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11/12/19: Entrepreneur Builds Beauty Business By Building On Beauty Rituals

By Geri Stengel, Forbes

Adiya Dixon Wiggins loves beauty rituals. It’s not just about looking good. It’s about feeling good. This was instilled in her at a very early age. “I grew up spending my summers with my grandmother in Northern New Jersey,” she said. Her grandmother had a beauty salon that was always packed with women. Women came in tired, worn out, and stressed. They left refreshed and rejuvenated.

“It was then that I realized the power of beauty,” said Dixon, founder and president of Yubi Beauty. As a working mother of two and an international counsel of a Fortune 1000 company, she started her day early and ended it late, and often had to travel. She had little time for the personal care and beauty rituals that she knew would lift her spirits.

“The beauty industry wasn’t meeting the needs of women,” she thought. “Something was fundamentally wrong.”

Read more here.

10/28/19: Five Reasons To Work For A Woman-Owned Small Business

By Kathy Miller Perkins, Forbes

Have you taken stock lately of where work fits into your priorities? Our jobs represent a more significant proportion of our life than any other single endeavor. No wonder we want our work to be meaningful.

Of course, unless we are volunteering, we are working for a paycheck. Yet our wages don’t inspire and engage us, nor do they provide us with a sense of purpose. Most of us find meaning in work that enables us to use our strengths, learn and make a positive contribution to our companies and the world.

Here is some advice to job seekers, whether you are just entering the workforce or looking for a new job: Take a look at small businesses, especially those that are owned by women. Why? Because these companies provide supportive work environments, offer opportunities for personal growth and can enable you to make a meaningful contribution to society through your work.

Read more here.

10/25/19: Assessing the Translatability of Your Content

By Eriksen Translations, founded by WPEO-NY WBE Vigdis Eriksen

Your team has been working hard developing strong, effective copy for your global communication plan. Now it’s time for translation. Everyone is eager to see the project through to completion, and there’s no room in the timeline or budget for surprises.

How can you be sure your content is easily translatable?

Read more here.

09/26/19: Women's representation on boards reaches a milestone

By Anne Stych, BizWomen

Women now hold more than 20 percent of the board seats at the top 3,000 publicly-traded companies, an achievement that reaches the goal set by national advocacy group 2020 Women on Boards a year early.

Data governance company Equilar Inc. analyzed gender representation on the boards of directors at companies in the Russell 3,000 Index, which represents about 98 percent of all publicly traded U.S. companies, and found that women now hold 20.2 percent of board seats.

Read more here.

08/28/19: 8 Female Executives On The Habits They Gave Up

By Lindsay Tigar, Fast Company

There are many theories about how long it takes to form a habit. Some say 21 days. Others argue it’s more like 60, or more. Whatever the case, some aspects of our routine are beneficial to our personal and professional growth, while others just slow us down. For leaders who are tasked with not only meeting their own goals but also guiding others, paying attention to negative patterns is essential. That’s why these women, across industries, stopped apologizing. Or adding a “maybe” to every sentence. Or opted to do things their way–even if it wasn’t the “right” way.

We asked eight impressive female executives to describe the habits they’re glad they gave up:

Read more here.

08/21/19: 5 Ways To Galvanize The Next Generation Of Multicultural Businesses Owners

By Carla Harris, Swaay

Thirty years on Wall Street has taught me a few things about being a woman in the business world that I’d like to share with the next generation of multicultural women who want to start and scale a business. In the early days of my career, I had my own personal missteps amidst numerous victories.

I always vowed that when I reached senior management, and people came to me for advice, I would provide them with the tools, strategies and pearls of wisdom honed by my own experience. That’s why it is such an honor to be chair of the National Women’s Business Council and have an independent platform from which to share my pearls of wisdom. Here are five of my “Carla’s Pearls:”

Read more here.

08/15/19: Public Perception Finally Agrees: Women are as Competent as Men

By Anne Stych, BizWomen

Public perception has finally caught up with the idea that women are as competent as men — or even more so, a new study found.

The increased confidence in women’s abilities over several decades has been driven by women’s steadily-increasing participation in the workforce and increased attainment of advanced degrees, researchers found.

Read more here.

08/13/19: How I became the CFO of my own life

By Phyllis Newhouse, CEO of Xtreme Solutions, Inc.

How engaged are you in your finances?

Some avoid dealing with their personal finances because they experience financial fear or believe they lack expertise, with many married women today still leaving investments and money management to their husbands. Or, perhaps you just haven’t taken that extra step to ensure you’re on the right track to maximize your wealth.

Many years ago, I realized that if I truly wanted to achieve my goals, I needed to approach my finances intentionally. How could I run a successful business if my own affairs weren’t in order? So, I began running my household finances much as I would a business. I became the CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of my own life.

Read more here.

08/07/19: Better Benefits Means A Better Bottom Line

By Geri Stengel, Forbes

The number one concern of million-dollar-plus women-led businesses is talent recruitment and retention, according to the 2019 EY WPO Business Outlook. More than one third of respondents— 37%  — said that attracting and retaining talent was a challenge. The survey was conducted among EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women participants. These are successful and ambitious women entrepreneurs who take the Winning Women leadership program and become part of its community. This research was also conducted among Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) members. WPO accelerates business growth and enhances competitiveness through its peer advisory groups. “Entrepreneurs learn best from each other,” said Marsha Firestone, Ph.D. its president and founder.

Read more here.

08/05/19: From Project To Movement: Unleashing The Potential Of Business Transformation

By Maril MacDonald, Founder & CEO of Gagen MacDonald; The Holmes Report

Large companies today are contending with an astonishing array of challenges. They must simultaneously continually reinvent themselves to fend off disruption, deliver quarterly results to satisfy shareholders, compete for top talent in a brutal battlefield, confront political instability and uncertainty, protect their brand and reputation, and nurture their organizational culture. In short, they’re driving constant transformation.

When things feel unruly or overwhelming, our impulse is to try to organize them in a way that makes them seem manageable. We create projects.

Read more here.

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