Work Interview: Kristi Hamilton

Kristi Hamilton - ConAgra Foods Director Talent Acquisition ( 

What are the best resources locally and online for our local workforce to advance their careers?
Two of the best resources that can help you to advance your career are a strong leader/coach and a mentor. There are the traditional resources that one can leverage like achieving an advanced degree and gaining professional certifications. Without the help and guidance from someone who understands the landscape of your organization, you may find it hard to grow professionally. I believe firmly, were it not for my ConAgra Foods coaches and mentors and their buy-in, support and honest feedback, I wouldn’t have taken the risks I did to get where I’m at today.

What is…

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Work Interview: Monique Cribbs

Monique Cribbs - career exploration and development manager, Metropolitan Community College (

What are the best resources locally and online for our local workforce to advance their careers?
We partner with the Nebraska Department of Labor, and we utilize their NE Works website ( The reason we do so is because first of all, the purpose of the Department of Labor is to employ Nebraskans. With their website having more than 20,000 active jobs and updating every 24 to 48 hours—it’s amazing—it allows for any job-seeker to access the system and start searching for a job once you put in your criteria. 

What is the future of work in this area? 
I just had a conversation about…

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Work Interview: Debbie Christensen

Work defines us. One of the first “get-to-know-you” questions people will ask is, “What do you do?” An individual’s social status is determined largely by factors stemming from his or her career success, and our entire educational system is built around making us contributing members of society. And while a great career can be financially and personally fulfilling, enriching your life and giving you something to look forward to every day, the wrong job can leave you feeling trapped and miserable for 40 or more interminable hours a week.

The Reader invited five professionals from higher education, government, union and corporate sectors to contribute their viewpoints to a virtual roundtable on the subject of work: how to prepare for a…

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<p>The future of mass entertainment.</p>I’m so board in the USA

Omaha is at the start of a national trend. Soon, board game bars and cafes will open throughout America, offering access to hundreds or even thousands of games for a small fee. Teams will form, and leagues, and a board-game craze will sweep the country. There will be YouTube channels exclusively devoted to watching skilled board game players compete with each other, and the best will go pro. Board games will start to find the sort of following that video games now enjoy, and will benefit from the intimacy required in playing them face to face, instead of the anonymity of compteting against strangers online.

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Happy Dirt is Nature’s Prozac

Recently we wrote about the human proclivity to kill everything. We called the cause of this behavior, “biophobia” or a fear of life. We stomp on bugs, sometimes just because we can. We hunt giant mammals and shoot them for sport. We kill other humans for a variety of reasons. And everywhere, we try to eliminate every bacteria or virus we possibly can in the mistaken belief that it will keep us safe and healthy. The unvarnished truth is that the more we kill, the less healthy we become. And that goes for killing bacteria and viruses.

One common bacteria in particular (and logic would deem others) improves our mood, increases our ability to learn and boosts our immune system.…

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<p>Get ready for a lot of reading.</p>The Long Tale

We are entering an era of extremely long-form storytelling. While there was a time when a three-hour movie was considered long and a 600-page book was considered enormous, we are now in a time when stories can be told in a variety of formats as an ongoing concern. These will not be like the stories of old, where a television soap opera might run 20 years and tell hundreds of stories. Instead, the stories will be serialized, deliberate, and tell single stories, albeit stories that are typically of epic proportions and covering years or even centuries.

It will not be unusual for a single storyline to take three or four years to complete, if dramatized on television. Films will tell…

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Blinded by the Light

It took only a few seconds for me to realize it. I was lying in bed in the wee hours, staring at late night movies on TV. Most everyone in the music business in Los Angeles in the ‘70s and ‘80s knows the stare, the insomnia trance. Light from the TV was piercing my brain, not helping at all. But then I tossed a glance at the TV’s reflection in the bedroom window and noticed my eyes relaxed right away. Back to the TV. My eyes squinted and ached. Back to the reflection in the glass. Ahhh, that’s better. The realization: It’s easier on the eyes to watch TV in a reflection rather than directly.

Alright, admittedly it’s one of…

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Bud Rising

When Terence "Bud" Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title June 28 at the CenturyLink Center, he'll fight for himself, his tight-knit family and a...

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Bo Pelini behaved as if he had coached his last game at Nebraska, based on his sideline and post-game decorum, or lack thereof. That was the...

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III...

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…


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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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How We Lost Our Mind

Let’s start with something we all know. Every adult understands the concept that we have two parts of the mind, a conscious mind and a subconscious...

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The Hidden Pitfalls of GMOs

Heartland Healing and The Reader are hardly late-comers to the GMO issue. The Reader published our first cover story on the subject way back in 1996,...

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They Don’t Teach These in Medical School

The Journal of Patient Safety puts the number of people killed in American hospitals by preventable medical errors at 440,000 yearly. The complete...

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Top Ten Rules for Healthy Living

Being healthy is our natural state. When we’re not healthy, it means something has gotten out of balance. In order to keep the body in harmony with...

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