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CMB Lights The Night October 13th!

Posted by Megan McManaman

Fri, Sep 30, 2011

Light the NightThe company that walks together gives back together! And on October 13th, thirty CMB employees walk as part of The Annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk in the Boston Common.  The walk is one of a dozen held across the country by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) to raise money for the thousands of people affected by blood cancers each year.  LLS funds life-saving research and provides much needed services to patients and their families.

While CMB employees give their time to countless causes, Light the Night has special meaning for us. Our Director of Finance Catherine Shannon is celebrating her second year of remission, and will walk with us this year—our 4th participating.

Since we began walking in 2008, CMB has raised over $20,000 for LLS.  This year we have both our largest team of walkers and our biggest goal yet of $12,000! Team leader Lynne Castronuovo sums up why giving back to the community in this way means so much:
“It’s been extremely gratifying to watch what started out as a very meaningful but modest effort four years ago grow into something so substantial.  This year, we are fielding a team of 30+ walkers and over 50 employees participated in our largest fundraiser.  Everyone in the office is thrilled to rally around this cause because we realize that Catherine’s cancer-free status is due in part, to ground-breaking treatments that were initially funded by LLS.”

CMB lights the nightWe’d also like to give a special thanks to our partners at Decipher who have joined in to donate $10 for every “like” on their Facebook page.

We’re a small company trying to make a big difference, if you’d like to join us in the fight against cancer please donate here.

Thank you,

The CMB Light the Night Team

Topics: Chadwick Martin Bailey, Boston

Boston's Autumn Attractions

Posted by Stephanie Kimball

Wed, Sep 07, 2011

bostoninautumn resized 600Autumn is in the air at CMB and we thought the time was right to share a few tips for enjoying the "Hub of the Universe" this season. Everyone knows that Boston is a history lover’s goldmine, but Boston travelers who want to learn about the history behind the city don’t have to stick to boring walking tours. There are bike tours, harbor cruises, leisurely hikes, and mouthwatering food to help you soak up the wonders and attractions of Boston.

Quack Quack!! There go the duck tours. Hop on and make sure you take a tour around Boston’s famous spots riding around on this sea and land cruiser. Catch it between March and December when they are still rolling around the city. If you want more exercise, experience the Freedom Trail! Just follow the 2.5 mile-long red trail around 16 of Boston’s historical landmarks. The best part is that it’s free! You can follow the trail yourself and enjoy an historical adventure. Remember to brush up on your 5th grade history lessons before you head off so you can better understand what you are walking past.

For science and adventure mixed all in one, the Museum of Science is the place to go. Discover more than 700 interactive exhibits, watch a film in the IMAX Theater, or experience the feeling of being in an indoor light storm. This is a great place to go exploring with children, or if you just want to jump into the action yourself. It’s a fun and entertaining place for all ages.

To grab a bite to eat for lunch, dinner or to do some shopping, stop at Quincy Market and walk up and down the hall of never ending food until you find something that catches your eye and your appetite (I know something will and probably in the first few steps). This outdoor and indoor market is right along the Freedom Trail and hard to resist with dozens of restaurants and food vendors inside and out.

Looking for an Italian experience? Head over to the North End where you can find streets upon streets of Italian restaurants and bakeries. While there check out the Limoncello Restaurant at 190 North Street. CMBers recommend the Rosette al Montasio ed Olio di Tartufo, otherwise known as ‘Rosette.’ “It’s a Montasio cheese, Proscuitto and White Truffle Oil wrapped in homemade pasta…delightful” says Dana Vaille from CMB. They are open for lunch and dinner, and offer a traditional Italian experience. If your sweet tooth acts up and you need a little sweet treat, grab one of Mike’s famous cannolis at Mike’s Pastry YUMMY!! Choose from a wide array of Italian cookies and cannolis.  Just try not to drool too much while in the bakery.

Working and living in and around Boston is a treat.  The opportunities are endless, the food is to die for and the history and adventures in Boston is something that you will never forget. You can find the full list of CMB's recommendations on what to do and see, what not to miss, and where to eat here.

Posted by Stephanie Kimball. Stephanie is CMB’s Marketing Operations Manager and loves any and all sports, the beach, traveling, marketing, being challenged, good food, nightlife, and Saturday afternoon naps. You can follow her on twitter @SKBalls

Topics: Boston

Embrace the Serendipity

Posted by Kristen Garvey

Thu, Dec 09, 2010

 

Top 100 Women Led ComapniesI wish every morning started out with the kind of inspiration that yesterday’s did. With CMB being listed as #48 on the Boston Business Journal and Commonwealth Institutes’ list of the Top 100 Women Led Companies in Massachusetts, I had the pleasure of joining our CEO Anne Bailey Berman at the awards breakfast to take a few minutes to celebrate these women and their accomplishments.  As I looked around the room at the 600+ people I smiled thinking to myself “women have come a long way.”

Diane Hessan (@communispaceCEO on Twitter) gave the keynote and she was fabulous.  She shared her Six Personal Lessons learned with her down to earth perspective as to how she got to where she is today.  She ignited that fire inside me, reminding me that yes I can be a mom and have a successful career. Her passion was so motivating and there is something for both women and men to learn.  

1.       Look for the Serendipity- This so so true. As Diane said it is so rare we get to where we are without changing our path. Sometimes we find what we are looking for in the most unlikely places. It’s amazing to think how even the smallest decisions we make in our lives can lead us down a different path.  As a working mom the serendipity seems to find me, but I have had to work hard to embrace it! However in doing that I can honestly say I am better off both personally and professionally. Just as there are “moments” in our lives that change everything, those moments can push us forward in our careers.

2.       Do What You Love-One thing that seems to be not only common among these women, but a key to their success is their passion for what they do. They do what they love, so they love what they do.

3.       Friends are a Must- I always say I could not be a working mom without my friends. They are there to help me in a pinch, celebrate the good and support me when I hit a bump in the road.  Friends in the business world are much the same, like gold. They are the mentors, the people you turn to, the opinions you seek out.  As my Dad taught me long ago, you get what you give and you get more with honey than vinegar.

4.       Hire Passionate People- There’s that word again, passion.  One of the things I love most about CMB is our people. Creating a company culture built on passion for what you do can’t help but lead to success. At CMB our people have allowed us to differentiate ourselves in a commoditized market. Our people ARE our brand and our biggest asset.

5.       Create Balance- For me personally this I something I am always working on.  So I am taking Diane’s advice and removing the word “OR” from my vocabulary and replacing it with “AND”.  Thanks Diane for reminding me (on one of those mornings where things didn’t go as planned, you know that “serendipity thing”) that “yes, I can be a great mom and have a successful career”.

6.       Dream Big- All of these women not only dream big, but they make it happen. They are “doers” not just “dreamers”.  Diane’s advice, sometimes we need to get of our own way and always remember as with anything in life, don’t settle- Go for it.

It was inspiring to see these leading women, who are CEO’s of companies like BJ’s, Constant Contact and other well known brands, but even more motivating for me personally was the opportunity  to experience this event first hand with Anne, someone who has found success and balance and has built a company designed to embrace both. Although Anne would attribute her success to all at CMB, the company culture is born at the top and fostered throughout by those like her who lead by example.

With only 3% of the nation’s top positions being held by women there is certainly room for improvement. With more of us removing “OR” from our vocabulary and replacing it with “AND” we should be able to move that number!

Posted by Kristen Garvey. Kristen is CMB's Director of Communications “AND” a mother of two. Embrace the Serendipity to see where it leads you. You can follow Kristen on Twitter @KristenGarvey

Topics: Chadwick Martin Bailey, Boston

CMB Gets Ready to Light the Night!

Posted by Kristen Garvey

Wed, Oct 06, 2010

 

Boston Market ResearchThere’s no better way to build camaraderie and company morale than uniting together for a cause, especially when that cause hits close to home. This month the CMB team will participate in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night walk in Boston on October 14th. This is the 3rd year CMB will be participating and this year by far will be the sweetest!

Last year the team walked with heavy hearts as one of our employees, Catherine was being admitted to the hospital that day to fight her second battle (sometimes life just isn’t fair) against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.  This year we will all be walking with a spring in our step as Catherine is in remission and will walk with our team.

Community outreach is a core part of our company culture.  It’s events like these that remind all of us that it’s the people that make our companies special, it brings us all back to the realization that as individuals we can make a drop in the bucket, but as a team we can make a difference. There are times when it becomes more important to shut down the laptops, put away the spreadsheets, turn off our phones and come together.  To me there’s no better way to appreciate what I have or those I work with.

Shameless Plug: So far our team has raised just over $6,000 and we hope to reach our goal of $9,000 by the day of the walk.(Feel free to donate )

Posted by Kristen Garvey. Kristen is CMB's Director of Communications, a mother of two, and will be walking to celebrate with Catherine and support another friend in the fight of his life.

Topics: Chadwick Martin Bailey, our people, Boston

Corporate Volunteer Day: CMB Helps out BostonCares because, well, we care.

Posted by Stephanie Kimball

Fri, May 21, 2010

This past weekend I joined seven fellow CMB-ers (Athena Rodriguez, Brett Davidson, Cristhian Caicedo, Diego Jimenez, George Haranis, Holly Seebach, and Jenny Sage) to participate in Boston's Corporate volunteer day for the second year in a row. The event is organized by Boston Cares who offer programs and opportunities for individuals and companies to volunteer. In our case, we were selected to be involved with the Roslindale Wetlands Reforestation Project through Boston Parks.  

As CMB's team leader (check out my spiffy different color t-shirt), I needed to arrive early and had the opportunity to talk to a few neighbors in the area about what the wetlands use to look like and learn about The Roslindale Wetlands Task Force (formed at a September 4, 2003 town hall meeting attended by more than 100 community residents.) For the past 6 years the wetlands task force has been bringing people from the community together to clean up trash and illegally dumped waste, turning what was once dumping grounds into a place they can enjoy with family and friends.

As we worked alongside people from the neighborhood helping the wetlands become one step closer to restoration, our main objective was to plant various types of trees.  Serviceberry, pagoda dogwood, tupelo, and bay magnolia were all on our list to help restore the native trees into the area. Everyone rolled up their sleeves and dove right into the project, picking up shovels, pick axes, and bags of mulch as we worked with teams of three to tackle all of the 25 trees on our list to plant. Myself and our kick-ass office manager/opera singer Holly were very excited and dove right into planting our first Serviceberry tree. We dug our hole, placed the tree in it, made sure it was straight, filled it in, topped it off with mulch, and even took a celebratory photo (shown below). Only later did we come back to see that our tree had been dug up and was being used to demonstrate to everyone how to properly plant a tree. With our egos aside, we convinced ourselves that they used our tree just because it was closer to the group, not because we did it incorrectly.  Regardless, we eagerly scurried off, picked up some more shovels, and went on our way to plant more trees to prove our planting skills.

A lot of hard work over the past seven years has gone into cleaning up and restoring the Roslindale Wetlands, and I was happy and proud that the CMB team could be a small part of it. We all learned a little more about the tactics of planting trees  and about wildlife, but most importantly, we worked as a team to better improve the area while getting to know our  fellow CMB-ers a little better.  (Thanks again to Athena Rodriguez, Brett Davidson, Cristhian Caicedo, Diego Jimenez, George Haranis, Holly Seebach, and Jenny Sage for helping CMB give back to the community!) See more photos on our facebook page by clicking here.

 

Posted by: Stephanie Kimball. Stephanie is our Marketing and Sales Coordinator and loves any and all sports, the beach, traveling, marketing, being challenged, good food, nightlife, and Saturday afternoon naps. You can follow her on twitter @SKBalls.

 

Topics: Chadwick Martin Bailey, Boston