191,000 People Flee New York

191,000 People Flee New York

The title of this blog is somewhat misleading. In 2016, 191,000 residents left the state of New York for other areas of the country. This was the largest exodus since 2007. With this loss however, the demographics shift has accelerated. While there was a 191,000 loss, the population remained almost steady. Nearly, 118,000 new immigrants called New York home in 2016. Additionally, there were 75,000 births, the majority being non Caucasian. The trend is clear… older white residents are leaving New York, younger more diverse residents continue to migrate to New York. Business, hospitals, schools, and government agencies will have to shift their marketing and customer service model to reflect the rapidly changing demographics they wish to...
FOOD AND CHRISTMAS…THE GLOBAL UNITER

FOOD AND CHRISTMAS…THE GLOBAL UNITER

This past weekend in my town on Long Island, as in towns and cities around the world, traffic was unbearable. Folks were scurrying for last minute gifts and were equally frantic about shopping for the perfect ingredients for their Christmas meal. On Christmas Day around the globe, streets will be eerily empty as families gather for their traditional Christmas meal. Being of Italian descent, I can salivate with detail on the menu for Christmas Eve as well – 7 varieties of fish followed by a traditional pasta meal on Christmas Day. Different traditions are just as defined around the world. Families in India will dine on a variety of foods “Biryani”. In the Phillippines, natives will celebrate “Noche Buena” following an ancient Hispanic custom. In Sweden it is called “Julbord”, a meal consisting of 3 courses….fish of course! And in the UK, its more like an American Thanksgiving dinner, turkey with all the trimmings. Those celebrating Chanukah, this year beginning on Christmas Eve, will likely have potato pancakes and jelly donuts for dessert related to the oil in the story of the Chanukah miracle. During this holiday season, two things are certain. Food binds as all and in some strange way brings us closer as a global family. The second “miracle” is that for at least a few hours, traffic will be at a minimum in many villages across the world as we sit surrounded by family and friends and concentrate on our gastronomical pleasures. Wishing you peace and happiness in this wonderful holiday season and a prosperous...
White Deaths Exceed Births

White Deaths Exceed Births

U.S. companies and more specifically the insurance industry are facing two major challenges; the decline of white customers and potential employees. White deaths exceed white births in about one third of U.S. States. In 2004, just 12 years ago, this phenomenon occurred in only 4 states. Today it is true in 17 states. The result is quickly shifting customer and potential employee base. Most companies have yet to adjust their approaches to the new demographic...
Title IX – Women Earn the Glory While Men Earn the Money in U.S. Soccer

Title IX – Women Earn the Glory While Men Earn the Money in U.S. Soccer

The U.S. women’s soccer team won the world cup in 2015, a title that the men’s team has never achieved. However, the glory did not come with all the benefits. Earlier this year, five women team players filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming that the U.S. Soccer Federation was involved in wage discrimination by paying the women far less than the men. According to Title IX, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” For years, the backlash against Title IX has centered on the dispute that women are less interested in sports than men. In other words, men and women do not start from the same level of interest in athletics and are therefore not alike in their desire to participate and benefit from sports. Thus, the argument goes, women and girls are not entitled to equitable numbers or types of participation opportunities. Right now, women across America are working to pay their bills, putting food on the table for their families, slowly repaying their mounting debt and student loans, and even saving a little for their own children to go to college. With the shifting demographics in the workforce in this country, many of these women are increasingly becoming the financial head of their household. And that is why, in today’s day and age, we need to bridge the gap of unequal...
Undeniable Leadership

Undeniable Leadership

Leaders in business and sports can create incredible results. In the short term, documenting the results of sports leaders is easier because weekly there is a 1 loss accountability. As an example, there are 3 prominent college football coaches who have demonstrated incredible leadership and supporting results. Jim Harbaugh of the University of Michigan has been the head coach for a year and a half. During this time his record is 17-3. The year before he took the helm, his team was 5-7. Nick Saban, coach of the University of Alabama took over the team that was 0-7 in 2006. His record since then is 108-18 including 4 national championships at Alabama. Lastly, Urban Meyer took over a struggling program in 2012. He has amassed a record of 56-5 including a national championship. Place these same 3 coaches in almost any struggling football program or business and similar results will occur. Leadership is...