Q&A with Our Latest IE Pledge Signer: MCJ Partners

Recently, we sat down with Mary Clare McGraw, CIC, Co-Founder at MCJ Partners to get the inside scoop into her company and reasons for signing The IE Pledge. Why did you sign the IE Pledge? I signed the pledge because our mission is to help insurance agencies create operations awareness and cultivate happiness and that … Read more

Why don’t we talk about getting it wrong?

We spend ample time, energy, and money figuring out how to do it right. Countless companies sell you “the next best thing” or “fail-proof” software and services. Yet often, our best learnings come from pretty big mistakes. So why don’t we talk about them? As a marketing rep for a national company, I took over … Read more

Rules of Engagement: How to best work as a team?

What are they, and why should we talk about them? Defining Rules of Engagement You typically see the term “rules of engagement” used in military lingo, but what exactly is it? Rules of engagement are a set of rules, orders, or procedures that are put in place so that everyone knows what is expected, what … Read more

Digital Loneliness: Navigating Connection in the “New Normal”

First, a quick disclaimer from IE: We’re delighted to share this perspective with you about wanting the opportunity to work in a physical work environment. An underrepresented viewpoint that’s often left out is that of Gen Z and how they are now starting their careers. You’ll hear from Kiera (an IE volunteer) while she talks … Read more

phoenix™ and the Components of Culture

Workplace culture plays a prominent role in our everyday lives. Whether it’s a remote meeting, internal communications, or standard operating procedures, how your culture feels directly impacts employee retention and the organization’s bottom line.  But how do you measure culture? And if you can measure it, what key factors matter most to employees and companies? … Read more

Imposter Syndrome: The Latest Shared Story with IE

Often it is the most fleeting of words that hold the most significant power. Imposter syndrome often runs rampant among high achieving individuals and can be evoked from intentional or the seemingly most innocent of moments. Imposter syndrome is the feeling that you will be called out as a fraud and that you are not … Read more

Our top eight goals to celebrate Black history in 2022

Today, as we celebrate the first day of Black History Month, we want to make something very clear. Our commitment to racial equity in the workplace is year-round, 365 days a year, not just for publicity’s sake one month a year. We also strongly feel that Black History Month is meant to honor brave actions … Read more

Innocent Assumptions: New Shared Story to IE

The dangers of workplace assumptions

I can’t believe it’s my first big conference where I am a Keynote Speaker at the event. A stranger approaches me as I internally build my sense of worth (yes, you belong here, and yes, you have something to give these business owners). I take a quick sip of my drink because cold networking always … Read more

How Your Clients & Business Relationships Affect Workplace Discrimination & Harassment

This post focuses on the fourth tenet of the Pledge: We commit to removing relationships and cutting contracts with companies that perpetuate harm. The Pledge – We commit to: Cultivating an open and inclusive culture for employees to feel comfortable coming forward when an incident occurs. Believing the person coming forward, investigating the incident, and … Read more

Why NDAs for Workplace Discrimination or Harassment Harm More Than Help

This post focuses on the third tenet of the pledge: We commit to not forcing or mandating silence or confidentiality for the person coming forward. The Pledge – We commit to: Cultivating an open and inclusive culture for employees to feel comfortable coming forward when an incident occurs Believing the person coming forward, investigating the … Read more