Essence Magazine Names New Editor-In-Chief

BY: - 2 Aug '13 | On the Web

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“I’m absolutely thrilled. This truly is my dream job. I’ve lovedEssence since I was a kid,” Vanessa Bush, the new editor-in-chief ofEssencetold theGrio.

The new head of the black women’s lifestyle bible has worked for numerous publications over the course of her career, including Life and Glamour, but none other has drawn her passionate devotion.

In her new role, Bush is thrilled to take her decade-plus years of experience in journalism and apply it in service to African-American women, at a magazine that inspired her both as a black woman and budding journalist as a child.

She even remembers her first encounter with the glossy.

“It’s something that I will never forget. I can remember creating mini-magazines with my mom,” Bush reminisced. “One of the few places where I could actually cut out pictures of women who look like me was Essence magazine. So to be able to bring that full circle decades later is just a dream. Essence is the embodiment of the quintessential black woman who is empowered and that’s an achiever, that’s looking for inspiration, that’s looking for wise counsel. That’s always trying to be the best that she can be. Essence has always been that guide book that shows us how to do that.”

Click here to check out her backstory and to find out what challenges she faces on TheGrio.com. 

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Why Being Happily Married Makes You a Better Businesswoman

BY: - 2 Aug '13 | On the Web

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Leading a business and being married have a lot in common. Both require building partnerships and maintaining commitment. A recent article by Forbes suggests that a happy marriage can lead to being a better CEO.

As the saying goes, “a happy wife is a happy life” and through his research, Steve Cooper has found that being happily married–not just being married– is beneficial to a person’s mental and physical health as well as their financial decisions. He suggests taking care of needs in your living room before taking care of responsibilities in the boardroom. He lists four reasons how being happily married and being a successful CEO relate.

Here are two examples:

2. You have to communicate. 

A willingness to communicate and having a successful marriage go hand in hand. Research shows that couples who keep things bottled in don’t reap the benefits of living longer lives and those in conflict at home take longer to heal from physical injury. Part of being a CEO means looking at things from a long-term perspective and being physically and mentally capable of carrying out necessary workloads.

3. You have to tackle conflict.

Having open communication within your marriage leads to better conflict management within the workplace. Dr. Terri Orbuch’s study, “The Early Years of Marriage Project,” suggests that avoiding conflict at home leads to being very unhappy overtime. A negative attitude brought into a place of business can eventually surface and trickle down to employees or spread to outside partners.

Read Cooper’s other reasons on Forbes’ website.

BMWK– Have you found that having a happy marriage makes you a better businessman/woman? What correlations have you found?

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Stacie Bailey is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with a master's degree in Interactive Communications. She has strong interests in youth, social media and an overall love for sharing knowledge and information.

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