Whoopi Goldberg reveals Paul Simon’s lasting career advice

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Whoopi Goldberg says Paul Simon once warned her that “a lot of people aren’t going to get you”.

The 64-year-old actress recalled meeting the music star at a party years ago and Simon gave her some lasting career advice, encouraging Whoopi to be herself even if other people perceive her to be “strange”.

Remembering their encounter at the star-studded bash, Whoopi – who is one of only sixteen entertainers to have won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award – shared: “We had one of the best conversations I’ve ever had … Paul Simon said listen, ‘It’s going to get very fast and a lot is going to happen.'”

The music icon warned Whoopi that her quirks won’t always be understood by some people within the entertainment industry.

However, he also encouraged her not to dilute her personality in search of acceptance.

She recalled him saying to her: “I just want to tell you a lot of people aren’t going to get you, you will be strange to them.”

Since 2007, Whoopi has been co-hosting the talk show ‘The View’, and she’s admitted to loving her time on the programme.

The actress – who starred in ‘The Color Purple’ and ‘Sister Act’ – relishes sharing the screen with so many opinionated, passionate co-presenters.

Speaking to Naomi Campbell’s ‘No Filter with Naomi’ YouTube channel about her co-presenters, Whoopi said: “You have five different personalities, five different ways of thinking, five different ways of delivering and everyone has their borders … you don’t want to make it personal … real friends don’t make it personal unless they’re looking for a [real] fight.”

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University staff angry that Covid teaching advice was ‘ignored’

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University staff are moving towards confronting their leaders after the revelation that the government’s scientific advisers called for teaching to move online at the start of the academic year last month.

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University and College Union members at the University of Sheffield are the latest to call an emergency meeting after lodging a formal grievance, joining branches at the universities of Birmingham, Leeds and Warwick in dispute with their leadership over the handling of coronavirus outbreaks.

Other campus staff represented by Unison are said to be angry at having to deal with threats and abuse from frustrated students trapped in isolation.

An estimated 110 UK universities have reported cases of Covid-19 outbreaks, with around 15,000 students and staff infected so far, since the term began just four weeks ago on some campuses.

The University of Nottingham alone has reported 1,500 active cases among students at the end of last week, out of its 35,000 students enrolled, along with 20 members staff. The week before just 400 cases had been reported.

But concern over staff and students continuing to have face-to-face teaching while infection rates are rising has turned to anger after the release of documents from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) committee, showing that three weeks ago it advised that all universities should revert to online teaching.

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The University of Nottingham reported 1,500 active cases among students at the end of last week.

Sage’s package of measures to contain Covid-19 included a recommendation: “All university and college teaching to be online unless face-to-face teaching is absolutely essential,” until the prevalence of the virus subsides.

Jo Grady, the UCU’s general secretary, said: “Ministers were given clear recommendations on how to stem the spread of the virus before term


2020’s rising stars of Wall Street share their best career advice

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Jay Lipman and Doug of Ethic: Find aspirational characters and pay if forward.

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Ethic president Jay Lipman said his best career advice boils down to one crucial act: find mentors who will inspire you. That may not be someone you have worked with directly, but someone who strikes you as an “aspirational character.”

“People that you believe have led the path that you would like to live, and then try to understand how they achieve that — that may be a mentorship or relationship that you have with that individual, where you can ask them and get that relationship,” or they could be through books and admiring great leaders from afar and learning about their lives, he said.

Doug Scott, the chief executive of Ethic, said he’s tried to instill a culture of “paying it forward” at the company, where employees have a sense of helping others as they take on big challenges within the investing community.

“I think that’s something that we did in the early innings of Ethic, and tried to continue that spirit throughout, because I think it does create that bond as well — beyond the sort of traditional business interactions with folks,” he said.

Lipman and Scott formed Ethic, a New York-based asset-management technology startup that builds values-based investment products for firms and financial advisers, in 2015.

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This advice helped incoming Citigroup CEO Jane Fraser through a pivotal time in her career

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Jane Fraser, currently president and global consumer banking chief at Citigroup, will make history as the first female CEO of a major Wall Street bank when she steps into that role at Citi in February. And the glass-ceiling-smashing executive credits a key piece of advice for helping shape a pivotal phase of her journey to the C-suite.

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Before her Citi days, Fraser was named partner at consulting firm McKinsey just weeks after her son was born, and she decided to work part-time for the duration of her position. “I think the best piece of advice I got was: Why am I in such a hurry?” Fraser said at Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women virtual summit on Wednesday. “I remember one of my mentors saying to me, ‘Jane, you’re going to have several careers in your life, and your careers are going to be measured in decades, so why this sense of rush and trying to have everything at the same time? Just relax, chill, take a step back and enjoy the process more, and enjoy the different phases of your life.’”


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One of corporate America’s most stubborn barriers shattered earlier this month when Fraser was named successor to Citi’s CEO job. The announcement has been impactful to women in business everywhere.

But for those watching her career journey (and perhaps hoping to clinch the title of the second female CEO of a major bank), Fraser advises that they needn’t fear being seen as vulnerable or wanting to take time for family. “I’m an example that it doesn’t need to sidetrack you from the longer-term goals. You can get balance in there,” she said. “I did feel the pressure to be Superwoman, and I’m sure there’s many people out there who feel the