Saturday, January 16, 2021

Use Your Power to Support Female Entrepreneurs

Two women discuss various ways to support female entrepreneurs. Here’s a closer look at their four tips.

  1. Know the difference between real and performative allyship — and practice the former
  2. Take a step beyond mentorship and be a sponsor
  3. Be an active bystander against micro aggressions
  4. Use your votes and dollars to push for bigger policy and ecosystem changes
Read the entire article on ways to be an ally for female entrepreneurs.

Saturday, January 09, 2021

She Works

The products the women make in Uganda at luxury jewelry brand Akola are sold at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and many other retailers.

Akola means “she works” in a local Ugandan dialect, and it was founded as a nonprofit almost 12 years ago with the idea that sustainable job creation is the only way to get women out of poverty. 

Drill down further to see how through a combination of vertically integrated manufacturing, swift innovation in their product offerings and a strategic business model that includes a combination of for-profit and nonprofit entities, the decade-old brand has been able to navigate the Covid pandemic with unwavering commitments to sustainability and social impact.

Saturday, January 02, 2021

Meditate to Focus in 2021

Meditation is an excellent tool to take your mind off the daily hustle and regain your ability to stay focused.  Here are some tips to regain the ability to be attentive to what is truly important.

Meanwhile, have yourself a joyful, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Get Inspired Women Entrepreneurs

We all need inspiration, especially this year.  

As you reflect on the year and what's ahead, check out these successful founders who are also some of the most respected athletes, political figureheads, musicians and performers going. 

The Story Exchange gathered up nine of their favorite motivational quotes from these well-known women who share all that they’ve learned about perseverance, patience, and finding strength.

Get inspired my fellow women entrepreneurs.  The new year is about to begin.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Peace and Joy to Our Escape From Corporate America Friends

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Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year to all our Escape From Corporate America friends.  Peace and Joy.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Ditch the Big Corps and Support the People of Color Small Businesses This Holiday

Small businesses owned by people of color are particularly vulnerable to the economic impacts of COVID-19. So this year, consider ditching the big corporations and opt for patronizing these small businesses instead. 

Despite the economic impacts of the pandemic, the National Retail Federation projects that holiday spending will grow between 3.6% and 5.2% this year. And while patronizing Amazon might get us the latest gadget at a reduced price, dozens of small businesses need your dollars more—especially those owned by people of color. 

Start your shopping now before it's too late.

Saturday, December 05, 2020

Ladies, Don't Ask for Feedback, Ask for Advice Instead

Our friend and esteemed colleague, Dan Pink, Tweeted:

Don't always ask for feedback. It's backward-looking and often not very actionable.

Dan is referencing an article by Dr Amantha Imber, who is the founder of behavioral science consultancy Inventium and the host of How I Work, a podcast about the habits and rituals of the world’s most successful people. 

"For women in particular, feedback can be unhelpful," says Dr. Imber.  "One study conducted by professors Shelley Correll and Caroline Simard at Standard University analyzed over 200 performance reviews across three high-tech companies and a professional services firm. It found that, compared to men, women received feedback that was less likely to be tied to business outcomes and was also more vague and challenging to implement."

Read the entire article at Harvard Business Review.