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LFS Shadowing Program: Maggie

I got to shadow LeapFrog Solutions (LFS) today for George Mason University’s Take a Patriot to Work Day! I was chosen for their executive leadership shadowing because I am a leadership minor, but I got to meet with employees from Internal Operations, Strategic Communications, and Creative — and even met with the CEO and president, Lisa Martin! They ordered pizza for lunch, and the other shadowing…



LFS Shadowing Program: Kate

As a junior, I’m starting to come up with ways to get ready to enter into the workforce as soon as I graduate from college in two years. One of the ways I plan to do this is by participating in Take a Patriot to Work Day. This is an event of George Mason University’s Career Services in which they match a student with a company and that student goes to the company for a day in order to learn what…



LFS Shadowing Program: Danlin

I participated in Take a Patriot to Work Day, which was held by our university’s career service center, and luckily I had the chance to go to LeapFrog Solutions (LFS). Before the job shadow day, I viewed the website, Facebook, and Twitter of the company to know exactly what it focused on. The company gives solutions to their clients and helps them figure out problems in many fields, such as public…



LFS Shadowing Program: Chyna

Throughout my college experience, internships, networking, and shadowing have all been words emphasized in the field of communication. In order to get a job, one must have the experience, and fortunately I was able to schedule a shadowing at LeapFrog Solutions (LFS). LFS was founded in 1996 by Lisa Martin, who has always had a passion for marketing.…



LFS Shadowing Program: Alyse

Before the summer started, I wanted an internship with a marketing company or a graphic design firm, but I also planned on taking summer classes — which made it difficult to find an internship. When summer classes fell through, finding an internship was almost impossible. I came across the Shadowing Program at LeapFrog Solutions and knew immediately that’s what I wanted to try. I first thought that…



Improving Performance through Community Involvement

The holiday season is upon us, turning many minds toward volunteering their time or money to worthy causes. Here at LeapFrog Solutions, we are in the midst of our 31 Days of Giving. This campaign benefits Communities in Schools of Northern Virginia, an organization that is vastly improving the lives…



Growing Big and Staying Small: The Four Advantages to Forming a Joint Venture

In today’s government marketplace, the demand for small business set-asides continues to grow with the value of its contracts. How can a small business successfully handle all of the work and hold onto its small business status? By forming a joint venture.

So, what’s a joint venture?

The Small Business Administration defines it as an association of individuals or businesses that…



Putting Employees First Can Improve Performance: Four Tips on Providing Rewards

A happy workforce is good business for everyone. Managers can be more effective leaders, employees are more productive, and clients are more satisfied. When we talk about the importance of strategic inreach, access to a variety of benefits is a great way to engage your organization and improve performance. It can…



Browser Compatibility Does Not Equal Version Compatibility

The ol’ saying “It needs to work in all browsers” is often heard by at least one stakeholder when discussing a website redesign. This is true to a point. Yes, it should work in all the major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari), but that does not mean it should work in all versions. This is key: browser does not equal version.

In the early 2000s, we needed to ensure…



Effective Communications - Listen More Than You Speak

A mentor of mine likes to say, “Effective communication is a 2-to-1 ratio ­— you have two ears and one mouth. You should listen twice as much as you speak.”

As a senior account manager at LeapFrog Solutions, I spend most of my day communicating with clients through email, coworkers through face-to-face meetings, or vendors over the phone. But to be truly effective at…