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The YWLP Briefcase: 10 Things To Read Before Your Next Brunch Date

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Dear Young Leaders,

Since this is the first YWLP Brief, I’ll give a brief overview of the motivation behind including something like this on the blog. From the beginning of it’s creation, the program set out to empower readers by 1) instilling confidence in their abilities and the importance of their voices, 2) offering opportunities for young people to speak up and network with one another and current leaders in fields they may be interested in joining, and 3) arm them with diverse insight to encourage them to question the information that surrounds them and be thoughtful leaders.

This brief is the blog’s effort to achieve the third part of the program’s methods in working towards its goal. Like the space we are involved in, the shape and information we hope to host on these briefs will likely evolve over time. Please do comment on what you would like to see more of!

Featured Issues:

1. Model Minority Pressures Take Mental Health Toll

On January 27, Yale University mathematics major Luchang Wang jumped to her death from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, leaving behind a Facebook post saying that while she was in deep emotional pain…

2. Why We Need More Diversity in Maths and Science

Science and mathematics subjects have traditionally been seen as the forte of high-achieving, white, middle-class pupils. And, in an effort to boost the number of scientists and engineers in the UK…

3. Fraternities are Focus of Measures to Reduce Assaults and Misconduct & Yale Restricts a Fraternity After Sexual Misconduct

A Yale fraternity has been banned from conducting on-campus activities until August 2016 as punishment for violating the university’s sexual misconduct policy at an initiation ceremony last year and then trying

4. Fresh Off the Boat Star: I Don’t Need to Represent Every Asian Mom Ever

I would say visibility as the stars of a show is important. That says that our stories matter. We’re not here to do the taxes of the white person, or to be the chipper best friend to the white person. It’s important to see Asians in those leading roles because it changes what I’m calling the anglo-heteronormative status of TV…

5. Review – ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is Abusive Gender Roles Disguised as Faux-Feminism

50 Shades of Grey not only fails to remotely subvert these typical standards, it presents them in the most excessive way possible by making the man so overtly obsessed with avoiding love and demanding sexual and emotional domination of the woman, and making her fall in love with him regardless of how emotionally distant and abusive he becomes….

Featured Leaders:

6. 1 of Worlds Most Powerful Women – Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer is obviously a woman that cannot be missed! She is only 39, worked as a spokesperson/executive for Google, at age 36 she was in the top 20 of most powerful women worldwide and at age 37…

7. Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin, Co-founders of theSkimm

We’re both 28. I grew up in downtown Chicago. I was always kind of a news junkie—growing up in Chicago, it’s really hard not to be involved in politics…

8. Misty Copeland, Ballerina

Currently dancing the role of Clara in the American Ballet Theater’s production of The Nutcracker, she is the first African American female soloist in over two decades at ABT (and the second everrr). Earlier this year, President Obama invited her…

Featured Tips:

9. Influence Without Authority – Using Your Six Sources of Influence

Leadership textbooks make a point of advising up-and-coming leaders not to accept responsibility for a business outcome without first negotiating a job title and hierarchical authority. In other words, you should always strive to “lead with authority”…

Featured Stuff to Check Out:

10. Reporters Asking Female Celebrities the Wrong Damn Questions