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March 2012 Archives

NPR host Michele Norris explains why you should write your future in pencil

As co-host of NPR's "All Things Considered" for ten years, Michele Norris is recognized as one of the most trusted voices in broadcast journalism.

She talks about her deep friendship with PBS News anchor and Simmons College graduate Gwen Ifill, how to be prepared for the future, and how her recent decision to temporarily step down from co-hosting "All Things Considered" led her to create The Race Card Project, a national campaign for Americans to share their thoughts on race and identity in just six words.  

Why work life balance is important from beer industry innovator Rhonda Kallman

A widely-recognized innovator in the beer industry, Rhonda Kallman opened the door for women in the beer business when she helped launch The Boston Beer Company at the age of 24.

We asked Kallman about the importance of work/life balance and how her fearless ambition allowed her to jump far ahead in her career, or what she prefers to call "an adventure."

Women leaders choose differently than men says ZipCar cofounder Robin Chase

Robin Chase

Nationally acclaimed transportation innovator Robin Chase revolutionized how people think about car travel. She is best known as co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the world's largest car-sharing company, and GoLoco, the first company to combine ridesharing, social networks, and easy payment systems.

But did you know Chase described her best vacation as being "away from cars and the city?" You also might be surprised to hear Chase's view about the tough choices women have when it comes to their careers and family.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King says women need more female role models

Billie Jean King

Tennis legend Billie Jean King changed the playing field for women. With a career that included a record 20 Wimbledon titles, King fought for equal prize money for women tennis players. She also paved the way for women to receive equitable compensation for product endorsements. Her crusade for gender equality was vividly played out during the epic "The Battle of the Sexes" match with Bobby Riggs, whom she defeated. The win forever altered the way parents viewed their daughters and how daughters viewed themselves.

Below, King, a keynote speaker at the April 5 Simmons Leadership Conference, offered her best career advice, and how women can help other women become better leaders. 

What's the best piece of career advice you've gotten along the way?

Relationships are everything. You never know how someone will touch or change your life or how or when you can change theirs.