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Thought Leader Spotlight: Elizabeth Preis
By Fatimah Gilliam Founder, and CEO The Azara Group

I started my career at Bloomingdale's. I was recruited out of Wellesley College into Bloomingdale's management training program. I liked the idea of going into an industry that was part commerce and part recreation.   Read More

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Five Tips for Starting a New Job-Be Proactive & Strategic!
By Fatimah Gilliam Founder, and CEO The Azara Group

Starting a new job comes with excitement, anticipation, and anxiety. You want to be successful, but do not know what to expect. To set yourself up to be a star performer, you need to be proactive and have a strategy.   Read More

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Thought Leader Spotlight: David Greenspan
By Fatimah Gilliam Founder, and CEO The Azara Group

I grew up in a family of attorneys. My father was a prosecutor who eventually worked for a law firm. Two of my uncles, three of my cousins, and my younger sister are also lawyers. But the biggest influence truly came from my dad. I looked up to him and wanted to be like him. I also remember going to court with him as a child. I'd watch him in court and thought being a lawyer was "cool" and exciting.   Read More

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Thought Leader Spotlight: Tiffany Dufu
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I started my career in non-profit fundraising because I wanted to help with the advancement of women and girls, but my first job was being a telemarketer. I didn't do it for long, but I learned a lot about rejection.   Read More

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Thought Leader Spotlight--Nelson Boyce
By Fatimah Gilliam Founder, and CEO The Azara Group

I'm a 'Type A' individual who loves interacting with people. I started my career in investment banking in PaineWebber's mergers and acquisitions group to get experience and pay off my student loans.   Read More

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Negotiation Tip #1: Let the Dogs Fight Over the Bones
By Fatimah Gilliam Founder, and CEO The Azara Group

When negotiating, it is easy to get distracted by things that do not matter relative to the big picture. Often, we go into a negotiation knowing what price we want, how low we are willing to go, and where we are willing to compromise.   Read More