Addiction Resources for Military Veterans and Military Families

Resources for Military Families and Military Veterans Addiction and Substance Abuse are concerns within the military community, just like in the broader community. It can often feel difficult to seek the help that you or your family member needs when they are struggling with the effects of substance abuse and the challenges of addiction, especially if they are on active duty. In 2014, Research showed that the Veteran’s addiction phase was 4 years longer than non-vets and they experienced significantly more financial and legal problems. Continue reading →

Legal Writers

Are you looking for legal writers, who understand the law and how to communicate concisely? That’s us. Anna Blanch Rabe & Associates provides specialist communications content for Legal Professionals Finding a communications professional who can expertly and strategically navigate your niche, recognizing any potential ethical pitfalls and adding value to your website and helping you to provide your clients and potential clients with quality and specialist content is challenging. If for no other reason than communicating legal concepts and legal information in plain English is Continue reading →

Making the most of Social Media as a Non Profit

How do you make the most of social media as a non-profit? You’ve heard your organization needs to have a social media presence, but you don’t know where to start or how to figure out what level of investment (of time and resources) to make for the return on investment (ROI) you are looking to achieve. Here is my six-point plan for making the most of social media for your non-profit. Be clear on why you are using social media. Be clear on the voice Continue reading →

Military Families and US Immigration

I care about military families and US immigration. As an immigrant and military spouse I recognize how hard and complex it can be to navigate the US immigration system. Sometimes it is hard to discern and make sense of it all – and I have a law degree, have studied constitutional law and have been a student of US immigration law and process by necessity over the last eight years. This article was first written in 2017, and has been updated a number of times Continue reading →

Multiplying the value of conference attendance

Attending conferences can cost a large amount of money – I average about $1000 a conference just for hotel, flight, and that doesn’t include the tickets. For this to make sense for your business, you have to know what your ROI is to make sure you’re getting the most out of the experience. So how do you go about multiplying the value of conference attendance? While these suggestions are primarily for those attending business or professional conferences, they really apply to any kind of conference Continue reading →

Tips for nailing an interview with a social impact business

Our recent experiences will help you with tips for nailing an interview with a social impact business. We recently went through a hiring process to add some members to our Anna Blanch Rabe & Associates. We were looking for skilled communications professionals who could step into our social impact business and help us make legalese easy to understand, share meaningful stories, and empower those who are building communities. While we ended up with two great candidates we were somewhat surprised and perturbed about some of Continue reading →

Accounting for Social Enterprises

There is accounting for social impact enterprises and then there is social accounting. What’s the difference? Why does it matter? Accounting for Social Enterprises The practicalities of accounting for social enterprises are going to be dependent on the legal structure and status of your social enterprise. Are you a 501(c)(3) non-profit? are you a B-corp? are you an LLC that is choosing to operate as an enterprise with a social enterprise social impact model? Find an accounting professional who is familiar with the type of Continue reading →

A Guide to Networking at Conferences

Professionals are often advised that networking at conferences is essential for increasing career opportunities. However, networking is also crucial for setting up collaborations and for developing professional relationships with others in your field. This goes for academics and scholars at any stage of their careers. Like teaching or business relationships, networking is very much dependent on your personality and social ease. It seems to be a given that it’s important, but how do you go about it? and how exactly is networking different from socializing? Continue reading →

Finding Hope in Design

Lauren Hope is more than a survivor she finds hope in design. She finds a way to thrive in the midst of challenge. Lauren Hope is the owner, designer, and artisan behind Hope Design, Ltd ®. A military spouse herself, she carefully handcrafts unique military jewelry and accessories to honor our country’s service veterans and heroes. Her creations are available online, and in selected not-for-profit, military spouse mission-driven gift shops. Lauren has created custom pieces for Anna Blanch Rabe & Associates, and I have given at Continue reading →

Productivity Tools for Academics, Lawyers, and Professionals

Productivity doesn’t have a finish line; it’s an evolving set of methods, skills, and task management habits. This is especially true when considering productivity tools for academics, lawyers, and professionals. Some time ago, I wrote a post offering some advice and links to productivity tools I found useful. I thought it was time to revisit the topic and reflect on what I’m finding most helpful now. This article is part of our effort to offer advice for research tasks and professional development, like using plain English Continue reading →