Mahogany Row, Mary Barra, and Equal Pay

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My latest article questioned whether Mary Barra Was Set Up to Take the Fall at GM.  As their first woman CEO, named weeks before a disastrous 2.6 million car recall was made public, the timing looks suspicious.  Tuesday, April 7th, was Equal Pay Day — the amount of time women have to work into the new year to equal the money made by men in 2013. I joined Jerry Doyle on the Jerry Doyle show … [Read more...]

Was Mary Barra Set Up to Take the Fall at GM?

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Last week, newly minted GM CEO Mary Barra withstood a battering from a Congressional committee over GM’s recent recall of 2.6 million vehicles. Per Allan Stamm of Deadline Detroit, they demanded to know why “GM didn’t react to signs dating back to 2001 that Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and similar vehicles had faulty ignitions” since “13 deaths and 32 crashes have been linked to the defect.”  As … [Read more...]

Shift Your Mindset — #CEO BootCamp for Women

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American Express OPEN just sponsored the CEOBootCamp in Los Angeles, an excellent event where female entrepreneurs could network, train and share in the wisdom of successful women who have turned their ideas into multi-million dollar businesses.  Keynote speaker Denise Wilson wowed the crowd when she shared that she was an oboe player and schoolteacher who became a pilot. In 2007, she … [Read more...]

Joblessness, Debt & Obama

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On The Jerry Doyle Show, Jerry and I discuss the plight of Millennials and my latest post Millennials Abandoning Obama: Fickle Youth or Something Deeper. Pundits are trying desperately to justify the independent streak of Millennials (Gen Yers) who don’t seem as enamored of the President’s policies, particularly the Affordable Care Act, as the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank and his brethren … [Read more...]

Millennials Abandoning Obama: Fickle Youth or Something Deeper?

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In his latest column, Washington Post’s Dana Milbank lamented that the youth vote, 15 million strong, who swept Obama into office have “abandoned him in his hour of need.”  With ‘his presidency on the line,’ Millennials seem to be turning their collective backs on the President’s health care plan: “The administration announced last week that only 1.08 million people ages 18 to 34 had signed up … [Read more...]

Lupita Nyong’o on True Beauty vs. the “Seduction of Inadequacy”

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Lupita Nyong’o’s grace and wisdom were evident not only in her speech on the night of her Oscar win for “12 Years A Slave,” but also while being honored at this year’s ESSENCE Magazine Black Women in Hollywood luncheon.  Reading a fan letter she had received from a girl who felt self-loathing because of her very dark skin, Ms. Nyong’o shared that she, too, “got teased and taunted about [her] … [Read more...]

Stepping Into The MOOC World

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It started like any other sunday morning.  I was sitting at the breakfast bar, with my laptop and coffee in front of me, leisurely reading articles and following links over hills and down dales, roaming the web super highway. I went from browsing recipes to trying to decipher an article about SEO coding.  From there, I innocently followed a link to the 5 best online web coding classes.  … [Read more...]

Winter Snow Humor

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Just a couple of favorite winter snow day cartoons (pre #PolarVortex and #PolarVortex2) from the Great Snow Storm of 2001 : *cartoonist: Stuart Carlson, 2001, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Nope! - *** - * cartoonist: unknown  I thought so!   Have any good snow toons to share? # … [Read more...]

Words To Live By: “…There Is No Effort Without Error Or Shortcoming…”

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The Man in the Arena “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error … [Read more...]

Could Appointing Women CEOs Be A Win?

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~ Listen to an excerpt of The Jerry Doyle Show as radio talk show host Jerry Doyle and his guest Anita Finlay engage in a lively battle of the sexes while discussing -- Mary Barra, the stats to back women CEOs, The Ellen Show, inclusion and solutions vs shopping confirmation bias, women drivers and more ... ~ Just click below to listen. … [Read more...]

The Inspiration of Nelson Mandela

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As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some of his inspiring words: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~ “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison,” Mandela said after he was freed in … [Read more...]

This Guy — Sir Nicholas Winton, Hero!

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(Happy Thanksgiving and Chanukah!) I have come to almost detest the word hero these days. I think it’s overused and it’s used incorrectly. We have a funny idea in this country about what makes a person a “hero.” We have a weird obsession in this country with athletes and movie stars. We call pro-football players heroes. Why? What did they ever do to earn that moniker? What, exactly, … [Read more...]

Veteran’s Day Needs To Include Women Leaders In War

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“Nancy Wake, “the White Mouse” and the most decorated woman of the 1939-45 war, disliked people messing around with her life story.  Small wonder.  It was an extraordinary story and an extraordinary life.” So wrote John Litchfeld in his tribute to Ms. Wake in The Independent, Resistance heroine who led 7,000 men against the Nazis: Ms. Wake, who has died in London just before her 99th birthday, was … [Read more...]