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It’s a wonderful reflection on the importance of attitude on life. He writes “They themselves are makers of themselves” and that the mind is the “master weaver” of the “inner garment of character” and the “outer garment of circumstances.”
The Christian Science Monitor's Phil Taylor takes an in-depth look at athlete activism.
Scholar and author Ibram X. Kendi discusses the broad and deep racist conditioning in American society and offers solutions for remediation in academia, He specifically addresses college admissions and faculty recruitment/promotion politicies.
A new study of 2000 finance professionals in Australia found that 76% of men were offered a promotion at least once without requesting it, compared with 57% of women. The conclusion is that fixing the system can't all be on women to act differently.
The Times' popular Corner Office feature spotlights Wharton's Dean Erika James. She discusses race, politics and the role of business.
It is being widely reported that President-elect Biden has selected Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be his United Nations ambassador and that he will restore the position to Cabinet rank.
The New York Times has written a gushing profile of CNN Political Correspondent Abby Philip. The Harvard University alum is a rising star and the article offers particular praise for Philip's comments about the political strength of Black women in support of Joe Biden during the primary period.
Bloomberg Businessweek reports that women students have almost hit parity at Dartmouth's and Stanford's business schools. In a year of volatile admissions, percentages of female students dipped at a number of other MBA programs.
From Nonprofit Quarterly: "Black women have built and protected our democracy, even when they have been deliberately and systemically excluded from participating in it.". This article outlines ways Black women's involvement in politics can be supported at the regional, local, and national levels.
Harvard Business Review has assembled 20 articles that address fighting racism at work. Among the topics are: How to be a better ally to your Black colleagues; Move beyond diversity to real equity; and Is your company actually fighting racism or just talking about it?
The Washington Post presents an illuminating profile of Meedie Bardonille, a nurse and Howard University graduate, who is one of the District of Columbia's three people officially casting electoral votes for the President and Vice President. This role has typically been filled by politicians.
Here's another example of WINNING -- Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber, a Black woman who will lead 4,400 of her peers at the U.S. Naval Academy for the first time in the institution's 174-year history.
Oprah's famous list this year has a special twist. Because so many people want to support Black lives any way they can, Oprah and her team found dozens of gorgeous gifts from Black-owned businesses to celebrate. Black lives - and Black businesses - matter! #TeamUp
Fortune's Emma Hinchliffe has another great article, her profile of voting rights activist Stacey Abrams. Brava Stacey!!
Fortune's Emma Hinchliffe interviewed a number of Black female leaders. We especially applaud author Minda Harts for crediting our "team up" message: "This showed the collective power Black women have to help each other rise," Minda Harts, the author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table, told me yesterday. "When we collaborate, we can change history."
Yes, the victory of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is historic and welcome. However, The Washington Post's Karen Attiah cites the 91% support that Black women gave to the Democratic ticket and what we expect in return: "It's an all-too-familiar scenario to Black women - White America always hopes that we will clean up its mess. But Black women don't vote to save White America; we vote to save ourselves from White America and its impulses. It's time for Democrates to work to give Black women the better and safer America that we deserve."
Every vote is being counted and day by day, we are celebrating more political wins for women and women of color!
Another great story found on the ForbesWomen daily e-newsletter -- this time about a new venture between CBS Studios and the NAACP! #TeamUp
We address the health gap for Black Americans in "A Blessing." It's inspiring to read that Black women are addressing the issue. #TeamUp!
Another great story from ForbesWomen. Meet Shelby Ivey Christie.
ForbesWomen, the daily e-newsletter edited by Maggie McGrath, is a constant source of inspiring, sometimes surprising content. Today's November 5, 2020 issue is filled with terrific content and we've posted four of the items here! Atta-girl, Maggie!
Gabe Stone Shayer seeks to "further the efforts for inclusion of new Black voices in the ballet world".
This is a devastating assessment of the increased risks of physical and psychological damage to students of color in the time of COVID. What more can we do, other than sound an alarm?
A vicious race riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma destroyed what was called Black Wall Street, the Greenwood neighborhood. This history is being revisited 100 years later.
Activist and actress America Ferrara's call to action on Latina Equal Pay Day!
Brilliant Ambassador Reuben Brigety II is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations as well as the vice chancellor and president of the University of the South, Sewanee.
Here are fascinating conversations with Harvard alumnae, Dr. Michelle Morse (MPH '12) and Christina Lewis ('02),
Great advice from businesswoman and tennis champion Venus Williams: "It's okay to be afraid, but it's not okay to let it ruin your decision-making process."
This inspiring video features two unicorns in the aerospace field, Mae Jemison and Naia Butler-Craig. We celebrate these trailblazers!
BRAVA to Kristal Hansley, another unicorn. What a blessing!
My Harvard Business School classmate and friend, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, on resilience: "Resilience doesn't happen on its own. It takes leadership."
This is a timely survey of "firsts" -- a variety of female political leaders, with an introduction by Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris.
President Wayne A.I. Frederick provides a teachable moment for doubters: there is NO shortage of Black talent in the United States!
Here is another "win" for an extraordinary journalist of color! BRAVA Kristen Welker!!
It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since 'O' Magazine launched. Jenisha Watts has written a lovely appreciation.
Brava to Channing Dungey and Warner Brothers! This is another major WIN.
Is it a "win" to at least be having this conversation - out loud -- in Hollywood's hometown newspaper and on Netflix?
Here is another example of WINNING! Jackie has attended the Venice Biennale twice and it is a breaktaking showcase for the most impactful and innovative artists in the world. BRAVA to Simone Leigh!
As a college student, she wanted to have an impact. The answer she landed on - working inside institutions - set her on the path to the vice-presidential nomination.
Here is another example of "winning." Princeton University has named a new residential college for Ariel Investments Co-CEO Mellody Hobson. Her name replaces that of former President Woodrow Wilson, whose legacy includes his racist beliefs. When future generations of students, especially those who are Black or Brown, see Hobson College, “I want them to think, ‘I belong here,’ ” she said.
This is an interesting graphic showing which Fortune 100 companies are taking concrete steps to battle systemic racism and to what degree.
Author Erica B. Smith-Goetz stresses many of the same characteristics that we cite in "A Blessing" for Black entrepreneuers to find success: passion, perseverance and self-awareness. VC investment would be welcome.
Many thanks to Karole Dill Barkley for alerting us to this powerful essay by Susan Fales Hill and for drawing our attention to these quotes:
BRAVA to Bloomberg's Karen Toulon for this impactful and timely interview with Simon & Schuster Publisher Dana Canedy! Two powerful women are promoting reading. As co-authors of a new book, we couldn't agree more!
Successful businesswoman, Shellye Archambeau's new book is about to launch and she tells Fortune Magazine that she is "cautiously optimistic" because corporations are beginning to discuss racism.
Here is a wonderful celebration of "sisterhood" changing the world! Individuality is great but teaming up makes the records beyond historic.
100 years later, Black suffragettes are being recognized and honored.
Brava to Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams!
Alexis Crews on medium.com