POWER LUNCH: Arianna Huffington shared words of wisdom about work-life balance in between the occasional quips at a Los Angeles luncheon Wednesday for the Australian networking group Business Chicks.
The nearly 10-year-old organization, with more than 35,000 members, officially launched in Los Angeles Wednesday at the swanky SLS hotel in Beverly Hills. It was the group’s first Los Angeles event, following one in San Francisco and a first in New York slated for Friday as the group seeks growth Stateside.
Huffington began her talk first saying, “For those of you who have not heard me before, I have to say that this accent is for real.”
She chatted up the merits of naps at work, unplugging from technology at the end of the day and getting eight hours of sleep — tips that will certainly become more important as the Huffington Post continues to expand.
An Australian version, in partnership with Fairfax Media, will launch in August.
The AOL-owned digital company will also roll out an Arabic-language edition called HuffPost Arabi at the end of the month, with coverage reported out of Istanbul.
“And if anybody here,” Huffington told Wednesday’s crowd, “wants to write about what’s happening in the Muslim world, we want to put the spotlight on good things happening because when you look at what is in the media, the emphasis is always on the crisis, on the dangers, on the beheadings. And the world is not 99 percent bad.”