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About Jennifer

Jennifer Lader is an award-winning writer and editor who helps organizations and individuals communicate the ideas that will bring their goals within reach. Jennifer believes that people connect through story. To find the story, she honed her natural interviewing skills while earning a bachelor's degree in anthropology and then built on them in the work place, gaining multi-disciplinary experience in small business, government, and non-profit organizations. She has interviewed hundreds of people, from the famous to those who call themselves “ordinary”; to Jennifer, they are all fascinating because everyone has a story to share. Jennifer holds a master's degree in public administration from the nation's top school in this field and brings rigorous project management to every endeavor. Jennifer is a member of the Pennsylvania Women's Press Association, the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, and the Nonfiction Writers Association. Her hallmarks:

active listening

story-finding skills

easy to work with

compelling results

Daffodils inspire

The big ‘why,’ answered

We all have the same purpose, I was surprised to read in Doctor-writer-life scientist Deepak Chopra’s “The Book of Secrets.” Chopra writes that our shared purpose is to help the world “expand and grow.” He suggests it may be counterproductive to have rigid goals and to struggle too hard to…

Look outside your umbrella

What’s just outside of your umbrella?

When the interviewer asked if I’d ever dealt with union officials, it seemed best to admit: “That will be a learning area for me.” Was it ever! I privately thought of one key person as a well-known figure in the French revolution and dreaded antagonizing him; yet interacting with him…

Trapeze school scene

Some might call it freedom

As our car inched along by the Hudson River on Manhattan’s far western edge, a trapeze school came into view, way up high, silhouetted against the sunset. Gridlocked, we watched student after student climb the ladder, grab the swing and … go! Every student took flight, guaranteed. With this kind…

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How do you stand out in a crowd?

An acquaintance recently described to me his method of looking for a new job; I was impressed. Then he described a major fundraiser, a medical situation, and an entrepreneurial project; he revealed his frustration that his income does not match his energy output. Do you see the problem? Meanwhile, a…

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What’s your headline?

Headlines help the reader decide whether to read or move on. You have a headline all your own if you are on LinkedIn. It’s just below your name, and may appear to be your current or former job title. That’s because the site populates your headline from your job experience…

The view on a snow day from my new buisness location

What do ‘snow days’ mean to you?

Do you ever long for a change? Wish to be your own boss or, if you already are, to instead take a job with a regular paycheck? Do “snow days” for you mean frenetically working from home while several children climb over your head? Just last week while sitting in…

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A scene from Maine

I like the red boat, don’t you?

Tomatoes from a friend

Looking for Big Boy — and Friends

1: The kind of dust you can feel but not see. Streaked with gold. Medusa-like stems; cracks, dots, and dashes: tomatoes from a friend. I press my nose against their warm skin; even the scent is delicious. 2: A clerk at Burlington Coat Factory becomes enchanted with my son, then…

Vines cover the ruins of the old Smallpox Hospital on Roosevelt Island, New York.

Mere stones and stories they tell

While our storytelling can reshape the past, present, and future, occasionally something happens to set the events in stone. On a recent visit to Roosevelt Island, a lesser known part of New York City, stones lay nearly everywhere in sight. Originally home to the Lenni Lenape tribe, the island became…

Milkweed growing on the Trexler Nature Preserve above the Lehigh Valley

Where the runaway imagination goes

Last summer, my vegetable garden ran away and inspired me to do the same thing. The garden ran away with weeds, no see ‘ums, and platter-sized squash leaves. In consideration of this and of the previous years’ invasions of cabbage moths, ground hog and poison ivy, I’ve given up. The…