theSkimm Co-founders: Progress Comes When Hearing “No” Starts to Lose its Meaning

Amanda Weisberg and Carly ZakinCarly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg quit their jobs at the age of 25 to try to start a business together, despite having no business or fundraising experience.What they had was a perception: that millennials like them were not reading or watching the news because they were too busy, and it was not being delivered in a way that effectively appealed to them. They also had a plan: that they would deliver the news in a newsletter format, written in a voice that sounded like millennials. Plus, they had the two qualities they say are most important in starting a business: confidence and networking skills.But what they did not have—and were not able to attract, despite trying—were investors interested in supporting them. (more…)

Mindfulness: The Secret to My Energy and Leadership in Stressful Times

Elizabeth A. Davenport, Scientific Leader Cell and Gene Therapy Cell Process Development, GlaxoSmithKline

The timing could not have been worse. I was starting a new job, only to discover I literally was sick and tired. I suddenly realized that my personal energy bank had been overdrawn over several preceding years. Serious illnesses and deaths of close family members, transition to an empty nest, increased work pressures and finally a career change had overtaken me and left me feeling drained. This was not the way I wanted to start my new job. Read More

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5 Tips for a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

You wouldn’t say that catching up on the news or looking at funny pet videos is more important than your family or other people you love. But that is basically what you are doing by constantly checking your phone.

Science journalist Catherine Price had this revelation three years ago while holding her baby in the middle of the night. “The room was pitch black except for the light from my phone,” recalls Price, author of How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life. “I looked away from my phone to my daughter, and realized she’d been looking at me the whole time. That wasn’t what I wanted her first impression of a human relationship—or her mother—to be.” Read More

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Qurate Retail Group: A Champion for Female Entrepreneurship and Empowerment

This past year has been an exciting time for the newly formed Qurate Retail Group. Bringing together seven world-class brands to deliver an unparalleled shopping experience is quite the milestone. As the third largest ecommerce player in North America, we have truly created a unique space in retail, media and social.

Qurate Retail Group, which includes QVC, HSN, zulily, Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill and Grandin Road, is a champion for female entrepreneurship and empowerment. By creating and enabling professional experiences and relationships where women can thrive, our inspiring female entrepreneurs have helped evolve the Qurate Retail Group shopping platforms and our customers’ experiences. The following entrepreneurs represent women who not only dream but dare to live their dreams. These are their stories. Read More

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Brody Fund at The Philadelphia Foundation: Supporting Cutting-Edge Medical Research to Cure Blindness

Hereditary blindness has long been considered untreatable. But someday soon, a blind child may be able to see, thanks to the forward-thinking generosity of one woman and the gene therapy being developed by another.

Sara Brody wanted to support medical research focused on incurable diseases. So through her estate planning, she set up a fellowship honoring her family, which included her brother Louis Brody, M.D., at The Philadelphia Foundation. Now the Brody Family Medical Trust Fund provides an average of $70,000 a year for up to two years for full-time postdoctoral fellows in the early stages of their research into diseases that have a substantial societal impact and for which no consistently effective cure presently exists. Read More

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Taking Charge of Your Career: Advance Your Marketability

Joyce RussellBy Joyce E. A. Russell, Ph.D., Dean, Villanova School of Business

You’ve heard it many times before: it is critical for women to personally take charge of their careers. Indeed, getting mentoring and sponsorship from others is crucial to your success. But taking ownership for your future is also really important.

How can you do this and at the same time enhance your own marketability? No matter what job you currently hold or what field you are in, gaining additional knowledge and skills can help your career progress. This is true if you want to advance in your job field, break into a different career field or start your own business as an entrepreneur. You need something to propel you forward or to get others to see you differently. And you need to see yourself and the world differently, too. Read More

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