Business

Former Prudential Diversity Officer Michele Meyer-Shipp Joins Leading Law Firm

By: Selena Hill

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm with offices around the world, has hired Michele Meyer-Shipp as its first chief diversity and inclusion officer. Previously, Meyer-Shipp served as vice president and chief diversity officer at Prudential Financial. She has also been repeatedly named on Black...

Black Women Beauty Company Co-Founders Score $1 Million in Funding

By: Samara Lynn

K.J. Miller and Amanda E. Johnson, the founders of Mented—a cosmetics brand for diverse beauty—just became the 15th and 16th, respectively, African American women to ever raise $1 million in capital for their business, according to an emailed press release.   (Mented co-founders; K.J. Miller, left; and Amanda Johnson, right....

3 NBA Stars Making Big Business Moves This Year

By: Alisa Gumbs

With the start of the basketball season upon us, it’s clear that some of the biggest NBA stars spent the offseason brushing up on their business game. Russell Westbrook TUMI x Russell Westbrook (PRNewsfoto/TUMI)   Just this month, Westbrook, the league’s reigning MVP, released a limited-edition collection with luggage maker...

Morehouse College Names New President

By: Robin White Goode

Morehouse College, the historically black college in Atlanta, recently named David A. Thomas its new president. Thomas, a Harvard professor and former dean at Georgetown University, will assume the role in January. Thomas is one of the few Morehouse presidents to lead the storied institution who did not graduate from...

Damon Dash Creates the Dash Diabetes Network

By: Sequoia Blodgett

Most people know Damon Dash for his partnership with Jay-Z and the creation of Roc-A-Fella Records, or his famed relationship with the late R&B/pop artist Aaliyah Haughton. But what people may not know is that in recent months, Dash has re-emerged on the scene as a tech entrepreneur, founding an ultra-informative platform called the Dash Diabetes...

Apple’s Denise Young Smith Walks Back “White, Blue-Eyed Men” Diversity Remark

By: Samara Lynn

After receiving backlash—particularly across social media—Apple’s vice president of diversity and inclusion, Denise Young Smith, has apologized for recent comments she made speaking at a conference earlier this month. (Denise Young Smith. Image: Apple)   During a panel session on racial injustice held in Bogota, Columbia;  Young Smith said that...

One Woman’s Plan to Increase Female Representation in the C-Suite

By: Kandia Johnson

Women are qualified and ready to lead in the workplace, however, there’s a staggering lack of women in corporate leadership positions around the world. But it’s not enough to talk about the problem. What steps should employers take to increase the number of women leaders? How can aspiring female corporate executives get...

How This College Entrepreneur Juggles School and Business

By: Kandia Johnson

William Murphy, an entrepreneur, and junior in college at Michigan State University (MSU), was fed up seeing the same fashion trends being worn by the “cool kids” in high school so he decided to re-create his own individual style with a line of bow ties. “After testing and selling my bowties...

Retired Marine Colonel and CEO: ‘Leading Is Not For the Weak’

By: Karima Mariama-Arthur, Esq.

Leadership is about integrity of service and the ability to influence others with a compelling vision that incites action. Col. John Boggs, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) knows this all too well and has built an extraordinary living legacy on this premise. He is an author, speaker, and leadership and strategy development...

The Culture of Offense is Why Black Workers Are Punished for Speaking Out

By: Jared Brown

The national controversy surrounding NFL protests took a dramatic turn on Monday when Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones issued a statement indicating that he will bench any player who refuses to stand during the national anthem. “If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play,”...

Coming Soon: Your Medication Will be Printed Out Like a Document!

By: nursealice

Although it may be several years down the road, instead of taking multiple pills, what do you think about combining them into a single printed medication dose?   (Image: iStock/JPC-PROD)   The technique, which was developed at the University of Michigan, can print multiple medications into a single dose on...

Coming Soon: Your Medication Will be Printed Out Like a Document!

By: nursealice

Although it may be several years down the road, instead of taking multiple pills, what do you think about combining them into a single printed medication dose?   (Image: iStock/JPC-PROD)   The technique, which was developed at the University of Michigan, can print multiple medications into a single dose on...

You Can Learn to Code—Without Taking on Debt

By: Robin White Goode

Over the summer it seemed that every other week media reports announced that one coding school after another was closing. (Image: iStock/shironosov)   Coding academies—often called boot camps—have taken the world by storm over the past six years. Everyone from college grads to dropouts to mid-career professionals was thinking about...

BE Smart Hackathon Fast-Tracks HBCU Students to Success

By: Robin White Goode

The BE Smart Hackathon 3.0 has been an astounding success! For the first time teams won second- and third-place prizes, and the top three teams presented from the main stage in front of all the TechConneXt Summit attendees. (Image: File) Brandon Long, team lead of NCAT team Aggie++, presents on...