News & Updates



A "Converstion on Leadership" with Carla Fischer

May 15, 2016
In his column, CNY Conversations, Syracuse Media Group's Stan Linhorst interviews Carla Fischer for her insights on Leadership and Change.  Here is an excerpt:

What advice would you give a new leader or someone aspiring to a leadership role?
The most important thing is you know yourself and understand what motivates you. What are your strengths and what are your development areas?

I tell people: Whatever is your greatest strength is also your biggest liability. Some people aren't aware of how that impacts their relationships. For example, I have a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm, and that's a wonderful thing, especially when I'm in front of a classroom. But sometimes my energy and enthusiasm get me in trouble -- it's annoying to people because I come on so strong.

If you know your strengths and your liabilities, you can surround yourself with people who can offset them. If you're a leader and you're building a team, if you don't know yourself well, you might hire people just like you. That's great for a while, because you're always going to agree and get along. But you need to see things from a different perspective. In the end, you're going to make better decisions because you work things through.

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Fischer Named "Outstanding New Volunteer" by National Fraternity

February 6, 2016
At its 2016 Carlson Leadership Conference, Sigma Phi Epsilon named Carla M. Fischer an "Outstanding New Volunteer" for her service to the New York Alpha chapter at Syracuse University.  Fischer was recognized for the myriad of leadership development programs and mentoring opportunities that she has donated over the last few years.  


Carla Haase Joins TRI Faculty

March 14, 2014
Carla Fischer Haase has joined the distinguished faculty of TRI Corporation as a Leadership Development Associate.  Read more here.

Annex Founder Launches Accessories Business

October 1, 2012
Coming on the heels of the announcement of an endowed scholarship fund at Syracuse University, Carla Haase has launched "315 Collection," an accessories line for the Orange faithful.  One hundred percent of the profits from the sales of these accessories will be donated to the scholarship fund.  Read more in the Syracuse Post-Standard:
Visit the 315 Collection website at


Annex Founder Endows Scholarship Fund

May 24, 2012
Carla Haase, President and CEO of Annex Learning, recently announced the establishment of an endowed scholarship fund in her name at Syracuse University.
The fund, called the Carla Fischer '87 Endowed Scholarship Fund, is designated for an undergraduate studying in either Arts & Sciences or Newhouse (Communications) who demonstrates leadership, community service and financial need. In conjunction with the fund's establishment, Carla also announced the creation of "315 Collection" - a line of Syracuse-themed jewelry and accessories, many of which are handmade by Carla herself. Net proceeds from the sale of all 315 Collection products are donated directly to the endowed scholarship fund. For more information, visit

GPS Offers Teambuilding with a Purpose

Dec. 15, 2011
Looking for a teambuilding event that can also help your group give back to the community? Read this article about unique programs offered through our partners at Gilman Performance Systems.
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Carla Haase Earns MBTI Master Status

Apr 10, 2010
Carla Haase, President and Founder of Annex Learning Inc., earned the distinction of MBTI® Master Practitioner on March 18, 2010. Click here to learn more.
Carla Haase, President and Founder of Annex Learning Inc., has earned the distinction of MBTI® Master Practitioner. She is only the second resident of Connecticut, and one of just 67 professionals across North America, to have achieved this honor.

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