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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Allison Gregg Merchandise

Announcing the hot new line of Allison Gregg merchandise. Sure to be one of Oprah’s top picks.


Have you ever been out on the town and thought to yourself “What Would Allison Write” about this situation? Well now you won’t forget. This design makes a great key fob or wine glass tag.


Volvo car keys not included.

And for all you Green Letter Pearl Girls…..this is great on a necklace or pearl bracelet!




Saving the best for last…..in the spirit of Flavor Flav tick tock Allison Gregg just won’t stop!


Check out this new great piece available only through authorized LIAISONS and Green Letter Pearl Girl Charter Members (each piece comes signed by Allison herself). For only $59.95 she will pose for a picture with the lucky owner.


What Pearl Girl can pass up the chance to have a framed picture on her dresser?




For more information on this great opportunity to set your own hours and make loads of cash contact me soon. Limited areas available and spots are filling fast!


Jennifer Shrader Swoboda

Executive Director of Product Development and Technical Sales Specialist Liaison

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NEW BIO...

BIOGRAPHICAL NARRATIVE

2010-2011 White House Fellowships

ALLISON GREGG

As the director of a community leadership program, educating and engaging our future leaders to assure the success of a community is my life’s mission. This understanding comes from an array of experiences, travels, and service.

As an infant, my father’s career took our family to Tehran, Iran. We stayed until 1978, when the unrest that would eventually lead to the exile of the Shah erupted. Following a brief time in San Diego, we would return overseas, making a home in Sicily. Even though my brothers and I attended school on the American base, Sigonella, our family lived outside the gates.

By 1983, we found our way to St. Louis and eventually Seattle. I graduated from Mt. Rainier High School in 1992 and began at Highline Community College the next week. In March 1995, I transferred to Western Washington University. I wrote for our school paper while earning a bachelor of arts in journalism/public relations.

Following graduation, I moved closer to my extended family. With my worldly belongings in a yellow 1991 Ford Festiva, I drove to Huntsville, Ala., a place I have called home for 12 years. I began a career in TV news, staying until Sept. 13, 2001. At that time, I traveled to Australia. It was a unique time to hear the concern expressed from various angles and accents.

Upon returning to Huntsville, I secured a position at the Huntsville Museum of Art. During this time I began volunteering at local and state level on organizations including the Alabama Museums Association, Create Huntsville, and Public Relations Council of America. As an advocate for community engagement, I helped form Huntsville Young Professionals, a non-profit that provides development and networking opportunities. Three years into my time with the Museum, I went through Connect, an experience that changed the course of my life.

A year after completing Connect, I was hired direct the program. My most significant accomplishment is growing the program into the success it is today. Teaching service, leadership, and community engagement is my life’s calling. I guide emerging leaders to impact our community through projects that include fundraising, creation of non-profits, and mentoring programs. I have been nominated as Young Professional of the Year three times.

During the last few years, my interests have evolved from young professional retention to community engagement in education. After attending a Harlem Children’s Zone conference, I am working with others to create a cradle-to-college pipeline aimed at reducing drop-out rates.

Outside of work and volunteering, I write a slice-of-life column in our local arts paper, Valley Planet. I am an active runner, having completed seven half-marathons. My two dogs receive more love than they can handle, but not as much as they deserve. I enjoy Sunday dinners with my extended family and the spirited debates on politics, pop culture, and religion that are served at our meals.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Bio Sketch - need your feedback; may be too flimsy

Rules: Following this format, please summarize in narrative paragraph format your background, education, major accomplishments, awards, community involvement, outside interests, and anything else that might distinguish you from other candidates.

Please note that your narrative must fit on one side of an 8-½ x 11” sheet of paper as a Microsoft

Word document, single-spaced, in 12-point, Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins. Please double-space between paragraphs. The biographical narrative should be written in the first person.

BIOGRAPHICAL NARRATIVE

2010-2011 White House Fellowships

ALLISON GREGG

As the director of a leadership program, I understand the importance of educating and engaging our future leaders to assure the success of a community. Understanding what it takes for people to work for the common good comes from a life of searching out ways to understand, communicate, and collaborate with those around me.

During my earliest years, my father’s career took us to Tehran, Iran. We stayed until 1978, when the unrest that would eventually lead to the exile of the Shah erupted. Following a brief stint in San Diego, we would return overseas, making a home in Sicily. Even though my brothers and I attend school on the American base, Sigonella, our family lived outside the gates.

By 1983, we found our way to St. Louis and eventually Seattle. I graduated from Mt. Rainier Senior High School in June of 1992 and began at Highline Community College the next week. In March 1995, I transferred to Western Washington University in Bellingham. I wrote for our school paper while earning a bachelor of arts in journalism/public relations.

Following graduation, I decided to move closer to my family. As such, I loaded my worldly belongings into a yellow 1991 Ford Festiva and drove to Huntsville, Alabama, a place I have called home for more than 12 years. Here I began a career in TV news, staying until September 13, 2001. At that time, I traveled to Australia. It was a unique time to be outside of my country, hearing the concern expressed from various angles and accents.

Upon returning to Huntsville, I secured a position at the Huntsville Museum of Art. Three years into my time with the Museum, I went through Connect Huntsville/Madison County, an experience that ultimately changed the course of my life. During this time, I helped form Huntsville Young Professionals and began volunteering on various boards in the community. A year after graduation, I was hired to run Connect. My most significant accomplishment is growing this community leadership development program into the success it is today. Teaching service, leadership, and community engagement is my life’s calling.

During the last few years, my interests have evolved from young professional retention to community engagement in education. I recently attended a conference hosted by the Harlem Children’s Zone. This propelled me toward collaborating with others to create a cradle to college pipeline that will help us reduce drop-out rates across the school system. Additional interests include promoting healthy lifestyles for children.

Outside of work and volunteering, I write a slice-of-life column in our local arts paper, Valley Planet. I hope to publish a compilation of my columns within the next two years. I am an active runner, having completed seven half-marathons. My two dogs receive more love than they can handle, but not as much as they deserve. I enjoy Sunday dinners with my family and the spirited debates on politics, pop culture, and religion that are served at our meals.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Still..

There's a new favorite song of mine - I discovered it from one of those free Starbucks/iTunes download. It's called "Still" by Great Lake Swimmers. I love it so much because it's about self evolving (evolvement?). A lot of my friends, including myself, are going through major life changes. The words capture that anticipation perfectly.

Here are the words:

I'm still tuning myself to the great key
I'm still mining for light in the dark wells
I'm still a frequency swaying deep in the wind
I'm still searching whispers in between yells

I'm still swimming in harmony
I'm still dreaming of flight
I'm still lost in the waves, night after night

I'm still an arrow unshot, fixed in a bow
I'm still a fire until, ready to go
I'm still longing and waiting, with anticipation to fly
I'm still studying the patterns in the night sky
I'm still note that's unplayed, ink on the page
I'm still a cry in the night, lonesome and high
I'm still tuned to an instrument of greater and unknown design
I'm still looking for direction, some kind of sign

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As we all go through life changes, we maneuver them. But the hardest changes to maneuver are the ones with unknown consequences, and the ones that impact our loved ones.

I'm eagerly anticipating hearing from The White House on the Fellowship. Whatever the outcome is, I know I'm still bound for great things. I know that I'm still waiting for something great to happen. I can feel it. I feel a change coming. The loneliness of waiting is gut wrenching.

I believe God takes us where we need to be, where we can to use our gifts the best. I know He made me with great strength and varied talents, all made to manifest the glory within me. Right now, as it always is, I'm becoming who I am meant to be. I'm still growing and evolving to the best version of myself. I can't wait to see the results, mine and those around me.

May you still grow and love and be ready for the greatness coming. :)