Monday, April 24, 2017

Roundtable of Women Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

President Trump, Vice President Pence and Ivanka Trump met at the end of March at a roundtable of business women and entrepreneurs in the West Wing of the White House.  The president, reading from prepared remarks, offered promising comments and compliments.  Here are a few of them.

Read the article here.

Monday, April 17, 2017

WPO 20th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida 2017

The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) will hold its 2017 International Conference in Orlando, Florida from Thursday, May 4th to Saturday, May 6th 2017.

The conference encourages WPO members to share business strategies and experience with other successful women from all over the world, as well as learn from interactive seminars and speakers.

Additionally, it will provide potential members who qualify a unique opportunity to experience the impact the WPO has on women business owners professionally and personally.

To learn more and to register, visit here.  Conference schedule can be found here.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Do You Avoid Negotiating? No more

Does the prospect of negotiating with an employee, supplier, investor, or business partner make you a nervous wreck? Do you panic at the thought of sitting across a table from someone and driving a hard bargain or taking a tough stance?

You are not alone.  Yet:
A lack of negotiation skills and abilities essentially forces you to take what you can get. This leads to you putting more into a business relationship than you get back. In turn, you’re not able to produce or perform to your fullest potential.
Read more here.

Monday, April 03, 2017

How to Reduce and Treat Burnout

Preventing burnout requires being very deliberate about how we work but also why we work.  Yet as you run a successful business, it's hard to set limits or monitor actions.
I [Brad Stulberg] learned that burnout — a state of physical and emotional exhaustion often followed by apathy and illness — is ubiquitous across industries. Physicians, businesspeople, artists, teachers, and athletes all have high rates of burnout. As a matter of fact, most studies show that between 40 and 50 percent of people are experiencing burnout at any given time.
Here are some tips to prevent burnout, regardless of field or the type of business you run.

Read more ... here.

Monday, March 27, 2017

What Is Your Gender IQ?

Through PwC’s partnership with the UN Women's HeForShe initiative, they are working towards achieving global gender equality in the workplace and beyond.
Imagine a world where girls and boys have equal access to education. Where women and men earn the same for similar jobs. Where women have equal opportunities to reach leadership positions – and men have the same opportunities to achieve a fulfilling work-life balance. This is what global gender equality looks like.
What is your gender IQ?  You can take an online course to find out.  Begin the course here.

Monday, March 20, 2017

How Small Businesses Are Teaching Big Companies a Thing or Two About Growth

As the PwC network says, "The most successful companies find unconventional ways to bridge that [strategy to execution] gap, and while there is much to learn from the large companies that do this best, there is also a wealth of knowledge to be uncovered by taking notice of the strategies and practices of smaller companies."

In Three Growth Lessons Large Companies Should Learn From Smaller Organizations, three WPO Chicago members are featured.  This is an article you won't want to miss.

Monday, March 13, 2017

WPO Chicago Member Joanna Sobran Named a Top Business Woman in Illinois 2017

Oh we love to brag about our members because they are all inspiring, ambitious and successful women business owners.  But the purpose of this blog post today is to honor one in particular who just recently earned the award of one of the Top 15 Business Women in Illinois.  And she's Joanna Sobran, President and CEO of MXOtech, Inc.

Learn more here.

Congratulations to Joanna.  Keep up the amazing work.  We are so proud of you!