Get to Know ESG!

ESG is seemingly in conversations everywhere in the business world these days. The letters ESG are short for “environmental, social and governance.”

Simply stated, ESG refers to the three central factors in measuring the sustainability and societal impact of an investment in a company or business. These criteria help to better determine the future financial performance of companies.

KPMG believes that acting on ESG issues was important before the global pandemic and will be even more important after it.  And McKinsey states, “Your business, like every business, is deeply intertwined with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns.  It makes sense, therefore, that a strong ESG proposition can create value…”

Today’s business leaders need to have an understanding of ESG factors to create value for both their companies and shareholders. 

Learn five ways that ESG creates value via McKinsey.



Reimagine Your Organization

Now is the time to imagine + build a better company. But how do you thoughtfully create + build impactful + lasting organizational change?

As current business conditions continue to flex and change, now is the time for leaders to recognize that the “next new normal” will require team and agile organizations with the right people in the right places to drive the results. 

Join global business leader Beth Stolarick, founder of Prism Leadership Partners and a senior consultant in Croixstone’s human capital practice, for an interactive, 60-minute Zoom video meeting. Beth is a global human capital leader who has worked across multiple industry sectors and has driven organizational transformation in companies ranging from $1.7B to $55B in revenue. 

You Will Learn the Following

  • How to craft a roadmap to reimagine and transform your organization
  • Tips for strategic communication planning
  • Best practices to drive impactful and lasting organizational change

Event Details

  • Cost: Register for free with Eventbrite registration
  • Registration Deadline: 5pm EDT on Monday, July 6
  • Zoom Log-In Info: Is available via Eventbrite’s “online event page” and will be sent to each registrant in a “Know Before You Go” email to be delivered the night before the event.

So How Is The Labor Market Looking?

Given our connectivity with middle market and large corporations across the greater Charlotte region, the Croixstone team is asked this question almost every day.

Our answer?  It’s simple.
The story varies greatly based on education level attained.

As of May 2020, the unemployment rate for those with a Bachelors degree or higher was significantly lower than the 15.0% rate for high school graduates with no college degree:

  • Bachelors Degree:  8.4%
  • Masters Degree:  5.6%
  • Professional Degree:  5.9%
  • Doctoral Degree:  3.5% 

Keep in mind that economists have long believed that the overall economy is at “full employment” at a rate of around 5%.

Based on our understanding of these rates and ongoing discussions with c-suite leaders, the Croixstone team believes ample career opportunities continue to exist for highly-educated professionals in today’s workforce.

That said, the market is certainly more competitive in 2020 than the past several years.  For that reason, professionals in career transition mode are wise to focus on their personal branding and professional networking strategies to ensure a competitive edge. 


Patti Weber, Croixstone’s CEO, joins FORTUNE’s Rebuild Program.

We are excited to announce that Patti Weber has been accepted into FORTUNE magazine’s new Rebuild Program. Introduced by FORTUNE on May 4, 2020, the Rebuild Program helps small business owners to tackle today’s pressing challenges.

As a leader in the program, Patti will participate in six weekly virtual conversations, featuring industry consultants and experts and moderated by FORTUNE editors.  Accepted as part of a competitive application process, Patti will participate in the program with leaders from other U.S.-based companies with fewer than 500 employees. 

Learn more here.


Structure for Career Transitions

The right plan can make all the difference in helping professionals find the right career opportunity while reducing the amount of time spent on the job search. But how do you craft a meaningful plan? And how do you know if your plan is the best it can be? 

Join outplacement services veteran Dawn Posey, a leader in Croixstone Consulting’s business transformation practice, for an interactive, 60-minute Zoom video meeting. With more than 17 years experience in domestic and global leadership roles at Honeywell, and having recently navigated her own career transition, Dawn is an expert at designing and working plans that drive desired outcomes. 

You Will Learn the Following

  • A “structured approach” to setting up your day while in transition.
  • How to craft your own transition plan outline.

Event Details

  • Date:  Tuesday, May 26
  • Time:  2-3pm EDT
  • Cost: Free with Eventbrite registration
  • Registration Deadline: 5pm EDT on Monday, May 25
  • Zoom Log-In Info: Will be emailed to each registrant

Tangible Tips for Strategic Networking Amidst COVID-19

Yes, who you know matters when making a career transition – even during COVID-19. But how do you network during a time of social distancing? And just as important, how do you master the art of networking STRATEGICALLY

Join career expert Emily Lopez, the leader of Croixstone Consulting’s human capital practice, for an interactive, 60-minute Zoom video meeting. With more than 20 years experience in talent acquisition, retention and culture building, Emily is known for her high-energy and motivating style of leadership. 

You will learn the following: 

  • The “what” of strategic networking
  • The “why” of strategic networking
  • Practical ideas for “how” to network strategically
  • A specific action plan with next steps to leverage your professional & personal ecosystem 

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, May 12
  • Time: 2-3pm EDT
  • Cost: Free with Eventbrite registration
  • Registration Deadline: 5pm EDT on Monday, May 11
  • Zoom Log-In Info: Will be emailed to each registrant


Networking Comes Back Alive.

It took a few weeks to get there, but professional associations and companies are rapidly developing and offering virtual content to replace the face-to-face options that rapidly vanished as COVID-19 took over.

Networking is always important to career success – and even more so during economic downturns.  If you are not already receiving Croixstone’s weekly issues of #FreshStart which focuses on bite-sized nuggets to fuel your career + kick-start your week, subscribe today to keep abreast of the latest strategic networking opportunities + more.


Make the Downturn Work For You

“The best companies do more than survive a downturn.  They position themselves to thrive during the subsequent upturn, guided again by a number of broad objectives.”
– Harvard Business Review (Febuary 2009)

Do you know where the opportunity lies for your company (and/or your career) during this time of great uncertainty?  In this blog post, we focus on the opportunities that await those determined to make the downturn work for them.

13 Massive Companies That Started During a Recession

“…if history proves to be any sort of reliable predictor, recessions have actually served as the launchpad for some of the world’s most incredible businesses.” – The Startup (Medium)
  Learn more here.

Turn Massive Challenges into Meaningful Change + Opportunities.

Accenture has done a remarkable job of effectively packaging insights from the firm’s experts in a simple and straightforward way to help organizations turn massive complexity into meaningful change.
Learn more here.