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Accent this: 19 reasons to read a book

Arianna Huffington has a metaphor for what happens when we define success based on how much money and power we’ve accrued: “It’s like trying to sit on a two-legged stool,” she said. “Eventually you fall off.”

Huffington, the editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, is traveling the country to promote her new book, “Thrive,” which makes the case that our definition of success should be retooled to include a third metric, one which takes into account someone’s well-being, wisdom and sense of wonder.

Huffington appeared in downtown Washington at an event at the Hamilton Live hosted by the Greater Washington Board of Trade, making the case that getting more sleep and taking more time for yourself will not only leave you more fulfilled, it will lead to better business outcomes. “There’s no trade-off between the health of our bottom lines and the health of our employees,” she said.

Huffington encouraged attendees to keep electronic devices out of their bedrooms and away from the dinner table. She also recommended taking time each day to meditate and to set an agenda of what you want to accomplish. She outlined her efforts to foster this culture at her own company, including adding a nap room, meditation room and yoga room to the offices.

Her trip to Washington also included an appearance at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, where comedian Joel McHale joked that there were “19 nationalities contained within Arianna Huffington’s accent.” At the book event, Huffington pointed out that her team was quick to respond in true Huffington Post fashion, creating a listicle detailing what those 19 places might be.

— Sarah Halzack

Brain cancer race: Raising hope and $2.4M

The Race for Hope DC raised $2.4 million for the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure on May 4 as 11,000 runners and other participants turned out for the annual event downtown.

Cassidy Turley, a real estate services company with offices in Vienna and the District, has been the event’s title sponsor since 2000. Executive Managing Director James Cassidy lost his father the following year to a brain tumor.

“It is extremely gratifying to know that the $2.4 million raised this year will help fund research and treatments that will put us one step closer to a world without brain tumors,” Cassidy said in a statement.

On hand for Sunday’s event was “American Idol” winner David Cook. The singer has taken part in the race for the past six years after a brain tumor took his brother’s life in 2009.

Since it began 17 years ago, Race for Hope DC has garnered more than $22 million for brain tumor research and support for those impacted by the disease, according to a news release.

— Steven Overly

U-Md.: Competing to do good for others

The University of Maryland organized a “Do Good Challenge” on the College Park campus in which students competed for eight weeks to create a project or venture for a particular cause. At a recent event, the six teams of finalists presented their ideas to a panel of judges. First place prizes went to Students Helping Honduras, which organizes students to build schools in poor areas of Honduras, and JustLikeYou.org, a social media network that provides an anonymous online pen pal system for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and others who are coming out.

More than $20,000 was given in cash prizes to support the causes. Judges of the event included Bob Seaberg, board member of Morgan Stanley Global Impact Funding Trust; famed sports agent David Falk; and NFL analyst and former NFL MVP Boomer Esiason. Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management was the lead sponsor of the challenge.

—Vanessa Small

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