The #ConnectorsWhoCare Thrive Guide - Sixth Edition

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July is a wonderful month! Not only is it National Ice Cream Month, but it’s also the best time of the year to see so many stars and planets in the night sky. Fresh lemonade never tasted better and the watermelon is red and juicy. Yes, it’s an interesting time we are living in, but we can still look up at stars and know that tomorrow is still going to come, and the sun will still shine. We have so much to be thankful for...and with gratitude and love, all things are possible. We thought we should share with you a great story about gratitude and love. Enjoy!

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Tip #1: Best of Philly 2020!

Best of Philly 2020 lists came out this week! Here are some things we can’t wait to check out:

1) Nick Filet’s Surf and Turf Sandwich is amazing! In fact, their whole menu is delicious! Who knew a filet sandwich could taste so good! Visit them in Cape May, NJ, or locally in Paoli. They also deliver!

2) The Wellness Refinery located in Old City is the best self-care sanctuary you didn’t know you needed! They are known for their infrared sauna, tonic bar, and wellness market. We will definitely be heading down to try one of their lattes or smoothies (or both)!

3) With two locations in Old City and Rittenhouse, Omoi Zakka Shop has the best office accessories to spruce up your at-home workspace! They also sell really cool books, fashion accessories, and more!

Tip #2: Workplace Wellness

Needless to say, we are sure everyone has experienced some type of grief, fear, and/or anxiety during this uncertain period of time. Watch this helpful video featuring Brené Brown that discusses how to deal with common emotions associated with the stress of COVID-19. Thanks to our friend Harriet Stein from Big Toe in The Water for sharing this video with us!

Last week, our friend Julie Palumbo, Founder of Best Whole Self, delivered an awesome presentation to our female networking group - Executive Women Breakfast Series (EWBS). She is so engaging and has the best content on boosting the immune system. Her goal is to help as many people as she can stay healthy, strong, and resilient, especially during these challenging times. Contact Julie today for your personal consultation or presentation for your company!

Tip #3: CDC Updated Guidance

To help employers think through the pros and cons of testing employees for COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance that describes five scenarios in which testing might be effective or appropriate. Read more from SHRM here! Also, did you know that you can receive email updates about COVID-19 from the CDC? Try it here!

Tip #4: Friends of the Firm

1) Are you wrestling with how, or even if, you should undertake client or employee engagement events? Especially now, are you pondering if events, sponsorships, and speaking opportunities are really worth the time & financial investment? Our friend Elyse Stoner at Fresh Perspective Consulting applies her own tried-and-true ROM (Return on the Moment) model of strategic event analysis, planning, and execution gained from years of large event and sports marketing success to ensure that her partners get the most marketing muscle from these opportunities. Email Elyse at to talk about how together you can turn “We’ve always done it this way” into “Wow! We never imagined results like this.”

2) Our friends at Hanlon Creative are hosting a FREE webinar this week on Thursday, July 23rd from 3:30-4:30! This webinar will show you how to pivot your digital marketing plan post-COVID. Contact Meredith Castellucci for more information and register here!

3) Don't forget to purchase your tickets for our friends at Bringing Hope Home's largest fundraising event of the year, the 19th Annual Great Guys Dinner! This incredible event celebrates its mission of Unexpected Amazingness by gathering their donors, supporters, and the incredible families they serve. Their event is virtual this year, but there will plenty of fun to be had from their keynote speaker, Dick Vermeil, guest speakers, online silent auction, celebrating their families, and more! Tickets are $25 - Get yours today!

4) Congrats to Janet Bernstein, CPO®, and the Organizing Professionals, for once again winning Main Line Today's Best of the Main Line and Western Suburbs 2020 - "Best Professional Organizers Readers Pick"!

Tip #5: TOCGRP Favorites: Doughnuts Down the Shore!

1) Kohler’s Bakery in Avalon, NJ is known for its cream donuts, but some of their other favorites include their jelly donuts, crumb donuts, and cinnamon buns! Check them out on 27th street. Pro tip: try to avoid visiting on Sundays after church unless you want to wait in the long line!

2) Brown’s Restaurant in Ocean City, NJ is the best for old-fashion style doughnuts! They have six simple flavors that couldn’t be more delicious: powdered, cinnamon, chocolate, plain, vanilla, and honey! Visit them on the boardwalk! P.S., they also have a delicious breakfast menu and are open for lunch!

3) Britton’s Gourmet Bakery in Wildwood Crest, NJ is known for its cinnamon buns, a wide variety of donuts, but are most famous for their AMAZING apple fritters! They are open Wednesday-Monday from 6:30-1. You’ll want to get there early; their sweet treats are so good they often sell out!

4) Maryanne’s Bakery in Sea Isle City, NJ has been selling donuts since 1944! They have amazing fresh donuts made daily! They have the best Boston crème and Jelly donuts! Make sure you say hello to Michelle!

Ask HR Office Hours... back! We will be opening our Zoom line to help answer all of your HR questions this Thursday, July 23rd from 3-4 PM EST. Jump on for the entire hour to hear the latest in the HR world, or join at any point to have your question answered - We are here for you! Register here!

Did you know...

...the popsicle was invented by accident?!

In 1905, Frank Epperson, an 11-year-old boy in San Francisco accidentally left a cup of soda and a stirring stick outside his porch. The next morning, he found the drink frozen. Seeing that it was a new way to enjoy the cold beverage, he began selling the frozen pops at an amusement park in New Jersey. In 1923, he launched “Epsicles” until his children persuaded him to change them to “Pop’s sicles.” Today, this summer favorite is made in various flavors, colors, and shapes. Around two billion popsicles are sold every year. And of course, cherry is still the most popular flavor!

Have a great week and stay cool!