Speaker Articles

Walk Like an Egyptian…In Heels

by Shama Kabani

Shama Kabani with Egyptian Entrepreneurs (via Y.E.C.)

I never imagined that I would be showing a vivacious young Egyptian woman in a hijab how to stand in heels when making a pitch to investors. (Don’t sway, and walk strategically in the area given.) But, that’s exactly what happened on the last day of the NexGen IT Bootcamp in Egypt, the first event of its kind, sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Global Entrepreneurship Program, USAID, and the governments of Denmark and Egypt. Read More

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Inspire Them To Be Their Best

Cindy-Solomon1-150x150-120x150by Cindy Solomon

Most of us think of inspiration as the “I Have A Dream” kind of inspiration – someone changing the world for the better or overcoming difficult odds. But really, inspiration isn’t reserved for the special few. Every one of us has the ability to inspire and be inspired. But it takes a catalyst to awaken those reserves and apply them to a greater goal.

That catalyst is you. Read More

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Music is Universal, Education Should Be Too

by Tammy Tibbetts

Girls around the world endlessly fascinate me. Although I’m 25, I’m able to develop a bond, and an awareness of their dreams, through social media. I’m focused on girls in my day job, where I tweet for a teen magazine, and after hours, when I’m burning the midnight oil working on She’s the First, a not-for-profit supporting girls’ education, and its benefit concert, GIRLS WHO ROCK. Read More

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Doing Nothing May Feel Easy, but It Makes You Unhappy!

Mel-RobbinsBy Mel Robbins

Our human behavior of taking the easy path actually makes no sense. By chasing easy pleasures, we lose happiness.

Study after study has found that passive activities, such as surfing the web in your pajamas or watching a marathon of Mad Men episodes, actually makes you unhappy compared with doing something active. Kids, for example, are much happier playing a sport instead of parking themselves in front of the television. In fact, they experience a higher level of enjoyment that brings increased benefits to their mind and body (what researchers call “elevated excitement”) when they play sports. Read More

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