Expert Perspective

Dec 08 2017

By: Laurel Delaney An estimated 126 million active female entrepreneurs do business in 67 economies around the world.  According to the American Express OPEN State of Women Owned Business Report, this includes 9.1 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., with approximately 1,200 new women-owned businesses started each day—one nearly every two minutes.  These enterprises generate … Continue reading WEGG: Enabling Global Growth for Women-Owned and Women-Led Enterprises

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Dec 06 2017

By: Margery Kraus As the founder of APCO Worldwide, the largest women-owned firm in the communications and public affairs industry, I feel I have a tremendous responsibility to train and mentor the next generation of women leaders at all stages of their careers, not just in our profession but in business generally. We need to develop more … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog: Three Pieces of Advice for Women Entrepreneurs

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Dec 05 2017

Part of the Explore your Why – 9 part series weWednesday subscriber exclusive – short weekly video infusion of how to live your most meaningful life by consciously contributing to your community, country, and beyond. Subscribe on the right to weWednesdays to receive it in your inbox.   In this week’s episode consider: What are my natural strengths? What strength will catapult […]

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Dec 04 2017

PwC Canada: PwC teams up with #MovetheDial

by Women Presidents' Organization

Filed in: Expert Perspective, Leaders

Dedicated to increasing the participation and advancement of women in technology We have always known that in the technology industry, women have a steeper hill to climb – as attested to by leaders like Sheryl Sandberg and the many brave women who have spoken up about the “bro-culture” in Silicon Valley and venture capital industry. … Continue reading PwC Canada: PwC teams up with #MovetheDial

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Dec 04 2017

Part of the Explore your Why – 9 part series We interviewed Meaza Ashenafi, for Wisdom Exchange TV, she is a quietly powerful woman, who perseveres at all cost. She found herself always wanting to protect those that could not defend themselves; as a result, she became a women’s rights lawyer and activist in Ethiopia. At a […]

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Dec 01 2017

The WordPress project recently released WordPress 4.9, “Tipton” — a new major release named in honor of musician and band leader Billy Tipton. Read on to find out more about this and other interesting news from around the WordPress world in November. WordPress 4.9 “Tipton” On November 16, WordPress 4.9 was released with new features […]

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Nov 29 2017

WordPress 4.9.1 is now available. This is a security and maintenance release for all versions since WordPress 3.7. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately. WordPress versions 4.9 and earlier are affected by four security issues which could potentially be exploited as part of a multi-vector attack. As part of the core team’s […]

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Nov 29 2017

Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr., Contributor The ability to chart one’s own economic destiny by becoming an entrepreneur is one of the hallmarks of capitalism. Many of today’s most recognized companies and brands began as the brainchild of an individual who embraced the risks of entrepreneurship with hopes of realizing their entrepreneurial vision. Yet, while in … Continue reading Huffington Post: Women Entrepreneurs Are Driving Economic Growth

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Nov 28 2017

Part of the Explore your Why – 9 part series weWednesday subscriber exclusive – short weekly video infusion of how to live your most meaningful life by consciously contributing to your community, country, and beyond. Subscribe on the right to weWednesdays to receive it in your inbox.   In this week’s episode consider: What are my abilities? What three things do I […]

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Nov 27 2017

By: Roz Alford, Foundation of the WPO Board Chair This year,  The Foundation of the Women Presidents’ Organization (FWPO) introduced a unique educational program called “Leading High Growth Businesses.” We  partnered with Lynda Applegate, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and other Harvard professors, for a four-day program generously sponsored by Prudential.  It focused primarily … Continue reading The Foundation of the Women Presidents’ Organization: Join The Movement and Give Back

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Nov 27 2017

Part of the Explore your Why – 9 part series In selecting a career, volunteering your time, or contributing to an organisation what you love will guide you, as suggested in the previous blog, however, what you enjoy, will provoke you. During my first trip to Kenya when deciding what activities I wanted to participate in, I […]

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Nov 22 2017

By: Kerry Hannon This is not a how-to column for women over 50 who want to start their own businesses, but rather a “why not?” one. We hear a lot about sexism against businesswomen and a lack of venture capital for women-owned enterprises. And both of these are serious concerns. But based on my reporting … Continue reading Forbes: Why Women Entrepreneurs Over 50 Hold The Aces

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Nov 21 2017

 Part of the Explore your Why – 9 part series weWednesday subscriber exclusive – short weekly video infusion of how to live your most meaningful life by consciously contributing to your community, country, and beyond. Subscribe on the right to weWednesdays to receive it in your inbox.   In this week’s episode consider: What motivates you? In which order of priority? […]

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Nov 20 2017

Big business trip planned? A special level of attention to detail is needed when preparing to drive. No matter how much planning goes into ensuring a safe trip, no one ever plans to be in a crash. Take the time to be prepared and be safe. Big trip: Do your homework – know your route … Continue reading The Encore – AVIS: Commit to Planning Ahead for Road Safety

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Nov 20 2017

Part of the Explore your Why – 9 part series Sheila Freemantle, Founder of Tintsaba, a social enterprise in Swaziland, had a love for the finest traditional crafts, quality textures, and excellence. This love inspired Sheila to specialise in refined, high-quality sisal basketry weaving. Sheila was educated in societal development and African languages, and she loved handcrafts […]

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Nov 17 2017

Forbes: Why Entrepreneurship Is Better Together

by Women Presidents' Organization

Filed in: Expert Perspective, Leaders

By: Geri Stengel Finding another female-founded tech startup with ambitions to scale in Arizona is like looking for the mythical unicorn, said Vicki Mayo, cofounder of TouchPoint Solution, a wearable technology that reduces the stress response. So when she heard about Project Entrepreneur’sSummit in Los Angeles, where women entrepreneurs had the chance to connect with one … Continue reading Forbes: Why Entrepreneurship Is Better Together

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Nov 15 2017

Announcing version 4.9 of WordPress, named “Tipton” in honor of jazz pianist and band leader Billy Tipton. New features in 4.9 will smooth your design workflow and keep you safe from coding errors. Download or update today!

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Nov 15 2017

By: Mariya Kucherenko, P.Eng IES All of the greatest metropolis areas in the world have one thing in common: easily recognizable, iconic night-time city sky lines. Visually striking lighting effects help emphasize the very best features of the urban landscape, not only showcasing the character of the area but also creating the ever-inviting so called “wow” … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog: Lumen Art Design Gives Tips On Successful Design Lighting

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Nov 14 2017

Part of the Explore your Why – 9 part series weWednesday subscriber exclusive – short weekly video infusion of how to live your most meaningful life by consciously contributing to your community, country, and beyond. Subscribe on the right to weWednesdays to receive it in your inbox.   In this week’s episode consider: Who do you feel the most compassion toward? Why […]

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Nov 14 2017

Part of the Explore your Why – 9 part series weWednesday subscriber exclusive – short weekly video infusion of how to live your most meaningful life by consciously contributing to your community, country, and beyond. Subscribe on the right to weWednesdays to receive it in your inbox.   In this week’s episode consider: Who do you feel the most compassion toward? Why […]

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Nov 14 2017

The third release candidate for WordPress 4.9 is now available. A release candidate (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. In fact, we did miss some things in RC1 and RC2. This third release candidate was not originally scheduled, but […]

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Nov 13 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 around … Continue reading The Encore – Advantage | ForbesBooks: The Greatness of Gratitude

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Nov 13 2017

Part of the Explore your Why – 9 part series   Why do you invest in African women’s education? Why invest in over there and not here? What is your connection to African women?   These are the questions I get asked. We provide tertiary education scholarships to women in developing countries through our YouMeWe Foundation, […]

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Nov 10 2017

Claudia Mirza has a warm, open smile balanced with a confidence that exudes a sense of resilience and strength. Even on a video chat, Claudia’s presence fills the room. With her husband, Azam Mirza, Claudia co-founded Akorbi, a 930-employee firm that supplies corporations with a variety of translation, interpretation, staffing, and other enterprise-scale content needs. … Continue reading WPO Guest Blog: Meet A Google Supplier – Claudia Mirza, CEO and Co-Founder, Akorbi

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Nov 08 2017

By: Rhonda Abrams I want female small business owners and entrepreneurs to give themselves a gift: Greater confidence. I want you to give yourself more credit for your accomplishments and learn a critical business skill. I want you to learn how to toot your own horn. Years ago, my friend Tammy was a human resources … Continue reading USA TODAY: It’s Time to Brag, Women Entrepreneurs

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Nov 07 2017

Part of the Explore your Why – 9 part series weWednesday subscriber exclusive – short weekly video infusion of how to live your most meaningful life by consciously contributing to your community, country, and beyond. Subscribe on the right to weWednesdays to receive it in your inbox. In this week’s episode consider: Who is my authentic self? When am I my best […]

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Nov 07 2017

The second release candidate for WordPress 4.9 is now available. A release candidate (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 4.9 on Tuesday, November 14 (just over one week from now), but we need your help […]

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Nov 06 2017

On July 18, the Canadian government released legislative proposals and a consultation paper targeting three tax planning strategies that, in the government’s view, use private corporations to gain unfair tax advantages for high-income individuals. The draft proposals are complex and will impact every Canadian private company and their shareholders. The proposals focus on three main … Continue reading The Encore – PwC’s Tax Insights: Government targets tax planning using private corporations

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Nov 06 2017

11Part of the Explore your Why – 9 part series As a presentation coach, I would get a thrill when I would see a person transform, from the rigid presenter to the individual who had passion and purpose in their message. It is at this intersection where a message met an individual’s unique and authentic self, and […]

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Oct 31 2017

weWednesday subscriber exclusive – short weekly video infusion of how to live your most meaningful life by consciously contributing to your community, country, and beyond. Subscribe on the right to weWednesdays to receive it in your inbox. In this week’s episode learn: What’s your purpose? Why explore your purpose? What is the difference between having a goal, and living your […]

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Oct 30 2017

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

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Oct 30 2017

Through my twenties, friends, family, and colleagues would often say to me: “You are one of the most driven and focused people I know.” And yet, I was discouraged. I was reading articles about women who had transformed organisations, or who were making a massive impact on society, to later read that she didn’t have […]

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Oct 27 2017

By: Nina Zipkin When it comes to gender parity in the business world, the numbers aren’t particularly heartening, and a new statistic from startup database Crunchbase doesn’t make the situation any better: Currently, just 17 percent of startups have a female founder. Not only that, but that number hasn’t changed since 2012. There was an 8 percent … Continue reading Entrepreneur: Only 17 Percent of Venture-Backed Startups Are Led by Women

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Oct 25 2017

In just over a decade, 20 independent education companies have raised more than $2.7 billion in funding and are shaping the way education is evolving for students from grade school to higher ed. Collectively, 116 directors serve on the boards of these privately-held companies. Only eight are women. Even fewer are women of color. The … Continue reading EDSurge- Edtech’s Hidden Shortage: Women Directors

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Oct 24 2017

weWednesday subscriber exclusive – short weekly video infusion of how to live your most meaningful life by consciously contributing to your community, country, and beyond. Subscribe on the right to weWednesdays to receive it in your inbox. In this week’s episode learn: What possible implications could there be of you showing appreciation? How can you appreciate someone, without getting anyone […]

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Oct 23 2017

In a recent study conducted by PwC, 450,000 seed crowdfunding campaigns were analyzed across the globe. The findings showed that women-led campaigns reached their funding target more often than male-led campaigns: in fact, campaigns led by women across the world in 2015 and 2016 were 32% more successful than those led by men across a … Continue reading PwC Canada: Women unbound – Unleashing Female Entrepreneurial Potential

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Oct 23 2017

Have you ever said or written one of the following statements? “This is the best event ever.” “You’re the kindest person I know.” “I value your opinion more than anyone’s.” These proclamations are often innocent sentiments bestowed on someone or something you appreciate. By all accounts, they seem to be an authentic compliment given to […]

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Oct 20 2017

By: Betsy McKay   Britney Stewart was nervous at first when her obstetrician told her she’d like her to see a specialist in high-risk pregnancies. “Once I know a doctor I like to stick with that doctor,” says the 27-year-old, whose high blood pressure and weight issues put her and her unborn baby at risk. Now … Continue reading The Wall Street Journal: Telemedicine Helps Pregnant Women at Risk

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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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