Fertile Ground Communications

Fertile Ground Communications I tell stories to inspire and turn dry language into compelling communications. I thrive when I can help people be their best. I have nearly 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, proposal manager, publications manager, and communicator.

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Author Terri Kozlowski wrote a book about her experiences, Raven Transcending Fear, and she shared her story on the #fin...
08/25/2021

Author Terri Kozlowski wrote a book about her experiences, Raven Transcending Fear, and she shared her story on the #findingfertileground #podcast. She was abandoned by her mom on the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico at age 11, after her body was sold to men for drugs. It took her years to process, but she drew on her Native American heritage to transcend her fears.

Author Terri Kozlowski wrote a book about her experiences, Raven Transcending Fear, and she shared her story on the #findingfertileground #podcast. She was abandoned by her mom on the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico at age 11, after her body was sold to men for drugs. It took her years to process, but she drew on her Native American heritage to transcend her fears.

The latest on the #companiesthatcare #podcast: Amber Farrow Taggard, founder and CEO of The Organizer Chicks based in Ar...
08/18/2021

The latest on the #companiesthatcare #podcast: Amber Farrow Taggard, founder and CEO of The Organizer Chicks based in Arkansas.

Amber has created a caring, compassionate company that helps people organize their homes and their lives, reclaiming their precious time. She also gives back to her community each quarter through "Chicks Give Back."

Take a listen to this fun conversation. Link below.

The latest on the #companiesthatcare #podcast: Amber Farrow Taggard, founder and CEO of The Organizer Chicks based in Arkansas.

Amber has created a caring, compassionate company that helps people organize their homes and their lives, reclaiming their precious time. She also gives back to her community each quarter through "Chicks Give Back."

Take a listen to this fun conversation. Link below.

Looking back on 51 episodes of the #findingfertileground #podcast, and why I believe my amazing podcast guests are resil...
08/17/2021

Looking back on 51 episodes of the #findingfertileground #podcast, and why I believe my amazing podcast guests are resilient and resurgent like octopuses.

It's my one-year podcasting anniversary! See what I've learned from podcasting and working in a government office the la...
07/01/2021

It's my one-year podcasting anniversary!

See what I've learned from podcasting and working in a government office the last two months, plus some recommendations for your reading and watching pleasure, in my latest newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/fertilegroundcommunications/whativelearnedpodcasting

#podcasting #companiesthatcare #gritandresilience #womensleadership #womeninbusiness

It's my one-year podcasting anniversary!

See what I've learned from podcasting and working in a government office the last two months, plus some recommendations for your reading and watching pleasure, in my latest newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/fertilegroundcommunications/whativelearnedpodcasting

#podcasting #companiesthatcare #gritandresilience #womensleadership #womeninbusiness

Lisa Schroeder, Portland's Jewish Mother of Mother's Bistro, had to work twice as hard as male chefs to be taken serious...
06/16/2021

Lisa Schroeder, Portland's Jewish Mother of Mother's Bistro, had to work twice as hard as male chefs to be taken seriously. Now she has an award-winning restaurant and a fascinating life. She is committed to caring for her employees and feeding and nurturing Portlanders (and some out-of-towner musicians!) in a multitude of ways. Don't miss this interview on the Companies That Care podcast.

https://www.fertilegroundcommunications.com/post/lisa-schroeder-of-mother-s-bistro-portland-s-jewish-mother-of-mother-s

#womensleadership #cheflife #restaurantindustry #portlandoregon #companiesthatcare #podcasts

Lisa Schroeder, Portland's Jewish Mother of Mother's Bistro, had to work twice as hard as male chefs to be taken seriously. Now she has an award-winning restaurant and a fascinating life. She is committed to caring for her employees and feeding and nurturing Portlanders (and some out-of-towner musicians!) in a multitude of ways. Don't miss this interview on the Companies That Care podcast.

https://www.fertilegroundcommunications.com/post/lisa-schroeder-of-mother-s-bistro-portland-s-jewish-mother-of-mother-s

#womensleadership #cheflife #restaurantindustry #portlandoregon #companiesthatcare #podcasts

One year ago, reflecting on the fact that Amy Cooper called the cops on Christian Cooper for "birding while Black" the s...
05/30/2021
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One year ago, reflecting on the fact that Amy Cooper called the cops on Christian Cooper for "birding while Black" the same day George Floyd was murdered, I wrote an article about white women's tears...what I didn't know then would be my first step toward podcasting.

Today I reflect back on what I've learned in the past year and how podcasting and my relationships with Black folks have greatly enriched my life. This week, I feel devastated that we have so far to go, while also feeling deeply blessed.

https://www.fertilegroundcommunications.com/post/how-george-floyd-and-breonna-taylor-changed-my-life

I specialize in reading your mind, understanding what you need, and communicating in your unique voice. I help you articulate why you or your business is special.

The new Companies That Care podcast launches TODAY!Find it on all of your podcast platforms (except for Apple--still wai...
04/22/2021

The new Companies That Care podcast launches TODAY!

Find it on all of your podcast platforms (except for Apple--still waiting on that one). You can read the associated blog posts at the link below and listen to it on the embedded player there too.

Sustainable fashion, food, and philanthropy! Don't miss it!

04/21/2021

It's happening!! Tomorrow!!

Fertile Ground Communications proudly announces the Companies That Care podcast, premiering this Earth Day, April 22, 20...
04/17/2021
Announcing the Companies That Care Podcast

Fertile Ground Communications proudly announces the Companies That Care podcast, premiering this Earth Day, April 22, 2021.

We're kicking it off with three stories about companies that are changing the world: Trace Collective in London, UK; Our Table Cooperative in Sherwood, OR; and CH2M, my former company, which had a ground-breaking foundation that invested in STEM education and sustainable communities.

Original music composed and played by Jonathan Swanson.

Follow Fertile Ground Communications for updates!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NcufW3NoJE

On April 22, Earth Day 2021, Fertile Ground Communications is launching the Companies That Care podcast, featuring three stories about companies that are cha...

Stefanie Sandello Bonastia is the last guest on my "Healing Herself" series. She struggled with eating disorders for dec...
03/15/2021

Stefanie Sandello Bonastia is the last guest on my "Healing Herself" series. She struggled with eating disorders for decades, experiencing tons of therapy that didn't really help, until she was able to heal herself. Now she helps others who struggle with these same issues. Such an important conversation!

Let's make every month Black History Month! Here's my latest newsletter, with tips on becoming a better ally, how to eli...
02/27/2021

Let's make every month Black History Month! Here's my latest newsletter, with tips on becoming a better ally, how to eliminate sexism in your writing, and a summary of recent podcast guests. Link in comments.

Let's make every month Black History Month! Here's my latest newsletter, with tips on becoming a better ally, how to eliminate sexism in your writing, and a summary of recent podcast guests. Link in comments.

In 'How Not to Pander During Black History Month," I share how companies should not celebrate unless they are walking th...
02/07/2021

In 'How Not to Pander During Black History Month," I share how companies should not celebrate unless they are walking their talk every day of the week. And at the end of the article, I share one of the best and most meaningful ways to celebrate your Black employees instead of hollow marketing.

https://www.fertilegroundcommunications.com/post/how-not-to-pander-during-black-history-month

In 'How Not to Pander During Black History Month," I share how companies should not celebrate unless they are walking their talk every day of the week. And at the end of the article, I share one of the best and most meaningful ways to celebrate your Black employees instead of hollow marketing.

https://www.fertilegroundcommunications.com/post/how-not-to-pander-during-black-history-month

I love interviewing writers! Some highlights of my conversation with Sujata Massey, award-winning author of 15 books set...
01/29/2021

I love interviewing writers! Some highlights of my conversation with Sujata Massey, award-winning author of 15 books set mostly in Japan and India.

The second “Writer on Resilience” is one of my all-time favorite authors, Sujata Massey. I discovered Sujata years ago w...
01/26/2021
Sujata Massey: Delectable feminist mystery and historical fiction set in Japan and India

The second “Writer on Resilience” is one of my all-time favorite authors, Sujata Massey. I discovered Sujata years ago when she was writing the Rei Shimura detective series, about a Japanese-American English teacher/antiques dealer and amateur sleuth. In recent years she’s moved into historical fiction set in India, and most recently, historical mysteries that are based on a real-life character, India’s first woman lawyer. Sujata has published 15 award-winning novels, two novellas, and numerous short stories published in 18 countries.

More about Sujata and a link to the episode here: https://www.fertilegroundcommunications.com/post/sujata-massey-delectable-feminist-mystery-and-historical-fiction-set-in-japan-and-india

I discovered Sujata Massey years ago when she was writing the Rei Shimura detective series, about a Japanese-American English teacher/antiques dealer and amateur sleuth. In recent years she’s moved into historical fiction and mystery set in India.

Highlights from my interview with Canadian author Cathy Marie Buchanan, who has written wonderful historical fiction bas...
01/22/2021

Highlights from my interview with Canadian author Cathy Marie Buchanan, who has written wonderful historical fiction based in Niagara Falls, Paris, and Iron Age Britain.

This is an English major's dream!I am so excited to launch my "Writers on Resilience" series today on the Finding Fertil...
01/18/2021
Cathy Marie Buchanan: Tenacious writer who creates colorful historical novels about resilient women

This is an English major's dream!

I am so excited to launch my "Writers on Resilience" series today on the Finding Fertile Ground podcast with Canadian writer Cathy Marie Buchanan, who wrote my favorite novel of 2020, Daughter of Black Lake. Each of the three historical novels she's written have been set in wildly different times and places, from her hometown of Niagara Falls in WWI, to Paris in the time of Edgar Degas, and Iron Age Britain, first century AD.

https://www.fertilegroundcommunications.com/post/cathy-marie-buchanan-tenacious-writer-who-creates-colorful-historical-novels-about-resilient-women

Discovering she was a writer later in life, Canadian Cathy Marie Buchanan is the first author in my “Writers on Resilience” series. She has published three historical novels: The Day the Falls Stood Still in 2009, The Painted Girls in 2012, and Daughter of Black Lake, in October 2020.

Dear Gentlemen. You wouldn’t believe how many cover letters I received that started out with that sexist salutation. And...
01/06/2021
Eight ways to root out sexism from your writing

Dear Gentlemen. You wouldn’t believe how many cover letters I received that started out with that sexist salutation. And those immediately landed in the slush pile.

Clearly, anyone who started a letter with that salutation did not understand the job. And yes, every single one of those letters were written by men.

What if your client is like me and flings your document or email into the slush pile after reading your outdated language? What good is an effort to make companies more diverse and inclusive if they don’t pay attention to the language? And now as increasing numbers of folks identify as nonbinary, we have even more reasons to fix our language.

Don't end up in the slush pile! Learn eight quick tips to root out the sexism from your communications.

https://www.fertilegroundcommunications.com/post/eight-ways-to-root-out-sexism-from-your-writing-and-why-i-love-and-hate-christmas-carols

Why wouldn’t you want to be more inclusive in your writing so more people can relate to what you are saying? Making your language inclusive is the right thing to do. Here are eight quick tips on how to get rid of the sexism in your language, whether you are writing or speaking.

Happy holidays!
12/24/2020

Happy holidays!

Kindness is central to my company, and I will not tolerate as****es. Period. I have a “no as***le rule,” the term coined...
12/09/2020

Kindness is central to my company, and I will not tolerate as****es. Period. I have a “no as***le rule,” the term coined by Stanford professor Bob Sutton in his book The No As***le Rule.

If you don't get rid of the as****es in your company, you run a huge risk of losing your best people. It’s not that complicated, but you have to be deliberate about it. In this article I outline eight ways to do that.

The amazing Amy Waterman and I had a discussion of communicating about racism and anti-racism, corporate social responsi...
10/18/2020

The amazing Amy Waterman and I had a discussion of communicating about racism and anti-racism, corporate social responsibility, and how organizations and individuals should apologize if they screw up. We also talked about digital Blackface and dirty deleting, two forms of racism rife on social media. Thanks, Amy, for the great opportunity to discuss these critical issues!

Link below.

Today on the #FindingFertileGroundPodcast, meet Dr. Daivati Bharadvaj, who overcame bullying in her teen years to reclai...
07/20/2020

Today on the #FindingFertileGroundPodcast, meet Dr. Daivati Bharadvaj, who overcame bullying in her teen years to reclaim her power and her Indian heritage.

​Daivati’s parents left India and arrived in the United States with $24 and four-year-old Daivati. When she was a teenager, Daivati’s family moved to the Jersey Shore, in a much less diverse community. At the tender age of 13, Daivati experienced bullying, name calling, and a racist attack by a gang of boys. It made her question her value and beauty, and it also made her feel embarrassed of her family, brown skin, and Indian heritage. Somehow Daivati found the grit and strength to sign up for her school talent show and perform an Indian dance before the whole school. She reclaimed her Indian identity and became proud of her heritage. We spoke about racism and xenophobia, COVID-19 as a health care provider, her inspirational parents, and being pregnant during a pandemic. Link in comments.

On the next episode I interview Rabbi Debra R. Kolodny, a veteran of social justice movements and a bisexual rights activist who brings a spiritual perspective to their work. They currently serve as the spiritual leader of Portland’s UnShul and executive director of Portland United Against Hate. They have been out on the streets many nights recently. They also launched the Portland Spirit Led Justice Alliance to support, expand, and amplify the contribution of spiritual leaders and communities in justice campaigns.

Podcast coming soon
06/27/2020

Podcast coming soon

Last night my husband and I were watching Episode 3 of Q***r Eye’s new season. The Fab Five help 27-year-old Black write...
06/16/2020

Last night my husband and I were watching Episode 3 of Q***r Eye’s new season. The Fab Five help 27-year-old Black writer Tyreek Wanamaker make a new, more confident reset on his life. We both gasped a little when Bobby Berk, one of my favorites, took Tyreek to Anthropologie to buy his branded wallpaper. We gasped because a few weeks ago, Anthropologie was outed by former employees for racial profiling in its stores and also for not paying Black artists, while at the same time declaring its support for Black Lives Matter on its social media pages.

Enter “BLMwashing.” That’s what Anthropologie and so many other companies have done.

In this article I explain this term I made up, BLMwashing, and how you can avoid it!

Link in comments.

Here's the latest from Fertile Ground Communications, jam-packed with ideas about racial justice, COVID-19, young people...
06/10/2020

Here's the latest from Fertile Ground Communications, jam-packed with ideas about racial justice, COVID-19, young people, and communication tips. Enjoy!! Thanks to Sustainable SEO, by Love at First Search, Marie Forleo, Dr. Amanda Kemp, Bishop Laurie Larson Caesar, and Celia Leber for the inspiration.

Link in comments.

In the ultra-competitive landscape of unemployment caused by COVID-19, you need to stand out above the crowd to get hire...
05/12/2020

In the ultra-competitive landscape of unemployment caused by COVID-19, you need to stand out above the crowd to get hired. These 12 communication tips will give you an edge!
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As the weeks pass, more and more of us are going to experience the loss of loved ones--through COVID-19 or other causes-...
04/14/2020

As the weeks pass, more and more of us are going to experience the loss of loved ones--through COVID-19 or other causes--and not be able to publicly mourn and grieve together. Whether it's the workplace or in our personal lives, we will all be affected one way or another while we in physical isolation.

We know that a time for grief is critical for our mental health. My friend, Bishop Laurie Larson Caesar, has written a gorgeous article about the importance of grieving...and she shares seven practical tips on how to grieve on our own. It's written especially for people who consider themselves to be "spiritual but not religious," but applies to all--atheists, agnostics, questioners, doubters, and those who belong to faith communities of any type.

Please share freely, as we all need to stick together and support one another to survive this process intact.

https://www.fertilegroundcommunications.com/post/grief-and-mourning-in-the-time-of-covid-19

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