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Diversity and Ethics, Keys to Corporate Success: Interview with Global CEO Skanska

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 7:35 AM

A good metaphor for Skanska's corporate vision may lie in one of its most iconic American projects: the renovation of the United Nations complex in New York City.

Like the storied headquarters of an institution dedicated to bringing the world together, the Swedish company emphasizes bringing people together around...

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Values-Based Leadership and Empowering Women: Interview With CEO of IKEA Group

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 8:13 AM

Today's modern business dialogue focuses a great deal on the "how-to" of empowering women in business leadership positions. But what does it really take to transition from talk to concrete and substantive action in recruiting, retaining and advancing women at work?

Promoting women to top-management, also if they are...

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Sweden's Music Sensation Loreen on Diversity, Inspiration & Giving Back

(3) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 10:32 AM

Music is a universal language, an ephemeral space where people unite around shared passions and at least momentarily forget what may separate them.

Few breathe life into this concept as organically as Loreen Talhaoui, Sweden's singing sensation. The daughter of Moroccan immigrants, Talhaoui is a self-described "global citizen" with...

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Empowering Women for a Better Europe: Interview With Swedish Minister for European Union Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson

(23) Comments | Posted September 15, 2013 | 10:49 AM

"The search for a better world is one of the oldest and most important of all instincts."

For Birgitta Ohlsson, Sweden's Minister for European Union Affairs, this quote by philosopher Karl Popper defines the daily drive she feels in her professional and personal life.

"I'm an activist at...

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Embracing Diversity & Bucking Convention: The Story of Sarah McPhee, an American CEO in Sweden

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 8:22 AM

How does an American woman propel to the top of the finance world in a foreign country?

If you're Sarah McPhee, a Stanford graduate who now runs one of the Nordic region's leading savings and insurance funds, Storebrand SPP, you embrace your diversity and refuse to be tied down...

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Looking at the World With Feminist Glasses On: Interview With Sweden's Minister for Gender Equality

(8) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 11:41 AM

What is modern-day feminism? Using an analogy from The Matrix, Sweden's Minister for Gender Equality explains that we can either live in a world of fantasy or reality when it comes to the gender question. She urges women to put on their "feminist glasses" and make a difference.

Since high...
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Fighting for Human Dignity and Women's Equality: Interview with Margot Wallstrom

(7) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 12:48 PM

"Understand, explain and improve the world we live in." This is the motto of Sweden's Lund University. Those few, powerful words encapsulate the life's work and global approach of the indomitable force for change that is the new Chairman of the Board of that same university: Margot Wallström.


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How Does She Do It All? Interview: Stina Honkamaa, Google Sweden

(3) Comments | Posted April 13, 2013 | 8:17 AM

Focus on finding something you love and work really hard at it. If you love what you do, you're probably good at it.

This is the secret to Stina Honkamaa's success, according to the humble and effervescent Country Director of Google Sweden. The former elite cross-country skier took over Google...

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What's the Secret to Her Success: Interview Annika Falkengren, CEO Sweden's SEB Bank

(3) Comments | Posted March 2, 2013 | 8:03 AM

One thing is clear: empowering women in business and leadership is critical to growth and prosperity. A diversity of voices at the decision-making table is the basis for innovation.

What is less clear is the how. How do we as women balance career and family (especially young...

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Interview: Secretary Clinton's Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues

(6) Comments | Posted December 1, 2012 | 8:54 AM

What does active engagement of youth look like?

It looks like Zeenat Rahman. A diehard Chicagoan, she is traveling the world to listen and learn from young people as Secretary Clinton's Special Adviser on Global Youth Issues. In her role, she aims to promote positive youth engagement and meaningful interactions...

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Still Trying to "Have It All" in Sweden

(110) Comments | Posted July 28, 2012 | 11:24 AM

I admit it: I'm a woman, I'm a mother and a wife, and I want to have it all.

This statement has become border-line sinful in the current debate re-ignited by Anne-Marie Slaughter's article in The Atlantic, which hinges on several questions: Do women really want it all? By...

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Designer Shoshanna Talks Bikinis, Bustiers and Women Feeling Beautiful

(2) Comments | Posted May 24, 2011 | 12:26 PM

Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss is doing what fashion designers often don't do: making women feel good about their bodies.

"I love fashion but it can be frustrating. Yes, clothes look great on tall, thin models but who really looks like that? We're women. We have hips, butts, things...

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Terry McAuliffe's Green America: An Exclusive Interview

(43) Comments | Posted May 15, 2011 | 7:00 PM

Losing a political primary can be morale-breaking. But for Terry McAuliffe, it was inspiring.

"I literally woke up the next day rarin' to go. I loved running, I loved talking to people and I'm doing what I said I'd do for the state, I'm just not doing it as...

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Maria Cornejo on Tenderness and Reality in Fashion

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 8:30 PM

For fashion designer Maria Cornejo, getting back into fashion on her own terms after moving to America was her greatest professional challenge.

"I'm not a young guy designer in New York City. I'm a woman, I have kids and I struggle."

But the self-described "Brooklyn Mom" believes scrambling to balance...

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Cash Warren: On Family and Thriving in the New Hollywood

(7) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 4:10 PM

Cash Warren has it all -- good looks, gorgeous wife (hello, Jessica Alba!) and daughter, popping career -- he's the kind of guy you'd be wildly envious of in high school because he was the star basketball player and dated the head cheerleader. But reality often diverges from Hollywood fantasy.

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Erin Burnett: 'Real Change Can Happen in the Middle East'

(6) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 3:19 PM

If given a year sabbatical by CNBC, Erin Burnett would take it in a heartbeat.

"My parents still live on the farm where I grew up so I'd spend time there, spend time with my sisters and go to their kids' games and travel. Travel in that way you...

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Willie Geist Talks Family, The Future of TV and Snooki

(39) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 9:55 AM


Not many co-anchors can accuse one another of rehab stints and prison time, and remain the source of unvarnished political perspectives on the questions of the day for DC power players and Midwest hockey moms alike.

Viewers of MSNBC's Morning Joe feel as if...

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Malia Cohen: San Francisco's New Generation Political Star

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 4:15 PM

President Obama called on law makers to forget old divisive ways of doing business and become catalysts for the future in Wednesday's State of the Union address.

"For the challenges we face are bigger than party and bigger than politics," Obama said as he described this American moment --...

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Designer Prabal Gurung on Women and Fashion in 2011 (PHOTOS)

(7) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 12:33 PM

After a decade of what he calls too tight, too hard looks and women wearing clothes "five sizes too small", fashion's classiest 'it' designer is spearheading a vision of well-made craftsmanship with a softer, ethereal touch in the new year.

"2011 will be the year of women being women in...

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Rep. Aaron Schock Talks Politics and Millennials

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 2:41 PM

Few people go against convention and actually succeed. Aaron Schock is one of them. The indefatigable, 29-year-old Republican Congressman from Illinois challenged the Peoria school board at age 19 when they wouldn't let him graduate early because of a lacking gym class credit. And he won. Four years later he...

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