Advocacy Specialist, ETR
Inspiration is powerful. From the time I was a teen, inspiring people have come into my life at just the right moments. They’ve given me encouragement to move forward, to grow and to give back, exactly when I was ready to do so.
Today, because of those experiences, I’m working with the California Clean Air Project (CCAP).
By Vignetta Charles, PhD | December 19, 2017
Chief Executive Officer, ETR
ETR values Workplace Wellness—and a way to live those values is to ensure that our incredibly hardworking team takes a well-deserved break for the holidays. We close down December 23 and open again January 2, 2018. As we come upon our annual all-staff mini-sabbatical, I’d like to share three wishes from ETR to you.
By Lisa Edelman | December 7, 2017
Regional Account Manager, ETR
I’m a happy traveler. That makes me doubly-blessed when I travel for ETR. I get to spend time with very impressive people, learn about their work, and come home more inspired than ever about the work I do.
In September, I had an opportunity to meet a few of the fine people of North Carolina.
By Sue Potter, MS | November 28, 2017
Research Associate, ETR
I’m with the “away team.” For the last several years, I’ve been part of ETR’s Distributed Workforce. Roughly one in five staff are located away from our organization’s main offices in Scotts Valley, Oakland and Sacramento, California. You’ll find us in other regions of California and in other states across the country. I live in Boston.
It hasn’t always been easy being one of the remote staff. But we’re an organization that believes in continuous improvement.
By Vignetta Charles, PhD | November 20, 2017
Chief Executive Officer, ETR
My six-year-old son came home from school during the first week of November with an assignment to ask his family what we’re thankful for this year. I immediately rattled off the names of ten people, starting with his name.
He jumped in and clarified, “It can’t be people. You have to be grateful for a non-people thing.” I paused and then quickly gave him my heartfelt answer that couldn’t be people (I’ll tell you later what it was).
By Vignetta Charles, PhD | May 17, 2017
Something new is brewing here at ETR. No, I’m not talking about our new CEO (that would be me). Nor am I talking about our group of new hires, although they are all very cool (and, BTW, we do have several current openings).
I’m talking about walking. Stepping up. Living our values. It’s ETR’s very own weekly step challenge, and it’s helping us make some impressive changes within our own workplace.
By ETR | May 2, 2017
Are you thanking a teacher today? We are. It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! Of course, we thank teachers regularly, even when it isn’t a special time of recognition.
Here at ETR, pretty much everyone on the team can name a teacher who had a meaningful impact on their lives. Most of us would name many.
By Laura Norvig, MLIS | April 12, 2017
Digital Media Strategist, ETR
I’m a huge believer in the power of online community for professional development. I’ve received so much useful “just in time” information and made so many valuable personal connections this way, it’s second nature to me.
Recently I joined HEDIR, a longstanding discussion list designed to help health educators communicate more effectively and efficiently.
By ETR | March 23, 2017
ETR’s Dr. Karin Coyle is stepping into a different role. She’s our new Chief Science Officer. This appointment has our entire Science Department looking to the future with excitement.
By Marcia Quackebush, MS, MFT, MCHES | March 6, 2017
Senior Editor, ETR
Bringing people together can make a world of difference. ETR just finished up our 2017 All-Staff Retreat, and yes, it was a challenge getting everyone into one room for a day. Our workforce is distributed around the state of California and across the nation.
But it was also, in the words of one staffer, “a blast!”