Articles from Erica's columns at Huff Po, Forbes, & Beyond

Erica’s writing can be seen in national magazines and on websites such as Huffington Post, Apres, the Society of Human Resource Management, Better Homes and Gardens, Oprah Magazine, Conscious Company, and a variety of other popular venues.

Fast Co

CEOs: You’re incredibly powerful–use that power for good

Big business drives so much more than our economy: it shapes our culture and society. And more and more CEOs are acting like the important thought leaders they should be, taking responsibility above and beyond pleasing their investors and boards.

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Giving employees meaningful development opportunities doesn’t have to be expensive

A millennial, a GenXer, and a baby boomer all walked into a bar. The millennial was talking about how he wanted to find a job where he could have “real impact.” The Boomer rolled his eyes, and actually said, “I hate managing millennials.”

Quartz >>


The Best Things at Work Are Free (or at Least Don’t Have to Break the Bank)

Every day I talk to people who tell me they can’t afford to make their workplace cool enough to attract top talent. They think they don’t have what it takes to build the kind of workplace culture of companies like Google or Facebook or Warby Parker.

Entrepreneur >>

Priya Parker

Going To The Extreme: Gathering As An Art With Priya Parker

Are you the type of person who obsesses over guest lists for parties, girls’ weekends, or meetings at work? Are you losing sleep over who to invite, worried about alienating new friends or colleagues, but hesitant to mess with the tried-and-true dynamics you’ve grown to love/hate?

Forbes >>

Prayers Via Facetime

Finding The Sweet Spot Between Tech And Connect – At My Son’s Bar Mitzvah

In September 2015 Congregation Rodeph Sholom gave me the date for my son Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah — April 14, 2018. At the time, Daniel was ten years old, playing ball in the park, having playdates with his friends and his Bar Mitzvah seemed like a lifetime away.

Forbes >>

Forbes, Life Happens

Because Life Happens When We’re
All At Work

Work is more complicated today than it was for our parents and in many ways more stressful. Women now comprise up to 50% of the global workforce. Add to that the fact that full-time workers are working more hours than ever, and both men and women are putting in more time as parents.

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How to Make A Room of Thousands Feel Small

We’ve all been there. The so-called networking event where we’re invited to connect with people, but discover that we’ve entered a  ballroom filled with thousands of people who are all craning their necks to listen to one speaker several hundred feet away. I’m here to say: this is no way to connect.

Forbes >>

Brené Brown

The Soft Stuff Is The New Hard Stuff: Why Vulnerability Is Good For Business

I recently returned from a conference where Brené Brown was the kick-off keynote. Addressing 2,800 of us smart, savvy, socially-minded, progressive HR professionals across industries, Brown had an important message: Vulnerability is good for business.

Forbes >>


Do This One Thing to Make 2018 the Year of Connection

I have an eye for potential relationships just because I love taking the time to personally connect. So when clients ask me how they can better network and accelerate their careers, or executives ask me for suggestions to improve the culture of their organizations, I give them the same answer.

Forbes >>


Intentional Flexibility Keeps Women In The Workforce

As a gymnast for 14 years, I can still touch my toes and even do a backbend (not bad for 49!). And as a workplace strategist and a working mother of three busy teenagers, I know how important flexibility is for all of us, including employers who want to avoid the high price of replacing talent.

Forbes >>


The Day the Humans Came to the Post Office

When I think about the things I like to do the least, a few things come to mind: going to the DMV, getting my wisdom teeth pulled, and going to the post office to renew my passport. Even worse than renewing my passport is taking my 12-year-old son out of school to renew his passport.

LinkedIn Pulse >>

Digital Beach Vacation

Honoring Relationships: Tips for That Much-Needed Vacation

The work I do with businesses on honoring relationships and integrating technology has never felt more important. Nothing like a large-scale shocker to make us see how much we need each other. And how easy it is to slip into total obsession with our Twitter feed, Facebook page, email updates, and instantaneous news cycles.

Huffington Post >>


With Alexa in the Room, Three’s Company and Not a Crowd

It’s 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec 30th. I’m rushing out the door with my daughter, Julia, to get her to her ski race on time. We both grab a protein bar. I take a bite out of mine and the next thing I know, my front tooth comes out with the bar.

Huffington Post >>


Whatever You Do, Don’t Cry OOF: The Art of the Out of Office Email

It’s a holiday. I’m sitting at our hotel looking at the beach, head down into my phone while Jeff and the kids are playing Hearts, our favorite family vacation card game. When I look up from the email I can’t resist reading, even though my Out of Office message says I’m away, I hear laughter coming from inside the room.

Huffington Post >>


Making Mindful Connections at Miraval

Technology is an ever-increasing presence in our lives pressing our already-full schedules into total information overload. And while we women are particularly skilled at the multi-tasking that our devices makes possible, taking care of ourselves and our nourishing relationships falls further down the list.

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Space Really Does Matter

In 1992, I decided to go to business school. I took the GMAT, filled out eight applications and set out on a road trip to visit my top four campuses. When I walked into the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, it had me at hello. It was something about the vibe, the people, something in the air.

Huffington Post >>

Shelley Zalis

Because Good Things Happen When Women Connect

Shelley Zalis and I met on a conference call a few months ago. We are both being honored by JWI, an amazing organization devoted to empowering women and girls around the world, and so we were discussing the event. Honorees went around and introduced themselves and gave a short overview of who they were and what they were working on.

Huffington Post >>


Jewish Women International: Erica Keswin

“If you talked to 10 or 20 people who have known me throughout my life and asked them one word they would use to describe me it would be ‘connector’.” Erica talks to JWI about connection, technology and the Spaghetti Project. Article by Sue Tomchin.

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From Forbes

These Powerful Women CEOs Know How To Put Technology In Its Place

One of the biggest challenges many of us face is managing our technology. These six impressive CEOS are naturals at finding the sweet spot. They take different approaches and run very diverse businesses but they share a common intention to both connect and disconnect.

From Forbes >>

Sleep Away Camp

Lessons In Being Human At Sleep Away Camp

My husband and I recently made our annual trek to visit our son at sleepaway camp. I thought of all the businesses I talk to and work with and how much help they need bringing their human to work. And I thought, they sure could benefit from some good old-fashioned camp values.

Huffington Post >>


The Backroad to Connection

Study after study confirm what many of us are feeling (or know intuitively) about the impact of technology on relationships. A recent Pew Study found that 89% of people surveyed had a device out during their most recent social interaction, even though 82% of those people said that it took away from the conversation.

Huffington Post >>

Millennial Matchmaker

Millennial Matchmaker: How to Know if a Potential Workplace is the One for You

If you are a Millennial looking for a job that meets your needs (for purpose, flexibility, a great culture, and mentorship), here’s how to choose a company that will give you what you want.

From Huffington Post >>

Tiffany Pham, Mogul

Millennial Management: Five Tips From Mogul Founder Tiffany Pham

Tiffany is the Founder and CEO of Mogul, a digital hub for women to connect, share information, and access knowledge. In her transition from Founder to Manager, she has found herself with a crew of employees, many of whom are, like herself, Millennials.

From Huffington Post >>

Howard Levine & Erica Keswin

Starbucks: Changing the World One Barista at a Time

I met Ashley Peterson, a barista at my local Starbucks, over six years ago during my morning ritual—stopping in for a grande extra hot soy latte. . .

From Huffington Post >>

Dispatch from Madrid

Dispatch from Madrid: Finding the Sweet Spot Between Tech and Connect

Greetings from Madrid where my 11-year old son is spending the second half of sixth grade. I love getting this different perspective on how relationships and technology work together.

From Huffington Post >>

Erica Keswin at TED 2017

TED 2017: The Future Of Us

When I received an invitation to attend TED this year, I jumped at the chance. My business is all about showing people the strength and simplicity of honoring relationships. The theme was: The Future You.  How does the future, I wonder, honor relationships?

From Huffington Post >>

Tech Table

Dispatch From TechTable: How to Work Like a Hospitable Human

Erica participated in this one-day conference with folks from around the hospitality industry. The tagline is “Hi-Tech for Hi-Touch.”

From Huffington Post >>

Hasbrouck House

Use Those Emojis Well: Bringing Our Human to LiveGrey

I just returned from speaking at Life@Work produced by LiveGrey, a boutique consultancy devoted to elevating workplace culture. The idea was to call together workplace thought leaders who care about values, culture, and making work more human.

From Huffington Post >>


Learning to Speak Tech-Talk: A Digital Dictionary for the New Year

I always wish a spoke another language. As I kid, I was proficient in Pig Latin (or igpay atinlay for those in the know). And I can get by in Spanish—enough to order dinner at a Mexican café or tapas at my local Spanish restaurante.

From Huffington Post >>

Beach Technology

3 Reasons We Skip the Vacay When We Shouldn’t, and What Smart Businesses Are Doing About It

Have real, old-fashioned, take-a-break-from-it-all vacations become obsolete? Something to aspire to? What’s happening to us?

From Huffington Post >>

Employers & Soft Skills

Employers Are Increasingly in Need of Your Soft Skills—Here’s Why

Technical and social media know-how remain valuable, but so are the abilities that can’t be taught overnight.

From Apres >>

Harvard Business Review

Use Stories from Customers to Highlight Your Company’s Purpose

When a company brings true stories to light, the culture becomes one of paying attention. Leaders and managers learn to keep their eyes and ears on what’s most important — the real experiences of real people.

From Harvard Business Review >>

Stand Up Office

Feeling the Love: How a Surprisingly Simple Lesson From 2015 Might Change the Way We Do Business

2015 was an important year for business, as our collective crush on technology began to fade, and we realized that our beloved devices weren’t all they were cracked up to be.

From Huffington Post >>


There’s a New Sheriff in Town: Navigating the Wild West of Technology

Let’s face it—technology is changing so fast, it’s actually the Wild West out there, and we are always on the lookout for a sheriff, someone who knows and can enforce the rules of the road.

From Huffington Post >>

Work Human Banner

Working Human: After All, What’s the Alternative?

Specifically, what do we actually mean when we talk about “human” workplaces? And how do people make a workplace more human, and what are the outcomes?

From Huffington Post >>

Third Space

The Third Space: Championing Relationships by Integrating Technology

I have been investigating the ways technology can be invited to the table as a way of strengthening and deepening relationships. A work in progress, 100%….but it’s happening.

From Huffington Post >>

Conscious Capitalism

Be Real: 3 Steps To Baking Authenticity Into Your Conscious Start-Up

New social impact enterprises have a lot to learn from more established brands about leveraging the power of authenticity to create thriving businesses. Here are three key lessons.

From Conscious Company >>

Attention As Currency

Attention as Currency

As Randi Zuckerberg writes in her book, Dot Complicated, attention comes at a premium in our wired world. We don’t have to look far to see how valuable our presence really is…

From Huffington Post >>

Mentoring Monday

Mentoring Monday: Seven Minutes in Heaven

Bizwomen pairs women business leaders with women in their own communities through speed mentoring, specifically with a seven-minute time limit. Think: Speed Dating.

From Huffington Post >>

Archer Roose

Archer Roose Wine: An In-the-Box Case Study of Honoring Relationships

The one thing shared by those seeking a truly human business is a belief that relationships matter. Why wouldn’t this be the case for entrepreneurs, too?

From Huffington Post >>

Spaghetti Project Via HuffPo

The Spaghetti Project: Good Things Really Do Happen When People Connect

I have always been a connector. I love meeting new people and bringing them together.

From Huffington Post >>

Erica Keswin at Jet Blue

Human Workplaces Are Changing The Way We Think About Giving And Receiving

Companies are increasingly embracing the human need to make a difference. Think Toms, Warby Parker, Kind Bars. . .

From Huffington Post >>


Managing Technology to Keep You in the Game

My daughter plays on a girls’ travel hockey team that takes her all over the country. We often use technology to stay connected when I can’t attend the games. . .

From Huffington Post >>

Holiday Workplace

A Gift-Giving Guide for the Human Workplace

‘Tis the season to think about holiday gifts. Many of us still assume “cash is king,” but my research on the younger generation suggests otherwise.

From Huffington Post >>

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Take the Thanksgiving Challenge: Disconnect to Connect

As part of my research on the impact of technology on conversation and relationships in the workplace, I recently came across an important term: telepressure.

From Huffington Post >>

Third Space

Tech Etiquette: Top Ten Faux-Pas Your Boss Wants You to Avoid

I’ve been doing research on relationships in the workplace for many years. More and more, the top brass is losing their patience with bad manners and poor work habits due to the misuse of technology.

From Huffington Post >>

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Dispatch From the New Work Summit, 2016

To be successful in business today and in the future, companies need to ensure that they create a culture where diversity of thought thrives. This is not easy work…

From Huffington Post >>

Soft Skills

Soft Skills That Have Hardcore Business Implications

While technical proficiency is a must-have, workplaces are beginning to wake up to the fact that it’s often the things that can’t be taught—the “soft,” human skills—that are so valuable.

From Huffington Post >>

Erica Keswin - Spaghetti Project

The Business Case for Conversation

Before companies can effectively steer their employees to see that, yes, such face-to-face interactions are important, in fact invaluable, leaders need to first see it for themselves.

From Huffington Post >>


Seven Books for Working Relationships

My firm specializes in helping businesses identify, develop and manage their greatest asset — their relationships. Here are seven books that changed the way I think about working relationships

From Huffington Post >>