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Meet Sara Murray, a Most Promising Woman Entrepreneur 2014

British entrepreneur Sara Murray, 45, has been named one of Fortune magazine’s ‘Ten Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs 2014’ for her creation of buddi, the tagging system originally designed to locate lost children.

Now used by more than 100 local authorities in the UK to help monitor the vulnerable, it has also been taken up by police forces on three continents to keep track of offenders.  Murray set up the firm in 2005 after temporarily losing her child in a supermarket.

Congratulations Sara!  We are very proud of you.

Read the entire article:  Sara Murray is named one of the ‘Ten Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs 2014′

Photo courtesy:  buddi

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

(Note: I am giving my second webinar for WIPP on Developing Export Sales and Distribution Tuesday, October 14th at noon ET.  Feel free to participate (it’s free). For more information and to register, visit: http://www.wipp.org/events/event_details.asp?id=454556)

Enabling Women Entrepreneurs to Make Better Use of Technology to Grow Their Businesses Globally

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Recently, the U.S. Department of State announced a new partnership between Ernst & Young (EY) and the Bureau of Information Resource Management’s Office of eDiplomacy at the Department of State outlining a public-private partnership that will directly benefit women entrepreneurs in four Latin American countries as part of the Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas Initiative (WEAmericas).

WEAmericas was launched  in 2012 by President Obama at the Summit of the Americas. WEAmericas leverages public-private partnerships to encourage inclusive economic growth in the Western Hemisphere. The initiative reduces barriers and increases opportunities for women entrepreneurs to start and grow small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) by improving: access to markets; access to capital; skills and capacity building; and leadership opportunities.

Under the partnership, EY will contribute to the long-term impact of four interactive technology workshops called “TechCamps” which the Department will conduct over the next six months.  These workshops will enable women entrepreneurs in those countries to make better use of technology to grow their businesses [globally].

Learn more:  U.S. Department of State and Ernst & Young (EY) Announce Partnership in Support of Women Entrepreneurs in the Americas

Screenshot courtesy:  EY

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

The Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS) Puts in Request: Women Entrepreneurs Should Increase Exports

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The Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS) in Singha Durbar, Kathmandu recently met with women entrepreneurs associated with the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Association Nepal (FWEAN) to discuss export potentials and transit issues with neighboring India and Bangladesh.

What came out of the meeting?

In the meeting, officials of the ministry requested women entrepreneurs to increase export of products with maximum value addition.

Further, MoCS wants to support women entrepreneurs on the development of products that have a competitive edge.

Read more:  Women entrepreneurs told to raise value addition in export

(Separately but related to exporting, great to connect with many of you on the WIPP exporting webinar.  I’ll be presenting the next one (complimentary) 10/14.  Be sure to join in!)

Photo courtesy:  FWEAN

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

 

 

Investing In Women Is Fair and Right and Makes Sense (and Here’s Why)

Samoa

Samoa

According to Samoa International Trade Centre (ITC) executive director Arancha Gonzalez, women put back 90 per cent of their earnings into the community compared to 40 per cent with men.  “It’s a statistic that shows why investing in women is not just fair or right but actually makes sense,” says Gonzalez.

Further, “because women re-invest in the communities so heavily they are a powerful instrument to achieve development.”

According to Gonzalez, only one per cent of the global procurement market goes to women.  The Samoa program will help women’s groups produce enough quantities, with the necessary quality standards, packaging and labeling.

I just love the quote that is mentioned in the article:

“The Body Shop founder, the late Anita Roddick, said many years ago: “If you can’t see the face of the farmer in what you are doing, then what you are doing is wrong.”

Read more … Women Invest 90% Back Into Communities

Photo courtesy:  NeilsPhotography

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

 

 

WOW! International Go Topless Day?

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“International Go Topless Day” 2014.

I had to read this twice to understand what was happening.  On August 24th, New Yorkers – men and women alike – ditched their shirts and joined people around the world in celebration of “International Go Topless Day.”

According to the New York Post:

Around 200 bare-chested men and women chanted “Free your Breasts! Free your mind!” as they proudly marched from Columbus Circle down to Times Square and over to Bryant Park in the name of equality.

A little history from Gawker on why this is happening:

Every year since 2007, on the Sunday before Women’s Equality Day, self-described topless activists have marched in cities across the globe, demonstrating and celebrating the idea that women and men have the same right to bare their chests in public. They’re right, of course: it is dated and silly and prude to allow men to traipse around shirtless, showing off pecs, without letting women do so too.

Learn more here and let me know if you are for, against or participated at the “International Go Topless Day!”

Photo Credit: rbatina

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Meet Two Asia-Pacific finalists for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

 Jackie Stenson (L) and Diana Jue (R) of Essmart Global

Jackie Stenson (L) and Diana Jue (R) of Essmart Global

Jackie Stenson (L) and Diana Jue (pictured) bring social-impact technology to the populations who need it through their company Essmart Global.  This was a dream they nurtured during their undergraduate years at MIT.  They have been nominated as the Asia-Pacific finalists for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards and the only women from India on this list.

After beginning operations, we’ve been supported by members of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, which we won in 2012. We’re also supported by Echoing Green, which awarded us fellowships in 2013. Finally, our wonderful friends and family have supported us, even when they weren’t quite sure about what we were doing.”

Read the entire article:  EsSMART Cookies!  Two Women Asia-Pacific Finalists of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

Related post (2/1/14):  Calling All Women-Led Business Owners, In All Countries and All Industries

Screenshot courtesy of:  Deccan Chronicle

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Shaping the Future of Women in Business Worldwide

Grand Hyatt, Beijing

Grand Hyatt, Beijing

According to The United Nations, “the Asia-Pacific economy would grow by an additional $89 billion annually if women were able to achieve their full economic potential.”  Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia Pacific region.

The APEC Women Leadership Forum has its program coming up soon – August 20 – 22nd.  They will discuss on how to enhance business networking, congregate role models to mentor next-generation leaders, explore new growth strategies to harness sustainable growth, and challenges and opportunities faced by women in business, at the Grand Hyatt Beijing.

Learn more:  The Forum (August 20-22, 2014) 

Submit your application (by-invitation-only event) here.

Photo Credit: flashinglens

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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