This Can't Wait: Play Ball!

Mary Yost

Spring training is in full swing-literally!-and opening day is just around the corner. Need help perfecting your business pitch? Check out SunDown RunDown's next pitch event March 25 at the Varsity Club. You can also submit your pitch online to be part of a future SunDown event.

Who tracks stats for your company's team and builds your bench strength? Our 2016 HR Excellence Awards include a new Team Excellence category to let you honor the whole human resources crew, with five other categories to recognize star players. To give you extra innings, we've extended the nomination deadline to April 4.

Keeping score in baseball requires some technical and math skills. Learn more about recruiting and increasing science, technology, engineering and math talent in the workforce at a March 29 morning seminar with Ohio State University expert panelists. This STEM program offers two HR continuing education credit hours.

Got your lineup ready? The Columbus Foundation has a strong start with its just-announced 5 Nonprofits to Watch in 2016. The five organizations are AIDS Resource Center Ohio, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Community Properties of Ohio, HandsOn Central Ohio, and Maryhaven. "These organizations are addressing many of the most pressing issues facing our community," says Douglas F. Kridler, the foundation's president and CEO.

On another watch list-INC. has named Industrious one of its Top 15 Companies to Watch in 2016. We visited its Columbus site last year to explore one facet of working in a shared office environment.

Got your Columbus Clippers' tickets yet? The season opens April 7 against Indianapolis, and the first chance to sneak away from the office for an afternoon at the ballpark is April 13 against Louisville. Columbus CEO went behind the scenes at Huntington Park to see parts of the stadium known best by players and those who keep operations running smoothly.

My favorite team is the Cincinnati Reds. In this rebuilding year, your company has a better chance of being recognized in our HR awards than my Reds have of getting into the playoffs this fall. So get out there and win one for your team!