Posts tagged ‘women in business’

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

“Gender Balance is an Investor Issue Too” by @A_WittenbergCox in @HarvardBiz @2020WOB #hwhtw

In this HBR post, Avivah Wittenberg-Cox says we should “harness the power of investors” to improve the gender balance on corporate boards.

“New York City’s public pension fund has just nudged Goldman Sachs and MetLife to disclose their gender balance stats. To quote John Liu, the city’s comptroller: ‘without quantitative disclosure, shareholders have no way to evaluate the effectiveness of these efforts.’

“But very few companies actually publish their gender statistics, and certainly not anything more explicit than an aggregate ‘women in management’ number (which means they can all be first line managers). They much prefer publishing the wonderful initiatives they undertake in support of women in leadership, rather than the actual result of their efforts on the gender balance at the three levels below the CEO.”

Read the full article: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/05/gender_balance_is_an_investor.html?awid=8294541716442270676-3271

May 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

“The United Arab Emirates – a Fertile Frontier for Financial Women” via @VitalVoices @HuffingtonPost #hwhtw

Anne Izzillo of the HuffPost reports that the UAE is the place to be for women entrepreneurs:

“This is what we found: If you are a woman looking to start a business in the UAE — this is your moment. Today, women are forming start-ups in the region that range from multi-million dollar private equity funds and tech start-ups to western-inspired fashion labels and successful yoga studio chains. The opportunities are ripe for local and foreign women alike, thanks to several key factors that are leading a female business boom in the region.

“It starts with the government’s commitment to providing a high standard of education for both men and women. Today, the literacy rate for UAE women is 90 percent. Also, it is encouraging that the UAE Constitution promotes gender equality, including equal pay for equal work under the Labor Law and the right for women to inherit property. All of these factors have created a fertile environment for the seeds of female entrepreneurship to grow.”

Read the full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-izzillo/united-arab-emirates_b_1522362.html

May 18, 2012 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

“Malian Women Create Beauty and Profit Through Local Fabrics” via @Africa_com #hwhtw @MakeWomenCount #myAWD

Love this article on Malian women fashion entrepreneurs!  Some highlights:

“Hand-dyeing bazin can be labour-intensive for the women who produce it. First they import the fabric — mostly cotton, but sometimes silk or wool — from Germany, the Netherlands or China. Then they cut it to standard sizes. Next they knot tissues tightly into parts of the fabric so that those parts remain undyed when the cloth is dipped into buckets of pigment and fixative. When the fabric emerges it bears coloured spirals, rings or patterns.

“Maureen Gosling, a U.S. filmmaker, is collaborating with Maxine Downs, an anthropologist, to produce a film on bazin called Bamako Chic: Threads of Power, Colour and Culture. According to Ms. Downs, they want to show how “self-empowered African women turned their artistic creativity and resourcefulness into a force for alleviating their own poverty.”

“Ms. Downs visited Mali several times to meet some of the women in the burgeoning industry. “When I went to Mali, I was shocked by the women’s resilience, their ability to create something out of nothing,” she told Africa Renewal.”

Read the full article: http://www.africa.com/blog/blog,malian_women_create_beauty_and_profit_through_local_fabrics,667.html

May 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

“Pakistan: Swat women use embroidery skills to support families” @safeworld4women #hwhtw #Pakistan #women

An inspiring story of women entrepreneurs in Pakistan who supported their families after devastating conflict in the Swat Valley.

 

Pakistan: Swat women use embroidery skills to support families

Source: Dawn.com | Sadia Qasim Shah

Like many other Swati women, the prolonged conflict in the region left Farida with nothing but embroidery skills to earn livelihood.

Thanks to her expertise in this traditional craft, the 40-year-old currently works with Lasoona, a nongovernmental organisation developing handicraft skills of local women and marketing their work, including Swati embroidered shawls.

As handicrafts made by skilled women were put on display here at Women Business Development Centre, a number of such women from Swat also poured their hearts out about the crisis they faced even after the conflict was over.

Ms Farida said she got education up to intermediate but after 22 years of her life as a housewife, she was forced to step out and work with an NGO for food and education of her two children…

Read the full article: http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/economics-poverty/ec-central-and-southasia/2430-swat-women-use-embroidery-skills.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LatestFromSafeWorld+%28Latest+from+Safe+World%29

May 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

Helping Women Helps the World Weekly is Here! Featuring @CatalystInc @USNC_UNWomen @mverveer @ThinkProgress @AmazingWomen #hwhtw #women

HWHTW is now available in an easy-to-read weekly newspaper format!    The HWHTW Weekly includes our blog posts, plus bonus content from women’s empowerment thinkers across the Web.  This week’s edition features stories on women in business, the Violence Against Women Act, and why women matter in foreign policy.  Check it out here: http://paper.li/HWHTW/1333031756?utm_source=subscription&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=paper_sub

 

April 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm Leave a comment

The Impact of Women in Business, Three Ways @CatalystInc #hwhtw

McKinsey & Company and Catalyst have issued two new reports and a video on the role of women as business leaders.

Download the Catalyst report, “The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women’s Representation on Boards (2004–2008)”, here: http://www.catalyst.org/publication/479/the-bottom-line-corporate-performance-and-womens-representation-on-boards-20042008

Read the article by Joanna Barsh and Lareina Yee of McKinsey, “Unlocking the full potential of women in the US economy”, here: http://www.mckinsey.com/Client_Service/Organization/Latest_thinking/Unlocking_the_full_potential.aspx

Watch the video featuring McKinsey partners Joanna Barsh, Sandrine Devillard, Emily Lawson, and Jin Wang, “Achieving the promise of women executives”, here: http://www.mckinsey.com/Features/Women_Matter

April 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

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