Weichert, Realtors and The Weingarten Group Announce Sales Gallery Now Open at Prior’s…

first_img ×Two-bedroom homes at Prior’s Pointe feature open concept floorplans and large Pella® windows to provide for bright, airy living space. The Weingarten Group has announced that the sales gallery is now open at Prior’s Pointe, its newest 16-unit condominium development, in Downtown Jersey City’s culturally-rich Village West neighborhood.Exclusively marketed by Irina Barnaby and Daniel Pelosi with Weichert, Realtors, buyers also now have the opportunity to walk through the homes on hardhat tours, to see the actual spaces. Two-bedroom homes at Prior’s Pointe feature open concept floorplans and large Pella® windows to provide for bright, airy living space.center_img “With just 16 homes, Prior’s Pointe is an intimate boutique building offering all the beautifully curated finishes of a luxurious high-rise,” said Scott Weingarten, principal of The Weingarten Group. “These spacious two-bedroom residences boast sleek, contemporary design and the high-end details today’s buyers desire. The gallery-like lobby will ‘wow’ homeowners every time they enter the building, and the rooftop garden with outdoor kitchen and sundeck is a tranquil urban oasis with the New York City skyline as its sweeping backdrop. Prior’s Pointe is truly a lifestyle experience.”The sophisticated lobby is highlighted by a striking starburst Andromeda Chandelier by Robert Abbey Lighting and beautiful wall art by renowned photographer Xan Padron. A secured package room for deliveries, bicycle storage and a ButterflyMX intercom system with smartphone interface are conveniences every resident will appreciate.Prior’s Pointe is comprised of two-bedroom, two-bath homes with generous floor plans ranging from approximately 1,100 to more than 1,300 square feet. Custom-stained, 7¾-inch white oak plank flooring with Sika AcouBond sound dampening underneath runs throughout every home, and large Pella designer casement windows with sound-absorbing glazed glass allow for cheerful bursts of natural light. Central air and heat are easily controlled with a Nest thermostat, and every unit has premium laundry appliances, including a vented gas dryer.Whether preparing food for an intimate meal or a lively luncheon, entertaining is a breeze in a chef’s kitchen at Prior’s Pointe. The sleek JennAir Noir appliance package includes a stove with gas range and fully vented hood, French door refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave. Matte black cabinets by UltraCraft® feature full-extension, dovetail soft-close drawers accented with brass hardware. Calacatta Naples quartz countertops and a Maku Deco Italian tile backsplash are the perfect complement.Equally modern with gorgeous, on trend finishes, master and second bathrooms are designed in a soothing white and grey color palette for a spa-like ambiance. Master baths feature a 48-inch dual-sink, wall-hung vanity and a standing shower with a rain showerhead and custom sliding glass doors. Secondary bathrooms include a two-drawer wall-hung vanity and a luxurious MAAX Rubix soaking tub.Prior’s Pointe is located in Downtown Jersey City’s vibrant Village West, a neighborhood that maintains its character and yet continues to evolve with an exciting mix of culture, trends, shopping and a lively street scene. Restaurants, bars, arts venues, eclectic boutiques, and entertainment abound, and 24-hour transportation to New York City and beyond is minutes away.Residences at Prior’s Pointe start at $799,000, with some units offering tranquil views of Mary Benson Park. Garage parking is available for purchase, and is pre-wired for electric vehicles.Prospective buyers can view options, fixtures, finishes and available units at the newly-opened Prior’s Pointe sales gallery, located at 380 Newark Ave. in Jersey City. For additional information, contact sales representatives Irina Barnaby at 973-885-3961 (cell) or [email protected], or Daniel Pelosi at 917-609-1915 (cell) or [email protected] from Weichert, Realtors’ Jersey City Downtown office. Visit www.priorspointejc.com for more details.last_img read more

Election Results 2015: Dems Win Assembly Seats, 5 Return to O.C. School Board

first_imgThe school board includes nine members from Ocean City, who are elected to three-year terms in staggered years, and three members from Upper Township, who are appointed to one-year terms.Oves, 52, won his third term on the board. He is a retired teacher and helps run a family business on the boardwalk.Bauer, 74, is a retired teacher now serving his seventh term on the board.McAlister, 44, is an Egg Harbor Township teacher returns for her second term.Whelan, an attorney and Pfizer business executive, was appointed to fill the seat vacated when Pete Madden was elected to City Council. He will complete the final year of Madden’s term.Prettyman, a teacher at Mainland Regional High School, was appointed to fill the seat vacated when Ray Clark resigned. She will complete the final year of Clark’s term.The election also included uncontested races for:County Clerk: Rita Marie Fulginiti (12,377 votes county-wide)Cape May County Freeholder: Leonard C. Desiderio (11,757 votes) First District voters elected Democrats Bob Andrzejczak and R. Bruce Land to the state General Assembly on Tuesday.But the vote from heavily Republican Ocean City went to the two losing candidates, incumbent Sam Fiocchi and Jim Sauro.The unofficial election-night tally for all First District voters was as follows:Bob Andrzejczak (D): 18,690 (9,473 in Cape May County)R. Bruce Land (D): 17,730 (8,716 in Cape May County)Sam Fiocchi (R): 15,388 (8,192)Jim Sauro (R): 15,025 (7,569)In Ocean City, Fiocchi was the top vote-getter with 1,230 votes with Sauro at 1,160. Democrats Andrzejczak (956) and Land (880) were well behind.Voter turnout was light at 27.6 percent in the county and 25.6 percent in Ocean City.The ballot included uncontested races for the Ocean City Board of Education that included the following tallies.Full Three-Year Term (Three Seats): Thomas R. Oves Jr.: 1,649 H. James Bauer: 1,461Jacqueline McAlister: 1,391Unexpired One-Year Term (Two Seats): Jennifer (Tiffany) Prettyman: 1,446Gregory Whelan: 1,391last_img read more

South Bend Medical Foundation collecting plasma to help treat COVID-19

first_img Twitter South Bend Medical Foundation collecting plasma to help treat COVID-19 Google+ TAGScoronavirusCOVID-19donationplasmarecoveredsouth bend medical foundationtreatment By Brooklyne Beatty – April 17, 2020 0 437 WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter Facebook (Tom Franklin/95.3 MNC) The South Bend Medical Foundation is helping local physicians treat COVID-19 patients.The Foundation began collecting plasma donations Friday from those recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.This comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug application process that allows for individual physicians to treat patients with serious COVID-19 disease with convalescent plasma, as recovered patients have antibodies in their blood.The South Bend Medical foundation is working to identify and recruit potential donors who have fully recovered from the virus. Plasma donors must meeting the following requirements:Donors must have a prior, confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 from a nasal swab.Be fully recovered and symptom-free for at least 28 days.Fully recovered COVID-19 patients are encouraged to schedule a plasma donation now by calling (574) 204-4243. Pinterest Previous articleMan takes off after vehicle vs train crash in South BendNext articleMishawaka Mayor gives update on how his city is handling COVID-19 Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

News story: Civil news: bid deadline is close for HPCDS work in four schemes

first_imgThe deadline is approaching to submit bids and take advantage of further tender opportunities for HPCDS work in four schemes.The schemes available are: Bodmin and Truro Chichester, Horsham and Worthing You have until 5pm on 7 September 2018 to submit your tender.Further informationCivil 2018 contracts tender – to find out more and download tender documentse-Tendering system – to submit your tenderGOV.UK news story 13 Augustcenter_img Winchester Colchesterlast_img

Speech: Global Trade Review 2019 Conference keynote address, Secretary of State for International Trade

first_imgIntroductionI’d like to start with an exercise. Who here has an iPhone with them?Take it out, turn it over and tell me what it says on the back. The writing’s minute so you’re going to need pretty good eyesight, but I can assure you that I’m not here to give you an eye test.It reads: “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.”iPhones are just one example of the complex and integrated supply chains across the global economy, where design and build can take place across a range of countries, with each step along the way adding value to the final product.If you measure trade merely in gross terms as a single transaction based on the final price you are missing the point. If you do not understand the complexity and importance of global value chains you will fail to set the appropriate policy frameworks. It is part of the challenge we face in a rapidly changing world of trade.For example, we are in the middle of a revolution in e-commerce, and the digital economy is now a major part of global trade.This has changed the game for everyone, from the largest corporations, to the thousands of small companies who have never before been able to trade internationally.Services are now a larger part of the world economy than ever before. And regulation has not kept pace.The WTO estimates that while services comprise around two-thirds of global GDP and almost half of employment – and nearly half of world trade on a value-added basis – the barriers to trade in services are around as large as those in goods half a century ago.For the UK, as a services-orientated economy – and the world’s second largest services exporter – this clearly needs to change if we are to realise our potential as a truly Global Britain.If we are make the most of the opportunities for future global prosperity in front of us, it’s essential that we draw up a new set of rules governing key areas such as e-commerce and cross-border data flows, and tackle head-on the obstacles to digital trade such as data localisation. We need to redouble our efforts to promote an open, efficient and transparent trading environment.The dangers of protectionismSomewhat alarmingly, we appear to be moving in precisely the wrong direction.For the first time in decades, the system of free, fair, rules-based international trade which underpins our global prosperity is under attack.Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, G20 countries have been taking steps which limit market access.Tariff and non-tariff barriers have been thrown up as countries try to defend or support domestic industries.Economists rarely agree on anything, but there is a near-universal conclusion that protectionism of this nature only ever leads to a dead-weight loss.The consensus is clear: open and competitive markets are the most efficient vehicle for delivering the prosperity we all want.Tariffs are a nice euphemism, but in truth are simply a tax on imports – an impediment to that prosperity, with far-reaching consequences. Tariffs are taxes. You can’t like tariffs but hate taxes.Tariffs mean people at home pay more for the things they use every day, and the businesses that we rely on to drive our economy will pay more to manufacture products with components from overseas.Tariffs hold back growth, hitting the poorest among us hardest.And what is worse, broad-based protectionism provokes retaliation driving up costs further.Drawing on data from more than 150 countries, the IMF recently concluded that tariff increases had an overall negative impact, reducing productivity, income and welfare.This has led to higher unemployment, higher inequality, and, incidentally, negligible effects on the trade balance. These barriers have the potential to dampen export orders and reduce manufacturing output, causing lost growth and kindling inflation.Protectionism in historyThroughout history, attempts to protect domestic industries through tariff barriers – such as the Long Depression of the 1870s and the Great Depression of the 1930s – failed and failed miserably.In contrast, the reversal of these policies after the Second World War had the opposite effect.People talk about the moon landings or the climbing of Everest as the pinnacle of human achievement, but when you look at the broader benefit both pale in significance compared to the liberalisation of trade.For the impact this can have goes way beyond any story that GDP data can tell; it’s about something far, far more precious than that.A study by the IMF found that a change in the real income of the bottom 20% of the population in developing countries was strongly linked with a change in trade openness.In the past 25 years, trade has helped lift one billion of our fellow human beings out of abject poverty by creating jobs and raising incomes.As Francis Fukuyama put it in his latest book “Identity”, the percentage of children dying before their fifth birthday declined from 22% in 1960 to less than 5% by 2016.This unprecedented transformation in living standards has been made possible by the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the World Trade Organisation, and our acceptance of a global rules based system driving one of the greatest of mankind’s achievements to date.Of course there are those who do not share this interpretation of events, who cannot channel their inner Adam Smith and who argue for intervention and protection.The infant industries fallacyIt is certainly the case that some countries have historically developed their industries while simultaneously having high tariff barriers.Some have argued that this is the way forward for industries which require protection from more established competitors.However, this is not the case. As the OECD has laid out, there is a clear link between Global Value Chain integration and economic transformation for developing economies.The boom in international trade since the Berlin Wall fell – growing at 8% a year – has seen developing economies as some of its biggest beneficiaries.Whereas in the past some nations may have used tariffs to protect infant industries in a world where production and value chains were principally within that country, this model no longer works.As we have seen with my iPhone example earlier, we now live in a world where complex global value chains that cut across national boundaries are an ever more important part of how we do business.The use of imported intermediate goods and services has become dramatically more important for global exports.It is estimated that such trade has doubled, with the value added of imports as a share of exports rising from 10% in 1990 to around 20% in 2015.Imposing tariffs and non-tariff barriers in this globalised world threatens to fragment these supply chains, often damaging the very industries they seek to protect.Trade statisticsA failure to understand the complexity of these global supply chains is also causing other problems.All too often, we hear about how a reduction of our trade deficit is an improvement and an increase a worsening. This is only half the story.The way the statistics are currently calculated does not capture the value added by each stage of the production process, nor the role of subsidiaries abroad.This has led several economists to argue that some notional trade balances – most notably between China and the United States – are very misleading.So, returning for the last time to the iPhone example: US import data will show an iPhone purchased in the US as an import at the retail cost, which is recorded as a trade deficit for the US, and a trade surplus for China.This does not reflect the fact that only a fraction of its value is added in China. Most of its value was added in California.And of course, Apple is a US company meaning much of the profit will ultimately end up there.The deficiencies in measurement tend to make the trade deficit of industrialised economies like the UK and the US – which excel at things like design and software coding, activities that not reflected in most trade metrics – appear larger than they are.Hal Varian, Google’s chief economist, has argued that the value of software in worldwide smartphone sales alone cuts the US trade deficit in half.WTO reformBut a free and open system also has to be a fair one. Free trade does not have to mean a ‘free for all’. Despite its many successes, the international trading system is clearly not perfect and we must do everything we can to ensure that rules are applied fairly, universally and transparently.We cannot tolerate illegal dumping or subsidy or the inability to determine whether a business is in the state or private sector.In any dispute, our first port of call has to be the World Trade Organisation – the home of the rules-based international trading system that underpins our prosperity. For all its faults, it represents the best hope of retaining a global consensus on how we operate our trading system.The United Kingdom will soon take its seat around the table as an independent member for the first time in over 40 years. It is an opportunity for us to help shape the global debate.Working alongside our allies, we are making the case to update the WTO rulebook to tackle underlying trade tensions, which include industrial subsidies, state-owned enterprises and forced technology transfer.We must encourage trust and transparency in the WTO by updating the dispute settlement system and improving members’ compliance with notification requirements.And we need to ensure that the system of special and differential treatment for developing countries is fit for purpose.Levelling the playing field involves carefully considering poorer countries’ individual needs, and ensuring that every country from the poorest developing nation to the world’s richest economies reap the benefits of a liberal but rules based system.ConclusionBritain is a great and historic trading nation, but we have never seen this trade simply as an end in itself. Trade is a means by which we are able to spread prosperity.That prosperity underpins social cohesion and that social cohesion, in turn, underpins political stability, which is the building block of our collective security.It is a win-win system.But this system cannot be taken for granted and those of us who genuinely believe in free trade and competition have a duty to recommit ourselves to the multilateral system with the WTO at its centre.Yes let us recognise its faults and weaknesses but let us act collectively to make it work for all members – large and small, rich and poor, for today and for tomorrow. As we prepare to leave the EU, the United Kingdom has a Department of state for International Trade, dedicated to helping businesses like the ones in this room export, driving inward and outward investment, negotiating market access and trade agreements, and championing the concept and benefits of free trade.It is why we have a network of Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioners, with the experience and autonomy to drive our trading performance in specific markets, from China to North America to Africa. You will hear from some of them later.However, this is not a mission Government can ever fulfil alone.Businesses – like the ones represented here today – have a crucial role to play.We want everyone who understands the vast opportunities that free trade represents, and the prosperity it brings, to help make this case.To be a voice, promoting the benefits of the global multilateral trading system – and making that case throughout the UK and internationally.We want you to make the case for international trade in practical terms – how it benefits your businesses, your communities and makes a real difference to people’s lives.It is this case that will win the battle against the siren voices of protectionism. We should not be by-standers in our future. We should set a firm course to shape the coming era. For Britain and the world.And we must success for the price of failure would be too high.Thank you.last_img read more

Cornish fudge firm celebrates 50 years

first_imgA family-run Cornish bakery celebrated its 50th anniversary at the flagship Padstow store last week. The Buttermilk Confectionery Co, which has produced fudge since 1964, invited customers and suppliers to an event at the site to celebrate the 50-year landmark.The business is run by second-generation owners, David and Tracy Goad, who took over the shop in 2010 from David’s father.Tracy Goad, director, said: “The business has grown so much over 50 years, but the core of what we do has always remained and that’s making quality fudge in open copper pans. We’ll never move away from that, but we have professionalised the business without losing the essence of being artisanal and small.”The celebration comes after the business acquired a new factory, which will double production space for the company. It will also increase output from six to 10 tonnes per week.David Goad, director, said: “We’re passionate about what we do and it’s important for us to grow while maintaining our heritage and our connection to local suppliers. Our new premises are just eight miles from where we are now, so it means we can continue to do this. In fact, we’ll be even closer to some of our suppliers, which is great for reducing our food miles.”The fudge company aims to use locally-sourced ingredients, and produces over 70 different fudge flavours.last_img read more

Entry list for Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire

first_imgWATCH: Final Laps: Kenseth takes Chicagoland READ: Kenseth wins at rainy Chicagoland READ: Engine failure halts Logano’s fast Chase start Click here to see the entry list for this week’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Field includes 43 drivers in second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup MORE: WATCH: Post-Race Reactions GEICO 400last_img

Phish Explores 23+ Minute “Soul Planet” For Alpharetta Night Two [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Christian Stewart After a funky jam-filled Friday night at Encore Park, Phish returned to Alpharetta on Saturday to an even giddier crowd. Although the show was equally as sold out as it was on the first of the three nights, Saturday’s energy appeared even stronger and the headcount even larger.Phish has spent the last couple of weeks blazing a trail of hot first sets, therefore, fans were sure to wedge their way into the 12,000-capacity venue before the first note of “Bouncing Around the Room.” The last “Bouncing” opener was back in 11/28/03 during the 20th-anniversary tour and oh, the places they have gone since then. A mild opening song selection led to one of their more rocking tunes in the diverse repertoire with “Chalk Dust Torture.” After Friday night’s praise-worthy “Ghost,” the band once again got into it early with a ripping “Chalk Dust” out of the gate. Mike Gordon held down the fort with a chomped-out bass and built the bridge for Trey Anastasio to safely test his pedals on. Trey jerked and wailed throughout which may have sparked inspiration for the following NC-17 rated selection, “Fuck Your Face,” which gave the hyped-up venue an added bump of energy.Gordon showed off his greased-up groove during “Wolfman’s Brother,” working together with Page McConnell as he revved up the Clavinet. Trey decided to melt a few more faces with a delayed Tru-Tron effect that high-stepped around the first half of the early-show funk. Page switched over to grand piano, cementing a foundation for Trey to make the guitar scream as the previous song suggested. The “Wolfman’s” served as the highlight of the no-filler first set and confirmed that the band was Gorilla Glue gelling with no end in sight. Page’s bouncy bluegrass “Things People Do” off the Big Boat album found Jon Fishman chugging along the tracks with a simple train beat before delivering a dreamlike vocal section in the form of “Lengthwise.” Following the Rift studio album guidelines of yesteryear, “Maze” followed and gave Page a chance to show off his maddening B-3 organ technique. Trey trailed behind Page to execute an unhinged guitar solo before handing the song back to Mike for the usual sludgy bassline.“Waiting All Night” soothed the wound-up crowd and gave the dad-rock enthusiasts on the grass a chance to show off their socks-in-sandals dance moves. “Divided Sky” kept things light and airy. As per usual, the band took an extended pause to soak up the energy from the grateful and enthusiastic room. While there are only six words in the entire Junta released composition, it tells a beautiful story and gives each member of the audience time to drift away for about 16 minutes. Since stepping on stage in Georgia, Phish has displayed more soul, patience, and cohesiveness. The spot-on execution of a straight-forward “Divided Sky” gave way to a juiced-up “Character Zero.” As suggested in the lyrics, Trey did not rush out of the first set with this closer, but instead foot fucked the whammy pedal to funkify this commonly played ditty and douse the excited crowd before the break.The commonly-covered Talking Head’s tune, “Crosseyed and Painless”, opened the second set to 12-minutes of fearless fury. The Trey-led fuzzed out transition into Type II terrain found the redhead leapfrogging on the pedals, modifying and thickening his tone ever so delicately. The jam lifted off thanks to Mike’s driving bass and ended with a boiling teapot effect courtesy of Trey and Page. While “Soul Planet” might sound more like a Broadway musical number and less like a jam vehicle upon first listen, it is important to remember that critics also had their opinions on “Light,” “Fuego,” “Gotta Jibboo” and a long list of other new songs before Phish proved them wrong. Once again on the Summer 2018 Tour, the quartet proved that this cuddle-puddle love fest of a song has legs, fangs, and the ability to kill. Space exploration was the overall theme here. The 23-minute full-band take-down was not only the highlight of this show but arguably the entire tour.Trey was a man on a mission, inserting a fluttering guitar riff in between the storm of dank basslines and organ thumps from Mike and Page to begin the euphoric jam. Displaying patience on the Clavinet, Page created otherworldly lift-off that Fishman soon dissected into a bigger-picture map of peaks and valleys. Towards the end of this masterpiece, Gordon switched gears and made the bass sound more like a talking Gremlin which influenced Trey to experiment with his rig as well, leading to an extraterrestrial ending. The 35-minute “Crosseyed Soul Planet” magic is why fans run, fly, swim, drive, and couch surf for this band.Keeping the ocean in site during set two, “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing” allowed for more cosmic deep-sea Phishing. “ASIHTOS” didn’t drift too far from the shore, but the slow-skipping stone of a transition into “Piper” was a patient, collaborative effort that ensured night two, set two was another for the books. A slick echo effect provided by Trey signaled a swerving pit-stop and let Page take the wheel on several levels of the boards as Chris Kuroda guaranteed the installment was not only audibly, but visually stunning as well. Sailing upon a synth, “Piper” moved from a blissed-out safe space to something out of a sci-fi thriller. Mike rained down the fire bass sounds while Trey pierced the ears of attendees with pure diamonds before launching into another high-energy oldie-but-goodie in “Possum” for the third time this tour.Honky-tonk Page showed up to hammer away the grand piano and kept the tune right where it belonged while the crowd sang along to one of the band’s oldest and most played tunes. Trey showed the south that when marsupials are hit by cars, northeastern jam bands are inspired to play party hymns in memory. “Slave to the Traffic Light” finished off an encouraging, decade-hopping show that gave the Phish community hope for the future as the strongest song was also the most recently debuted.For those in attendance taking notes, Phish threw an inverted curveball when choosing Saturday night’s song placement, opening with the song that ends 1991’s Lawnboy (“Bouncing”) and closing the show with a song that introduces the album in “Squirming Coil.” Was there some type of intentionally-placed hidden message? The world may never know. Page finished the beloved “Coil” with a passionately executed solo as the rest of the band drifted off stage. The first two shows of the three-night weekend at Alpharetta have forcefully shifted the trajectory of tour and you know what they say about Sundays.You can download last night’s show via LivePhish here. The band concludes their run at Alpharetta tonight.Setlist: Phish | Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park | Alpharetta, GA | 8/4/18I: Bouncing Around the Room, Chalk Dust Torture, Fuck Your Face, Wolfman’s Brother, Things People Do, Lengthwise -> Maze, Waiting All Night, Divided Sky, Character ZeroII: Crosseyed and Painless > Soul Planet, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > Piper > Possum > Slave to the Traffic LightE: The Squirming CoilPhish | Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park | Alpharetta, GA | 8/4/18 | Photos: Christian Stewartcenter_img Photo: Christian Stewartlast_img read more

Power suits

first_imgHow do women rise to the top at The New York Times or Goldman Sachs, or get appointed to the president’s cabinet? They start by knowing who they are and not being afraid to take risks, even if that means failing now and then.That sound advice came during a gathering of elite women in media, business, and government in what Harvard University President Drew Faust called a “critical conversation” about the changing role of women and the challenges and opportunities they face today.“What does power require of me beyond a thick skin?” Faust asked in her introductory remarks Monday at Sanders Theatre. “Do women exercise power and, if so, do they choose to or do they have to? Does being a female leader offer someone a special opportunity in any way? Can it ever be an advantage?”Karen Gordon Mills ’75, M.B.A. ’77, former head of the U.S. Small Business Administration and now a senior fellow at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School and a newly elected member of the Harvard Corporation, put those questions to panelists Jill Abramson ’76, executive editor of The New York Times; Edith Cooper ’83, global head of human capital management and an executive vice president at Goldman Sachs; and Janet Napolitano, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and now president of the University of California system.As the Times’ top editor, Abramson talked about her recent decision to lead the front page with two photos and a story about a pair of female journalists who were shot by a police commander last week in Afghanistan while on assignment for The Associated Press.“I was very moved and, obviously, also extremely disturbed” by the deliberate attacks on Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, and reporter Kathy Gannon, Abramson said. Niedringhaus was killed, while Gannon was gravely wounded.“I was stirred by their dogged and determined and completely passionate coverage over more than a decade of the story of Afghanistan and the impact of the war we’ve waged there, and also the efforts by people in Afghanistan to overturn the Taliban,” Abramson said. “Here are two women who just were so committed to that story, and I just felt attention should be paid to their work and, unfortunately, their deaths too.”Women do indeed have different leadership styles and skills from men, the panel agreed, something that should be viewed as a positive for the individual women and for the organizations they lead.“There’s no doubt in my mind,” Cooper said. “We adapt, we listen, listen, listen; we engage in that listening, which is incredibly important, incredibly powerful. There’s a level of thinking around, ‘What can I learn from that person?’ … and that is hugely, competitively advantageous.”“I think women are very good — because we have to be — at learning how to navigate,” said Abramson, recalling her earliest days at Harvard College in 1972, as part of the first class of women permitted to live in Harvard Yard. “It was hard to learn how to navigate through such a male-dominated place. It was also tremendous fun and wonderful in many ways, but it was a different culture than I was used to in New York City, which is where I came from.“The Yard was full of these preppy jocks who … thought the most fun thing ever was to scream out the window … all night long. It was just like, ‘What on earth is going on?’” she recalled. “But little by little, as the year progressed … you kind of learned how to feel a little bit more comfortable in a world that, at least for me, seemed so foreign to begin with.”Napolitano, who first ran for public office in 1998 in an otherwise all-male race, remembered how the local press treated her gender as a curiosity. “When I announced that I was going to run for [attorney general] of Arizona, I had a reporter call me and ask me, ‘Do you intend to run as a woman?’” she recounted. The question, she said, however laughable, was rooted in the idea that women see the world differently and operate accordingly.Perhaps the most critical steps that women can take as they pursue leadership roles, the panelists said, are to face difficult tests even when they’re not sure they can handle them, and to shrug off the slings and arrows that come with being a powerful woman.“It’s really important for you to take discomfort and being uncomfortable as an opportunity to challenge yourself and to learn. That’s not to suggest that I think the path to success is being tortured. I would say step out of the comfort zone because that’s what in my experience what really made a difference. And when you do that, be prepared to make a mistake,” said Cooper. “Because it’s learning from those difficulties that will also be some of the most incredible steps forward in your life and in your career.”“To become a leader, you have to be your authentic self. You just do. You can spin your wheels and spend an awful lot of effort trying to sandpaper off supposed rough edges other people, especially men,” ascribe to you, said Abramson, who was the subject of a blistering — and some say unfair  — Politico profile last year based largely on anonymous sources who criticized her leadership style.“I’ve been described as having some very rough edges. And maybe I do, but at the end of the day, to lead you have to make some difficult gut calls, you’ve got to believe in yourself. Not that you’re infallible, not that you don’t sometimes make mistakes or sometimes make hasty decisions, but you have to have a sense of your center and who you are in order to lead,” she said.last_img read more