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Please, Acknowledge My Existence

You’re in a meeting, and you’ve just shared an idea that was completely ignored. Then someone else says the same thing, and all of a sudden the group agrees it’s the greatest contribution of the meeting. You think, “Hey! I just said that!” and for the next few seconds, you feel invisible, stunned and upset. …
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A Strategy for the Unemployed

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Thoreau Consider a person who introduces herself as “My name is Xyz, and I have been unemployed for a number of months.” My first reaction is to cringe; my second reaction is to ask: Why? Not that I should be surprised that …
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So You Want My Money

I am sitting in front of a pile of printed emails, letters and cards that is several inches high. As I read each one of them, I notice that they have one thing in common: they are all requests for money. Charities and non-profits are asking for my help. Today, they’re not looking for my …
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The Foundation for an Enduring Business

In this difficult economy, a lot of displaced workers are starting their own businesses. They figure they might have a better chance of controlling their own future by running their own enterprises. In addition, those who are already in business are looking for ways to improve their sales and remain competitive. Both have the challenge …
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The Death Reality

I fly a lot. So it should come as no surprise how I felt when US Airways Flight 1549 landed in NY’s Hudson River, especially since I was supposed to take the same flight a week later. Due to the circumstances, I followed the news and events around the crew and passengers very closely. I …
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Latinas and Science

It is tough to be a scientist and a Latina at the same time. People can never correctly guess what I do for a living. If I tell them I have my own business, they assume I run a restaurant. The truth is that I can’t cook, but I own and have run an engineering …
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The New Latino

Since I moved to Charlotte, I have been trying to understand how the Charlotte community views its Latino population. One way that I gauge community opinion is by the number of Letters to the Editor when Latino issues are discussed in the local newspapers. A few months back, The Charlotte Observer published a series of articles describing …
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