Expert Perspective

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 14 2017

The Prudential Insurance Company of America and its affiliates offer a wide range of insurance products that can help your business continue successfully in the event of your death or disability. Insurance is a vitally important business tool that is often overlooked. Whether your business is a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a limited liability company, … Continue reading The Encore – Prudential: Helping To Protect The Future Of Your Business Part II






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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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Aug 02 2017

After a particularly busy month in June, things settled down a bit in the WordPress world — WordPress 4.8’s release went very smoothly, allowing the Core team to build up some of the community infrastructure around development. Read on for more interesting news from around the WordPress world in July. Weekly meeting for new core […]






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Jul 31 2017

The opening of the early access program for the SAP Distributed Manufacturing application to new customers as part of its joint collaboration with UPS (NYSE: UPS) The move bolsters SAP’s effort to make 3D printing and on-demand manufacturing an integral part of the digital manufacturing landscape. The SAP Distributed Manufacturing early access program intends to provide discrete manufacturers, industrial … Continue reading The Encore – UPS: SAP Opens Industrial 3D Printing Early Access Program to More Customers






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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 24 2017

BMO commissioned a 2 year independent study in partnership with Carleton University and The Beacon Agency, with an objective of examining how women entrepreneurs evaluate risk differently from men, and the impact of those differences on business and the Canadian economy. The study included interviews with 100 entrepreneurs across Canada, engaged key Canadian leaders in … Continue reading The Encore – BMO: A Framework for Risk and Female Entrepreneurship






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Jul 24 2017

BMO commissioned a 2 year independent study in partnership with Carleton University and The Beacon Agency, with an objective of examining how women entrepreneurs evaluate risk differently from men, and the impact of those differences on business and the Canadian economy. The study included interviews with 100 entrepreneurs across Canada, engaged key Canadian leaders in … Continue reading The Encore – BMO: A Framework for Risk and Female Entrepreneurship






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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 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 19 2017

Executive Spotlight Series with Fenella Kim from Reliance Star Payment Services Can you tell me a bit about your company and its role in the payments industry? Reliance Star Payments is a fast-growing national merchant services provider working across multiple industry in both private and government sectors. Our comprehensive electronic payment processing and acceptance solutions include … Continue reading Payments Journal: Fenella Kim Executive Spotlight






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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 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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Jul 03 2017

We’re starting a new regular feature on this blog today. We’d like to keep everyone up-to-date about the happenings all across the WordPress open source project and highlight how you can get involved, so we’ll be posting a roundup of all the major WordPress news at the end of every month. Aside from other general […]






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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 08 2017

An Update with You in Mind Gear up for a more intuitive WordPress! Version 4.8 of WordPress, named “Evans” in honor of jazz pianist and composer William John “Bill” Evans, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.8 add more ways for you to express yourself and represent your brand. Though some […]






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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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Jun 01 2017

The second release candidate for WordPress 4.8 is now available. To test WordPress 4.8, you can use the WordPress Beta Tester plugin or you can download the release candidate here (zip). We’ve made a handful of changes since releasing RC 1 last week. For more details about what’s new in version 4.8, check out the […]






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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 29 2017

The Encore – Chubb: Social Engineering Fraud

by Women Presidents' Organization

Filed in: Expert Perspective, Leaders

As an employer, you seek smart, helpful, and trusting people with which to grow your business. Unfortunately, this means you or one of your employees may be more susceptible to being targeted and tricked into releasing confidential information that could be used to hack into the company’s network by someone who has manipulated them into … Continue reading The Encore – Chubb: Social Engineering Fraud






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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 25 2017

The release candidate for WordPress 4.8 is now available. RC means we think we’re done, but with millions of users and thousands of plugins and themes, it’s possible we’ve missed something. We hope to ship WordPress 4.8 on Thursday, June 8, but we need your help to get there. If you haven’t tested 4.8 yet, […]






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May 24 2017

By: Madeline Farber Ellen Latham never thought her love of fitness would result in owning one of the fastest-growing businesses in the United States. Latham, who owns a boutique fitness chain called Orangetheory, has snagged the No. 1 spot the annual ranking of the fastest growing women-owned or led businesses released by the Women Presidents’ Organization … Continue reading Fortune: These Are The 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies In the U.S.






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May 22 2017

WordPress 4.8 Beta 2 is now available! This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site just to play with the new version. To test WordPress 4.8, try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want “bleeding edge nightlies”). Or you can […]






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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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Apr 26 2017

By: Joann S. Lublin and Sarah Krouse Index-fund giant State Street Global Advisors will begin pushing big companies to put more women on their boards, initially demanding change at those firms without any female directors. The money manager, which is a unit of State Street Corp., says it will vote against board members charged with nominating new directors … Continue reading The Wall Street Journal: State Street to Start Voting Against Companies That Don’t Have Women Directors






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Apr 24 2017

CEOs say we are at a watershed moment. Technological advances are creating massive upheavals, with industries converging and new ecosystems emerging as never before. So how are the trailblazers guiding their organizations through this turmoil? In the first installment of our latest C-suite Study, we interviewed 5,247 top executives to find out what they think … Continue reading The Encore – IBM on Redefining Competition: Insights from the Global C-suite Study – The CEO Perspective






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Apr 21 2017

The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) has announced Advantage Media Group|Forbes Books is a new corporate sponsor. Specializing in Authority Marketing™ for entrepreneurs, business leaders and professionals who want to grow their business, Advantage offers turnkey publishing and marketing systems to position individuals and brands as leaders in their field. Last year the company published The … Continue reading Advantage Media|Forbes Books Joins Forces With WPO To Reach Successful Women Entrepreneurs






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Apr 19 2017

By Gray Matter About 10 years ago, when we were both Ph.D. students at Harvard, we were invited to participate in an unofficial and largely secret wrestling tournament organized by a fellow student. The idea was to showcase a handful of competitive wrestling matches between graduate students in different departments to an invitation-only audience. Space … Continue reading The New York Times: Women Do Like to Compete — Against Themselves






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