Historical

Lessons from Lewis and Clark

April 9, 2020
You can learn a lot about how to work with your fellow managers from one of the most famous leadership teams in American history, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.

Great minds, but troubled ones

June 13, 2019
Starting with medical records and extending back through family histories, Dr. Nassir Ghaemi, author of A First Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness, found that many of the greatest leaders lived with some form of mental illness.

Sarah T. Hughes, a woman of firsts

January 10, 2019
In 1930, Hughes became the youngest woman, at 34, elected to the Texas state legislature. In 1935, she became the first female state district judge.

Playing on in an unfair world

August 9, 2018
When William J. Powell died in 2009 at age 93, he was still the only African-American to have designed, built, owned and operated a golf course in the United States.

When your work becomes religion

July 12, 2018
If running marathons were a religion, says an observer, then Fred Lebow would have been the New York City Marathon’s chief rabbi.

The 4 defining moments of 4 great leaders

April 11, 2018
Need a quick jolt of leadership adrenaline? Check out these stories of four famous people who came within a whisker of losing it all … or never making it big in the first place.

America’s first woman judge

October 13, 2017
Esther Hobart Morris, a settler in the gold rush town of South Pass City, Wyo., became the first woman in America to serve as a justice of the peace in 1870, mere months after Wyoming allowed women to vote in 1869 and a half century before all U.S. women won the right to vote.

The defiant Ethan Allen

August 1, 2017
Revolutionary firebrand Ethan Allen was so charismatic that his guards on a British prison ship slipped him the captain’s leftover food and helped him adjust his leg irons (while guarding him, day and night, with fixed bayonets).

A fierce warrior against illness

September 20, 2016
Mary Lasker (1900-1994), was one of the first true champions of medical research. In her words, “Without money, both private and public money, nothing gets done.”

Time Machine Interview: Elizabeth Blackwell

June 2, 2016
Elizabeth Blackwell, born in Britain and raised in America, was the first woman in the United States to earn a medical degree.