DC’s ‘Hidden’ Art Galleries

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Entryways to other worlds are hidden in DC alleys. The Capitol is booming with cultural experiences that transport us to different countries and times – from world-renowned museums, to grungy modern performance art spaces. Tourists come from all over the world to walk through DC’s free museums. But what’s less talked about, but equally impressive, is […]
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To Destress, Tell Your Brain What to Do

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Today our work is more complicated, our social lives are harder to prioritize, and it’s easier than ever to be bored. No wonder we’re stressed. You’ve heard about meditation, smiling, and delegating as some of the most powerful ways to destress. But true relaxation begins in your head. “While all of these things can help to […]
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How to Get the Girl…And Everything Else

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Not everyone’s a natural at the game of love. That’s where James Norton comes in. The Co-Owner of Professional Pickup serves as DC’s very own Hitch—helping men build the courage to approach beautiful women and use that courage to add to their success in life. So why would any macho, self-respecting man pay for this service? “The […]
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Why I Left Boston And Moved to DC

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In December 2012, I moved from Boston, Massachusetts to DC to launch a training company focused on public speaking and presentation skills. I moved without a single client but with an incredible network of friends, former colleagues, and classmates. I was attracted to DC for the same reasons many of us are: to mobilize people, to […]
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The Art of the Hustle: Courtney O’Neal

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A self-proclaimed #bawse, Courtney Rae O’Neal is a politico by day and fashion stylist by night. The communications director for a Member on Capitol Hill has been moonlighting as a fashion stylist for over a year. Since then, her company Courted!, has been linked to heavy hitters like BET, The Washington Post, and Fashion Washington Magazine. On […]
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A Reintroduction to Ryan Leslie

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It started off with a kiss (uh huh).  And indeed it did. In his 2009 debut, Ryan Leslie’s Addiction, featuring hip-hop princess Cassie, was the song of the summer. Writing and producing music has been good to Leslie. The Harvard graduate and Washington, DC native has worked with the likes of Beyonce, Diddy, Britney Spears, […]
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When Meeting New People, Focus on This

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If you’re serious about advancing  your career, you have to figure out how to network in an authentic, effective way– or else you’re just wasting time. Here are the basics: First, be intentional  Setting your intentions, is a critical first step. Before you start handing out your business cards, decide what you’re trying to accomplish. […]
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Miracle Theatre Opens in Barracks Row

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If you want to break out of the typical big movie theater experience, head to Eastern Market. Along the corridors of beloved Barracks Row, you’ll find The Miracle Theatre, a small second-run movie theater built to serve the community.  The History Behind Barracks Row Theater Built in the early 1900’s, the theater boasts a rich history. […]
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A Football Wife, Among Other Things

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In fear of saying the wrong things or not being politically correct, many public figures will, for the most part, keep to themselves. Not Michel Sproles. The outspoken wife of NFL running back Darren Sproles of the Philadelphia Eagles has taken heat from football fans before. But all the hate hasn’t stopped her from speaking […]
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The Stunning Employee Perk at The Washington Post

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The Washington Post is having a really good year. In 2013, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought the newspaper in an effort “to make it into a more powerful national — and even global — publication.” Since then, the newspaper’s online audience has soared. In April of this year, The Post reported 30 percent year-over-year growth in unique […]
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A Day in the Life at LeanIn.org

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“The question isn’t can women lead, but how do we get them there?” I sat listening to Kelly Parisi– the spirited Communications Director of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In initiative– at the Washington Women in PR annual Woman of the Year Awards. She asks herself the above question often and in many ways, the answers have guided the […]
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Fresh, In-House Mixers Served Up at Ivy Room

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Planted in the quickly-growing Ivy City neighborhood, an 800-square foot Ivy Room sits inside a 7,000-square foot distillery on New York Avenue. The premium cocktail bar insists on crafting their own mixers– serving up house-made ginger beer, tonic, and specialty concoctions. Ivy Room is a collaboration between lobbyist and DC nightlife king Vinoda Basnayake, Republic Restoratives Distillery co-owner […]
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What I Learned Working For Two Billionaires

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I have spent decades “being educated” –  in college, graduate school, numerous professional certifications, and now a PhD program. All of that schooling and training helped shape the person I am today, but at no point in my life has there been a more profound education than my time working for Enver Yucel and Oprah Winfrey. Successful Entrepreneurs have Successful […]
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The Best Coffee Shops for Networking in DC

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The next time you extend an invite to build a relationship and expand your network, skip drinks and delve into the specialty coffee scene growing right in your backyard. We took notes on the best shops in our orbit and curated a list of currently impressive places to meet and sip in this town. La Colombe in Shaw’s Blagden […]
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The 8 Men’s Stores in DC That Will Elevate Your Style

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Finding a great men’s shop in DC is not easy. If you’ve been wondering where the power suits, well-tailored shirts, and above average accessories for men in DC are, you’re not alone. They’re hidden in plain sight, where only the adventurers will ever stumble upon their greatness. These stores offer helpful staffers, well-edited inventories, and […]
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Anatomy of a Great Conversation

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A great conversationalist knows 2 things. The first, is that speech is music. And second, speech is power. Just like a good song, a good speech has a rhythm. Give yourself a few beats before you respond. And the slower you speak, the better your usage of intonation, the more you resonate, and the more powerful […]
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