College student makes masks for the deaf & hard of hearing

WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A college senior from Versailles put her stir-craziness to good use with a project that will help the deaf and hard of hearing community. “I just saw that people were making masks on Facebook for everyone to have instead of the throwaway masks, and I was like, what about the deaf and hard of hearing population?” explained 21-year-old Ashley Lawrence. Lawrence is a senior studying education for the deaf and hard of hearing at Eastern Kentucky University. Due to the virus, she is living back at home and doing her student teaching from home.

“I felt like there was a huge population that was being looked over,” Lawrence said. “We’re all panicking right now and so a lot of people are just not being thought of. So, I felt like it was very important that, even at a time like this, people need to have that communication.”

After a conversation with her mom, they put their craft skills to work.

Should Venture Capital Be Betting on Travel Now? New Skift Research

In our latest report, Skift Research takes a look at the world of venture capital investments in travel startups. Last year was a record for venture capital investments in travel, but now the industry is facing its greatest challenge in modern history. Given the nature of events, we have abridged this report, cutting much of the forward-looking commentary this annual report typically delivers. Rather, we have chosen to focus primarily on delivering the core data that could guide future investment once we are out of this crisis. As a result, we can make this report available at the discounted price of $195.

5 Things Female Founders Must Do When Fundraising, According To An Expert

Jesse Draper knows a thing or two about fundraising. The fourth-generation venture capitalist is the founding partner of Halogen Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund based in Los Angeles. Halogen Ventures invests in consumer tech startups like Glamsquad and Good Mylk Co., that are led by at least one female founder.

The problem with British industry? It’s driven by accountants, not technologists

Dominic Cummings and co should prevent our greatest inventions being sold to the highest bidder, writes Ian Ritchie

Now that the Conservative Government has a majority of 80 in parliament, it is clear that they will be able to implement pretty much anything they want. The opposition is effectively powerless, and even a few rebellious Tory backbenchers will have little impact on their ambitions.

Poets&Quants’ Top MBA Startups Of 2020

The future is female: In all, 29 companies on our 2020 list have female founders or co-founders, six more than last year and seven more than the year before that.

The decades-old rallying cry that invokes the breaking of glass ceilings rings true on this year’s Poets&Quants’ list of the Top 100 MBA Startups. In tracking the world’s fastest-growing and exciting MBA startups every year since 2013, not once has a fully woman-founded team made it to the top of our annual list — until this year. And not only did a woman-founded company claim the top spot, it was followed in the ranking by another fully woman-founded team, and a third team with a female co-founder.

Why You Should Ignore All That Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure

Among my academic colleagues and friends, I have observed a common response to the continuing Covid-19 crisis. They are fighting valiantly for a sense of normalcy — hustling to move courses online, maintaining strict writing schedules, creating Montessori schools at their kitchen tables. They hope to buckle down for a short stint until things get back to normal. I wish anyone who pursues that path the very best of luck and health.

P&Q Survey: A Third Of Admits May Defer, While 43% Want Tuition Lowered If Classes Are Online

The disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic is fueling a lot of anxiety among MBA applicants, admits and students in the top MBA programs. Roughly a third of prospective students already admitted to top business schools say they may want to defer their admission this year if classes fail to return to campus in the fall. Even more worrisome for B-schools, 43% believe tuition fees should be cutback by an average of 37.5% if the first part of their MBA program is shifted online due to the pandemic.

As the rest of Europe lives under lockdown, Sweden keeps calm and carries on

All its neighbours have shut up shop to beat coronavirus but the Swedes insist ‘we are not in quarantine’. Is that the right approach? If there’s been a fall in custom at the Nyhavn restaurant, it’s hardly noticeable. Groups of drinkers huddle under heat lamps out on Möllevång Square, the centre of nightlife in the Swedish city of Malmö, seemingly oblivious to the virus spreading through Europe.

Open Course — Inventing the Future

Join us! Tina Seelig and Lisa Kay Solomon from Stanford University will be teaching a free, one week online course from March 30 — April 3, 2020. The course will be taught via Zoom and is open to all.

Computer scientist, Alan Kay, famously said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” As such, we are all responsible for inventing the future we hope that we and our descendants will experience. In this highly interactive free, online course, we will be exploring how to predict and invent the future. Now more than ever, we all need the knowledge, tools, skills, and mindset required to promote agency in our uncertain world.

Marriott’s CEO Demonstrates Truly Authentic Leadership In A Remarkably Emotional Video

Authentic leadership is, by definition, real and genuine. Authenticity is more than a management buzzword. It’s a way of acting and communicating that inspires loyalty. Marriott International CEO, Arne Sorenson, is an authentic leader and he proved it this week with the release of a 6-minute video to Marriott employees, shareholders, and customers. 

When Covid-19 Closed Colleges, Many Students Lost Jobs They Needed. Now Campuses Scramble to Support Them.

Ohio University leaders announced last week that, despite sending students home in response to the coronavirus pandemic, they would continue to employ and pay any student workers who wanted to keep their jobs. If they couldn’t work remotely — staffing a residence hall’s front desk, for instance — university officials said they’d find those students new roles. “We’re committed to providing opportunities for them to do meaningful work,” said M. Duane Nellis, Ohio’s president, in an interview.


What we’re learning from Iceland this week is as fascinating as it is crucial to fighting the coronavirus epidemic: That somewhere in the neighborhood of half of everyone testing positive for the coronavirus will show absolutely no symptoms. “Early results from deCode Genetics indicate that a low proportion of the general population has contracted the virus and that about half of those who tested positive are non-symptomatic,” said [Iceland’s chief epidemiologist Thorolfur] Guðnason. “The other half displays very moderate cold-like symptoms.”


The National Restaurant Association says 3% of restaurants are closed for good, and 11% could join them within a month, says RB’s The Bottom Line. A lot more could join them soon: 11% of operators told the trade group that they could permanently close within the next 30 days. The survey of 4,000 restaurant owners and operators provides a stark picture of the devastation facing the industry as dine-in service is closed to customers: A huge number of them do not expect to make it through to the other side of the shutdown.