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!

Monday, March 06, 2017

New Research Supports Women in STEM

Recently, Congress passed two bills designed to promote women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions, and presented them to the White House.  And on February 28, President Trump signed these two bills—The INSPIRE Women Act, and The Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act—into law.

The National Women’s Business Council’s latest research supports the need for solutions such as these that seek to address the disparity between men and women’s STEM workforce participation and commercialization efforts.

Read more here.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Only Real Failure in Business Is Giving Up

Founder of SB Projects, Scooter Braun, manages superstars like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Kanye West and Usher, and has broken more new music acts than any executive in the last decade.  He was also ranked one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Below he talks about 9 golden lessons for success in business and in life.  One is never giving up.  But you already knew that, right?

Go here to read the article.

Monday, February 20, 2017

After the Success of Women's March, What Happens Now?

More than a million people who turned out on January 21st for women’s marches in all 50 states have put down their signs, taken off their pink hats and ended their calls to action after what was an extraordinary display of solidarity for women's rights.

A critical question remains: What happens now?  How do you channel all that passion and energy into action that produces political change?

Read more here.

For the Week of Action Toolkit, visit here.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Color Outside the Lines

How can you find or reignite that passion to start and grow a business?  It's not easy for if it were, everyone would be doing it. Success Magazine asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council what advice they would give themselves.  Here's what they shared -- there are , in toto, 9 lessons.

No. 1:  Color outside the lines.
No. 2:  Don't doubt yourself.

Read more here.

Monday, February 06, 2017

A President's Secret Weapon: Other Presidents

According to Leo Bottary, a thought leader, speaker and educator on the topic of peer advantage, we learn best in groups.
This is why it's so essential for CEOs [Presidents] to surround themselves with other CEOs [Presidents] who are committed to listening more than talking, learning more than judging, and discovering what being a great CEO [President] is truly all about. Joining a pear advisory ...
The Women Presidents' Organization serves such a purpose -- allowing you every month to be with people like you, yet different from you, with whom you can share common aspirations and challenges that allow you to take your business to new heights.

Read more here.

Monday, January 30, 2017

What Differentiates Successful Women Business Owners From Mediocre Ones?

Our friend and esteemed colleague, Dr. Sharon Hadary, a recognized thought leader on women's leadership and entrepreneurship, writes a wonderful article for the Beatrice Daily Sun on "Top Ten Characteristics of Successful Women Business Owners."

Discover whether you have any of these great qualities and if you don't, you have your work cut out for you!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Women March Worldwide in Solidarity

Hundreds of thousands attended Women's Marches around the world in solidarity on Saturday, January 21, 2017.  Worldwide, including in London, Paris, Berlin and Tokyo, an estimated 3 million people participated in the march, according to organizers.

USA had big city representation from New York, Chicago (grew from 75,000 to 250,000), Denver, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, San Jose, Los Angeles and Seattle, to name just a few, to march together for equal rights, women's rights, and human rights in general.

Read more here.  Our country and the economy must prioritize women entrepreneurs for future prosperity.

Monday, January 16, 2017

A Look at Some Powerful Female Entrepreneurs

These sixteen redefined power by building their own businesses against all odds.  From fashion designers to tech giants, the following are power women who are the best of the best in female entrepreneurs.

Read more here.

Monday, January 09, 2017

What Inspires You to be a Great Leader?

As we move along in a new year, many business owners always want the $5 answer to the million dollar question:  How do you get inspiration to think differently and stir positive change within your organization?

It starts with lifelong learning.  And you've got to carve out the time.  Here are a few good books to read in 2017.

Monday, January 02, 2017