Patricia Fann Bouteneff

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The Nine Words That Took This CEO From Poverty To The Top Of A $48B Company

Words matter. Words can shape a person’s life and career. They did for Arnold Donald. Nine words took Carnival Corp’s CEO from poverty to the top of a $48 billion company.<p>This summer, Donald celebrates his fifth year as CEO of the world’s largest leisure travel company. One of every two cruise ship …

Leadership

Meet the ‘Difficult’ Women Who Wrote Their Own Rules

These 29 women weren’t willing to be anything but fully themselves, from Jane Goodall to Frida Kahlo to Billie Jean King.<p>“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun,” Katharine Hepburn once remarked. So, in honor of Mother’s Day, we have asked Karen Karbo, author of <i>In Praise of Difficult …

Feminism

The Problem With Mother's Day

<i>Rabbi Hara Person is the chief strategy officer for the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the publisher of CCAR Press.</i><p>Family legend has it that my great-grandmother Lena used to translate Margaret Sanger's speeches about birth control into Yiddish and deliver them from atop a pushcart on …

Teen Pregnancy

People With ‘Too Many Interests’ More Likely to be Successful, According to Research

The most comprehensive case that has ever been made for why nearly everyone should become a polymath in a modern knowledge economy<p><i>“Jack of all</i> …

Creativity

How to Develop Empathy for Someone Who Annoys You

When someone you work with annoys you, it’s tempting to avoid the person as much as possible. But this isn’t always feasible and often only makes the situation worse. You’re better off cultivating some empathy. How can you do that with a colleague who rubs you the wrong way? How can you foster …

Self-help

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wants to Know Why Hillary Clinton's Twitter Bio Leads With 'Wife'

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie interviewed Hillary Clinton at a PEN World Voices Festival lecture at the Cooper Union in Manhattan on Sunday night, and she …

Feminism

Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards shares her troublemaking playlist

Cecile Richards is an activist, an organizer, a friend of celebrities, and now a newly minted <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author. The Planned …

5 Scientifically-Based Presentation Hacks to Captivate Any Audience

Your audience gets bored easily. Create multisensory experiences to keep their attention.<p>Molecular biologist John Medina once told me, "The brain does not pay attention to boring things." The statement profoundly shaped my approach to communication skills. My mission is to give readers the tools …

Rose Tremain: ‘I don’t want to write for vengeance. It’s cheap and angry’

A cruel mother, an absent father, a beloved nanny ... the writer on the ‘frozen world’ of her childhood, and why she wishes she had won the Booker prize<p>“Do you love me? Do you love me?” Rose Tremain’s mother kept asking her daughter at the end of her life. “And I’d say: ‘Yes, of course I do.’ But I …

Books

Geena Davis Talks Balanced Portrayals On Screen: 'We Need To Have Women Be Rowdy'

Geena Davis is known for groundbreaking roles in films like <i>Thelma and Louise</i> (1991), which featured unapologetically rebellious women as protagonists. Or for her Golden Globe-winning portrayal of the first female president of the United States in the 2005 series <i>Commander In Chief</i>. Fewer people …

Feminism

3 Steps to Finding People Who'll Lift Your Potential, According to Award-Winning Harvard Researcher

Follow these strategies to surround yourself with people who will bring out your best performance.<p>The people around us matter--a lot, according to happiness researcher Shawn Achor in his new book <i>Big Potential</i>. "The height of your potential is predicted by the people who surround you."<p>Achor spent …

Publishers hated ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’ Madeleine L’Engle never forgot the rejections.

Today, Madeleine L’Engle stands as a literary icon, an entrancer of millions of readers whose genre-busting classic “A Wrinkle in Time” rolled out Friday as a full-bore, Disney-fueled, Oprah-graced $103-million movie extravaganza. But in December 1960, she was a frustrated unknown holding yet …

Books

The other winner in the Texas primary? Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior senator from New York, had a great night Tuesday — in Texas.<p>The Democrat went out on a limb in a state far from home — she endorsed or contributed to seven female candidates in contested congressional primaries from El Paso to Houston — and came out with an …

Government

Something amazing happens when you have 3 (or more) women on a company board

What’s the key to making your company more productive? One firm says it has found the magic recipe.<p>Having three or more women on a company’s board of …

How to start a business – eight first steps

On International Women’s Day, business owners offer aspiring female entrepreneurs some tips on where to start when starting-up.<p>1. Start with some market research<p>“When you have an amazing business idea, it’s oh-so-easy to dive<br>head first into building it,” says Pip Jamieson, founder of professional …

Overlooked No More: Charlotte Brontë, Novelist Known for ‘Jane Eyre’

<i>Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. With</i> <i>Overlooked</i><i>, we’re adding the stories of 15 remarkable women.</i><p>Charlotte Brontë was a 20-year-old schoolteacher — impatient, dreamy, long-suffering, unpublished — when, in 1836, she sent a sample of her writing to …

Literature

This 100-Year-Old To-Do List Method Promises Maximum Productivity

When you’re writing your to-do list, it’s tempting to write down all the tasks you might <i>possibly</i> get done the following day. But where do you even …

A hip-hop musical on the suffragettes might just be Britain’s answer to "Hamilton"

Emmeline Pankhurst raps:<p>Looked down by neighbors,labeled as traitors and shamed as beasts.We protested with peace, we protested with speech.But we’re still beaten in the streets and hit by police.<p>Over the last century, countless white actresses have portrayed Pankhurst, the leader of the British …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Ester Ledecka seals status as Winter Olympics snow queen with double gold

Ester Ledecka confirmed her position as the snow queen of these Winter Olympics – in fact, arguably, any Winter Games – with a supreme victory in the snowboard parallel giant slalom on Saturday.<p>The win made the 22-year-old from the Czech Republic the first woman to ever achieve gold medals in …

Winter Olympics

Jerry Seinfeld's Favorite Story Reveals the 1 Thing Successful People Always Do

Achieving your definition of success starts with one simple thing.<p>Jerry Seinfeld is a great example of how successful people are successful because they do things differently than other people. (So much so that I've written about one of his processes before -- and included a story about a different …

Rep. John Lewis will publish 'Run,' a follow-up to 'March,' in August

Rep. John Lewis' graphic memoir series for young readers, "March," about his civil rights work with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was supposed to be a trilogy. But a new book, "Run," is coming, and more are on the way.<p>Lewis, a civil rights hero, won the National Book Award for "March: Book …

Rare Roman boxing gloves found near Hadrian's Wall

Roman boxing gloves have been discovered near Hadrian’s Wall, thought to be the only known surviving examples, even though the sport was well- documented on Roman wall paintings, mosaics and sculptures.<p>With a protective guard designed to fit snugly over the knuckles, the gloves were packed with …

Archaeology

7 Seemingly Charming Habits That Are Actually Manipulative

When it comes to charm and manipulation, there is often a fine line. Someone who appears to be charismatic might have ulterior motives for putting on …

Copies of Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein text to be published

Shelley spent nine months by Lake Geneva writing the story of the bringing to life of a monster<p>Percy Shelley’s correction of Mary Shelley’s misspelling of “igmmatic” in the notebooks in which she scrawled the story of Frankenstein – “enigmatic o you pretty Pecksie!” he wrote – will be seen in all …

Literature

US feminist Susan Brownmiller on why her groundbreaking book on rape is still relevant

Against Our Will brought rape out of the shadows in 1975. As the world reels from the #MeToo allegations, Brownmiller talks about pornography, power and 70s radical feminism<p>In the more than 40 years since its publication, Susan Brownmiller’s controversial, groundbreaking book about rape, <i>Against Our</i> …

Feminism

How to Use Awkward Silence to Get What You Want

I heard a story recently about a friend’sformer boss. When underlings would go into this person’s office to discuss something like a pay raise or …

Don't Make This Common Mistake About Giving Praise

A paycheck is no substitute for praise<p>I have a crazy story for you. Crazy but true.<p>So, I had a leadership position at this company years ago, and I often used to give out praise to motivate the employees. Well, one day, my HR Director told me to stop. He actually said, "You're recognizing too many …

Rep. John Lewis will continue graphic novel autobiography with new Run trilogy

Pop culture is awash in superheroes, but there are plenty of real-life human heroes out there, too. One is Congressman John Lewis, a Civil Rights …

This Author Is Giving Writers $2,800 If They Write a Crime Novel Without a Female Victim

"Women are still being tied to the tracks, but now they have got to be raped first."<p>LONDON (AP) — It’s a chilling cliche of thrillers that women …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg just told the world #MeToo is never going away—deal with it

Suppression of female anger and self-advocacy has always has been imperative to patriarchal control. The force of women united terrifies those whose personal and societal power thrives on sexism. Thus, many women rightfully anticipate retaliation against the #MeToo movement.<p>Don’t count Ruth Bader …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg