Green at the Top: Forty years after starting at Crate &
Barrel in part-time sales, Barbara Turf is slated to take over as
CEO in May, and going green is at the top of her agenda.

"The whole
environmentally friendly movement is just beginning," Turf told the Chicago Tribune.

"Turf, 63, has spent much of her career working with [founder
Gordon] Segal, 69, and has helped to set the retailer’s style and
strategic direction," writes Sandra M. Jones. "After starting in
part-time sales in 1968, she became a store manager. She moved to
Crate’s corporate headquarters in 1972. She took over merchandising in
1975, rising to executive vice president of merchandising and marketing
until 1996, when Segal named her president, a title she will retain."

Getting Out of the Retirement Rut: "What can you do if you’re failing retirement?" asks the Wall Street Journal.
This very informative article features a number of personal experiences
and offers numerous suggestions for shaking up retirement. Kelly Greene
writes:

In an echo of the home and fashion makeovers
that have swept cable TV in recent years, some retirees are seeking
help from life coaches, financial planners, career consultants, fitness
experts, and even fashion and hair stylists in some cases, to help turn
their lives around. Often, the spark comes from looking in the mirror:
recognizing that change is needed, and then seizing the chance to make
it happen.

There are no retirement-makeover consultants per se. But several
groups across the country — including nonprofits in California and New
Jersey, as well as two TV networks — are assembling teams of experts
to help people reshape their lives in retirement. The resulting
makeovers offer some good examples of how even modest steps can lead to
significant changes in later life.

Feminism’s Waves Converge: Jane C. Murphy, an associate dean and professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law and the mother of three "third-wavers," has written a great op-ed at the Baltimore Sun about a recent gathering at the University of Baltimore that brought together younger and older feminists. Her piece reflects on the perceived differences between generations and our points of common experience.

[T]he same second-waver who noted the shortcomings of sexual power also pointed out that opportunities to achieve at the highest level are not as open to women as the confident young strivers of the third wave might think. A recent study of female representation on publicly traded corporate boards in Maryland revealed that the percentage of women on such boards declined in the last year to 8.9 percent, and that Maryland continues to lag behind the national average for women directors.

Other areas of commonality were found. One twentysomething asked whether she could call herself a feminist when she was interested in the intersection of women’s rights, racial justice and poverty; the feminist boomers in attendance noted that they, too, have always shared those concerns. In fact, a call to merge the "waves" of feminism into a single category, "social justice feminism," was enthusiastically embraced by many in attendance.

"Ms. Steinem and her young protégés left us feeling that the future of
the feminist movement is shifting to new but capable hands," Murphy concludes.

Happy Birthday to the Queen: The "Queen of Soul" turned "Empress of Music" Aretha Franklin turns 66 today. The New York Times covered her performance Saturday night at Radio City Music Hall.

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