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Why This Former 'Dancing with the Stars' Cast Member is Keeping Autonomy Center Stage of Her Career

A month ago, while deep in “Dancing With the Stars” rehearsals, it wasn’t uncommon for Chrishell Stause to need to take a break to tend to a real estate deal. While shooting the dance competition series, the  Oppenheim Group realtor, former soap opera actress, and current star of Netflix’s hit reality show, “Selling Sunset,” had also been working on closing a house for the last two months. 

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How This Entrepreneur Is Showing The World That More Women Belong In The White House

Former award-winning journalist, Jenny Kaplan, was working as a print reporter and co-hosting a podcast for Bloomberg when her mother, Kathy Manning, decided to run for Congress in North Carolina in 2018, the year a record number of women ran for office.

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Raising The Sustainability Bar With Generation R: The Re: Generation

Imagine a world where the most the general population expects from big business is that it keeps its hands to itself—that it doesn’t take anything away from a community or the Earth—but rather it sustains. That’s the golden standard of sustainability. 

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How SPACs Are Changing The Investment Landscape For Space Exploration And Beyond

The quest to democratize investing has been progressing since the early days of the crowdfunding movement, sparked by Kickstarter and Indiegogo. 

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How This Indigenous Leader Beat the Oil Industry to Protect the Amazon and What You Can Do to Help

Amazonian indigenous activist, Nemonte Nenquimo, is living proof that a modern-day “David and Goliath” story is possible. When the Ecuadorian government announced it was going to auction off indigenous land to the highest bidder in the oil industry, Nemonte unified and led her people, the Waorani Nation, to victory...

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Why now is the Ideal Time to Invest in Africa, The fastest growing continent in the world.

Fueled by a young rapidly urbanizing population, Africa is not only the fastest growing continent on the planet, it’s the only region on the globe where more women than men choose to become entrepreneurs

 
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How NASA Broke the Gender Barrier in STEM

The notorious lack of women in leadership roles in STEM seems to run rampant everywhere–everywhere except NASA, an administration that not only puts women at the helm, but continually gives them a platform to drive the larger conversation around the need for more women in the sciences.

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The Entrepreneur Fighting Gender Stereotypes In Combat Sports

Women athletes have made great strides in recent years. In 2012, 4,847 women competed in the London Olympic games, the most ever in Olympic history. Not only that, women represented every country in every sport that year, and CBS Sports launched the first all-female sports talk show, We Need To Talk, in September 2014.

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The Startup That's Battling to Open Tech to Transgender People

For decades, the term gender equality has focused on the equal treatment of men and women. Now in the year 2015, all genders are starting to come into focus. 

The trans community is slowly being viewed in a new light in pop culture thanks to small screen breakthroughs, such as Jeffrey Tambor winning a Golden Globe...

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Davos 2016: it's time to talk about gender inequality

“I think every woman in this room has the same question. What’s the hold-up?” asks Bloomberg Television anchor Stephanie Ruhle, as she looks at two male C-level executives on either side of her.

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Mums are formidable in the workplace – we need to hire more

After learning to code, Sarah Doczy went from working in a business support role at a tech company to becoming a web developer. When graphic designer Angela Cordon gained coding skills she opened a web development firm with her husband. And Pia Soy, a genetic scientist, went from working in a lab to taking an evening JavaScript bootcamp, which led to her landing her dream job as a web developer at a fashion tech startup.

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The homeless refugee speaking out for female asylum seekers

Mariam Ibrahim Yusuf migrated to the UK from Somalia in 2008 to seek asylum from the war and gender-based violence in her country. She thought her two children would soon be joining her, but after eight years, she is still separated from them, submerged in the asylum system, and homeless.

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There are revenge porn laws on the books in 46 states, but victims say not enough is being done to protect them online

In 2013, musician and YouTube star Chrissy Chambers was living in Atlanta, GA pursuing an acting career. One day, she got a notification that someone was spreading inappropriate links on her YouTube channel.

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Blockchain and the new frontier of lifestyle genetics

Once upon a time, DNA collecting and sequencing was used primarily for medical purposes or in forensic science, known to the general public as the gathering of genetics for criminal investigations. Today, our genes are used to provide insights into a lot more—including what our perfect diet is, the best exercises for us, and our learning style.

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How blockchain technology is helping refugees and relief organizations

Imagine having no identity or personal data records after you are forced to flee your home and everything familiar to you. More than 65 million refugees seeking asylum or trying to reintegrate into society, face this scenario day in and day out. 

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The voice recognition revolution and screenless searching

Alexa, what’s the weather outside?”

“Siri, what’s the capital of Bhutan?”

“Ok Google, will you play the new “All I Want For Christmas” song?

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How tech helps consumers make the most of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. As one of the most important meals of the year, the prepping, cooking and cleaning involved can cause their fair share of anxiety. That being said, multiple technologies are enhancing the way families experience this time of year. 

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From yoga pants to smart shoes: The technology of touch

Imagine being able to navigate the streets just by receiving vibrations in your footwear. Or feeling a tingle in your yoga tights if your Downward Dog position needs improvement.

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How tech is bringing Israelis and Palestinians together

Israeli and Palestinian youths are joining together, learning new skills and engaging in conflict resolution dialogue thanks to a number of new technology partnerships in the troubled region. Can tech really make a difference?

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What Silicon Valley can learn from Lebanon’s women in tech

Asia Joumaa is a Lebanese web developer at the Beirut-based internet company Pixel38 and the top student to graduate from the second training cycle of SE Factory, an intensive coding bootcamp that provides young people with the technical skills they need to land jobs in the Lebanese digital sector — a space dominated by men from the top down of the glassy ceiling...

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How mobile technology is transforming lives in rural India

Deep in a rural village in India outside the city of Jhansi, children play on dirt roads where goats and cows roam. The humble and colorful homes have mud floors, and women collect drinking water from wells.

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It takes more than a village

Where there is wireless connectivity, there is a way to improve lives. That’s why countless mobile-for-development programs designed to address health, education and economic issues have been flooding Africa.

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Formula 1 Goals and the Parallels Between Race Car Driving and Entrepreneurship

Since the age of nine while growing up in Colombia, Tatiana Calderón has known she wanted to race cars. She and her family would go to the races on a regular basis, and kart racing became her favorite hobby. Today, the 26-year-old is the test driver for the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team and races for BWT Arden in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, making her a potential competitor to one day race in Formula 1.

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Working to Make Puerto Rico More Self-Sufficient Through Local Farming and Delivery

While any crisis creates dilemmas for a community, it concurrently shines a glaring light on the problems that already existed. Due to the novel coronavirus, this is happening across a number of our global and local systems. Case in point: our food system. The World Food Programme estimates that COVID-19 will double the amount of people facing a food crisis, increasing the number to 265 million

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Meet 4 Women Pushing Puerto Rico's Sustainable Farming Movement Forward

Being a woman farmer in Puerto Rico is a beautiful thing. I am not a woman farmer, but I’ve spent the last three months meeting women across the island who are leading farming initiatives ranging from Ayurvedic farming and permaculture, to aquaponics and indoor vertical farming, to bee conservatories and urban gardens, to an agroecology collective.

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Meet the Woman In Aerospace Ready to Launch Drones that Can Save Lives Across Altitudes and Collect Data in the Stratosphere

On a 100 degree August day at Yuma Proving Grounds, an army base in Yuma, AZ, Fatema Hamdani was standing in the dry heat waiting for her baby to come home—not a human baby—her K1000ULE Unmanned Aerial System, a zero emissions drone that flies longer than any other electric aircraft in its size and weight category. 

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The Journalist Behind It All

Melissa Jun Rowley

Melissa Jun Rowley is a journalist and entrepreneur focused on the intersection of storytelling, technology and social justice. She's the CEO of The Toolbox, a humanitarian and technology platform, founded by the iconic musician and activist Peter Gabriel.

Melissa often writes about gender issues, race, youth advocacy, and how emerging technology can be be harnessed to instigate positive social change. Her online work includes features for Fast Company, CBS News, Mic.com, Huffington Post Impact, Mashable, Village Voice Media, Discovery News, BlogHer, MTV Act, Cisco's Technology News Network and the Smart+Connected Communities Institute.

Earlier in her career, she was a field producer for CNN, E! Entertainment, and the Associated Press. She was also an on-camera correspondent for the Super Bowl. Her work in the field has granted her a range of colorful experiences, including flying in zero gravity at NASA, producing business updates from the New York Stock Exchange, and producing coverage of the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys and Grammys. 

A die-hard believer in the power and brilliance of young people, Melissa mentors and writes about teen activists using STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & math) to transform communities.

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