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  • Mae Jemison: First African American Female Astronaut Lives Out Childhood Dream

    As a little girl, Mae Jemison always wanted to go into space. "I remember people used to try to tell me why women shouldn't be involved in space exploration, and I always thought, this is nonsense," she said. "And what I understood as a little girl back then is that you don't necessarily have to agree with other people's choices about limiting you."

    Jamison's early love of science and curious nature brought her to Stanford University at the young age of 16, where she studied chemical engineering. Jemison went on to become a doctor and serve in the Peace Corp, but her dream of going into space never left her mind. Jemison finally made it in 1992, when she became the first African American female to go into space. As the Science Mission Specialist on the Space Shuttle Endeavor, which according to NASA orbited the Earth 127 times over the course of eight days.

    Said Jemison: "The first thing that I saw from space was Chicago, 'cause I launched on the mid-deck of the shuttle. My commander

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  • Wounded Warrior Turns Life-Changing Injury into Inspiration

    Dawn Halfaker, a platoon leader platoon in the 3rd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, was on a routine combat patrol near Baghdad when one single moment dramatically changed her life. In the darkness of an early-morning drive, her group drove directly into an enemy ambush.

    Two weeks after the attack, Halfaker awoke in Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and learned that she'd lost her right arm as a result of the ambush. "I just remember looking to my right side and seeing this big white bandage where my arm used to be just thinking that my life was over," she recalls. "Not only did I lose my arm, but I'd lost my career…everything that I'd worked toward. The first few days after I woke up were really, really difficult. As I got a little healthier, the reality started to set in of, 'Oh my gosh, this is the rest of my life. This isn't going away.'"

    Halfaker decided that wherever her path led her, she wanted to find a way "to serve." Today, she runs her own company, which

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  • Helping Others Get Ahead Helps You

    Sometimes, climbing the career ladder can be a little lonely, but by teaming up and helping others be successful, you may just be helping yourself get ahead, too. Here are four ways to help others serve, grow, and achieve and positively impact your career from four successful women.

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    Help others - Because the world is changing, we are becoming more cooperative by necessity, says voice artist Jennifer Hale. She doesn't believe in competition. Jennifer adds, "I love recommending people for stuff, men or women, if I feel like they're going to do a great job that lifts the whole project up."

    Be a "productive achiever" - Kat Cole, Cinnabon president, explains that there are "destructive achievers" and "productive achievers," who have learned "to be givers, in order to achieve." "That mindset of giving in order to grow," she says, "has been a big part of my life and my success."

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  • Sesame Street Puppeteer Leslie Carrara-Rudolph Shares How She's Making a Difference

    "You should never give up on your dream," says Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, an artist, performer, and Sesame Street puppeteer. You can only really measure success by what you contribute to the world, explains Leslie. As Sesame Street's Abby Cadabby and other characters, Leslie is making a difference in kids' lives each day.

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    Leslie started cartooning and drawing when she was a child with a big imagination. She even told her sister that she was moving to Sesame Street, because she knew she belonged there. But when Leslie was 11, her brother was killed in a motorcycle accident. After, she says her family dynamic changed, making the arts even more important to her.

    Leslie went to college at San Francisco State, where she designed a major in Child Development Through the Arts. She worked as an artist and performer before fulfilling her lifelong dream of joining Sesame Street in 2006.

    Shortly after, she came up with the idea for "fairy-in-training" Abby

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  • Laurie Rubin: Blind Opera Singer Defies Expectations

    Laurie Rubin, opera singer and author of "Do You Dream in Color?", doesn't let the fact that she's blind stop her. She puts on her own makeup, makes jewelry, and goes skiing. "I go to movies," Laurie says. "Amazing, blind people go to movies."

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    She says that even as a young child, she knew she was blind, but didn't know what it meant. "It's very hard for somebody who's sighted to explain to somebody what sight is," explains Laurie. When she was four, Laurie began piano lessons. Laurie would sing along and create her own melodies, prompting her piano instructor to suggest voice lessons to Laurie's mom.

    When she was 14, Laurie got asked to sing at Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan's inauguration. With her heart beating fast, she says she was afraid she would forget the words, but she got rave reviews with people calling her a "14-year-old singing sensation." "I remember thinking," says Laurie, "if I can do that, I can do

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  • Advice on Starting Your Own Business

    As a child, entrepreneurship can be as simple as a lemonade stand on a neighborhood corner, but as an adult, starting your own business involves taking risks, commitment, coordinating every detail, and determination to succeed. Here are five tips from successful women on what an aspiring entrepreneur should be prepared for when starting her own business.

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    Know what you're in for - Milk and Honey Shoes co-owner Ilissa Howard advises any entrepreneur to think, plan, and research. Starting her business was an "emotional rollercoaster," she says.

    Dive in - "You have to be willing to just dive in head first, no safety net, run a thousand miles an hour, having no idea if there's more road ahead for you," explains Dori Howard, co-owner of Milk and Honey Shoes. She says if being an entrepreneur were easy, everyone would do it, so keep the risks in mind.

    Think it through - Alexa von Tobel, Learnvest founder and CEO,

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  • Delilah: Radio Host Talks About Why Her Show Is so Successful

    Radio personality and Point Hope founder Delilah says she can remember every lyric she's ever heard in her life. "While I'm listening to somebody tell their story," explains Delilah, "they'll say a sentence or a line and that will trigger what song I want to marry with that call."

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    Born Delilah Luke, the talk show host says she's had her iconic radio voice since she was a young child. In junior high, she was in a speech contest where the judges were from the local radio station. They set up a program for Delilah at the radio station, teaching her how to write news and sports and record. After high school, Delilah started working full time in radio.

    "I moved a lot. I got fired a lot. I lived in my car on occasions," she says. Delilah did everything from airborne traffic reporting to country music before developing her signature show.

    Inspired by the stories listeners would tell her as they made requests, Delilah says, "One

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  • Ann Rule: True Crime Author Tells How She Writes One Book a Year

    Life hasn't been the same for true crime author Ann Rule since her book about serial killer Ted Bundy, "The Stranger Beside Me," was published. She says her editor told her, "Now, Ann, if you could just befriend another serial killer and write a book about it." But Ann certainly didn't want to repeat that route.

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    Ann says she spent every summer in jail as a child. Her grandpa was a sheriff in Montcalm County, Michigan, so Ann wanted to grow up to be a police officer. But after failing the police eye exam, she began writing short crime stories. She got her first book contract in 1975 to write about a series of unsolved killings.

    "Mysterious Ted was abducting and killing young women in the Northwest," says Ann. "Nobody knew who it was." Later, Ted Bundy was arrested in Florida, and he called Ann. It turns out she had known the killer she was writing about. Ann had volunteered at a crisis clinic in Seattle, and the college

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  • Marie Tillman: Pat Tillman's Widow Talks Grief, Healing and Keeping Pat's Legacy Alive

    Marie Tillman, widow, author, and President of the Pat Tillman Foundation, says grief is personal. "You can't go around it," she explains. "You can't sort of skip to the next stage."

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    Marie grew up with Pat and says she was attracted to his energy and passion. "As long as I knew him, he played football," she says. Pat signed with the Arizona Cardinals, but after the 9/11 attacks, he turned down a multi-million dollar NFL contract to enlist in the Army Rangers. While the decision was shocking to some, Marie says the people who knew Pat were less surprised. Pat was someone who stood up for what he believed in and didn't think of himself as just a football player, she says.

    In 2004, Pat was killed while serving in Afghanistan. Originally, Marie was told that Pat was killed in an ambush, but a month later, the military said they suspected it was friendly fire. "That sort of started years of trying to figure out, well, what really did

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  • Secrets to Your Success: Christy Turlington Burns

    Christy Turlington Burns, model and founder of Every Mother Counts, says, "You don't have to be a mother to care about mothers. We've all come into the world the same way." Christy believes every woman should have the chance to survive childbirth.

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    Growing up, Christy and her older sister rode horses every day after school. At the end of their lesson one day, a photographer approached Christy's mom and asked if she had thought about having her daughters model. Christy began modeling for Vogue when she was 16, which she says quickly took her from a department store ad to the fashion world.

    Over the years, Christy appeared on the cover of every major fashion magazine and in ads for Calvin Klein and Maybelline. Not knowing how long she would model, Christy says she took advantage of the job. "I sort of fell into this career as a model," she explains, "and I felt like it's going to allow me to do other things."

    Christy began to use her fame to advocate

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