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Last week's poll question: How effectively do you use data to tell stories?

Bold

Want to stand out? Lead or be timid. Read on for more on how to be bold.

Ingredient explanation is a key part of clean labels, food scientist says
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In this interview, TIC Gums food scientist Tim Andon discusses the challenges associated with formulating clean label products and how the company works with manufacturers to create foods and beverages consumers can feel good about.

Dan Shorr

Cancer led Dan Shorr to rethink his life -- and build an ice cream startup.

Training the future workforce

Four music professionals offer real talk about what students need for workforce success.

Many think of voice assistants and chatbots when they hear the term AI, but grocers are in a unique position to take advantage of the tech across their businesses.

What’s trending? From budget cuts to community building, don’t miss these most-read stories.

Approachability

Small acts can help you be more approachable, get to know co-workers and help them get to know you.

Reflection

Obituaries not only capture the essence of a person's life, but they can also offer questions of self-reflection for ourselves.

Top 10: Free Chobani, Pepsi's new sparkling water and the return of Slice

Chobani's massive yogurt giveaway topped this week's most-clicked list, which also includes Whole Foods' shelf space price hike and PepsiCo's new sparkling water brand.

Learn from Starr Sackstein about thoughtful social media use and interdisciplinary learning.

Business travel

Cultural differences abound in business, but breaches of etiquette aren't inevitable. You just need some cultural intelligence.

Education leader Amy Dujon offers two ways teachers can shift to student-centered learning.

Authenticity

Authenticity is especially important in a world of curated, packaged social media. How are you doing the hard work of being authentic?

Consumers’ changing tastes, habits shake up cocktail trends
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The evolution of the craft cocktail movement, desire for simpler ingredients and rising interest in alcohol-free beverages are giving rise to new cocktail trends.