Maureen O'Connell

94 Flips | 13 Magazines | 53 Likes | 2 Followers | @MaureenOCon5g32 | Maureen O’Connell is former Executive VP, CFO and CAO for Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL). Finance and Accounting are her forte. She also excels at Administrative Functions such as Strategic Planning & Business Development, Global Operations, IT and Human Resources.

Yes, I'm Pretty and I'm Traveling Alone

I can already hear Regina George saying, <i>"So, you think you're pretty?"</i>, and can imagine the amount of "Is this b*tch seriously complaining about being pretty and traveling?" comments this post will inevitably attract, but trust me, I've gotten worse things inferred about me when I travel alone.<p>You …

The Biggest Health Fear Women Have In Their 50s

A guide to health at every age.<p><i>Health complaints change over the decades. What worries us at 25 is very different than our concerns at 40. We asked the HuffPost Lifestyle Facebook community to tell us what they worried about most and then conferred with experts. Here's what we learned. (Find all</i> …

8 Things Successful People Do During Their Lunch Breaks

Reaching the heights of success takes time. Fortunately, you can shorten the journey by making the best use of your lunch hour. If you’re like most …

10 Lists To Keep If You Want To Be Successful

The human mind is truly incredible, and we should all strive towards creating a tenacious memory we can rely on. Many lucrative professions or …

George Orwell's '1984' chosen as top book by teachers

George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four has been voted the number one book that "every student should read before leaving secondary school" by …

Are You a Leader or a Follower? | Inc.com

Leadership is the art of persuasion--the act of motivating people to do more than they ever thought possible in pursuit of a greater good.<p>It has nothing to do with your title.<p>It has nothing to do with authority or seniority.<p>You're not a leader just because you have people reporting to you. And you …

Why I Turned Down The Chance To Be CEO

<i>Susan Packard has been on the ground floor and helped to build powerhouse media brands like HBO, CNBC, and HGTV. She the cofounder of Scripps</i> …

Leadership

35 habits that will make you irreplaceable at work

Amazing employees stand out from the crowd in many other ways. Simply put, their contribution far outweighs their cost, regardless of their expense.<p>Many employers today are willing to pay top dollar for the right people, but often they wouldn't recognize those "A" players, because they aren't …

4 Ways For Millennial Women To Prepare For Leadership Roles

Millennial women are set to take on unprecedented leadership positions. Here’s how to prep for them.<p>Coming of age for working women in the “lean-in” era isn’t easy. For millennial women (those born between 1980 and 1994), life and work are blended. The same technology that makes staying connected …

Why most definitions of leadership are wrong

What makes someone a leader anyway?<p>Such a simple question, and yet it continues to vex some of the best thinkers in business.<p>We've written several books on leadership, and yet it's a rare thing to actually pause to define leadership.<p><i>Let's start with what leadership is not…</i><p><b>Leadership has nothing to</b> …

15 Simple but Powerful Back Exercises to Ease Stiffness and Lower Back Pain

Almost every single person on this planet has experienced some sort of back pain, whether it be in their lower, middle, or upper back. I can tell you …

3 Reasons Why Your Hiring Process Is Killing Your Company

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Your company’s hiring process determines whether or not your enterprise is destined for failure or success. It’s that simple.<p>Sound dramatic? Not really. Look at it this way: The right hiring process attracts the right talent -- the kind …

Thinking Like a Leader: Three Big Shifts

Leadership development often focuses on <i>doing</i> — the mastering and use of certain desirable skills and behaviors that concretely show someone to be</i> …

10 Tricks to Speed up Your Use of Microsoft Outlook

Although firm numbers are hard to come by, Microsoft estimated in 2014 that more than 500 million people currently use Outlook, its flagship email …

Software

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Szabo Laszlo<p>Content Marketer and Fitness Enthusiast Read full profile<p>Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the …

Exercise

Introverts in the Workplace When Employers Value Extroverts

There’s a misconception that extroverts do better in the workplace than introverts. They’re more outspoken, more at ease with people they don’t know, …

Avoid These Three Traps and Become a More Decisive Leader

I recently oversaw a study designed to clarify the relationship between pivotal decisions and leadership. Based on our nationwide survey of 500 …

7 Disciplines of A Leader

How to Help Your People, Team, and Organization Achieve<p>In the <i>Seven Disciplines of a Leader</i>, Jeff Wolf explores what leadership looks like when done …

The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership: Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders

How many of today’s problems are the result of leadership?What’s lacking, the author of The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership argue, is the lack of real …

EY - Partnering for performance: the CFO and the CMO

A majority (54%) in our survey of 652 CFOs say that their collaboration with the CMO has increased over the past three years (see Chart 1).<p>Chart 1: …

Profit

Improve Your Office Productivity With Twitter Chat Tips - Small Business Trends

There are lots of ways to improve productivity in the office. That’s whether you work as a solopreneur from home or with employees from a traditional …

HR Needs To Raise Its Game If It Is To Take Its Place In The Front Rank

With all the talk of the continuing struggle to find and retain talent in a world where few organizations know the sorts of people they are going to need in the coming years, one might think that this would be a great time to be in human resources. That does not seem to be the case, however. Long …

7 Life Hacks to Be Productive Instead of Just Busy

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When your nose is constantly to the grindstone, sometimes it is hard to eat your meals on time, much less get perspective on anything else that is going on. As entrepreneurs, we often have periods when we are frenetically trying to …

4 Ways To Prepare For The Workplace Of The Future

Millennials face a much more volatile workplace than ever. Here are four ways to adapt.<p>The workplace of the future will be a world of contradictions—which the next generations that enter it will need to master.<p>Charting a career path in a mercurial workforce means staying focused and adaptive in …

Scholastic Corporation Announces First Quarter Dividend

NEW YORK, July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Scholastic Corporation SCHL, +0.25% is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors today declared a …

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg moves step closer to becoming world's richest person

31-year-old overtakes 89-year-old Ikea founder to move up to ninth in Bloomberg's billionaire list<p>Mark Zuckerberg has moved a step closer to becoming the richest person on the planet.<p>The Facebook founder has moved up to ninth place in Bloomberg's billionaire list, overtaking Ikea founder Ingvar …

Mark Zuckerberg

Apple just confirmed everybody's biggest fear about China

(AP Images)<br>Apple might have a China problem.<p>On Tuesday, defense giant United Technologies cut its full year sales outlook for, among other reasons, …