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The Princess and the Power: A Fairy Tale for Modern Women

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 5:40 PM

As a businesswoman, I have spent many years and long hours building my career. I learned to think and act like a man because that is it what it took to rise to the top. Now, twenty years later, successful but single at the age of 37, I no longer...

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Ecopreneur: Breaking New Ground in Bangladesh

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2010 | 1:04 AM

"The assistant district commissioner is really angry and has just left." My intern's voice rang in my ears. We were almost an hour and a half late to our ground-breaking ceremony. Initially I had invited everyone at 11:00 a.m. thinking that most people would arrive around 11:30 a.m. because "Bangladesh...

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Ecopreneur: Buying Land in Bangladesh

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2010 | 11:15 AM

Dozens of villagers crowded into the candlelit land registration office to put their fingerprints on the document that would mean a significant amount of income for them and a gorgeous piece of land in southern Bangladesh for me.


My team and I had worked...

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Ecopreneur: Never Let Them See You Sweat

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2009 | 9:17 AM

Koli and I sped down the road on his motorcycle in a torrential downpour. He had left our motorcycle helmets at the project site, so I held my hand over his eyes like a visor to block out as much of the monsoon rains as I could so that he...

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Ecopreneur: Four Weeks, Three Interns, Two Cows, and 120 Cubic Feet of Mud

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2009 | 8:55 PM

The mud pit was empty, the rice straw hadn't arrived, and the cows were nowhere to be found. When we arrived, we found our workers taking a prolonged smoke break, burning daylight with their tobacco with nothing to show for the hours they were supposed to have already worked.


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Ecopreneur: An Innovative Way to Attract Investors in a Recession

(7) Comments | Posted September 24, 2009 | 10:47 AM

In 2008 I had a brilliant idea -- I would put together a fund to create socially and environmentally responsible resorts in developing countries around the world. (I used to manage over $7 billion of private equity invested in 100+ real estate funds at a large real estate finance firm...

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Ecopreneur: From the Boardroom to Bangladesh

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2009 | 10:16 AM

Part I: Departing the "Real World" and the Quest for Land

As I bound my breasts and put on men's clothes, I remember thinking how crazy I was. In two years, I went from being an executive in the "c-suite" of a large real estate finance company in New York...

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