Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Principal Ballerina at American Ballet Theater

TIME

The American Ballet Theater has promoted Misty Copeland to principal ballerina, making her the first black female principal ballerina in the company’s 75-year history.

Copeland, who has been with the company for 14 years and danced as a soloist for 8, is one of the most widely visible ballerinas dancing today, with fame spreading far beyond the ballet world. She has written two books (Firebird, a children’s book, and Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, a memoir,) presented at the Tony’s, made an ad for Under Armour that got over 8 million views, and was honored this year as one of the TIME 100. Last week, she became the first African-American ballerina to dance Swan Lake at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Under Armour released a statement congratulating Copeland on her promotion, calling her “a woman who is driven not by her detractors, but by her desire to be great.”

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Gender Intelligence: Breakthrough Strategies for Increasing Diversity and Improving Your Bottom Line by Barbara Annis & Keith Merron

Carol Mann Agency

Companies have long attempted to solve gender imbalances through affirmative action, numeric standards, and quotas. Too often, these solutions don’t have a measurable impact on the number of women in leadership roles or on a company’s bottom line. In Gender Intelligence, Authors Barbara Annis and Keith Merron show how embracing gender differences in the workplace can produce greater economic value. Annis and Merron argue that organizations that welcome the natural differences between men and women, rather than striving for gender equity, find that “when men and women bring their genuine selves to the workplace and embrace each other’s authenticity, they discover the true meaning of gender diversity and success.”

The founder and CEO of Barbara Annis & Associates, Inc., Barbara Annis has advocated for Gender Intelligence in global organizations and Fortune 500 companies. The chair emeritus of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School, Annis has also authored

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Green Spaces at School May Help Kids’ Brains

TIME

Exposure to green space at a young age may aid children’s cognitive development, according to a new study in the journal PNAS.

Researchers, who evaluated data on nearly 2,600 Barcelona schoolchildren between the ages of 7 and 10, found that exposure to green space was correlated with improved working memory and decreased inattentiveness. The results were most remarkable when there was more green space at school.

Part of the association can be connected to traffic pollution, which accounted for somewhere between 20% and 65% the effect of being exposed to green space. Green space at school may also increase physical activity and reduce noise, according to the study. Overall, a significant increase in green space at school could end the impairment of nearly 9% of students with impaired working memory, according to the researchers.

The researchers used satellite data to assess the greenness of both children’s homes and their…

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OMG Magazine Feature

An awesome novel… An awesome person.

OMG Magazine FeatureI am featured in this weeks OMG Magazine on pages 20-23. OMG is a local digital magazine with a very large following. They feature many different local artists and personalities.

OMG was my first formal interview and photo shoot. I was a lot more nervous for the shoot than the interview because posing makes me incredibly self-conscious, and I was fighting the worse cold I ever had. Ever since I can remember I was always the girl who would rather take the picture than be in it.

Two Fridays ago, my book launch was covered by a local newspaper. Although I was ecstatic to be in the paper (my first time), the photo was very unflattering. I didn’t dwell on it too much because it was a good article – Newsday Article. I crossed my fingers and toes that I would like OMG’s pictures and promised myself to practice not closing…

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6 Things to Know Before Applying for a MBA

TIME

Making the decision whether or not to pursue the MBA can be difficult, due to that it is an investment of time and money. However, the degree has the power to be incredibly beneficial when it comes to furthering your career, thus making it one of the most popular post-graduate degrees in the U.S., according to figures from the U.S. Department of Education in 2014.

Prior to making the choice whether an individual should begin the application process, it is key to gather as much information as possible. Therefore, in an effort to demystify the MBA, our MOGUL team set out to interview three top-quality programs to gain helpful insights on what one should think about before taking the next step.

We are thrilled to feature advice from Shelly Taylor Heinrich, Director of MBA Admissions at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

MOGUL: How can someone tell when it…

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