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Diversity: The Shaping of Modern-Day Leadership

The qualities of today’s business manager must be broad-ranging: able to navigate complex, often changing definitions of the labor force, capable of staying abreast of technological challenges in small business settings and managing an increasingly diverse workforce. It’s not a job for the faint of heart.

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To Smoke or Not to Smoke? That is the Environmental Question

For a minute, consider the environmental impacts of worldwide tobacco usage instead of the health risks that are associated with it. As a former smoker, the thought never crossed my mind to explore the cumulative effects of my choice to light up.

Rebecca (far right), who won second place in the 2014 Adobe Youth Voices Awards for her short documentary film "International Boulevard," now inspires social change on an even bigger stage: the Oakland Youth Council.

Creativity, Education and the Changemakers of Tomorrow

An estimated 85 percent of teens and 20-somethings will ultimately work in careers that don’t exist today. That’s a pretty staggering statistic, and it begs the question: How are we preparing young people to become the problem-solvers and change-makers of tomorrow?

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Qatar World Cup Proves to Be Costly for Migrant Workers

As FIFA President Sepp Blatter steps down amidst corruption allegations, trouble continues for laborers in Qatar — the controversial host country of the 2022 World Cup. Death tolls eclipse 1,000 as workers risk their lives for low wages and unsanitary working conditions in preparation for the games.

After losing her first two children hours after birth, Manjula gave birth to a baby girl weighing only 1.9 pounds. After being placed in the Embrace warmer for five days, the girl survived and grew to 2.4 pounds, on her way to recovery.

Reverse Innovation Can Help Millions of Mothers Save Their Newborns

Around 15 million babies face the threat of hypothermia every year, and 3 million die during the first month of life, said Rahul Panicker, co-founder and president of Embrace Innovations. Panicker and his partner, Jane Chen, devised a solution that gives all the benefits of an incubator at a fraction of the price, and it’s helping women around the world save their newborns.

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Gal’s (and Guy’s) Guide to Networking

“Get out there and network” is a classic recommendation lobbed at folks who are looking for career advancement. But the ins and outs of actually going to a strange event and talking to strangers for personal gain can feel awkward at best. Here are some tried and true tips that always work for me. Never fear, it gets easier with practice!

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BASF CreatorSpace NYC Confronts Post-Sandy Neighborhood Realities

BASF’s Creator Space Summits tour, which will head to New York City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Sao Paolo, Barcelona and Ludwigshaven, invite an array of co-creators to wrestle with challenging problems of our time. Happening now, the NYC event is grappling with the question of the future of Red Hook, a vibrant, ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood at the southern tip of Brooklyn that was decimated by Hurricane Sandy.

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Underpaying Workers Raises Pressure on Strained Government Agencies

Prodded into action by protesting low-wage workers employed by huge service-sector companies such as McDonalds and Walmart, city governments around the country have or are considering raising minimum wage levels to what’s considered a fair living wage of $15 per hour. As has long been the case, detractors assert that raising minimum wages will stifle economic growth and new business formation.

P&G mobile relief effort in Union Beach, N.J. after Hurricane Sandy tore through the area earlier in the week, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (Stuart Ramson/Insider Images for Procter & Gamble)

Disaster Relief Efforts: The Private Sector Has a Role to Play

It seems like aid agencies are scrambling to provide disaster relief almost every few months these days. Their efforts would not be half as effective if it weren’t for the contributions of companies like P&G, which provides an essential life-saving component in many natural emergencies. Its Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program has been instrumental in guaranteeing clean water for disaster victims in areas where drinking water has been contaminated. In the process, it’s educating employees and consumers about the many ways there are to extend a hand to those in need.