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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: Debbie Dunnam

Debbie-Dunnam “…always approach your role as if you were the general manager of that business regardless of your level or position.”

Debbie Dunnam is SVP of Worldwide Services Sales and Global Customer Success at Cisco and sits on the Board of the Texas Conference for Women. Here she shares the story of how she went from field rep to senior management in the tech industry…with a little help from her role models. Read More

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Inspired By: Jessica Baker

Baker, Jessicasm“Every day I do at least one thing, many times it is several things, that renew my spirit and fill me up.”

2013 Conference speaker Jessica Baker leads development of The Respect Institute’s programming and trainings for youth influencers and fundraising initiatives. This is how she got there: Read More

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Inspired By: Verná Myers

Verná Myers headshot“Welcome critique. This is the quickest way to learn and to grow in your profession.”

Verná Myers started out as a corporate lawyer, but now she runs a firm that showcases her strongest skills and satisfies her deep desire to fight for justice. How did she make the leap? Read on.

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