Aug/Sept 2021

From This Issue

Influence and inspiration separate leaders from others, not power and control. Leadership is an individual’s ability to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward organizational success. The world needs leaders like who can think beyond problems, have a vision, and inspire people to convert challenges into opportunities, one step at a time.


People are not robots, we have lives outside of the workplace. I try to instill in my team that being human is more than ok.


Najwa Zebian helps others through her poetry

Writing and poetry can be used as vehicles for healing an individual and the world.

Claudia Duran on helping others through the power of connection in matchmaking

What originally started as a fun passion project evolved into a perfect opportunity to apply my communication skills on behalf of a diverse clientele with endlessly fascinating stories and backgrounds.

Victoria Jenkins is reducing inequalities with her fashion brand

What goes into building an inclusive adaptive fashion brand for people with disabilities.

Kara Stewart: Boosting individual health with ‘genetically guided’ supplementation

We can use a person's genetic make up to decide what nutritional ingredients they need or what is more important is what they don’t need.

How Sarah Barnes-Humphrey is shifting paradigms in Logistics & Supply Chain management

I think differently and I contribute in different ways and that is what makes me unique.

How Lisa Ryan is helping people shift paradigms one thank you at a time

When a company has great employees or brings great people on board, we help them create the type of work environment that helps keep them there.

Dr. Shalini Bahl is helping people take control of their lives through mindfulness

Using human-centered approaches to understand challenges of businesses, one can create custom solutions drawing from mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and psychology.

How Michelle Mekky is changing PR industry with passion

Understanding and compassion. These are the words I want to emphasize. As leaders, we must have compassion in order to motivate and succeed.

Penelope Przekop: Bringing the science of quality management to the pharma sector

Why it’s high time that we revolutionize regulatory compliance strategy in the pharmaceutical industry.


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The ‘second quantum revolution’ should benefit the many, not the few

The focus of quantum science has shifted from theoretical physics to the advent of new technologies such as quantum computers. The benefits could be immense, but there are also potential pitfalls.

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COVID vaccines: We’re not getting enough bang for our buck

How we roll out vaccines is recognised as more important to the success of vaccination programs than how well a vaccine works.

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Why the African free trade area could be the game-changer for the continent’s economies?

The African free trade area has the potential to defragment the continent and bring its economies into the global economy. But excessive openness and integration may also come at a cost, largely from distortions around trade policy.

A woman standing in front of a whiteboard.

Business 101: How to start your own company?

In 1955, just past daybreak, a Chevrolet truck pulled up to an unmarked building. A 14-year-old child was in the back.


Black and white image of a an American soldier in Afganistan

The US withdraws from Afghanistan: 4 questions about this historic moment

A scholar and practitioner of foreign policy and national security offers personal and professional perspectives on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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Scholars react to Biden’s vision to ‘win the 21st century’

Three scholars examine President Biden’s rhetoric, the symbolism and the several ambitious plans he proposed in his first address to Congress.

Boats on a lake in Kashmir

Why international law and US help can’t solve Kashmir?

The Kashmir conflict is too politically difficult for a internationally brokered compromise.

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Feminism’s legacy sees college women embracing more diverse sexuality

Women are now more open to different outlooks when it comes to sex.


A wax figure of Queen Elizabeth

Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview: A threat to Monarchy?

Royal confessions disrupt the careful balance between transparency and secrecy on which the monarchy is based.

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Simple tips for parents who will still be co-teachers when kids go back to school

Parents need to be prepared to continue the role of facilitator of learning and technology specialist for their school-aged children.

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The importance of arts education in the face of massive funding cuts.

Government plans to defund arts higher education are detrimental to both the UK’s economy and its future.





You cannot put a fire out;
A thing that can ignite
Can go, itself, without a fan
Upon the slowest night.

You cannot fold a flood
And put it in a drawer, —
Because the winds would find it out,
And tell your cedar floor.

-Emily Elizabeth Dickinson

The Star

A white star born in the evening glow
Looked to the round green world below,
And saw a pool in a wooded place
That held like a jewel her mirrored face.
She said to the pool: “Oh, wondrous deep,
I love you, I give you my light to keep.
Oh, more profound than the moving sea
That never has shown myself to me!
Oh, fathomless as the sky is far,
Hold forever your tremulous star!”
But out of the woods as night grew cool
A brown pig came to the little pool;
It grunted and splashed and waded in
And the deepest place but reached its chin.
The water gurgled with tender glee
And the mud churned up in it turbidly.
The star grew pale and hid her face
In a bit of floating cloud like lace

-Sara Teasdale

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

-Maya Angelou


“Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.”

-Beyoncé Knowles Carter

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

-Amelia Earhart

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible!”

-Audrey Hepburn

“If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don’t, you’re simply ducking your responsibilities.”

-Ann Richards

Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. … It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.

-Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Even after 500 years, Machiavelli remains politically relevant

Machiavelli’s contributions to the tradition of political realism are enduring. They include his admonition to take the world as it is, rather than it should be; his recognition that power and self-interest play a paramount role in political affairs; his insight that statecraft is an art, requiring political leaders to adapt both to enduring structures and changing times; and his insistence that the dictates of raison d’état may conflict with those of conventional morality.