by Amanda Ponzar @LivingUnited Let's talk about Twitter: -- #redefinepower from @ForbesWoman Summit -- #BringBackourGirls which leveraged social media to raise awareness and demand action regarding the abduction of girls in Nigeria. Human trafficking and slavery is one of the greatest moral outrages of our century; an atrocity that affects... Read more →

By Amanda J. Ponzar @LivingUnited Happy snow day. #Snowpocalypse. #Snowmaggedon. It's time to relax, recharge, re-evaluate. I even started re-reading George Orwell's 1984, chuckling about how similar “Big brother is watching you” seems to the NSA today. Students and teachers cheered; school is closed. Many kids played in the snow... Read more →

By Amanda J. Ponzar @LivingUnited Let’s talk about women -- with a capital "W". Because there's a lot we need to say, and do, to make changes around the world. And it's more than just leaning in. Women represent: 11% of heads of state less than 5% of Fortune 500... Read more →

By Amanda Ponzar @LivingUnited Coworkers or clients often say, “Why should I waste my time on social media?” Here are 10 reasons why social media, Twitter especially, is definitely worth your time: 1.) Get breaking news fast. I knew about the Boston marathon bombings and Navy Yard shootings before my... Read more →

By Amanda Ponzar @LivingUnited It's 2014. Time for a new year. Time to stop making excuses and time to just do it. You don't have to quit your day job to live your dream (though it could lead to that). Here's proof. Peter Dudley is a CSR leader by day,... Read more →

By Amanda Ponzar @LivingUnited First, a disclaimer. I am not Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber. I don't have millions of Twitter followers. Just 747 (sounds like a jet plane...). However, that still places me in the top 10% of Twitter users according to Peter Kafka (@pkafka). Major brands like @Starbucks,... Read more →

By Amanda Ponzar @LivingUnited As we approach Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday, Hanukkah, Christmas and the general holiday season (no matter what you celebrate), it's time to start thinking about giving –- and giving back. So, here's a list to get you started. 1.) Tweet: After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber... Read more →

By Amanda Ponzar @LivingUnited Many organizations publish top 100, top 50, top 10 lists. So here are my top 7. United Way Worldwide –- the largest privately funded nonprofit in the U.S. and the world –- just announced its highest national awards for philanthropy, volunteer engagement and community impact. Companies... Read more →

by Amanda Ponzar (@LivingUnited) The Boston Marathon tragedy showed us once again how strong we really are, how we can pull together and encourage each other during the darkest times. It showed us that there is good in the world; something worth fighting for (see Lord of the Rings video... Read more →

By Amanda Ponzar (@LivingUnited) We all know women possess the power of the purse, commanding consumer spending decisions (85% of purchases). But what about when it comes to taxes? Are women empowered? Are you? (Check out interesting tables on gender and tax return data from the IRS.) One way you... Read more →