Jul 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Remote Doesn’t Mean Removed

When my soon-to-be husband at the time, asked me how I felt about moving to Oxford, Mississippi, for a potential job opportunity he received, there were several immediate thoughts that popped in my head. The first being, "Will these two Bulldogs fit into the rival city?" Not that I thought there would be a group of people with pitchforks staking out our house, but you know, I figured we'd end up being good candidates for solid yard rolls every Halloween. The second thought was, "What about my job?" 

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Topics: Culture, Fearless Unrivaled Flexibility, Sense of Belonging

Jun 29, 2017 2:30:00 PM

I'm Sticking With the Red Shoes

“Andra Lewis was so loud at lunch today!”

Depending on who you say this to, you’re most likely to be met with stares of confusion or praised for your comedic gold. The reason is quite simple. I am not the greatest conversationalist nor very loud. Though it is something I am working on, in most cases, I’m pretty reserved. But, there is one area where I don’t mind standing out—my style choices.

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Topics: Culture Matters, Sense of Belonging

Jun 15, 2017 10:30:00 AM

3 Reasons to Try a New Initiative

Expanding your circle at work is extremely important to your career growth. Connecting with your peers and having additional sources of friendship and support will help improve overall job satisfaction and give you a stronger sense of belonging.

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Topics: Leadership, Collaboration, Sense of Belonging, Comfort Zones

Apr 20, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Intentionally Building Positive Relationships

I was raised with deep faith, tradition, and intentional communication as core family values. As one of 12 children—six boys and six girls—I grew up celebrating holidays with untold numbers of relatives, going to church and staying long afterwards just to fellowship and communicate with others, and staying up late Friday nights to celebrate the end of a school week. Some of my fondest memories, then and now, are of multiple generations of women in the house having a cup of coffee or tea and long conversations at the kitchen table. 

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Topics: Sense of Belonging

Mar 2, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Regardless of Language, Belonging is Belonging

There are so many ‘first times’ in life that we will never forget. I certainly have experienced my fair share at HORNE and they have positively guided me to beBetter. I can remember my first complicated project and how it made me doubt myself; the first time I received good feedback from the team for hard work and good performance; the first challenge that I had to face as a foreigner and English being my second language; and the first time I was exposed to the client.

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Topics: Building a Wise Firm, Belonging, Sense of Belonging

Feb 9, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Belonging Is Not Just About Me

Not many people know this, but HORNE was the first firm to take a chance on me. I wasn’t the smartest student in the class. I wasn’t the most social. But I believe God gave me favor to connect with HORNE and convince them to give me a shot.

I remember the internship interview on that fall morning at Ole Miss. I interviewed with two partners, back-to-back. After the first interview, I just knew I wasn’t getting the job. The second interview was much lighter, probably because it was with our Executive Partner Joey Havens. He told me I had a bright future and many opportunities ahead. I was glad one of those opportunities would lead to a career with HORNE.

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Topics: Sense of Belonging

Sep 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

From Competition to Almost Familial

It is difficult for me to describe how the culture at HORNE has affected me without first giving you some historical context about me. I was born in New Delhi, India. I spent eight years working my way up to manager at a Fortune 500 company but then gave up my career in order to marry my husband, who lived in Houston. After we were married I got my first job in America and I have to admit it was not what I was expecting.

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Topics: Culture, Sense of Belonging

Aug 25, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Are You Creating a Sense of Belonging for Others?

Growing up I attended the same school through eighth grade and then I moved to a different school for high school (well, almost all of high school, but that’s a totally different story due to Hurricane Katrina). I always felt bad for the new kids who started at my school and tried to welcome them as best as I could. I can remember always thinking to myself how hard it must be to come into a new environment where people have known each other for years, where relationships have already been established and how intimidating it can be to be judged just simply for being new.

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Topics: Culture, Sense of Belonging