Friends and Money

We were only two months into our time in the Gambia when it happened. “Amuma xarit! Amuma xarit!” We thought she was yelling, “I don’t have any money” at the man following us who eventually turned away. Unfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), Megan had mixed up two similar-sounding words. “Xaalis” is what she meant; it’s the word that means money in Wolof, but “xarit” means friend. She was yelling “I have no friends!” at the man. No wonder he left us alone.

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Molly Devlin
Poetry, Motherhood & Connection

In Hebrew, neshama is the word for soul. I learned this from a mother I met. Literally meaning "breath," God's exhaling a soul can be likened to a glassblower forming a vessel. Today I share a poem of our encounter and our connection as mothers.

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Ellen Yui
Raise Your Hand Up for Education that Works

This Teacher Appreciation Week, we raise up both hands to acknowledge education that prepares individuals not only with practical career experience, but also with the confidence to pursue careers that allow them to bring their whole selves to work. As employers, we are so grateful to institutions like the University of Maryland for getting the next generation ready, and present, for the world.

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All Jokes Aside

Art is a personal experience; one that requires the trial and error satisfaction of just diving in. So, can comedy be taught in college, or does being a professional comedian require not taking it seriously in the first place?

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Yoshi Yui
Conscious Communications & Coffee

If you live in a city, you have places you go to kill time. For me, it’s the West Elm on Chestnut Street or the Barnes and Noble on Rittenhouse Square…which is right down the street from the Starbucks that sparked national outrage after a viral video of two black men being taken out in handcuffs after a manager at the Starbucks called the police. The two men were waiting for a friend.

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Molly Devlin
The Soul Force of Dr. King

There is no small irony in one of history’s most eloquent orators giving us a pass on subjects and verbs agreeing, but the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did. Because soul always take precedence over syntax.

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Ellen Yui
Behind Every Woman

Women comprise over 50% of the population. By any measure, it is not a man’s world, and we will not stand idly by and accept any claim to the contrary. To us, every day is and must be International Women’s Day.

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Courtany Schick
Why Authenticity Matters

People are always looking for authentic experiences, from food to clothing, shopping to travel, so it’s no surprise that consumers are demanding it from organizations they patronize as well. A sense that their experience of a brand has been inauthentic is registered as a betrayal of trust, an insult, disrespect. With the widespread adoption of social media, consumers can make their disapproval known quickly and publicly. 

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Happy Year of the Dog

Today marks the beginning of the year of the earth dog. Earth is a stabilizing force, and this year is expected to bring us prosperity and better communication. This year may also bring about a demand for social change, even more so than other years. We celebrate Chinese New Year with family, friends and food...and with acts of giving. Since it’s the year of the dog, we decided to support World Animal Protection (WAP) for their commitment to saving all animals worldwide, and hope to inspire others to do the same.

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Ellen Yui & Molly Devlin
When the Parade Passes By

This past Sunday, the city of Philadelphia erupted in a fit of joy. We took to the streets to dance and scream and sometimes climb trash trucks. On Thursday, that joy took the form of our Super Bowl parade. The city has never seen so many people, not even when the Pope came to visit. Fans poured in from as far away as Hawaii. That’s powerful joy.

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Molly Devlin
The Year of the Silence Breakers

As proof that darkness can give rise to light and cataclysm can shake loose consciousness, the conflicts catalyzed empowering movements, such as the Women’s Marches that took place around the world, as well as the earth-shattering #MeToo movement that upended previously untouchable sectors, systems and practices.

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Ellen Yui & Molly Devlin
The Word on the Street

Oxford Dictionaries has chosen its international Word of the Year for 2017: “youthquake”, a term coined by former Vogue Editor Diana Vreeland in the 1960s to mean “significant cultural, political or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.”

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Courtany Schick
Supporting Big Ideas and Making the World Smaller with the Fund for Education Abroad during International Education Week

Four years ago, we chose to sponsor the Fund for Education Abroad because it is a non-profit organization that shares the values that drive us at YUI+Company, including community, courage, compassion, and manifesting potential. To assist FEA in changing lives and changing the world, we have helped FEA communicate who they are, what they do, and why it matters to others who share these values.

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Ellen Yui