Personal & Professional Development

Summit encourages women to become developers as well as tech users

In September 2016, digital equality advocates gathered in Accra, Ghana, for the Africa Summit on Women and Girls in Technology. The participants shared their stories, knowledge and experience on the internet and information and communications technology (ICT). The main focus of the summit was to transform African women and girls...

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Finding a Mentor

Some of the most valuable professional relationships are found outside your traditional circle of coworkers and friends. Challenge yourself to foster relationships beyond the office and you might develop a productive relationship with a mentor who can help guide your career growth and professional development. Check out the YALI Network...

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Getting the Most From Your Mentoring Relationship

Professor Judy Millesen describes mentorship as an “agreement between two people sharing experiences and expertise to help with reflection, decision-making, and action” to improve personal growth and professional development. The purpose of mentorship is for individuals to help one another grow and develop while providing benefits for everyone involved. The...

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What constitutes ‘dangerous speech,’ and what can you do about it?

In the United States, courts have repeatedly protected the rights of those who make hateful comments and post racist images. But the allowance of hate speech doesn’t mean there is unlimited free speech. The courts have also ruled that if someone makes a direct threat against another person or incites...

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Is there an art to mediating conflicts?

Being a mediator is not really about trying to understand someone else’s conflict in order to help resolve it. It’s more about working with the parties to get them to understand their own conflict, said Peter Sampson, who works at the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) as the...

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Making Presentations that Impress

When it comes to delivering presentations to audiences of any size, speakers often turn to Microsoft PowerPoint as their primary tool for structuring and organizing their remarks. A PowerPoint deck—when prepared correctly—can help you recall talking points, illustrate key facts and ideas, and keep your audience engaged. Here (5 MB) you’ll...

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Professional Networking 101

Whether you’re a student, professional, or entrepreneur, having a strong network can make a world of difference when it comes to achieving your goals. While professional networking is often associated with job hunting, its benefits are numerous: in addition to career opportunities, your professional network may offer business leads, knowledge...

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