Magazine article Ebony

A Spotlight on Individuals Moving Onward & Upward

Magazine article Ebony

A Spotlight on Individuals Moving Onward & Upward

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HEATHER JOY THOMPSON

Yes, there IS life after Diddy.

Just ask Heather Joy Thompson, the 31-year-old law school graduate who last year landed the enviable position of personal assistant to rap businessman Sean (Diddy) Combs. The job search was actually a contest of sorts, and Thompson won after creating a YouTube video where she persuaded Combs to hire her.

She learned that she'd won last fall during a guest appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. After that, she worked for Combs for half a year before moving on to her current assignment as a Foreign Service Officer for the United States.

Expected to be stationed in Johannesburg, South Africa, by the end of summer, Thompson will work in a consular role for about one year. She'll help with U.S. passport services. After her training year, she'll go on to her passion: economic diplomacy.

"They were really very supportive when I did get the call, and I told them that I would be leaving," she says. "It was certainly a benefit and a gain toward being in that environment and learning from him."

* Who is on your reading list? "When I read books, my favorite genre would be the writing of the Harlem Renaissance. Zora Neale Hurston is my favorite writer."

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ARLENE ACKERMAN Like most big-city American school systems, Philadelphia has its share of problems, from student misconduct and truancy to money.

Incoming CEO Arlene Ackerman hopes to change all that in the nation's 7th-largest school system. …

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