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Poor Perfume Sales Reveal the Powerful Connection between Business and Celebrity

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Sometimes even Swifties need to take the good with the bad. On August 18, fans tuned in for Taylor Swift’s much-anticipated Yahoo Worldwide Live Stream. The next day, cosmetics company Elizabeth Arden blamed its worst quarterly financial results ever on slow sales of celebrity perfumes, especially scents endorsed by Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. It’s a reminder that behind every brand is a business working hard to be profitable, and celebrity endorsements can influence success.

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6 Money Moves for Your Future

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KWHS guest columnist Eric Watson, financial writer for Money Crashers Personal Finance who advises young people on career development, retirement planning and smart money management, offers suggestions to boost your future financial health.

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Understanding the Mobile Wallet Market

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Shoppers with a mobile wallet app can start using their smartphones to make payments at any store that uses a near-field communication reader available at checkout. Lots of companies, from Google to startup Venmo have entered the mobile wallet market, and yet consumers are slow to adopt this new payment method. What’s behind the lack of popularity? Will mobile wallets ever become the norm? This Knowledge@Wharton article – with KWHS commentary from young Silicon Valley tech whiz Daniel Brusilovsky – explores these questions and more.

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An Intelligent Glove, a Smartphone App and a Teen’s Perspective on What’s Missing in School

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Jake Coppinger, 17, has always loved technology. When he didn’t get the type of experimentation he was looking for in high school, he began to explore bigger and better ways of creating things on his own. The result? Swirlesque, an intelligent glove that can recognize hand gestures and communicate with a Smartphone to connect to any Internet-enabled device. Coppinger discusses the power of innovative thinking, both inside and outside the classroom.

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Innovation in the Classroom: Inspiring Creativity

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How do we teach students to become innovative thinkers? Through exploration and experimentation. In this final part of a four-part audio podcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem-solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School; and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, talk about ways to foster innovation in the high school classroom. They address several questions from teachers in hopes of getting at the heart of encouraging more risk-taking and creativity, as well as helping educators become catalysts for change.

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Thinking Like an Innovator: The Power of Experimentation

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It’s one thing to recognize the power and influence of innovation, and entirely something else to call yourself an innovator. In this third part of a four-part audio podcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem-solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School; and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, discuss the connection between innovation and creativity, and why experimentation is critical to developing innovation skills. In addition to sharing their own insights, the featured speakers also answer questions from high school educators.

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Innovation in Action: Beyond the Eureka Moment

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In this second part of a four-part audio podcast for educators on innovation and the art of problem-solving, Saikat Chaudhuri, executive director of the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School; and Rob Shelton, global innovation strategy lead at PwC, discuss innovation in action — from some inspiring examples, to why innovation is at its heart a team sport.

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Dual Enrollment, Scholarships and Creative Ways to Cut Your College Tuition Bill

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More and more students are graduating from college strapped with student loan debt that takes many years to pay off. The good news is that taking out loans does not have to be your only option to pay for college. Abby Parnell earned 24 credits before she even got to campus, and Ahmed Raza explored entrepreneurship to offset college costs. Read more about how these teens and others found ways to deal with the high cost of an undergrad degree.

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