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December 07, 2012

Bad Gas
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Thereís a new blend of gasoline rolling out across the US. And one motorist group says it poses a risk to millions of vehicles. Then, countless Americans are looking for jobs. Weíll talk to an expert who says finding employment takes careful planning.
Episode Segments:
InfoTrak: A Warning Before You Fill Up

E15, a new blend of gasoline that contains 50% more ethanol than current fuels, is gradually being introduced at gas stations across the US. Robert Darbelnet, President and CEO of AAA says his company believes that the Environmental Protection Agency and gasoline retailers should halt the rollout because of E15ís potential to damage millions of vehicles and void car warranties. He noted that a handful of 2012-13 vehicles are the only ones that can use the fuel so far, although EPA stickers affixed to gas station pumps say E15 is safe for use in virtually all vehicles 2001 and newer. He said the sale of E15 should be stopped until there is more-extensive testing, better pump labels to safeguard consumers and more consumer education about potential hazards.
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InfoTrak: Career Mapping

The job market is still challenging for many millions of Americans. Ginny Clarke, employment expert, executive coach, and author of Career Mapping said the economy has discouraged many people who have jobs from seeking new positions to advance their careers. She offered suggestions for job seekers, and explained the importance of mapping out a clear plan for finding a new job.
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InfoTrak: Anger in Women

Laura Petracek is a psychologist and author of The Anger Workbook for Women Most believe that women only batter in self-defense, but Ms. Petracekís research says otherwise. She talked about the differences between men and women in verbal and psychological aggression, habits that indicate hidden anger and how women can get help.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Ginny Clarke
Ginny Clarke is a talent optimization consultant, leadership coach and career management expert. She is the founder of Talent Optimization Partners, LLC, a consulting firm providing services for organizations seeking to optimally leverage their global workforce and align organizational culture with business strategies. The firmís emphasis is on competency-based assessment and selection, including leadership succession planning, talent pipeline generation, as well as career management services as retention and leadership tools. TOP has worked with numerous corporations including Bank of America, Freddie Mac, Dell, Microsoft, CDW, Navistar, Hyatt and Marsh. Prior to forming her own firm in 2009, Ginny was a partner at Spencer Stuart, the global executive search firm. She worked in the firmís Financial Services and Financial Officer Practices. For nearly twelve years, she successfully recruited professionals in a variety of senior-level executive and board positions. She also co-founded and led Spencer Stuartís Diversity Practice. During her leadership of the Diversity Practice, Ginny worked with global clients to customize diversity recruitment and retention strategies. Ginnyís global experiences inform her leadership sensibilities and have given her a refreshing and valuable perspective on individual and corporate performance, and workplace culture. Ginny started her career in banking at First National Bank of Chicago (now Chase). After a short stint, she spent the next 10 years in the institutional real estate business with Jones Lang LaSalle and Prudential Real Estate Investors. Her responsibilities included asset management, portfolio management, capital raising and client servicing. She is the author of the book "Career Mapping: Charting Your Course in the New World of Work" released August 2011. Ginny earned her BA in French and Linguistics from the University of California at Davis, and her MBA from Northwestern Universityís Kellogg School. She is Chair of the Chicago Sinfonietta, the nationís most diverse orchestra, and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. She is the mother of a teenage son and lives in downtown Chicago.

Career Mapping