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Jillian Berman

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Here's How Long It'll Take To Close The Gender Wage Gap In Each State

(117) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 11:32 AM

The gender pay gap is alive and well everywhere in America, but it's more alive in some states than in others.

It will take 144 years before Wyoming women working full time and year-round make the same as their male counterparts on average, according to an analysis...

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Why Religious Leaders Want People To Give Up Fast Food

(35) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 12:39 PM

Pastors, rabbis, imams and other religious activists across the country are urging devotees to give up fast food this month -- but not for health reasons.

Instead they're using Lent, the 40-day period of abstention many Christians observe in preparation for Easter, as an opportunity to encourage participation in...

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Pepsi's Latest Ad Campaign Has Little To Do With Soda

(40) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 8:44 AM

Pepsi wants to sell you a feeling, with a little soda on the side.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the soda giant's famous "Pepsi Challenge" campaign, which asked people to do a blind taste test to see if they preferred Pepsi or Coke. To celebrate, the company is...

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Target Lays Off 1,700 Workers

(46) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 12:58 PM

Target is laying off 1,700 workers, the company announced Tuesday.

The layoffs, which are largely confined to the company’s corporate headquarters in Minneapolis, come as the retail giant pursues a broad turnaround plan. Target will incur about $100 million in severance costs, according to a regulatory filing....

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Target Turns To Hispanic Shoppers For Salvation

(27) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 3:51 PM

Target executives are betting on young Hispanic adults to help shore up the company's future.

The focus on this growing demographic comes as Target pursues a broad turnaround plan after a massive credit card hack breached consumers' trust and a botched expansion into...

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Gender Is Actually Very Relevant In Tech, Despite What Marissa Mayer Says

(19) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 1:47 PM

Gender isn’t an issue in the tech industry, according to one of the top women in the tech industry. However, there's quite a bit of evidence to the contrary.

“There are probably industries where gender is more of an issue,” Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said in a...

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Target Isn't Budging On Wages As Walmart And Others Raise Pay

(92) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 1:30 PM

Target isn't following in the footsteps of its biggest competitor when it comes to wages.

Just days after Walmart announced to much fanfare that it would raise its starting wage to $9 an hour in April, Target is continuing with its policy of constantly assessing wages and...

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Volunteering Surprisingly Makes You Feel Like You Have More Free Time

(16) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 6:34 AM

I spend most Sunday afternoons hanging out with elementary and middle school kids, simplifying fractions, playing Connect Four and getting reacquainted with the basic rules of spelling. I recently learned that these few hours may actually be the most productive of my week.

A couple of years ago, I...

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Can Nonalcoholic Beer Save Big Brewers?

(14) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 1:44 PM

An unlikely star of the brand-name beer industry is beer that doesn't give you a buzz.

Beer giants have been contending in recent years with saturation in what are traditionally their biggest markets -- the U.S. and Western Europe -- as drinkers turn increasingly to craft brews and...

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Walmart's CEO Voted For Arkansas Minimum Wage Hike

(17) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 1:20 PM

Many Arkansas residents voted last year to raise the minimum wage in Walmart’s backyard. Turns out the retail giant's CEO was one of them.

“I voted for that increase, by the way,” Doug McMillon, Walmart’s president and CEO, told CNBC on Thursday, referring to a

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College Debt Is Crippling Black Graduates' Ability To Gain Wealth

(132) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 1:09 PM

Millions of Americans are plagued by student loans, an albatross hindering them from taking adult financial steps like buying a house or moving out of Mom and Dad’s basement. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Tuesday that outstanding student loan balances recently grew to $1.16 trillion...

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Here's Proof You Don't Have To Sacrifice Sleep To Succeed

(13) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 10:14 AM

It's rare to get a company-wide email from your boss reminding you to sleep. But that’s exactly what happened last week to the employees at Lightspan Digital, a Chicago-based digital marketing agency.

Mana Ionescu, the president of the company, is a big fan of shut-eye and a devotee of...

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Sparkling Water Is The New Soda

(96) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 6:38 AM

The hottest drink in America is water with bubbles.

Long a kitchen table staple in European households, sparkling water is making inroads in the U.S. thanks largely to Americans’ waning interest in soda. Between 2009 and 2014, the volume of carbonated bottled water sold in the U.S. has increased...

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Former Hooters Waitress Proves You Don't Need A Harvard MBA To Be A Successful Leader

(50) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 2:33 PM

NEW YORK -- The lobby of the Ace Hotel was bustling on a recent Monday afternoon. Twenty- and 30-somethings in scarves, chunky sweaters and jeans typed at laptops and huddled around French-press coffeepots at communal tables.

Not the typical hangout of a corporate executive. But then Kat Cole --...

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Why That 'Like A Girl' Super Bowl Ad Was So Groundbreaking

(188) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 5:01 PM

An ad for pads stole the show during the Super Bowl.

Always, one of the biggest makers of feminine care products (the things women use during their period), debuted a 60-second spot during Sunday night’s game, highlighting the brand's “Like A Girl” campaign. The ad push, which began last...

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Shake Shack Will Be A Fast-Food Role Model - If It Doesn't Lose Its Way

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 9:29 AM

Shake Shack has a chance to be known for more than just burgers: It could also be a role model for the fast-food industry.

The burger chain's motto is “Stand for Something Good.” And it has made a point of noting that it pays its entry-level workers more...

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Soon, Not Even 1 Percent Of Fortune 500 Companies Will Have Black CEOs

(66) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 2:41 PM

When McDonald's CEO Don Thompson officially steps down in March, there will be just four black CEOs in the Fortune 500.

Even as politicians, pundits and the business community work to increase the number of women in the C-suite, Thompson’s departure is a reminder that the highest...

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McDonald's CEO Don Thompson Steps Down

(186) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 4:49 PM

McDonald's CEO Don Thompson will step down later this year, the fast food chain announced Wednesday. Steve Easterbrook, the company's chief brand officer, will take over as president and CEO on March 1.

Thompson was one of a few black Fortune 500 CEOs. He has worked at...

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This Map Shows Which States Are Utterly Obsessed With Mountain Dew

(3) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 9:58 AM

America's heartland is keeping Mountain Dew alive, even if the coasts ignore it.

Mainly on the strength of a die-hard fan base in the Midwest and South, Mountain Dew is the third-most-popular "liquid refreshment brand" in the country, behind only Coke and Pepsi, according to Beverage Digest, an...

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Here's Why Mountain Dew Will Survive The Death Of Soda

(35) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 10:52 AM

From the first moment the green elixir touched his lips, Chris Whitley knew he was hooked on Mountain Dew. He was an 11-year-old kid on his way back from either BMX or baseball practice (he can't remember which), and his dad bought him a can to try.

“I just...

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