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The Brief: How to Strategically Dress for Eating on Thanksgiving

Like a Boss

Not all of us are blessed with an amazing boss that makes us happy to come to work everyday. Instead, some of us have really lousy bosses or people who just don’t motivate us at all. But good news: If you have one of these bosses, you can still motivate yourself. “Employees have more control than they realize over their ability to build and sustain motivation in the workplace,” Heidi Grant Halvorson, a motivational psychologist and author of Nine Things Successful People Do Differently, told The Harvard Business Review. You can do what your boss is supposed to do by identifying what makes you tick and then coming up with the right goals. Get more ideas here.

Times, They Aren’t a Changing

The new film Imitation Game comes out this weekend (yes, more movies than just Mockingjay Part 1 exist right now). It’s the story of Alan Turing, the World War II codebreaker and essentially the father of modern computing who was prosecuted in England in the 1950s for being gay. Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the film along with Keira Knightly, who plays Joan Clarke, a cryptanalyst and codebreaker who worked with Turing and developed a romantic relationship with him, too.

Much of the movie highlights Clarke’s lack of equality with her male counterparts, despite her equal (and maybe more) intelligence. Knightly said of her role as Joan Clarke: “She’s trying to break that glass ceiling, she’s trying to get a place at the table…. I was completely bowled away that we’re dealing with the 1940s, and still the center of the feminist argument today is a place at the table and equal pay, and how depressing it is that it’s exactly the same, but fascinating…. I met Sergey Brin the other day and he said only 20 percent of the employees at Google are women. Yeah, that’s a problem, and it was absolutely on my mind.” Read more about the life of Joan Clarke here and some insights from some modern ladies in tech.

Must-See TV

Good news people who were obsessed with Center Stage (and maybe even tried to learn some of the dances when no one was watching). Prima ballerina Misty Copeland is getting her own show on Oxygen tentatively titled The Misty Copeland Project, which will focus on Copland mentoring aspiring dancers. There’s no one in dance more inspirational than Copeland, as she didn’t start ballet until she was 13 years old (which is like 40 in dance world) and was constantly told she had the wrong body for dance )i.e. she was short, had boobs, and muscular legs). Who wouldn’t want to be mentored by this lady? This is why ballet is the new fitness trend.

What to Wear so You Can Eat a Lot

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and like the rest of America, you probably plan on eating a ton (in between Black Friday sales) because that’s pretty much why the Indians and Pilgrims did it, right? But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your fashion. Fashionista has a lovely strategical guide on how to dress the food baby that you’ll develop in your stomach after you eat four rolls (and then stuff two in your purse for later). Basically, it’s all about the loose-fitting pants. Or, again, you could burn off the extra calories by trying to do the dances from Center Stage. Just saying.

Levo Loves…

These festive J.Crew Band-Aids. Perfect for an office paper cut!

Get a Head Start on Your Gift Giving

Sometimes the holidays can leave your wallet in a financial bind. You have to get your boss a gift since she’s so awesome, and your mom really deserves that new teapot. And because we don’t want you to be stressing out this holiday season, we’re going to help you out. Levo’s teaming up with Blood, Sweat & CheersBrit + Co, and Snapette to bring you a holiday gift card giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a $2,000 Visa gift card to help alleviate holiday spending woes. Enter here.

How to Deal With a Company Move

How to Deal With a Company Move

Having recently experienced a full-scale company move, I now fancy myself an expert in irrational panic, whining, and chaos. Granted, I recognize that it’s strange and uncomfortable to abandon forever the place where you have spent a vast majority of your waking hours for seven…five…even two years. But for the love of God, you would think some of these people were being dragged to another country. (In fact, they were being dragged about five blocks north and two blocks east, a 12-minute walk, 11-minute bus ride, or four-minute cab ride according to Google Maps.) If you too are finding yourself in a tizzy over an office move, allow me to assist.

1. Start cleaning out your desk in advance.

I get it, I’m a procrastinator, too. But why wouldn’t you use “cleaning” or “prepping” as a 15-minute distraction in your workday for the weeks leading up to the move? I’ve always found that cleaning out my closet, bedroom, desk, refrigerator, or dorm room has had a similar effect on my mental state. Perhaps I’m just overzealous about metaphors, but if that’s the case then you should be too. View cleaning out your desk as a cathartic break in the workday.

2. Take your crap home.

In increments. Taking one extra pair of shoes home every day for three weeks is much easier than taking 15 pairs home on one frenzied night. (Wait, everyone doesn’t have 15 pairs of heels under their desk? Oh… ) Such a simple piece of common sense that absolutely no one utilized in our move.

3. Recognize that the move is not solely happening to you.

At the old office, I sat near a woman who I’m convinced believed that this company-wide move was happening solely to her. “This is so ridiculous, I can’t deal with this right now–I have work to do!” to everyone in earshot. Or to the IT people on the phone: “Well just fix it, it’s not working and I have work to do!” I can’t believe all these problems the move is causing me–I don’t have time to deal with this!” The worst part is that even if she read this, I don’t think she would recognize her own complaints. Have some self-awareness people. It’s happening to everyone.

4. Be that annoyingly positive person.

You know when you go to someone just needing to vent (about say, the infernal soap dispensers or the way the orange packing crates give off an irritating other-worldly glow) and the person does the annoying thing of defending whatever you’re railing against? “Well…it’s not the packing crates’ fault that they’re orange” or “Well the janitor is a blind army veteran who sometimes misses the soap opening.” Admittedly, I often find this infuriating, or simply guilt-inducing. My resentment needs a breeding ground, not a fire extinguisher! Want to know the secret when you actually become that annoyingly positive person? You’re much, much happier.

5. Embrace the change.

As Kate White always says, “See the sexy side of change.” A new location means new lunch options, new people watching, new parks, new after-work shopping locations, new spaces to think new thoughts. Revel in exploring. Become that person who immediately knows the best spots in the neighborhood. Allow the location change to seep into your mindset going to work every day: Be more creative, try something new. The most successful people aren’t the ones clinging to sameness and familiarity, but those who embrace change. Take this move as an opportunity to do just that.

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Why One Exec Only Hires People Who Like Challenges

Why One Exec Only Hires People Who Like Challenges

The best doctors have several traits in common, such as an affinity for science, a drive to learn, and a strong worth ethic.

But Dr. Laurie Glimcher, dean of Weill Cornell Medical College, looks for another key characteristic when interviewing potential employees: They have to love a challenge.

Because so many experiments end up failing, a willingness to take risks becomes a crucial trait for anyone working in science or medicine. “As a scientist, if you’re not willing to take big risks and try daring experiments, what’s the point?” Glimcher said in an interview with The New York Times. “You’ve got to put everything on the line—98 percent of experiments fail, so the only kind of science I ever wanted to do was transformative science.”

Even more than merely taking risks, candidates need to be prepared to repeatedly work on difficult problems before finding a solution. Anyone who’s not up for the challenge will struggle trying to find their place in the field.

So when she’s hiring, Glimcher always looks for people who are willing to get their hands dirty and take a gamble. “You’ve got to be somebody who wants a new challenge,” she says. “If you just want to maintain the status quo, if you don’t have grand ideas and thoughts about how to realize them, forget it.”

Because her industry frequently forces employees out of their comfort zones, a drive to push the envelope is crucial. But Glimcher’s thinking can be applied to nearly every industry, not just science. An innovative spirit and willingness to tackle any challenge makes candidates stand out as someone who’s driven to get the job done.

This post originally appeared on BusinessInsider.com.

Photo: Drew Geraets / Unsplash

The Motivators: 10 Voices That Are #Good4Her

The Motivators: 10 Voices That Are #Good4Her

All year, we at Levo strive to help Millennial women grow in their careers and lives, but we know we’re not the only ones. That’s why we decided to launch our #Good4Her campaign this November, the month of gratitude, to give recognition to all the other companies, individuals, and entrepreneurs that are helping women worldwide.

Next up, Levo’s list of 10 motivators that are #Good4Her. Our criteria: Women that have caught our attention through their leadership, ability to disrupt the status quo, and desire to support the growth of women and girls.

1. Ann Friedman
Why she’s #Good4Her: Friedman is all about The Shine Theory, which says that instead of being jealous of successful women, you should befriend them. Take this advice to heart.
Tell Ann Friedman what you think: @annfriedman. Tweet this.

2. Amy Cuddy
Why she’s #Good4Her: Cuddy, pictured above, is an expert on body language and how women can use it to make them look more powerful. She’ll show you how to nail your “power pose.”
Tell Amy Cuddy what you think: @amyjccuddy. Tweet this.

3. Maryam Mirzakhani
Why she’s #Good4Her: Mirzakhani is a math professor at Stanford and the first woman to ever win the Nobel prize for math, the Fields Medal. She hopes her award will encourage young women to pursue math as a career.
Tell Maryam Mirzakhani what you think: Tweet this.

4. Fran Hauser
Why she’s #Good4Her: Former Time Inc. digital president and current partner of Rothenberg Ventures, Hauser is a big supporter of female-founded companies (Levo included!) that focus on the female market, which is much needed in a Venture Capital world dominated by men.
Tell Fran Hauser what you think: @fran_hauser. Tweet this.

5. Monique Villa
Why she’s #Good4Her: She’s the CEO of Thomson Reuters, a journalist, a business leader, and a strong supporter of women’s empowerment.
Tell Monique Villa what you think: @Monique_Villa. Tweet this.

6. Ruzwana Bashir
Why she’s #Good4Her: Two months ago, Bashir came forward about being sexually abused a child and she’s now a powerful example of moving past your victimization to create the life you want for yourself. She’s the founder of Peek, an online travel company based in San Francisco.
Tell Ruzwana Bashir what you think: @ruzwana. Tweet this.

7. Leslie Sanchez
Why she’s #Good4Her: Author, entrepreneur, and former employee in the Bush Administration, Sanchez helps companies engage with women and Latino audiences.
Tell Leslie Sanchez what you think: @LeslieSanchez. Tweet this.

8. E.L. James
Why she’s #Good4Her: As the author of 50 Shades of Grey, James brought erotica to the mainstream and removed the stigma around women expressing their sexuality.
Tell E.L. James what you think: @e_l_james. Tweet this.

9. Patty Murray (Sen. Wash, D)
Why she’s #Good4Her: Murray is leading the bill effort that will force companies to pay for contraception.
Tell Patty Murray what you think: @PattyMurray. Tweet this.

10. Lizzie Velasquez
Why she’s #Good4Her: She was once deemed the ugliest woman in the world, but Velasquez took that moment and became a motivational speaker and activist for body image.
Tell Lizzie Velasquez what you think: @littlelizziev. Tweet this.

Do you know a man that’s #Good4Her? Nominate them in the comments below for a chance to be featured on our list!

Check out our other #Good4Her lists below:
The Change Agents: 10 Companies That Are #Good4Her
The Personalities: 10 Celebrities That Are #Good4Her
The Innovators: 10 Entrepreneurs That Are #Good4Her
The Men: 10 Leaders That Are #Good4Her

Photo: Craig Barritt / Getty Images

How to Know Who's Reading Your Resume

How to Know Who’s Reading Your Resume

Who’s reviewing your resume: a recruiter, HR professional, or hiring manager? Didn’t realize there was a difference? There are distinguishing characteristics among the three, so let’s take a quick look:

  • A recruiter is usually employed at a third-party agency that was hired to find talent for a particular role(s).
  • In addition to hiring and firing, the Human Resources (HR) department is responsible for payroll and benefits management, keeping up to date with state and federal tax laws, employee relations, and performance.
  • A hiring manager is the individual at the organization who has requested the new hire and will be supervising that individual. Usually, the hiring manager knows the most about intricacies of the position and how it fits with the rest of the organization.

If you’re applying for a job at a nonprofit, your first contact largely depends on the role being filled and on the size of the organization. For example, at smaller nonprofits, there may be no “official” HR department. The person who’s reviewing resumes may be the hiring manager, and is managing the hiring process in addition to their “regular” job responsibilities.

What are some clues to identifying to whom your application is going? How do you tailor your application to each?

1. If the contact email listed isn’t @hiringorganization.org:

Check to see if the contact email listed belongs to a recruiting agency. Note that agencies don’t always disclose the name of the hiring organization in the job listing. This can make writing a targeted cover letter more difficult.

What to Do In Your Application

While you have to align your qualifications with those listed in the description when applying for any job, this is especially the case when working with a recruiter. Why? Recruiters get paid to find the most qualified person for the job, so they’re motivated to only focus on candidates who are the best fit.

What to Keep in Mind When Talking to a Recruiter

The recruiter is more likely to speak with candidates who obviously meet the job qualifications, so be sure to demonstrate your fit clearly and succinctly.

2. If there’s an extensive online application:

It’s safe to assume the organization is using an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). The applications best matching the criteria will come to the forefront and, most likely, your resume must pass through the “gatekeeper” within the HR department. This individual may also do phone screenings with candidates before making recommendations to the hiring manager.

What to Do In Your Application

Similar to the approach used with a recruiter, be sure your resume clearly indicates that you closely match the specific qualifications listed. A good way to see if your materials are reflecting the job description (and using similar keywords) is to create a word cloud of both the description and your resume.

What to Keep in Mind When Approaching an HR Professional

Remember that screening applicants is only one part of their job. They may or may not know the particulars about the job responsibilities, so avoid asking specific questions about the role. Save that for an interview with the hiring manager.

3. If resumes are to be emailed to a particular individual:

It’s likely these applications are being reviewed directly by the hiring manager. This person will be supervising the new hire and should have the most insight into the job functions.

What to Do in Your Application

Do a little sleuthing before you apply. Is the contact email in a firstname.lastname format? Use that to look them up on LinkedIn or a Google search. Find out the person’s actual job title, longevity with the organization, main job functions, etc. Use that to glean more information about how the new hire might work with the manager. Tailor your application accordingly.

What to Keep in Mind When Approaching the Hiring Manager

Be extremely mindful of their time. To your advantage, however, dealing directly with the hiring manager is an opportunity to speak to their “pain points” and how you can provide solutions to those problems.

This post originally appeared on IdealistCareers.org.

Photo: Thinkstock

How to Stand Up to Your Scary Boss

How to Stand Up to Your Scary Boss

Does your boss assign deadlines without notice? Does your boss yell at you for no reason at all? If you’ve experienced these situations at work, chances are you work for a very scary and terrible boss.

Research shows that one out of five American workers say their boss has had a negative impact on their career. Scary bosses are likely managers who weren’t meant to be leaders in the first place. They’re probably people who received a promotion because of their hard work ethic, but don’t have the leadership skills to build a collaborative and inspiring workplace.

If you work for a boss whose violent or takes advantage of you, it can make it difficult to confront them. However, if you want a successful career, you’re going to need to stand up to your scary boss. Here are some tips to help you stand your ground:

1. Carefully choose your moment of confrontation.

Standing up to your boss requires a lot of courage. You can’t simply walk into their office and expect to be listened to. You need to pick the right moment to confront them about your problem.

For example, you can’t walk up to your boss in the break room after a stressful meeting and ask for a raise. This is simply not the right place or time to have a serious conversation about your salary.

When choosing the right time to confront your boss, pay attention to their schedule and mood. Does your boss seem to be most pleasant in the morning? Is your boss more grumpy later in the afternoon? Pay attention to your boss’ mood swings and try to schedule your meeting when they’re easiest to talk to.

2. Provide evidence.

When you confront your boss, you need to provide evidence to support your request. Your boss will want to have examples of times when they offended you and why their actions damaged your morale. If you don’t bring examples, your boss will likely ignore your request and forget what you had to say.

For example, let’s say your boss has called you “lazy” despite the amount of overtime you put in at work. When you confront your boss about this problem, bring examples of your work that display the results you achieved for your boss. This evidence will hopefully convince your boss that you have a strong work ethic after all.

3. Remember to be reasonable.

Confrontation is emotional, so it might be tempting to go into a meeting feeling heated and angry. Instead of firing up your emotions, remember to be calm and collected when you enter the meeting. The last thing you need is to spark a fight with your boss. By having a reasonable attitude and being patient, you’ll be more likely to get your boss to listen to you.

4. Prepare suggestions for improvement.

If your boss decides to listen to your request, they might expect you to provide suggestions on how to improve your relationship for the future.

For example, if your boss gets angry when you don’t read their mind, suggest a weekly meeting where you can sit down and discuss your projects for the week. This way, you can take the guesswork out of your assignments and make sure you’re both on the same page.

5. Know when it’s time to call it quits.

Sometimes, there’s no amount of conversation or negotiation that can improve your relationship with your boss. In fact, 75 percent of workers believe their bosses are the worst, most stressful part of their job. If you realize there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation at work, it might be time to switch to a different department or find a new job.

Stop letting your boss take advantage of your skills, time, and work ethic. By following these tips, you’ll be able to develop a plan that gives you the courage to stand up to your boss. Just remember when you choose your moment of confrontation to be fully prepared and have a calm attitude.

Have you worked for a scary boss? How did you improve your situation?

This post originally appeared on ComeRecommended.com.

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The Ultimate Reason to Be Kind

The Ultimate Reason to Be Kind

There will be times that kindness doesn’t feel possible. You’ll feel hurt. You’ll feel slighted. You’ll feel wronged.

And in those moments, the last thing you’ll want to do is to be nice to someone. You’ll want them to feel what you were feeling. When you’re in the quiet of your own thoughts, you’ll circle through all the silver-tongued ways you can make them feel like shit. If they feel as bad as you, then you’ll feel better.

Right? … Right?

Probably not. Because amplifying and fanning out your ill will won’t actually put out your flame of hurt. But want to know what will? Being kind.

I’ve had my share of recent situations where, in the midst of making tough decisions in order to grow and live in my truth, I’ve come across obstacles in the form a punch in the gut, aka feeling disrespected or like a pawn in someone else’s maneuver. And it didn’t feel good. At all. It wouldn’t have been how I handled a situation or a friendship. It left me mad and more honestly, my ego was bruised. Because doesn’t everyone like and respect me enough not to talk shit? I wish.

And so instead of putting myself in someone else’s shoes to try and understand why they might have done what they did, I resorted almost immediately to how “over them” I was. And boyyyy was I going to let them know. It wasn’t until a voice of reason said, “But is that how you really want them to feel? Deep down, do you want them to feel how you feel? Or do you want them simply to learn a lesson, and know that you were the best version of yourself as you talked to them about it?”

Yup. Definitely the latter. I wanted to show love. I wanted to forgive. I wanted to put more kindness into the world regardless of what I was focused on. It didn’t mean that I would need to treat the relationship the same way I had before. But I wouldn’t take them down with me. No, if anything I’d rise above where I’d been and attempt to bring them along.

You’re going to go through rough patches with people. Friends you love will screw up. Family will disappoint you. Acquaintances will throw you under a bus. But here’s the deal: You have a choice in how to handle it. You can lower yourself to the crud, or you can be true to your heart and handle them with grace.

And if kindness isn’t enough by virtue of it being the right thing to do, remember… Karma’s a bitch. Put out into the world what you want to come back.

I bet that’s kindness.

This post originally appeared on MaxieMccoy.com.

Photo: Brian Jimenez / Unsplash

How Tumblr's Managing Editor's Job Changed Her Life

How Tumblr’s Managing Editor’s Job Changed Her Life

When you’re doing something you’re truly meant for, others around you can tell. That’s how I felt when I heard Annie Werner talk about the unique work she does for Tumblr as their managing editor. Inspired by her genuine passion for all things Internet, I asked Annie how she arrived at her grey career and what advice she has for those in our community figuring out their paths. Read below for career advice from Annie Werner:

What’s the best part about your work?

I love that I get to directly support creators who are putting their work on Tumblr and that I get to influence a product that millions of people use every day.

How did you find Tumblr/ how did Tumblr find you?

Four years ago, I saw an ad on the Tumblr staff blog that they were looking for a Community Intern. I applied almost immediately and got a response the next day. I’d recently been working as a blogger/journalist using my Tumblr to collect news items and personal insights, but it had long ago become a private obsession. I also knew there would be opportunity for me to develop my career on my own terms and learn a ton as part of a start-up.

How did you discover this is what you wanted to do?

I’ve always loved the internet and I always knew I’d be working on it in some capacity. I’d spend hours online and in chat rooms growing up, and it has always felt natural to me.

How did you become qualified enough to do what you love?

This was my first job out of college, so getting the experience as an intern at Tumblr helped me understand how the company worked and how I could make myself useful. Before that I’d interned at a lifestyle magazine and an alt-weekly newspaper, both on the digital sides. I’d been an editor at my online-only school newspaper, and that was an equally valuable experience because I got to learn how to run a website, manage a team of people, and execute special projects.

How has working at Tumblr helped you live a fulfilled life?

I work at a company that values self-expression above most things. Having and being surrounded by that kind of freedom is extremely valuable to me. I’m given the ability to work on what I want as well as work on projects outside of my work life.

What advice do you have for someone obsessed with the internet/ blogging/ something else, but who isn’t sure how to turn that into a career?

Think about how you can turn that time spent obsessing into an active experience. Have an output to show–maintain a blog of the stuff you care about, tweet articles you find interesting, and always be thinking about how this magical space could be made even better.

The Internet is the best place to make connections, too. Follow people you admire on twitter and interact with them directly. I often reach out to people I’ve developed a rapport with online to go out for drinks in real life. You never know how these connections will take shape in the future.

What’s something you wish you’d known at the outset of your career that you realize now?

How to negotiate my standing with the company amidst all the flux. When I started, my responsibilities changed and increased constantly–I never thought to ask for more in return. I also wasn’t being evaluated regularly, which contributed to this issue. If you find that you’re not getting evaluations at a workplace, ask for them.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

When you’re just starting out, do the small things right the first time–if you don’t, no one will ever ask you to do anything more. That advice really got me started off right.

How do you stay motivated and inspired to do great work?

It’s important to me to check in every so often and remind myself of the impact I’m making. My extracurricular activities are also important, and I make an effort to maintain interests outside of work. Also, getting enough sleep.

This post originally appeared on LiveInTheGrey.com.

Photo: Romain Toornier / Flickr

My Power Outfit: Maci Peterson, Texting Expert

My Power Outfit: Maci Peterson, Texting Expert

Name: Maci Peterson

Job/Company: Co-Founder and CEO of On Second Thought, a messaging app that lets you recall text messages before they get to the recipient’s phone.

Brief description of what you do in your role:

Being the co-founder and CEO of On Second Thought is an incredible and fun role. I talk to film studios and television and radio networks about how we can partner and integrate On Second Thought into their programming. I meet with investors, recruit and hire new team members, manage the budget, and develop the vision and strategy for our company.

My Power Outfit: Maci Peterson, Texting Expert

What are you wearing?

Dress: Bethine
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Earrings: H&M
Watch: Movado
Bracelet: Julie Vos
Rings: H&M, Forever 21
Pearls: I’ve worn this necklace almost every day since I was 16.
Styled by: Makeda Saggau-Sackey, The Glamazon Diaries

How does fashion boost your confidence? 

I wouldn’t say fashion boosts my confidence, rather it provides an another opportunity for me to express my personality and how I’m feeling. While I appreciate fashion, it’s not a source from which I draw my confidence.

Any advice for women dressing for the tech industry?

When it comes to your wardrobe, keep it simple and stay true to yourself. Unless you’re really into fashion, keep trendy items low key. Tailoring is crucial, it’s always important to look sharp for meetings with investors. If you don’t feel comfortable in dresses, opt for a classic tailored pant and blazer combination that exudes confidence and poise. Invest in a good pair of leather pumps, not too high, and keep them polished at all times.

Photos: Sam Teich / Levo

The Brief: Your Thursday Boredom Buster

The Brief: Cinderella Is Stepping Up Her Game

The German Way

New research shows that German employees typically work only 35 hours a week and they get a lot more done. Basically when they’re at work, there’s no water cooler talk about last night’s Scandal episode and no Facebook lollygagging. But an office without Facebook, small talk, and coffee? Sounds pretty rough. Until you hear about their other benefits. Germans are so productive, when they’re not on the clock, they’re really not on the clock. They get around 25-30 paid vacation days and their Elternzeit (“parent time” or parental leave) policies are pretty enviable—the state will pay up 67% of the employee’s salary for 14 months and parents may split the 14 months however they choose. It even applies to same-sex couples. Maybe a move to Deutschland is in the cards after all.

An MBA Doesn’t Equal Happiness

Harvard Business School professor Robin Ely, Hunter College professor Pamela Stone, and Colleen Ammerman, assistant director of the Gender Initiative at HBS, set out to examine what more than 25,000 male and female HBS graduates had to say about work, careers, and family. Sixty-one percent of the men said when they graduated, they expected their careers to take precedence over their partner’s. And shockingly, 75 percent of women said they would be the breadwinners after completing their MBA. After the participants completed their program, the number went up to 70 percent for men, and down to 61 percent for women. Oy. That’s a very expensive way to crush your dreams. Read the rest of the findings here.

Not a Shoeless Damsel Anymore

Everyone loves the 1965 animated version of Cinderella. There are singing mice, a makeover, a dashing prince, and it’s the only fairy tale that understands how life-changing a pair of shoes can be. But that Cinderella was a little bit weak and was only able to break free of her indentured servitude because of a man (though she did rock a choker like no one else). That’s why we’re pretty excited for the new live-action version of Cinderella coming out in March. This time Cindy rides horses, speaks eloquently, and fights back against her stepmother played by the awesome Cate Blanchett. Watch the trailer here.

Your Own Chic Makeover

You may not be Cinderella, but it doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a makeover. Levo, your own fairy godmother, is teaming up with Rank & Style and StyleBistro to bring one lucky winner a chic career makeover with a prize valued over $1,000. Get all the details here.

Interesting Stuff in a Sentence (of Two)

SNL funny lady Cecily Strong has been tapped to host the White House Correspondents’ dinner. You may have lost Weekend Update Cecily, but you won the war! (People)

Here’s some awesome advice from two very important ladies in tech, Niniane Wang CEO of start-up Evertoon, and Varsha Rao, head of global operations at Airbnb. (Fortune)

It’s aca-coming! The Pitch Perfect sequel is just a few months away, but Entertainment Weekly has some amazing pics of the cast! Get aca-excited! (EW.com)

Levo Loves…

Zady’s .01 sweater. It just launched today, so you better get yours before they sell out! It comes in three colors, and we can guarantee that it’ll be your new winter staple.

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