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Meet Janet Yang: The Chinese-American Film Producer who Achieved Success by Connecting with Her Roots

Ever since she was a little girl, Janet Yang’s life was a dance between her Chinese heritage and her American experience. Her parents came to the United States in 1942 on the heels of the revolution, and raised Janet in Long Island, where they were the only Asians around. When Janet was 15, her parents—after missing home terribly—decided it was ...

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Meet Jenny Buettner: Real Estate Exec Turned Inventor of Breakthrough Lingerie

When real estate executive Jenny Buettner attended her sister’s wedding just after delivering her own third baby, she found herself up against a common post-birth issue—wardrobe. But instead of sulking, Jenny took matters into her own hands. Intent on looking great for the wedding by avoiding an unseemly visible panty line, she cut the sides of her G-string panties and ...

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Meet Dolores Caffaro: Furniture & Staging Maven to the Stars

When Dolores Caffaro’s father sent her to live in Los Angeles from Argentina she was outraged. But she was even more outraged when he made her come right back a few months later. Infuriated, she hastily sold her apartment and returned to the the US, where she joined forces with her step-father to launch a furniture business. The last thing ...

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Meet Tara Winter: eBay Maverick Who Runs a Business From Her Bedroom

Tara Winter came from a family that never had to worry about money—until they did, and suddenly life as she knew it radically changed. Tara, who was used to things like private school and shopping with friends, started working retail to help her parents make ends meet. Flexing the work muscle not only provided her income, but also quickly showed ...

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Meet Sherrijon Gaspard: Flight Attendant who Soared by Making Her Own Wine

As a flight attendant, Sherrijon Gaspard prides herself on being an expert at keeping passengers comfortable and content. But it wasn’t until she started moonlighting as a business school student that she found a way to make herself truly content. Combining her new education with her built-in love of hospitality and entertaining, she started a line of sparkling wine, using ...

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Julissa Arce: From Undocumented to Self-Made, Part Two

The odds were always stacked against Julissa Arce in America. She didn’t speak English. She was apart from her family for most of her life. She couldn’t apply for financial aid as a senior in high school ready for college. She was alone in the world with a giant secret—the unfortunate fact that she was undocumented. Yet despite every ...

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Julissa Arce: From Undocumented to Self-Made, Part One

The odds were always stacked against Julissa Arce in America. She didn’t speak English. She was apart from her family for most of her life. She couldn’t apply for financial aid as a senior in high school ready for college. She was alone in the world with a giant secret—the unfortunate fact that she was undocumented. Yet despite every ...

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Meet Denise Hewett: Quintessential Millennial Disruptor

Imagine not yet being 30 and already having worked on the Sex in the City film, Ugly Betty, at MTV Networks, and wrangled a snazzy DJ career on the side. That was Denise Hewett in New York before she decided it was time to move to Los Angeles and unapologetically disrupt Hollywood. After a slew of incredible job experiences, Denise ...

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Meet Jovanka Ciares: Music Exec Turned Wellness Coach Extraordinaire

Be honest: wouldn’t you kill for a glamourous job in the music industry working with artists like Beyoncé and Jay-Z? That was Jovanka Ciares, a Puerto Rican music executive who loved her New York City lifestyle and its culture of opportunity. Jovanka hustled and thrived, even though her job came with stress, given long hours and constant dealings with such ...

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Julissa Arce: From Undocumented to Self Made, Part Three

The odds were always stacked against Julissa Arce in America. She didn’t speak English. She was apart from her family for most of her life. She couldn’t apply for financial aid as a senior in high school ready for college. She was alone in the world with a giant secret—the unfortunate fact that she was undocumented. Yet despite every obstacle, ...

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