The Covid-19 crisis has created unprecedented challenges for businesses and employees across almost every industry. For many people, this means a shift to working from home. Unfortunately, it also represents an opportunity for scammers to try and take advantage of the uncertainty. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of the Department of Homeland Security is reminding people to remain extra-vigilant during this time. Here are some tips to keep yourself safe while working remotely:(more…)
Beth is the director of digital and marketing operations at National Life Group. She has more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications, web strategy and management, and digital marketing. She is a firm believer in the importance of effective communication and the power of information.
Active in the community, she has served and continues to serve on several non-profit boards and marketing committees in the area, and actively volunteers her time for web and marketing related projects and special events.
Beth holds an A.S. in public relations and communications and a B.S. in business management from Champlain College, as well as an M.B.A., from Ashford University in organizational leadership and media management. She has also earned several insurance industry designations.
Do You Have A Will?
Last year, I picked up a recreational hobby that provides tremendous fun and enjoyment, but I knew it also introduced a certain amount of risk into my life. As a result, I made a deal with myself that this would be the catalyst for the much-needed task of getting my affairs in order. I knew how important it was to do, but it was also something I had been putting off for a long time. Sound familiar? (more…)
What Is An Advance Directive and Why Do I Need One?
An advance directive, also known as a living will or medical directive, is a legal document that outlines your wishes about health care if you are unable to speak or make decisions for yourself. Additionally, it allows you to further specify your requests and preferences in the event of incapacitation or death. Fun stuff, right? The reality is that life-changing events can happen quickly and unexpectedly. (more…)
What is a Pension?
At a recent event, I was chatting with a woman who was telling me how she had recently retired. She was travelling the country with her husband, and enjoying this new chapter of her life. She explained how she had been with her company for almost 30 years, and how thrilled she was to recently learn that “the company had been putting half of her paycheck away for her all those years.” While that was not exactly the case, what she was describing was a defined benefit plan, or your “grandfather’s pension” as you may sometimes hear it referred to. (more…)
Thinking of Going Back to School? Advice for Adult Learners
Last fall, I made the decision to return to school and pursue my MBA. As someone who has been in the work force for some time and out of college for many years, this was not a decision I made lightly. Work-life balance is hard enough, but adding the equivalent of a part time job on top of everything else was sure to be challenging. I’m fortunate that National Life offers an excellent tuition reimbursement program, so the main investment came down to my time and commitment to personal and professional development. As my colleague Mary Putnam has recounted in the past, “If you’re not green and growing, you’re ripe and rotting,” -Ray Kroc. (more…)