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Best Reads for Staying on Top of Every Industry

woman-juggling-laptop-phoneBeing in the know about news and trends is key to success in almost every field. In our first annual reading survey, 51% of respondents said that they read to stay up-to-date daily, while 33% said they read weekly, 11% said monthly and 5% said quarterly or infrequently. Here, in the spirit of collegial sharing, are the apps, blogs, newsfeeds, newsletters, periodicals, websites and writers recommended by survey respondents, and organized by industry:

Accommodation and Food Services
AllRecipes.com, Catalyst.org, DiversityBestPractices.com, DiversityInc.com, Epicurious.com, GetEverwise.com, Harvard Business Review, Josh Bersin’s blog/Deloitte, LinkedIn, New York Times, RBL.net, SmartBrief.com and WomensFoodServiceForum.com

AccountingToday.com, AICPA.org, BNA.com, CGMA magazine, CNN.com, DailyTaxReporter.com, International Fiscal Association publications, Journal of Accountancy and Wall Street Journal

Advertising/Public Relations/Marketing
AdAge, Adweek, AIGA.org, Borrell Associates reports and webinars, Buzzfeed, CableFax.com, CableSpots.net, ChiefMarketer.com, CMO.com, CNN.com, ConvinceAndConvert.com, Cynopsis.com, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Facebook (follow trendsetters), Flipboard.com, Forbes, Google alerts, Harvard Business Review, HotelMarketing.com, HowDesign.com, Hubspot.com, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, Hypebeast.com, IABC.com, Inc. Magazine, LinkedIn, MarketingProfs.com Mashable.com, MuckRack.com, New York Times, PBJMarketing.com blog, People, Pinterest, PRDaily.com, PRNewsOnline.com, PRNewser blog, PR Week, PRSA .org, Ragan.com, Re/Code.net, Seth Godin, Sidekick blog, SmartBrief.com, Strategy-Business.com, TechCrunch, ThatWorkingGirl.com, The Futurist Magazine, TheSkimm.com, Twitter (follow trendsetters), Us Weekly, YesMagazine.org, YouTube, Wall Street Journal and Wired

Art/Graphics/UI Design
ART News, ArtForum.com, BrainPickings.org, CreativeBloq.com, DesignModo.com, GDUSA.com, Lynda.com, New York Times, SafariBooksOnline.com, TutsPlus.com, YouTube (Adobe Creative Suite and other design channels)

RiskAndInsurance.com, IRMI.com newsletters and The Kiplinger Letter

Business & Leadership Coaching/Training/Management
Anthony Robbins, BizJournals.com/bizwomen, BusinessToday-eg.com, CareerDirectors.com, Careerealism.com, Forbes, Gallup.com, Google alerts, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, IIBA.org, John Maxwell blog, Knowledge@Wharton newsletter, LinkedIn, New York Times, SBA.gov, Seth Godin, SmartBriefs.com, TED.com, Time Magazine and Wall Street Journal

Business Process Outsourcing
Bill Kutik, HorsesForSources.com and LinkedIn

Computer Hardware/Software/IT
BusinessInsider.com, Businessweek, Consumer Reports, Consumption Economics (book), CXPA.org, DeveloperEconomics.com blog, The Economist, eMarketer.com daily emails, ExecutiveBoard.com blogs, Facebook, Fast Company, Forbes, Gartner.com, Google alerts, GovTech.com’s newsletters and Public CIO Magazine, Harvard Business Review, Hubspot.com, Inc. Magazine, ITPro.co.uk, Kaihan Krippendorff, LinkedIn, McKinsey Quarterly, New York Times, Reddit, SCMagazine.com, SmartBriefs.com, SocialMediaDelivered.com blog, TBRI.com, TechTarget.com, Twitter, Wall Street Journal, and ZDNet.com

ASCE.org magazines, ENR.com, New York Times and Wall Street Journal

Consumer Electronics
Core77.com, Coroflot.com, Engadget.com, Harvard Business Review, io9.com, LinkedIn, Notcot.org and Wall Street Journal

eMarketer.com, Gartner.com and WindsorCircle.com blog

AACU.org news, AACC.NCHE.edu, ALA.org, BoardSource.org, Brene Brown, BusinessWeek, Buzzfeed, CASE.org, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, CollegeBoard.org, CUE.org, EducationDive.com, Educational Procurement Journal, Edutopia.org, EdWeek.org, FacultyFocus.com, Greatist.com, Ed.gov, Facebook, Fast Company, Gabrielle Bernstein, GLSEN.org reports, GMAC.com Quick Clips, Harvard Business Review, HechingerReport.org, ICTINEducation.org blog, IECAOnline.com newsletter, ILA-net.org journals, InsideHigherEd.com, Inside Supply Management Magazine, League.org, Libby Nelson, LinkedIn, LuninaFoundation.org newsletter, McKinsey Quarterly, MindfulSchools.org blog, MYACPA.org newsletter, NACADA Journal, NatCom.org newsletter, NBPTS.org newsletter, NCTE.org, Pinterest, NAASFA.org, NAICU.edu, New York Times, NPR.org, Politico, TED.com, The Atlanctic.com (education section), TheNonProfitTimes.com, Time Magazine, Twitter, YouTube and Wall Street Journal

Energy/Power & Utilities
ACEEE.org, AGA.org, EEI.org, EEnews.net, EIA.gov, EnergyCentral.com, EPRI.com, GreenTechMedia.com, IntelligentUtility.com, LinkedIn groups, POWERGRID International, SNL.com and UtilityDive.com

Finance/Financial Services
401kWire.com, AFPOnline.org AmericanBanker.com, Banc Investment Daily, BankerAndTradesman.com, BankersOnline.com, Barron’s, BBC.com news, BenefitsLink.com, Bloomberg.com, CIO.com, CNBC.com, CNN Money, The Economist, EmergingManagerMonthly.com, Fast Company, Financial-Planning.com, Financial Advisor Magazine, Financial Times, FINRA.org, Forbes, Fortune, Fortune’s Broadsheet, FundFire.com, Google alerts, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, IBAT.org, ICI.org, Inc. Magazine, InvestmentNews.com, ISACA.org, Journal of Accountancy, Journal of Financial Planning, Kiplinger, KMWorld.com, LinkedIn, Liz Ryan, MarketWatch.com, McKinsey Quarterly, Money Magazine, Money-Media.com Ignites news, NakedCapitalism.com, New York Times, NICSA.org blog, NPR.org, PlanSponsor.com Newsdash, OCC.gov alerts, PIOnline.com, Reuters, RMAHQ.org, SEC.gov, SmartBriefs.com, STAI.org, Team of Teams (book), TheIIA.org, ThinkAdvisor.com, Twitter, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Yahoo news

Brene Brown, BusinessInsider.com, CapHillStyle.com, CENews.com, Center for Creative Leadership publications, CityLab.com, Facebook, FHWA.dot.gov news, GASB.org announcements, Governing.com, GFOA.org announcements, MIT Technology Review, NICIC.gov news, PMI.org publications, ProjectManagement.com ThinkingCities.com, ThinkingHighways.com, SheNegotiates.com blog and Twitter

Health Care
AHIP.org daily updates, ASHE.org, BeckersHospitalReview.com, Benefitslin.com Health & Welfare Plans newsletter, Bloomberg, BuzzFeed, CapTodayOnline.com, CDC.gov, CNN.com, Diagnostic Testing & Emerging Technologies, Facebook, Fast Company, FDA.gov updates, Forbes, Fortune, Google alerts, Harvard Business Review, Healthcare.gov, HHNMag.com, HIMSS.org blog, HPNOnline.com, Jen Hatmaker, Journal of Hospital Medicine, LinkedIn, Mayo Clinic newsletter, Medscape, ModernHealthcare.com, New York Times, NBR.com, NPR.com, PremierInc.com, PressGaney.com blog, PubMed.gov, Robert Wachter, SHRM.org, SHSMD.org newsletter, StuderGroup.com, WebMD.com and USA Today

Human Resources
HRBartender.com blog, HREOnline.com, HRHero.com, Meghan Biro, SHRM.org magazine and newsletter, TheHRSpecialist.com, TrainingMag.com and Workforce.com

AdvisenLTD.com, BusinessInsurance.com, CNN Money, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, IFEBP.org, InsuranceJournal.com, ISCEBS.org, Kaiser Family Foundation publications, LIMRA.com, LinkedIn, NationalUnderwriter.com, PLRB.org, PWC.com insurance publications, RMMagazine.com, SmartBriefs.com, SNL.com alerts, Wall Street Journal and UBABenefits.com

ACCDocket.com, American Bar Association Journal, AmericanJail.org magazine, BenefitsLink.com, CorrectionsOne.com, Google alerts, Law360.com, Lexology.com and Wall Street Journal

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation newsletter, BoardSource.org, Chronicle for Philanthropy, DisabilityScoop.com, EdFunders.org, Fast Company, Firelight.org, Forbes, GEOFunders.org, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, InsidePhilanthropy.com, LinkedIn, Lucy Bernholz, McKinsey Quarterly, NetworkForGood.org, PhilanthropyNewsDigest.org, Stanford Social Innovation Review, TheSkimm.com, Wall Street Journal

BioWorld.com, Compliance & Ethics Professional Magazine, DIA Daily, Facebook, FDA.gov, FiercePharma.com, FirstWordPharma.com, LinkedIn, Nature, PharmaTimes.com, PharmaVOICE.com, Pink Sheet Daily, PMI.org, Science, SCDM.org newsletter, ScripIntelligence.com, Twitter, Wall Street Journal and WSJ’s Pharmalot blog

Professional Services
ACMPGlobal,org, AMANET.org, Annie McKee, Businessweek, CFO Magzine, ConsultingMag.com, DDIWorld.com, DiversityInc.com magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Financial Times, FastFuture.com, Fortune, Google alerts, Harvard Business Review, HumanCapitalMedia.com, Inc. Magazine, John Kotter, Ken Blanchard, KMWorld.com, LinkedIn, Malcolm Gladwell, Mashable.com, Michael Hyatt, McKinsey Quarterly, NEHRA.com, New York Times, Prosci.com, Reddit.com, Scoop.it, ShapingTomorrow.com, SHRM.org, SmartBriefs.com, SMPS.org, Stephen Covey, Stitcher (app), Strategy-Business.com, TalentMgt.com blogs, Time Magazine, TrainingMag.com, Trendwatching.com, Trove.com, Twitter, Wall Street Journal, Wired, Workforce.com and YouTube

Real Estate
EY.com tax alerts, Forbes, NAREIT blogs, PereNews.com, PWC.com tax alerts, Realert.com, SmartBriefs.com, Wall Street Journal and Yahoo

B2ttraining.com blog, BATimes.com, DesignLoveFest.com, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Forbes, Giftbeat.com, GiftsAndDec.com magazine, Giftshopmag.com, Harvard Business Review, HCI.org, HubSpot.com, Huffington Post, Inc. Magazine, InstoreMag.com, LinkedIn, McKinsey Quarterly, NRF.com, OhSoBeautifulPaper.com blog, ProduceNews.com, RISNews.edgl.com, StationeryTrendsMag.com, SupermarketNews.com, TheRobinReport.com and Wall Street Journal

Adweek’s SocialTimes feed, AnandTech.com, BusinessInsider.com, CBInsights.com,
CNN.com, Computer.org, Conference-Board.org, DigitalTransactions.net, Entrepreneur Magazine, eSource.com, The Facebook Blog, Fast Company, Feedly.com, Flipboard.com, Forbes, Forrester Research articles, Fortnightly.com, Gallup.com, Google alerts, GovTech.com’s newsletters and Public CIO Magazine, Harvard Business Review, HubSpot.com marketing blog, Huffington Post, Inc. Magazine, LinkedIn, MarketingLand.com, Mashable.com, MattCutts.com blog, Mattermark.com blog,
McKinsey Quarterly, Melcrum.com, MIT Technology Review, New York Times, NPR.com, Nuzzel.com, Official Google Blog, OpenView Labs, PCMag.com news, PMI.org, Priceonomics.com, ProjectManagement.com, Quartz Daily Brief, Ragan.com, Re/code.com, SearchEngineLand.com, SmartBriefs.com, TBRI.com, Tech.co, TechCrunch.com, TechMeme.com, TechTarget.com, Time Magazine, TSIA.com, Twitter, The Twitter Blog, UserTesting.com VentureBeat.com, VentureFizz weekly email, Wall Street Journal, Wired, Yahoo News and Yahoo Tech

AASHTOJournal.org, DunhillTravelDeals.com blog, GoGoWorldwidevacations.com, Metro-Magazine.com, Ski.com blog, Transportation Research Board newsletter, TravelAgentCentral.com and TravelWeekly.com


Negotiation Tips That Work for Women
Small Attitude Changes, Big Money Impact
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Negotiation Tips That Work for Women

Margaret-Neale-220x300Compared to men, women tend to be less successful at negotiating— especially compensation—not because we’re bad at it. But because “we simply don’t do it,” says Margaret Ann Neale, the Adams Distinguished Professor of Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business and author of Getting (More of) What You Want. “We’re socialized to want to be liked, and when we negotiate, we’re perceived as being demanding, greedy and not nice.”

Studies have shown that’s true even if women follow the exact same script that men use. “We’ve all drunk the same social Kool-Aid, so it’s women as well as men who penalize women for asking for more,” Neale notes.

But when you’re open to negotiating, you’ll see that more things in life that you consider unchangeable—at work and at home—can actually be transformed into opportunities to get more of what you want. Use your leverage and be more effective with these five tips from Neale:

#1 Reframe how you think about negotiation. “Move away from thinking of it as a battle,” Neale says, “to thinking of it as an opportunity for problem-solving.” When you expect a fight, you’ll behave in ways that ensure one. “Your body language and your responses will likely encourage a fight as you filter your counterpart’s words and interpret his or her actions through the lens of a battle,” Neale adds. But when you come to the table to help find a solution, the other person isn’t forced to take “the other side,” and together you can reach an agreement that makes you better off.

#2 Raise your expectations. After all, if you don’t think you can improve the status quo by much, you won’t be motivated to enter a discussion. “It’s always easier not to negotiate, so when it comes to pay in particular, it’s important not to underestimate your worth,” Neale adds. Also, keep in mind that salary is just one component of your compensation. More vacation days, the flexibility to work from home, specific resources—they’re all possibilities that up the ante.

#3 Prepare a package of proposals. Come with just a single issue, and there can be only one winner and one loser. “You need to take the time to put together a set of proposals of things that you really want and figure out what is reasonable, what is optimistic and what you will walk away from,” says Neale, who notes that preparation is so important that it takes up two chapters in her new book. “And then pair your asks with solutions to a concern of your counterpart.” For example, when Neale negotiated to join the Stanford faculty, she presented a list of resources—a lab, doctoral student support, administrative support, etc.—that would help her do her job well and help Stanford to stand out.

#4 Tap into your superpower. “When women are negotiating on behalf of others, they are lions,” Neale says. In fact, women do 14% to 22% better than men in mock negotiations when they are representing other people. So when you’re getting negative pushback, especially over salary, don’t think that it’s just your interests on the line. Instead, “think that you’re doing it for all the other women who will come after you—your daughters, your granddaughters, your female friends,” Neale recommends.

#5 Seize opportunities. The best time to make an ask of a superior? Possibly when your boss is having a bad hair day. Definitely hold off on asking for a promotion if he or she is just back from the hairdresser or is wearing a spiffy new suit. Neale’s research found that the more attractive a man or woman feels, the more likely they are to believe that the status quo—specifically, people’s positions—are as they should be. Spinach in your boss’s teeth? Tell her, then dust off that wishlist!


Small Attitude Changes, Big Money Impact
Best Reads for Staying on Top of Every Industry
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Small Attitude Changes, Big Money Impact

Kerry-Hannon-head-shot-220x300A fact of life they didn’t tell you middle school: You’ll likely be flying solo at some point during your retirement, if not at the start. “From the age of 65 to the end of life, most American women are single, and if they lost a partner, their standard of living drops,” says Kerry Hannon, a retirement and personal finance expert and author most recently of Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness. Yet on any given day, “women will talk about health before they’ll talk about wealth,” Hannon notes. Making financial security a priority in our thoughts—as well as a part of our conversations—is one attitude adjustment we all need to make. These five will also help ensure that the retirement years are truly golden:

#1 Get self-centered

Nature or nurture, women tend to put the needs of others first, and as a result, we experience career interruptions that lead to our missing out on raises, years of contributions to employer-sponsored retirement plans and reported earnings that will affect the size of our Social Security checks down the line. To even begin to make up for the losses, “you need to pay yourself first—which means put money in savings before you do anything else with your paycheck,” Hannon says. And when it comes to opportunities at work, which that taking-care-of-yourself attitude could position you for a promotion and higher salary, “by all means, as Sheryl Sandberg put it, lean in.”

#2 Stop using fuzzy numbers

“You need a solid understanding of how much you spend now to determine exactly how much you’ll need later in life,” Hannon says. You also can’t make sure you’re living within your means unless you run real numbers. Hannon recommends going to Mint.com and YouNeedaBudget.com for help tracking your spending and penciling out a budget.

#3 Be bold about saving

Afraid that they’ll need the money, many people who participate in their 401(k) plans allocate just fractions of their paycheck to it. “But at the very least, you should be putting in the 4% to 6% that employers typically require to get the maximum company match,” Hannon says. “It’s pre-tax, so you’ll hardly miss it.” An even better target savings amount: 10% that you eventually dial up to 15%—or more, if you’re getting a late start.

#4 Invest with confidence

“While most women are completely comfortable dealing with their daily finances, many are intimidated by stocks and bonds,” Hannon observes. The only solution is to get educated about investing and retirement planning. Hannon recommends checking out Iinvest.org, WiserWomen.org, Learnvest.com and Dailyworth.com—the latter three specifically geared to women. It may also be helpful to have a professional explain things. If you do go the financial-advisor route, Hannon suggests hiring one that charges a flat fee. Interview a few (there are searchable databases at sites of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, the Financial Planning Association and the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards), find one you like and don’t be timid about asking questions. It’s your money, after all.

#5 Look forward to your 50s

In order to keep on working and earning, many women shift career tracks as the nest starts to empty out, or a life or health crisis pushes them to find work with meaning or a job that they’re passionate about. “It often takes about three to five years to get something new going full speed, so at 50, you might start thinking about what you want to do when you’re 55,” Hannon says. “Begin to add the necessary certifications or degrees, research and even moonlight to see if it truly is something you want to do in this chapter.”

Also, since money is often the biggest stumbling block to changing careers—you may have to take a pay cut—you should “get financially fit, sock away savings, pay down debts and perhaps downsize your home,” Hannon advises. You’ll feel challenged during those transitional years but remember, “you’re not reinventing yourself; you’re redeploying the skills you already have in your kit. It’s also an exciting time, so go slow and take it in baby steps,” Hannon adds.

Finally, to get your friends to join you in thinking and talking about money matters, Hannon recommends adding personal finance books to your book club’s reading list. Her top picks: The Charles Schwab Guide to Finances After 50, Get a Financial Life and Jonathon Clements Money Guide 2015.

Kerry Hannon will be leading panel discussion “Reviving a Stalled Career” at the 2015 Texas Conference for Women.


Negotiation Tips That Work for Women
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From Rancher’s Daughter to….

Gore with Kenyan women in a Dell-sponsored e-recycling program, where women start small businesses to collect and re-sell old hardware. 

Gore with Kenyan women in a Dell-sponsored e-recycling program, where women start small businesses to collect and re-sell old hardware. 

By Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Dell

Spending my youth on a horse and cattle ranch in Texas, I never imagined that my career path would lead me from the Peace Corps in Bolivia to leadership roles at the United Nations Foundation and now to my current job as Dell’s entrepreneur-in-residence, supporting entrepreneurial growth on a global scale. I mean can a girl with dirt on her boots end up as a woman in heels leading global initiatives?

I was the first woman in my family to graduate from college—enrolling at Texas A&M University with the intention of returning back to the ranch to breed cattle. (Knowing how to breed cattle doesn’t come in handy at the UN but knowing how to herd them does.) There, I soon recognized that the school didn’t offer adequate childcare, and with the school’s first female vice president as my mentor, I was able to raise the $350K necessary to build a childcare center on campus. The experience showed me how we can make big things happen if a community really gets behind an issue and works together.

After that, I was hooked on this idea of community-driven change and the opportunity for public service engagement.

Pursuing My Passion

A&M gave me the opportunity to get a Master’s in this new field I was passionate about, and after a couple of jobs, I decided to join the Peace Corps. Their motto is “the hardest job you will ever love…” and I would say that’s spot on. I went as an agriculture volunteer—Mom, please mail me my boots again—and managed a USAID grant to increase the overall agriculture situation and food availability in the community.

The experience gave me a window into some of the most pressing issues that exist in the developing world. In a tiny village of 35 families, I learned how crucial both public and private sector involvement is in creating a lasting impact. But in that village, and in the hundreds of others that I have visited since, I’ve been so impressed that it’s the entrepreneurs that are starting small businesses that are the local change makers and leaders.

Finding My Life’s Work

Entrepreneurs are driving much of today’s innovation—from solar conduction dryers to air carbon plastic—pioneering solutions to global problems large and small. They’re also responsible for creating the majority of jobs, accounting for 70 percent of net new jobs, and as much as 91 percent in some emerging markets. However, in order to create scale, these pioneers need support from large organizations like the United Nations and corporations like Dell who are providing access to the tools, technology, markets and resources they need to be successful.

Upon returning from the Peace Corps, I was hired by another mentor to join the UN Foundation. (Do they let Texans in the UN? Better buy some high heels). During my 10 years working there, my focus was on building these global partnerships, connecting social problems with businesses and implementing cause marketing campaigns to scale solutions. Some of the greatest entrepreneurs I have ever seen were in refugee camps, in some of the toughest parts of the world. To give you a snapshot of the potential, every day the UN feeds 30 million people, cares for 42 million refugees, and moves billions of dollars in commodities such as vaccines, food and shelter. With the organization’s help, today’s game-changing entrepreneurs can not only scale their ideas to save lives but they also can make millions of dollars—building on the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.

My partnership work brought me very close to Dell. I began working with Dell while at the United Nations Foundation through initiatives such as the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network and through Michael Dell’s appointment as the UN Foundation’s first global advocate for entrepreneurship. Quickly recognizing the shared idealism between the two organizations and collective commitment to creating a better global climate for entrepreneurs, we worked together with entrepreneurs from New York to Kenya.

Landing My Dream Job

So when I was asked to join Dell as their second entrepreneur-in-residence it was an easy choice and a natural next step. And hey, all roads lead back to Texas, so I was excited to work for a company based in Austin. Mom, I need those boots again.

At Dell, my role is focused on bringing Dell closer to the entrepreneurial community and helping to extend Dell’s global advocacy efforts, encouraging policies and practices that support and enable entrepreneurial growth globally. In order to pave the way for the next billion jobs, we need to enable the No. 1 job creator: entrepreneurs. We have been working closely with the UN on a campaign called “Entrepreneurs UNite,” to rally for support “Sustainable Development Goal 8,” which calls for the support of entrepreneurs by promoting sustained, inclusive economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. “Goal 8” is essential because it is a road map for every country on how they enhance entrepreneurship through laws, regulation, market access and more.

Call to Action

“Goal 8” as well as the other proposed 16 goals— combined, they’re the world’s to-do list to tackle extreme poverty, create jobs, curb climate change and put the world on a more prosperous and sustainable path by 2030— will be voted and agreed upon by the UN General Assembly in September. We, at Dell, are asking entrepreneurs and business leaders around the world to join us in recognizing the power entrepreneurship brings by putting your signatures behind “Goal 8” at EntrepreneursUNite.com.

I strongly believe that by working together, we can all make a big difference and it remains my mission to close the divide between the corporate and public sectors to bring profitability and sustainability to global solutions. Whether you are wearing boots or high heels, innovation through risk-taking can save lives when barriers are lifted, and bringing entrepreneurs together as innovative global partners pools expertise and insights to help solve issues.

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Negotiation Tips That Work for Women
Small Attitude Changes, Big Money Impact
Best Reads for Staying on Top of Every Industry

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The Changing Image of HIV

TX_Walgreen-Vanessa-220x300When you think of a person with HIV, do you imagine a grandparent? A person in a nursing home? Or someone counting the months to retirement? If not, think again. According to the CDC, of the 1.2 million people in the U.S. living with HIV, half of them will be 50 years of age or older this year. Thirty years ago, that statistic would have been thought unimaginable. Today, however, it’s cause for grateful celebration, renewed hope and a traveling exhibit designed to inspire dialogue, eradicate stigmas and share the faces and stories of individuals who are living well beyond their HIV diagnosis.

“When HIV first appeared in the U.S. in the 80s, there basically wasn’t an answer for the epidemic,” says Glen Pietrandoni, senior director of virology in Specialty Pharmacy at Walgreens. “Mostly all any medical professional could do was hold a patient’s hand, offer nutritional supplements and antibiotics.”

Over the past 30 years, medical research, education and advanced medications have offered those living with the virus longer and healthier lives. “There haven’t been too many life-threatening health conditions like this that a society has been able to turn around so quickly,” Pietrandoni says. “That’s why we felt it was important to celebrate that fact and call attention to another reality—older adults living with HIV who may lack the support needed to help manage HIV and other health conditions that can accompany aging such as diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, osteoporosis, or cancer. By making their challenges known, more of us will be able to offer support.”

A New Portrait of HIV

In collaboration with The Graying of AIDS, an independent documentary project and educational campaign, Walgreens developed an art exhibition and awareness campaign featuring ten portraits of people over 50 living with HIV. Each individual was professionally photographed and allowed to share glimpses into their HIV journey. The stories and portraits were printed on canvasses that were stretched over 8 ft. by 8 ft. metal rectangular structures.

“Currently, I am one of many people across the country sharing my challenges and successes as we continue treatment for HIV while managing all the other factors that come with aging,” says Vanessa, 59, living with HIV since 1991, pictured above. “For me, living life to the fullest and sharing my story is extremely important and HIV is just a part of my life. It is important for people to know that you can live a normal life with HIV. Most importantly, I’m preparing for living beyond 59 and discovering all life has to offer.”

As the population of older Americans living with HIV grows, their daily realities and health concerns are changing. Walgreens pharmacists offer confidential, face-to-face counseling and can provide tailored medication therapy programs. Working with a patient’s doctor, our pharmacists can provide information to help manage medication side effects and review a patient’s medications to identify any potential drug interactions. This is especially important for older patients living with HIV who might be starting to take medications for conditions that may be associated with aging.

For more information about the “Well Beyond HIV” campaign and to learn where the art exhibit will stop next, please visit www.WellBeyondHIV.com.

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