Watch Morrison’s entire remarks on freedom of expression and the role of the writer from 2008.In addition to her work as a writer, Morrison was also a teacher, editor, and mentor. In 2014, she told NEA Arts Magazine about writing guidance she once gave her students.
“When I taught creative writing at Princeton, [my students] had been told all of their lives to write what they knew. I always began the course by saying, ‘Don’t pay any attention to that.’ First, because you don’t know anything and second, because I don’t want to hear about your true love and your mama and your papa and your friends,” she said. “Think of somebody you don’t know. What about a Mexican waitress in the Rio Grande who can barely speak English? Or what about a Grande Madame in Paris?
Things way outside their camp. Imagine it, create it. Don’t record and editorialize on some event that you’ve already lived through. I was always amazed at how effective that was. They were always out of the box when they were given license to imagine something wholly outside their existence. I thought it was a good training for them. Even if they ended up just writing an autobiography, at least they could relate to themselves as strangers.”
Morrison died August 5, 2019, at the age of 88.
You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.
Chloe Anthony Wofford "Toni" Morrison was an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at Princeton University. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. The critically acclaimed Song of Solomon brought her national attention and won the National Book Critics Circle Award.
If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.
The Toni Morrison Society was founded May 28, 1993, at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association in Baltimore, Maryland. At the invitation of Carolyn Denard, then an Associate Professor of English at Georgia State University, twenty-six scholars and supporters of Morrison's work met in Baltimore to establish the Toni Morrison Society as an official member of the coalition of American author societies that comprise the American Literature Association. With its founding, the Toni Morrison Society became the 41st author society of the Association and the fourth dedicated to an African American author.
Five months after the founding of the Society, Toni Morrison won the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature. With the increased interest in Morrison's works after she won the Nobel Prize, the Society quickly grew from a small body of devoted Morrison scholars in the United States to an international literary society of more than 600 members, whose home countries include Japan, Kenya, Ghana, Egypt, France, England, Germany, China, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Australia. The Advisory Board is made up of leading individuals in the academic, art, business, and lay communities who support and wish to enhance the mission of the Society. In 1995, the Society was incorporated and chartered in the state of Georgia. In 1997, the Society became a registered, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Do you love chocolate?
Meet the lady behind the chocolate brand of worldwide fame, Hershey’s! Started in the USA, Hershey’s chocolate has gone far.
American businesswoman Michele Buck is the first female CEO of Hershey’s, and is the successor of John Bilbrey, since 2017.
Buck had worked at Hershey’s since 2005, and had previously worked at Kraft/Nabisco, having worked in very high profile roles for nearly 20 years. She has a very strong background in the food industry, and came into her CEO role knowing her stuff inside out. She has earned her position, and has put in years of work.
In this short video, Michele tells us a little bit about her early life, and why she is passionate about what she does.
The Making of a Manager - Julie Zhuo
Julie Zhuo is a leader in the tech industry. In this raw and honest book, she describes her own story of how she worked through the challenges of her co-workers becoming her employees overnight, and the new responsibility and dynamics that created for her.
At just 25 years of age, she had no formal training, or experience managing other people before, so she had to learn everything from scratch.
In this down-to-earth and human book, Julie shares simple and practical advice and information about the nature of management, and how to negotiate the challenges and stresses that go along with it.
A brilliant read for anyone aspiring, new to, or experienced in management.
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Dame Carolyn McCall - Chief Executive of ITV
Carolyn was born in India to British expat parents. She grew up in both India and Singapore, completing her university degree in Kent, UK. She started her career as a teacher, and after gaining her masters degree in Politics, she held roles in the construction industry, research planning, and sales and advertising at Guardian Media Group. In 2006, she became the CEO of Guardian News and Media. Since then, she has been Non-Executive Director of New Look, Lloyds Bank, and Tesco.
McCall is new to the role of CEO of ITV, and is eager to bring a fresh perspective, and a forward thinking edge to the company, bringing it full steam ahead into the digital age, leaving behind a “cosy, traditional” feel.
McCall is inspiring to fellow women who aspire to succeed in business, because of her energy, creativity and drive. As well as being a business woman, she has a husband and three children whom she is devoted to. As well as being highly motivated and a doer, she is a passionate advocate of work life balance.
In this article, taken from a live conversation with Carolyn McCall at Bloomfest, a high profile networking event for women in the communications industry, she talks about breaking harmful female stereotypes, and the challenges of running a business while bringing up three teenage children...
In our Employability and Entrepreneur Academies, we believe in and champion people who feel like they don’t fit in with the way things are normally done, who have gifts, talents and interests that are unique and different. We encourage people to find their own voice, and create their own niche.
This is what our founding director Anita Frost did in her own life. She had a hard time fitting in at school - Her high energy and relentless enthusiasm often meant that she got told off a lot at school, as many people thought that these things were a liability.
But later in life, these amazing and rare qualities would become her greatest assets, as she funnelled them into creating what Curricula & Co is today - helping and inputting into many people and businesses, each making a mark on the world, bringing their own unique flavour!
Curricula and Co started back in 2013 to build on a passion for people. We saw a need to work with people at their own pace to help them get out of their old thinking patterns, and to empower them to move out of the same circles they have been going around and around for years, and to start dreaming of something better.
Before Anita Frost started Curricula and Co, she had trained and worked as a social worker, and though she persisted at it for a long time, then redundancy became the twist to new change - Anita push past her limits, and when she had done that, she wanted to do the same for many others.
The company started off focused on helping young people get their heads around business and employability, and on making these things accessible to them, and busting some of the myths that surround these very ‘adult’ things that seem so far away.
As Curricula and Co started to gain momentum over its first few years, we began to expand our reach to all ages, and all levels of business progress, not just start-ups. Because everyone still has growing and expanding to do, even when they have moved up a few levels...