Leadership lessons from PepsiCo’s CEO Indra Nooyi

Growing up in India, Indra Nooyi was expected to lead a conventional life: happily married with kids, taking care of the elders at home, serving as a conservative, obedient wife. Or so she thought. Nooyi now stands as PepsiCo’s C.E.O, overseeing over 260,000 global companies, has been awarded one of Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women…

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An open letter: Is Cal Poly in crisis, or are we overreacting?

*** Aliyah Purnell is a business administration junior, a senior contributor for The Wire, and the president of the Cal Poly Black Student Union. The views represented in this article do not necessarily represent the views of Women in Business and its members.  This whole week, leaders of cultural organizations at Cal Poly have been receiving emails,…

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Betsy Umhofer recognized with Progress for Women award

Last January, when Lois Capps stood at the podium in Washington D.C. and bid farewell to her colleagues in the House, it was the end of an era. 19 years after her husband, Walter Capps, had passed and she had been voted to replace him as the U.S. Representative for California’s 24th district, Lois stood…

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Rupi Kaur: Stepping outside the female frame

A girl lies curled up on her side next to a yellow blanket, hair in a bun, facing away from the camera. The eye, however, is not drawn to the soft curves of her back or the gentleness of the sunlight streaming into the room, but to her grey sweatpants and her bedsheets, both stained…

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Barbie’s new dolls aim to inspire young “sheroes”

I was more of a Bratz fan myself, but I had the occasional beheaded Barbie in my drawer with the other dolls. The Barbie dolls I remember playing with in the late 90s and early 2000s all looked the same: tall, blonde, skinny and occasionally missing a limb. From the dolls to the movies like…

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Chief Cantrell’s unconventional route to the police force

Meet San Luis Obispo’s Police Chief, Deanna Cantrell. The assumed formality of her position, her job, her firm handshake and her perfectly pressed suit was only contradicted by her welcoming smile and the bright pink SloDoCo pin on her chest. The pin is a small indication of how Cantrell is redefining what it means to…

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Handling life isn’t always picture perfect

“One of the most important lessons I have learned in my life is that my feelings are valid. For anyone dealing with divorce, I would like to encourage you to speak up. Speak up to yourself in the mirror when you’re in the middle of a crying fit and remind yourself that what you are…

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Local entrepreneur tackles shifting culture of beauty industry

Some people have a natural talent. For Melissa Kues, who comes from a family of real estate agents, the profession runs in her blood. But she is no stranger to working hard to get what she wants. After getting her license when she was just 18, she moved to Morro Bay with her brother and…

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