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CROIXSTONE ANNOUNCES NEW PRACTICE AND LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENT

Emily Lopez Joins as Division Director to Lead Croixstone Solutions

Charlotte, NC (June 10, 2019) – Croixstone Consulting (Croixstone) announced today that Emily Lopez, MA, has joined the organization in the newly-created role of Division Director.  Lopez leads the management consulting firm’s new human capital services practice, Croixstone Solutions. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Emily to our team as we launch our new human capital practice,” said Patti Weber, Croixstone Consulting’s Chief Executive Officer. “With unemployment rates at a 50-year low, businesses and organizations are exceptionally challenged today at meeting their human capital needs.  As a workforce transformation expert with more than 20 years experience in talent acquisition, retention and culture-building, Emily is uniquely positioned to address these challenges.”

A multi-industry professional who has fueled start-ups and has engineered turnarounds, Lopez has expertise in preparing, equipping and supporting organizations and individuals to successfully adopt change in order to drive organizational success and outcomes.  Her background includes key leadership roles in the nonprofit, public education and leadership training sectors.  An active leader in the Charlotte community, Lopez currently serves on the board as secretary with Youth Development Initiatives (YDI, Inc.) and as School Leadership Chairperson for Oakhurst STEAM Academy (a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools magnet school). Additionally, she is a 2018 graduate of the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte’s Bernstein Leadership Group. 

Lopez holds a masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. 

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About Croixstone Consulting

Croixstone Consulting is a boutique consulting firm known for connecting the brightest minds in business and community.  The firm serves the greater Charlotte region with two practices – Croixstone Consulting and Croixstone Solutions.  Croixstone Consulting provides project MBAs to help companies reduce costs, improve efficiencies, reduce complexity and increase customer satisfaction. Croixstone Solutions provides a suite of curated services, anchored by SEARCH, that delivers a competitive talent advantage to propel organizations into the future. For more information, visit croixstone.consulting, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CroixstoneCLT, visit our blog at croixstone.consulting/blog or find us on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/croixstone-consulting.

Media Contact

For further information, images and interviews, please contact:

Mark Weber, Managing Partner – Croixstone Consulting | (980) 263-0234 | mweber@croixstone.consulting


Words of Wisdom
“If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you,
I don’t care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster.”
– Warren Buffett –
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Warren Buffett says your greatest measure of success at the end of your life comes down to one word. Can you guess the word?  Learn more here for an inspirational read.  Photo courtesy of Insider Monkey.

LinkedIn Live Launched

LinkedIn recently launched its first live video tool, giving people and organizations the ability to broadcast real-time video to select groups or to the LinkedIn world at large.

Launching in beta first in the U.S., LinkedIn Live (as the product is called) will be invite-only. In coming weeks, LinkedIn will also post a contact form for others who want to get in on the action.  Learn more here.


Red Flags of Fraud

Croixstone Consulting joined forces recently with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) as an official supporter of International Fraud Awareness Week.  We were part of a global effort to minimize the impact of fraud by promoting anti-fraud awareness and education.

Do you know the most common behavioral red flags of fraud?  Learn more by viewing this infographic with data from the 2018 ACFE Report to the Nations.


What You Need to Know About Social Enterprises

On April 16th, Social Venture Partners Charlotte (SVP) will host the annual SEED20 program which identifies, highlights, and connects the community to twenty of the region’s most innovative ideas for tackling pressing social challenges. In today’s business world, nonprofits are not the only ones concerned with being integrated into the social fabric of society. Earlier this week, Forbes ran an article titled the “The Rise of the Social Enterprise: A New Paradigm for Business” which illustrates that businesses today need to make a shift in management in order to be more integrated into the social fabric of society.

Social enterprises are revenue-generating businesses with a twist. A social enterprise has two goals that are equally important:
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  1. Achieve social, cultural, community economic and/or environmental outcomes
  2. Earn revenue
In the Forbes’ article, a yearlong research and survey of business and HR leaders by Deloitte revealed that “citizenship and social impact” were rated critical or important by 77% of respondents.
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One of the trends identified is that companies today must be “social” in a truly external sense, and one of the biggest challenges is that C-suite executives are not operating or organized effectively to deal with the new world of economic growth and technology revolution while effectively addressing diversity, inclusion, fairness, equity at work and more.
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There are two dimensions to the evolution of social enterprise.
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  • Moving from an organization which operates as a functional hierarchy to one that operates as a “network of teams.”
  • Each part of the company looks at the impact of external factors and the company’s footprint in the external world.
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Click here to read more about the new paradigm shift for businesses addressed in the article and click here to learn why social enterprise can be a win-win for companies.

Biotechnology And Its Applications

Another core technology altering nearly every dimension of our lives as outlined in a recent MIT Sloan Management Review article is biotechnology. Biotechnology is really the combination of technology, chemistry, and life sciences.  At first glance, many business leaders may believe that biotechnology only impacts the health care field. The rapid advances in biotechnology, however, show enormous promise and have the potential to “both expand existing industry boundaries and create entirely new industries,” according to Dr. Albert H. Segars, author of the article and PNC Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Faculty Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Biotechnology Applications

  • Industrial Processing – applications in product development, pollution control, bio-recycling, and hazardous waste.
  • Biometrics/Bio-identification – expanding the use of biomarkers as a gateway to information access and commerce.
  • Bioinformatics – analysis of large sets of data used in the Human Genome Project, Disney’s theme park design, and more.
  • Medical – advancements in the field of genomics, production of vaccines, antibiotics, gene therapy, and personalization of implantable devices.
  • Food & Agriculture – significant gains in the production of plants, improved quality of livestock, pest-resistance crops, nutrient supplementation, and manufactured power fibers.
  • Energy – alternative energy sources, production of biofuels from algae and other plant and waste sources.

Click here to read the entire MIT Sloan Management Review article.


Pervasive Computing 101

In a recent MIT Sloan Management Review article, Dr. Albert H. Segars from University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School outlined seven core technologies that are altering nearly every dimension of our lives and their implications for commerce, health care, learning, the environment and more.  According to Dr. Segars, pervasive computing is one of the core technologies that every business leader should become familiar with as the digital revolution rages on.

Pervasive computing, also called ubiquitous computing, is a concept where information, media, context, and processing power are delivered conveniently to us in all kinds of things. The Apple Watch’s ability to alert users of incoming phone calls and to allow users to complete calls through the watch, is an example of pervasive computing. The large network of connected microprocessors embedded in everyday objects allows access to information from virtually anywhere and at any time.

First pioneered in the late 1980s at the Olivetti Research Laboratory in Cambridge England, the development of the “Active Badge“, a small clip-on microcomputer employee ID card, enabled the company to track employee movement. This spurred articles by the The New York Times, ComputerWorld and other publications about George Orwell’s Big Brother prediction coming true.

Mark Weiser, considered to be the father of ubiquitous computing, soon began building early ubiquitous computing devices with his colleagues at Xerox PARC and popularized the term “pervasive computing” with the creation of IBM’s Pervasive Computing division.
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Today, pervasive computing generally involves wireless communications and networking technologies, mobile devices, embedded systems, wearables, wireless sensors, voice recognition, AI and more. According to a recent study report published by Market Research Future, the global market of pervasive computing technology is booming and expected to gain prominence. Technology advancements and the increased demand for Internet of Things (IoT) continue to drive the growth.
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Application of Pervasive Computing Technology:
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  • Communications
  • Logistics
  • Transportation (by air, land and sea)
  • Energy
  • Learning
  • Military
  • Banking/Finance
  • Production
  • Smart Homes
  • E-commerce
  • Security & Safety
  • Healthcare/Medical Technology
  • Media
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