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Diana Mao received a B.A. in Business Economics/Accounting and Chinese at the University of California Santa Barbara and a Masters in Public Administration at Wagner, New York University. She is the co-founder of Nomi Network, a non-profit organization that creates economic opportunities for at-risk women and survivors of human trafficking. Her previous positions include, senior consultant at a governmental consulting firm and assistant manager at a New York City economic development agency.

Prior to launching Nomi Network (www.nominetwork.org and www.buyherbagnotherbody.com), Diana spearheaded a city-wide campaign to raise money and awareness for the child soldiers of Northern Uganda. The result her efforts was the mobilization of over one hundred thousand people, sponsorship of local businesses, support of government officials, and funding raised for non-profit organizations working in the region.

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A Do-Gooder's Dilemma

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 2:36 PM

As a follower of Jesus, I have always been a relentless activist in the fight for social justice. A downside to being a woman of action is that I have sometime neglected to take care of myself, spend time with those who I care about and my need for alone...

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It Is Said That With Love, the Return Is a Hundredfold

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 9:15 PM

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The premise of why we celebrate Christmas is that it is the time of giving, spending time with loved ones, and for some, celebrating the birth of Jesus. In the midst of giving gifts, making gingerbread cookies, sipping on eggnog and decorating the...

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What Happens in Bangladesh Does Not Stay In Bangladesh: Key Lessons for Retailers

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 11:58 AM

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The tragic collapse of the garment factory building in Bangladesh has left the world in shock. What was most disturbing was that the day before the collapse cracks were detected in the foundation, but the manager ordered employees to...

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The Outpouring of Love Following Hurricane Sandy

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 5:42 PM

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Hurricane Sandy brought unprecedented destruction on the east coast -- homes shattered, subways flooded, city-wide blackouts, and the list goes on. According to ABC News, Professor Morici of the University of Maryland estimates that losses from Sandy could range from $35 to $45...

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FaithStreet: A Company Connecting Communities

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 2:19 PM

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In this era of greed and corporate scandals, corporations for the common good are on the rise. FaithStreet, for example, fills a niche and works with an underserved market: churches. With seed money from the Redeemer Presbyterian Church's...

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Scaling Fair Trade

(28) Comments | Posted July 15, 2012 | 11:50 AM

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I have often wondered about the scalability of fair trade. It all boils down to how much the consumer is willing sacrifice and pay. Are consumers willing to pay a few more dollars so that workers can have fair wage? Are corporations willing to...

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Education Equals Empowerment

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 3:45 PM

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Lately, the headlines about violence against women have been staggering -- acid attacks in Pakistan, mass rape in the Congo, and female genital mutilation in Eritrea. In fact, female genital mutilation is still practiced in 28 African countries today. Globally, there is a strong...

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The Jeremy Lin Phenomenon Inspires Generosity

(1) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 10:07 AM

Susan Lee, born and raised in New York City, has been a Knicks fan since high school. The greatest Knicks rivalry during that time was against the Pacers. Susan recalls Spike Lee trash talking to Reggie Miller, which made basketball quite entertaining. Though, she has not been following the Knicks...

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New York City Small Business Owner Helps Combat Modern-Day Slavery

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 3:18 PM

New York, New York: Occupy Wall Street has received international attention for its movement against social and economic inequality. In countries like Cambodia, economic inequities make women and children vulnerable to exploitation and modern day slavery. According to Siddharth Kara, lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and advisor...

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Being Practical in Creating Change

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 2:31 PM

New York City is a place where wealth and poverty collide. With a population of over 8 million distributed over a land area of just 305 square miles, it is the home of both the affluent and the extreme poor. According to the Coalition for the Homeless, in New York...

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Bethany and the Guitar - Making Music and Creating Change

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 2:21 PM

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We are living in a day and age where society is becoming even more desensitized to human suffering and the deprivations that plague our world: there are 27 million slaves today, more than 800 million people still do not have the safe...

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Washington Insiders Break the Silence on Violence Against Women in V-Day DC A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer 2011

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2011 | 11:24 AM

An assistant U.S. attorney, a medical school dean, the president of the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.), the executive director of the National Building Museum and the Reverend Marcia Dyson are just a handful of notable Washingtonians reading in this official Washington, DC production of A Memory, A Monologue, A...

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The Abolition of Slavery -- We Have Come a Long Way, or Not?

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 3:52 PM

I recently visited the country of Ghana and followed in President Barak Obama's footsteps to visit the Cape Coast Castle. The Cape Coast Castle is one of the many castles and forts the Europeans built along the West Coast of Africa. These fortresses were used as trading stations for gold,...

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Finding Parallels Between New York City and Mokattam, a Garbage Village in Cairo

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2010 | 1:23 PM

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As I was walking home one day in Manhattan, I passed by a woman digging through trash with her two children. They were collecting recyclables for money. It reminded me of my two month stay in Cairo where I witnessed a young girl digging...

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Zappos & Desserts by Tawny: A Paradigm Shift in Entrepreneurship

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2010 | 4:06 PM

Making gobs of money is just not enough nowadays. Zappos is an amazingly successful online seller of shoes and clothing which was founded in 1999. Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos obviously did something right when he changed priorities and decided to put employees before profit. In his book Delivering...

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Fashion for Freedom

(2) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 6:35 PM

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Fendi, Versace, Channel, Prada, Gucci: these are among the popular brand names that consumers desire. However, in the next few years, there will be a shift in consumption as more and more people make socially responsible purchases. According to a Cap Gemini report...

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Leveraging Social Entrepreneurship to Fight Slavery

(3) Comments | Posted April 23, 2010 | 1:53 PM

Peter Drucker defined an entrepreneur as one who "always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity." I never thought of myself as an entrepreneur, but after spending a summer in Cambodia and witnessing the poverty and vulnerabilities of women and children in remote villages, I...

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