Bob Weir Talks About Wanting To Continue Touring For The Rest Of His Life [Watch]

first_imgYesterday, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir was a special guest at the Einstein Gala in Toronto, ON, both to perform and to speak about the importance of innovation in both science and the arts. Ahead of that scheduled appearance, Weir appeared on local news affiliate CP24, talking one-on-one with host Travis Dhanaraj.The interesting conversation touched on a number of topics in a short time, including Weir’s presence at the gala and the connections between science and the arts, the foundation of the Grateful Dead, and Weir’s plans for the future. He mentions that he believes STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) should really be STEAM, with the A for arts, because of the importance of the creative spark. When the conversation turns to the Dead, Weir tells the story of meeting Jerry Garcia before the conversation turns to Weir’s plans for the future. In the discussion, Weir cites Count Basie and Johnnie Johnson as inspirational musicians who toured until their final days, saying “I’ve got nothing better to do” on multiple occasions.Keep on rockin’ it Bobby! You can watch the interview below:last_img read more

She Loves Me’s Jane Krakowski on Her B’way Return: ‘It’s a Little Bit Like Childbirth’

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 10, 2016 View Comments Jane Krakowski Related Shows She Loves Mecenter_img Star Files After 13 years, Jane Krakowski is back on Broadway in She Loves Me, and according to the Tony winner, it’s not quite like riding a bike. “It’s a little bit like childbirth,” she said during her Today Show appearance on March 15. “You forget how hard it is, but you remember all the joy and all the fun that comes out of it.” From the sound of it, there’s plenty of fun to go around at Studio 54, where Krakowski has transformed her dressing room into a “mirrorball heaven” in a nod to the venue’s infamous past. Krakowski also teased the second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, saying “it’s even better than season one.” It drops on April 15, but while you wait, go ahead and catch Krakowski, alongside Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and Gavin Creel at Studio 54. Jane Krakowskilast_img read more

Solving the Millennial credit union conundrum

first_imgScott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: www.yourcupartner.org Details It’s quite the conundrum: credit union leaders know they can’t afford to skip over lending to Millennials, but many haven’t yet figured out how to successfully attract enough borrowers under age 35 to impact their average age of membership. There’s so much talk about how to woo this 80-million consumer market – and so few bragging rights.Why?Frequently the problem is many of us pursue the Millennial market as though it was one homogeneous group. But it’s very far from it. The Millennial generation is a diverse group of consumers made up of different ages, lifestyles, cultures, interests, and credit histories. I think this reality explains why technology and digital marketing alone haven’t been enough to capture the results we desire.Consider the following broad groups that comprise, in part, today’s largest demographic:Young MillennialsSingleMarriedCollege-educatedHispanicsMarried with childrenEntrepreneursActive militaryBut, of course defining this group runs deeper. Within these groups we find cause-and-community-driven, diverse income levels, credit challenges – you get the idea.Which Millennial target(s) is right for your credit union?Start with an internal perspective. Today, who are your most profitable Millennial members? Identify unique traits, product usage, credit score, or service behaviors that set this group apart. If you like what you find, judge whether your success has been by chance or part of a strategic focus. Can you find more opportunities to leverage what’s working?Next, look externally to your potential field of membership. Who are the Millennials living within your potential service area? Are there any dominant groups, such as active-duty military, students, or Hispanics? What is the local economic landscape like? Is your credit union located in a lower-income area with lower average credit scores? Or are your potential Millennials in the upper-age bracket in a booming suburban market? What types of financial products and services are your local, dominant Millennial groups using? If your local area is dotted with predatory Payday and “Buy Here, Pay Here” car lenders, you may want to consider second-chance and credit-builder products to develop and improve credit. If you have a growing Hispanic community (average age is 22), you may want to have bicultural staff and communication to reach this market. If the economy in your market is more robust, you may want to target Millennials interested in applying for their first mortgage loan. To be successful, you need to have more than convenient access and technology. You will need to align the right products and services with the right demographics. Do you offer the products they are using elsewhere? From their perspective, will they view your product type, terms, benefits, features, etc. as relevant?You don’t have to solve the conundrum aloneIf your credit union isn’t succeeding, it’s time to re-examine your tactics.I’ve spent a majority of my professional credit union career responsible for successful marketing strategies, profitable membership and loan growth, sales, and community development. I learned there’s no reason to go it alone, and you don’t have to re-create the wheel – but you do need to act.Leveraging high-quality analytical tools is a start. Companies like Experian can help you quickly identify your most profitable Millennial member with its credit and account review products, then overlay Millennial lifestyle information to help you identify the best Millennials to target for your credit unions’ branches. Depending on your resources and budget considerations, you can gather this information by either working with Experian’s credit union consulting team or through a set of self-service tools. Pre-qualification and prescreening tools can then help you make the right offer to the Millennials who best match your risk-based criteria, and serve up digital invitations and offers.Why it mattersSuccess finding (and lending) to your Millennial market is going to require investment (time, money) and prioritization. Time and resources are limited. There are just so many tasks that can be done, and a limited amount of money to do them. But consider this: if your credit union isn’t attracting and lending to the Millennial market it needs to survive, what else could be a higher priority?No credit union can afford to skip over this generation during its prime borrowing years. Indeed, one might say the fate of the entire credit union system hinges on our collective ability to serve this generation.If you’re not yet engaged, now is the time to act. 80SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfieldlast_img read more

Badgers resume Big Ten play on road

first_imgMEGHAN CONLIN/Herald photoLos Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant scored 81 points this past Sunday — the second-highest total in the NBA only to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100.The next basketball player to etch his/her name on that very same list could possibly be Ohio State’s Jessica Davenport when the Buckeyes host Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team tonight.Well, maybe that’s a little too much, but Davenport will certainly be able to score at will on the Badgers’ struggling team.Davenport — last year’s Big Ten Player of the Year — is coming off her second-straight Big Ten Player of the Week award highlighted by a 31-point performance at Michigan State, including the game-winning shot.Also, Michigan State — last year’s national runner-up — had a 23-game home-winning streak in East Lansing.And I forgot the fact that Davenport was fighting off double- and triple-team coverage the whole night.Simply put, Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone is going to have her hands full on the road trip to Columbus, Ohio.”We have a daunting task at Ohio State this week, but we played them well in the Big Ten Tournament for the most part last year,” Stone said. “They’re coming off a big win, and we’re going to go in there and give them everything we’ve got.”But in all reality, everything the Badgers have got probably won’t be enough versus the No. 7-ranked Buckeyes.The matchup with Ohio State in the second round of last year’s Big Ten tournament in which Stone mentioned was, in fact, a competitive game, with the Badgers as close as six points and the halftime score at 35-23.In the end, however, Davenport and Ohio State never looked back after intermission, en route to a commanding 70-46 victory.Many of the key components from both teams are back this year as well, so it may be absurd to even consider Wisconsin has a shot tonight, but the victory might not be the utmost objective in this game.This is a Wisconsin team that has struggled tremendously this season and recently snapped a five-game losing streak with a 75-48 win over Eastern Illinois Monday.To be fair, the Badgers have endured their fair share of injuries and suspensions throughout the entire year, but now it seems as though they may finally be close to full strength if Annie Nelson (shoulder) and Janese Banks (foot) are able to return.No definite word has been said on either’s status, but it is likely that both will play. Nelson and Banks each dressed for Monday night’s game but were kept out for precautionary reasons, and one thing is for sure — their returns will be more than welcome for a depleted Badger roster with only eight healthy players.”We’re banged up,” Stone said. “We need Janese [Banks] back and Annie [Nelson] as well.”While the team will be looking forward to Nelson and Banks getting back on the court, one bright spot has been the emergence of some of the Badgers’ younger players.Danielle Ward has been solid all year in her sophomore season and has established herself as Stone’s first option off the bench by averaging 10.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.Freshman Christine Spencer especially has stepped up in recent games — most notably Monday night versus Eastern Illinois.”The kids are growing, they really are,” Stone said. “A lot of people have stepped up. Chris Spencer had her career high [10 points].”Whether or not Nelson and Banks return unfortunately won’t play much of a difference in Wisconsin’s matchup with Ohio State, as Davenport is capable of having her way with just about anyone on the Badgers’ roster.Look out, Kobe.last_img read more