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Riva Richmond
Riva Richmond

Riva Richmond, the Director of Digital Media for The Story Exchange is a longtime journalist focused on technology, global business and small business. She was most recently a senior editor at The Economist Intelligence Unit and has written for The New York Times, Entrepreneur.com, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Newswires and other national publications. Riva is passionate about travel and has traversed the Middle East, Europe, India and Central America. Formerly a dancer and then a martial artist, she now practices hatha yoga and surfs her local Rockaway break.

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Emerge America is Embracing a 50-State Strategy

Amid a surge in blue activism this year, Andrea Dew Steele is expanding Emerge America, which today recruits and trains Democratic women to run for local, state and federal offices in 23 states. Now, she’s going nationwide.

Riva RichmondEmerge America is Embracing a 50-State Strategy
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Emily’s List Aims to Seize Its Moment

The 2016 electoral loss to Donald Trump was heartbreaking, but angry Democratic women are planning to run for office in numbers not seen before. Here’s how Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock plans to turn a female candidate surge into an 2018 electoral wave.

Riva RichmondEmily’s List Aims to Seize Its Moment
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Two Women Tech Investors to Raise $30 Million Robotics Fund

Jennifer Gill Roberts and Kelly Coyne, who are combining forces as Grit Labs, want to invest in promising robotics and artificial intelligence startups — and to save us from a future of sexist robots.

Riva RichmondTwo Women Tech Investors to Raise $30 Million Robotics Fund
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Meet the Men Who Invest in Women Entrepreneurs

Male investors who make it part of their investment strategy to fund women-led firms are a rare breed. Will their outsized returns convince more men to join in and help close the gap in women’s access to capital?

Riva RichmondMeet the Men Who Invest in Women Entrepreneurs
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Sydney Mayor Clover Moore on Heat, Trees and Women in Charge

The Australian mayor tells us about an increasingly hot Sydney, the urgent need to “hit the brakes on catastrophic climate change,” and how her city is thriving at a time of record female leadership.

Riva RichmondSydney Mayor Clover Moore on Heat, Trees and Women in Charge
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Mayor Muriel Bowser on Heatwaves and Local Leadership

Washington, D.C.’s mayor talks about managing heatwaves and other effects of climate change — and how U.S. cities like hers will stand up for the environment during the Trump era.

Riva RichmondMayor Muriel Bowser on Heatwaves and Local Leadership
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In Rural Uganda, Women Supporting Women

Seven Ugandan women farmers banded together in 2015 to found the Network of Women in Agribusiness and Development. They’re already giving hundreds of poor women in rural communities the skills and confidence to improve their lives.

Riva RichmondIn Rural Uganda, Women Supporting Women
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Love for a Sensual Dance Fuels a Body-Positivity Mission

Oreet Jehassi Schwartz of Philadelphia designed SharQui, a belly dance class for fitness fans. Then it became the foundation for lasting a business — and a tool to help women around the world love the bodies they’ve got.

Riva RichmondLove for a Sensual Dance Fuels a Body-Positivity Mission
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Building Schools and Futures in Central America

Boston’s Kate Curran started School the World to build schoolhouses and change the lives of children living in extreme poverty. It turns out she’s transforming the lives of privileged kids, too.

Riva RichmondBuilding Schools and Futures in Central America
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Turning Soap into Jobs for Iraqi Women

When Zinah Saleh and her female friends couldn’t land jobs in a post-war Baghdad, she started a business, Ishtar Handmade Soap. Now, she employs only women.

Riva RichmondTurning Soap into Jobs for Iraqi Women