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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.

Leading from behind Churchill

May 11, 2016
Does the partner to a successful leader count as a leader?

‘The Onion Madonna’ of physics

February 8, 2016
The child of a doctor and a piano teacher, Maria Goeppert-Mayer was born in Ger­­­­­­many, immigrated to the United States and became only the second woman, after Marie Curie, to win a Nobel Prize in physics. Goeppert-Mayer’s work in­­volved discovering how the nucleus of an atom is arranged in a series of shells.

IT help from an early adopter

August 14, 2015
Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone and tech leader of his time, set sail for Scotland after attending the first shareholders meeting of the Bell ­Telephone Co., still unincorporated and without capitalization as it cranked out 25 new phones per day …
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