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Maria Bartiromo joined FOX Business Network (FBN) as Global Markets Editor in January 2014. She...

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Constructive feedback can be tough to absorb. What is your best advice for hearing hard feedback and making changes? Any personal examples?
Great question! First, I think it is important to truly listen to the feedback with an open mind. Don't start putting together your "defense" as you are listening. Listen purely. Secondly, it is important to ask for specifics and multiple data points. Constructive feedback should be based on factual data! Then, it is really important that you absorb the information, and try to be objective. You may not agree with everything, but my experience is that there are usually consistencies throughout your career, even as you evolve. My personal example: When I was a Director of Marketing, I loved presenting to the President of our network. I noticed he always had a puzzled look on his face as I spoke. My boss told me that I was not being successful with him, and had no credibility! This was devastating! He told me to switch from "presentation mode" to "sales mode". This feedback was pivotal. I shifted my style, which came easily to me, and the President began to listen to me and to value me. He promoted me several times. He ultimately became a long term mentor, and remains so to this day! Key Watchout: Don't let myths become your reality! Sometimes, people create "myths" about you that may not be true based on one encounter. I have seen this happen to a number of people. Ensure there are multiple data points and some degree of consistency. Sometimes constructive feedback isn't very constructive!
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Motivational leader and Levo's Chief Leadership Officer Tiffany Dufu teaches you the difference between management and leadership. Y...

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I'm so impressed with your career, did you always know what you wanted to do growing up?
Hello Elle. This a great question. From a very young age (grade school), I wanted to be a writer. As I mentioned in my Levo League Office Hours, I was lucky and blessed to be able to do that for a living in my first career as a journalist. Although I haven't been a journalist for several years now, I still get paid to write. Being able to clearly communicate via email and presentations is something that's been a big part of every role I've had since then. In terms of what I want to do when I "grow up," I would emphasize that at 35 years old, I don't have it all "figured out" yet and don't think I ever want to get to that point. We're enjoying unprecedented longevity and, if we're lucky, we live enough years to have multiple rewarding long-term careers. I love the type of work I do now and enjoy being a partner in a business, but I expect to experience several more authentic expressions of bringing my passions into the world, whether I'm being paid for it or not. Thanks for your question.

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What advice do you have for focusing on your own professional development and success without comparing yourself to others?
Elana- It's tough not to so when you are comparing yourself to others, know that you are doing so and take your own feedback with a grain of salt. Also, it's not bad to have criteria by which you want to hold yourself accountable to, just don't make it so that it's impossible for you.

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What qualities do you look for in an intern that would make them stand out amongst the rest?
Some people look at interns as free labor, but a well-placed (and paid) intern is one of the most valuable assets to any company. One of the most important qualities is a keen sense of professionalism - even if this is a first ever role. Showing up on time, well dressed, awake and ready to go is key and makes such a great impression. Dress for the job you want, act like the person you want to be. You would be amazed how many do not. Attentive in the workplace - I have a tale of one intern who would disappear off to the bathroom and come back 2 hours later. He would go off for a nap when he thought no one was watching. Funnily I now see this person via social channels, working elsewhere and I will never forget this tale. The first impressions I have of him might be a hinderance to him should I ever be in the position to be considering him for a role. Adaptable and ready to learn. An internship is an amazing opportunity to soak up everything like a sponge and use it to build a mental map for your career. And one internship will not provide everything that makes a rounded professional. Those who come in expecting to write the crisis comms strategy or have an audience with the CEO on day one are mistaken. Those who work with the team, always get stuck in are those who come out on top with the best experience. Are able to make connections. I am always impressed by those who do great work first, but an internship is also a good opportunity to meet others and connect for the future. Being helped into an internship via family connections, for example, is always handy for some candidates but once in (however that may be), I expect a good intern to build their own networks. Have some work experience. This does not have to be office experience necessarily but a previous (or current) job that shows the ability to be responsible, part of a team and deliver results is key. Previous internships are also a bonus - but we all have to start somewhere! Hope your intern search/ roles are going well!

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What is piece of career wisdom would you offer young professional women?
Do more than you’re asked to do. If you’re an assistant, be the best assistant you can be, but find time to do the job that you want to have. I’m so pleased if an editorial assistant pitches me ideas because it shows that she wants to learn and be more involved. If I like something, she might get a writing assignment out of it.

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Entrepreneur and networking pro Kevin Conroy Smith walks you through the power of people and how to make meaningful connections with peop...

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I'm disappointed in her approach to work/life balance. And believe her policy is unfair to women across the world that want to have families. She is NOT someone to look up to. She acts just like a man. That's why she's been successful.
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Without realizing it, this what I did...build my own "Thrive Tribe" and it really does consist of all of these exact people/groups.
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Kathleen brings a rich background in award-winning, highly effective client advertising, with a...

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If I want to be entertained, I love listening to Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase! Otherwise I want to be learning something about food, cooking, or health, so I'm listening to one of these: The Dinner Party Download My Welcome Table Chef's Story The Splendid Table An Organic Conversation I've also been listening to these for inspiration and/or business savvy: The Good Life Project Changemaker with Zhena Musika Accidental Creative My Wife Quit Her Job Podcast And for money: Quick and Dirty tips with the Money Girl So Money with Farnoosh Torabi And I'm sure there's more that I'm forgetting! Podcasts have been saving me on my lonnng commute.
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Six Millennials share how they bring in extra cash.

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Catherine Porter is the Vice President of International at OpenTable where she directs...

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Branding Yourself for a Lifelong Career

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“Awesomesauce,” “hangry,” and others are finally official words!<...

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Are you having trouble envisioning a career that would make you truly happy? Knowing your passions and what energizes you, and using that knowle...

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The “Fashion Queen” co-host on owning your dreams and more.

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Her mission: to let disabled women of color know they’re not alone.

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Public speaking and communicating at work can be a challenge for everyone—whether you're presenting to a large group, sharing an idea in a meeti...

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How do you stay up on current events?
Every morning, I read the email campaign from The New York Times and I also read The Skimm. (I really recommend The Skimm for everyone!!!) I also follow @NYTimes on Twitter so I can track any updates throughout the day. I try to do more in depth readings of the newspaper over the weekend.

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While congratulations are definitely in order for the couple's addition to their family, I'm not sure why people are praising the fact that she seemingly will have no down time during and after her pregnancy. She has allowed herself the wonderful privilege of nursing and caring for her children when working by having an in-office nursery. Let's not forget this is all while she stripped her subordinates of the right to do the same by removing the work from home options at Yahoo once she arrived. Essentially, she brought her home to the office. This is an opportunity not available to most. If she really thought that the benefits of collaborating in office were that great (while still recognizing that familial obligations are also important), why not build a daycare/nursery that can accommodate all employees instead of simply giving herself the benefit? And I don't want to hear that we wouldn't be having this discussion if she were a man. It would be equally as selfish and self-serving. I look forward to a time when companies providing paid maternal or paternal leave (a la Netflix), childcare services or overall support for families isn't newsworthy, but just the norm.
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Motivational leader and Levo's Chief Leadership Officer Tiffany Dufu walks you through the art of storytelling. You'll learn how to craft...