Applications For This Fellowship For Minority Business Owners Are Due Tomorrow

Sundial Brands is partnering with Dartmouth College to provide fellowships for minority entrepreneurs. The deadline to apply is March 15.

Sundial Brands, which is the parent manufacturer of brands like SheaMoisture, Nubian Heritage and Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture, has partnered with Dartmouth College to provide opportunities for minority entrepreneurs.

The skin and hair care brand has collaborated with Dartmouth’s School of Business for a second year to create The Sundial Brands Community Commerce Fellowship for minority women executives, business owners and entrepreneurs.

The Building a High Performance Minority Business program seeks to provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to enhance their business strategies and refine operations to prosper. Priority consideration for the fellowship will be given to applicants who are able to demonstrate that their companies actively support social objectives as a core part of their missions and/or business models.

This initiative isn’t the only way that the brand has been fighting for opportunities regarding minority women. Just last year, Founder/CEO Richelieu Dennis challenged segregation in the beauty aisle through a viral campaign that caught the attention of millions.

Dennis, who was the mastermind behind SheaMoisture’s “Break The Walls” campaign, drew attention to the lack of diversity and inclusivity within beauty departments.

Dennis, who started the company more than two decades ago in New York City said that the brand finds it imperative to “ensure that women who had been underserved by the beauty industry had ample access to an assortment of products to meet their lifestyle needs.”

“We want women to have options and not be forced into somebody else’s idea of what their beauty needs ought to be,” he continued.

To learn more information about applying for the fellowship, visit here. The application deadline is March 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The program is slated to run from April 2-7, 2017.

Women Graduating College in 2020 May One Day Be Paid As Much As Men

The future looks bright.

Female students graduating from college in three years may one day be freed from the frustration of earning less than their male coworkers—but only right before they retire.

According to new research from Accenture, the women of the class of 2020 could be the first generation to close the gender pay gap in their professional lifetimes. However, this is only if they live in developed countries and are able to reach parity with men in three key areas.

The first is what the professional services firm calls digital fluency, which the research defines as “the extent to which people embrace and use digital technologies to become more knowledgeable, connected and effective.” It’s not about whether people know how to code, but rather whether they go online to do taxes, pay bills, or take web-based courses, Accenture’s group chief of North America Julie Sweet explained to Fortune in a discussion of last year’s findings of the same annual report.

Right now, men use digital skills more frequently than women do, according to Accenture’s survey, which included 28,000 people in 29 countries. About 76% of men versus 72% of women globally are digitally fluent (80% vs. 75% for millennials). Moreover, men are more proactive than women when it comes to upgrading those skills: 52% of men say they’re continuously learning new digital skills, versus 45% of women.

Relatedly, Accenture finds that tech immersion—or the opportunity to acquire greater technology and stronger digital skills to advance as quickly as men—is another key element of women’s success. Right now, young women lag in adopting new technologies quickly (45% vs. 63%) and in taking coding and computing courses (68% vs. 83%).

While digital fluency and tech immersion can help narrow the gender pay gap for women at the early stages of their careers, the relationship between digital fluency and women’s advancement in the workplace is not as significant, the report finds. That brings us to the final area where women must achieve equality with men: “career strategy.”

Accenture defines this as aiming high, making informed choices about what fields of study to pursue, and managing your career proactively. Right now, female undergraduates are currently less likely than their male counterparts to choose an area of study that they believe offers high earning potential (27% vs. 40%), have a mentor (45% vs. 58% ) or aspire to senior leadership positions (41% vs. 51%).

If women manage to reach parity in those three areas, Accenture says, the pay gap in developed markets could close by 2044, shortening the time to pay parity by 36 years. This means that the women graduating in three years’ time would still be in the workplace when it happens. In developing markets, on the other hand, the changes could cut 102 years off the time to reach pay parity, achieving it by 2066 instead of 2168.

In dollar terms, overcoming these barriers could boost women’s income $3.9 trillion by 2030.

Is It Bad to Stay Inside For an Entire Day?

Here’s how a lazy day spent indoors actually affects your health.

One day inside probably won’t hugely affect your health—but it’s not great to constantly stay cooped up from morning until dark. The biggest issue is that entering hibernation mode means you don’t get any exposure to natural light. Sunlight tends to improve your mood, and it helps your body produce vitamin D, which has been shown to help regulate the immune system, reduce inflammation in the body, and more. Sunlight also helps keep your internal body clock on schedule; your circadian rhythm plays a major part in regulating your appetite, sleep schedule, and energy levels. Research has shown that excessive exposure to electric lighting can throw off those internal rhythms.

 

Let’s not forget the slew of health benefits that spending time in nature provides: Getting some green can help alleviate symptoms of depression, up your energy, and improve your overall well-being. Also, a study out of University of Glasgow in Scotland found that people who walked, ran, or biked in nature had a lower risk of poor mental health than people who exercised at the gym or at home.

 

I understand that on certain days it can feel impossible to spend substantial time outdoors. Just don’t make cocooning a habit. And keep in mind that carving out even 20 minutes per day of “ecotherapy,” as some call it, can do your mind and body good.

Health’s medical editor, Roshini Rajapaksa, MD, is assistant professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine.

The Surprising Connection Between Social Media And Loneliness

A new study shows that online friendships aren’t necessarily a good substitute for the real thing.

If you’re feeling lonely, seeking out friendships online won’t necessarily help you feel closer or more connected to people. According to a new study, the more time young adults spend on social media, the more likely they are to feel socially isolated.

That’s not exactly what the study authors thought they’d find when they began their research. “We really did expect that social media would provide at least some benefit,” says lead author Brian A. Primack, M.D., director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health. “After all, that’s the whole purpose of it—that’s why it’s called social media.”

The study, published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, asked 1,787 U.S. adults about how often they used 11 of the most popular social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. The participants, all in the 19-to-32 “millennial” age group, were also asked about their mental and emotional health.

Even when the researchers controlled for factors such as relationship status and education level, they found that people who used social media more than two hours a day were twice as likely, compared to those who used less than 30 minutes, to feel socially isolated. And those who used social media platforms 58 or more times per week were three times as likely to feel isolated than those who visited fewer than nine times.

The study was not able to determine a cause-and-effect relationship between social media use and real-life isolation, and the researchers say it’s likely that people who are already feeling lonely turn to these platforms in the hopes of increasing their social circles. “But if that’s true, the results of this study suggest that this quote-unquote self-medication process doesn’t really seem to be working so well,” says Primack.

Primack offers a few other potential explanations, as well. “It may be that people who use a lot of social media don’t have as much time for what would have been more fulfilling direct social experiences,” he says. “Or maybe people who use social media a lot tend to feel like everyone else is more strongly connected than they are—they see other people getting more messages or more likes, and they feel left out.”

 

But regardless of which came first—loneliness or social-media use—Primack says the new study should provide a “cautionary tale” to social media users, concerned parents, and medical professionals.

“We’re not advocating that everyone get rid of all social media, and we realize that in today’s world it is a very valuable tool,” he says. “We don’t have a lot of broad recommendations, except that people reflect on their own social media use and make sure the way they’re using it to make their lives better instead of inadvertently detracting from it.”

Previous analyses of the same group of study participants have also found that high levels of social media use are also associated with depression and sleep problems.

As a follow-up, Primack is now studying exactly how people utilize social media—if, for example, they use it to connect with people they’ll later spend time with offline. “We do suspect that there are going to be differences in people who use social media as an end in itself, versus those who use it as a tool to leverage the real, in-person relationships they already have.”

Is It Normal To Have Small Bumps On Your Nipples?

Ever wondered what those small bumps on your nipples are? Health’s medical editor explains what you should know about Montgomery tubercles.

Yes, it is totally normal to have small bumps on the dark skin around the nipple (the areola). The bumps are called Montgomery tubercles; they secrete oil (produced by glands beneath the skin) that helps lubricate the areola and nipple during pregnancy and lactation. The oil also has antibacterial properties, and research has suggested that infants may even detect the smell of the secretions, helping direct them to the breast to latch onto for feeding. The number of bumps varies from person to person. Some may have just a few, while others may have dozens.

The bumps sometimes become more prominent when the nipple is stimulated or during pregnancy and breastfeeding. (The bumps, as well as the rest of the nipple, may become a darker, more intense shade during pregnancy and breastfeeding, too.) In general, you should leave these bumps alone—they’re nothing to worry about. But if a bump looks inflamed or is painful, it’s possible that a gland is infected or clogged, and you should get it checked out by your doctor, who can prescribe antibiotics or drain the gland if necessary.

 

Having More Sex Can Boost Your Career, Says Science

New research suggests a healthy sex life could lead to better engagement at work.

Is Oral Sex A Dealbreaker?

On this segment of ESSENCE Live, we answer one viewers question about having oral sex with her partner. It’s important to feel comfortable being open and honest about what you are and aren’t willing to do sexually.

In case you need an extra excuse to get busy tonight, new research from Oregon State University suggests an active sex life at home many actually improve your satisfaction and engagement at work.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Management, included 159 married employees. Each day for two weeks, the participants completed surveys about their sex habits and mood.

After analyzing the responses, researchers found that when people had sex with their partners, they reported better moods the next day, and as a result, were more likely to enjoy and immerse themselves in their tasks. “We make jokes about people having a ‘spring in their step,’ but it turns out this is actually a real thing and we should pay attention to it,” said lead researcher Keith Leavitt, an associate professor at OSU’s College of Business, in a press release.

The study also revealed that on the flip side, bringing work stress home can have a negative impact on a person’s sex-life. The effect was true for both men and women, even after researchers controlled for marriage satisfaction and quality of sleep.

The notion that getting lucky at night can lead to a better tomorrow isn’t terribly surprising, because we know sex is a great mood booster (thanks, dopamine!). But more research is needed on how your time between the sheets affects your time behind your desk.

Leavitt is optimistic the new findings will have a positive impact on the way we value a healthy sex life. “This is a reminder that sex has social, emotional, and physiological benefits, and it’s important to make it a priority,” he said. “Making a more intentional effort to maintain a healthy sex life should be considered an issue of human sustainability, and as a result, a potential career advantage.”

In fact, he hopes employers will take note and do their part to create better work-life balance. But until our bosses start implementing sex breaks (like one town in Sweden is considering), it certainly can’t hurt to test out Leavitt’s advice on your own time. You know, in the name of work productivity.

Access To Most Effective Birth Control Could Save $12 Billion A Year: Study

Research suggests that increased access to highly effective contraception could save the U.S. billions.

In recent decades the U.S. has seen a drop in the rate of unintended pregnancies, thanks in part to women using more effective and long-acting birth control methods, like the IUD or the implant. Still, about half of pregnancies are unintended, and a new report from the nonprofit Child Trends suggests there’s a way that could drop even further: if all women in the U.S. had access to the most effective contraceptives. The cost savings from that drop? About $12 billion in public health care costs each year, according to the new analysis.

The report used a simulation model developed by the Brookings Institution to see what would happen if all the women in the U.S. had access to the full spectrum of birth control options. To create the model, the researchers used results from a 2015 study on birth control access by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The new report was commissioned by Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

In a 2015 study, which was published in the journal The Lancet, USCF researchers looked at 40 Planned Parenthood clinics across the country. Half of the clinics had people on staff who had been trained on insertion of IUDs or progestin implants; the other half did not, and the study found that when women went to the former, they were more likely to select a long-acting contraceptive method like the IUD or the implant, and they were less likely to become pregnant.

The Child Trends researchers used those findings to simulate what would happen if all American women had the same access to highly effective contraceptives. They found if women used the most effective forms of contraception there would be a 64% drop in unintended pregnancies, a 63% drop in unintended births, a 67% drops in abortions, and a savings of $12 billion a year in public health care costs.

“Improving women’s access to and use of effective contraception can be linked to a whole host of positive outcomes,” says Jennifer Manlove, director of reproductive health and family formation at Child Trends.

The new report is not the first to suggest that greater access to contraceptives saves money. In a 2015 report, the Guttmacher Institute—a research and policy organization focused on reproductive health—reported that unintended pregnancies cost American taxpayers $21 billion each year.

“We’re at a thirty-year low for unintended pregnancy, and the number of abortions is also at a record low—and it’s because of improved access to effective birth control,” says Raegan McDonald-Mosley, chief medical officer of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Eight Ways To Stay Productive During Spring Break

Don’t get caught slipping.

The season where ladies are ordering their bundles and guys are booking hotel rooms, ready to go to Miami to get “Lit.” Spring Break is an exciting time, especially since after it’s over, you are only left with one month and a couple of weeks before school is out for the summer. You deserve to relax during your break, but let’s be honest, sometimes it is hard to recover and pick up the pieces after you’ve been zoned out of the world for a while. Before you and girls get all the way “lit” Here are 6 things you can do to stay productive over spring break.

1. DO SOME SPRING CLEANING

Before you go on that trip you planned, it’s important to get organized and start throwing things that you don’t need away. Once of the worst feelings is to come back to an unorganized dorm or apartment, start back school with added stress in an unorganized environment. If you are going on a trip for spring break, you can come back to a clean home. Do some spring cleaning and thorough that hair product you told yourself you were going to use 2 years ago!

 

2. GET SOME ME TIME

During spring break, we love to catch up with friends, but it’s important to have that time to yourself too. Take one day to do one of your favorite hobbies and show yourself some self love. You could get your hair done, nails, or whatever it is that brings joy to you!

 

3. UPDATE ALL SOCIAL MEDIA AND PROFESSIONAL PLATFORMS

This is now time to organize and revamp your resume. Maybe it’s time for a new template or maybe you’ve gained more experience at a job. Whatever it is, it’s time to improve it! Update your resume, LinkedIn and make sure you have relevant and appropriate content on all of your social media platforms.

 

4. PLAY CATCH UP

Do you have some errands that you’ve been meaning to run forever? Do you have work that is due right when you get back? On one of the first two days of Spring Break, go ahead and knock off things on your to do list. This why, you won’t procrastinate and you can TRULY enjoy your spring break without having to worry about what you should work on when it gets closer to start back school.

 

5. RESEARCH YOUR INDUSTRY

While you should already be doing this, now’s a chance to do some DEEP research. What are the best podcast out there in your industry? What are some good organizations to get a part of? How is the industry doing right now? Who are some of the top people in that industry? Read any content, books or interviews they have out. Now is your chance to see what magazines/websites you should be reading or subscribed to.

 

6. APPLY FOR JOBS/INTERNSHIPS

If you are still searching for a job or internship, here is a good time to apply to some of the top roles/positions you see.  Be sure to match your experiences with what the job or internship is looking for.

 

7. SHADOW A PROFESSIONAL IN YOUR FIELD

If you have established a mentor, now is the perfect time to contact them before spring break gets here and let them know that you want to spend a couple of days with them. This is a great way to establish connections and be exposed to your field you would like to work on. You may be sacrificing your time to go to Miami with some friends but the reward will be much greater.

 

8. HAVE FUN

You may have had a rough semester starting off, but the worst thing you can do is sit around and be depressed. Catch up on a Netflix series, hang out around loved ones or eat food at one of your favorite restaurants. Don’t waste the spring break sitting around wishing your life would be better. Remember, everything is temporary and you will see the sunshine soon.

Whatever you decide to do during spring break, you can still be productive while decompressing from school. Make a plan!

5 Tips For Bouncing Back After Getting Fired From Your Job

It’s all in the comeback.

Getting fired sucks, but it’s a reality that many of us face as we navigate our career paths to success. With an ever-changing economy and job market, staying at a job for longer than a year without experiencing any major financial or staff shifts is a blessing. However, with constant industry changes, or simply an unexpected push from the universe to move in a different direction, being fired is not a tragedy. In fact, it can sometimes be a blessing in disguise.

While going through unemployment is a stressful journey, below are five tips for making sure you come out of your slump on top and ready for new career challenges.

 

TAKE TIME TO DEAL WITH YOUR FEELINGS.

Before jumping back into the swing of scouring job boards and sending out endless resumes, take some time to heal emotionally and mentally from the professional change that just occurred. I know it sounds absurd to relax and clear your head for a few days when you have no clue where your next paycheck is coming from, but allowing yourself time to recover is vital, and it will help you go into your job search with a rejuvenated mind and spirit.

 

DON’T FALL VICTIM TO THE COMPARISON GAME.

Be open to taking a short hiatus from social media so that you aren’t constantly comparing your state to the often falsified filtered life of those who are flexing online about how awesome their job and life seems. Most things aren’t as fun and extravagant as they may look to be on social media, and navigating the ropes of unemployment is a time when you need to be focused solely on your next move and not the moves of your peers.

STRATEGIZE AND PLAN.

Take some time to think about why things didn’t work out at your last job and if there is anything more or less you can do at your next job to avoid getting fired. What do you want your next job to be? Visualize it, including pay, title, company and location. Don’t have second thoughts about whether or not it will come true or if you’re aiming too high. It’s important to speak things into existence and really believe them so that they will come to fruition. From there, make a list of people you know who can possibly help you get closer to you ideal job.

NETWORK LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW.

Reconnect with your network and be open and honest about your situation. Sometimes we’re embarrassed to say that we are looking for employment, but people have no way of knowing that you’re actually looking for new opportunities unless you’re upfront about it. After taking a short social media break, get back online and follow the accounts of the organizations and successful people in your desired field. That way, you’ll be aware of networking events, conferences or speaking engagements to attend for a better shot at another opportunity.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX.

In today’s digital age, get creative and think outside of the box when networking and trying to land your next opportunity. Don’t be afraid to slide into the LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter DMs of someone who you’ve admired and would love to connect with if you can’t find their email. Send a professional message just as you would any professional email and ask if they’re free to link up for coffee. Also, don’t hesitate to mention any factors you all have in common including sorority, alma mater, etc. Lastly, take advantage of LinkedIn premium free 30-day trial where you are able to see and message the person who posted the job directly.

These 12 Airlines Will Let You Fly To Two Cities For The Price Of One

You can’t beat these deals.

Thanks to airlines that offer free stopovers, you can explore two cities for the price of one.

Instead of having customers wait for connecting flights at the airport, airlines have begun offering free stopover options to allow you to tour a new locale for a few days before continuing on your trip.

The options they offer vary, from shorter stops to some that stretch for an entire week and even offer a local to escort you on your discoveries.

We’ve pulled together 12 airlines you can snag a free stopover from, whether you’re interested in exploring Tokyo or Helsinki.

Finnair

Take in the Art Nouveau buildings, hip cafés, and boutiques of Helsinki and enjoy a free Finalnd stopover for up to five days with Finnair at no additional cost.

The stopover is applicable to customers flying through Helsinki, and includes activities that range from catching the Northern Lights to experiencing the country’s famed ice saunas.

Hawaiian Airlines

Customers traveling from any of the airlines’ 11 international destinationscan enjoy a free stopover on each leg of their journey and soak up the sun in Honolulu.

There are no limitations on the number of days you can spend on your stopover, though customers traveling domestically will need to pay an additional $60 for a stopover.

Icelandair

Travelers taking a flight with Icelandair can enjoy up to seven nights of a free stopover in Reykjavík, where they can enjoy everything from dipping in the Blue Lagoon to taking in natural sights like volcanic terrain, glistening lakes, and cascading waterfalls.

The airline even offers a Stopover Buddy, where a local will take you to the country’s hidden gems during your stay, free of charge.

TAP Portugal

Customers flying on TAP Portugal, the flag carrier airline of the country, can snag a free stopover in Lisbon or Porto for up to three nights at no additional airfare cost, in addition to getting exclusive offers and discounts.

You’ll need to have booked an intercontinental round trip for the offer to apply, but those who do will get access to a range of restaurants where they’ll be treated to free wine and hotels they can book for lower rates.

Air Canada

Connection times between flights that are longer than six hours mean you can get a free stopover in Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver through Air Canada at no additional airfare charge.

Hotels are also free for customers flying business class, premium, economy, or using a Latitude fare, while rates start at $49 per night for Tango and Flex customers.

KLM

With KLM, customers can take advantage of two free stopovers in Amsterdam, as they are entitled to at least one free stopover on the outbound ticket and another free stopover on the inbound ticket.

WOW air

Already known for its ultra-cheap flights, WOW air allows its passengers to stop and explore Iceland at no additional cost on return flights between North America and Europe via Iceland.

Simply choose the stopover option in the airline’s booking engine when selecting a return flight online to qualify.

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways offers free stopovers for its first class, business class, and Residence guests flying on confirmed Etihad Airway tickets through Abu Dhabi.

Customers can explore the airline’s home city of Abu Dhabi free of charge, and score a free additional night at a hotel if booking a two-night stay.

Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines’ free stopover options vary depending on flight destinations, but customers can snag a free stopover in Tokyo, for example, on flights that originate from North America.

Turkish Airlines

For flights that have a connecting wait time of 24 hours or less, customers flying with Turkish Airlines can get out of the airport and explore Istanbul’shistoric sights free of charge.

As part of the Touristanbul program, guests will be picked up from the airport and taken to restaurants and landmarks throughout the city before heading back for their next flight.

Thai Airways

Thanks to a new limited offer from the airline, customers flying to Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, China, Japan, India, Iran, or Europe can now claim a free hotel voucher for an overnight stay in Bangkok, courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The specific offer is for travelers flying from Australia and for bookings made before March 31.

Copa Airlines

Copa Airlines, Panama’s flag carrier, and the Panama Tourism Authority promote a free layover in Panama, though you will need to ensure you request to reserve your itinerary with a stop in Panama before completing your ticket purchase to get the deal.