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  • Actress Nancy Allen Finds New Passion as Cancer Advocate

    Nancy Allen began her acting career in commercials and went on to score roles in big films including "Carrie," "Blow Out," and "Robocop. She was even nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in the movie, "Dressed to Kill." But a request from a good friend--and cancer survivor--changed her path in life.

    "If someone had said to me, you know, at some point in your life you're going to be a program director and then an executive director at a cancer support center, I would have said it's never happening ... I know nothing about that," said Allen. "But everything in my life led me to being right here today. "

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    Allen's friend, Wendie, is a cancer survivor, and asked for her help in starting a cancer support center. "It was a time in my life where, I think, I was getting not tired of acting, but tired of the business of it all. And I needed something that had a little more purpose. We would meet here everyday and make

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  • Baker Erin McKenna on Success: Make Things Happen For Yourself

    When Erin McKenna decided to opened a specialty bakery in 2005, she had very little baking experience and had never run a business.  But she taught herself to bake vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free goods, one recipe at a time. The business lessons came on the fly. Once year after she opened the doors of Babycakes NYC, her cupcakes were named the best in New York.

    "It wasn't just best gluten-free or vegan cupcake," said McKenna. "It was just best across the board.  But it was this — such huge praise.  So it was very much overwhelming and a beautiful moment for me."

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    Before working in the food industry, McKenna had a brief stint with a fashion magazine.  Shortly after leaving her magazine job, she came up with the idea of a bakery for people with food allergies. McKenna's interest in creating and selling vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and wheat-free baked goods stems from her personal experience with food allergies. As a child, Read More »from Baker Erin McKenna on Success: Make Things Happen For Yourself
  • How Do You Balance Work and Motherhood?

    There's no secret to successfully balancing your career and motherhood. It's hard work! Five working moms share their thoughts on how to they manage parenthood along with their professional lives.

    Just keep it moving.

    An avid baker, Lisa Price, the founder of the beauty-products company, Carol's Daughter, remembers the first time she bought baked goods for a bake sale at her son's school. "I don't buy things. I bake from scratch," she explained. "I had to get comfortable with 'You know what, I'm buying the cupcakes. I'm not making the cupcakes.' You can't always be superwoman and ... do everything perfectly. You have to do the best that you can do and just keep it moving."

    Focus on quality over quantity.

    When you run a successful business and are a mom to young children, you may feel "mom guilt"-- regardless of how hard you try to strike a balance. "I kind of joke around that I'm kind of plagued with guilt no matter where I am," said Alli Webb, a mom and founder of Drybar. "If I'm

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  • The Surf Divas: Turn Mistakes Into Learning Experiences

    Izzy Tihanyi and her twin sister, Coco Tihanyi, grew up surfing in the waters of Southern California. As adults working in their respective careers, they both felt that something was missing. Izzy was a pro surfer, but she was bothered by how few women she saw on the waves. With only $342 in the bank, the two tapped into their passion--surfing--and started Surf Diva Surf School.

    "Surf Diva came about as something fun on the weekends where I wanted to get more women in the water," said Izzy Tihanyi. "So I put up a flyer in a local surf shop and said I'm going to do a women's clinic. One girl called me. She brought four friends. And then it just exploded."

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    Today, Surf Diva is one of the top surf schools in the country and teaches both men and women of all ages. It also leads surf trips to exotic locations and host day and overnight summer camps for kids.

    Surfing has always been an important part of the Tihanyi sisters' lives. They

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  • Stella & Dot Founder on Success: Ignore the Naysayers

    Jessica Herrin was a successful e-commerce entrepreneur who, after having her first child, suddenly started making jewelry in her living room. "People thought that was totally nuts," she said, "and in a way it was." Her crazy living room-based bauble project turned into Stella & Dot, a $175 million dollar business. And Herrin? She's the founder and chief executive officer of the company, with more than 10,000 sales reps working under her in five countries.

    Herrin knew she'd pursue a career in business when she fell in love with economics in college. "Really, economics is at the underpinning of happiness," she said. "If you can give people a economy that provides jobs and food, it's the basis of need. And from there they can do whatever else they want." She went on to co-found her first business, WeddingChannel.com, while she was a student at Stanford Business School. It quickly grew into a multi-million dollar business and was sold to another company.

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  • Amy Cuddy: Why You Should Fake Confidence Until It Becomes Real

    Do you ever feel like you're an imposter in your job or life? Amy Cuddy has a simple piece of advice based on her personal life journey: Fake it until you become it.

    Cuddy, a professor at Harvard Business School, studies confidence and body language. Specifically, she looks at how a person's body language impacts his or her own thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and hormones. Her interest in Cuddy grew up in Pennsylvania and immersed herself in the arts, theater and dancing. But when she was 19 and studying at the University of Colorado, she was thrown from a car and suffered a serious head injury. Cuddy discussed the accident's impact with Harvard Magazine, saying she knew she was gifted and was aware of her high IQ. "I always thought that if everything fell apart, I would always be smart, or smart enough to get by," she said. But as a result of the accident and brain injury, her IQ dropped by 30 points. Doctors told her she'd never finish college. Cuddy said it felt like her intelligence

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  • Iron Chef Dominique Crenn Talks About the Journey of Success

    Dominique Crenn was the first female chef in America to be given two Michelin Stars, which are awarded to restaurants for their excellence. For the top-rated chef, this honor marked another "first." Back in 2007, she was the first female executive chef in Indonesia at the Intercontinental Hotel in Jakarta. Crenn, who appears on the popular Food Network competition, Iron Chef, knows that success is personal. "Success is not about money, it's not about who you know," she said. "It's about yourself and who you are inside."

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    According to her speech at TEDxFiDiWomen in February, Crenn learned her lessons about success from her dad when she was a young girl growing up in Versailles, France. The cooking and love of food, however, came from watching her mom and grandmother in the kitchen, and from eating at top-rated restaurants as a child. Crenn once joked with reporter from the Contra Costa Times that she was born with foie gras in her mouth.

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  • How to Deal with Professional Rejection

    What's the best way to deal with professional rejection? Four successful women offer their advice on how to handle these difficult, character-testing moments and move onward and upward.

    Voice artist Jennifer Hale said it's important to remember that rejection is not personal. "You just didn't fit there," she said. "We are all really good, we're all really talented, and any of us can do the work. It's what you're right for that day."

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    According to psychologist Danielle Sheypuk, the fear of rejection becomes common enough to turn into an obstacle for some people. "It's like do I let it bum me out? I hibernate for days, I just abandon the goal? Or do I know how to self-sooth, how to pick myself back up, and get back out there with the goal."

    For Ann Rule, a true crime author who pens one book a year, rejection of a manuscript takes on a special meaning to her if an editor takes the time to write a note. "The real exciting thing is when you've

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  • Michelle Kwan: From Olympic Figure Skater to Diplomat

    When former Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan retired from the sport, she wondered how she'd find a new career that would provide the same satisfaction, phenomenal success, and rousing cheers that she received on the ice.

    "For 21 years, I dedicated myself to one thing only...figure skating. How am I going to find something that I love as much? You can't find a job that when they say your name or when you walk into the office...applause, applause, applause," she joked.

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    But Kwan did find a new job as a U.S. diplomat. Not only is she embracing this new role, she's using the many lessons she learned on the ice to help guide her to success.

    Kwan made it to her first Olympic event in 1998, where she won silver, and later on won bronze at the 2002 Olympic Games. She eventually became the most decorated figure skater in the world after winning 43 titles. "I lived, breathed, and ate just the Olympics. I mean, I had a sticker above my bed. It

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  • Why Taking Risks is a Secret to Success

    Whether starting a new business or learning to lean in at their corporate workplace, women are taking risks every day to achieve success. But fear of the unknown can hold you back. Four successful women share why getting beyond fear--or harnessing it--and taking risks is a powerful tool for success in your career.

    Lisa Price, founder of the natural beauty product line, Carol's Daughter, is more afraid of not knowing where her ideas could take her. Her fear inspires inspires her to take risks. "I feel like if you do something that's really hard, that you're afraid one of two things is going happen," she explained. "You're going to bomb and then you'll recover. Or you're going to do it well and everything will be okay. But if you don't do it, forever and ever amen, you're going be like well, what if I had? Well, what if I had? And that's worse. That has no end. So I'm more afraid of, 'what if?'"

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