Hua Wang

Can Chicago be the Next Silicon Valley?

Chicago startup stars, such as Groupon, Orbitz, The Onion, GrubHub and 37signals, have helped make the city a new breeding ground for entrepreneurship.  These successful companies are charting the way for a new economy and an environment where high-growth entrepreneurship and innovation can thrive. Already, the city has over a thousand digital tech companies, and investors increasingly consider it an entrepreneurial hotbed.  Chicago is becoming an increasingly attractive place to launch new ventures, and it is fast transforming itself into a global hub for new ideas.  Look out, Silicon Valley– Chicago is catching up. Allure The Windy City is haunted…

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Hua Wang

Talking Leadership with Condoleeza Rice

Condoleezza Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States.  She is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates. Hua Wang:  What should the U.S. government do about Iran?  Condoleeza Rice:  Iran is the most disruptive power in the Middle East today.  If you lift Iranian sanctions too quickly, you can create a maker of chaos.  Your leverage is the only reason you are at the table. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are very concerned about Iran’s nuclear capabilities…

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Talking Leadership with Karen Katz

Karen Katz has been the Chief Executive Officer of Neiman Marcus Inc. since fall 2010.  Her career at Neiman spans over a period of 27 years.  She began as a store merchandise manager, and rose through the ranks as a divisional merchandise manager, store manager and store director.  Katz is a graduate of the University of Texas.   Hua Wang:  In 2010, you became CEO of Neiman Marcus.  That was when the recession was ending and Neiman had lost over $1 billion in revenue.  How did you handle your leadership position during such a challenging time? Karen Katz:  I was…

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Talking Leadership with Bonnie St. John

Despite having her right leg amputated at the age of five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win Olympic or Paralympic medals in ski racing, taking home a silver medal and two bronze medals at the 1984 Paralympics.  In addition to her achievements as a Paralympic athlete, St. John is the author of five books, a Rhodes Scholar, a regular inspirational speaker, and a media personality on The Today Show, CNN, CBS Morning News, NBC News and in The New York Times, People, “O” and Essence.  She is also a business owner and a single mother.  President…

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Talking Leadership with Susan Bandes

Editor's Note: This December, Ms. JD is celebrating the gift of women's leadership with new content about great women leaders and reposting some of our favorites.  To learn more about how you can get involved, click here.Susan Bandes is a scholar in the areas of federal jurisdiction, criminal procedure and civil rights.  She is also a pioneer in the emerging study of the role of emotion in law. Her legal career began in 1976 at the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender.  In 1980, she became staff counsel for the Illinois A.C.L.U., where she litigated a broad spectrum of civil rights cases,…

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Talking Leadership with Betsy Alden

One of the "founding mothers" of the service-learning movement, Betsy was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Award in Dallas, Texas, for her creation of The Praxis Project, a service-learning model which has been replicated at over 100 campuses across the country.  Betsy joined Duke University's Kenan Institute for Ethics and was appointed Chair of the Dean's Advisory Committee for Service-Learning. In her course on Women as Leaders in the Hart Leadership Program, she developed a long-term partnership with Chewning Middle School, where her students mentored at-risk middle school girls.  In 2006, Betsy received the inaugural Robert L. Sigmon award for her…

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Talking Leadership with Donna Lisker

Donna Lisker is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education at Duke University.  A proud Philadelphian, Donna received her BA from Williams College and her MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She teaches a freshman seminar on gender and sports, is a pre-major adviser and is the founder and co-director of the Baldwin Scholars, a four-year women’s leadership program.  Donna has been a competitive rower since college and currently rows with the Carolina Masters in Chapel Hill.    Hua Wang:  How do you define an activist? Donna Lisker:  An activist is someone who moves from passively supporting an issue…

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Talking Leadership with Catherine Admay

 Catherine Admay taught at NYU Law School(1994-96) and Duke Law School (1996-2002) before joining, as visiting faculty, the departments of Political Science and Public Policy/Duke Center for International Development.  She co-founded NYU Law's first international law clinic (serving the government of Eritrea and civil society organizations) and founded and directed Duke Law School's first international development law clinic (serving the government of South Africa and civil society organizations).  She has served as a legal consultant to the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission and as a legal scholar contributing to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Admay worked for the Legal…

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Talking Leadership with Suzette Malveaux

Editor's Note: This December, Ms. JD is celebrating the gift of women's leadership with new content about great women leaders and reposting some of our favorites.  To learn more about how you can get involved, click here.Suzette Malveaux is an Associate Professor at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC, where she teaches civil procedure, complex litigation, civil rights law, and fair employment law.  She also served as the Director of the Institute for Law and Public Policy.  Suzette provides legal commentary for various news outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, BET News, and Fox News.   For six years, she served as…

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Talking Leadership with Nawal El Saadawi

Nawal El Saadawi is a novelist,  psychiatrist and writer.  As a result of her literary and scientific writings she has had to face numerous difficulties and even dangers in her life.  In 1972, she lost her job in the Egyptian Ministry of Health because of her book “Women and Sex.” The book was banned by the political and religious authorities because she wrote against Female Genital Mutilation and linked sexual problems to political and economic oppression.  In September 1981 President Sadat put her in prison.  She was released at the end of November 1981, two months after his assassination.  She…

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