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M-1 Rail: People Mover 2.0? Detroit's Woodward Avenue Streetcar Project Raises Serious Concerns

(24) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 4:33 PM

This post first appeared at Mode Shift: Move Together, the online hub for placemaking and connectivity in Metro Detroit.

DETROIT—There is a general mixture of anticipation and skepticism surrounding the ongoing developments of the Woodward Avenue Streetcar Project. The long awaited first steps forward...

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New York vs. Los Angeles

(14) Comments | Posted December 10, 2009 | 6:23 PM

Neworking versus Networked: The 3,000 Mile Difference

When I first moved to Los Angeles in 2005, I don't think I had ever used the word "networking." To me, in connoted carpeted hotel ballrooms, plastic name tags and insurance brokers doling out floppy business cards with head shots. But soon I...

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Getting from Good to Great

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2008 | 10:28 AM


Currently, I am obsessed with a book that isn't new or undiscovered, but speaks to me in a fresh way nonetheless. In Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't, Jim Collins shares the results of a study of...

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7 Steps To Realizing Any Dream

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2008 | 10:18 AM

Making dreams a reality often feels far away--you want something, but how do you make it happen? I've learned, both in realizing my own dreams and being a conduit for others realizing theirs, that there is, in fact, a recipe. I've distilled what continues to prove itself over and over,...

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Ladies Who Launch: What's Your Dream? 5 Tips for Uncovering Your Hidden Talents

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2008 | 9:14 PM

The first step of turning a dream into reality is getting clear on what you want to accomplish. Even if you're not sure what you want to do or you've got a bunch of competing ideas to choose from, it all starts with the creative process. Creativity is a...

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Ladies Who Launch: The Key to Finding a Work-Life Balance

(8) Comments | Posted August 8, 2008 | 8:07 AM

Women, more than ever before, have a full plate of family commitments, business challenges, professional goals, and personal aspirations. The question is: How do we balance it all?

After interviewing hundreds of successful women for Ladies Who Launch, one thing we know for sure is that balance can be...

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Ladies Who Launch: The Ironman Approach to Life

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2008 | 6:27 PM

Last weekend my husband, Josh, went to Lake Placid and completed the Ironman -- a race that involves a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and essentially a marathon, a 26.2 mile run. Regardless of the unbelievable fact that he came in 5th in his age group and did it...

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Ladies Who Launch: Lay-Off Could Mean Free-Lance

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2008 | 10:21 AM

I remember leaving my full-time job with a well-known supermodel (a very cushy, cool, hard-to-leave situation) and wondering ... what am I going to do with myself? I knew my expiration date had come on that gig but just didn't know where the next stop would be. Many people are...

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Ladies Who Launch: Mama, May I be Frank?

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2008 | 6:18 PM

Working with women 24/7 through Ladies Who Launch, I have the distinct privilege to not
only hear the dirty little secrets of business but also of marriages, friendships, broken partnerships, lawsuits, celebrity relationships that work or fall flat on their faces....and also about the realities of motherhood. As...

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Ladies Who Launch: Depression Doesn't Have To Be...

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2008 | 5:40 PM

In our book, Ladies Who Launch: Embracing Entrepreneurship and Creativity as a Lifestyle, we took surveys that showed that women who are "launching" actually have higher self esteem and are happier than those who don't make their own schedules or report to nine to five jobs. In light of...

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Ladies Who Launch: The Truth about Elevators

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2008 | 3:10 PM

I was at a party last night for the west coast editor of Glamour with lot's of sexy people with sexy jobs and sexy shoes. In the usual forum of cocktail party chat, I noticed that so many people don't know how to describe what they do in a way...

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True Green: Integrating Eco-Awareness Into Your Business Model

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2008 | 4:52 PM

Ladies Who Launch believes in conscientious launching for several reasons: One, the trend is quickly moving toward not only green businesses, but businesses that actually give back significantly to people, animals, the earth, or society. This goes for both nonprofit and for-profit worlds. Check out this useful article by...

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Ladies Who Launch: It's Not The Gym, It's The Locker Room

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2008 | 4:11 PM

One of the tenant philosophies within the nomenclature of Ladies Who Launch is "do something nice for yourself as a discipline, not an option." So it is in this vein that I shut down the computer several times a week and waddle my pregnant self to the gym for...

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Does Everyone Have to Be a Brand?

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2008 | 2:31 PM

Ladies Who Launch: As someone who runs a women's organization dedicated to launching businesses, there are times when I seriously wonder, "Does everyone have to become a brand?" I think I have ambition-fatigue. Our Incubator program gives a safe and encouraging environment for women to launch their ideas...

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Ladies Who Launch: Traveling with Children

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2008 | 1:15 PM

Ladies Who Launch: Ditch the DVD
Aren't we spoiled that our kids get to listen and watch DVD's in the car on a long road trip, on the plane en route to grandma's, in the waiting room of any doctors appointments? In the old days we just had...

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Ladies Who Launch: The Travel That Never Ends

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2008 | 7:12 PM

Don't you love those pictures that show correspondents in foreign places, ruddy, muddy, sweaty -- Sebastian Junger in Afghanastan, a photographer atop an elephant wading in the Ganges, a fashion writer in Milan sipping cappuccino streetside. This month we dedicated a juicy chunk of Ladies Who Launch content to...

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Ladies Who Launch: Bullies and Bystanders Beware

(6) Comments | Posted May 15, 2008 | 4:51 PM

As anyone with kids knows, bullies are becoming a bigger problem at school than drugs (imagine.) They don't lurk in dark corners of the schoolyard like they used to though. They're now out in bold daylight, making kids feel bad, inadequate, small, unimportant, left out and generally pretty icky --...

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Ladies Who Launch: Moms - Beware! Is It Beauty Or Cancer That Is In Our Bathrooms

(6) Comments | Posted May 8, 2008 | 8:15 PM

As a pregnant lady myself, this blog submission turned my radar on high alert. I've known that your basic store-bought white lotion has chemicals that get absorbed by your skin. I've heard that shampoo's with sulfates aren't so good for you. I intuitively know that make up, with all its...

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Ladies Who Launch: Jet Setting Around The U.S. of A.

(2) Comments | Posted April 30, 2008 | 12:55 PM

Why is it so much more appealing to travel abroad for vacation? It's always about the Seychelles or Fiji, a trek to Punta Arenas, or up Kilimanjaro. Today's blogger, Ladies Who Launch member and wine whisperer Julie Brosterman points out that we could give our sagging economy a boost by...

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Ladies Who Launch: Too Young For This

(5) Comments | Posted April 17, 2008 | 6:09 PM

Maybe you don't know who you are, how brave you are, or what you're made of, until the chair of the life you're sitting on gets pulled out from under you. Alice Crisci, a member of the Ladies Who Launch Los Angeles Incubator, is facing breast cancer at 31 years...

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