Shoe Designer Ruthie Davis ’84 Discusses Brand Success with Melody Hahm ’13 (Yahoo Finance)


Ruthie Davis ’84

Shoe designer and fashion entrepreneur Ruthie Davis ’84 has an impressive list of customers, including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Demi Lovato. As her brand celebrates its ten year anniversary, Davis discussed her career with Yahoo Finance reporter Melody Hahm ’13, a fellow Bowdoin graduate.

Why Do the Olympics Cost So Much? (FiveThirtyEight)

Olympic ringsThe Rio Olympics has already passed their budget of $3 billion by $1.6 billion and will most likely have spent much more by the times the games conclude. FiveThirtyEight explains why olympic games have been so expensive since the 1960 olympics in Rome and why they are a bad investment.

Five Years Out: Grant Easterbrook ’11 Launches Financial Firm

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Grant Easterbrook ’11

Grant Easterbook started his first job after Bowdoin at Corporate Insight, a small family-owned consulting firm in New York City. In his free time he began looking around for a topic or field in which he could become an expert.

“I was looking for a topic that hadn’t blown up yet, but was something that would become hot within a few years time,” he said. “And I thought I’d become the expert in that space before the big firms like McKinsey, Oliver Wyman, and Bain started covering it.”

He settled on financial services technology, or “fintech,” which refers to the automation of the financial services industry, with tools like online robo-advisors offering algorithm-based advice to investors. “I picked this area, and sunk my free time into it to become an expert. I then started persistently pestering every reporter I could find via LinkedIn and email. When the topic did start to blew up, I was already well established and I rode the wave.” Read more about Grant Easterbrook.

Leadership Styles from Around the World (Harvard Business Review)

MeetingThere are many different types of leadership styles. In different cultures, there can be preferred methods of being a leader.

In some societies workers prefer a leader who is more diplomatic, while others might prefer a “kiss up/kick down” style of leadership according to Harvard Business Review