Tenant Spotlight – ADVAITE Inc.

 

Company Name: ADVAITE Inc.

Company Size: <50 Employees

What’s your mission?
The word ‘Advaite’ means ‘one without a second’, unrivaled or unique. At ADVAITE, we aspire to develop novel therapeutics and diagnostics to help patients suffering from a variety of debilitating diseases, primarily within the oncology space. During the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, ADVAITE expanded our mission to include developing novel point-of-care assays to help combat the pandemic and opened high-complexity CLIA Certified Laboratories in Chicago, IL and Malvern, PA to improve access to COVID-19 testing.

What do you do?
ADVAITE Inc. has two primary lines of business:

1) Development of novel therapeutic and diagnostic products: ADVAITE’s initial developed the RapCOV Rapid COVID-19 Test for qualitative presumptive detection of IgM and IgG antibodies to SARS-COV-2 in human whole blood.

2) Clinical Laboratory Services (COVID-19 Testing) SalivaDirect- Is a non-invasive saliva-based COVID-19 RT-PCR Test intended for detecting active COVID-19 infection.

Nasal Swab RT-PCR COVID-19 Test- For situations requiring the Nasal Swab RT-PCR Tests, ADVAITE offers these tests as well.

COVID-19 Antibody Testing- This is a highly specialized Antibody Test. This test is used for the qualitative detection of IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in human serum or plasma. Due to workflow constraints, appointments must be scheduled at least 24Hrs prior to sample collection.

What is the story behind your company and what are you known for?
ADVAITE Inc. is a Malvern, PA headquartered biotech company.

The ADVAITE RapCov™ Rapid COVID-19 Test is a lateral flow immunochromatographic assay for qualitative detection of IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in human finger-stick whole blood specimens. RapCOV has been authorized for emergency use by FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

 

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Oak Hill Advisors Leads $326.5 Million Investment in Workspace Property Trust, Leading Suburban Office Company

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Workspace Property Trust (Workspace), one of the largest privately-held suburban office and industrial companies founded by Thomas A. Rizk and Roger W. Thomas, today announced that Oak Hill Advisors (OHA), a leading alternative investment firm with more than $50 billion in assets, has led a $326.5 million investment in the company.

Founded in 2015, Workspace owns and operates 10 million square feet of suburban office and light industrial properties in markets across the country including South Florida, Tampa, Phoenix, Minneapolis and two suburban Philadelphia markets.

“We believe Workspace is in a terrific position to expand geographically and satisfy the demand for affordable, accessible suburban office space,” said Glenn August, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of OHA. “Tom and Roger have built an impressive company and we are excited to play a meaningful role in their growth going forward.

“We are thrilled to partner with Glenn, Matt Borstein (OHA partner and head of its real estate investment platform) and the entire team at OHA as we accelerate our plans to expand our footprint and portfolio in key suburban markets across the country,” said Mr. Rizk, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Workspace. “OHA recognizes the unique and compelling opportunity facing Workspace today and we are poised to take advantage of the market dynamics to deliver value to our tenants at scale.”

During the pandemic, suburban office was one of the best performing property sectors in the U.S., measured by its durable income. The U.S. suburban office market is extremely large with approximately 2.7 billion square feet, offering opportunities for consolidation. Under the terms of this agreement, OHA is looking forward to being a capital partner to Workspace as it considers acquisitions and additional investments.

Matt Borstein, said, “This investment in Workspace is exactly the type of opportunity OHA is focused on: partnering with a great management team with an excellent operating history and strong performance in a sector with strong secular tailwinds. We are looking forward to exploring additional investments together.”

“This investment comes at a critical inflection point for the business,” said Roger Thomas, co-founder, President and COO of Workspace. “Since inception, we have delivered extraordinary value for our tenants and the communities we serve, and we’ve solidified our leadership position in suburban office space during the pandemic. Tom and I have assembled an extraordinary team of professionals who are committed to excellence and our success is a direct result of their performance. As we look ahead into a recovering economy, we see tremendous runway for the business and OHA is the perfect partner for us.”

Workspace Property Trust has been sponsored, in part, by Rizk Ventures. Rizk Ventures is a special situations operating firm, and the majority of its investments are in real estate including suburban office, light industrial, healthcare and self-storage sectors. As part of this agreement, Rizk Ventures and OHA will consider additional investments in Rizk Ventures-sponsored platforms.

The founding partners of Workspace include Safanad, Forum Partners, JMP Group, and Everwatch Capital. Oak Hill Advisors will now join this investment group, alongside Mason Capital and funds managed by Rialto Capital Management, LLC.

Oak Hill Advisors was advised by Eastdil Secured and represented by the law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Workspace was advised by Moelis & Company LLC and Rockefeller Capital Management, who also acted as Joint Placement Agents on the transaction, and represented by the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

Workspace Property Trust

Workspace Property Trust is a privately held, vertically integrated, full service commercial real estate company specializing in the ownership, management, leasing and development of office and light industrial space across the US. Founded in 2015, Workspace owns and operates 10 million square feet of suburban office and light industrial properties in markets across the country including South Florida, Tampa, Phoenix, Minneapolis and two suburban Philadelphia markets. For more information on Workspace, please visit www.workspaceproperty.com

Oak Hill Advisors

Oak Hill Advisors is a leading alternative investment firm specializing in private lending, distressed credit, structured credit, real assets, special situations, leveraged loans and high yield bonds. The firm’s investment activities are driven by a deep, fundamental “private equity-style” due diligence process and a focus on loss avoidance and risk-adjusted returns that has been in place for more than three decades. The firm invests on behalf of a diverse, global investor group. OHA employs more than 350 people globally and is headquartered in New York, with primary offices in London, England; Fort Worth, Texas; San Francisco, California; Sydney, Australia; Hong Kong and Luxembourg. For further information about OHA, please visit www.oakhilladvisors.com.

Contacts

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ThroughCo Communications
esloane@throughco.com
917-291-0833

Welcome Back!

Our team has worked diligently through the pandemic to provide reliable working spaces while keeping health and safety our top priority. As we collectively look forward to brighter days ahead and a new office environment, we have implemented several initiatives to facilitate the transition back into the office:

Welcome Back: What to Expect

Increased cleaning & sanitization in our multi-tenant buildings. Watch the video below to learn more!

Flexible Workspaces

Temporary meeting spaces are now available in each of our markets designed to provide tenants with dependable and private work environments outside of their traditional spaces.

Workspaces Post-Pandemic

We have shared a list of our trusted janitorial, signage, and furniture partners with our tenants to support logistics personnel should they wish to modify office procedures upon employee return.

We remain fully engaged and committed to continuing to meet the needs of our customers in every way we can. We look forward to partnering with our valued tenants now and in the years to come to promote safe, productive, and inspiring workspaces.

Tenant Spotlight: Boca Cafe & Catering Services

 
Company Name: Boca Cafe & Catering Services

What’s your mission?
To provide our patrons with quality food and service. We strive to provide our guests with unique and traditional menu options to help get them through the workday.

What service do you provide?
Our versatile menu is made up of hardy selections including sandwiches made with the finest Boar’s Head products and steak and chicken dishes served with homemade rice and beans. We also offer a lighter selection of bites like our customer-favorite salmon and avocado salad, an assortment of fresh soups and refreshing smoothies.

What is the story behind your company?
Our family has owned and operated restaurants and delicatessens for years in New York and Ecuador. Our entrepreneurial spirit led us to open a location in Boca Raton catering to the flavors inspired by the melting pot of cultures found in South Florida.

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Tenant Spotlight: Tri-County Suburban Realtors

 
Company Name: Tri-County Suburban REALTORS®

Company Size: 10 Employees

What’s your mission?
Tri-County Suburban REALTORS® advocates for the real estate industry and private property rights. It promotes the professional integrity of its members by providing resources that positions them to deliver superior service to the public, maximize their income, and grow to meet the needs of the future.

What products or services do you sell / provide?
We deliver services to our members including professional development programs, legislative advocacy, industry statistics, networking opportunities, and community outreach. We provide tools to enable the members to better serve the consumer — electronic key system, electronic signature software, electronic forms software, safety app, and more.

What is the story behind your company and what are you known for?
The result of a merger between the Montgomery County Association of REALTORS® and the Suburban West REALTORS® Association, Tri-County Suburban REALTORS® was formed on January 1, 2021. With a membership of over 8,500 members, the organization is the largest local REALTOR® Association in the Commonwealth and provides the highest level of service and products to real estate professionals in Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.

Accolades to note:
Not all real estate agents are REALTORS®. The term “REALTORS®” is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and abides by its strict Code of Ethics.

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Tenant Spotlight: Thomas Jefferson University

 
Company Name: Thomas Jefferson University

Company Size: 32,000+ employees enterprise-wide

What’s your mission?
We are a university with preeminence in transdisciplinary, experiential professional education, research and discovery, delivering exceptional value for 21st century students in architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion & textiles, health, science, and social science–infused with the liberal arts.

What service do you provide?
Jefferson offers more than 160 undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, delivered through our trademarked Nexus Learning approach: active, collaborative, real-world experiences that cross disciplines and engage industry. Our graduates leave Jefferson well-prepared to achieve their dreams, with 97% of the Class of 2019 employed in a field related to their major or in graduate school.

What is the story behind your company?
Jefferson is rewriting the rules and resetting the odds. We are changing higher education to provide our students with unparalleled value. Jefferson is a model professional university born out of the unique merger of Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University. Through our distinctive and award-winning 21st-century curriculum, we are preparing students with the skills they need to succeed and lead now and in the future of work. At Jefferson, we are redefining what’s humanly possible.

Accolades to note:
Jefferson is a national, doctoral, research university ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the nation’s:
Best Colleges
Best Colleges for Veterans
Best Nursing Schools – Master’s
Best Online Programs – Master’s in Nursing
Best Health Schools – Nursing-Anesthesia

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Tenant Spotlight: Zebra Technologies

“Zebra is a member of the S&P 500 and is a Fortune 1000 company.”

Company Name: Zebra Technologies

Total Square Feet Leased: 14,688

What’s Your Mission?
Zebra empowers the front line in retail/ecommerce, hospitality, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, healthcare, public sector and other industries to achieve a performance edge.

What products or services do you sell/provide?
Zebra’s solutions incorporate mobile computing, barcode scanning, RFID, thermal printing, plus location, temperature and motion sensing technologies and predictive analytics to elevate the shopping experience, track and manage inventory as well as improve supply chain efficiency and patient care.

What is the story behind your company?
Headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois, Zebra Technologies is celebrating its 51st year of technology expertise, leadership and innovation. Zebra is an innovator at the edge of the enterprise with solutions and partners that enable businesses to gain a performance edge. Zebra’s products, software, services, analytics and solutions are used to intelligently connect people, assets and data to help our customers in a number of industries make business-critical decisions.

Accolades to note:
Zebra is a member of the S&P 500 and is a Fortune 1000 company.
Fast Company named Zebra to its 2020 Best Workplaces for Innovators.
Computerworld named Zebra to its 2020 Best Places to Work in IT.

Among its many industry firsts, Zebra invented the first handheld laser barcode scanner, barcode printer, wearable computer, rugged RFID handheld computer, and first rugged, enterprise-class see-through head-mounted display.

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Tenant Spotlight: Café 38˚

 
Why Do You Do It?
Our mission is to provide our customers with a nutritious and convenient dining experience. From our meal selections to our snack options, our ingredients are selected with care. Our customers are family when they walk through the door; and we serve them the same quality product we would feed our loved ones at home.

What Do You Do?
Café 38˚ is a full-service café offering breakfast and lunch options complete with freshly made grab-and-go items, smoothies, specialty coffee and espresso drinks. Our self-serve salad bar, daily hot lunch specials and homemade soups have something for everyone.

We also provide a vast array of catering services to the Twin Cities area via our parent company, Twin Cities Catering.

What’s Your Story?
We are a family owned and operated business. Café 38˚ is our second home and we treat it as such. Not a single detail is overlooked. Not a single inquiry goes unanswered. Every decision we make is crafted with our customers in mind. There are no days off for us and we wouldn’t have it any other way.


WCW Highlight Alla Grig (Owner/Operator for Twin Cities Catering – Café 38˚)

Top 5 traits of a successful leader:
A leader must be consistent, reliable and allow for open communication. I believe the most important trait of a true leader is a leader that encourages and cultivates more leaders.

If you could go back in your career, what would you change?
Honestly, it has been a 17 year, ever-evolving journey. Each day has been essential to us becoming the Twin Cities Catering company that we are today. We wouldn’t change a single thing.

If you didn’t work in the food industry, what other career path would you have liked to explore and why?
Before immigrating from Russia to America in 1994, I was in the medical field. I have always been fascinated by science and computers and would have loved to explore those areas further. Ultimately, I am happiest whenever I am helping others. Twin Cities Catering satisfies this need by giving me the opportunity to work closely with our clients to make their event dreams come true while providing healthy, top-quality food.

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Tenant Spotlight: Duke’s Cafe

 
What’s your mission?
To provide our customers with uniquely memorable and nutritious reasons to return to our tables when hunger strikes. We have created an environment that fuses good food and music – a place where people can come to truly unwind.  

What service do you provide? 
Our menu ranges from classic diner breakfast staples to familiar delicatessen-style sandwiches and salads, perfect for lunch or an easy dinner option. We are proud supporters of other small and local business and use only locally grown fruit and vegetables in our kitchen. We make things easy for our customers with online ordering and pride ourselves with our quick turnaround – 20 minutes or less!

What is the story behind your company?
For 20+ years our owner and founder, Deirdre Gaskins, worked in Healthcare Management and Operations for a major healthcare insurer. While her career enabled her to exerciser her leadership, communication and critical thinking skills, Deirdre felt she was meant for something more. In 2014, she made a list of 4 things she wanted to accomplish in 2015. Opening Duke’s Café was on that list. Over the course of five years, she went to work fueling her passion- learning and growing as a culinary professional. The journey to opening day has been nothing short of spectacular.


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Top 5 traits of a successful leader:

Adaptability – Be a chameleon. Adjust to your environment and see change for what it is, constant.

Compassion – The human race is phenomenal. Faith is not lost in my fellow man. Choose to care.

Gratitude – I am wise enough to realize my success is due to a lot of people helping me along the way. Be thankful for help because you cannot do it alone.

Passion – It is your dream. Dreams become reality when you put your mind to it.

Resilience – Recognize when it’s time to “hold’em” or “fold’em” – as my Uncle would say. When you do, even a bad situation doesn’t hurt as bad. Keep going!

If you could go back in your career, what would you change?
Nothing. My healthcare career landed me in positions to inspire, mentor and shape the careers of so many others. I’m an entrepreneur, with a business degree, a few vocational skills (just in case my healthcare career went bust) and I’m pretty good in the kitchen. 30 years of life experiences made me who I am today. I wouldn’t change a thing, even if I could.

If you weren’t an owner/operator working in the culinary industry, what other career path would you have liked to explore and why?
I thrive on human interaction. People fuel me and music unites people. If I did not own and operate Duke’s Cafe in Horsham, I would own and operate Duke’s on a Caribbean island.

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Tenant Spotlight: Ocugen, Inc.

 

Company Size: 12

What’s your mission?
Our mission is to develop gene therapies to cure blindness diseases.

What products or services do you sell / provide?
Our modifier gene therapy program is in development to treat Retinitis Pigmentosa and dry age-related macular degeneration. We are also developing on a novel biologic to treat major retinal diseases.

What is the story behind your company and what are you known for?
Modifier gene therapy program has potential for one product to treat many diseases representing a unique approach in ophthalmology. Technology was licensed from Harvard Medical School.

Accolades to note:
Four FDA orphan drug designations for OCU400 gene therapy. Initiation of four Phase 1/2 trials within 1-2 years, with data readouts beginning in 2022. Strategic partnership with CanSinoBio sets a clear path for critical gene therapy manufacturing.

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Tenant Spotlight: Arise Virtual Solutions Inc.

 
Company Size: 305

What’s your mission?
Grow Customers with Quickly Scalable, On-Demand, Virtual Customer Support.

What products or services do you sell/provide?
Arise Virtual Solutions has created a disruptive technology platform that connects the world’s biggest brands with a previously untapped network of gig-economy service partners that deliver exceptional customer care.

What is the story behind your company and what are you known for?
Arise’s roots go back to 1994, when we started out as a technology company selling a proprietary switch. We quickly saw where the future of the customer care world was headed and set out to shape and lead that future.

Accolades to note:

While we have numerous awards and accomplishments that can be found on our website, here are a few recent standouts:

  • 2020 – TOP WORKPLACE IN SOUTH FLORIDA | SUN SENTINEL
  • 2019 – SILVER STEVIE AWARD – ENDPOINT SECURITY MANAGEMENT AND DELIVERY | AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS
  • 2019 – TOP WORKPLACE IN SOUTH FLORIDA | SUN SENTINEL
  • 2018 – TOP WORKPLACE IN SOUTH FLORIDA | SUN SENTINEL
  • 2018 – PEOPLE’S CHOICE STEVIE® AWARD FOR NEW PRODUCT IN EDUCATION SOLUTIONS | AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS
  • 2018 – GOLD NEW PRODUCT EDUCATION – VIRTUAL LEARNING SOLUTION | STEVIE AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS
  • 2017 – TOP WORKPLACE IN SOUTH FLORIDA | SUN SENTINEL
  • 2017 – SILVER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR | GOLDEN BRIDGE AWARDS
  • 2017 – NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY CHAMPION | CONTACT CENTER WORLD
  • 2017 – PEOPLE’S CHOICE STEVIE® AWARD FOR NEW PRODUCT B2B | AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS
  • 2016 – TOP WORKPLACE IN SOUTH FLORIDA | SUN SENTINEL

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Tenant Spotlight: Compliance Plus Services, Inc.

 

Company Size: 25

What’s your mission?
Our mission is to be a trusted partner and provide high quality, reliable service.

What products or services do you sell / provide?
Compliance Plus Services (CPS) offers a wide array of quality engineering, environmental, and health & safety outsourcing services to industrial and commercial clients throughout the United States.

What is the story behind your company and what are you known for?
CPS utilizes a unique and cost-effective approach, forming a partnership with our clients to work beside them in order to create the best possible solutions for the management of their environmental and safety needs.

Accolades to note:
Minority certified small business founded in 1999.

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Tenant Spotlight: Best Buddies South Florida

 

Company Size: 200-500 employees

What’s your mission?
INCLUSION! 

What products or services do you sell / provide?
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

What is the story behind your company and what are you known for?
Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization. Offices work diligently to plan and host exciting regional activities and training to help support the growth and development of Best Buddies student leaders and participants with IDD.

Accolades to note:
Globally we serve 1.2 million particpants in 2,498 chapters. We have programs in all 50 states, 6 continents and 54 countries. Because of Best Buddies, more than 2,600 friendships and 155 job placements are happening across the state of FL for youth and adults with IDD.

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Tenant Family Spotlight: ORT America

 
What’s your mission?
To bring cutting-edge education to underserved students globally.

What service do you provide? 
As one of the largest non-governmental education and training organizations in the world, we are the Jewish organization meeting the world’s educational needs by propelling more than 300,000 students in more than 30 Countries to develop careers and lead fulfilling, independent lives.

At the heart of a sustainable future is the ability to empower the next generation with increased access to quality education. ORT breaks through social and economic barriers to transform lives.

In Florida, we hold events and have donation campaigns to support ORTS work and our students. If anyone is interested in helping, getting involved or donating, please contact our office at 561-997-1071 or email Florida@ortamerica.org.

What is the story behind your company?
For 140 years ORT’s schools and programs reach underserved students by bridging the gap between aptitude and opportunity, as we work to expand knowledge, build autonomy, and strengthen Jewish identity. When students from underserved communities have access to high-quality education, they are better positioned to enter the job market with marketable skills, become leaders in their own right, and invest back into their communities.

Accolades to note:
We are one of the largest non-governmental educational organizations in the world. We have over 3 million graduates to date.



(L) Robin Isaacson-National Director Planned Giving Director Florida Region
(R) Ilene Rubin – Executive Assistant

WCW Highlight Robin Isaacson

Top 5 traits of a successful leader:

1. Be kind

2. Be respectful

3. Don’t ask staff to do anything you haven’t or won’t do

4. Listen

5. Encourage an open-door policy and brainstorming.  Ideas and solutions come from everyone, not just those in charge!

If you could go back in your career, what would you change?
I think the path I took helped me learn. Even the terrible jobs! If you were not National Director Planned Giving & Director, Florida Region, working in the nonprofit industry, what other career paths would you have liked to explore and why? I would be an attorney.

Learn more about Robin here: https://ortamerica.org/aboutus/staff/regional-offices/

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Tenant Family Spotlight: SMG Clubhouse

 

What’s your mission?
Our mission is to act as Early Interventionist while supporting every child so they can FLOURISH by:

  • Learning how best to serve your child.
  • Celebrating each child as a prized possession with special gifts and talents.
  • Equipping each child to recognize and utilize these gift(s).
  • Partnering with families who trust us to care for their child each day, so we embark on every opportunity to connect and learn from the family.
  • Communicating with families frequently while your child is under our care.
  • Accepting students with a variety of needs and learning differences. SMG educators have a heart for children and the responsibility to respond to all ABILITIES. We marvel at how unique and special all individuals are.

What products or services do you sell / provide?
We provide children ages 2+ with a creative and enriching learning environment through promotion of socialization, cooperation, motor development, listening, and independent thought.

What is the story behind your company and what are you known for?
Syieda Logan, a [Philadelphia] local mother of four has been in public education since 2001. She followed in her mother’s footsteps, a retired public school teacher of 35 years. Syieda’s degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education, Instructional Technology, and as a Reading Specialist prove her innate love for education and her desire for continued growth. Syieda has expressed a genuine love for children from a very young age. She’d often tutor the neighborhood children, and even a few adults, from the front porch of her Southwest Philadelphia home. Syieda, raised in a three-parent household; mother, father, and grandmother, experienced an overabundance of nurturing, love, and support from her caregivers. She decided she wanted to provide this same framework to every child she’d come in contact with.  SMG Clubhouse named after her grandmother, Sallie Mae Gordon, provides care for the WHOLE CHILD and WHOLE FAMILY. Sallie Mae allowed Syieda to see what hard labor entailed, the importance of being educated, and how to love and enjoy every aspect of life.


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WCW Highlight Syieda Logan

Top 5 traits of a successful leader:
Driven, optimistic, organized, generous, lifelong learner.

If you could go back in your career, what would you change?
If I could go back in my career I wouldn’t change a thing. My degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education, Instructional Technology, and as a Reading Specialist paired with 18 years as an elementary public school teacher has fully prepared me for my current role as owner and director of SMG Clubhouse.

If you weren’t an owner/operator working in the childcare industry, what other career path would you have liked to explore and why?
If I wasn’t working in my current role in childcare I would have liked to explore a career path as a lactation consultant. It would be my honor to assist mothers in their efforts to breastfeed their babies.

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