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04.22.13

The Queen of Happiness & More Business Reads

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Sonja Lyubomirsky is known as the "queen of happiness" to her peers. The psychology professor at the University of California at Riverside, recently finished her book The Myths of Happiness, and is a celebrated member of the happiness industry. She studies "how happiness changes over time and what strategies can increase happiness," by experimenting with emotions in different circumstances.

Happiness Inc. (The New York Times)

The "bold" and "fearless" television executive Nancy Dubuc has just been promoted to president and CEO of A+E Networks, where current CEO Abbe Raven is taking the reins as chairman of the company. Dubuc, who joined the company 10 years ago and has made a name for herself as one of cable's fastest-rising executives, will oversee the company's day-to-day operations. " Nancy is one of the most talented executives working in media today—a decisive leader, with her hallmark drive and determination. I am so proud of what Nancy, the management team and employees have accomplished," wrote Raven in a statement on Monday.

Nancy Dubuc Elevated to A+E TV Networks CEO (The Hollywood Reporter)

Fashion powerhouse Diane Von Furstenberg is taking her designs to the nursery. She's designed a limited-edition collection for GapKids and BabyGap, which will be released in U.S. stores and online this Thursday. “It had to be the essence of DVF,” von Furstenberg, who worked on it personally, told Women's Wear Daily. “You had to go down to the roots. One of the patterns from my archives is from a collection called Under the Volcano. I also added a few new prints and adorable printed jeans that I wish I had.”

Diane von Furstenberg Designs Second Collection for GapKids (Women's Wear Daily)

Nancy Aossey, long-time president and CEO of International Medical Corps, sat down with the New York Times to talk about her 27-year-long career at the reins of the nonprofit and what she looks for in an employee. Aossey says she puts aside the C.V. and focuses on "an authentic conversation." She also says self-awareness is key, down to the smallest of details. Leaving an empty cup on the interviewer's desk? Ask what to do with it. These courtesies "says something about the person."

Sure, Your References Like You. But What Would Your Critics Say? (The New York Times)