Betsy Simnacher

Betsy Simnacher
Betsy Simnacher is a freelance writer who has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines nationwide. She lives in the suburbs of Dallas.

SUCCESS Foundation: Taking the Lead

By Betsy Simnacher | January 25, 2015

 As a high school student in a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas, Mercedes Sanchez set a challenging personal goal. She wanted to be one of the select few on her school’s drill team. That’s a difficult achievement for any teenager, but it was even tougher for Mercedes, who had been sidelined from her beloved dance for years…

SUCCESS Foundation: Setting Goals Down Under

By Betsy Simnacher | December 28, 2014

Helicopter pilot Kimberly Hutchings is an entrepreneur originally from the Los Angeles area who leads a helicopter flight training company in Australia. She’s also an involved mom who leads a weekly SUCCESS for Teens program for 14- to 15-year-old girls. The program she facilitates in Shepparton, in the state of Victoria, includes her daughter and three…

SUCCESS Foundation: A Book Hits Home

By Betsy Simnacher | November 30, 2014

Iowa lawyer Corey Walker was so enthused about the SUCCESS for Teens book—which helps kids define and accomplish their goals—that he tried it out with his family. And afterward he was so impressed that he began pitching its curriculum at nearby schools. During the 2013–14 winter holidays, the Walkers gathered at their kitchen table to discuss…

4 Things Not to Say in a Presentation

By Betsy Simnacher | November 6, 2014

Giving a PowerPoint presentation for an audience large or small is like flying a plane, according to Boris van Zanten in a recent blog post. The co-founder and CEO of TheNextWeb.com, an online tech news hub, says, “You are taking the audience by the hand and guiding them somewhere. Nobody wants to see a pilot…

SUCCESS Foundation: A Dallas Cowboy Embraces Its Lessons

By Betsy Simnacher | October 26, 2014

As a high school senior in 2010, Anthony Hitchens—now a Dallas Cowboy—embraced the SUCCESS for Teens program. Hitchens found tremendous value in its core curriculum, the SUCCESS for Teens book, which challenges kids to set and pursue goals, and adopt positive thinking and habits. He was excited about the program, says his Lorain, Ohio, coach…

The 100-Year-Old Startup

By Betsy Simnacher | October 16, 2014

More than 100 million users count on Evernote’s Swiss-army-knife capabilities on almost every smartphone, tablet and laptop. CEO Phil Libin and his team have gotten the world hooked on productivity. That was the point, Libin says. Evernote had the features the team wanted themselves—a note-taking, web-clipping, project-managing, almost-anything-you-can-think-of app that’s free for the taking in…

SUCCESS Foundation: A Sorority Supports the Mission

By Betsy Simnacher | September 26, 2014

High school freshman Matthew Dollison molded his personal philosophy during a workshop series based on the SUCCESS for Teens book distributed by the SUCCESS Foundation. “What the workshops have taught me is that it’s my life,” he says. “I have to take responsibility for it so I can have a successful career and future.” Matthew…

SUCCESS Foundation: Multimedia Mash-Up

By Betsy Simnacher | August 28, 2014

Teacher Camilla Downs combined blogging, guest speakers and art projects with the SUCCESS for Teens program to develop a full-fledged course in life lessons for middle-schoolers in Reno, Nev. Instead of weaving the curriculum into other subject matter—another common and effective approach—Downs customized SUCCESS for Teens as a standalone class at High Desert Montessori School,…

SUCCESS Foundation: Bursts of Inspiration

By Betsy Simnacher | July 25, 2014

Tim Borg has important advice for fellow teachers: Check out the SUCCESS for Teens program. It teaches life skills in five to 10 minutes each day for eight weeks; curriculum materials are free to qualifying schools, churches and nonprofit youth development groups; and—best of all—“you’re doing reading, writing, decision-making, life skills and life applications, all…

Should You Have a Podcast?

By Betsy Simnacher | July 24, 2014

In 2013, the Pew Research Center found that 27 percent of adult Internet users had downloaded or listened to podcasts. If you’re a marketing-minded business person, that probably sounds like a lot of potential customers. If you’ve got something worthwhile to say, it might not be a bad idea to explore podcasting. And it’s not…