Posts tagged ‘economic development’

U.S. Department of State Hosts Forum Nov. 16: “Investing in Women To Maximize Returns”

Press types, you can sign up to attend this event.   I’m looking forward to hearing about Ambassador Verveer’s talk, “Corporate Citizenship: Women–The Optimal Investment”!

“The Department of State will host the Investing in Women To Maximize Returns forum at the Department’s George C. Marshall Center on November 16. Over 100 private sector executives, senior government officials, and nonprofit organization representatives, will meet to discuss strategic investments in women’s economic potential that the private sector is making to drive smart business growth. Participants will share best practices that go beyond corporate social responsibility programs and view investments in women and girls as critical business decisions. The forum will also identify new opportunities for advancing the status of women and girls through innovative public and private sector economic initiatives and programs.”

Read more: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/11/200559.htm

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November 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm Leave a comment

What Europe Can Teach the US (and Beyond?) About Gender in the Boardroom

“Smart organizations understand that in these tough economic times, no one can afford to curtail or shut out top talent, no matter their gender or ethnicity.”    A Harvard Business Review look at women leaders in business.

What Europe Can Teach the US About Gender in the Boardroom

by Sylvia Ann Hewlett  |  10:03 AM September 12, 2012

As the U.S. presidential campaign moves into its final months, newspapers are full of promises from both candidates. But there’s promising news from Europe that’s also worth attention.

A proposal being drafted by the European Commission and expected to be formally introduced next month by Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights, and Citizenship, would force euro-zone companies larger than 250 employees or with more than €50 million in annual revenues to reserve at least 40% of their nonexecutive director board seats for women by 2020 or face fines and other sanctions…

Smart organizations understand that in these tough economic times, no one can afford to curtail or shut out top talent, no matter their gender or ethnicity. A McKinsey study found that across all industry sectors, companies with the most women on their boards of directors significantly and consistently outperform those with no female representation: by 41% in terms of return on equity and by 56% in terms of operating results. In other words, diversity — especially gender diversity — unlocks growth.

Read the full article: http://blogs.hbr.org/hbr/hewlett/2012/09/what_europe_can_teach_the_us_about_gender_in_the_boardroom.html

September 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

Egyptian grandmother turns eco-friendly online healthy-food entrepreneur #hwhtw

So many things to like about this story: great news for Egypt’s economy, human health, the environment, and women’s entrepreneurship!

Dried produce seller utilizes solar technology to create a healthy snacking alternative

Megan Detrie
Tue, 21/08/2012 – 11:11
Menar Meebed’s company, Minnie’s Dried Fruits and Vegetables, arose out of little more than an attempt to find healthy snacks for her grandchildren.

“My grandchildren used to eat a lot of junk, and I’m not a junk food person, so I wanted to offer them something nutritious, and dried fruits in Egypt is limited to the typical variety of Ramadan food, so I started to dry apples and bananas at home,” Meebed said.

What began as snack time in Meebed’s kitchen has grown to become a thriving business utilizing solar drying technology and local produce, and empowering women in rural areas of Egypt.

Read the full article: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/dried-produce-seller-utilizes-solar-technology-create-healthy-snacking-alternative

August 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm 1 comment

Study: “Overcoming the Gender Gap: Women Entrepreneurs as Economic Drivers” @TheWomanEffect #hwhtw

In a study for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Lesa Mitchell “explores the intersection of two issues that often are thought of separately: the need for sustained economic recovery in the United States, and the status of  women’s entrepreneurship.”  She concludes that “Women capable of starting growth companies may well be our greatest under-utilized economic resource,” and goes on to add:

“It is essential to see women’s entrepreneurship as an economic issue, not a gender-equity issue. When new companies and industries flourish, everyone benefits. And the returns will increase when more women contribute to the process by bringing their ideas to market and building high-growth firms around them.”

Read the full study here: http://www.kauffman.org/uploadedFiles/Growing_the_Economy_Women_Entrepreneurs.pdf

Thanks to InPowerWomen for the tip!

August 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm 1 comment

“Forget Foreign Aid, Focus on Foreign Investment In Women Entrepreneurs” by @startupbiztalk in @ForbesWoman #myAWD

Forget Foreign Aid, Focus on Foreign Investment In Women Entrepreneurs

Cheryl Isaac, Contributor

Foreign aid can sometimes account for over 90% of a country’s GDP; yet developing nations are quickly learning that foreign aid is not a long-term solution. And over the past few years, we’ve seen just how interconnected the global economy is: a misstep in one economy, affects the global economy.

Dambisa Moyo, economist and author of Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working And How There is a Better Way For Africa, argues that foreign aid to Africa is hurting, not helping the continent.

“Policymaking…has to set the environment to make it conducive for people to invest, be entrepreneurial and to innovate,” Moyo told Forbes Woman.

Investment in entrepreneurship—particularly women entrepreneurship—can lead to long-term growth in developing countries, the type of change that affects economic development, and a collaborative effort that influences innovation and empowers citizens to contribute to their nation’s GDP.

Read the full article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/worldviews/2012/07/06/forget-foreign-aid-focus-on-foreign-entrepreneurship-for-women/

July 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm 4 comments

“A world in balance requires gender equality, says @UN_Women” #genderequality #rioplus20 #hwhtw

A world in balance requires gender equality, says UN Women

Michelle Bachelet outlines policy actions needed at Rio+20 Conference to bring transformational change.

United Nations, New York, 14 June 2012 — Ahead of the UN Conference for Sustainable Development next week in Rio de Janeiro, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet has called upon world leaders for bold action and strong commitments to advance women’s equal rights, opportunity and participation. The Conference, also known as Rio+20, will bring together heads of state and government, and representatives of civil society and the private sector to build a road map for a sustainable future, aiming to reduce poverty and advance equality and environmental protection.

Read the full statement: http://www.unwomen.org/2012/06/a-world-in-balance-requires-gender-equality-says-un-women/

June 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

Event: “Women Entrepreneurs: Innovative Approaches to Financing New Businesses” @MilkenInstitute @GWtweets @SBAgov @samanthaettus

Interesting event coming up on Monday in DC!

The Milken Institute and the George Washington University Present


Women Entrepreneurs:
Innovative Approaches to Financing New Businesses


A panel discussion with special guests

The Honorable Karen Mills
Administrator, United States Small Business Administration

Peggy Wallace
Managing Director, Golden Seeds 

Melinda Wittstock
CEO and Founder, NewsiT

Lisa Hall
President & CEO, Calvert Foundation
Leadership Council, AEO One in Three Initiative

and

Moderator
Samantha Ettus
Best-selling Author and Contributor, Forbes
Founder, Working Moms Lifestyle

 Women entrepreneurs are a growing force in the economy. Between 1997 and 2011, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States grew at twice the rate of men-owned firms. Nevertheless, one of the fundamental challenges facing any entrepreneur today is finding the capital to launch and grow a business. Do women entrepreneurs face unique challenges or issues in obtaining start-up financing and growth capital? Are there policy or market solutions that can help to facilitate the flow of capital or credit to start-up enterprises and small businesses, especially those owned by women? We welcome our distinguished panelists to explore these and related questions.

Read more and register: http://www.cvent.com/events/women-entrepreneurs-innovative-approaches-to-financing-new-businesses/event-summary-b01fb1da72d44664ac858de7d621ce75.aspx?goback=%2Egde_40662_member_122863129

June 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

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