Proud to Call it Home

In 1994, the Young Leadership Council (YLC), a civically active group of young professionals in New Orleans, launched a public relations campaign to reinvigorate enthusiasm for the city of New Orleans and its residents and ex-pats. Titled “New Orleans, Proud to Call it Home”, the slogan was printed on posters and bumper stickers. Energetic volunteers…

This Week in Women

Why are Women-Led Nations Doing Better with Covid-19? Amanda Taub, New York Times We should resist drawing conclusions about women leaders from a few exceptional individuals acting in exceptional circumstances. But experts say that the women’s success may still offer valuable lessons about what can help countries weather not just this crisis, but others in…

For How Long?

As the coronavirus drags in to its third month, many are asking – how long will it last? How long will we be working from home? How long will schools be closed? How long until large events can resume? Waiting for something with an unknown end date is maddening. It might be easier to wait…

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The Leader We Wish We All Had Sanya Dosani and Adam Westbrook, New York Times The coronavirus has turned several public health officials and local leaders into bona fide celebrities, and perhaps no one is more compelling than the Ohio Health Department’s Dr. Amy Acton. She wasn’t just the brains behind the state’s early, aggressive coronavirus…

Two Different Worlds

Watching the continuation, if not deepening, of political polarization in this country during the Covid-19 pandemic is maddening. I expected the opposite. A deadly, common enemy should unite us. And yet, depending on your source of news and political persuasion, you are likely to have a very different narrative about the coronavirus, its impact, and…

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The Men Pushing to Open the Economy Clearly Don’t Need Child Care Elie Mystal, The Nation What I need is for somebody to come take my children. A school bus. A babysitter. A freaking traveling circus. It doesn’t really matter. My economy cannot “reopen,” life cannot return to “normal” for me, until fully functional child care comes…

Teachers

I come from a long line of teachers on my mother’s side of the family. Mom teaches Kindergarten. Both of her sisters, my aunts, are teachers; one elementary and one high school literature. My grandmother was an elementary teacher and school principal. My grandfather was a beloved basketball coach, teacher, and school board member. The…

No-Fault Recession

Almost everyone is suffering financially from the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Nonessential businesses across the country are shuttered. More than 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment claims over the past four weeks. Hotel rooms are empty as municipalities reliant on their taxes see holes blown in their budgets. Cuts to city services, furloughs, and layoffs…

This Week in Women – Easter is Cancelled

Another week under the stay-at-home mandate has passed. But this weekend is a tough one because we will not celebrate Easter in any traditional sense. We have the outfits for the children and their beautiful Easter baskets. But we won’t have that long lunch with family or attend the service at church. And I love…

A One-Percenter Blinded by Covid-19

The following is a guest post from a woman in wealth management whom I greatly admire, Charlotte Beyer. I met Charlotte at the CFA Wealth Management Conference in Los Angeles several years ago when I moderated her speaking engagement. Charlotte has dedicated her career to understanding the needs of the 1%. She founded the Institute…