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May 21, 2020

Interesting in understanding what joining a professional network can do for you? I spoke with Rachel McCaffrey of the National Defense Industrial Association about the value organizations like hers can bring and why you should consider membership. NDIA drives strategic dialogue in national security by identifying key...

May 14, 2020

Are you using LinkedIn to your advantage? Expert Jena Viviano provides tips for you (yes, even feds can leverage this platform to find open jobs and mentors.among other things). 

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May 12, 2020

Founder and CEO of Leota, Sarah Carson, works hard to make stylish, machine washable clothing for women. She and her team have partnered with the FedUpward Podcast to offer ten dresses for mission essential federal employees because we NEED clothes we can throw in the wash during the COVID-19 pandemic. Enter to win at

May 11, 2020

Lara Currie literally wrote the book about dealing with difficult people, Difficult happens. Her background handling tough, high-stress situations makes her a true expert in handling our own responses to difficult bosses, co-workers and crises. 

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May 3, 2020

There's a Facebook Group for that - Trailing Houses. Trailing DoS spouse Ed Dyer maintains a super helpful group to answer questions and provide support for feds and their families living overseas. Listen for tips he has for protecting your household goods and your sanity.