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first_img“Plenty of people know the feeling of being first, only or different,” Shonda Rhimes told a sold-out audience of more than 10,000 at the 11th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women. “It means you are a trailblazer. There is a responsibility there, whether you want it or not.”Shonda Rhimes speaks to a sold-out audience of more than 10,000 at the 11th annual Massachusetts Conference for Women in BostonCredit/Copyright: Marla Aufmuth for Getty ImagesRhimes, one of television’s most prolific writers and producers, and the creator of hit shows such as “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” and author of a new book “Year of Yes,” has been changing the face of Hollywood by creating more diverse roles for women, both in front of and behind the camera. Noting that the entertainment industry is making slow if uneven progress in its portrayal of women, Rhimes said that the increasing number of women running television shows means that they can decide who gets “hired and fired,” whether women characters will be “secretaries or CEOs,” and “which stories are told.”Conference attendees also heard remarks from Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and keynote addresses from Sophia Amoruso, founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal; Tim Gunn, executive producer and star of Lifetime’s “Project Runway,” Ellen Pao, entrepreneur, investor, and writer; Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor and best-selling author; and Candy Chang, TED senior fellow, urban space artist, and designer.The nonpartisan, nonprofit conference is the largest personal and professional networking event for women in the U.S., with more than 100 industry and thought leaders from across the country. Breakout session topics included leadership, career advancement, personal branding, social media, health and wellness, finance, and more. Conference attendees participated in the popular Bentley University Career Pavilion with in-person resume reviews by human resource experts, career coaching with members of the International Coach Federation of New England and one-on-one conversations with local community and business leaders.Now entering its second decade, the Conference is expanding its offerings to a broader audience and shifting its focus to improving opportunities for women in the workplace. As part of this effort, the Conference presented the inaugural Workplaces That Work Summit. Designed for both men and women in mid-level management positions, the summit focused on leveraging gender partnerships to advance equity within workplaces. Led by industry leaders including David Duncan, Senior Partner at Innosight, and Alison Quirk, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at State Street Corporation, the summit provided an interactive and transparent forum for managers to take action to create a level playing field and inclusive leadership within their companies.The Conference also hosted its first Opening Night event on December 9th, providing a taste of the Conference for only $25 to some 4000 attendees. Opening night events included an interview series with best-selling authors; holiday shopping with local women-owned businesses and live entertainment. Attendees pitched their products to Tory Johnson from Good Morning America’s “Deals & Steals!” and met Bert Jacobs, co-founder of the Life is Good company, and Kelley Dempsey, designer and Project Runway contestant.“We are proud to offer even more opportunities for the Conference’s dedicated community of women to further develop their personal and professional lives and to move the needle for women in the workplace,” said Gloria Larson, Board President of the Massachusetts Conference for Women and President of Bentley University. “We can think of no better way to continue creating impact in our second decade of service.”The Massachusetts Conference for Women is generously underwritten by the following sponsors: State Street; EMC; Merck KGaA; Cisco; Boston Scientific; Dell; HOLOGIC; Raytheon; riverbed; Santander; Tyco; Akamai; Bank of America; Bentley University; Fresenius Medial Care; John Hancock; Johnson and Johnson; Juniper; Kronos; Liberty Mutual; Mercer; Sanofi; Suffolk; ThermoFisher; VistaPrint; BainCapital; Crimson Lion; amag; Amtrak; Baxalta; BJs; Blue Cross; CanyonRanch; Intel; John F. Kennedy Library Foundation; MFS; National Grid; NaviNet; Reebok; TIAA CREF; tripadvisor; United; Vertex; Weber Shandwick; Xfinity; AMP Radio; Mix 104.1; WBZ News Radio; The Boston Globe; WCVB 5.“We’ve made immense strides when it comes to women in the workplace, but there is still much more work to be done,” said Alison Quirk from State Street Corporation. “The Conference recognizes that reality, celebrating advancements made, while energizing attendees to build on existing momentum. We are proud to sponsor the Conference, which recognizes the value in supporting the women of Massachusetts and beyond.”To learn more about the Massachusetts Conference for Women, click here.last_img read more

FiveThirtyEight Embed Code The official start of NBA free agency caused quite a stir. Most notably, big-name free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving committed to the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the New York Knicks without a star. We unpack this missed opportunity for the Knicks and what might define “the new NBA.”In honor of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, Geoff and Neil have a heated debate on the merits of competitive eating. Is it a sport? Is it the antithesis of sports? Has someone on the pod participated in a hot dog eating contest in the past?!For our Rabbit Hole, we’re joined by FiveThirtyEight copy desk intern Santul Nerkar, who dug into oddities in tournament point allocation in the World Cup and beyond.What we’re looking at this week:Neil Greenberg for The Washington Post breaks down the financial implications of the Knicks’ actions during free agency.Kawhi Leonard’s monumental decision from The Ringer.Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest.Research behind “excitingness” and awarding 3 points for a win in soccer. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

Invest Turks and Caicos to get new home says new CEO

first_img Related Items:invest turks and caicos, john rutherford Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Jan 2016 – There will be a new home for the new Invest Turks and Caicos Agency according to its Chief Executive, John Rutherford. On the launch at the Provo Golf Club on Monday night, Rutherford told media that there is a diverse mandate handed to the organization to create a more diverse economy.“We will attract more foreign investment to the islands, not just in tourism and hospitality but we know the importance of diversifying the economy so we want to look at what other sectors we can attract to the islands. But we want to also help domestic investors as well, help them grow their business, expand their business. And then finally we have been given responsibility for the micro, small and medium enterprise program and that kicks off on the first of April.” The goal is to be more assertive said Rutherford, agreeing that indeed the launch was a big night for Invest Turks and Caicos which is also tasked with bigger branding of the TCI. The CE made it clear that while TC Invest did a lot of good things, Invest Turks and Caicos Agency will not be a bank and their goal is to raise economic activity. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youcenter_img TC Invest concept revived somewhat, Minister never agreed with closure Invest Turks and Caicos launches tonightlast_img read more

Dwarkanath Tagores bust unveiled in London

first_imgLondon/Kolkata: Prince Dwarkanath Tagore, best known for his significant role in the Bengal Renaissance of the 19th century, has been honoured with a new bust in London. The grandfather of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore was among the first Indian industrialists, also known as merchant princes, investing in a range of businesses from steam engines to banking in the 1820s. He died during a visit to the UK in August 1846 and was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery in north-west London, where his bust was unveiled on Saturday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”He was a Tagore who uplifted the face of trade and business long before his grandson Rabindranath Tagore received the Nobel Prize in Literature. He believed the sky’s the limit and his range of accomplishments spanned from coal, tea, jute, shipping, banking and the list can go on,” said Anirban Mukhopadhyay, President of London Sharad Utsav (LSU), among the groups behind the new statue. After decades amid thousands of other graves, LSU joined hands with the Bengal Heritage Foundation and with the support of the British Council, iLead (Kolkata), Friends of Kensal Green (London) launched the bust and a plaque marking Dwarkanath’s contributions. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedScores of people from the British Bengali community gathered for the event. Kolkata-based businessman Pradeep Chopra travelled all the way from India with his family for the occasion. Dwarkanath died aged 52 at St. George’s Hotel in London during a major thunderstorm in the city. Britain’s then Queen, Victoria, and husband Prince Albert, who had welcomed him to their court like “an old friend” earlier, sent four carriages to the funeral for a so-called “princely” send-off.last_img read more

Good jewellery involves a strong emotional connect

first_imgSenco Gold & Diamonds, the largest jewellery retail chain of Eastern India, announced the launch of ‘Mayurakshi Collection” – an Indo-Western jewellery collection for men.The collection consisting of chains, cufflinks, and kurta buttons was launched by Mayurakshi star Prosenjit Chatterjee alongside Sankar Sen, Managing Director, Senco Gold & Diamonds.Starring Prosenjit Chatterjee and veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee, Mayurakshi is an intense journey of the 84-year-old father and his USA based son, who visits his father in India for a 5 days span. Story narrates the emotional attachment and relationship values prevailing between them. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking at the launch, Prosenjit Chatterjee said, “My upcoming movie narrates a tale of emotional attachment behind a relationship. It speaks of how father and son are emotionally close despite staying far away from each other. Simultaneously, I think that every Bengali also has an emotional attachment to jewellery. And so, I am delighted to launch the ‘Mayurakshi Collection” which is designed in sync with the theme of our movie. It’s an Indo-western collection that anyone can wear in everyday life. I congratulate Senco Gold & Diamonds for coming up with a new range of men’s collection which is affordable for the masses as well as elegant in design.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSankar Sen, Managing Director, Senco Gold & Diamonds, said: “The ‘Mayurakshi Collection’ range is a part of our men’s collection and it has been designed to reflect the emotional attachment behind every relationship. It’s an Indo-Western jewellery collection which can be used in daily life as well as in parties. Products like-Chains, Cufflinks and Kurta buttons are on demand since ages and we recreated the design keeping in mind the youth fashion trend.”last_img read more

React 1660 releases with a new way of code splitting and more

first_imgAfter the release of React 16.5.0 last month, the React team announced the release of React 16.6.0 yesterday. This release comes with a few new convenient features including support for code splitting, easier way to consume Context from class components, and more. Let’s see what changes have been made in this release: React.memo() as an alternative to PureComponent for functions React.memo() is similar to React.PureComponent but for function components instead of class. It can be used in cases when the function component renders the same result given the same props. You can wrap the function component in a call to React.memo() for a performance boost in some cases by memorizing the result. This will make React skip rendering the component and reuse the last rendered result. React.lazy() for code splitting components You can now render a dynamic import as a regular component with the help of React.lazy() function. To do code splitting you can use the Suspense component by wrapping a dynamic import in a call to React.lazy(). Library authors can leverage this Suspense component to start building data fetching with Suspense support in the future. Note that the feature is not yet available for server-side rendering. Added Class.contextType In React 16.3 a new Context API was introduced as a replacement to the previous Legacy Context API, which will be removed in a future major version. React 16.6 comes with contextType, which makes it convenient to consume a context value from within a class component. A Context object created by React.createContext() can be assigned to the contextType property. This enables you to consume the nearest current value of that Context type using this.context. This update is done because developers were having some difficulties adopting the new render prop API in class components. getDerivedStateFromError() to render the fallback UI React 16 introduced error boundaries to solve the problem of a JavaScript error in a part of the UI breaking the whole app. What Error boundaries do is, they: Catch JavaScript errors anywhere in their child component tree Log those errors Display a fallback UI instead of the component tree that crashed An already existing method, componentDidCatch() gets fired after an error has occurred. But before it is fired, null is rendered in place of the tree that causes an error. This sometimes results in breaking the parent components that don’t expect their refs to be empty. This version introduces another lifecycle method called getDerivedStateFromError() that lets you render the fallback UI before the render completes. Deprecations in StrictMode The StrictMode component was released in React 16.3 that lets you opt-in early warnings for any deprecations. Two more APIs are now added to the deprecated APIs list: ReactDOM.findDOMNode() and Legacy Context. The reason these APIs are deprecated are: ReactDOM.findDOMNode(): This API was supported to allow searching the tree for a DOM node given a class instance. Typically, you don’t require this because you can directly attach a ref to a DOM node. Most uses of this API are often misunderstood and are unnecessary. Legacy Context: It makes React slightly slower and bigger than it needs to be. Instead of the Legacy Context, you can use the new Context API that was introduced in React 16.3. Miscellaneous changes unstable_AsyncMode renamed to unstable_ConcurrentMode unstable_Placeholder renamed to Suspense and delayMs to maxDuration To read the entire changelog of React 16.6, check out their official announcement and also React’s GitHub repository. Read Next React 16.5.0 is now out with a new package for scheduling, support for DevTools, and more! React Native 0.57 released with major improvements in accessibility APIs, WKWebView-backed implementation, and more! InfernoJS v6.0.0, a React-like library for building high-performance user interfaces, is now outlast_img read more