Erin McKenna

When Erin McKenna decided to opened a specialty bakery in 2005, she little baking experience and had never run a business. B…

  • 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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  • Plan an ultra-affordable family escape with money-saving tips, fantastic freebies and deals

    By Karen Catchpole

    No matter where you're planning to go, read this before you book. Photo by Getty Images

    1. Max out your rewards

    You will likely use your credit card for some or all of your vacation expenses, so go to to compare cards and apply for the one that gives you the best rewards on travel deals.

    2. Visit Groupon

    Even if you don't book your trip through, the site is a great place to bargain-hunt for activities. "I once signed up for Groupon in Maui before a trip and purchased an underwater 'Snuba' adventure that combined snorkeling and scuba diving at 70% off the original price," says Lissa Poirot, editor of the family travel planning site

    3. Snag old-fashioned coupons

    Official state welcome centers, which are often located on highways as you enter a new state, offer racks full of coupon booklets that contain great discounts on entrance fees for local attractions, restaurants, motels and more.

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  • Advocate for self

    "I think I need to quit."

    When my client Sasha came to me a few months ago, these were the first words out of her mouth. She had recently taken a promotion and relocated to a new office for her job in the petrochemical industry, which seemed like an exciting move for her career.

    But she quickly admitted quite the opposite-between demeaning co-workers and a vague manager, she thought she'd made a huge mistake by taking the promotion.

    If you've ever been in a similar situation, you know how daunting it can be. You take a job or new role assuming that you know exactly what you're getting yourself into-but when you get there, things aren't quite what you expected. So most people do one of two things: Flee the job ASAP or sink into a miserable pit of despair.

    Luckily, I convinced Sasha she didn't need to do either. While her concerns were very real, I recognized this as an opportunity for her to flex her muscles, develop the ability to advocate for herself at work, and confront the issues

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  • Impress Your Boss

    Impress Your Boss

    You already arrive before she does, stay late, and always volunteer for projects big and small. Now knock her socks off with these winning tips guaranteed to impress even the toughest managers.

    1. SAVE HER MONEY. "Bosses are under enormous financial pressure, and if you can relieve some of that with money-saving strategies, you'll show your boss that you care about her welfare and the success of the company." - Jessica Eaves Mathews, founder and CEO of Leverage a Lawyer, a virtual law firm, Albuquerque, NM

    2. MAKE HER WEAKNESS YOUR STRENGTH."Study your boss' skill set and excel in the areas she doesn't. Does she hate public speaking? Offer to run the morning meeting. Is she bad with numbers? Manage her spreadsheets. When you ace a task that's not her strong suit, she'll look to you as someone she needs and you'll create a forum where you can easily shine." - Abby Ziff, digital ad director of WebMD, Washington, D.C.

    Related: 9 Signs You Are Getting Fired


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  • Learn how to convince your boss to give you flex time and let you work from home

    By Stephanie Emma Pfeffer

    When Carrie von der Sitt of Chicago asked for a four-day workweek to accommodate her growing family in 2004, there was only one other person at her PR firm with a flexible work arrangement, a term that includes alternative schedules (working from 11 A.M. to 7 P.M., for example), reduced workweeks and telecommuting. "There are now about 20 people, including half of our leadership team," she says.

    "People bring their best efforts to the table when they're happier and less distracted," says Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. So it's no wonder more companies are granting employees flexible work arrangements. Whether you want one because of childcare, elder care or even to work on a side business, up your odds of your request getting approved by taking these steps.

    1. Decide to ask.

    Sounds obvious, but "women tend to be more concerned about preserving relationships than rocking the boat, even if it means not getting what they want," says Pat Katepoo, work-l

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