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The Female Vision: Not Just Another Book About Women's Leadership

Posted June 2, 2010 | 23:12:02 (EST)

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Fact: talented executive women in surprising numbers are continuing to leave executive jobs, even after making significant sacrifices to climb the ladder. More than the many who lost jobs during the Great Recession. Many leave to start new ventures, typically small businesses,...

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Benefit for Haiti: More Prosthetics on the Way

Posted May 5, 2010 | 15:33:18 (EST)

Shortly after the earthquake in Haiti, teams of doctors volunteering to help made their way to Haiti with supplies and equipment for field hospitals. The horrific result of this particular earthquake and its impact on a country of fragile buildings led to an unprecedented number of amputations - the current...

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The Hive at 55: A Haven for Freelancers in NYC

Posted April 5, 2010 | 18:06:23 (EST)

We know that there's been a significant amount of job loss in New York, especially in the publishing and finance industries. Many people have been driven by necessity as well as choice to become freelancers or entrepreneurs - consultants, small business owners, technologists, writers - who are making their own...

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Magic and Self-Loathing in Berkeley: Michael Lewis on Becoming a Writer

Posted March 22, 2010 | 09:50:24 (EST)

Since the release of his new book, The Big Short, Michael Lewis has been interviewed about The Meltdown, mortgage-based securities, the coming wave of bank regulation, Wall Street bonuses and the major characters in his book. Rave reviews have included a comment from Felix Salmon to the effect...

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The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis

Posted March 12, 2010 | 15:26:27 (EST)

"...the powers that be might step in at any time to prevent individual American subprime mortgage borrowers from failing. The powers that be never did that, of course. Instead they stepped in to prevent the failure of the big Wall Street firms that had contrived to bankrupt themselves by making...
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Leading in Turbulent Times: Pathfinder CEOs

Posted March 9, 2010 | 10:32:54 (EST)

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It's no secret that businesses and the people that lead them are having a tough time, even as we inch our way into a recovery. This isn't a great time to be a CEO - it's hard to win and many, in...

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NYC Dermatologist Mobilizes the A List to Help Haitian Amputees

Posted February 25, 2010 | 12:18:54 (EST)

Now that the Olympics are winding down, with endless images of healthy young people doing amazing and often dangerous feats of athleticism, media coverage is returning to the ongoing dilemmas in Haiti. A recent New York Times article focused on the extraordinary number of amputations performed as a...

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Top 10 Reasons Boards Fail at Succession Planning

Posted November 16, 2009 | 11:46:51 (EST)

The failure of Bank of America to announce credible progress on naming a new CEO continues to generate interest in the topic of how well other companies are doing with this important matter of corporate governance. The SEC's recent Letter on Shareholder Proposals has also thrown fuel on the fire...

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SEC Changes the Game on CEO Succession

Posted October 29, 2009 | 11:32:40 (EST)

It's no secret that a number of companies have had CEO succession issues, notably the Bank of America, which clearly was missing an emergency back up plan when CEO Ken Lewis surprised the board with his intention to leave by the end of the year. Given the general concern about...

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Succession Planning 101: Lessons for the Bank of America

Posted October 20, 2009 | 18:29:26 (EST)

The resignation of Ken Lewis as CEO of the Bank of America has left the board scrambling for a credible replacement scenario while the press has had a field day speculating about potential candidates. A hands-off board and a narcissistic CEO combined to create this embarrassing picture of a company...

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Mayor Bloomberg to Entrepreneurs: "Keep Your Heads Positive!"

Posted August 31, 2009 | 16:51:41 (EST)

"We want to keep New York a place where innovators and entrepreneurs want to be....and the new businesses gathered here give us an exciting preview of the future of business in our city," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg as he welcomed the first tenants of the city's business incubator at 160...

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NYCSeed: More than a Dollar and a Dream for Start Up Technology Companies

Posted August 11, 2009 | 19:35:55 (EST)

"Funding is alive and well in New York City. Not on every corner, but there are opportunities to get funded if you have a great idea, a great plan, and a great team." These are the words of NYCSeed's Managing Director, Owen Davis, a serial entrepreneur with a track...

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NYC's Newest Business Incubator

Posted July 28, 2009 | 21:34:11 (EST)

Here's some good news: there are twenty two business start ups benefiting from access to space, interns and support services in a loft-like space at 160 Varick Street in lower Manhattan. The City of New York, the Real Estate Division of Trinity Church, NYU and NYU Polytechnic Institute collaborated to...

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Twitter for Baby Boomers

Posted July 22, 2009 | 20:59:27 (EST)

One of the great mysteries of the universe is how we will all use social media to make money. We know that the Millenials, that often elusive group of future recruits and current employees who grew up with technology, use social media incessantly. Baby Boomers who occupy the senior management...

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Life After Wall Street

Posted July 17, 2009 | 08:33:51 (EST)

It's no secret that thousands of former Masters/Mistresses of the Universe have left Wall Street since last year's meltdown. Some have landed at boutique firms or with competitors who are taking the opportunity to upgrade talent. Many others are still looking for their next job but a few have made...

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