Monday, July 25, 2016

Innovative and Tenacious Women Entrepreneurs

In addition to WPO members the world over, there are other innovative and tenacious women entrepreneurs.  The producers of ABC’s hit business reality show Shark Tank hunted down 12 of them below who are under the age 30 who’ve pitched on the show. They all share a talent for finding niches of unmet needs and an unabated drive to succeed.

Take a look.  If they are not already WPO members, they will be, soon.

12 Of The Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs Under 30 from Shark Tank

Monday, July 18, 2016

Are You a Good Listener?

If I were to make a bet with you and ask whether you are a good listener with my bet placed on you not being a good listener, who would win?  That's not a trick question.

Most people when asked whether they are a good listener typically say "yes."

But, according to Harvard Business Review, here's how you really access whether you are a good listener.

Read more:  What Great Listeners Actually Do

Now, tell me, who would have won our bet :-)?

Monday, July 11, 2016

Businesses Owned by African-American Women Are Soaring

The number of businesses owned by African-American women in the United States has been soaring, according to a new government report.
In fact, the number of such [referencing several different business owners in the San Jose, CA area] businesses in the United States has more than tripled since 1977 to 1.9 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 Survey of Business Owners, released last December. Of those, about 12,000 are in the Bay Area counties of Santa Clara, Alameda and San Francisco. Few other groups of minority women are starting businesses at a faster clip, according to the report, which is updated every five years.
Black female entrepreneurs are determined to fill a neglected niche and choosing to invest in themselves.

Learn more:  Black women take lead in starting new businesses

Monday, July 04, 2016

WPO Has Been Leaning In Together Forever

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, after encouraging working women everywhere to lean in, now wants you to lean in together.

Sheryl and her LeanIn.Org nonprofit's newest campaign, Together Women Can, is dedicated to women helping other women in the workplace.

Note:  The Women Presidents' Organization has been helping women business owners lean in, work together, and grow businesses for more than a decade.

Read more:  Sheryl Sandberg's new message to women:  'Lean In Together'

Screenshot courtesy:  LeanIn.org's Together Women Can

Monday, June 27, 2016

Women Make Significant Contributions in Our World

Women have been starting businesses at a higher rate than men during the past 20 years.
Forecasts indicate that by 2018, there will be more than 9.72 million new small business jobs created and women are expected to create more than half of them. This is a remarkable increase since 2010, when women-owned businesses created only 16 percent of U.S. jobs.
Our friend and colleague, Dr. Sharon Hadary (pictured), former executive director of the Center for Women's Business Research, said that successful women business owners tend to share some characteristics that set them apart.

To find out what those characteristics are, visit:  Women business owners:  What sets them apart?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

What Fathers Teach Us

Does father know best?  I'd like to think so.  In honor of fathers celebrating Father's Day, we feature nine things CEOs and business leaders learned from dads.

Read more:  Nine Business Leaders Share the Best Lessons They Received From Their Fathers
My own father taught me to always be myself and to stand up for myself, which would teach people how to treat me.
What did you learn from your father?

Monday, June 13, 2016

Dr. Marsha Firestone Helps You Get to the Next Level in Business

How do you reinvent yourself?  Keep your team motivated?  Get to the next level with your business?  Dr. Marsha Firestone, founder and President of the Women Presidents' Organization has your back.
Dr. Firestone [as we know her] is a visionary who works tirelessly to bring together the best minds to inspire the members. She is very passionate about the quality of the organization and what it delivers.
Read:  Women Entrepreneurs Find Their Place Thanks to Dr. Marsha Firestone