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Dreaming of Pivoting to a More Purposeful Career?

Most of us have had days at work when we think about chucking it all and doing something “meaningful” with our lives. Certainly, Becky Margiotta did 15 years ago, when she worked as a stockbroker. Yet Margiotta, who left the financial sector and has since led a campaign across the country that mobilized 186 cities to put 105,000 homeless people into permanent housing, cautions against over-romanticizing the non-profit sector—or discounting … [ more ]

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Bethenny Frankel’s Truths

Many of us think of Bethenny Frankel as the fast-talking, forthright reality TV star with brains and balls to spare. After all, not only did she seize the marketing opportunities of her fame and time on TV, selling books and Skinnybrand cocktails, she then sold the Skinnygirl Margarita brand for a reported $120 million—and kept the licensing rights to the Skinnygirl brand, which she has built into an empire. Yet … [ more ]

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Tips to Help You Juggle Responsibilities at Work and at Home

By Angela Foreshaw-Rouse, Manager, State Operations and Community Outreach, AARP Pennsylvania  Picture this scenario: you’ve got mandatory meetings at the office and have to submit several projects this week. But your ailing mother, whom you care for, has not been well, and you need to take her to the doctor. What should you do? The majority (60 percent) of Americans who care for parents, spouses, children and others with disabilities … [ more ]

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Coffee Chat: Four Important Questions for Women Leaders

By Amy Josef, Director, Corporate Programs Marketing, Bentley Systems There is a notable lack of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industries, especially women leaders. Thankfully, there are efforts underway to foster girls’ interest in sciences and technology, and in architecture, engineering and construction industries at an early age, hopefully leading to a greater number of women who are leaders in these fields in the future. Bentley Systems, … [ more ]

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Shonda Rhimes on Grit, Success and Her Latest Project

With three TV series returning this season (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder”) and two debuting (“For the People” and a to-be-named “Grey’s” spinoff about firefighters), Shonda Rhimes is a busy woman. Summer was no exception, since the shows resumed production in July. Still, Shondaland’s chief storyteller (that’s her official title at the production company) added a new project to her plate: Shondaland.com, the website. “It’s … [ more ]

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Grow Education Budgets and Improve Learning Outcomes Through Energy Efficiency

By PECO Smart Ideas Schools and universities that upgrade to energy-saving equipment are lowering costs while improving school operations. Energy often represents the second largest operating expense among educational facilities, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). By reducing energy costs, school districts, charter schools, universities and other private institutions across Greater Philadelphia are finding a sustainable path to keep spending down and budgets stable.

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“My Experiment in Being Early: Conserving and Creating Energy in Life and Work”

By Angela Steel, Vice President, Clinical Operations-Infectious Diseases, GlaxoSmithKline As I race from meeting to meeting, both virtually and physically, I like to say, “I’m not Scottish or American. I’m Russian, because I’m always ‘rushing’ around.” That’s my standard line (admittedly pretty bad). I am also often heard saying “Sorry I’m late” or “I need to go,” particularly during 30-minute meetings! That is, until earlier this year, when I made … [ more ]

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How to Network Effectively in Our Hyper-Connected World

If you’re like most people trying to use social media to network, you probably think the number of followers or connections you have matters. But instead of obsessing over breaking 200, 500, 1,000, “you should be paying attention to what’s going on in your network and how you’re connecting with posts, content, likes, retweets and mentions,” says J. Kelly Hoey, a networking expert and author of Build Your Dream Network. … [ more ]

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Stand Out in the Crowd: Experts from QVC and Zulily Share Insights on How to Differentiate Your Brand

Featuring Rachel Ungaro, Vice President of Apparel Buying, Design and Global Sourcing, QVC, and Lori Twomey, Chief Merchant, zulily QVC’s Rachel Ungaro and zulily’s Lori Twomey know a thing or two about discovering new products and brands. On their watch, QVC has launched and fostered the growth of some of today’s most successful brands, many of which were founded by women, including bareMinerals, Spanx, IT Cosmetics and Lori Greiner, while … [ more ]

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Will You Face Downward Mobility When You Retire?

Many of us picture retirement as a time of ease. By then, the house will be paid off and the nest should be empty. Though there won’t be a paycheck to cover our bills, maintaining our lifestyle will cost less. The reality, however, is often reduced circumstances. “Our current retirement plans, including 401(k)s and IRAs, have failed,” says Teresa Ghilarducci, economics professor at The New School for Social Research and … [ more ]

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