Erin McKenna

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

  • 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, s...Read More »

  • Want the Same Promotion

    Opportunities for promotion don't come around very often, so when they do, you may find yourself competing with a colleague for the same spot. Suddenly, your congenial workplace can turn into an episode of Survivor: The Concrete Jungle, with each person gunning for his or her own success at the expense of everything and everyone else.

    Fortunately, though, you don't have to choose between getting a raise and maintaining a good relationship. We've outlined three of the common mistakes people make in this scenario that can quickly turn office friends into office frenemies.

    Mistake #1: Saying Nothing

    While this strategy might (emphasis on might) minimize conflict, it can also put a lot of strain on your relationship. After all, it's hard to maintain good rapport when you're tip-toeing around such a major issue or fearing that another co-worker will bring the topic up at happy hour.

    Our Solution

    Don't let the awkwardness build. A simple, "Hey, I heard that you're applying for that Projec

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  • 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 ph

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  • Are we at a standing desk tipping point? (Getty Image)

    Anyone who works in a large office has probably noticed colleagues' heads popping up over cubicle dividers like mushrooms sprouting as more and more employees are switching to standing desks (
    or jerry-rigging their current regular desks into standing versions). The trend started a few years ago with mainly geeky tech types touting the benefits of standing at work, and offering their DIY desk hacks online. Standing desks soon became more mainstream after a number of studies showed the dire health consequences of being a couch—or an office chair—potato. Sure, we've all heard that our modern, sedentary lifestyle has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, but one of the most surprising bits of research showed that regular vigorous exercise, long assumed to be a cure for the common office job, barely mitigated the health risks of sitting for long periods.

    More on Yahoo: Our Titanic Obesity Problem

    This week, diet and exercise app developer Arshad Chowdhury, 37, posted a blog th

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  • Deal with Bad Manager

    If you're feeling unhappy in your 9-to-5, you're not alone. According to the latest Gallup poll, only three in 10 employees are fully engaged at work. And it's not because of long hours, dull assignments, or a lack of team culture. The biggest culprit? Terrible managers.

    A whopping 75% of employees say their manager is their biggest source of stress at work, and 65% of employees would rather have a new manager than a raise.

    Sound shocking? Not when you look at it from the other side-turns out, managers are also struggling. Only one in 10 leaders is actually groomed for the job-but then again, half took the role solely to snag a raise; only 23% actually wanted to lead a team.


    So, if you're stuck with a less-than-ideal boss, what can you do? Well, you can either let this manager mayhem make your life a miserable daymare (like a nightmare, only with sunshine), or you can accept that the game has changed and adjust your action plan accordingly. I would strongly suggest the latter-s

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