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Her new boss gave her 6 months off on paid maternity leave. Then he did something even bigger.

Here's a small-business owner who knows that keeping employees happy is paramount. And sometimes, the best move is making them into more than employees.

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Tami Forbes is a hard worker. She was making just $300 a week managing a small pie company that became the focus of CNBC's reality series "The Profit" last season, which works to help troubled small businesses thrive.

The last time we saw Tami, she was given a surprise at work — six months of paid maternity leave.



"It means everything, knowing that I have a salary when I come back," said Tami, when given the news of her leave.

It was a powerful moment — a hardworking mom rewarded for her commitment to her job from an executive who understands how important it is to take care of the people who build a business everyday.

That executive, Marcus Lemonis, host of the show, has kept tabs on the pie company since and has seen how Tami's contributions have helped make the Key West Key Lime Pie Company thrive.

Fast forward one year, and Marcus is back. He tells Tami how much she has meant to the company.

His next move? Bold. He's giving Tami much more than a just raise.

Marcus is giving Tami a 25% ownership stake in the company.


Erupting into a smile, Tami says, "It's crazy. It's crazy! I don't have a bachelor's on the wall." But now she is a part owner of the company she worked so hard to build.

Women own 30% of businesses nationwide, and that's up a great deal in the last few years. In fact, it's the fastest-growing demographic for new companies.

But you know what's really cool about this? A new boss comes in, and rather than just gutting everything and hiring inexperienced staff who would work for peanuts, he identified those people who absolutely loved what they did for this company, treated them with kindness and respect, and rewarded the best of the best.

That's a heck of a business model, and it works.

Something tells me this not-so-little-anymore pie company will do just fine.

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It is said that once you've seen something, you can't unsee it. This is exactly what is happening in America right now. We have collectively watched the pot of racial tension boil over after years of looking the other way, insisting that hot water doesn't exist, pretending not to notice the smoke billowing out from every direction.

Ignoring a problem doesn't make it go away—it prolongs resolution. There's a whole lot of harm to be remedied and damage to be repaired as a result of racial injustice, and it's up to all of us to figure out how to do that. Parents, in particular, are recognizing the importance of raising anti-racist children; if we are unable to completely eradicate racism, maybe the next generation will.

How can parents ensure that the next generation will actively refuse to perpetuate systems and behaviors embedded in racism? The most obvious answer is to model it. Take for example, professional tennis player Serena Williams and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

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Two years ago, I got off the phone after an interview and cried my eyes out. I'd just spent an hour talking to Tim Ballard, the founder of Operation Underground Railroad, an organization that helps fight child sex trafficking, and I just couldn't take it.

Ballard told me about how the training to go undercover as a child predator nearly broke him. He told me an eerie story of a trafficker who could totally compartmentalize, showing Ballard photos of kids he had for sale, then switching gears to proudly show him a photo of his own daughter on her bicycle, just as any parent would. He told me about how lucrative child trafficking is—how a child can bring in three or four times as much as a female prostitute—and how Americans are the industry's biggest consumers.

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As you sit down to eat your breakfast in the morning or grab an afternoon snack, take a minute to consider your food, how it was made, and how it got to your plate.

The fruit on your plate were grown and picked on farms, then processed, packaged and sent to the grocery store where you bought them.

Sounds simple, right?

The truth is, that process is anything but simple and at every step in the journey to your plate, harm can be caused to the people who grow it, the communities that need it, and the planet we all call home.

For example, thousands of kids live in food deserts and areas where access to affordable and nutritious food is limited. Around the world, one in three children suffer from some form of malnutrition, and yet, up to 40% of food in the United States is never eaten.

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I saw this poster today and I was going to just let it go, but then I kept feeling tugged to say something.

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While this poster is great to bring attention to the issue of child trafficking, it is a "shocking" picture of a young girl tied up. It has that dark gritty feeling. I picture her in a basement tied to a dripping pipe.

While that sounds awful, it's important to know that trafficking children in the US is not all of that. I can't say it never is—I don't know. What I do know is most young trafficked children aren't sitting in a basement tied up. They have families, and someone—usually in their family—is trafficking them.

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Most women, at one point or another, have felt some wariness or fear over a strange man in public. Sometimes it's overt, sometimes it's subtle, but when your instincts tell you something isn't right and you're potentially in danger, you listen.

It's an unfortunate reality, but reality nonetheless.

A Twitter thread starting with some advice on helping women out is highlighting how real this is for many of us. User @mxrixm_nk wrote: "If a girl suddenly acts as if she knows you in public and acts like you're friends, go along w[ith] it. She could be in danger."

Other women chimed in with their own personal stories of either being the girl approaching a stranger or being the stranger approached by a girl to fend off a situation with a creepy dude.

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