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Mar 25th 2014

Arianna Reveals Keys To True Success At Hearst Master Class

In a business world driven by deadlines, money, burnout and stress, it may be time for a workplace revolution.

Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, said we need to move beyond defining success by the power and money we gain from careers. Arianna, discussing the inspiration for her new book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder at a Hearst magazines Q&A session called Master Class on Monday, said the true measure of accomplishment should tap into ourselves, our stress and our strengths.

"The world is changing, we're not in the age where we can mindlessly do our jobs. ... There's no longer the king at top shouting orders," Arianna told host Robbie Myers, editor-in-chief of Elle magazine, in front of an intimate audience at Hearst Tower in Manhattan. "Leadership is much more than a leader in the center of the circle. It's much more about what are really female values: Teamwork, collaboration, flexibility, bringing people together."

Another component of a fulfilling life and career is to let your head hit the pillow, Arianna said. After a health scare in 2007 led her to realize the importance of sleep, she told the audience she wants to spread the word that getting the proper amount of shut-eye is crucial to success -- especially when it comes to workplace performance.

"Sleep is the miracle drug without any side effects -- absolutely everything gets better with sleep," she said. "Imagine how many more glass ceilings we can break through if we're fully awake."

In order to grab the rest we need, we must put ourselves before our devices, Arianna said. If we prioritize checking emails or if we take phones into the bedroom, we can't expect to reap the full benefits of a good night's sleep, she said.

"Look at how careful we are about recharging our smartphones as opposed to our brains," Arianna said. "We need to stop thinking that the last email is more important than we are."

Arianna stressed that success shouldn't depend on accomplishments at work. The most important thing is the legacy we will leave in other aspects of our lives.

"Our eulogies [will] have nothing to do with our resumes -- have you ever heard a eulogy that said 'George was amazing, he increased our market share by one-third?'" she said. "It's all about the other stuff -- how we made people feel, did we make them laugh, what did we mean to our children and our loved ones. We [need] to start running our lives in a way that gives a eulogizer something to work with."

For more on the Third Metric, click here.

Feb 27th 2014

AOLers Share Career Advice in "Pathways to Success" Series

Equipped with notebooks, questions, and abundant enthusiasm, students from the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology headed to AOL HQ yesterday for "Pathways to Success." Held in New York, the event brings tech-interested students together for career advice and exposure.

The invited students attend one of 20 New York City public schools selected for a new program, the Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) - which provides funding to offer a comprehensive curriculum of computer science and software engineering for both girls and boys.

Panelists shared stories and advice, with the goal of exposing students to the myriad pathways available in the tech field. As the speakers wrapped up, a key-takeaway arose: "Keep in touch with the classmates you're with today, as those connections will be helpful in the future - you never know who you'll be connected with later on in life."

"Pathways to Success" is an ongoing AOL program through which we invite students interested in technology to the AOL office for a career panel and tour of the Studio. Stay tuned for future updates and events news by following @AOLImpact.

Jan 22nd 2014

HuffPost Takes On the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

As 2,500 business, political and academic leaders from around the world gather at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week, The Huffington Post and HuffPost Live are there to be a part of the crucial conversation and provide a venue for attendees to relax, connect with others and experience the power of technology.

The Huffington Post has partnered with Microsoft for a co-branded space, the Microsoft-Huffington Post Cafe, where delegates can have meetings, relax, recharge, refuel or just catch up on work throughout the week. From a HuffPost Live studio located within the Cafe, host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin will be interviewing world leaders, business executives, journalists and others about the important discussions and themes at the event, which officially opens on Wednesday, January 22. The Huffington Post and HuffPost Live's coverage can be found here.

The World Economic Forum is also serving as launch pad for THEWORLDPOST, a new online publication from the Huffington Post in partnership with the Berggruen Institute on Governance. The site went live today and replaces the World section of the Huffington Post. In addition, the content will be made available to HuffPost's 10 international editions, including France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Japan and Brazil and syndicated to print publications around the world.

Dec 20th 2013

AOL NY Hosts "Women in Tech" Initiative

AOL is excited to be one of the first companies to partner with the NY Department of Education for the "Women in Tech" initiative, a new program for female software engineering students. Spearheaded by Rachel Haot, the city's Chief Digital Officer, the program aims to connect female leaders at New York tech companies with middle school and high school girls from the city's 22 pilot computer science schools.

We kicked-off the initiative yesterday, as the AOL NY office hosted a group of 30 from the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in Brooklyn. The field trip included an in-depth tour of the AOL studio and HuffPost Live set, followed by an interactive panel moderated by Susan Lyne, where the girls had an opportunity to hear from several women working across different business sectors of AOL.

We believe that events like the "Women in Tech" program help girls recognize the myriad pathways available in the technology field. Students enjoyed hearing from the panel of strong, trailblazing female tech leaders here at AOL including Huffington Post, while the school reiterated that it's valuable for girls to be able to see themselves in engineering and business roles of the speakers.

Panelists included:

Emily Glatzer- General Manager, Lifestyle Brands

Sammi Leibovitz- Creative Director, AOL.com and Lifestyle

Regina Bienstock- Head of Business Operations, Marketplace by ADTECH

Rebecca Searles- Social Media, HuffPost

Anna Dickson- Photography Director, HuffPost

Alexandra Berke- Engineer, HuffPost


Whiteboarding (topic: tech/coding):

Jennifer Wenner, Sr. Tech Manager, Software Engineering

Piya Ghosh, Software Engineer, Huffington Post Media Group


Studio Tour

Lead by Sylvia Nasiadko- Production Manager, AOL studios/HP Live

Dec 12th 2013

Miley Cyrus and the Snowden Files engage the public most for 2013

What do Papal intimacy, a screaming goat and candy-deprived children have in common? They all appear in the definitive Scoreboard of Content 2013, compiled by The Huffington Post UK and Ogilvy Public Relations. The Scoreboard of the most impactful online content this year was revealed today following a crowd-sourced appeal to more than 7.7 million* influential consumers and creators.

Over 180 pieces of content were judged by a panel from the worlds of academia, media, marketing, content creation and social networks divided the crowd-sourced favorites into Top Fives across five genres: Sex, Humor, Fame, News and Lifestyle. The panel of judges then decided upon a top five in each category, crowning one overall winner.

The top scoring content in each category, and overall, is as follows:

  • Miley Cyrus' fusion of nudity and shock in the 'Wrecking Ball' video, tops off a year of increasingly sex-fuelled music videos, and puts her at the pinnacle of the sex category, and overall
  • For news, The Guardian's 'NSA Snowden Files' scored highest, leading impactful news sharing online
  • A home-production YouTuber, MrEpicMann, takes the top spot in humor with 'How animals eat their food'
  • Number one in the fame category is another home-generated piece of content, 'Pope Selfie', taken by @FabioMRagona
  • In lifestyle, Dove's 'Real Beauty Sketches' achieved the top grade

Whether fun or serious, the impact of the year's top content is clear: between them, the Scoreboard's Top 25 generated more than 1,113,100,000 views and 5,787,600 shares across social media.

Statistics, celebrity or monetary investment alone, however, did not guarantee impact in the mind of the public or top scores from our judges.

It was a combination of a hot title or headline, surprise and intimacy that our judges revealed as the keys to success.

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