How She Got There: Gloria Cordes Larson’s Path to Becoming the President of Bentley University

Gloria Cordes LarsonWhen Gloria Cordes Larson talks about her career, the word “serendipity” comes up a lot. A self-described “half-glass-full Southern cheerleader type,” she means being in the right place at the right time, and the opportunities she seized lend an unpredictable, if not unplanned, quality to her trajectory—each job doesn’t typically lead to the next.  “Someone looking at my resume could easily think I either can’t hold down a permanent job or that I have a huge amount of curiosity,” says Larson, laughing. Read More

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‘Walk Your Talk’ and Other Inspiring Advice from Nobelist Leymah Gbowee

Leymah GboweeSince being internationally recognized for co-leading a women’s movement that ended the most recent civil war in Liberia, Leymah Gbowee has hardly rested on her (Nobel) laurels. She continues to work for women, peace and security issues, founding The Gbowee Peace Foundation to provide education to women and underprivileged youth as well as serving as a global ambassador for Oxfam International and as a member of the UNHCR High Level Advisory Group on Gender, Forced Displacement and Protection.

Still, what Gbowee loves most is the time she spends in Africa working with young people to empower and inspire them. Here, the peace activist’s wise words for leaders of any age and situation. Read More

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Q&A: Rachael Ray on Her First Job, Being the Boss and Eating Healthy at Work

Rachael Ray 200x238Even though she has 22 cookbooks, four TV shows, a lifestyle magazine and a line of dog and cat food, don’t call Rachael Ray a one-woman-cottage-industry. “I don’t like those terms,” she says. “It sounds like I created an ‘evil empire’ or something.” Her success wasn’t plotted out: “I just enjoy working, I enjoy people and I enjoy food. So, I do what I love; the TV just sort of happened. That’s just a bonus.” Read More

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Inspired By: Emily Bennington

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“…jobs come and go, but a calling is for life.”

Emily Bennington is the mind behind the 2013 Conference for Women teleclass “Mindfulness as a Career Strategy.” Here she shares a bit about how she holds it together in the corporate world: Read More

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Inspired By: Karen Finerman

Karen Finerman portrait“There is never a time when your schedule opens up for a handful of days that can be blocked off to learn about your finances – make the time.”

Karen Finerman is no stranger to doing the impossible. In the early 90s, she co-founded a wildly successful hedge fund—and continues to lead it today as CEO…while also raising four kids.

Still, she managed to find the time to answer a few of our questions. Read on for some quick money advice and career inspiration. Read More

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Be Inspired: Jane Pauley on Finding Your Voice

Jane Pauley portraitYou’re probably a better negotiator than you think, says Jane Pauley, a contributor to CBS’ Sunday Morning after almost four decades at NBC and New York Times bestselling author of Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life. It’s just that your style isn’t the typical tough-guy act.

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Inspired By: Randi Zuckerberg

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“I’ve always believed in bringing my authentic self to work, and that often meant being unafraid to speak my mind and not apologize for who I am.”

Randi Zuckerberg served as the marketing director for Facebook for six years, where she struck groundbreaking deals with ABC (for the first online-offline presidential debates) and CNN (to cover Barack Obama’s inauguration).  She was ranked among one of the “50 Digital Power Players” by the Hollywood Reporter. She is currently the CEO and founder of Zuckerberg Media, a media and production company of the future, and editor-in-chief of Dot Complicated, a modern lifestyle weekly newsletter and blog.

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Inspired By: Cathie Black

Cathie-Blacksm“Be ambitious and make a difference. Do your job really well.”

Massachusetts Conference for Women speaker Cathie Black is a well-known media executive, New York Times bestselling author and now an advisor, board member and investor in digital start-ups and entrepreneurial companies. In our Q&A, she explains how the lessons she learned as president and chairman of Hearst Magazines help her advise young entrepreneurs today. Read More

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Inspired By: Miki Agrawal

Agrawal, MikismEliminate all negative relationships in your life. Deplete=Delete.”

As a serial social entrepreneur, Miki Agrawal is the founder of the acclaimed farm-to-table, alternative pizza concept called WILD in NYC. Her next undertaking is THINX, and she is also a partner in Super Sprowtz, a children’s media company to get kids to eat more vegetables. Most recently, Harper Collins is publishing her book entitled “DO COOL SH*T” on entrepreneurship and lifestyle design. Read More

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Inspired By: Deborah Jackson

Jackson, Deborahsm“My time on Wall Street definitely fueled a desire to see more women succeed in their own ways and in their own companies.” Deborah Jackson

As the founder and CEO of Plum Alley, an e-commerce and crowdfunding site for women’s innovation, and a founder of Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator, an accelerator that invests in women-founded mobile tech companies, Deborah Jackson certainly does all she can to help fulfill this dream.

Q: How did your professional career begin, and how did you end up where you are today?

A: After graduating from Columbia Business School in 1980 and joining Goldman Sachs, I started my finance career focusing on health care clients and shortly moving into health-care focused Internet and tech companies. Read More

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