Strategy

I have a stutter, and it’s made me become a better leader — here’s why

Michael Thompson is a career strategist who works with business professionals and entrepreneurs to open more doors and receive greater satisfaction from their work. In childhood, Thompson struggled with a severe speech impediment. Despite working hard to improve his communication, in adulthood he still encountered clients and colleagues who weren’t […]
I have a stutter, and it’s made me become a better leader — here’s why
Strategy

How to identify new revenue streams and successful ventures for your business

Entertainment, travel, and hospitality industries, among others, took a hit as businesses and cities shut down across the nation. Finance experts and business owners shared tips with Business Insider on diversifying sources of revenue to make it through a tough economic downturn. Start by evaluating how your customers are reacting […]
How to identify new revenue streams and successful ventures for your business
Strategy

4 big questions you may have about college admissions during the pandemic, answered by an Ivy League dean and a former NYT education writer

Eric Furda is the dean of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania and former executive director of admissions at Columbia University. Jacques Steinberg is a college admissions expert and former education journalist for The New York Times. The following is an excerpt from their new book, “The College Conversation: A […]
4 big questions you may have about college admissions during the pandemic, answered by an Ivy League dean and a former NYT education writer
News

Netflix in Africa: How the global streaming superpower showed it was serious about telling African stories with local voices — and why others will follow

Global streaming giant Netflix and other major entertainment companies are increasingly investing capital in African-made programming and content. Netflix has committed $US17 billion in this sector – its head of Africa originals Dorothy Ghettuba says the company wants to find stories that resonate with their African market. The African TV […]
Netflix in Africa: How the global streaming superpower showed it was serious about telling African stories with local voices — and why others will follow
Strategy

Unemployed in New York: A 38-year-old accountant shares his story

The Unemployed States of America takes readers deep inside the decimated American workforce. Jay Fairbrother is a 38-year-old accountant based in Buffalo, New York. He lost his job as an accountant in May, but has been using this time to do what he wants while looking for his next opportunity. […]
Unemployed in New York: A 38-year-old accountant shares his story
Strategy

I’m a 25-year-old recent grad in Virginia facing a tough job market. Here’s how I’m strategically taking advantage of opportunities in my field while I wait it out.

The Unemployed States of America takes readers deep inside the decimated American workforce. Eric Witiw is a 25-year-old recent master’s graduate based in Arlington, Virginia. He was in the middle of applying and interviewing for jobs when the pandemic hit, and is now working part-time as a research consultant in […]
I’m a 25-year-old recent grad in Virginia facing a tough job market. Here’s how I’m strategically taking advantage of opportunities in my field while I wait it out.
Strategy

Job diary: I’m a ‘white hat’ hacker. Here’s what my job is like, and 5 things I think everyone should do to protect their personal information.

Frank Villani is a 53-year-old information security specialist based in New Jersey who’s worked in information technology for 24 years and IT security for 12 years. He’s a ‘white hat’ hacker, someone who works on the inside of an organisation to protect its internet systems from ‘black hat’ hackers who […]
Job diary: I’m a ‘white hat’ hacker. Here’s what my job is like, and 5 things I think everyone should do to protect their personal information.
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Job diary: I’m a ‘white hat’ hacker. Here’s what my job is like, and 5 things I think everyone should do to protect their personal information.

Frank Villani is a 53-year-old information security specialist based in New Jersey who’s worked in information technology for 24 years and IT security for 12 years. He’s a ‘white hat’ hacker, someone who works on the inside of an organisation to protect its internet systems from ‘black hat’ hackers who […]
Job diary: I’m a ‘white hat’ hacker. Here’s what my job is like, and 5 things I think everyone should do to protect their personal information.
Strategy

I’m the female CEO of a think tank devoted to diversity and inclusion. Workplaces — and the government — can honour Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy by building the world she fought for.

Pat Fili-Krushel is the CEO of Coqual (formerly the Centre for Talent Innovation), a nonprofit think tank dedicated to helping companies design diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplaces where every person belongs. While we’ve made a significant amount of progress in making the workplace equitable, there’s still much more to be […]
I’m the female CEO of a think tank devoted to diversity and inclusion. Workplaces — and the government — can honour Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy by building the world she fought for.
Strategy

The United for Infrastructure 2020 event highlighted how communities are working to solve problems exposed by the pandemic, from access to broadband internet to inequitable transportation systems

The week-long virtual event United for Infrastructure 2020 took place September 14-21 and featured 30 sessions and hundreds of speakers, including federal officials, advocacy groups, and others. Formerly known as Infrastructure Week, the conference is normally held in May in locations across the US. Zach Schafer, executive director and CEO […]
The United for Infrastructure 2020 event highlighted how communities are working to solve problems exposed by the pandemic, from access to broadband internet to inequitable transportation systems
News

The rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine is under threat: Leading experts tell us they’re worried about a shortage of glass vials, cargo planes, and cold-storage units

Experts tell Business Insider that a glass vial shortage, as well as cargo restraints, could limit the mass rollout of a coronavirus vaccine. The vials are only made by a few companies, and boosting production could prove tricky. “The supply chain for vials is particularly challenging because manufacturing capacity ramp […]
The rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine is under threat: Leading experts tell us they’re worried about a shortage of glass vials, cargo planes, and cold-storage units
Strategy

A Wharton professor says late boomers and Gen X will take centre stage over millennials by 2030 — here’s why we should be paying attention to them

Mauro Guillén is an expert on global market trends and professor at the Wharton School, where he holds the Zandman Professorship in International Management and teaches executives, MBAs, and undergraduates. The following is an excerpt from his new book, “2030: How Today’s Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future […]
A Wharton professor says late boomers and Gen X will take centre stage over millennials by 2030 — here’s why we should be paying attention to them
Strategy

Job diary: I’m a professional mermaid who makes upwards of $250 for an appearance. Here’s how I turned my passion for cosplay into a business.

Gabrielle Rivera is a 25-year-old professional mermaid based in the Bay Area, California. At the age of 19, a friend introduced Rivera to online community of merfolk, people also interested in mermaids and costuming. From there, her character Nymphia, The Nautilus Mermaid, was born. Today, Rivera performs as Nymphia everywhere […]
Job diary: I’m a professional mermaid who makes upwards of $250 for an appearance. Here’s how I turned my passion for cosplay into a business.
Strategy

Comedian Ziwe Fumudoh on 5 lessons she’s learned from breaking into the world of comedy, and her best advice for aspiring performers

Ziwe Fumudoh is a 28-year-old comedian, writer, and performer based in Brooklyn, New York. She’s the creator and host of a weekly Instagram Live comedy show where she interviews controversial guests, like Alison Roman, Alyssa Milano, and Rose McGowan, and “baits” them with race-related questions to expose their biases. Fumudoh […]
Comedian Ziwe Fumudoh on 5 lessons she’s learned from breaking into the world of comedy, and her best advice for aspiring performers
Strategy

I’m a 52-year-old small business owner in Oklahoma who’s been on unemployment since February. Here’s how I’m getting by.

The Unemployed States of America takes readers deep inside the decimated American workforce. Amanda Stephenson is a 52-year-old small business owner from Collinsville, Oklahoma. She ran a small business making and selling cheer uniforms and dance costumes, but hasn’t had clients since February, when many local schools and performances were […]
I’m a 52-year-old small business owner in Oklahoma who’s been on unemployment since February. Here’s how I’m getting by.
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I’m a 61-year-old carpenter in Iowa who’s been losing customers since February. I’m starting to feel more confident about riding it out.

The Unemployed States of America takes readers deep inside the decimated American workforce. Paul Krueger is a 61-year-old carpenter based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Krueger has worked in carpentry all his life and ran his own business specializing in cabinet making and custom woodwork. He began losing customers in February […]
I’m a 61-year-old carpenter in Iowa who’s been losing customers since February. I’m starting to feel more confident about riding it out.
Strategy

High-speed railways, water recycling programs, and partnerships with tech companies: How America can innovate to make its infrastructure more competitive, sustainable, and last through the 21st century

At United for Infrastructure 2020, a week-long virtual event bringing key stakeholders together, leaders, and government officials discussed how innovation and tech can improve America’s infrastructure for the long haul. High-speed rails are the future, they said, pointing to success in Japan, China, and many European countries – and the […]
High-speed railways, water recycling programs, and partnerships with tech companies: How America can innovate to make its infrastructure more competitive, sustainable, and last through the 21st century
Strategy

Inequality is ‘encoded’ in America’s infrastructure. Government officials and leaders say we need federal action to fix it.

During the September 16 panel “Infrastructure, Race, and Equity” at the weeklong United for Infrastructure 2020 event, government officials and leaders discussed the inequalities in America’s infrastructure. The Santa Ana Freeway in Los Angeles, completed in the 1950s and routed through many low-income communities, is one instance where infrastructure disproportionately […]
Inequality is ‘encoded’ in America’s infrastructure. Government officials and leaders say we need federal action to fix it.
News

What it’s like to be a New York University student living on campus right now, from a mandatory 2-week quarantine in a dorm room to a $100 Grubhub gift card for meals

Dorothy Akpovwa is a 19-year-old sophomore studying computer science at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. In mid-August, she flew to New York from her home in Georgia to enter a two-week quarantine to be able to attend the start of in-person classes on September 2. While being in […]
What it’s like to be a New York University student living on campus right now, from a mandatory 2-week quarantine in a dorm room to a $100 Grubhub gift card for meals
Strategy

I’m one of 4 astronauts in history to have piloted a space shuttle. Here’s what my time in space taught me about making even the most boring tasks extraordinary.

Colonel Terry Virts is a former NASA astronaut who’s one of only four astronauts in history to have piloted a Space Shuttle and commanded the International Space Station (ISS). He was featured in the 2016 IMAX film, “A Beautiful Planet,” and is the author of National Geographic’s “View from Above.” […]
I’m one of 4 astronauts in history to have piloted a space shuttle. Here’s what my time in space taught me about making even the most boring tasks extraordinary.
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What it’s like to be a student at UC Berkeley right now, according to a senior who had to get a permission slip from UC police to return to campus and gets tested for COVID-19 every 3 weeks

Justin Lee is a 21-year-old senior at the University of California, Berkeley, studying neurobiology on the premed track. Although the university is fully remote this fall, Lee has special permission to be on campus to conduct in-person research at one of the science labs as part of his senior honours […]
What it’s like to be a student at UC Berkeley right now, according to a senior who had to get a permission slip from UC police to return to campus and gets tested for COVID-19 every 3 weeks
Lifestyle

Luxury hotels are launching ‘workation’ packages to lure in travellers who can work remotely. We checked out 3 hotels in LA to see how their amenities stack up — here’s what we found.

As companies opt to have employees work from home through at least the end of 2020, some workers are starting to indulge “workation” packages at hotels. They can stay just for the day – or overnight – and enjoy new surroundings, like poolside cabanas with outlets. Freelance writer Molly O’Brien […]
Luxury hotels are launching ‘workation’ packages to lure in travellers who can work remotely. We checked out 3 hotels in LA to see how their amenities stack up — here’s what we found.
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What it’s like to be a student at Notre Dame right now, where coronavirus cases spiked one week into the fall semester and lectures are being held in stadiums

As colleges begin to reopen for the fall semester, schools are adjusting to the “new normal” of social distancing guidelines. At the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, all undergraduate students were invited back to campus. A week into the fall semester, classes temporarily shifted to all-virtual following […]
What it’s like to be a student at Notre Dame right now, where coronavirus cases spiked one week into the fall semester and lectures are being held in stadiums
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Capitalism needs an upgrade: On the 50th anniversary of Milton Friedman’s landmark essay, the onus is on stakeholder capitalists to get their act together

Martin Whittaker is the CEO and cofounder of JUST Capital, a nonprofit that tracks and ranks corporations on stakeholder performance issues of greatest importance to the public. Sunday is the 50th anniversary of the Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman’s famous article on shareholder primacy, often referred to as the “Friedman […]
Capitalism needs an upgrade: On the 50th anniversary of Milton Friedman’s landmark essay, the onus is on stakeholder capitalists to get their act together
Strategy

5 factors that may make some people mentally stronger than others

Amy Morin is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, mental strength coach, and international bestselling author. Through her work as a therapist as well as the recent launch of her podcast called “Mentally Strong People,” Morin says she’s met many mentally disciplined and resilient people and analysed what sets them […]
5 factors that may make some people mentally stronger than others
Strategy

Job diary: I’m a cat sitter who just finished my first pandemic-era job. Here’s how I landed the gig in a competitive cat-sitting market — and why it was surprisingly easy.

Madolline Gourley is a 30-year-old traveller and writer from Brisbane, Australia who has worked around the world as a house and pet sitter since 2012. Gourley hadn’t scheduled any sits since March due to the pandemic, but in August she accepted a cat sit for former clients who were planning […]
Job diary: I’m a cat sitter who just finished my first pandemic-era job. Here’s how I landed the gig in a competitive cat-sitting market — and why it was surprisingly easy.
Strategy

7 lessons about mental strength I learned from being a therapist

Amy Morin is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, mental strength coach, and international bestselling author. In her years working as a mental health professional, Morin says her understanding of what mental strength is has evolved, and adds that most people have misconceptions when it comes to mental strength. It’s […]
7 lessons about mental strength I learned from being a therapist
Strategy

I’m a Black entrepreneur who learned the value of money at a young age. Here’s why I believe financial literacy is a powerful way to address racial inequity.

Jason Young is the cofounder of MindBlown Labs, a financial innovation lab that uses games and technology to educate and motivate people to make better financial decisions. While he was a student at Harvard, Young’s family was evicted from their home. He says the experience profoundly affected him, and inspired […]
I’m a Black entrepreneur who learned the value of money at a young age. Here’s why I believe financial literacy is a powerful way to address racial inequity.
Strategy

Andreessen Horowitz’s a16z podcast: Here’s what execs who led growth at Uber and HubSpot say tech entrepreneurs should focus on over the next two years to be successful

The following is a transcript from the a16z podcast, created by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, which explores tech, innovation, culture trends, news, and the future. In this episode, host Lauren Murrow speaks with Andrew Chen, general partner at a16z who previously led the growth team at Uber, […]
Andreessen Horowitz’s a16z podcast: Here’s what execs who led growth at Uber and HubSpot say tech entrepreneurs should focus on over the next two years to be successful
Strategy

What being widowed at the age of 26 taught me about grief

Amy Morin is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, mental strength coach, and international bestselling author. When she was 26 years old, Morin’s husband of the same age passed away from a sudden heart attack. Despite being a therapist with an educational background in trauma and grieving, Morin says she […]
What being widowed at the age of 26 taught me about grief
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United for Infrastructure 2020, formerly known as Infrastructure Week, starts as a virtual event on September 14, with speakers addressing how the US can #RebuildBetter

United for Infrastructure 2020 (formerly known as Infrastructure Week) will take place virtually this year September 14-21. The theme of this year’s event is #RebuildBetter. Speakers include major city governors, US Chamber of Commerce officials, and other leaders in the space discussing the essential role of roads, water systems, airports, […]
United for Infrastructure 2020, formerly known as Infrastructure Week, starts as a virtual event on September 14, with speakers addressing how the US can #RebuildBetter
Strategy

My book club used to meet in person in New York. Now we’re scattered across countries and meeting weekly over Zoom — and it’s helped keep me grounded.

Michaela Schwartz is a writer/producer living in New York. Originally from Boston, she graduated from Barnard College with a bachelor’s degree in Film and Gender Studies. In September 2018, her friend Leah created a small book club for friends in New York. Fast forward to the pandemic: the eight members […]
My book club used to meet in person in New York. Now we’re scattered across countries and meeting weekly over Zoom — and it’s helped keep me grounded.
Strategy

4 emotional mistakes that may be hurting your career, and how to fix them

Amy Morin is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, mental strength coach, and international bestselling author. When she hosts workshops for executives, Morin says many of them are surprised to realise they have very limited emotional vocabularies. Expanding your emotional intelligence is key to developing self-awareness and improving how you […]
4 emotional mistakes that may be hurting your career, and how to fix them
Strategy

From her first time taking Prozac to hiding depressive episodes at work: A candid depiction of a former entertainment lawyer’s ongoing struggle with bipolar disorder

Terri Cheney is a bestselling author, former entertainment attorney, and writer whose been featured in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, NPR, and more.The following is an excerpt from her new book, “MODERN MADNESS: An Owner’s Manual.“ In it, she combines her personal battle with bipolar […]
From her first time taking Prozac to hiding depressive episodes at work: A candid depiction of a former entertainment lawyer’s ongoing struggle with bipolar disorder
Strategy

Your brain is a prediction-making machine — which is why it isn’t wired to deal with a pandemic. Here’s what to do about it.

Rasmus Hougaard is founder and managing director of Potential Project, a global leadership and organizational development firm serving many Fortune 100 companies and hundreds of others. Nick Hobson is director of Behavioural and Data Sciences of Potential Project and chief behavioural scientist at The Behaviorist, a behavioural change consultancy. Right […]
Your brain is a prediction-making machine — which is why it isn’t wired to deal with a pandemic. Here’s what to do about it.
Strategy

Job diary: As a professional bridesmaid, I deal with everything from missing grooms to wedding crashers. Here’s what a day in my life is really like.

Jen Glantz is an entrepreneur and founder of the company Bridesmaid for Hire, for which she works as a professional bridesmaid in the weddings of complete strangers. On the big day, she says her duties involve everything from being the bride’s personal assistant, social director, peacekeeper, and unofficial on-call therapist. […]
Job diary: As a professional bridesmaid, I deal with everything from missing grooms to wedding crashers. Here’s what a day in my life is really like.
Strategy

I’m a former camp director. Here’s why we shouldn’t get too excited about the CDC report showing how Maine camps hosted 1,000 kids and counselors with only three coronavirus cases.

A recent CDC report revealed how four summer camps in Maine were able to operate while successfully limiting COVID-19 transmission. Jack Hodgson, a former director at a non-profit New Jersey summer camp, now a postgraduate researcher at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England, says this is encouraging news – but there […]
I’m a former camp director. Here’s why we shouldn’t get too excited about the CDC report showing how Maine camps hosted 1,000 kids and counselors with only three coronavirus cases.
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California hotels and communities are hosting people’s pets and offering free or discounted housing to help those impacted by wildfires

While wildfires burn across California, communities and hospitality organisations are coming together to help house evacuees. Some areas are opening up more hotel rooms and lodging to evacuees, and others are offering reduced rates to those in need. Airbnb is also offering free shelter through its Open Homes program, and […]
California hotels and communities are hosting people’s pets and offering free or discounted housing to help those impacted by wildfires
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I turned my sailboat into a podcast studio after I lost my biggest in-person speaking gigs. Here’s my advice for starting your own show at home.

Amy Morin is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, mental strength coach, and international bestselling author. Due to the pandemic, Morin says many of her speaking engagements (which accounted for a major part of her salary) were either cancelled or indefinitely postponed. In order to pivot her business model, she […]
I turned my sailboat into a podcast studio after I lost my biggest in-person speaking gigs. Here’s my advice for starting your own show at home.
Strategy

I love balloons so much that I left my career as a wedding planner to start my own custom balloon installation business. My job often starts when everyone else leaves the office — here’s what a typical day looks like.

Clancy Cusack had corporate jobs and worked in the wedding industry in her early career, but always felt called to do something more creative. After discovering a love for balloons, she began working nights and weekends to create lavish balloon installations for clients and special events in her city of […]
I love balloons so much that I left my career as a wedding planner to start my own custom balloon installation business. My job often starts when everyone else leaves the office — here’s what a typical day looks like.
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PRESENTING: Employees who trust their bosses have more energy, less stress, and fewer sick days. Here are 4 ways to establish trust with your workers, according to a senior vice president at Salesforce.

Building trust between employees and throughout the company is fundamental to productivity, and it’s easy to see why: In author and professor Paul J. Zak’s survey of 1,095 working adults in the US, employees at companies with higher trust were 106% more energetic at work, 76% more engaged, 74% less […]
PRESENTING: Employees who trust their bosses have more energy, less stress, and fewer sick days. Here are 4 ways to establish trust with your workers, according to a senior vice president at Salesforce.
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