Four years ago, she was a college freshman. Today, she has a multimillion dollar jewelry company

When Adina Kamkhatchi was in college, she had an eye for jewelry but not much of a budget. “I couldn’t buy expensive jewelry and I also couldn’t find cheaper good quality jewelry that would last,” she says. So she decided she’d try her hand at making her own. JUST WATCHED Glossier founder created a beauty … Continue reading “Four years ago, she was a college freshman. Today, she has a multimillion dollar jewelry company”

When Adina Kamkhatchi was in college, she had an eye for jewelry but not much of a budget.

“I couldn’t buy expensive jewelry and I also couldn’t find cheaper good quality jewelry that would last,” she says. So she decided she’d try her hand at making her own.

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    Glossier founder created a beauty brand she ‘could be friends with’ 02:24At the time, she was a freshman at Brooklyn College and she only had classes two days a week. “I wanted to do something more. I consulted my mom, told her about it and she loved it,” says Adina, now 22.With about $1,000 of her own savings, Adina bought materials — beads, pearls, stones, strips of leather, chains — from wholesalers and got to work at the kitchen table at her parents’ house.Read MoreShe named her line Adina’s Jewels (after her grandmother with whom she shares a name). And once she built up enough inventory, she started selling it door-to-door. But about three months in, she realized she needed a better way to reach customers.

      She approached the owner of a local swimwear store and asked if she could display her jewelry on one of its tables. The idea worked for a little while, but then sales tapered off. The swimwear business was too seasonal and, in the off-season, low foot traffic hurt her sales. Her parents then suggested she try selling at the hair salon down the block. “It was perfect because hair salons always have customers,” she says. Sales took off — and remained consistent throughout the year. Now, four years later, Adina’s Jewels is a profitable multimillion dollar revenue business that has drawn the attention of tens of thousands of followers on Instagram. The company has a store in Brooklyn, a web site selling more than 600 different items and a roster of celebrities, including Ariana Grande, Emily Ratajkowski and sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid, photographed wearing the jewelry. Adina’s Jewels has attracted a sizeable following, with celebs like Emily Ratajkowski seen wearing the jewelry.Yet, none of these successes have changed Adina’s approach. While Adina’s necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets have become wildly popular, it’s critical to her that they remain affordable.”I want people, like me, who don’t come from a wealthy home, to be able to buy beautiful jewelry,” she says.In fact, Adina still designs most of the pieces herself. The sterling silver and 14-karat gold-plated items, for example, are priced between $50 to $250.

      “Be your own boss”

      As Adina started to grow the business, her brother Mayer Kamkhatchi jumped in to help.He was only 17 at the time, but he set up the company’s web site. “It was a lot of trial and error and learning stuff from YouTube,” says Mayer, who is now 20 and a senior at Baruch College, majoring in entrepreneurship.Mayer Kamkhatchi credits his parents for encouraging the siblings to work for themselves.The next step was to get some buzz around the brand.

        “We reached out to a fashion blogger who is a major fashion influencer on social media. They loved our vibe and talked about us,” says Mayer.It was the breakthrough they needed. The site’s traffic spiked, as did sales. “It was a snowball effect,” he says.Women's razor startup Billie is taking on the 'Pink Tax'And the buzz continues. “It’s like someone will tell us they saw Ariana wear one of our rings and they want that same ring,” says Mayer.The brand’s growing popularity among its core 18-to-34-year-old “fashion-forward” customers, as Mayer refers to them, is also evident on social media, where Adina’s Jewels has racked up 140,000 Instagram followers.Mayer now handles the day-to-day operations and marketing while Adina focuses on product design and customer relations.For both siblings, entrepreneurship has been a goal they both have had from a very early age.Adina initially handmade all of her jewelry. Now, her sterling silver- and gold-plated collection is made in Europe.Their parents, who met on a blind date in New York, immigrated to the United States when they were young — their father from Syria when he was 25 and their mother from Israel when she was 16.

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          Men swipe right, but women make the first move 03:32″When my father left Syria, he had his own textile company, which he had to give up,” says Mayer.

            Now both parents work in sales positions at different companies.”My parents really wanted us to be independent and work for ourselves,” says Adina.As early as the third grade, Adina could recall her mother encouraging her to aspire to be more than an employee. “She would say to me, ‘Adina, don’t work for anyone else. Be your own boss and write your own check,'” she recalls.Adina and Mayer took that advice to heart. “I was selling stuff like lip glosses and hair accessories in third grade,” says Adina. “I got such a rush from selling things.” Adina still designs most of the pieces herself.

            “It’s hard for us to trust anyone else”

            To date, Adina and Mayer have self-financed all of Adina’s Jewels. “We’ve taken it upon ourselves to handle every aspect of the business,” says Mayer. “It’s been hard but we have trust issues.”

              In 2016, the company opened its first brick-and-mortar store. A small neighborhood store had shut down and Adina acted fast.”It was 500 square-feet, the perfect size for a jewelry shop,” she says. “It’s kind of prestigious to have a store. I think it gives legitimacy to a brand.”New designs are added to the collection on a weekly basis.And, after working out of their parents’ home for the past few years, they moved into an office space in August. Now about a dozen employees help with marketing, web design and packing and shipping merchandise to customers in the US and overseas.The siblings are proud of their success. “But it goes back to our parents and how they raised us,” says Adina. “They helped us on day one. I even call my dad late at night if I need business advice. They’re always there to help.”

Are you at risk for cancer? This startup CEO wants to help you find out

Othman Laraki’s decision to test his DNA changed his life — and his career.

That’s when the former Twitter executive found out he is at risk of developing certain types of cancer. The results spurred him to found Color in 2013. The at-home genetic testing service helps people assess their risk for common hereditary cancers and heart conditions, so they can decide whether to take preventive action. Other DNA testing services, such as 23andMe and AncestryDNA, specialize in helping people discover their family history and ethnicity. But Color solely tests for hereditary health issues, such as cancer, heart disease and cholesterol.

    CNNMoney asked Laraki to share his experience creating Color and his advice for up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

    My inspiration for Color was …

    Read MoreThe history of cancer in my family. I have a gene myself known as BRCA2, which increases one’s predisposition to cancer, particularly melanoma, prostate, pancreatic and breast cancer. These experiences have given me a firsthand understanding of the life saving benefits of having access to one’s genetic information — and the tragic cost of not.This personal experience, as well as that of many of my colleagues at Color, have been the drivers behind our mission. We seek to make it possible for everyone to understand their hereditary risk for serious conditions, such as cancer and heart disease, and enable individuals and their physicians to take a proactive approach to treatment.

    The scariest part of my job is …

    Not being able to move faster. Every year, millions of people die from cancer or heart disease. Many of these deaths could have been predicted and even prevented through genetic testing, which allows patients to understand their disease risk and take action.The knowledge gained from medically actionable genetic testing like Color’s could save some of those lives by helping people understand if they’re at risk for cancer or heart disease before they’re actually diagnosed. And at Color, we feel a great responsibility to reach everyone who could benefit from this knowledge, as soon as possible.

    If I could tell my 18-year-old self one thing, it would be …

    You’re going to meet these two really nerdy guys named Larry and Sergey, Google’s co-founders. Join their company the first time they ask you to. (Laraki worked at Google from 2004 to 2008).I’m kidding; the real answer is, focus on surrounding yourself with the right people; everything else tends to take care of itself.

    The thing that brings me the most joy is …

    Personally, cuddling up with my three boys and my amazing wife. Professionally, getting to meet the people whose lives we’ve impacted, and knowing we’ve helped those folks be there with their families, too. If I could have dinner with any influential figure from any time period, it would be…Henrietta Lacks, who donated her cells to cancer research more than 60 years ago. I’d tell her how big of an impact she’s had on medicine and science for generations to come, and make sure she knows how much she’s meant to the world.Also: Alexander Hamilton, so I can tell him to skip the duel.

    I’d like to be remembered as …

    Someone who assembled an amazing team that helped change health care forever by removing barriers to preventive health care, thus making it possible for hundreds of millions of people to live the healthiest lives that science and medicine allow. The thing you probably don’t know about me is … Growing up in Morocco, I was a pretty bad student. I didn’t start doing well in school until one quarter when I was 16, and it happened almost by accident. A great computer science teacher got me into coding; I became obsessed with The Lord of the Rings, which helped me get good grades in English; and I became weirdly fascinated by mathematical proofs. If it weren’t for the programming language Pascal, those hobbits and the satisfaction of writing “QED,” I might not have gone to college.

    If I weren’t CEO of Color I’d be …

    Living in Maui spending my days kitesurfing, cycling and hanging out with my family. Oh, and at night I’d be an electronic music DJ. The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is … When I was an intern at Microsoft in 1998 or so, I had lunch at Bill Gates’ house. I asked him, ‘Hey, given how big Microsoft is, how do you manage to keep everyone focused and motivated?’ I thought he was going to give me some elaborate management suggestion. Instead, he just said, “Hire the right people.”

    My advice to people searching for their inspiration is …

    Sometimes the most important missions in life aren’t ones you choose, but ones that choose you.Being a BRCA2 carrier is a big part of why I’m working on Color. It is intimately connected to who I am.

      Take a look at who you are, not at your ambitions. When you look at ambitions, you look at other people’s successes and often end up trying to model your successes after other people. The best pursuits are intimately tied to who you are and what you want to be doing.Color genomics ceo othram loraki cancer dna testing entrepreneur startup health care

Michigan startup unveils a pricey electric pickup you can take off-road

The Rivian R1T, an electric pickup from a Michigan-based startup, looks kind of like a Japanese cartoon version of a truck.

It lacks the gaping chrome-edged grill of a Ford F-150, Ram 1500 or Chevrolet Silverado because an electric truck has no engine demanding air for burning and cooling. Instead of rectangular sets of deadly-serious looking headlights, it has friendly little ovals. Where most trucks look angry, the R1T looks like it wants to play.Rivian plans to begin production of the R1T truck in late 2020.But don’t be misled by the disarming face. Rivian boasts that the R1T can carry nearly 1,800 pounds of payload and can tow 11,000 pounds. It can also go from zero to 60 miles an hour in about three seconds when equipped with a large battery pack, and drive through more than three feet of water. These claims have yet to be tested, but they’re plausible for an all-wheel-drive electric truck.

    Far more surprising: It has a hole right through middle of it. Stretching side-to-side just ahead of the back wheels, it provides a lockable space, with doors at both ends, for stowing gear like a snowboard, golf clubs or fishing poles. One way in which the R1T seems fairly traditional is in its overall shape. It has a big hood up front which might seem strange considering there’s no engine there. Instead, that’s additional lockable storage space — essentially a big trunk. The hood even powers up and down just like a power liftgate on an SUV.Read MoreA storage tunnel in the center of the Rivian R1T provides lockable storage space for gear. It has doors that open downward. When opened, they’re strong enough to stand on.All of this comes at a price, though. With a starting price of $69,000, the R1T is definitely a luxury product. (That’s $61,500 after a federal tax credit.) While one can certainly get a luxuriously equipped Ford or Chevrolet pickup for a price like that, you won’t be able to get an R1T for any less. At least not at first. And if you want to drive a long way before recharging — up to 400 miles — you’ll have to pay more for a bigger battery pack.Audi reveals the E-Tron GT, an all-electric sports car”We’re not trying to compete across the whole price spectrum with the F-150,” said Rivian CEO R.J Scaringe. He describes Rivian’s vehicles as “more aspirational products.” He does not see the pickup as something likely to be found on a job site, despite its strength and the fact that it has electrical plugs in the bed.”The types of use cases we’re thinking about are towing a boat, towing a trailer, towing your jet skis,” Scaringe said. “These types of more lifestyle-oriented use cases.”A couple of days after unveiling the pickup, Rivian also revealed an SUV, the R1S, with a starting price of $72,000. While it has the truck’s same pinchably cute face, the SUV looks traditionally SUV-like. Its shape — like stacked blocks — suggests a Land Rover reduced to its most fundamental form. Built on the same battery platform as the pickup (Rivian calls it a skateboard), the SUV can be equipped with seating for up to seven passengers. Like the truck, it’s engineered to excel off-road. Where most all-wheel-drive electric vehicles have two electric motors, one driving the front wheels and one driving the back, the Rivian vehicles have four, one spinning each wheel. That allows for discrete moment-by-moment control of the power being delivered to each tire, which is ideal for driving through harsh or sloppy terrain.Rivian founder and CEO RJ Scaringe with the RS1 SUV.Rivian is headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, not far from Detroit. The company plans to begin building both vehicles in late 2020 at a former Mitsubishi factory in Normal, Illinois.Karl Brauer, publisher at Kelley Blue Book and Autotrader, was shown both vehicles at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week and remains skeptical of the company’s long-term prospects.Tesla's Model 3 Performance is an amazing car, but it's got some issues

      “It’s much easier to produce a lot of impressive specifications than it is to produce an actual car,” he said, “and, honestly, even easier to produce an actual car than it is to produce an actual car at high volume and retail it.”These are all areas where Tesla, up until now the only marginally successful startup automaker in decades, has struggled repeatedly. The biggest challenge for companies like Rivian is that they’re up against established automakers who have been doing all these things for over a century. Designing a compelling product is only the start.

Hitting a ‘brick wall’ was good for this Microsoft exec

Jenny Lay-Flurrie has spent years making Microsoft products more accessible for others. One day, she could work on a project that will improve her own life.

Microsoft’s chief accessibility officer happens to be deaf. She currently relies on human interpreters, lip reading, apps that translate speech into text and a trusty standby to do her job.”I have to have my notebook with me … a pen and paper is a good thing,” she told CNN.

    But advances in artificial intelligence could soon allow technologists to design a digital sign language interpreter. Lay-Flurrie thinks Microsoft could be the company that builds one.Lay-Flurrie joined Microsoft (MSFT) from T-Mobile (TMUS) in 2005 for a job managing consumer support across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She became more involved with the tech firm’s accessibility efforts over time, and landed her current job two years ago.

    I was told 'you need to be asking for what you need to be successful. Your deafness should never stop you.' "

    Jenny Lay-Flurrie

    Read MoreHer deafness was caused by a childhood bout with measles and numerous ear infections. Mild hearing loss didn’t stop Lay-Flurrie from studying music in college, but her condition later became much more severe.

    ‘Brick wall moments’

    A career in tech has not always been easy for the British executive, who now lives in Redmond, Washington, where Microsoft is headquartered. Her first major setback in the workplace came early on, when she turned down a promotion that would have required her to manage a team that wasn’t based in the same location.”I got it in my head that there was no way I could tackle that job … I was using analogue hearing aids which didn’t work with a mobile phone,” she said. But her boss wouldn’t take no for an answer. With his support and help from a government-sponsored program, she was able to switch to digital hearing aids that allowed her to stay in touch with her team. Her career progressed.”I call these ‘brick wall moments’ and every person gets them, whether they have a disability or not,” she said. “What matters is what you do with them.”

    Life at Microsoft

    Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft’s chief accessibility officer.Lay-Flurrie has made her mark at Microsoft.She has overseen major initiatives including the creation of a “Disability Answer Desk” that handles up to 300,000 phone calls per year. She hosts hackathons focused on making Microsoft’s products more accessible. Lay-Flurrie also started a hiring program for people with autism at Microsoft, and is working on ways to empower employees with mental health issues.In 2014, she was recognized by the Obama White House for her work on accessibility issues.

    Xbox for everyone

    Another major highlight is the Xbox adaptive controller, which makes gaming easier for players with limited mobility. It was the result of one of the company’s hackathons.”It was designed with and for people with disabilities,” she said. “Xbox engaged with a myriad of different organizations to get their feedback … what they did want to see, what they didn’t want to see.” It was the process of creation that makes her most excited about the future. “I want to see that replicated,” she said, adding that accessibility projects often fail because companies don’t engage with their customers. Microsoft’s Xbox adaptive controller.

    The importance of accessibility

    Asked whether it makes business sense for companies to spend money on accessibility, Lay-Flurrie didn’t hesitate.”Heck yes,” she said. “No company wants to exclude people from their products … when you are not prioritizing accessibility, you are excluding people, whether you realize it or not.”

    When you are not prioritizing accessibility, you are excluding people, whether you realize it or not."

    Jenny Lay-Flurrie

    Lay-Flurrie still faces difficulties in the workplace. Sometimes she finds herself in crowded meeting rooms where many people are speaking at once.”That’s where you need to be your own best self advocate,” she said. “You need to be empowered enough to say ‘you guys need to stop talking over one another.’ “Jenny Lay-Flurrie has had her share of “brick wall moments.”But she wasn’t always confident enough to stand up for herself. “I was taught to do that by strong mentors and advocates,” she said. “I was told ‘you need to be asking for what you need to be successful. Your deafness should never stop you.’ “

      The busy executive still plays and enjoys music, for example.”Music has never been a purely auditory experience for me … music is far more than sound and vibration,” she said.

Priscilla Chan’s $61 billion mission to help the next generation

Priscilla Chan always knew her life’s work would be helping children, but she didn’t anticipate having billions of dollars at her disposal to try and change the fate of an entire generation.

Instead of an exam room, the desk of the 33-year-old pediatrician is in the middle of an unremarkable looking open office, home to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, or CZI. The Palo Alto, California-based group with 250 employees and two offices aims “to advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation.”Chan and her husband, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, have pledged 99% of their wealth to the organization. But the majority of that money is still invested in Facebook, amounting to about $61 billion based on the recent share price.

    “We are about building an aspirational future that everyone’s excited about,” Chan told CNN’s Poppy Harlow in an exclusive on-camera interview for the latest episode of Boss Files. “We have to be cognizant about how we make sure that the opportunity to access that is equal. There are some kids that are on a moving walkway and they’re gonna get there. There are other kids that are going the wrong way on an escalator.”

    A different kind of philanthropy

    Read MoreFounded in 2015, CZI’s most ambitious goal is to cure, prevent or manage all disease in the next generation’s lifetime. Chan said it’s not something CZI will do on its own. It will try to accomplish it through investing, building technological tools and supporting scientists and researchers. The group is active in other areas, too. It has developed software to help teachers create personalized lesson plans and funds a group that gives eye exams to low-income students. The organization is also pushing for policy changes around criminal justice, supporting a group that wants to eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing, and immigration reform for DREAMers.Chan at her desk, which sits in the middle of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative office in Palo Alto. CZI is set up as a limited liability company, which allows Chan and Zuckerberg to have more flexibility and privacy with the way they use the money. Although it has a nonprofit subsidiary and has given $1.4 billion in grants, it’s designed more as a startup than a charity. It has more than $100 million in investments so far. Its LLC structure also allows it to give to political organizations.CZI said it builds its technology in-house, invests in for-profit companies, and funds political advocacy work while trying to stay “bipartisan.” Former Obama adviser and campaign manager David Plouffe runs CZI’s policy and advocacy team. It has not supported any political campaigns to date, and Chan said there are no plans to do so. However, it does give to groups advocating for criminal justice and immigration reform. It has done some political advocacy through its 501(c)(4) subsidiary called Chan Zuckerberg Advocacy.”We participate and support efforts in those areas but always in a bipartisan way. We don’t see ourselves as political,” said Chan.Zuckerberg said they’ve specifically tried to focus on issues not defined by partisan politics. “At some level, everything that matters can be political. The question is: Is it partisan?” Zuckerberg told Harlow during the interview, which took place at their home in Palo Alto. “Is one side for education and the other side against it? No, right? So there are ways where I think we can find a path forward together.”While the spouses share the responsibility of running the organization, Chan is there daily. Zuckerberg comes into the office on Fridays. Now Chan is reluctantly stepping more into the spotlight to draw attention to the organization’s work.

    On a path to help, long before Facebook

    “I think that most people probably don’t know that much about her at all,” said Zuckerberg. “She just cares immensely about people.” The child of refugees from Vietnam, Chan grew up in low-income housing outside of Boston and attended public school. With the help of her family and great teachers, Chan got into Harvard on a full scholarship. “If you just stopped it on that first day that I got to Harvard, I would have lived the fullest version of the American Dream,” said Chan, with tears in her eyes. “My grandparents were business people in Saigon. The war hit. They were persecuted. The only way out was to put their children on boats and to send them off to sea, and hopefully they find opportunity on the other side.”But Chan struggled to fit in at the Ivy League college.”Harvard was so hard for me. I showed up, and I just felt like a failure,” said Chan. “I just felt like I didn’t belong — my one skill set of being smart, I wasn’t smart there anymore. I didn’t fit in.”She even prepared paperwork to transfer out of Harvard, but then there was an incident with a child that she said changed her life. While volunteering at an after-school program in a low-income housing project, Chan went looking for a young girl who had failed to show up one week. Chan ultimately found her at a nearby playground. Two of her front teeth were broken and Chan felt terrible that she was unable to prevent it from happening.”I was devastated. I thought, ‘What happened? What did I do wrong?'” said Chan. “I thought at the time, ‘I am not enough yet. … I need more skills. I need more power to be able to solve this.’ And so, when you’re 20 years old and a type-A Harvard student, the answer is medical school.”After she graduated, she taught fourth and fifth grade science for a year and went on to medical school to become a pediatrician.

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      Hatching an ambitious plan for a fortune

      Along the way, Chan famously met Zuckerberg in line for the bathroom at a Harvard fraternity party. Three years later, she got her first glimpse of a possible future in philanthropy. Zuckerberg had received an offer from Yahoo to buy Facebook for a billion dollars.”It was the first time we realized that, ‘Oh my god, we have this incredible opportunity to give back.’ We started thinking through, ‘What would we do if you sold Facebook?'” said Chan. “Well, first of all we had no good ideas, so [we] said ‘You better keep running Facebook.'”In 2016, Chan founded The Primary School, a private, nonprofit school in East Palo Alto, California, that now has 250 students. The project combines her biggest passions: health and school. Children receive full mental and medical health care services as part of their educationWhen their daughter Max was born, they announced the launch of CZI on the same day as a promise to give her a better world. “We will do our part to make this happen, not only because we love you, but also because we have a moral responsibility to all children in the next generation,” read the couple’s letter.Max, who is now almost three, is unfazed by her parents’ work. “If you ask her, she said, ‘Mom works at CZI. Dada works at a bookstore,'” said Chan. “She thinks Facebook is a bookstore.”

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        In the shadow of a tech giant

        However, doing good is not without challenges. CZI has to deal with the cloud of Facebook’s very public controversies, including the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, the spread of misinformation, and the recent breach that compromised 50 million accounts.”The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Facebook are two entirely separate and independent organizations. To be even more clear, CZI is not the ‘Facebook Foundation.’ CZI has an entirely separate staff, separate offices and a separate and different mission,” said Chan. Some critics have said the organization is meant to distract the public from Facebook’s woes, but Chan said she always planned to give back. “This commitment was clear even before I met Mark and before Facebook was started. Also, there are a lot of things that are easier to accomplish for good PR,” she said.Zuckerberg and Chan have also received criticism for their approach to philanthropy. Some have said creating an LLC instead of a nonprofit makes it possible for them to profit from investments.CZI’s spokesperson said the couple chose to create an LLC because it allows them to invest in for-profit companies working on important projects that may not be happening at nonprofit organizations. Any profit made by CZI investments will go back into the organization, she said.Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan in 2016 as they rehearse for a speech in San Francisco.The pair donated $100 million to Newark’s public schools in 2010. The headline-grabbing donation — announced on The Oprah Winfrey Show — stirred up local opposition and was the subject of the 2015 book “The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?,” which painted it as a failure. Chan said it was actually a success. Seven years after CZI first invested in Newark’s public schools, Chan said the high school graduation rates have gone up 18%.”This work is not work that is going to fully play out in three or four years. It takes time,” she said. “The lesson I want us to learn here at CZI is hold yourself accountable but know that to really understand the full impact of your work, you’re just going to need to be patient,” said Chan.Zuckerberg said CZI could potentially have a bigger impact on the world than Facebook, which has more than 2 billion users around the world. “CZI just has the opportunity to do so much more in terms of helping people, helping create more education opportunities,” said Zuckerberg. The organization has a long way to go before it fulfills its ambitious missions, but Chan remains determined. She is inspired by the way her parents were welcomed when they first arrived to the US 30 years ago.

          “Everything that I am able to achieve is a downstream effect of families, churches, communities that said, ‘You need a safe place to be? We can be that for you,'” said Chan. “I am forever in debt and willing to fight for what I feel like is an extremely American value, and I just think that’s what makes this country great.”Update: The headline on this article has been changed.

How to get the credit you deserve at work, without bragging

You’ve stayed late, skipped taking lunches and worked over the weekends. Finally, the project is finished.

The accolades are rolling in … just not to you. Executive Brief

Didn’t get the credit you deserve?

Speak up, but don’t get emotional and do it privately.

Set up regular review sessions to create a dialogue.

Give others credit on their hard work.

Not getting recognition for work — or having someone else get the credit — is a common problem in the office. And most of the time, it’s unintentional.

    “You might think all the great work you’re doing is evident to everyone, but everyone else including your boss and your boss’s boss is so busy they don’t always know what you’re doing,” said career management coach Amy Wolfgang.But there’s a fine line between standing up and getting the recognition you deserve and coming off as arrogant. After all, you are all on the same team. Read More”For some, self-promotion doesn’t feel natural to them or just feels gross,” said Wolfgang. “But it’s not about being braggy, and it’s not about being self-centered, it’s about advocating what you do and the value you bring.”

    Speak up

    If you’ve spent countless hours on a project and don’t get as much as a thumbs-up from your boss, ask for a private meeting to talk about your work.The key is not to be defensive or emotional. Explain the importance of the project and your contributions in a very clear way. If you are in a meeting and someone is taking unfair credit for your work, speak up, but be tactful.A guide to making friends at work”You need to shut that down, but remain calm,” said Vicki Salemi, Monster.com’s career expert. “You don’t want to stoop to their level and throw them under the bus or badmouth them, but you still want to make yourself shine.” She suggests inserting yourself into the conversation with something like: “When I worked on these numbers originally I found the same thing.”After the meeting, approach the offender calmly and privately and ask why he or she wrongly took credit or didn’t extend any acknowledgment.

    Schedule regular check-ins

    Set up regular meetings with your manager to discuss ongoing projects, your performance, your career path and any workplace issues.These meetings are the perfect setting to tout your hard work without coming off as vain.It’s not about highlighting the day-to-day stuff that you are expected to do in your role. “Showcase your work that is going above and beyond what your boss expects,” said Wolfgang.

    Ask yourself: Is it worth it?

    Sometimes you aren’t going to get credit for your work, and you have to move on. “Letting it go might be worthwhile, especially if you aren’t going to work with that person again or it’s not going to affect your career,” said Robert Sutton, professor of management, science and engineering at Stanford University and organizational psychologist. “Everyone should know when you break bad news to bosses or anybody else, they tend to like you less.”When your dream job turns out to be a nightmareAnother question to ask yourself is whether you are seeking too much credit. It’s common for team members to inflate their contributions to a project, according to Sutton. After all, you are aware of all the long nights and hard work you put in, but you aren’t always aware of everyone else’s sacrifices. “If your first reaction is someone is taking more credit than they deserve, you might be doing the same thing as well.” Be the advocate you want others to be When you acknowledge and celebrate your peer’s achievements, they will be more likely to return the favor. “If you want others to recognize value, be the person who recognizes value in others,” said Wolfgang.When you extend recognition to others, it’s a win-win situation.”If you give other people credit, two things happen: You get as much credit as if you said: ‘I did this myself,’ and you also get the additional attribution of generosity and making people feel better that you gave them credit,” said Sutton.

    Spread the word

    Gossiping in the workplace is generally not a good idea, but you can do it in a way that can help your work get noticed. Review your social network at work and find someone who is close to your boss who might be able to casually mention your hard work and the overlooked credit.”Maybe your boss has a peer or friend of yours that has a closer relationship to get the word back to them,” said Sutton.

      A mentor can also help promote your work, but you can’t always rely on others to help you get deserved recognition. “For the most part, you have to look at yourself as your best advocate,” said Wolfgang. “Look at what is in your control and out of your control. What is out of control is someone noticing the work. What is in your control is showcasing your work to your boss.”

Jeep will make its first pickup in 26 years

The Jeep Gladiator rolled onto a stage at the Los Angeles Auto Show Wednesday. Essentially a Wrangler with a pickup truck bed, it’s a product Jeep fans have long been waiting for.

Jeep’s last pickup, the Comanche, went out of production in 1992. Now, the Gladiator will face off against a lot of fresh competition in the mid-sized pickup market. Trucks like the Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado and long-time market favorite, the Toyota Tacoma, are designed to appeal to buyers looking for something more fun and efficient than a massive full-size pickup.But the Gladiator will also appeal to those who simply want a Jeep Wrangler with a bed. Executives at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Jeep’s parent company, say it’s one of the questions they are most commonly asked.

    “When are we going to get a Wrangler pickup?” Unveiled at the LA Auto Show, the Jeep Gladiator is essentially a Wrangler with a pickup truck bed.The Wrangler, designed for serious off-road driving, is already engineered like a truck rather than like a tall car, as most SUVs are these days. That made adding a bed to the back a relatively natural idea.Read MoreThe Wrangler is also the only four-door convertible on the market. That means the Gladiator will be a convertible pickup, a truly unique selling point. It will be available with a cloth top or removable hard top. The windshield also folds down, as it does on the Wrangler, for a complete open-air feel.For difficult off-road terrain, the Gladiator will have an optional forward-facing camera enabling the driver to see obstructions just ahead on the trail. The truck will also be able to drive through two and a half feet of water.With its four doors, and a five-foot bed, the Gladiator is 31 inches longer than a four-door Wrangler. It can carry up to 1,600 pounds or tow 7,650 pounds. Buyers will be able to choose a 3.6-liter gasoline-powered V6 or a 3.0-liter diesel V6 engine.Fiat Chrysler steals the show at MotorTrend Car of the Year Awards

      Besides the bed, there are some subtle design changes to meet the special demands of a truck. The openings in the famous seven-slot grill are slightly wider, allowing more air to reach the engine for improved towing capacity. The top of the grill is also slightly swept back for better aerodynamics. The tailgate is capable of being lowered to three different positions. The bed can be illuminated with light coming from under the side rails. It will also have covered external power outlets. The Gladiator will be built in Toledo, Ohio, where the Wrangler is made. Production will begin in the first half of 2019. Pricing will be announced closer to that time.

Audi reveals the E-Tron GT, an all-electric sports car

Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. helped unveil Audi’s upcoming all-electric sports car just before the official kickoff of the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Audi E-Tron GT is expected to go on sale in 2020.

With 590 horsepower, the E-Tron GT will be capable of going from zero to 60 miles an hour in about 2.5 seconds. It’s top speed will be about 149 miles an hour.The slope-backed four-door shares much of its engineering with the upcoming Porsche Taycan. Porsche and Audi are both subsidiaries of Volkswagen AG and the two brands collaborated on the cars’ fundamental engineering.

    The E-Tron GT has Audi’s trademark grill.Like the Audi E-Tron crossover SUV unveiled in San Francisco in September, the E-Tron GT doesn’t look startlingly different from Audi’s current combustion-powered cars. It’s a little lower and its sides are more sculpted than the similarly shaped Audi A7. It even has a version of Audi’s trademark grill, despite the fact that electric vehicles don’t need nearly as much cooling air as gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicles.Jeep will make its first pickup in 26 yearsThe car unveiled in Los Angeles is technically a concept car, but Audi executives insisted it is very close to the final production version that will go on sale in a couple of years.Read MoreLike Tesla’s all-wheel-drive cars, the E-Tron GT is powered by two separate electric motors, one for the front wheels and one for the back. It also has four-wheel steering, enabling tighter cornering.The sides are more deeply sculpted than on other Audi cars.

      The E-Tron concept car has a range of just under 250 miles on a full charge according to a standard European driving test, Audi said. With fast charging, the battery will be able to charge up to 80% of that range, or about 200 miles, in 20 minutes. Wireless charging will also be available on the production version, Audi said.Volkswagen AG has made major commitments to producing electric vehicles. As part of that, Audi has said it will have 12 all-electric cars on the market by 2025. Audi has also said that, by that time, at least a third of its sales will be of autos that are at least partly powered by electricity.

Bombas founders wanted to help the homeless — by giving them socks

The founders of Bombas sought to create a company that would solve one of the biggest problems homeless people face — a need for socks.

Cofounder David Heath learned that socks are the most requested item at homeless shelters, but the least donated. Most people donate their old clothing and shelters don’t usually take used socks.At first Heath just bought packs of socks and handed out pairs to the homeless people he saw on the streets of New York City. But he quickly realized just how much demand there was.

    “I encountered a homeless veteran who had a sign out saying anything will do. I walked up and I said, ‘Hey, I don’t have any money, but I have a pair of socks for you,'” Heath recalled. “He said ‘This is exactly what I needed. How did you know?'”Bombas cofounders David Heath (pictured) and Randy Goldberg pledged to donate a pair of socks for every pair sold. Heath remembers watching the man take off his shoes and seeing that one foot was wrapped in a bandana and the other was wrapped in a plastic bag. Read More”Seeing that — just how much I could imagine being in that situation and what having a nice clean pair of socks at that moment would do — I’ll never shake that moment,” he said.

    We just got obsessed with this idea that we could help solve a problem through starting a business."

    Bombas cofounder David Heath

    Heath realized there was a bigger opportunity here. He teamed up with Randy Goldberg to create an apparel company that would follow the buy-one, give-one model — for every pair of socks a customer purchased, a pair of socks would be donated to a homeless person.JUST CEO Josh Tetrick created vegan mayo. Now, he wants to end world hungerBombas plans to use this model as it expands its product line to other items. “You kind of take your socks for granted. They’re an afterthought in the design and apparel world,” Goldberg said. “We just got obsessed with this idea that we could help solve a problem through starting a business.”The donated socks have an antimicrobial coating and reinforced seams for better wear. Already more than 10 million pairs of socks have been donated.As part of a 1 million sock donation commitment, Bombas teamed up with Gap in 2015 to give away socks.Heath and Goldberg also focused on creating the perfect pair of socks for consumers. The socks, which cost about $12 a pair, are made of high-quality cotton and wool, offer support for the middle of your foot, are designed not to sag or slip off and don’t have an uncomfortable seam across the toe. Bombas got its first big break when it was featured on the reality show Shark Tank in 2014. Daymond John, the CEO of fashion brand FUBU, decided to partner with the company. Both Heath and Goldberg credit that appearance with helping them grow their business.Heath acknowledged that no one grows up dreaming about creating the perfect sock or building a “sock empire.” But he said his ultimate goal is to “develop relationships with people as a result of the work.”It’s something he’s done with a man named Charlie, who has been homeless for about two years. Socks and toiletries are handed out at a women’s shelter on the Upper East Side in New York.”One day I just walked over to him, offered him a pair of socks and introduced myself,” Heath said. “Seeing him every day, I started to develop a little bit more rapport and comfort on both sides.”Their relationship evolved and eventually they began to grab lunch together. Women's razor startup Billie is taking on the 'Pink Tax'

      When Heath realized Charlie liked books, he bought him a Kindle and a solar charger that he reloads every couple of weeks. Charlie, an avid reader, no longer has to walk 50 blocks uptown to borrow books from a shelter on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and lug them back downtown.”It’s not just providing food. It’s not just providing money,” Heath said. “This is finding something that’s important to him, something that he enjoys and providing, you know, more.”

The hidden costs of commuting while female

There’s the wage gap, the bonus gap, the promotions gap — and then there’s the commuting gap.

New research shows that even when it comes to negotiating the distance between work and home, men and women inhabit different realities. For many men, the commute to work is a fact of life, something non-negotiable and relatively uncomplicated — a pain, maybe, but a mere part of the workday.But for many women, the daily commute is loaded with difficult decisions. They may choose where they live or work to intentionally shorten their commutes, in order to meet a multitude of homemaking and caregiving responsibilities. If a job requires commuting at night or alone, some women spend more money on taxis or ride shares using services like Uber and Lyft.

    Because of these added costs, women might decide some commutes just aren’t worth it. They may forgo a job -— and its wages — altogether.

    Commuting while female

    Read MoreSarah Kaufman, of New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation, says two things affect women’s commuting considerations. She found many New York women spent hundreds of dollars each year on ridesharing apps and taxi services, both for convenience (think about carrying a stroller up and down subway steps) and for personal safety (think also about waiting on that same subway late at night, alone). “Even though there aren’t these huge incidents on transportation systems, there are daily interactions that can also wear down on a person, much like workplace harassment might,” Kaufman says. “There are things that can really impact someone’s self-worth or general level of comfort in their day-to-day lives.” Smoothing the way for women to return to work after decades awayWomen in low-income industries, often juggle work in remote places with shifts in the early morning or late evening. If they don’t have a vehicle, they’re reliant on public transportation, which brings a whole new set of potential encounters with harassment, catcalling or worse.Women in these situations may avoid a job altogether for fear of a potentially dangerous commute, says Evelyn Blumenberg, professor of urban planning at the University of California in Los Angeles.”A lot of those actual and perceived fears influence the likelihood that a woman is even going to use public transit,” Blumenberg says. “So it’s off-peak hours, say nighttime when the bus doesn’t come very often — there’s lots of fears about security, about hanging out at a bus stop. You’re likely to not take that trip, which may have economic consequences.”

    The caregiver’s commute

    In the United Kingdom, the Office of National Statistics found women have much shorter commute times than their male partners. At first glance, this seems like a good thing — until you consider the other responsibilities that necessitate women being that much closer to the home. “I think it really fits into what we know about parenting,” says Ariane Hegewisch, research director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. “If you’re a parent, you’re really held to a tight schedule, which means you take into account things like ‘Can I be back at 5:30 or 6 to pick the kid up from childcare?’ and we also know a lot of the highest-paying jobs in the US need you to be very fungible with time, if not always available.” When it comes to promoting more women, progress has stalledFor this reason, Hegewisch says, many women have to make compromises when it comes to their career. Especially in high-paying fields like law and finance, promotions come from working long hours and weekends, or even offering to be “on call” at all times. This is something outside the realm of possibility for many caregivers who are already juggling responsibilities at home with those on the job. “You basically cannot be late if you’re a parent,” Hegewisch says. “You’re held to a tight schedule.”

      The irony, Hegewisch points out, is that ideally once an employee puts in the time and makes the compromises — all to reach tenure or make partner, for example — they can then control their time with some sense of authority. But for many women battling commute times and other hurdles blocking their path to success, that control comes too late to make a difference.