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It Takes a Community to Disrupt

Christina Vuleta | Posted 04.17.2014 | Women
Christina Vuleta

My earliest memory is being asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Without hesitation, I answered, "Princess," with a capital P. This had everything to do with wanting people to do my bidding and nothing to do with wanting a pink dress.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pink Sweater: A Tribute to my Aunt

Kimann Schultz | Posted 04.15.2014 | Women
Kimann Schultz

When your father is executed in a Kharkov prison for his political beliefs and you are forced to flee your homeland with your newly-widowed mother and younger brother, first to Poland then on to a ravaged, post-War Berlin, is a bout with breast cancer viewed with some different perspective?

Are We Too Focused on Our Kids' Happiness?

Richard Weissbourd | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Richard Weissbourd

Let us be clear -- we don't advocate suffering. And we're all in favor of happiness (and success and achievement). But we need to be wiser about how children truly become not only moral, but happier and high-achieving.

How to Brand Yourself as a Business

Emily Nolan Joseph | Posted 04.01.2014 | Business
Emily Nolan Joseph

If you are interested in learning how to brand yourself, learn to use these five action items to grow a strong brand that attracts smart and loyal followers.

People Are Asking: Give Us a Hero

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Malcolm Boyd

We need heroes to inspire us, provide us examples, challenge us by their new ideas and maybe even vision.

Being an Immigrant Woman: The Case of Ivana Trump

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 03.13.2014 | Women
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

The U.S. is only number 17 on The Economist glass-ceiling index; 16 countries provide more career advancement opportunity for women. And immigrant women find it even harder to get equal chances at work.

Moms and Management Lessons

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 03.07.2014 | Women
Devishobha Ramanan

Looking back, I realize that my Mom -- or Amma, as I call her -- was the epitome of a good leader. As I go through the grind of corporate training and management jargon, I realize how amazingly simple she kept things in her day.

Yes, I Look Up To The Kardashians And No, I'm Not Ashamed

Carolyn Twersky | Posted 03.07.2014 | Teen
Carolyn Twersky

I look up to my mom, I look up to Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr., but I also look up to the Kardashians, and I will defend my right to do so.

Why Lena Dunham Is My Role Model

Eden Friedman | Posted 04.17.2014 | Teen
Eden Friedman

These days, it's not really that unique for a woman to be running a television show and acting in it. We've seen it be done many times over the years. But, what makes Lena Dunham stand out so much to me is her authenticity.

The Legacy We Leave

Terry Newell | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
Terry Newell

If it could be said of Arthur Miller's failed salesman, Willy Loman, that there was more to him in the front stoop he built than in any sale he ever made, it could be said of my Dad that there was more to him in his character than in any of the discrete events of his life.

What Michael Sam Needs From Us

Jay Dodd | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

As Michael Sam enters the larger public stage, let us offer our support to an exceptional athlete, an eloquent speaker and captivating role model. He has the tools to be a new and impactful face for a cultural change in how we see our athletes, our black men and our queer icons.

To My Teenage Sons: Lessons From Super Bowl XLVIII

Valerie DeLoach | Posted 04.09.2014 | Sports
Valerie DeLoach

The Super Bowl and the weeks leading up to the big game gave us plenty of material to discuss with the boys. Sure, there are lessons that we can all learn from the Super Bowl -- lessons about being a good sport or how practice pays off. But there were also some players in the final game that can be used as teaching tools for our teens.

For My Teenage Sons: Lessons From Super Bowl XLVIII

Valerie DeLoach | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Valerie DeLoach

The Super Bowl and the weeks leading up to the big game gave us plenty of material to discuss with the boys.

Role Model With 20/20 Insight

Lolly Daskal | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Lolly Daskal

This series shines a spotlight on 12 people who achieved success the "right way" -- with heart. I had the privilege of speaking with Jesse Lyn Stoner on the topic of heart-based leadership and I was immediately impressed with her perception on leadership and business.

FACE IT: Pete Seeger on My Mind

Michele Willens | Posted 03.30.2014 | Fifty
Michele Willens

Today, everyone will be writing their obits and playing "Turn Turn Turn," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "If I Had a Hammer" in memory of the great and now late Pete Seeger.

The Detail In This Photo That Stunned Me To My Core

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

Through my presence, I can become someone my son can believe in. Perhaps then, I can learn to believe in myself.

As You Prepare for the Big Game, Remember -- Your Children Are Watching

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

The younger son spent most of his time playing his video game -- except when his father was yelling at the field. Then the boy would look up and mimic exactly what his father was saying

What J. Gary Cooper and Miss Black Mobile Taught Me About Leadership

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 03.26.2014 | Black Voices
Trudy Bourgeois

Perhaps you, like me, find yourself reflecting. Take a minute to reflect. Take a minute to think back with me. Who has helped you, encouraged you, breathed life into your dreams? You have someone. We all do.

Justin Bieber: Role Model?

Scott Benner | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Scott Benner

Justin needs a diaper, a timeout and a parent to put those foam bumpers on the sharp corners in his life.

Broken Play: Richard Sherman, Martin Luther King and a Game for the Ages

John Graham | Posted 03.22.2014 | Impact
John Graham

What a performance! And when it ended, the talk swirled around a brilliant, passionate 25-year-old black man whose skill, brains and ability lifted h...

Stop Blaming the Media for Our Body Image Issues

Lauren Berninger | Posted 03.24.2014 | Women
Lauren Berninger

Should we not instead be looking to and encouraging parents, teachers, community leaders, clubs and curriculums to stand in the gap and provide the positive role models that the media has failed to produce?

The Trick to Raising Kids Who Love Themselves

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

If, as parents, we are not taking care of ourselves, but are taking care of everyone and everything else, we are teaching our children that love comes from the outside and/or only comes through "doing" for others.

A Role Model With Synchronicity

Lolly Daskal | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Lolly Daskal

Leadership, at its essence, is the capacity to create new realities, and the physical heart is central to this capacity.

Championing the Mentors and Role Models Who Build Tomorrow's Leaders

Anna Maria Chavez | Posted 03.10.2014 | Women
Anna Maria Chavez

Together with the Million Women Mentors, we are working to ensure that girls build the same skills and the same confidence in STEM as boys.

Dear Daughter, I Did Not Watch the VMA's This Year

Tony Posnanski | Posted 03.02.2014 | Parents
Tony Posnanski

I did not watch the VMA's. I was up with you. I was helping with your feedings. I burped you. I made sure your diaper was fresh and I also made sure that your swaddle was tight. I am the king of swaddling.