Compass IPO day: CEO Robert Reffkin on how his mom inspired him to launch the real estate unicorn

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“She didn’t give up. She became an agent. I saw, through that, [that] agents are greatest group of entrepreneurs.” Robert Reffkin’s mother inspired him to found a real estate company that uses to technology to help its agents succeed. Ruth Reffkin sold real estate for years, including years when she was raising him as a single mother, disowned by her white family for having an interracial relationship. He watched how she struggled to do her job with as many as nine different third-party tools. Read Full Story

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‘Mentorship made my career’: How to pay it forward to young talent while remote

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Without the option of a casual desk drop-by, nurturing early-career talent takes creativity. Here are a few strategies to inspire you. One of my first mentors in real estate was a partner in a small consulting firm, where I worked as a project manager out of graduate school. She was a smart and charismatic professional with a passion for built environments. Reflecting on the experience, it wasn’t the formal work that taught me the most, but the downtime conversation and time observing her in action. For instance, before a meeting she’d show me how to craft the agenda to drive the conversation intentionally. Later, we would go through what worked and didn’t work. And over casual coffees, she’d tell me how important it was for female developers to construct these buildings, standing as evidence of their immutable accomplishments. Read Full Story

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Forget skincare: This wellness brand’s superfood supplements promise to deliver beauty from the inside out

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Golde’s superfood lattes and powdered drinks are now staples at both Sephora and Target. Trinity Mouzon Wofford planned to be a doctor. She went to New York University to study medicine with a holistic lens, inspired by a lifetime of education and care for her mother’s severe autoimmune disease. But when insurance stood in the way of her mother’s ability to see her doctor of choice, Wofford decided to pivot. Read Full Story

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See Jane Goodall’s new kids’ decor line with Crate & Barrel

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Jane Goodall launches a collection with Crate & Barrel to get kids thinking about the environment as early as possible. Here, she talks to us about the collection, why capitalism is broken, and how children can help save the planet. When I talk to Dr. Jane Goodall, she’s sitting in her childhood home in Bournemouth, on the south coast of England, where four generations of her family have lived. The 86-year-old primatologist is wearing a Patagonia jacket and sitting in front of a bookshelf displaying black-and-white pictures of her mother. Read Full Story

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Half of Uruguay’s COVID-19 cases can be traced to a single fashion designer

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It’s a stark example of how one person’s choices impact others. Carmela Hontou, a 57-year-old fashion designer, landed in Montevideo, Uruguay, from Spain on March 7 and had lunch with her 84-year-old mother. That evening, Hontou went to a wedding celebration in the wealthy Carrasco district, where she was one of 500 guests. She says she stayed for three hours, then left because she was tired from jet lag. Read Full Story

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How to adopt Steve Jobs’s approach to well-being in the workplace

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Steve Jobs’s former assistant Naz Beheshti credits the Apple founder with setting her on the trajectory to her current wellness-focused career. Seven years ago, executive wellness coach Naz Beheshti had a dream. In it, her former boss, Steve Jobs , gave her one last assignment. “He appeared and simply and clearly—the way he always spoke to me in life—just told me that I needed to write this book, about how my first job and working for him impacted the rest of my life,” she says. Read Full Story

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The Whitney Houston hologram tour has begun. Here’s how it works

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Fatima Robinson, the acclaimed music-video director and choreographer, explains why she took on the challenge of directing the Whitney Houston hologram tour. In 2016, Whitney Houston was schedule to perform during the season 10 finale of The Voice— four years after her death. The stunt was supposed to be a duet with then-judge Christina Aguilera, but five days before the finale, Houston’s estate pulled the plug. Read Full Story

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