Expert Perspective

Oct 18 2017

By: Kristen Curry According to a recent national study performed by Leading Retirement Solutions, a 401(k) Plan administration company supporting clients in all 50 states, a mere 50% of women business owners claim to be early retirement savers or have above average confidence in their ability to retire at the age they hope to. Though … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog: Study Shows Promise for the Retirement Savings Future of Women Business Owners

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Oct 16 2017

UPS: We All Need to Forget, Even Robots

by Women Presidents' Organization

Filed in: Expert Perspective, Leaders

Christopher Stanton | Western Sydney University  How do we decide what a robot should remember? We all know what it’s like to forget something. A loved one’s birthday. A childhood memory. Even people capable of extraordinary memory feats – say, memorizing the order of a deck of cards in less than 20 seconds – will still forget where … Continue reading UPS: We All Need to Forget, Even Robots

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Oct 13 2017

By: Jeanie Lerche Davis Whether it’s techno, salsa, ballroom, or Jazzercise, dance is great exercise for everyone Salsa, techno, swing, hip-hop, ballroom dancing: Whatever you love, it’s all good. Good exercise, that is. Just about any dance style can rev your heart rate, burn calories, and tone muscles. “Any form of dancing is good for your heart, improves balance … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog – Fitness Basics: Dance Your Way to Fitness

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Oct 11 2017

By: Nicolene Schoeman-Louw In the life of an entrepreneur, access to speedy and reliable legal services are crucial. Legal solutions must keep up with the fast pace of a modern business and if it can’t, the reality is that it is put on the “back burner”. If this happens, there is a real risk which, statistically, … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog: SchoemanLaw Shakes Up the Legal Industry in South Africa

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Oct 09 2017

What makes the world’s top executives cringe? “The ‘Uber syndrome’ – where a competitor with a completely different business model enters your industry and flattens you,” said one executive. As the CIO of a U.S. transportation firm, this is someone who knows just how much momentum an eighteen-wheeler builds up when it’s barreling along the … Continue reading The Encore: Redefining Boundaries – Can you see the competition coming?

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Oct 06 2017

It is with considerable pride and appreciation that we announce that Golden Seeds has surpassed $100 million in total investments in women-led companies since 2005. This is a substantial milestone for any angel investment group and highlights Golden Seeds’ determined support for the important mission of supporting women entrepreneurs. This $100 million includes investments in … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog: Golden Seeds Exceeds $100,000,000 in Total Investments in Women-led Companies

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Oct 04 2017

By: Georgene Huang  Every year, the women of the Fairygodboss community (disclaimer: a company I co-founded) anonymously review their employers and as a result of their feedback, companies are ranked by female employees based on how they rate for job satisfaction and gender equality. This year the following employers were included in the top 25 best … Continue reading Forbes: Improving The Workplace – What Top Companies For Women Share In Common

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Sep 29 2017

By LISA M. KRIEGER Decades after women began entering the tech workplace, relatively few have made it into corporate management. What’s it take to reach the top? At a Monday night panel discussion at Lyft by its UpLyft Women employee group and organized by a San Francisco-based organization of  professional international women called The Expat Woman, leaders discussed their journeys to … Continue reading The Mercury News – Women Leaders In Tech: 10 tips to reach the top

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Sep 27 2017

By: Sue Peterson As you no doubt have heard by now, millions of Americans’ personal information was compromised in a recent Equifax hack. Here are tangible steps, recommended for all, that you can take to safeguard your identity and assets: Sign up for paid Credit Monitoring. There are a number of options available, we are comfortable … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog: Equifax Breach – Safeguarding Your Identity and Assets

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Sep 25 2017

By: Peggy Turner, Vice President Lexus Customer Services and Lexus All businesses need to be attentive to new opportunities and new markets as they expand. When Lexus examined the luxury market in 2014 three major factors with direct impact on the bottom line were identified: the increase in women buyers of luxury products, multi-cultural segments achieving … Continue reading The Encore – Lexus: Enhancing the Customer Experience

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Sep 21 2017

  You have a job interview today that you have been anticipating for weeks. Today could be the first day of the rest of your life. Your dream job, the one you feel will provide personal as well as career satisfaction and purpose. You’re anxious. You’re eager. But mostly, you are excited to connect with […]

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Sep 20 2017

By: Marissa Levin It takes great courage to think big. It’s much safer to stay where we are comfortable, because big thinking requires us to examine what’s holding us back. It requires us to evaluate the decisions we’ve made in our lives that seemed right at the time, but perhaps ended up not serving our … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog: Creating a Mindset of Courage To Step Into a Bigger Arena

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Sep 11 2017

Beyond the selfies and glamourized life

What for many is not obvious in a more advanced economy is that social media in a country like Tanzania is not only social media but it is MEDIA. Big difference! Because the Whatsapp app on the phone is not for talking to Granny or Mom but it is a business networking tool. Instagram is not a platform to post (only) selfies at weddings and parties, but a free advertising platform. Twitter is a great platform to vent and share ideas about politics and current affairs but also to provide essential free information on important issues. Facebook allows marketing of goods and now even has added the “shop” function but for many Tanzanians selling their artisanal goods or services, their personal Facebook pages are still the first and foremost tool for earning a living.

Of course no proper writing misses the opportunity to share anecdotes, living examples etc. But cynicisms aside I have personally so many inspirational examples of young people who reached out to me and said: “Hey Sis, this is what I do! How can I improve, get more clients… etc.”

There is Idris who makes charcoal from recycled waste in Tabora and who has taken to Twitter to share his knowledge and market his business. He is now taking orders from many parts of Tanzania, and has other young people helping him produce this environment friendly charcoal.

Then there is Bright who has a passion for tailoring and dreams to become the Yves Saint Laurent of Africa, now dressing Members of Parliament and celebrities after reaching out to a number of us for advice.

And then you have Agnes who makes beautiful accessories from local beads and fabrics – who now has developed to selling and displaying at major fairs and sales.

I talk of them because there are those who also became successful selling imported goods but I see the value of these young people as they could grow to become major businesses that would add to the value chain and increase local content on the market.

This may seem novel and groundbreaking but it is simply about the extraordinary opportunity that social media has offered the millions of young Tanzanians who are mostly unemployed or recent graduates. So what we see now is powerful personal accounts that have considerable following with decent digital marketing skills selling services, ideas and products. How can these individual efforts and personal creativity and enthusiasm be channeled to something bigger and more transformational? First and foremost by making starting a business easier and reducing the cost of doing business. If any young person is interested in starting up officially a business, they will fast find themselves spending the little capital they have, on paying license fees and – something that many parts of the world has not heard of – provisional tax (in short you are estimated to make for example 3 million shillings profit per annum and you have to pay 30% tax on that provisionally. You have not seen a single cent but hey! Pay up in advance!)

As I attend all these fancy workshops and conferences on business in Tanzania, I wonder if ever the men and women in suits (me included) have ever thought of discussing social media entrepreneurship as a “serious” area worth exploring. Instead of forcing these budding businesses to become NGOs in order to gain access to capital in the form of grants, maybe it is time to think more seriously in Tanzania about what has become the buzzword now in the West “social entrepreneurship”. But not in the usual “we-know-better-and-here-is-what-we-think-you-can-do manner” but more in “we-have-money-tell-us-how-we-can-help-you” approach.

I would love to see Idris in Tabora and his charcoal from recycled waste, or Agnes and her beautiful accessories from local fabrics and beads, or Bright and his exceptional suits, getting proper investment and financial advice. Western style venture capital may not be easy to get but we definitely need to come up with better solutions for that. Because at the end of the day we #ChangeTanzania if we start changing our thinking and approach to matters. 

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Sep 09 2017
Apart from being sentimental and of course completely biased in favor of my country – I love Tanzania because of the people’s humor. Of course all nations claim to have a great sense of humor (well maybe not, I haven’t heard the Swiss brag about that or China!), but we really do have a fantastic sense of humor (no room for argument here!).

Tanzanians are often characterized as laid-back, lazy, easy-going, gentle, cowards (these are the negative stereotypes) but because our national language is Kiswahili (called Swahili by the foreigners), our humor is lost in translation to foreigners.

We find humor even in tragic situation and that is not because we have a morbid sense of humor but because that is how we process events (good or bad). And we often apply our sarcastic humor to political situations. A clear example is the horrific attack on opposition Member of Parliament Tundu Lissu (Singida East) who was gunned down in the capital Dodoma on Thursday. He survived the attack and currently being treated in Nairobi after doctors in Tanzania stabilized him and his party flew him out. This was the latest in a string of kidnapping, arson and attacks which were reported to have be done by “unknown people” or in Kiswahili “watu wasiojulikana”

So now the joke is that we have become the United Republic of Unknown People as coined by opposition MP – Zitto Kabwe on social media.

There has been many jokes and memes about “unknown people” , just follow the #WatuWasiojulikana hashtag:

Underneath the humorous posts – there is soul searching, anger and frustration by citizens who want answers to some very serious issues. We may not express ourselves in the usual outraged manner but one can tap the collective mood from the memes and running jokes.

It is worthwhile tracking the running joke, buzzword and top memes to gauge our mood. 

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Sep 08 2017

By: Judi Jordan Entrepreneur extraordinaire Nina Vaca’s legendary optimism is real, intense, and highly contagious. Genetically wired for success and coded for brilliance, this sparkling leader, triathlete, benefactor, mentor, scholar, mother of four, immigrant, presidential ambassador, and CEO of her thriving information technology services corporation, reconfigured the paradigm for achievement on her own terms. Vaca … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog – Nina Vaca: Not Lonely at the Top

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Sep 06 2017

By: Vigdis Eriksen, Founder & CEO Eriksen Translations Eriksen Translations Inc. (www.eriksen.com) announced its official ranking as one of the top 40 language services providers (LSPs) in North America. Issued July 2017 by independent market research firm Common Sense Advisory (CSA Research), the report titled “The Language Services Market: 2017” ranked Eriksen Translations Inc. as a … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog: Eriksen Translations Ranked Among the Top 40 Language Services Providers in North America

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Aug 30 2017

By: Katie Elizabeth Personal sacrifice is a concept that entrepreneurs, like myself, know all too well. Time, sleep, money, nutrition, and friendships are just a few of the things that we exchange in pursuit of success. As the founder of my own company, I have happily put in countless hours of work and have made … Continue reading Forbes: Relationships Are Key For Many Reasons — Especially For Women Entrepreneurs

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Aug 23 2017

By: Alison Gutterman   There are lots of reasons a company might decide to rebrand it products. For example, to appeal to a new generation of consumers, reinforce the quality and usability of its products with new, high-end packaging or unify a broad range of products with a cohesive visual language. But there was an … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog: My Advice For Any Rebranding Project: Listen to Your Customers

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Aug 21 2017

Have you ever reached for the gear shift on the steering column when in actuality it was on the center console? When you rent a vehicle in the course of doing business, it requires focus, attention and preparation every time.  Driver: Be mentally ready to drive. Wear your seatbelt Look around before putting the vehicle in gear. … Continue reading The Encore – AVIS: Commit to Being Prepared – Driver and Vehicle

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Aug 18 2017

By: Janet Ogdis Learning and understanding are fundamental components of our human experience. Oftentimes, our journey to understanding can become frustrating due to obstacles. These obstacles can range from ongoing conditions (such as dyslexia) to distractions in the given environment (distance, visibility, etc.). In the design world, users’ obstacles should be acknowledged and responded to in order to achieve accessibility and usability. … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog: Accessibility, the Forgotten Realm in Digital Design

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Aug 16 2017

By: Pamela O’Rourke   Six months isn’t a lot of time. It isn’t enough time to grow a baby, let alone a business, but that’s all the time I gave myself to start one. When I went to banks looking for a loan to start my IT consulting and project management company, they turned me … Continue reading Houston Business Journal: 4 Things I Learned Starting A Business As A Woman

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Aug 11 2017

In this post we focus on:  Why women don’t see themselves as entrepreneurs; five challenges faced by women entrepreneurs; gender differences in perceptions and propensity to start a business; and, diversity in innovation.  It’s really a story of happy beginnings about and for women entrepreneurs.  Read on. 1. Why women Don’t See Themselves as Entrepreneurs (The … Continue reading WEGG – The Story of Happy Beginnings: Women Entrepreneurs

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Aug 09 2017

By: Lili Gil Valleta It has been proven that mentoring improves performance and women are better suited for leadership. However, while women may have the natural ability to lead they are often more self-critical compared to their male counterparts and therefore hold back from jumping into opportunities or leadership roles; unless they feel 100% ready. This is exactly … Continue reading Huffington Post: 7 Tips For Women Entrepreneurs To Achieve Purposeful Leadership

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Aug 07 2017

By: Bea Wray, Chair Entrepreneurship Practice, Advantage Media After years of working side by side with scores of entrepreneurs, there is one generalization I have come up with. There is no one generalization. But there is one key ingredient that separates the successes from the almost-rans. Gratitude. First, gratitude makes the right people want to be … Continue reading Advantage | ForbesBooks: The Greatness of Gratitude

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Aug 04 2017

By Marissa Levin It takes great courage to think big. It’s much safer to stay where we are comfortable, because big thinking requires us to examine what’s holding us back. It requires us to evaluate the decisions we’ve made in our lives that seemed right at the time, but perhaps ended up not serving our … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog: Creating a Mindset of Courage To Step Into a Bigger Arena

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Jul 28 2017

By: Nicolene Schoeman-Louw Introduction An NDA, Non-Disclosure Agreement, also referred to as a confidentiality agreement, in essence takes the notion of keeping a secret even further. It creates an obligation for privacy and compels those who agree to keep any specified information top-secret or secured. Use NDA’s are most often used in negotiations. However, the principles … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog: NDA’S – ARE YOU REALLY PROTECTED?

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Jul 26 2017

By: Gina Harman I have had the privilege of working with inspiring female entrepreneurs and leaders throughout my career, and these women have been instrumental in my own growth as a professional and as a person. I recently asked a group of accomplished leaders to share their advice for women who aspire to lead an … Continue reading Huffington Post: Aspiring female leader? Learn from the best!

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Jul 21 2017

Flores, who is on our list of this year’s most exciting young thinkers, is focusing on empowering women and Latinos in the United States. Like many kids, five-year-old Cristina Flores dreamed of becoming president—but while most of us outgrow that Oval Office dream, Flores hasn’t. In fact, at 26, she already has four years of … Continue reading Pacific Standard: Cristina Flores’ Presidential Aspirations

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Jul 17 2017

The Encore: Walmart – Looking Ahead in 2017

by Women Presidents' Organization

Filed in: Expert Perspective, Leaders

Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer with nearly 1.5 million associates in the U.S., discussed company plans to create American jobs and invest in local communities across the country. The investments in the coming year will support an estimated 34,000 jobs through continued expansion and improvement in the company’s store network, as well as e-commerce … Continue reading The Encore: Walmart – Looking Ahead in 2017

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Jul 14 2017

By: Rosanne S. DeTorres, Esq. Protect your interest with a pre-marital agreement. Spell out your pre-existing business assets and have your spouse waive any claim to your business in the future. Assess and document the level of your spouse’s involvement in your business. A spouse that lacks involvement in the business has a reduced claim … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog: Protecting Your Business in Divorce

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Jul 12 2017

By: Marissa Levin 2.1 billion gamers worldwide play an hour of video games every day. Here’s what they can teach us about success and employee engagement. Are you slightly surprised to learn that there are 2.1 billion gamers in the world that spend 1.75 billion minutes a day crushing candy? These numbers equate to 3.7 … Continue reading Inc. – Yes, ‘Call of Duty Flu’ Is a Real Thing. Here’s What to Do About It.

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Jul 10 2017

Lexus: It’s Time To Change The Way We Work

by Women Presidents' Organization

Filed in: Expert Perspective, Leaders

By Lisa Bernstein, WPO member and General Manager of Performance Lexus RiverCenter It’s time to change the way we work in order to attract the new worker, and please the new customer. Inspiration comes from many corners. I like to look at other businesses, see how they are adapting to challenges and how they are … Continue reading Lexus: It’s Time To Change The Way We Work

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Jun 30 2017

By: Lucinda Shen In a bid to hit a 50-50 gender ratio in its technical entry-level workforce, General Electric (GE, -1.43%) has announced plans to hire about 5,000 more women in STEM positions by 2020. The company currently has about 15,000 in those roles, according to Linda Boff, GE’s chief marketing officer, in an interview with … Continue reading Fortune: GE Wants 5,000 More Women to Launch and Build Their Tech Careers There

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Jun 28 2017

By: Susan Price If you’re a female entrepreneur looking for resources, say Hello Alice. Launched by Dell and Circular Board, Alice is a machine-learning platform designed for female entrepreneurs. The platform has a friendly, how-can-I-help-you approach, and offers information on strategy, financing, technology and other topics. It also connects women to mentors, experts and events. … Continue reading Forbes: Dell Launches A Machine-Learning Platform For Women Entrepreneurs

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Jun 26 2017

Don’t become a statistic. Take ownership for your actions behind the wheel. Be at your best! Whether driving to a meeting or after business hours, it requires your full attention. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. This is the equivalent, at 55 mph, … Continue reading The Encore – AVIS: Commit to Eliminating Distractions

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Jun 23 2017

By Paula Rogo The star athlete is bringing her trailblazing attitude and business chops to television Venus Williams is coming to a small screen near you and she won’t be playing tennis. The tennis champ is starring and executive producing a new show about women and entrepreneurship in a project called “Deals in Heels”, according … Continue reading Essence: Venus Williams Is Producing A TV Show About Women Entrepreneurs

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Jun 21 2017

By: Coco Brown Male CEOs and board directors need to take an active role in promoting a more diverse selection of leaders. “If everyone has the power, no one does.” This saying rings true in boardrooms and leadership positions across America, where 87 percent of executive roles and 95 percent of CEO positions are held by … Continue reading Entrepreneur: Women Won’t Achieve Equal Representation in Business Unless Men Help Change the Status Quo

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Jun 19 2017

How Successful Women are Building Their Businesses And  Making a Difference Jen Coffel lost her mother, father and best friend to cancer in less than two years. In 2010, she partnered with her long-time friend and cancer survivor Kim Bavilacqua to create Handing H.O.P.E., a nonprofit supporting children with cancer. She is responsible for the … Continue reading The Encore – Advantage|Forbes Books: Climbing Up and Giving Back

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Jun 16 2017

By:  Kelly Hoey Gender diversity begets more gender diversity. In order for women-led and women-owned companies to receive greater funding, gender- diverse investors are required. ICYMI: Harvard Business Review (HBR) kicked the gender-bias in venture capital hornet’s nest in its recently published article “We Recorded VCs’ Conversations And Analyzed How Differently They Talk About Female Entrepreneurs.” … Continue reading Inc.com – Women Entrepreneurs: Yes, You Are Underserved

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Jun 14 2017

By: Aric Jenkins Intel announced that it has achieved 100% pay equality for both women and underrepresented minorities, according to the chipmaker’s 2016 diversity and inclusion report. Danielle Brown, Intel’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, wrote that the achievement was a “year-end goal” and that promotion parity for both groups had also been attained as well. Intel … Continue reading Fortune: Intel Says It Has Achieved 100% Equal Pay for All Women and Underrepresented Minorities

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Jun 12 2017

By: John Menna Imagine if any patient could be at the top of any donor recipient list. As Baby Boomers reach their retirement years, policymakers and leaders in medicine are scrambling to find better health outcomes with lower expenses. Additive manufacturing could provide a real breakthrough in treating patients around the world, writes John Menna, Vice … Continue reading UPS: How 3D Printing Could Bend the Cost Curve in Healthcare

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Jun 09 2017

By: Pamela O’Rourke In the beginning, I heard the word “no.” I developed a business plan and took it to my alma mater, the University of Houston Small Business Development Center. I heard no. I rewrote that business plan three times, and when the time came to seek funding for my new venture, I heard … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog: Let’s Start Saying ‘Yes’ to Tax Reform

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Jun 07 2017

By Geri Stengel Nina Vaca started Pinnacle Group 21 years ago. She has grown it from a small IT company into a global workforce-solutions powerhouse. In 2015, Pinnacle was ranked the #1 American Express and Women Presidents’ Organization Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Company. Revenue exceeded $1 billion dollars. Pinnacle was ranked #2 in 2016 and 2017. The … Continue reading Forbes: Grit and Gutsy-ness Make Nina Vaca a Woman to Watch

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May 31 2017

By: Madeline Farber Female entrepreneurs do a lot of things to get their businesses off the ground. They raid their life savings, take loans, hit up friends and family, and even rely on credit cards. But just one in 100 end up using venture capital. That’s the finding of a new study from Ernst & Young … Continue reading Fortune: Only 1% of Female Founders Have Used VC Money to Fund Their Business

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May 26 2017

By: Lina Gottesman “Men working with women will only add to the success of the business since sharing diversity of ideas leads to more creativity and success.”  – Marsha Firestone, Ph.D., President & Founder,  Women Presidents’ Organization and Women Presidents’ Educational Organization I was very glad to play a part in this year’s Women’s History Month. … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog – Women’s History Month: A Time of Celebration and Recognition

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May 22 2017

Talking to your children about money when they’re young can help them make good choices later. PNC’s Jennifer Dempsey Fox shares tips for how parents can teach valuable financial lessons to kids of all ages. Whether your kids spend money like it’s burning a hole in their pocket or consistently save it for a rainy … Continue reading The Encore – PNC Wealth Management: How To Teach Your Kids the Value of Money

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May 19 2017

By: PNC Bizwomen Congratulations to Beth Bronfman CEO and managing partner of View, and WPO Board Member, on this feature! Leadership Lessons is a series of Q&A sessions with members of The Committee of 200 (C200), an invitation-only group of the world’s top female entrepreneurs and C-suite executives who work to foster, celebrate and advance women’s leadership … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog – Leadership Lessons: Always play the long game

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May 17 2017

By Victor Lipman Startup companies with female founders “almost universally outperformed their male-only counterparts.” As an accompanying chart shows, at four out of five high-growth revenue breaks, female-founded companies showed stronger overall performance.  “The fastest growing companies,” the survey report noted, “at 200%+ growth, are 75% more likely to have a female founder.” These are among the key … Continue reading Fortune: Startups With Female Founders Grow Faster

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May 15 2017

Recently, Walmart launched its “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, a nationwide initiative that encourages the public to join the fight against hunger. Working with Discover card and five suppliers, which represent some of the nation’s leading food companies – Campbell Soup Company, General Mills, Kellogg Company, The Kraft Heinz Company and PepsiCo – Walmart is offering three easy ways to take action against hunger and help a … Continue reading Walmart: Launches “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign

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Apr 28 2017

Special thanks to our member Sally Swanson for this blog submission. By SALLY SWANSON, AIA   Ouch! Like a bandage being ripped from one’s skin, it’s striking how this year has vividly defined unity and in alarming contrast the great divide facing this country. This blog required more reflection than usual as I came to grips … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog- It’s an Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey

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