You don’t need to have dug a mine to run one, female leaders say

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Description: Eira Thomas has discovered diamonds in the far north, co-founded mining companies and sat on a dozen boards — including Canada’s most valuable energy company. So the 49-year-old was a little taken aback when an investor recently suggested she needed to hire an engineer as chief operating officer to back her up in the… Read more »

Starbucks COO on Philadelphia arrests and youth outreach

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Description: CNBC’s Kate Rogers speaks with Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer about the benefits of hiring young adults and her reaction to the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks. Starbucks COO on Philadelphia arrests and youth outreach from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: May 03, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/05/03/starbucks-coo-on-philadelphia-arrests-and-youth-outreach.html Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Jeff Bezos reveals Amazon has 100 million Prime members in letter to shareholders

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Description: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has released his latest annual shareholder letter. In the letter, Bezos stressed the importance of having high standards in running a business. By setting high standards, companies are able to live up to “ever-rising customer expectations,” he said. Source: CNBC.com Date: Apr 19, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/18/amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-2018-shareholder-letter.html Questions for discussion: What does Jeff Bezos… Read more »

Over 1,000 miles on a single charge: A glimpse into the future of bus travel

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Description: Around the world, hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people use buses to get around towns and cities. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 29, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/29/future-travel-california-made-bus-travels-1000-miles-on-single-charge.html Questions for discussion: Why is this technological development so important for the environmental movement? Do you think governments should subsidize purchases through municipal bus… Read more »

Can You Imagine A Supermarket With No Plastic?

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Description: In an Amsterdam supermarket, a new “plastic-free” aisle is a microcosm of the entire store. It’s possible to buy around 700 items–meat, sauces, produce, yogurt, snacks, cereal, drinks, enough for a week’s worth of groceries–but nothing is packaged in conventional plastic. Any package that looks like regular plastic is bio-based and compostable; everything else… Read more »

Best Buy says goodbye to mobile phone stores

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Description: NEW YORK— Best Buy (BBY) is shuttering all 250 of its small-format mobile phone stores in the U.S., saying the locations have become less profitable. Source: CBS.com – video report Date: Mar 01, 2018 Link: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/best-buy-says-goodbye-to-mobile-phone-stores/ Questions for discussion: Why is management taking this action? How have consumer buying behaviors changed since these stores… Read more »

Putting Green in the Tea Party, She Crusades for Clean Power

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Description: LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Debbie Dooley’s conservative profile seems impeccable. The gun-owning daughter of a Baptist preacher, she was an early organizer for the Tea Party movement. She voted for President Trump and still supports him. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 28, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/28/business/energy-environment/debbie-dooley-energy.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: Summarize the business and economic details presented in… Read more »

How GE Went From American Icon to Astonishing Mess

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Description: Famous for great management, General Electric is staring down a plunging share price, a federal investigation, and possible breakup. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 1, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-02-01/how-ge-went-from-american-icon-to-astonishing-mess Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the reasons for GE’s rise and fall? Is blame entirely the fault of poor management? Can GE rise… Read more »

Impossible Food’s Mission to Replace Meat

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Description: The company wants to end the use of animals in food production by 2035 Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Dec 28, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/video/2017/12/19/impossible-foods-replace-meat/ Questions for discussion: Do you think this company can succeed in its stated goal? Which factors and trends suggest the firm can succeed? What the obstacles does it face?… Read more »

Bitcoin Futures Are About To Be a Thing and It’s Sending Prices Soaring

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Description: Bitcoin has been on a tear since the start of 2017. But according to Fortune’s Jen Wieczner, the cryptocurrency’s due for a downturn. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Dec 02, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/12/01/bitcoin-price-cme-cftc-futures/ Questions for discussion: What is Bitcoin, according to the report? What drives the changes in price? Is Bitcoin a product… Read more »