*The publication she co-founded in 2005 has become one of the most widely read and respected news outlets in the world, and now, after 11 years, Arianna Huffington is stepping down from her role as editor-in-chief at The Huffington Post to pursue another dream.

I remember being quite taken with Arianna Huffington when I met her nearly a decade ago in Bel Air. She sat next to me in the audience, in the huge backyard of a wealthy businessman who had brought my friend, the late Eddie Fisher, in from New York to speak to a group of wealthy entrepreneurs (mainly Caucasian) on the topic of recidivism.

Though I had heard of Huffington previously, her Huffington Post was still new and not as iconic as it has now become. I knew enough to understand that she, along with most of the folks in the audience, were leaders in their respective fields. Still, I recall she had the most beautiful red hair at the time; a lovely and sincere spirit as we chatted openly, and a slight accent that I later learned was Greek.

At an announcement from her New York office on Thursday, Huffington said she will step down from Huffington Post, a Verizon company, to build a lifestyle, health and wellness site called Thrive Global.

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