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One Powerful Analyst’s Secret To Understanding People

An ultra-marathon runner and analytical genius, Leslie Zednai isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

Leslie is fascinated by people. Specifically, what motivates people to act (or not to act), authenticity, and the biases we form as we grow. Leslie’s career began in Oceanography, where she traveled the oceans of the world on a constant adventure, but she still felt that something was missing.

Now, Leslie works as an analyst, synthesizing data sets to help marketing teams make decisions. Her trick? An ambidextrous brain that allows her to merge her creative and analytical sides.

Read on to learn more about Leslie’s brain, how and why she started ultra-marathon running, and why she thinks it’s important to form groups and socialize with friends regularly, despite being an introvert. 

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#campusLIVE with about.me CEO + Venture Capitalist Tony Conrad

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Do you want to work for a startup in Silicon Valley? Or, would you like to learn more about venture capital?

If yes, we’d like to invite you to #campusLIVE.

Join about.me CEO and venture capitalist Tony Conrad on Thursday, September 10th at 6PM ET/3PM PT. During this live Q&A, Tony will answer questions about the startup scene, venture capital and share insights on how to best position yourself for a career with a startup.

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3 Photo Tips That Show The Best Of You

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, make sure yours counts. 

One of the best ways to draw someone into your page is with a great photo. Your photo should show off your personality and ideally gives someone a snapshot of who you are, or even what you stand for.

We’ve rounded up our top 3 photo tips for a photo that stands out and draws people into your story.

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Passport to the United Kingdom

This week, we’re off to the UK, the second most popular location in our community followed by the United States.

Meet four community members who are skilled creatives, data scientists, tea drinkers and food critics. Valeria, Azeem, Maisie and Nick have turned personal passions into thriving careers.

Valeria Aliperta (whose photo heads off this post) is an interpreter and translator of English, Italian, Spanish and French. Outside of translating, Valeria also is a branding expert and her interests include social media, fashion, and communication. Valeria links her SoundCloud to her page to connect people to her music.

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Photographers: Staff Picks

At about.me, we love to get excited about photography.

Each week, our team sees hundreds of new pages pages created with beautiful photos. Your personal page gives you the opportunity to highlight your best photos. If you’re a photographer or artist, we recommend you add a link to your portfolio; if you’re an avid Instagrammer, add your Instagram profile.  Your page is a great place to showcase your best photo, or a photo that captures what you’re passionate about now.

Our Staff Picks this week are talented photographers who use their pages to point people to their photos.

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Why One Soccer Player Doesn’t Take No For An Answer

Farida El Sheshingy is used to beating the odds.

Although soccer is the national sport in her native country of Egypt, soccer was not viewed as appropriate for girls when Farida was growing up. But Farida kept playing.

Today, Farida aspires to become a professional soccer and eventually build a women’s soccer academy in Egypt. Read on to learn how Farida overcomes obstacles, trusts her own struggle and how her competitive nature brings out the best in her.

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5 Unorthodox Tips for College Freshmen

My first week of college at North Carolina State University was one of the most nervous and exciting times in my life.

It included everything from meeting tons of new people, decorating my dorm, finding my classes on campus, and not to mention the millions of free t-shirts I seemed to receive.

But during a time of change and unfamiliarity, things can get blurry. You’ve heard people tell you to be yourself and do your best, but let’s take that a step further.

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