Erin McKenna

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

  • 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."

    More on Shine: How tragedy has changed me as a mom

    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 happen

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  • We've selected 100 women go beyond the traditional classifications of the power elite.

    By Caroline Howard, Forbes Staff

    For our 10th annual Forbes Power Women list, our mission is to redefine power. We've selected 100 women go beyond the traditional classifications of the power elite (political and economic might). They are actually shifting our very idea of clout and authority and transforming the world and in exhilarating and novel ways. This annual snapshot of the 100 women with impact are top politicians and CEOs, activist billionaires and celebrities who matter. In roughly equal measure you'll find next gen entrepreneurs, technologists and philanthropists -all ranked by dollars, media momentum and impact (see full methodology here).

    This year the list features eight heads of state -- including our No. 1 for the eighth time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel -- who run nations with a combined GDP of $9.9 trillion. The 24 corporate CEOs control $893 billion in revenues and of 16% of the women here have founded their own companies, including two new billionaires to t

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  • LearnVest founder Alexa von Tobel says financial planning should be accessible to everyone. "Financial planning shouldn't be a luxury," she says. "Every single person in the country should be able to have access to trusted financial advice." And she won't stop her mission until LearnVest is helping millions of people.

    More on Shine: A financial expert solves couples' biggest money problems

    Growing up in Florida, Alexa tagged along with her two older brothers, playing touch football and other outdoor games. She says that taught her to be able to get along with different groups of people. Alexa attended Harvard, studying psychology. During her senior year at Harvard, she came up with the idea for LearnVest, developing the business plan while working as a trader at Morgan Stanley. Alexa left her Wall Street career behind to attend Harvard Business School in 2008.

    "I won a business plan competition of sorts," says Alexa, "and I had a few professors say, 'You know what? This is a really big

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  • Wow your future employer through the phone!

    Wow your future employer through the phone!

    Hold the phone: You nabbed a job interview, but instead of meeting in person, you've been asked to chat up your potential employer via phone. These days, more hiring managers are vetting job candidates by phone prior to arranging IRL meetings. Since handling a phone interview requires a specific skill set, we got Paul Bailo, author of The Essential Phone Interview Handbook, to talk essential phone interview tips.

    By Molly Triffin

    1. Turn on the Radio
    In a phone interview, your voice will make your big first impression, so get a head start on prepping your pipes a week pre-interview by tuning into talk radio. Whether it's Cosmo on Sirius XM, NPR, or the Red Sox game, notice the words and tone the hosts use to create a mental picture for listeners.

    2. Dress the Part
    Even though you're probably doing the interview in your living room, ditch the rumpled Ramones tee shirt and messy hair and dress as though you were meeting the manager in person. Bailo's research found that people's voices change

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