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Sobre Mesa, A Deep and Honest Conversation About Diversity & Inclusion

1/31/2017 November 2016 will go down as the Fall Uprising: politics, identity and the uncommon pursuit of justice in the United States. An uprising that shattered unwritten rules on what gets talked about in the workplace: politics, religion and race were being openly discussed and even asked about—outside a diversity training workshop. Read More
Categories: categoryDiversity & Inclusion

Guest Blogger | Ashton Associate Firm 2Plus2 Partners, Inc. on Configuring SharePoint: SharePoint Document Center

1/17/2017 At the 2Plus2 Blog, our SharePoint experts spent the last a couple of months looking at and dissecting SharePoint's document library features. Read More

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Happy Holidays from Ashton212!

12/23/2016 We wish you peace, joy and prosperity throughout the coming year. Read More
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Guest Blogger | Ashton Associate Ann Rosser on Listening Well

12/8/2016 Good listeners can become great listeners by taking a more active role in the conversation. Read More

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Guest Blogger | Ashton Associate Valerie Peck Shares The Scariest CX Project I Ever Saw…

11/14/2016 Ashton Associate Valerie Peck leads our Customer Journey Mapping teams. Read about how she turned one of her scariest projects into a success! Read More

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In Honor of the Immigrant Veteran Legacy and Diversity

11/11/2016 This blog is dedicated to all my hermanas veteranas for serving our country, leading our troops and disrupting traditional gender roles. Read More

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SIETAR USA Welcomes Mercedes Martin and Tatyana Fertelmeyster as Conference Speakers in Tulsa, Oklahoma

10/31/2016 Mercedes E. Martin, Ashton212’s Executive Vice President, Business Transformation & Innovation, and Tatyana Fertelmeyster, Founder and Principal, Connecting Differences and SIETAR Advisory Board will facilitate a session at this year’s SIETAR conference—Intercultural Stories of Disconnection: Insights into the Polarization of People and Places—Member. Their dialogue forum titled Elections Night is Over. Do We Have a Morning After Pill? will serve to open the conversation about politics and the impact of our current political climate on the workplace. Read More

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On the Lookout | A Bold Faced Blog Series … George Ramirez

5/9/2016 Ashton212 is honored to have a group of advisors who are the best of the best. This month, we’re happy to introduce George Ramirez as the newest member of our Lookout Team. Read More

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On the Lookout | A Bold Faced Blog Series … Amy Haugerud

10/5/2015 Ashton212 is lucky to have access to some really big business brains—our Lookout Team. This month, we introduce Amy Haugerud. Read More

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Where Talent Matters…a Bold Faced Blog Series … Meet Todd Shikora

9/15/2015 We enjoy introducing our readers to the talent that makes Ashton212 a premier provider of consultants and contractors. Today we’ve caught up with Todd Shikora. Read More

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Shake Up Your Resume!

8/3/2015 There's no better time than now to add take your resume up another notch. See how you can quickly add new information that makes you even more appealing to hiring managers. Read More
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Guest Blogger| Ashton Associate Ruth Ross on Leaving Corporate America Behind

7/20/2015 We’ve heard from you that you enjoy knowing more about members of the Ashton Associate community including the work that they do and what’s on their minds. This month we are happy to introduce you to our guest blogger, California-based author, speaker and employee engagement expert Ruth Ross. Read More

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Sheila Facilitates Entrepreneur’s Panel in San Francisco

7/3/2015 The San Francisco Chapter of the National Black MBA Association hosted their first in a series of panels targeting current and “hope to be” entrepreneurs - Planning for Your Business. Read More
Categories: categoryDiversity & Inclusion

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Guest Blogger| Ashton Associate Jenny Clevidence on Leadership

6/17/2015 We’ve heard from you that you enjoy knowing more about members of the Ashton Associate community including the work that they do and what’s on their minds. This month we are happy to introduce you to our guest blogger, California-based leadership coach Jenny Clevidence. Read More
Categories: categoryLeadership

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Where Talent Matters | A Bold Faced Blog Series…Meet Chris Bryant

6/8/2015 The Ashton212 consultant team includes the best of the best from a variety of fields and industries. Today we catch up with Chris Bryant, Chief Experience Officer of Bryant Group in Los Angeles. Read More

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Bay Area Women Leaders Network | May 2015 Gathering!

5/30/2015 Our President, Mary Ann Munro, attended the May 11th "Strengthening and Supporting Courageous Leadership" panel presentation hosted by The Bay Area Women Leaders Network. Read More

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Where Talent Matters | A Bold Faced Blog Series … Meet Meghan Pariso

1/19/2015 Of course Ashton212 Associates are excellent at what our clients expect of them. But our consultants much more than their work, and we enjoy learning about what they’re like away from the office. Today we’ve caught up with Meghan Pariso. Read More

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Veteran Unemployment Higher Than for Non-Vets

11/10/2014 For all who own or run organizations, large and small, the idea of hiring veterans should become a high priority. Read More

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The Challenges of Global Management

10/20/2014 Successful globalization strategies begin with the preparedness of corporate management to recognize what they know - and what they don't. Being globally competent is a challenge some American companies may not be ready for. Read More

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Where Talent Matters | A Bold Faced Blog Series … Meet Ruta Jaks

10/6/2014 Of course Ashton212 Associates are excellent at what our clients expect of them. But our consultants are so much more than their work, and we love to find out they’re like away from the office. Today we’ve caught up with Ruta Jaks, who came to the United States from Lithuania to pursue her American dream and is well on her way toward realizing it. Read More

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More Contingent Workers is a Sign of Things to Come

8/25/2014 The contingent workforce is here to stay. Many reasons drive the increases we are seeing today. Read More

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Where Talent Matters | A Bold Faced Blog Series...Meet Gary Carter

8/12/2014 It goes without saying that Ashton212 Associates are great at what they do. But terrific consultants are so much more than their work, and we love to find out what other talents and passions motivate them when they’re away from the office. Today we’re talking with Gary Carter, whose skills are wide-ranging and whose interests are equally far-flung. Read More

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How to Make Best Use of Interim Executives

7/28/2014 Interim roles are particularly challenging and even more so when it's an executive-level role. Read More
Categories: categoryConsulting

Ashton212 Associates to Present at The International Association of Conference Interpreters' Conference in San Francisco

7/1/2014 Ashton212 was invited to assemble a team of consultants to facilitate two workshops for the International Association of Interpreters' International Conference in San Francisco. Read More
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Being a Great Consultant (Not Just a Good One)

6/2/2014 More and more skilled professionals are trying out the consulting life. It’s not easy, but it can be rewarding and nothing beats working for yourself if you can make it work. Read More
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Recap: Ashton212’s Inclusivity Choice™ Initiative – March 13, 2014

4/30/2014 On March 13th, Ashton212 held its second Inclusivity Choice™ event for members and guests of the San Francisco Black MBA Chapter. Participants attending the event learned about, “The Deep Dark Secrets of a Successful Consultancy”. The goal of the evening program was to provide attendees a sampling of what one would need to know and think about before jumping into the world of consulting. Read More

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Where Talent Matters | A Bold Faced Blog Series...Meet Laura Ehlert

4/23/2014 Terrific consultants are so much more than the work they do and we love to find out what other talents and passions motivate them away from the office. This time, we’re talking with Laura Ehlert – an marketing and product management consultant with creative flair. Read More

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Independent Contractors and the IRS

3/26/2014 As tax time approaches, we take a look at how the IRS defines the difference between independent contractors and employees. Read More
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Where Talent Matters | A Bold Faced Blog Series ... Meet Ross Tuttle

3/10/2014 Terrific consultants are so much more than the work they do and we love to find out what other talents and passions motivate them away from the office. This time, we’re talking with Ross Tuttle – an HR consultant with a surprising and creative side business. Read More

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Are You Paying Enough Attention to Your Contingent Workforce?

2/24/2014 When it comes to contingent workers, businesses often forget about engagement. While it’s a hot topic for the full-time workforce, contingent staff are often seen as a “quick fix” or a short-term solution, so they aren’t included in the kind of engagement behaviors that managers try to model for other employees. Read More
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Panelists Announced for March 13 Inclusivity Choice Initiative! The Deep Dark Secrets of A Successful Consultancy

2/24/2014 We are pleased to announce our panelists for our March 13th meeting to be held at our office. If you are seriously considering becoming a consultant and/or starting a consulting firm, this event should be on your list of places to be. Read More

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Announcing Our 2nd Inclusivity Choice Program on March 13!

2/17/2014 We are delighted to announce our second panel discussion: The Deep Dark Secrets of a Successful Consultancy. Read More

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Is Bite-Sized Consulting a Taste of Things to Come?

1/28/2014 Google Helpouts allow people to pay for video calls with experts. Is this going to catch on for consulting? Read More
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Where Talent Matters | A Bold Faced Blog Series … Meet Terry Theisen

1/14/2014 Terrific consultants are so much more than the work they do and we love to find out what other talents and passions motivate them away from the office. This time, we’re talking with Terry Thiesen. Read More

Keeping the Promise to Hire Vets 

Hiring Vets

1/13/2014 With the recent updates to veteran hiring benchmarks for federal contractors, there’s a lot of talk lately about the pros and cons of hiring veterans. Read More

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How to Hire the Right Consultant

12/2/2013 The right consultant will solve a problem and propel your business forward. But just like full-time employees, consultant will work best in different settings and on different projects. How do you make sure you're choosing the best person, or team, for your needs? Read More
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The Importance of Trust

10/28/2013 Employee engagement is closely tied with trust in executives - but in a fluid workplace, is trust more elusive? Read More

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The Importance of an Onboarding Process for Consultants

10/7/2013 Would your project get off to a better start if you had a more comprehensive onboarding strategy in place for consultants? Read More
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Employee Engagement – It’s not Just for Full Timers

9/30/2013 Talk about employee engagement is everywhere, but it also concerns consultants. We spoke with expert Ruth Ross about a simple way to counter employee disengagement no matter who it affects. Read More
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Panelists and Facilitator Announced for Our October 24th Inclusivity Choice Initiative!

9/24/2013 We are pleased to announce our panelists and facilitator for the "So You Want To Be A Consultant?" event to be held at our office. If you’ve ever considered becoming a consultant, this is a must attend event. The team at Ashton212 has decades of experience placing subject matter experts and project teams on assignment at many of the largest firms in the country. Read More

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Where Talent Matters | A Bold Faced Blog Series … Meet Gretchen Hirsch

9/1/2013 Our Ashton Associates are great at what they do – that goes without saying. But terrific consultants are so much more than the work they do and we love to find out what other talents and passions motivate them away from the office. Read More

Introducing Inclusivity Choice™

8/20/2013 For decades corporate America has found attracting, nurturing, promoting and retaining diverse talent to be a challenge, leaving an ongoing void in mid- to senior-level positions. Ashton212 has a uniquely different way of envisioning a diverse workforce. Read More

The Connected Consultant

8/15/2013 We know that a strong business network is invaluable to building a consulting career. But not just any network. A strong business network means being connected with the right people and engaging with those contacts on a reasonably frequent or regular basis. Read More
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The Power of Teams 

The Power of Teams (Part 1)

7/29/2013 You’ve probably never heard of Charles Batcheldor, John Kreusi, Ludwig Boehm or Francis Upton, but it was their teamwork under the great Thomas Edison that led to an astonishing stream of breakthrough technologies and products including the phonograph and the light bulb. Likewise, it’s hard to imagine that Steve Jobs could have built Apple to its current success without those early days alongside the four man research team that came up with the original Macintosh computer, a turning point in the history of personal computing. Read More
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Step Away from the Office!

7/15/2013 If you're a consultant, finding a good time for a vacation can seem impossible. Sheila takes a look at the good reasons why you should book that time off. Read More
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Do the Right Thing

7/9/2013 Mary Ann takes a look at whether consultants are bound by more than legal agreements and the role of ethics in building a consulting practice. Read More
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Making the Leap from Employee to Consultant – 5 Things You Need To Know

5/15/2013 Most Ashton Associates didn't begin their professional lives as consultants; instead, they most often held full time positions in business before making the transition to consulting. If you're thinking about making the leap, We've got five tips to help make your transition to consulting go as smoothly as possible. Read More
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Imagining the Future of Staffing

11/29/2012 We love to talk about trends and theorize about how we'll help our clients meet future challenges. But you can't understand the future without a firm grasp of where we've come from. So we asked Mary Ann Munro, one of Ashton212's founders how her knowledge of the staffing industry helps Ashton212 stay ahead of the curve. Read More
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Where Talent Matters | A Bold Faced Blog Series … Meet Ruth Ross

10/31/2012 Terrific consultants are so much more than the work they do and we love to find out what other talents and passions motivate them away from the office. This time, we’re talking with Ruth Ross – an accomplished human resource professional with a new message about employment. Read More

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Contingency Workforce Important Part of Long-Term Business Strategy

10/1/2012 A recent report from Randstand shows 67 percent of U.S. companies using a mix of permanent and contingent workers, of whom nearly one quarter (21 percent) expect to expand their contingent workers over the next year. Read More