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Yes You Can: Write and Submit an Opinion Column

I’ll never forget the time I was talking to my dad on the phone about how my freelance writing career was going. It was 2005 and I’d been getting published, for pay, since 2002 (the Plain Dealer op-ed pages were the first, thank you, Brent Larkin). I had a 20 hour per week, two-year contract…

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Largest Labor Union Elects 3 Women of Color to Top Leadership of NEA

On the Fourth of July, the nearly 9,000 delegates of a nearly three million member labor organization elected a Latina and two African-American women to lead them. I interviewed the new president, Lily Eskelsen Garcia and the new secretary-treasurer, Princess Moss, as well as Ohio’s own former OEA president, Patricia Frost Brooks (who helped Moss in…

Which came first - the business or the woman?

Behind the Boost in Bucks for Women Entrepreneurs

Thanks to one of my mentors, Morra Aarons-Mele, I’m playing against type today: What’s with all the money going to women entrepreneurs? This question originated with me reading her Harvard Business Review column, “More Women Starting Businesses Isn’t Necessarily Good News,” a column published, ironically, within hours of the announcement that $800,000 of Cleveland Foundation…

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Hobby Lobby: It’s Not Either/Or

Debates regarding Monday’s US Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. raged on all week and continue to infiltrate every medium, even on – and maybe especially on this Independence Day. [NB: SCOTUSblog again stands out as one of the highest quality resources on the Internet.] One of my favorite collections of…