Monday, October 27, 2014

Article of Interest: 4 Essential Shark Tools for Success

Stacey Alcorn, author and entrepreneur, chats with New York real estate mogul turned Shark Tank television personality Barbara Corcoran about what it takes to build a multimillion-dollar empire. The interview appeared in Entrepreneur.

Barbara Corcoran's Essential Shark Tools for Success

Monday, October 20, 2014

Article of Interest: Women Business Owners Are Turning to Technology To Improve Their Companies

According to a new survey, released by PNC Financial Services Group:
68 percent of women business owners are likely to focus on ways to improve cash flow, 48 percent plan to start or continue to upgrade technology to improve efficiency and 44 percent will add technology to improve customer experiences.
Beth Marcello, director of women's business development at PNC says, "These women owners are prepared to leverage technology and focus on efficiency until they see more growth in the economy and their sales."

Read the article:  Women Business Owners Focused on Technology, Improving Cash Flow

Visit:  PNC Insights

Note:  PNC is a national sponsor to WPO and we so appreciate their support.

Screenshot courtesy:  PNC Insights

Monday, October 13, 2014

News of Interest: Women Presidents' Organization 2014 Business Outlook Survey

A study released recently by the Women Presidents' Organization - 2014 Business Outlook Survey (sponsored by KeyBank's Key4Women Program - showed that 33% of women reported using their own money to start their businesses, with less than 1% saying they received venture capital or angel investing.
"The networks that are established by their male counterparts don't always include the opportunity for women to participate," said Dr. Marsha Firestone, founder of the WPO. "I don't say that in terms of being critical of men. That's just the way the networks work."
Other key findings from the study include:
  • The economic downturn has loosened its grip on women business owners.  Just eight percent of WPO members said they believe economic conditions are the biggest threat to their bottom-line growth, a dramatic drop from last year’s findings, when half of the respondents cited the economic downturn as their biggest worry.
  • Women-led businesses grew three times faster than the national average, a growth rate of 25% or more, compared to 5.4% average U.S. business growth.
Learn more:  Women at the top struggle for funding (CNN Money)

Monday, October 06, 2014

Article of Interest: Meet the New CEO of Life

Image source @STEMwomen
Imagine a life where every girl has an opportunity.  She speaks clearly and confidently.  She skillfully negotiates anything she wants.  She stands up to social pressures.  She builds a global network of mentors and sponsors.  Sounds like WPO members but in this case, meet the official Miss CEO, a website.

A little background:
In August 2014, Stanford professor of mathematics Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to win the Fields Medal, often described as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.

As the Stanford community celebrates Mirzakhani’s achievement, its members are also working to bring more young women into non-traditional fields like Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In July and August this year, an organization called Miss CEO held a series of workshops sponsored by Stanford’s Department of Bioengineering, intended to equip young women with the skills necessary to thrive academically and professionally, particularly in STEM fields.
Now we get it.

Read the entire article:  Young women take the lead in STEM - The Clayman Institute for Gender Research