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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.

Mindy Kaling Is A Champion Of Body-Acceptance

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 12.04.2013 | Celebrity

Mindy Kaling is the body image role model that Hollywood has been waiting for. She’s not afraid to love what she’s got and show off what makes her...

The 10 Worst TV Role Models of 2013

Common Sense Media | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Even with all the new devices competing for kids' attention, regular old TV still dominates kids' screen time. That means all the characters they watch or otherwise absorb through popular culture make a big impact on kids' still-forming identities.

Divorce Role Model: Celebrity Edition! Why Katie Holmes Deserves to Be Your Leading Lady

Christina Pesoli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Christina Pesoli

When you're slogging through a divorce sometimes it's hard to imagine what your future is going to look like. That uncertainty can breed anxiety -- and too much anxiety can hamper a healthy divorce recovery.

How I'm Getting Acclimated To My Empty Nest

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 12.28.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

Last month, a friend of mine, a widower who lives alone, woke at 5 a.m. with a crushing pain in the middle of his chest. He told me later that three thoughts came to mind.

3 Things Gravity Can Teach Us About Overcoming Adversity

Blake Landau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Blake Landau

No matter your gender the film serves as a strong reminder about facing your fear and triumphing over adversity despite overwhelming odds.

Meeting Jack Dorsey

Edward Lando | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Edward Lando

Last week, 20 Penn undergraduates traveled to Silicon Valley to tour large tech companies and meet founders. This is my impression of a meeting with J...

Let's Lean In and Reach Out

Stephenie Foster | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Stephenie Foster

It's important to look at Sandberg's lessons and use them to help widen and deepen the book's impact. Here are three things that we can address.

Why The 'Alternative Nobel Prize' Is The One That Matters

Sunnie Toelle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Sunnie Toelle

The mission of the "Alternative Nobel Prize" is "to honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today."

It Doesn't Take A Teacher To Make An Impact On Students' Lives

Kimone Gooden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kimone Gooden

For the last three years, I've had the privilege of being a Citizen Teacher in Oakland and San Jose schools. This is thanks to Citizen Schools, a Cisco sponsored nonprofit whose mission is to expand the learning day for middle school students in low-income communities. They do this by engaging an army of professional volunteers as "Citizen Teachers" to spend 10 weeks teaching what they already do, know or love.

These Successful Women Prove The Power Of A Role Model

The Huffington Post | Lori Fradkin | Posted 09.13.2013 | Women

When Emma Stone was honored as an MTV Trailblazer in 2012, she rattled off the people who had inspired her: "people like Gilda Radner and Bill Murray ...