November 15, 2016

Do you ever ask yourself, what should I do with my life, or what can I do that is more meaningful? Or, I haven’t been employed in a long time — who would want to hire me? It can be daunting to make big improvements in your life, such as finding a new job or switching careers. And, when you're already busy, stretched and overloaded, it can feel downright impossible. In this Ellevate Network Jam Session, Stacy Kim, Ph.D, founder of Life Junctions coaching practice and author of the book The Lighthouse Method, explains why smart women tend to be more prone to getting stuck. Stacy shares concrete steps for starting on a new path and prepares you for possible pitfalls. Read more here.

November 10, 2016

Connie Mckeage is in the Sydney office of her ASX-listed company OneVue, discussing lessons in equal opportunity. “It was 1976. I was the only woman working in a petrol station, and we had these red polyester suits,” she says of her first job. “Mum would iron it and they would sparkle. I thought they were pretty cool.” It’s easy to imagine Mckeage back then in Canada. “I used to do it all except change the tyres and the oil. The guys would do that. But I was getting all the tips, because I was the girl. Fifty dollars a day.” [...] Mckeage, along with tech entrepreneur and BRW Young Rich lister Cyan Ta’eed and scientist Dr Jennifer MacDiarmid are among a handful of women to have built multimillion-dollar companies in Australia, and are all finalists in this year’s Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence with Ta’eed and MacDiarmid winners in the Business Enterprise and Innovation categories respectively. Their companies prove that female-led businesses can crack the big time. Read more here.

November 8, 2016

As a woman entrepreneur in the media industry, I’m constantly aware of women’s representation (or lack thereof) in American and global institutions. As election day arrives, I’m so excited by the possibility that this day could end with a woman elected to the oval office. And it’s not because I think she’s flawless. (In reality, I’m a bit of a pacifist and she’s definitely not.) But politics aside, the election of Hillary Clinton to the presidency will change the lives of girls and young women just by happening. Because representation matters. Being able to see yourself, to really picture yourself in a career makes a huge difference. Especially when you’re an impressionable kid. Think about all the leaders we might have lost because their little kindergarten peers told them, “girls can’t be president.” Read more here.

November 7, 2016

From an annual survey of entrepreneurs, an interesting trend has emerged: Firms owned by women are making money at a faster rate than men. Data from the Kauffman Foundation's analysis of the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs and the Survey of Business Owners reveals that revenues of women-owned firms increased by nearly 9 percent between 2014 and 2016. By comparison, male-owned firms' revenue was about the same during the same time period. Read more here.