advertisement advertisement advertisement New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is establishing a program to distribute free diapers through food banks throughout the state, starting as early as March. advertisement advertisement “COVID-19 has piled challenge after challenge onto hardworking New York families, including the ability to afford the products they need to care for their children,” Cuomo said. New York’s statewide unemployment rate in December topped 8% , up from about 4% a year earlier. Baby2Baby, a national nonprofit, will donate 20 million diapers to establish the “diaper bank.” Baby2Baby cofounders and Co-CEOs Norah Weinstein and Kelly Sawyer Patricof said they’ve seen a 350% increase in requests for diapers since the start of the pandemic almost a year ago. “You ask a low-income mom what her biggest struggle is, and she starts with diapers,” Weinstein said. Many benefit programs for needy families, such as the … [Read more...] about Exclusive: New York state will offer free diapers at food banks amid ongoing COVID-19 recession
advertisement advertisement advertisement Given the challenges Black Americans have been facing, my mood is tempered this Black History Month. I’m treating February as a reminder that achieving racial justice and equality with fierce urgency has got to be the goal. We’re seeing some positive signs in the workplace: Reuters recently reported a surge in companies pledging to hire more Black employees. It’s a start. But corporations that are serious about increasing diversity numbers also need to encourage employees of color to “bring their whole selves to work,” as culture experts like to say. advertisement advertisement This year’s Black History Month theme is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” I’d humbly suggest that any leader seeking to empower their Black team members should strive to better understand the dynamics of Black home and family life. My own experiences with my family may shed light on … [Read more...] about To empower Black employees, corporate leaders need to understand Black families
advertisement advertisement advertisement “A second evil which plagues the modern world is that of poverty. Like a monstrous octopus, it projects its nagging, prehensile tentacles in lands and villages all over the world,” said Martin Luther King Jr. in his Nobel Lecture in 1964 . “There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources to get rid of it.” advertisement advertisement The first “evil,” of course, was racial injustice, and King was aware that poverty and economic exclusion of minority groups served as another avenue of discrimination. From his graduate school days, he’d been concerned with unjust wealth imbalances and had a “pretty developed egalitarian vision,” says Thomas Jackson, a historian whose book explores King’s economic dream. But it wasn’t until the later stages of his life that King turned his main focus to economic justice, when it became clear that, for all its … [Read more...] about Guaranteed income is having a moment. The last time it did, it was because of Martin Luther King Jr.
advertisement advertisement advertisement It’s no secret that working moms wear many hats–caregiver, professional, friend, partner. And now, a new study from Cornell University proves what we all suspected: this constant switching of roles is stressful. advertisement advertisement Professor Benjamin Cornwell , a sociology professor at Cornell University, studied how maintaining social relationships can increase stress, particularly for women. His findings were published in the June 2013 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly . Cornwell examined 24-hour time diaries of 7,662 employed respondents (both male and female, across the country) from the 2010 American Time Use Survey to measure frequency of switching (moving from one social context to another) and stress levels. Switches were defined as role switches (for example, addressing another person at a meeting), setting switches (leaving a party to go home), and complete … [Read more...] about Why Constantly Switching Roles Stresses You Out
advertisement advertisement advertisement I have spent the better part of my adult life seeking an avenue for impact . I h ave tried my hand at affecting social, economic, and humanitarian change through a number of different platforms — from journalism to diplomacy to big tech . This drive is deeply personal; galvanized by events that predate my own birth, propelled by the serendipity of my upbringing and the very real possibility of where I might have ended up if not for hard work and some luck. It is an unusual and nonlinear path to venture, but each foray has only strengthened my conviction not only in technology for impact, but also in the transformational — and too often overlooked — power of intersectional entrepreneurs. advertisement advertisement Growing up in the Bay Area may have contributed to my passion for technology and entrepreneurship, but it was less about my geography and more about the … [Read more...] about 4 reasons why these underdog founders are the future of our economy