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Amanda Ponzar
Washington DC metro area
Communications director for largest privately funded nonprofit in the world
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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... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Lipsticking
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... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Lipsticking
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... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Lipsticking
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... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at Lipsticking
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,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at Lipsticking
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,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Lipsticking
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... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at Lipsticking
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... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at Lipsticking
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... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at Lipsticking
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... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at Lipsticking
By Amanda Ponzar @LivingUnited (Check out the end of this post for FREE Microsoft tools.) Let’s be clear, I’m a BIG fan of Microsoft. Why? Their corporate citizenship team (whom I’ve worked with for five years) is great. These talented tech experts are committed to changing the world by leveraging... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at Lipsticking
By Amanda Ponzar (@LivingUnited) Motivation is everything. It's what drives athletes to train, compete & win; it's what keeps our brain churning in the middle of the night with flashes of brilliant insight when we're excited about a new project; it's what causes us to sacrifice time, money and more... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2012 at Lipsticking
By Amanda Ponzar Have you ever heard the quote: “Tell me who you love, and I will tell you who you are?” There’s some truth to that, but it’s more WHAT you love to do that tells you who you are. Side note: you are more than your job or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at Lipsticking
This week I (Amanda Ponzar) am giving a voice to my friend & colleague, Tracey Holmes to share about Team NFL (I wrote about Riley Cooper a few weeks ago). Take it away, Tracey! ********* By Tracey Holmes Director, NFL Partnership United Way Worldwide It is human nature to generalize,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2012 at Lipsticking
By Amanda Ponzar Callouses -– three on my left palm, rough from carrying the baby’s car seat all over creation. Scars –- c-section and more, marring a previously unblemished body. Bruises –- from rocking baby and carrying kids, car seats and bags galore every time I leave the house (book... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at Lipsticking
By Amanda Ponzar One of the best parts of my job is working with some of the world’s top corporate citizens, including UPS. For the fourth year in a row, UPS is partnering with United Way on a charitable auction with new items available every week through September 3. As... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at Lipsticking
By Amanda Ponzar @LivingUnited If you think all Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver Riley Cooper (#14) does is catch footballs, then you missed him in action on Capitol Hill this week. Riley volunteered with United Way in the sweltering, oppressive 100-degree heat and humidity –- during his “off season” vacation –-... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2012 at Lipsticking
By Amanda Ponzar Had the most amazing night last night at the United Way Community Leaders Conference in Nashville, celebrating 125 years of the United Way movement: Dr. Tommy F. Frist Jr. received the first Lifetime Achievement award from his grand kids (so cute) and was honored by Elaine Chao... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at Lipsticking
By Amanda Ponzar It's Friday, and I'm supposed to post on Thursday, so once again, like usual, it's been that kind of week...month...year...couple of years. All I want to say today on Friday is TGIF -- and talk about being thankful. Yes, I've posted on "The Power of Giving Thanks"... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2012 at Lipsticking
By Amanda Ponzar How would you like to get paid to volunteer? Impossible? If you worked for Wells Fargo, you could. The company has an absolutely amazing volunteer program. For 36 years, Wells Fargo has provided fully paid volunteer leave for team members –- for up to four months -–... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2012 at Lipsticking
By Amanda Ponzar For a few years now, I've been working on a partnership with the Walmart Foundation, United Way, One Economy and the National Disability Institute's Real Economic Impact Tour. The partnership offers eligible tax payers free online tax filing through plus free, in-person tax preparation services through... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2012 at Lipsticking
By Amanda Ponzar This week I attended a memorial service for a colleague, only 47 years old when she passed away unexpectedly. What does it mean? Why does this happen? How do we respond? What are we supposed to learn? How do we come away wiser, deeper, better? At times... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at Lipsticking
By Amanda Ponzar A new study, “Gender and Corporate Responsibility: It’s a Matter of Sustainability” by Catalyst and Harvard Business School finds companies with more women board members and leaders outperform financially but also give significantly more to philanthropy. For example, “the average donations of companies with three or more... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2011 at Lipsticking
By Amanda Ponzar Now more than ever, during this joyous holiday season with all the hustle and bustle, it's a good time to think about what really matters. Like patience -- not giving other drivers the finger during bad traffic (I can't tell you how often this happens to me... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2011 at Lipsticking
By Amanda Ponzar Remember it’s not about you or snagging the latest must-have gadget. It’s about peace, joy and love, giving to others, taking time to relax and the real story of Christmas. Here are some of the season’s best to enjoy. 1.) Visit Hershey Candy Lane or any other... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2011 at Lipsticking