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…)

Three Beliefs That Are Ruining Your Work-Life Balance

Tiffany DufuThe first eight years of her marriage, Tiffany Dufu had a beautiful home to go along with her brilliant career raising money to advance women and girls. She did most of the work around the house, but being Type A, she was okay with that.

“It was my dirty secret,” says Dufu, now chief leadership officer at Levo, a professional network for Millennials, and a launch team member of Leanin.org. “As a feminist whose life’s work is to raise women to higher levels of leadership and non-traditional roles, I would come home and turn into a Stepford wife, trying to manage everything impeccably.”

But then she had her first baby—and perfection took a backseat to practicality. “I was physically exhausted just getting back to work,” Dufu recalls. It took three years (and a second baby) for her to figure out a new M.O. that kept her focused on what she needed to do and guilt-free for not doing the rest, and another four years (and what she calls a “Tiffany Epiphany”) to realize that a lot of professional women could use what she figured out.
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‘Teach Yourself and Figure It Out’

Nicole StoryBy Nicole Story, Vice President of Creative, Poo~Pourri

Seven years ago, I was living in my parents’ garage. With an advertising degree from the University of Texas and no job prospects, I was the quintessential definition of a millennial who graduated at the height of the recession. But this wasn’t the first time I’d faced a setback in my young life, and I had developed a mantra to help me move forward, “Teach yourself and figure it out.”
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The Costly Mistake You May Be Making as a Boss

Christine PorathWhen you’re busy and under pressure, you might speak tersely, forget to smile and skip other niceties when interacting with your team. You think it’s obvious that you’re just trying to get things done, but your direct reports probably feel differently.

“Most rude bosses don’t know how they’re coming across because they don’t intend to treat their employees poorly,” says Christine Porath, a professor of management at Georgetown University and author of Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace. “They think they’re being efficient or they are behaving the way their role models behaved—or they may simply lack self-awareness.” Read More

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The Secret to Having a Life You Love

eesfahani-smith-200If you wish your life had more meaning, you probably think you’d need to go on an Eat-Pray-Love-esque quest to find it. And who has time for that?

But the idea that meaning can be found only on ashrams or mountaintops is a cultural myth, says Emily Esfahani Smith, author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters.“There are sources of meaning all around us,” she explains. “They can be as big as ending world hunger but they can also be something on a smaller scale like raising a happy and healthy child.” Read More

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Flash Mob Experience at Financial Security Workshop Demonstrates Need for Education and Resources

Angela Foreshaw-RouseBy Angela Foreshaw-Rouse, Manager, State Operations and Community Outreach, AARP Pennsylvania

What do women want? Information about managing their personal finances, judging from the throng of people who crammed together to attend two workshops led by wealth coach Deborah Owens at the 2016 Pennsylvania Conference for Women. Sponsored by AARP last October, the workshops focused on ways that women can increase wealth and prepare for retirement and appealed to everyone from Baby Boomers to Millennials.

Whether you heard Owens speak or not, these free resources will put you on the path to a comfortable retirement. Read More

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