Vince Caponi, CEO of St. Vincent Health in Indianapolis and former trustee of Saint Mary’s College, spoke to Saint Mary’s students in a self-described “true David Letterman fashion” talk called “The Top 10 Rules to Live By.” The College’s “Cross Currents” program sponsored this talk as part of its ongoing Collegiate Speaker Series. Using anecdotal framework from his experiences with his daughters, Caponi addressed students with advice on how to approach the business world after graduation. Introducing his “top 10,” He told students that they should consider three things as they go through college and enter the business world. “In order to be a good student, person, employee, there are three things we all want from our experiences: you want to be in on the things that affect you, you want recognition for a job well done, you want to know what you do makes a difference in people’s lives and have a very clear sight of what role you play,” Caponi said. He followed with his top 10 rules to live by. Caponi said his first two rules, humility and gratitude, were underrated traits of real leaders. Going into the business world, he said, someone would take a chance on you because you have no experience, and it is important to demonstrate your thanks for the opportunities you are given. His third rule was about ethics. “The ethical part is your handshake; it is your honor,” Caponi said. “It’s something only you have and you are the only one who can make that positive of negative.” The fourth rule was to have a sense of humor, which is important because you have to learn to laugh at yourself. Caponi said laughter can help relieve tensions in a lot of difficult situations. Caponi also said that everyone should have a “can-do, positive attitude.” He told students to remain positive, especially when first entering the career world. “There are people that walk around with a cloud over their heads, but that will get you nowhere,” Caponi said. “When you apply for jobs, there are going to be a lot of people who are going to tell you that you can’t do it, but you have to remember that you are a gift from God and that you have a unique talent.” Sixth on Caponi’s list was to love where you are. He said that if one does not receive their ideal position in the company, take advantage of the opportunity because situations tend to work out in the end. As a seventh rule, Caponi said he would advise everyone to try and learn something new everyday. Learning new things, especially details about people, can break down the walls that divide us and allow us to start building relationships. His advice was to learn from outlets that you don’t necessarily agree with. The eighth rule was to communicate often and clearly. Caponi stressed the importance of communication, both verbal and physical communication. “In terms of jobs, communication is very important,” Caponi said. “It’s really important that you do it clearly, understandably and often.” The ninth rule to live by, according to Caponi, was to remember that there are two sides to every story. Keeping this in mind, Caponi said, do not rush to judgment and give people the benefit of the doubt. He also said that it is important to explore, probe and to find out the truth in these situations. Caponi’s culminated his top 10 list with a rule that he said was probably the most important of the 10 — volunteer. He said location isn’t an excuse, because there is always an opportunity to spend time giving of yourself to others. “My advice to you is do what you do, and love what it is that you do,” Caponi said.
In our home, we have a reproduction of the Declaration of Sentiments. It’s framed and mounted to the wall of one of the bathrooms.Sixty-eight women and thirty-two men signed the original declaration at a women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. Among those signers were Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the declaration’s primary author, and Frederick Douglass–orator, activist and escaped slave. This declaration, and this gathering of brave souls known as the Seneca Falls Convention, is credited by many for sparking the women’s rights movement in the U.S., with suffrage as a key component. It takes roughly 45 minutes to drive to Seneca Falls from my home in the Rochester area. If I choose the back roads, it’s a one-hour trip, a lovely journey through towns and countryside dotted with old homes both modest and grand: some well-maintained, some neglected, some no doubt standing at the time the Seneca Falls Convention took place. [Seneca Falls is also said to be the inspiration (or one of them) for Bedford Falls in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.”]I’ve driven to Seneca Falls on several occasions in the past few years, twice to visit the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, a museum and historic site, which includes the Wesleyan Chapel where the Seneca Falls Convention was held. The other times, I was in town not because of the museum or the chapel, but because of a building across the street: The Summit Federal Credit Union’s Seneca Falls Branch.Our branch’s proximity to the historic site is certainly not by design, but it’s a juxtaposition that nonetheless makes sense. Credit unions are built on a philosophy of access and equality, offering products and services like loans, accounts, debit and credit cards, and financial advice to a range of people including underserved populations. Often, these populations include an outsized proportion of women. Indeed, according to Data USA, of those living in poverty in Seneca Falls, the largest demographics are women age 25 – 34, followed by women age 18 – 24 and women age 55 – 64. 2020, though it hasn’t been exactly generous to anyone, hit women hard. Those who work in service industries like hospitality and travel are more likely to be women, and these industries in particular got the wind stomped out of them by COVID. Then, there are childcare issues exacerbated by the shutdowns and job losses. In 2020, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote across the U.S. Somehow, this anniversary shines an especially glaring spotlight on the women’s rights work still to be done.Incidentally, It’s become something of a tradition in Rochester for women to adhere their “I Voted” sticker to Susan B. Anthony’s grave in Mt. Hope Cemetery. This practice gained enough steam during the 2016 election that a clear protective cover was placed over Anthony’s gravestone. If you’re wondering, Anthony didn’t attend the Seneca Falls Convention, though her sister and mother did.It’s like the old homes I pass on the way to Seneca Falls. Some of those 1848 Sentiments have received attention and care. Others are falling in under the weight of neglect. I can imagine a participant of the Seneca Falls Convention standing, back to the Wesleyan Chapel, looking across the street to 2020, equally agog at what’s changed and what hasn’t. (It’s fitting also that our branch, housed in a historic building, just received some upgrades.)But credit unions are a handy bunch. We come through with programs like emergency loans and payment deferrals. We hold education sessions. We find solutions for everyone on an equal basis. It’s notable too that, according to a 2019 report from the National Credit Union Administration, over half of credit union CEOs nationwide are women, though for credit unions with over $1 billion in assets, that number shrinks to 14.5%. The Summit is one of those, led by President and CEO Laurie Baker. And a full 75% of The Summit’s senior leadership team are women as well, including our CFO. The road to equality for women hasn’t been a speedy one so far. But credit unions like The Summit are constantly listening, fixing, and caring, working to improve members’ lives. Crossing the street are steps in the right direction. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Cynthia Kolko Cynthia Kolko manages community involvement and public relations activities for The Summit Federal Credit Union, which serves members across Western and Central New York. She is also The Summit’s copywriter, … Web: https://www.summitfcu.org Details
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TORONTO – A former parliamentary secretary who used to speak for then-prime minister Stephen Harper against election-fraud allegations levelled at the Conservatives lost his bid Thursday to have the country’s highest court weigh in on his own convictions for electoral fraud.The decision by the Supreme Court of Canada not to hear his appeal means that Dean Del Mastro, initially convicted in 2014 for offences committed a decade ago, has reached the end of the road in his efforts at exoneration.“It seems like a modest word at times like these, but I’m obviously terribly disappointed,” the former Conservative MP from Peterborough, Ont., told The Canadian Press. “I had hoped to be able to fight for a just outcome through the courts, but it’s not to be.”Del Mastro said he now planned to sue Elections Canada for what he called the “negligent” investigation that led to his convictions. He said he would be seeking unspecified damages.“We’ll go after them and call into question aspects of this investigation which were negligent, which led to an outcome which is not just,” Del Mastro said. “My campaign followed all the rules.”Ontario court Judge Lisa Cameron convicted Del Mastro, 47, of three electoral offences related to his 2008 re-election campaign: overspending, failing to report a $21,000 contribution he made to his own campaign and knowingly filing a false report.Cameron handed him a one-month jail term along with four months house arrest and 18 months probation for what she called his “cheating and lying” in his “affront” to democracy. The judge also ordered him to pay $10,000 in restitution.“He was prepared not only to break the rules but to be deceitful about it,” Cameron said at the time.Del Mastro, once a staunch and vocal defender of Conservative policies, appealed but lost at the Superior Court and Appeal Court levels.In April 2016, Superior Court Justice Bryan Shaughnessy upheld both the convictions and sentence — while setting aside the restitution order. In September, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the convictions.“The offences were serious and struck at the heart of the democratic electoral process,” the court said.Del Mastro, granted bail at various points while his appeals wound through the courts, won’t now have to go back to jail despite his latest legal setback. He had already been granted statutory release after serving 20 days in jail.However, he will now have to serve the four-month conditional sentence from his 83-hectare farm in Bailieboro, south of Peterborough, although he said he would be allowed to travel to his energy-development work a couple of times a week.“I guess it’s more like farm arrest in this case,” Del Mastro said. “I wanted to start immediately, so I have.”After his conviction, which also precluded his running for Parliament for five years, the disgraced politician resigned the Peterborough seat he had won three times.Del Mastro, who has steadfastly maintained his innocence, remained defiant on Thursday, insisting the voters were short-changed by what happened to him and refused to rule out another run for political office at some point.“If I can’t get justice and a just outcome from the courts, then maybe I should seek it from the voters,” Del Mastro said. “The most fundamental right of citizenship is people’s democratic franchise, and that’s what was crushed and taken away and that’s why the Supreme Court should have heard the case.”Del Mastro’s elections agent, accountant Richard McCarthy, 68, was given a two-month conditional sentence plus one year of probation for his role.