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  • That’s Ms. President to You

    Deciding what to cook for dinner—for just one person—often feels like too much pressure. Running the country? Um, no. I have absolutely no desire to become POTUS, but in celebration of President's Day, we asked one of our members—Greystar’s Liz Porras—to share some of the changes she would make as leader of the free world. Following are a few highlights: 1. Large corporations typically have...
  • Talking the Talk at the NAA Capitol Conference

    This year will be my fifth NAA Capitol Conference. It’s a little hard to believe I’ve already been here five years –and amazing to me how much I’ve learned in that time. It’s also amazing to see how the Capitol Conference has evolved since I’ve been here.  “CapCon,” as we call it, has a lot to offer. It’s not just about the federal issues, even though Lobby Day is the star of the show. It’s not...
  • Chutes and Ladders

    They always say you learn some of the best lessons from those horrible part-time jobs so many of us once had.  To this I say, really? Cause I don’t think I learned much from spending my days in the stockroom at Kohl’s, scanning barcodes while chatting with an elderly employee named Rusty. Except that Kohl’s will accept any and all returns—worn tennis shoes caked in dog feces included. That was a...
  • In The Dog House

    I’m gonna be honest: I’m not a dog person.  I realize this makes me a horrible, soulless, Sarah McLachlan-hating person, but I can’t fake it.  People argue that a dog is man’s best friend—and I guess that’s true, if you don’t have human best friends. Call me crazy, but I just prefer companions who don’t lick my face or leave hair all over my clothing. The horror! Despite my indifference toward...

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