Jacqueline Baptist was amazed at how rarely the media tells stories of women entrepreneurs. As a result, she has decided to take matters into her own hands and.
A great resource to tell stories of women owned businesses and what they do to achieve success or manage failures. You read stories about women entrepreneurs from various columns, blogs or magazine sections. However, getting the real story and talking to real women could be a better resource when there is no other way to connect or network in person. - Nakeva
More on She Means Business:
"The documentary will explore the key issues women entrepreneurs face such as similarities/differences in female-led versus male-led companies; women’s access to capital and entrepreneur training/business skills; and successes and strategies of woman-led businesses.
She Means Business will share true, honest portrayals of human experience, focusing on four to six early-stage and/or transitioning woman-owned businesses, following their successes, failures, struggles, concerns, disasters, and miracles." - Stacie Woods, Small Business Trends
Seattle, Washington ––July 26, 2012 – MBA Women International (MBAWI) announced today that Heather Howell has been named Chairman of the Board of Directors. She is the CEO of Rooibee Red Tea and leads the company in manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution of the original full line of USDA Organic ready-to-drink rooibos tea.
“We are extremely excited to have Heather as our new board chair,” says Gail Romero, CEO of MBAWI. “She comes with a rich organizational history as a founding member of our largest professional chapter – Louisville, Kentucky, a conference chair for the 2010 conference held in Louisville and a member of the board of directors for the last two years. She is an extraordinary leader and role model for women and has helped this organization grow by over 1,300% in the last six months. We see amazing growth and international leadership with her at the helm.”
Women hold 16% of board seats in Corporate America and are the consumers and the economic engine for corporations worldwide. While serving as the CEO of her corporation, Heather Howell has built a balanced board of directors for Rooibee Red Tea and has brought amazing success in sales nearly tripling year over year.
“As the chairman of MBAWI, I look forward to leading this organization by example and creating a top notch organization for women worldwide,” says Ms. Howell. “I am honored to have been chosen to lead the board into the 21st century continuing to build leadership skills for women of diversity. I am pleased to welcome aboard our newest board member – Christine “Chrissie” Johnston, a woman who not only exemplifies our mission and vision – but also a woman who has for years held up the importance of women as leaders as a beacon for us all.”
Ms. Johnston is an attorney at K&L Gates LLP, an international law firm with nearly 2,000 lawyers in 41 offices across four continents. She has joined MBA Women International as the organization grows and develops women in collegiate and professional chapters. Ms. Johnston concentrates her practice in the employment and labor area where she represents employers in dispute resolution, employment counseling and transactional matters. She holds a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and J.D. from Cornell University.
“I firmly believe in and support the goal of advancing women into leadership roles and am excited about the opportunity to work with the talented and enthusiastic leadership of this strong and growing organization to help further that goal," says Ms. Johnston. Ms. Johnston will work to assist with legal and chapter development as the organization continues to grow internationally as the emerging expert in women’s leadership education.
“Chrissie will join the nine other board members to build the organization to skillfully undertake the demands of the leading MBA Women’s International programming,” continues Ms. Howell. “We expect great things from our entire board this year as they provide strategic infrastructure and guidance to the fastest growing international MBA women’s organization.”
MBA Women International will hold their annual Leadership Conference and Career Fair October 18-20 in Phoenix, Arizona.
ABOUT MBA Women International MBA Women International is a not for profit organization dedicated to the advancement of business women as corporate leaders, executives and entrepreneurs- enriching workforce diversity around the world. We serve four related client groups: female MBA students, female business professionals and entrepreneurs, universities and corporate partners. Visit http://www.mbawomen.org. To find out more about joining a MBA Women International student chapter or a professional chapter contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like many other male dominated industries, the field of technology presents both challenges and opportunities for women today.
I know plenty of women in tech and another good group of women of color in tech. My background is in tech, yet it wasn't a tech idea I wanted to pursue to start a business. That may soon change with my idea incubation coming out of its dormant state. Its my belief that to be in tech as a woman you either already found your inner geek, or you need to move on to another profession. Don't cultivate a false sense of geek happiness. Great article to read for discussing purpose and ideas. -Nakeva
Women know all too well how to multitask and find resources to accomplish goals. running a family, a Fortune 500 company or a small business ladies get it done! Sometimes having a resource to help accomplish the little things in life or major jobs cna be an invaluable tool to keep the flow moving. Leah Busque founded Task Rabbit, a service that connects people with tasks to people that can complete those tasks. Awesome! - Nakeva
"Leah Busque is founder of taskrabbit.com, a business focused on providing any and all services at a moment’s notice. From IKEA furniture assembly to walking your dog, the “rabbits” do it all. Leah conceived of the idea after running into a sticky situation when she and her husband were rushing to leave and had no food for their yellow lab Kobe. “What if someone could pick up the food for us and feed him while we’re heading out for the evening?”" - Bethany Hartley, Womens Business Development Center
A few great tips to think about before starting a business or something to revisit if its time to review. The new year will be here soon! Interesting to find this post after recently making the aquaintence of Lynn Brown on a social network.
"Today’s most successful online business women are entrepreneurs that all started with an idea, passion and desire to achieve. If you ever thought that your interest, hobby or profession could provide an income opportunity for you, then you may be the next one to jump in and attain success!"
National Women's Enterprise Day recently celebrated in Ireland pulled together 200+ women business owners. The diversity of seasoned and upcoming business owners offerd an opportunity for the women to learn from each other and squash any doubts of having tools, resources and skills to run a business.
“We want it all really, don’t we? We want to be successful and spend time with our kids. For me it’s having the flexibility." - Lisa Myers, as quoted on IrishTimes.com
Two different industries and two women going for the prize. Debbie Moore with a Dance Studio, clothing line and new eyewear line, she is expanding the brand and building income resources. Ann Summers owns an adult toys/products chain is also in the running with Debbie. Inspiring news to hear for Britian's business competition. The business plans MUST be killer!
So much for trade secrets. Limor Fried has based a business around the idea that everyone can do it themselves.
"For the most part, everyone finally agrees that open source software has been a success. It runs the net, it runs Google, it runs everything," Fried said. "Millions of companies and billions of dollars are made possible by open source software. Open source hardware is just starting to take off."
--- @Nakeva $0.02 --- Fried is awesome as an innovative woman in business! A degree in electrical engineering from MIT and leads the DIY arena. Check out her website, amazing design that fits her industry - http://www.ladyada.net/
Alexis Maybank, co-founder of the shopping website Gilt Groupe Inc., says her 5-inch stilettos are meant to send a message: being feminine and starting a technology company aren’t mutually exclusive.
“Women are driving most of the consumer activity on the Web today,” said Aileen Lee, a venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, who devotes about half of her investment portfolio to startups founded by females.
“I can’t relate to Mark Zuckerberg, and I can’t relate to Steve Jobs,” she said, referring to the co-founders and CEOs of Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc, respectively. “Having a community where people look like you -- seeing other role models implicitly tells someone they can do it.”
Video Photo: FORBES If you Google “Susan Wojcicki,” the search-giant’s SVP of Advertising, you’ll see that one of tech’s most influential leaders keeps a markedly low profile, one focused more on how to monetize that search than what appears when...
Women owned businesses account for almost $1.3 trillion in revenue and women-owned business has grown by 54% in the last 15 years! Washington, DC is number one in economic growth. In a political town and a flourishing tech scene, these Amerian Express OPEN statistics should implore our Lady Leaders to blow the doors off their dream potential. -Nakeva
Extra Reading, review the American Express OPEN Forum post:
Quote: "Similar to the 2011 American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, the most compelling insights come not from an accounting of the most up-to-date numbers of women-owned firms, but in the analysis of the issue of growth."
Majority Women-Owned AboutOne Announces $1.6 Million in Series A Funding http://t.co/J6DiSguR #womenentrepreneurs #startups #women...
- Tweet credit: @99launches
AboutOne CEO, Joanne Lang, was listed by Forbes as one of Ten Female Entreprenuers And Mompreneurs To Watch in March 2011. Women building strong businesses and acquiring funding is no easy task as most funding goes to men. I tend to believe its not a biased perspective, its about women accepting the challenges of applying for funding. The new service from AboutOne, AcornPoints, will add to family content organization and includes photo storage.
Fashion designer Tory Burch and small business owner Patti Sheehan host a Chicago small business mentoring group for women.
A great case of successful women entrepreneurs taking time to coach other women on making their business idea a reality. The line I like most from Tory: "“Do any of you blog?” Burch asked the women. Burch, an avid user of social media, advocated the use of Twitter, Facebook and FourSquare to drive sales." Social Media is the new media for most business models to take advantage of social marketing. The key is having a plan and knowing your resources that include social media sites AND other business women for collaboration or discussions. - Nakeva
Women business owners becoming job creators, as well as, startup funders. Julie has managed to break the norm of women business owner and "work at home mom" stereotype. We all need clients racing through the doors. Her new coaching initiative looks promising.
"Marketing expert Julie Guest Alloway moved to Ann Arbor MI at the height of the recession with her infant daughter in tow, zero local clientele, and no professional network...According to a newly published report by The Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute women business owners are becoming the nation’s job creation engine predicted to create 5 to 5.5 million new jobs across the U.S. by 2018.Today more than 70% of new businesses are being started by women." - Top US News Releases
Women startups in any industry may not be easy to get off the ground if working the solo entrepreneur angle. Jenn Vargas shares her experience taking a project to full website and calling it a startup. A few lessons I know all too well myself, such as build something for people to use, but they may not use it that way you expected. Jenn has a cool product we ALL could use for productivity and reaching our goals. -- @Nakeva
"I’m about 18 months into the journey of taking Accompl.sh (formerly 101in365) from a little weekend project to automate my own annual goal tracking to a living, breathing web application.
Taking the “long way” of being a solo founder, I found working on Accompl.sh as a side project has been a crash course in time management, community building, product development, design, coding, you name it. But the most difficult part of all has been making the big decisions about the direction of the project itself..." - Jenn Vargas
In the United States today, two-thirds of African-American college undergrads are women, and they are going on to excel in business, particularly in entrepreneurship, says visiting scholar Katherine Phillips.
In fact, black women are excelling in education and entrepreneurship, she said. Two-thirds of African-American college undergrads are female. And, between 2002 and 2008, the number of businesses owned by black women rose by 19% — twice as fast as all other firms and generating $29 billion in sales nationwide.
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