Becky’s Blog

Sharing Our Knowledge – Technology

ISTS team members have a wealth of experience and knowledge - and we love to get out into the community to share it! The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) recently invited ISTS Vice President of Technology, Bob Miller, to speak at their...

The Road to Financial Happiness

ISTS employees are well on their way to reducing money worries and achieving financial happiness, thanks to  radio host, best-selling financial author and motivational speaker Dave Ramsey (@DaveRamsey). Nearly half of ISTS' staff recently completed Dave's Core...

Working Remotely (and Other Things That Drive Control Freaks Nuts!)

I may have already irritated some readers - aka the control freaks in and among us all - with the title of this blog posting. Sorry, but the truth can hurt. When I first heard that Marissa Mayer, the dynamic leader of Yahoo, let the hatchet drop on remote workers, I...

Me and My Shadow

I try to spend time everyday listening to a Ted talk, watching a Webinar or reading part of a business book. I find that by hearing or reading about how others have made mistakes and learned from them - or been exceedingly smart, lucky or stupid - I am more...

Fashion Statements & What To Do

I mentor some young men who are at high risk of ending up dead or in prison. They all have similar life experiences that include little to no parental involvement, dangerous neighborhoods and regular exposure to many bad influences. My hope is that by exposing them to...

“Give” It Up For 2012

Giving Back is an essential component of the corporate culture at ISTS.  To end the year, ISTS team members came together to “give back” to our hometown community through local initiatives while spreading a little holiday cheer. A group of employees spent two workdays...

Strangers, Strangeness and Addiction

I practice yoga three times per week. When I told a close friend I had been doing this, she sort of cocked her head at me as if to say, “you gettin’ strange on me?” I explained that I found the classes exhilarating and that the impact on my runs had been tremendously...

Illumination Can Happen, Even In The Dark

I run with Achilles International on Wednesday nights. Achilles is a group that pairs able-bodied athletes with blind or physically-challenged athletes. I ran my first race as a guide just before Thanksgiving this year and the high lasted for days; in fact, I think...

So Many Thank Yous…

So little time...or not. I am pretty thankful a lot of the time - in my head. Yep, I think about people and things for which I'm thankful regularly. If I counted, I bet I could come up with dozens of thankful thoughts I have every day. This time of year, I become more...

Apple Of My Eye

I eat a lot of apples. I haven't always done so, but when a Chinese acquaintance raved about the magical powers of the Fuji, I bypassed consumer reports and bought a bag. I've been hooked ever since. I keep them in my briefcase, at my desk and - weather-permitting -...

ISTS Cares – Soles4Souls

ISTS supports Soles4Souls, an international charity that distributes shoes to individuals in need around the world, through donations of new and gently-used shoes. This month, we will donate nearly 100 pairs of shoes collected by staff members. Learn more about...

Gentle Persuasion

As I turned out of my driveway the other morning, I went in the opposite direction than the one I normally take to work - I had agreed to pick up a passenger. A few minutes before I arrived, I reflected on my last experience picking him up. He had literally run from...