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To Succeed, Women Must be Confident and Competent

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Is lack of confidence holding women back?  Authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman (pictured) make a good argument in The Atlantic that it is:

Even as our understanding of confidence expanded, however, we found that our original suspicion was dead-on: there is a particular crisis for women—a vast confidence gap that separates the sexes. Compared with men, women don’t consider themselves as ready for promotions, they predict they’ll do worse on tests, and they generally underestimate their abilities. This disparity stems from factors ranging from upbringing to biology.

Read the entire provocative article:  The Confidence Gap

Photo credit:  Heidi Gutman/ABC

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

8 Tips From a Turkish Television Star

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President Barack Obama with Baybars Altuntas.

What does a television star have to do with growing global?  Plenty and through an interview, I had a chance to bring it all out. First though, it started with having the perfect combination of collaborating on a book deal (“Planet Entrepreneur“), being a member of the same global entrepreneurial membership organization (World Entrepreneurship Forum) and wanting to stay in touch with an amazing human being:  Baybars Altuntas.

That’s how I pulled off interviewing Baybars (http://baybarsaltuntasnotes.com/about/), who in addition to being a Turkish star, is an global entrepreneur, best-selling author, angel investor, columnist, president of Deulcom International-Economist 100 Franchise Brand of Turkey-president of the Business Angels Association of Turkey, executive board member of the European Trade Association for Business Angels & Seed Funds (EBAN) and the World Entrepreneurship Forum’s ambassador to Turkey and the Balkan countries.

Here’s what came out of our discussion.  You’ll find eight tips for becoming a global entrepreneur.

Read the entire interview:  An Interview With Turkish Star, Global Entrepreneur and Best-Selling Author, Baybars Altuntas

Photo courtesy Baybars Altuntas

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Female Beef Producers Talk Exports

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Two female beef industry leaders, Josie Angus and Prue Bondfield, both exceptionally knowledgeable on the opportunities and challenges involved with exporting produce, talk exports.

Josie Angus runs Signature Beef, a family beef company in Australia that has grown to successfully brand and market to customers in 24 countries internationally.

Prue Bondfield, along with her husband David, runs Palgrove Charolais.  They are strong in Australian beef cattle genetics and are focusing on exports of genetics and beef to Asia, having successfully marketed genetic product into a number of other export markets already.

Learn more:  Leading female beef producers talk export opportunities

Photo credit:  Alexandre Dulaunoy

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

(Note:  This post does not reflect our view on the treatment and welfare of animals.)

Women Carry the Weight of Water on Their Backs in Developing Countries

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According to Gemma Bulos in her article “Water, Dignity and Sustainable Livelihoods for Women in Kenya,” women outnumber male entrepreneurs in developing economies because they face higher barriers to entry in the formal labor market and have to resort to entrepreneurship as a way out of poverty.

From Africa to Asia and elsewhere around the globe, the containers, the clothes, and the scenery may be different but the experience is the same. Women carry the weight of water on their backs, literally and figuratively. Worldwide, it is estimated that on a single day women can spend over 200 billion collective hours fetching water. It is difficult to imagine how little water some families, like this one in Kenya, have available on a daily basis – less water than two flushes of our Western toilet. Consider the opportunities lost for women and girls when their day is spent on water-related chores.

Read the entire article here.

Photo courtesy:  One Laptop Per Child

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Gains in Women’s Status and Gender Equality Worldwide

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program released Women’s Lives and Challenges: Equality and Empowerment since 2000 (PDF, 18171K), a report that assesses gains in women’s status and gender equality worldwide.

This report, among the most extensive recent assessments of women’s status, looks at women’s progress in four continents and more than 45 countries.  Women’s Lives and Challenges evaluates trends in women’s employment, domestic decision-making, exposure to violence, and access to education and health care.

Learn more:  USAID to Release Women’s Lives and Challenges Report

Illustration credit:  The DHS Program

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Are the Most Important Resource on the Continent

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According to, “Africa:  Women the Driving Force of Africa’s Development, Business Seminar Told:”

“Women are the most important resource on the continent but they have been marginalized for too long. If we leave them behind it will be like a two-engine plane flying with one engine . . . will it go anywhere?” he [deputy chairperson of the African Union, Mr. Erasmus Mwencha] said

Mwencha went on to say, “… women contributed at least 50 percent of production output and yet owned 1 percent of assets on the continent [Africa], including land.”

Read the entire article here.

Oh, and one other fantastic comment by Mwencha:

“… I believe women have special skills and high energy and they will contribute very strongly in the development of the continent.”

Photo courtesy:  hdptcar

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Use Technology to Grow Global

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

There’s No Shortage of Ideas in Dubai

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Dubai Metro

As with entering any new market, you must do your homework, be at the right place at the right time, select a good idea, rely on a little luck and have the finances to support your effort.  Dubai is a worth a look but explore with caution.

Unfortunately, many who enter the market do so without an in-depth study of the potential risk possibilities, competitive analysis, or roadblocks for the product or service they are looking to represent. There are government rules and requirements needed to bring a product into the country, and not doing your due diligence can cause your product to be stuck at customs for months, or completely rejected causing great expense to any new business owner.

There’s absolutely no shortage of business ideas in Dubai, making it difficult to come up with something fresh and something new.  So choose a brilliant idea (something no one else is doing), be diligent, do your homework and prepare for success.

Read the entire article here.

Photo courtesy:  Fabio Achilli

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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