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April 2012 Headlines

Fitch to resign from PCIA

April 26, 2012

Wireless infrastructure trade association PCIA announced that Michael Fitch will resign his position as president and CEO of the organization he has headed since 2005. Fitch will remain in his position until a successor is found.

PCIA noted that Fitch will return to Los Angeles and engage in telecommunications consulting work.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as president and CEO of PCIA,” Fitch noted in a statement. “PCIA's members play a crucial role ensuring that coverage and capacity are available to meet the exploding demand for wireless services. We have worked successfully for greater recognition of the importance of wireless infrastructure and more pragmatic approaches in policy making.”


February 2012 Headlines

PCIA Hails Bill that Speeds Access to Wireless Services, Spurs Investment

Legislation accelerates wireless deployment by reducing regulatory burdens on network builds

February 17, 2012

Alexandria, Va./February 21, 2012 - PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association applauds the passage of legislation that will enable wireless infrastructure providers to upgrade and expand existing facilities efficiently and cost-effectively. The wireless facilities siting provision of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 streamlines collocation on and modification of an existing structure that does not substantially change the physical dimensions of the structure. This measure will increase capital investment, spur job creation and accelerate the advance of all wireless networks.

“This legislation is a significant victory for our industry and for all consumers, businesses and public safety agencies that rely on wireless connectivity,” stated Michael Fitch, president and CEO of PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association. “It is a common sense measure that will significantly reduce regulatory burdens on infrastructure deployment—saving the industry hundreds of millions of dollars over many years. The ultimate beneficiaries are the nation's wireless users, who will gain access to better, faster and more ubiquitous service as a result of the accelerated pace of deployment.”

PCIA has worked consistently to educate policy-makers about the importance of network infrastructure to the national economy, public and private safety, and efficiency in all aspects of life today. Our multi-year effort has included PCIA member companies and state wireless associations.

“Simpler and faster wireless infrastructure deployment is needed for world-class technological innovation and to ensure that robust wireless networks can meet skyrocketing capacity and coverage demands,” Fitch stated.

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January 2012 Headlines

Mind-Shrink Yourself for Better Presentations

January 18, 2012

If you want to make presentations that enthrall your audience, there's plenty of advice out there, from using storytelling in your structure to incorporating elegant and engaging visuals. What you might struggle to find out there is acknowledgement that even the best designed presentation in the world will fail if the speaker giving it is overcome with nerves.

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Census Reveals 5 Trends That Matter to Your Business in 2012

January 18, 2012

The 2010 Census data, released in 2011, was a gold mine of information for business owners. But what information will be the most important to your business going forward? The Brookings Institution picked out its top five trends rom the 2010 Census, and I thought I'd share them here.

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How to become a great communicator

January 17, 2012

When it comes to your career, there's no way to overstate the importance of your ability to communicate. It doesn't matter if you're in engineering, finance, HR, marketing, manufacturing or IT. If you hope to get anywhere in life, you've got to be able to present your ideas in a way that connects with people.

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The man from Memphis

January 16, 2012

The death late last year of Apple Inc. founder and chairman Steve Jobs, and the near-deification process that ensued, gave us pause to reflect on the qualities that make up “the immortal CEO.”

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December 2011 Headlines

AT&T bows to objections, drops bid for T-Mobile

December 19, 2011

AT&T is ending its $39 billion bid to buy T-Mobile USA, citing fierce government objections. Executives of the two wireless giants disagreed, but last month they took a step toward terminating the deal when they withdrew their application to the Federal Communications Commission after its chairman also opposed the merger.

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Three women jointly receive Nobel Peace Prize

December 10, 2011

Women's rights took center stage Saturday at the Nobel ceremonies as three women recognized for their struggles against the backdrops of the Arab Spring and democratic progress in Africa accepted this year's peace prize.

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November 2011 Headlines

Five Essential Leadership Lessons For Women

November 14, 2011

What leadership challenges do women face today? How have you forged a path to success? What advice would you give younger women who hope to become leaders in their fields?

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I Stalked Steve Jobs (And How To Get A Meeting With ANY VIP)

November 10, 2011

I was a young CEO and I needed answers. Steve Jobs had them. There was only one thing to do. So I sent a FedEx letter. Then I sent another. Then I started calling.

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Half Of Young Professionals Value Facebook Access, Smartphone Options Over Salary: Report

November 2, 2011

For a whole new generation of tech-savvy young professionals, having access to social media or the right smartphone in the workplace is at times more important than earning a higher salary. For businesses, that means adapting to this change in priorities rather than resisting it--if the Mad Men-era job force expected noon whiskeys and female secretaries, then our modern-day equivalent demands Facebook and iPhones.

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October 2011 Headlines

Bechtel Engineer Recognized as Industry Role Model

October 17, 2011

Bechtel engineer Colleen Layman has received the Society of Women 2011 Emerging Leaders Award in Manufacturing and Construction. The Emerging Leaders Awards recognize women engineers for their technical excellence and serving as a role model in the industry.

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4 Successful Women's Roads to the Top

October 10, 2011

Each person's road to success is unique, but these four women shared similar challenges and goals. Each explains that success has never been about money or power, but about...

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Why men are in trouble

October 4, 2011

For the first time in history, women are better educated, more ambitious and arguably more successful than men. Now, society has rightly celebrated the ascension of one sex. We said, “You go girl,” and they went. We celebrate the ascension of women but what will we do about what appears to be the very real decline of the other sex?

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WWLF Giveaway for New Membership

October 3, 2011

Sign up to be a new WWLF member during PCIA's 2011 Wireless Infrastructure Show, and receive one free WWLF tote bag with each new membership! Simply stop by the WWLF booth at PCIA, sign up to be a new member, and receive your free tote bag!

September 2011 Headlines

How I Learned About Management

September 27, 2011

If you think successful managers learn their trade from business schools or books, think again. I'm sure some do, but I guarantee that the vast majority don't.

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Three of Tampa Bay's female CEOs share some business tips

September 20, 2011

The rarest of breeds - three powerhouse female CEOs of formidable Tampa Bay companies - teamed up Monday to share leadership insights. The MBA-trained women splintered glass ceilings to win top executive suites only to find themselves managing in the roughest of economic times.

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The Last Women Standing on Wall Street

September 7, 2011

Women - always a rare breed in the upper echelons of Wall Street - are looking like an endangered species in the executive suite of big banks. On Tuesday, Bank of America reshuffled its management team, culling Sallie Krawcheck from its ranks. With her departure, a handful of women will still report directly to the company's chief executive, Brian T. Moynihan, but they largely fill top roles in groups that don't produce revenue. Among them: Anne Finucane, the global strategy and marketing officer; Christine Katziff, the corporate general auditor; Andrea Smith, the head of human resources; and Cathy Bessant, the head of global technology and operations.

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August 2011 Headlines

Young women are 'power users' of social media sites

August 26, 2011

The percentage of Internet users who are on social networking sites continues to climb, according to a survey released Friday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

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Presidential Proclamation - Women's Equality Day

August 25, 2011


The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution tore down the last formal barrier to women's enfranchisement in our Nation and empowered America's women to have their voices heard in the halls of power. This Amendment became law only after decades of work by committed trailblazers who fought to extend the right to vote to women across America. For the women who fought for this right, voting was not the end of the journey for equality, but the beginning of a new era in the advancement of our Union. These brave and tenacious women challenged our Nation to live up to its founding principles, and their legacy inspires us to reach ever higher in our pursuit of liberty and equality for all.

Before the Amendment took effect, women had been serving our Nation in the public realm since its earliest days. Even before they gained the right to vote, America's women were leaders of movements, academics, and reformers, and had even served in the Congress. Legions of brave women wrote and lectured for change. They let their feet speak when their voices alone were not enough, protesting and marching for their fundamental right to vote in the face of heckling, jail, and abuse. Their efforts led to enormous progress millions upon millions of women have since used the power of the ballot to help shape our country.

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Top ranking black female officer on 'living fearlessly'

August 17, 2011

Editor's Note: Brig. Gen. Marcia Anderson is the highest-ranking African-American female officer in the Army Reserve. The CNN Red Chair Interview weekly franchise strives to look at people's past to see what made them who they are today. We also want to know their biggest pivotal and “aha” moments in their lives.

My decision to join the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in college was not part of my life plan. I simply needed some science credits, and military science met the “science” requirement for liberal arts majors. It also looked a lot like gym class, which I was quite confident I could do without too much trouble. I am very glad that I was wrong about the whole thing!

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What men can learn from women about leadership in the 21st century

August 10, 2011

A new Northwestern University meta-analysis, an integration of a large number of studies addressing the same question, shows that leadership continues to be viewed as culturally masculine. The studies found that women experience two primary forms of prejudice...

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Leadership Experts Make Their Case: 10 Steps for Getting Women to the Top - and Addressing an Emerging Shortage of Executive Talent

August 10, 2011

Demographics don't lie: a leadership shortage is fast approaching. As a result, American companies need to get serious about identifying and developing new leaders - especially women...

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July 2011 Headlines

2011 Most Influential Women in Wireless

July 26, 2011

Welcome to the 2011 FierceWireless Most Influential Women in Wireless list. If you have been a FierceWireless reader for the past few years, you may remember our annual Women in Wireless feature, in which Fierce editors tracked the top female stars in the wireless industry. This year we have taken a slightly different tactic with our annual feature. Instead of profiling 10 different women every year, we are now ranking the top 15 women in the industry based on what we believe to be their “influence” in the industry.

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Would female leaders solve debt crisis?

July 19, 2011

There have been press conferences and secret meetings. Golf outings, walk-outings, ball-dropping and finger-pointing. For every line a Democrat draws in the sand regarding the debt ceiling, a Republican introduces a new line of his own. Or sometimes for kicks, a constitutional amendment. Yes, over the past three weeks, we've seen just about every act there is to this political theater and, staying true to the time of Shakespeare, it seems every character is played by a man.

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Dish hints at possible wireless plans in AT&T/T-Mobile deal opposition

July 11, 2011

Dish Network is the latest company to oppose AT&T's (NYSE:T) proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA, but in doing so it also revealed that the satellite TV company may have wireless plans up its sleeve.

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Study: Verizon commands one-third of U.S. iPhone 4 market share

July 8, 2011

A little less than five months after Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) began selling Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 4, the carrier has claimed 32 percent of the U.S. iPhone 4 market, according to a report from mobile application analytics firm Localytics.

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Report: Thinner, lighter iPhone will use Qualcomm baseband chips

July 6, 2011

Apple is working with its suppliers to deliver the next iteration of the iPhone to market sometime in the third quarter, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the latest in a drumbeat of reports speculating on the next iPhone.

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Cox's Williams hints at cable company's 4G future

July 5, 2011

Cox Communications is a renegade among its cable brethren: The MSO had planned to forge its own path in wireless by offering its own branded cell phone service via an MVNO relationship with Sprint Nextel, while building its own 3G network with wireless spectrum. However, the cable company decided to change course for 3G and instead will now go to market exclusively via an MVNO relationship with Sprint.

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Women at work: Teamwork key to stronger workplace

July 4, 2011

A Harvard study found that 61 percent of top executives said they wanted to collaborate with others and be part of a team. The economic downturn changed the landscape of the working world and many employees find themselves doing the jobs of several people as a result of downsizing. This creates a sense of distrust and weakened employee engagement.

Why, then, would people want to work in a group? Helen Keller provides the answer: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

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Mobile phone use may have no impact on cancer risk, review finds

July 1, 2011

Using mobile phones may not increase the risk of brain cancer, according to a new analysis of scientific evidence published a month after a World Health Organization agency said the technology may cause tumors. Studies from several countries have failed to show an increase in brain tumors as many as 20 years after mobile phones were introduced and 10 years after the technology became widespread, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection's committee on epidemiology wrote in Environmental Health Perspectives, a monthly journal of the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Sciences.

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June 2011 Headlines

The 'Terrible Truth' About Women on Corporate Boards

June 7, 2011

It's no secret that the number of women on corporate boards in the U.S. has not increased greatly over the last decade - especially in large organizations. In the Fortune 500, women hold only 15.7% of board seats. It's no secret that in the U.S., more women than men now graduate from college. It's no secret that women constitute the largest consumer base in many organizations. It's also no secret that...

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Timeline: Merkel's DC Visit Recalls Legacy of Women Leadership (from the 1960s to Present)

June 7, 2011

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend a state dinner Tuesday where she will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Merkel is Germany's first woman chancellor and the first female head of state to visit Washington during the Obama administration. The recognition of Merkel's achievements as the first woman leader of a major continental European power by President Obama and the first lady recall a legacy of women's leadership - 1960s: The world's first woman elected to the head of state was Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka, who took power after her husband was assassinated in 1959...

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Moving to family data plans simply makes sense

June 6, 2011

Last week at the AllThingsD D9 conference AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets (NYSE:T) CEO Ralph de la Vega said the company is "working on" shared data plans. His comments echoed those made last month by Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) CFO Fran Shammo, who said it was a logical progression to assume that Verizon Wireless will move to shared family plans for data.

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President Obama Appoints tw telecom Chief Executive Larissa Herda to National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee

June 2, 2011

Herda and other CEOs to provide the President with critical advice and recommendations regarding national security, cybersecurity and emergency preparedness.

President Obama appoints Larissa Herda, tw telecom Chairman, CEO and President, to the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) effective June 2, 2011. tw telecom (NASDAQ:TWTC - News), is a leading provider of managed services, including Business Ethernet, converged and VPN solutions for enterprises across the U.S. and globally.

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May 2011 Headlines

Zagat picks power lunch hot spots

May 11, 2011

Anne Seymour says Washington, D.C.'s Belga Café helps her accomplish what her job is all about: “building relationships and partnering with people.”

The Belgian restaurant, which calls itself “a little bit of Brussels,” on Capitol Hill is near Seymour's home and is the only power lunch restaurant she uses.

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Business traveller tip - arriving at and leaving new airports

May 7, 2011

The professional road warrior is a champion of routine. As highlighted in the great montage of Clooney's character's obsessions in Up in the Air, the routines of a business traveller are designed and honed around saving time. Every minute saved on every step of a trip adds up to hours of time at home rather than stuck behind a family of four, in front of a humourless immigration agent or in an intimate embrace with a TSA agent who did not even have the decency to buy you a drink first.

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Minorities lose ground in big corporate boardrooms

May 3, 2011

The boards of directors of Fortune 500 companies still look pretty much how you'd expect: Primarily male, and primarily white.

The 2010 Alliance for Board Diversity Census, released this week, found that as of last year white men made up 72.9 percent of board members at the nation's 100 largest companies, up from 71.2 percent in 2004, when the board last analyzed the data. When the board expanded the census to look at the nation's 500 largest companies by revenue, the results were even less diverse: white men held about 77 percent of board seats.

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April 2011 Headlines

How to Respond to a Rude E-mail

April 7, 2011

A few weeks ago, I got a jaw droppingly rude e-mail from someone with whom I have been collaborating. It took me completely by surprise, but when I showed it to my husband and a few friends, it seemed like receiving an occasional e-mail like this was a fairly universal experience. In that vein, I thought these tips might be helpful...

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Unlocking the full potential of women in the US economy

April 2011

Women have been a growing factor in the success of the US economy since the 1970s. Indeed, the additional productive power of women entering the workforce from 1970 until today accounts for about a quarter of current GDP. Still, the full potential of women in the workforce has yet to be tapped. As the US struggles to sustain historic GDP growth rates, it is critically important to bring more women into the workforce and fully deploy high-skill women to drive productivity improvement.

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The Nation: Women Under The Budget Knife

April 4, 2011

Remember “shared sacrifice”? Like the rain, the budget cuts were supposed to fall on all alike. But somehow men seem to be ending up with more than their share of umbrellas, and women are getting soaked. Attacks on reproductive healthcare are openly aimed at women and have gotten a lot of attention - like the House vote to defund Planned Parenthood and eliminate the Title X family planning program, which has fortunately been blocked in the Senate. Less visible are the ways federal, state and local government cutbacks, touted as neutral and necessary belt-tightening, will fall disproportionately on women.

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10 Words and Terms That Ruin a Resume

April 1, 2011

Your resume needs an update—that is, if your resume is like those of most people, it's not as good as it could be. The problem is language: most resumes are a thicket of deadwood words and phrases—empty cliches, annoying jargon, and recycled buzzwords. Recruiters, HR folks, and hiring managers see these terms over and over again, and it makes them...sad.

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Secrets To Closing Generation Gaps At Work

April 1, 2011

Have you ever been in the middle of a project and felt like banging your head against a wall because your co-worker just didn't get it? If you thought your partner was just too old and out of touch to understand the process or maybe too young and inexperienced to fully grasp a concept, you were dealing with the issue of generational diversity-a major topic in today's office settings.

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March 2011 Headlines

best practices: Demystifying Mentoring

When people think of mentoring, they often think of an older executive counseling a young upstart. The senior leader advises the junior employee on his career, how to navigate the world of work, and what he needs to do to get ahead. But mentoring has changed a lot in the last few decades. Just as the notion of a 50-year linear career with a single company or in one industry is outdated, so is the idea that career advice must come from a wise old sage. The traditional mentor-mentee relationship is not necessarily a thing of the past, but it's no longer the standard. Now, there are many ways to get the information and guidance you need.

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Women's History Month - Celebrate Women!

March 10, 2011

By Nicole Andrepont, WWLF Executive Director of Industry Relations

Rosie the Riveter, During World War II, American women entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers.

March is Women's History Month. It's a month dedicated to acknowledging the extraordinary accomplishments of women who have shaped the course of our nation's history. Women have come a long way...not only in science, medicine, government, business, sports and art, but also in wireless telecommunications. Women are comprising more and more of the wireless community these days.

The industry has historically been known as a “man's” industry. For decades, men dominated the higher level positions, and generally outnumbered the women. Women are now filling the wireless industry and holding many high level positions within all aspects of the industry. Many women in the telecom industry began in administrative or support positions, and have grown to be managers, directors, VP's, CEOs, and even Business Owners. That is an accomplishment to be proud of! Ladies, pat yourselves on the back.

Aside from the wireless industry...I invite you all to join me in celebrating women this month. Not only what we have done in history, not only what we have done in wireless telecom, but what we do every day. Women are mothers, colleagues, friends, partners, confidants, sisters, daughters. And often have to be all those things at once. Multi-tasking and prioritizing are some of our strengths. Women have proven that we can do all those things, and be all those things, simultaneously.

It's March, spring is upon us, fresh air is filling the blue skies. Take a moment to breathe in the fresh spring air, and reflect on the power of women...perhaps on the positive effect a woman has had on you in business or life...a woman who has helped you through a rough time...a woman who has been an example you strive to follow...and especially on the woman you are! Celebrate women, in all their talents, all their capabilities, all their courage.

Women of WWLF and the wireless industry, celebrate your achievements! WWLF's existence alone is proof that women can create great things! And fellow male supporters, and colleagues, take a moment to celebrate the women who surround you in the industry. They are your partners in making the wireless industry go 'round. Everywhere we turn, women are contributing to this industry, to this world, and deserve to be acknowledged during this month of honoring women in history. We are, after all, making history.

Thank you, women, for all you do, and congratulations on all you've accomplished! And a special thank you to the women in history, who have inspired and empowered all women.

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Don't like to call? You're not alone

March 10, 2011

Phone calls, says 16-year-old Audrey, can be dangerous. Things can get “out of control.” Like many teens, and a growing number of adults, she prefers text-messaging, instant messaging, or Facebook as ways to communicate rather than using the phone.

With texting, “you get your main points off; you can really control when you want the conversation to start and end. You say 'Got to go, bye.'”

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Unemployment rate falls in 24 states, rises in 10

March 10, 2011

The unemployment rate fell or held steady in 40 states in January, the latest sign that hiring is strengthening throughout the country.

The Labor Department said Thursday that the unemployment rate fell in 24 states, the most in seven months, and remained the same in 16. The unemployment rate rose in only 10 states. In December, the rate fell in 15 states and rose in 20.

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How to Distinguish Yourself in Today's Workplace

March 1, 2011

Do you know how the uprisings in the Middle East will affect the average American? If you are in business, you should know. You can't help but be affected by major happenings around the globe. Knowing this can give you the competitive edge you need in business.

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February 2011 Headlines

Wireless Advances Could Mean No More Cell Towers

February 14, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - As cell phones have spread, so have large cell towers - those unsightly stalks of steel topped by transmitters and other electronics that sprouted across the country over the last decade.

Now the wireless industry is planning a future without them, or at least without many more of them. Instead, it's looking at much smaller antennas, some tiny enough to hold in a hand. These could be placed on lampposts, utility poles and buildings - virtually anywhere with electrical and network connections.

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A Crash Course on Networking and Getting What You Want!

February 11, 2011

Lindsey Pollak was gracious enough to offer some tips and tricks to us at our She's the First Leadership Summit this past month. For all those who struggle with networking events or professional gatherings, read on to learn how to take your networking skills out of the box and into a position that will prepare you to “make the ask” for just about anything.

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Egyptian Women On The Front Lines, Arms And Voices Raised

February 1, 2011


Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak announced today that he will not run for reelection in September, a victory for the Egyptians that have been protesting his regime for the past week.

Dominating the nearly nonstop coverage has been the moving photographs published throughout the world of passionate protesters demanding their voices are heard.

In one such image, a woman in a long black skirt and thick blazer stands tall in front of a row of camouflaged soldiers holding shields. Her arm is raised in the air, her first pumped high over her orange hijab. With her back to the camera, she is an anonymous Egyptian, a symbol of the proud women demanding an end to a regime that has left them impoverished, tired and without hope. It is exactly because this photo conveys hope and strength that it stands out.

This post was written by Stephanie Dahle, a U.S. Fulbright Fellow in Egypt and Oman and a former reporter at Forbes. You can follow her blog here.

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NAB, CTIA Square Off Over Spectrum 'Hoarding'

February 1, 2011

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and CTIA are sparring over the FCC's proposed auctions of unused spectrum held by television broadcasters.

In a letter sent Friday to Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D - W.Va.), Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Texas), Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and the ranking Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Fred Upton (R-Mich.), NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith said further auctions of television broadcast spectrum should be put on hold until the government identifies what companies and agencies are “sitting on unused airwaves.”

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Wealthy women fear they'll outlive retirement money

February 1, 2011

Wealthy women expect to be more active than their male counterparts in their retirement years, but they're also more worried about outliving their retirement funds, according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch study released Monday.

The study, which looks at affluent Americans' concerns and financial priorities associated with retirement, found that most affluent baby boomers -- defined as the more than 75 million Americans born from 1946 through 1964 -- believe their retirement will be more active and prosperous than that of their parents.

Seventy percent of respondents said they expect to work, at least part time, to fund a more dynamic retirement, in which they expect to take up activities such as learning a new trade, or starting a new business. Bank of America spoke to 1,000 Americans with at least $250,000 in investable assets for the study. Bank of America also found that affluent women expect to be more active than their male counterparts when they retire.

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January 2011 Headlines

How to Charm and Do Business Over Dinner

January 27, 2011

Navigating a business dinner can be complicated, but a successful evening out will solidify any business relationship. Nina Zagat, who co-founded Zagat Survey restaurant guides, has dined out several times a week at New York's best restaurants for more than 30 years, and she is a skilled guide to the unwritten rules of such meals.

The main goal for Ms. Zagat is for the person with whom she is dining-whether it's a colleague or a potential business partner-to leave the meal knowing more about who she is as a person. “The feeling that [all] people should come away with at the end of the business dinner is one that they've had a really nice conversation, met interesting people and had a good time,” says the 68-year-old, who owns the restaurant-guide business with her husband, Tim. “That's sort of the home run.”

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It's time to deal with that overflowing inbox

January 24, 2011

Your overflowing e-mail inbox is making you less productive and it may be time to do something about it.

That's why Marsha Egan, an e-mail productivity authority and author of “Inbox Detox and the Habit of E-Mail Excellence,” is calling for all workers to join her today in a “Clean Out Your Inbox Week,” an annual event she's been promoting for four years now. The growing number of e-mails, she explained, is hampering productivity among so-called knowledge workers who rely heavily on e-mail to get their jobs done and to stay on top of their personal lives.

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