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Sheila Hiestand: Hall of Fame Basketball Player to Ironman With 125 lbs Weight Loss in Between

Don McNay | Posted 08.02.2015 | Sports
Don McNay

Louisville trial lawyer Sheila Hiestand is 6 foot tall, outgoing and vivacious. She has the total inner confidence that made her a Hall of Fame college basketball player and now one of Kentucky's top trial attorneys.

The "Aha Moment" and What We Can Learn From the Special Olympics

Mark Tewksbury | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Mark Tewksbury

There was a local Special Olympics swim meet happening in my city, and I was asked if I would come and give out medals. I didn't know very much about Special Olympics except that it provided sport programs to people with intellectual disabilities. I reluctantly accepted the invitation. I could have never imagined how this single act would change my life forever.

How Dare You, Mr. Trump: The Real Nature of Military Service

Dr. Joan Beder | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Dr. Joan Beder

The reality is that while the number has been decreasing, as recently as a few months ago, there were still more suicides per day among veterans stateside than deaths in active combat overseas (22 per day).

Homeless, Not Hopeless

Camille Rivera | Posted 08.13.2015 | New York
Camille Rivera

Homelessness is a consequence of many factors that plague our society and our communities -- from gentrification, to low wages, to issues of mental illness and family crisis. Yes, these myriad issues manifest themselves in our shelter system and the solutions are never easy.

3 Ways to Become a More Conscious Entrepreneur

Stephanie Seibel | Posted 08.10.2015 | Green
Stephanie Seibel

You're busy. Your phone's buzzing with notifications, your desk's a storm of Post-It notes, and your news feed says the world's got more than enough problems to solve (...Like this "sixth mass extinction" business? Your email inbox is already a black hole of doom!)

Chasing the Slave Traders: A Law Enforcement Perspective on Operation Underground Railroad

Anne Gallagher | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Anne Gallagher

Why are police in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Colombia not arresting child sex traffickers if they are so easy to find? The simplest explanation is law enforcement complicity in such crimes. Agreeing to cooperate with OUR is a win-win: local cops get to keep an eye on what's happening and ensure OUR doesn't stray into their turf; they also gain international kudos for taking on the traffickers.

The Price of Admission is Bullets

Jane Dougherty | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Jane Dougherty

Unwittingly, I became a member of a club no one wants to belong to early on a chilly Friday morning, December 14, 2012. I had never even heard of this club. There is no formal name for this group and we don't have a clubhouse. The members are from across the country, all races, ages and genders. We live in urban areas, the suburbs and rural communities. Yet we all met the memberships' one criterion, a life taken by gun violence. The price of admission to this club is bullets.

Building Skills That Build Societies in Morocco

Layla Madihi | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Layla Madihi

In the social field, I've learned the importance of teamwork and also to be creative in order to find solutions. I've learned not to spare any effort to achieve my goals, because at the end, those goals are not about me, but about the wellbeing of others.

Why Challenges Excite Me

Maimah Karmo | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Maimah Karmo

We need to exercise faith, hope, vulnerability, love and allow our experiences to hone us for the better; no matter what happens, choosing to pick ourselves up, dust off, and say, "I will not allow this experience to break me, but it will make me better and stronger today."

altMBA Is Like a Tough Sailing Adventure

Brigitte Cutshall | Posted 07.30.2015 | Business
Brigitte Cutshall

Admit it - how many online courses or programs have you signed up for, paid money for, yet actually completed?

3 Things Companies Want in Their Nonprofit Partnerships

Brady Josephson | Posted 08.10.2015 | Impact
Brady Josephson

It's a fundamental question when it comes to fundraising and marketing in general. If you know what _______ wants, then you just need to give 'it' to them.

How Are You Upgrading Your World?

Lori Forte Harnick | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Lori Forte Harnick

Sung Thi Kim is part of a vast network of people in local communities working hard to fulfill the mission of Save the Children, which delivers aid to 166 million children around the world in more than 120 countries, providing health, education, protection, disaster relief and much more.

Fundraisers, Are You Ready? Five Tips for a Successful Race Day Fundraising Event

Mark W. Guay | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Mark W. Guay

Back in 1977, Billy Starr hopped on his bicycle and went for a ride. His mother had just died from melanoma and pushing the limits of the physical body helped Starr grieve the loss of his mother.

Why a NYT Editor Left Her Job to Start the News Site Kicker

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.30.2015 | Media
Craig Newmark

Kicker is a news website that helps you get up to speed easily by making news digestible, engaging, and actionable. They're one of the women-led star...

The Answer to Ending Youth Unemployment in Palestine

Raad Nazzal | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Raad Nazzal

For many people, a job is the ultimate source of stability and pride. For me, it is the feeling of being part of my community and my nation as whole.

Pioneering Social Solutions In The Arab World

Raza Jafar | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Raza Jafar

Instead of old-style philanthropy, social entrepreneurship encourages a sustainable, triple bottom line approach to business issues, comprising an effective 'repackaging' of capitalism for the century ahead.

Change Isn't the Greatest Political Challenge, Sustaining It Is

Ben Hecht | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Ben Hecht

In my mind, this is a clear and powerful articulation of the elements critical to enabling cities to deal with our society's most intractable problems by thinking outside of the box.

Yemen's Life Pulse: Social Entrepreneurs

Abdulhakeem Saeed As-Sabri | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Abdulhakeem Saeed As-Sabri

I'm 27 years old and I live in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen. I did not grow up dreaming of becoming a social entrepreneur who would found an organization to help save lives. But that was before I knew that I had hemophilia, in a country where there are no specialized medical centers to help hemophiliacs.

Achingly Slow Talks on HFCs -- NRDC Offers IMPACT Tool to Jumpstart Progress

David Doniger | Posted 07.27.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Countries made achingly slow progress towards curbs on the super heat-trapping pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), at Montreal Protocol talks in Paris this week. In an effort to jumpstart progress, NRDC launched a new analytical tool to compare competing HFC phase-down proposals.

South Carolina Man Uses His Troubled Past To Train Police

The Stepping Up Initiative | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
The Stepping Up Initiative

It's hard to describe mania to someone who has never experienced it. One minute I'm so high that my mind and body enter a nirvana-like state with feelings of ultimate power and supreme authority. And then in the next minute I feel so paranoid and scared that I think my heart will thump out of my chest.

Paul Gaudio: On the United Creative Force

Renata M. Black | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
Renata M. Black

Paradigm Shifters is a series of interviews with a select group of women and men from eclectic walks of life. It will highlight unspoken, real life in...

Becoming a "Brand New Man" after weight loss surgery

Don McNay | Posted 08.02.2015 | Business
Don McNay

Obesity was messing with my "you can do anything you set your mind to" theory. On weight loss, I felt like Sisyphus from Greek mythology, who was punished by the gods by pushing a boulder up a hill each day and then having the boulder roll back down. Forever.

Merit Or Need-Based Scholarships: How Donors Can Turn The Tide Towards More Equitable Financial Aid

The Sillerman Center | Posted 07.20.2015 | College
The Sillerman Center

Today, many qualified students with demonstrated financial need are receiving inadequate aid packages from colleges. The term "admit-deny" even exists for schools that intentionally offer insufficient aid to students with need, with the expectation that they will not enroll.

Five Reasons You Should Do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Again!

Mark Malinowski | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
Mark Malinowski

All diseases are bad, but I've seen ALS up close and personal for nine years and it is horrific. My partner and husband Randy died in 2014 and he was only 41. He was young and vital and this disease slowly took over and killed him in the cruelest way imaginable. We need to find a cure now.

Forward Cities: An Introduction

Forward Cities | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact
Forward Cities

It is said that Detroit reinvents itself every 100 years. But as Detroit leaders develop a robust innovation ecosystem that can foster entrepreneurial growth, how can it also nurture a diverse array of entrepreneurs and create opportunities for inclusive innovation?