As we head into the final weeks of 2015, I can't help but feel nostalgic about the past 11 months. It's been the most rewarding year in business so far and it has everything to do with support from dear friends, family amazing clients and a rockstar team. This was the year that Medley found its voice.

I started the company when I was just 24 years old, but one thing that has been consistent throughout the years is the need to create a work environment that compliments the personal and business lives of our employees, myself included. When our company was founded, we were all young women fiercely dedicated to work and focused on establishing a name for ourselves. As most of us enter into our 30s, our priorities have shifted, and we want to be known for being great mothers, wives, daughters, aunts, while still doing great work within the company and within our communities.

That's why we introduced Babies at Work, as well as our mentoring program, My Medley Mentors. That's why we continue to encourage the development of the whole person, in and out of the office. That's why we encourage innovation and evolution.

It's a blessing to be a woman- and minority-owned business in this amazing city at this amazing time. Thank you to everyone who's been a part of the journey.  

Delightfully Yours,


 

Ashley Small



Here's what's new:


 
We Hit A Social Media Milestone!

 

Thanks to your guys, this past month we hit 1000 followers on Instagram! We love to give others a peek into our work life. We post a little bit of everything, including candid office moments, accomplishments, things that inspire us, and -- of course -- photos of delicious food. Whenever there is an "insta" worthy moment in our day, we are ready to capture and share it! Follow us @medleyinc to get a glimpse inside of our world.
 
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Young Authors Shine at 6th Annual iWrite Luncheon

Photo Credit: Omar Mejia
    

Our friends at the   iWRITE literacy organization hosted their 6th Annual Luncheon and Book Signing on Saturday, November 14, where Houston literacy leaders gathered to recognize 68 student authors and illustrators. The non-profit organization, founded by Melissa Williams and formerly known as READ3Zero, has changed their name so they can encourage more student writers, as well as to better reflect their mission as they enter the next stage of growth.



 

Guests celebrated exceptional literature works and art illustrations of 3rd-12th grade students that were professionally published in the 6th Anthology of I Write Short Stories by Kids for Kids. Among the celebrations, students were recognized and awarded in an intimate ceremony. Honorees Neil and Maria Bush received an award for their literacy advocacy, and a high school senior was awarded the very first textbook scholarship.

 
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The Rose Proudly Serves Veterans

 
As the exclusive provider of breast health services for the VA since 1999, The Rose is able to help thousands of male and female veterans a year. Mia Gradney of KHOU stopped by The Rose Featherwood on Veterans Day to learn more about the partnership. Dorothy Gibbons, CEO and Co-Founder of The Rose, offered insight on a study stating female veterans are more likely to get breast cancer and Tonya Osgood, offered her perspective as a retired navy air controller.  Watch to learn more about The Rose's efforts to help all veterans. 

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Supporting Local Artists at the 10th Annual Winter Holiday Art Market 

Photo Credit: Fresh Arts


We love to support the Arts community here in Houston, so working with Fresh Arts and their Winter Holiday Art Market (WHAM) was pure joy! We  weren't  the only ones having all the fun, hundreds of people headed to Winter Street Studios to browse through a great selection of art to gift for the holidays. Fresh Arts is passionate about shining a light on the growing art community in the Houston area. Congrats to their 10 successful years of putting together the Winter Holiday Art Market! You can watch some of the media coverage leading up to the event here.
 

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Via Colori Colors our World  

 
 
Via Colori recently celebrated its 10th year as a street art festival. The sidewalks were filled with vibrant artwork to raise funds for The Center For Hearing and Speech . It was awe inspiring to see over 200 artists from all over the world create such majestic artwork. We enjoyed venturing out to the streets of Downtown Houston to show our support for the event and the organization. Congrats, Via Colori, for having another successful year!

Learn more about The Center For Hearing and Speech by clicking here .