Archive for March, 2009

Engage With Global Markets


A study conducted for the Foundation of Canadian Women Entrepreneurs* by Vancouver-based  Service-Growth Consultants, Inc. shed light on six tips to help women entrepreneurs export:

1.  Be realistic.

2.  Stay focused and plan ahead.

3.  Network relentlessly.

4.  Engage with the global market.

5.  Use the technology.

6.  Invest in yourself.

Read the entire tip sheet here.

Additional resources for Canadian women business owners involved in international trade can be found here and here and here.

Note:  *Cannot find a website for Foundation of Canadian Women Entrepreneurs.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

How To Change The World; It Begins With The Blue Sweater


Jacqueline Novogratz is founder and CEO of Acumen Fund and author of The Blue Sweater, an inspiring memoir about a quest to understand global poverty and a determination to find ways to conquer it. In case you don’t much about her work, read her guest post, Building Value in the Developing World, over at Fortune’s Postcards.

Here’s an excerpt of her story:

Over the past two-plus decades, I’ve committed my life to understanding global connectedness and issues of poverty. In 2001, after working for more than seven years for the Rockefeller Foundation, I founded Acumen Fund, a nonprofit venture capital fund that invests in the poor. We don’t believe in traditional aid. We hold the recipients of our loans and equity stakes accountable to clear goals.

We’ve funded A To Z, a company in Tanzania that today produces more than 20 million anti-malarial bed nets annually and employs over 7,000 people, mostly women. We’ve invested in Mumbai’s first emergency ambulance service that serves rich and poor alike (and whose yellow ambulances were ubiquitous in the news coverage of last November’s attacks in that city). We’ve supported the development and distribution of drip irrigation systems that allow hundreds of thousands of poor farmers in India and Pakistan to double or even triple their crop yields and income. We’ve invested more than $40 million in enterprises that have brought safe water, affordable health care, housing, and alternative energy to low-income people in South Asia and East Africa.

Catch her new book, The Blue Sweater, at Amazon. Watch video clip about ending poverty at TED (current one here).

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

The World Is Ready To Invest In Women


President Obama recently announced the creation of a new position, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, at the State Department. Melanne Verveer, a widely respected women’s advocate and former top aide to then first lady Hillary Clinton, will fill that role.

Critical strides are also being made globally. In Rwanda, a country devastated by genocide, women have become a key part of the nation’s rebirth. Under the leadership of President Paul Kagame, more than half of the parliament is made up of women. In Liberia, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf made history when she became the first female president on the African continent.

In the Middle East, Kuwait has emerged as a leader in women’s suffrage and political participation. And in the United Arab Emirates, women such as Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, minister of foreign trade, have been trailblazers for progress throughout the region.

We all know that investing in the education of women improves lives and creates a brave new world.

Read the entire commentary by Dina Habib Powell here.

Additional resources related to the commentary:

Global Private Sector Leaders Forum

More on Dina Habib Powell’s initiatives here.

[Pictured above:  Dina Habib Powell, global head of corporate engagement at Goldman Sachs, served as U.S. assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs from 2005 to 2007.]

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Exim Bank Wakes Up Sleeping Giant: Women Entrepreneurs


Exim Bank, known for supporting the financing of U.S. goods and services; turning export opportunities into real transactions; and, maintaining and creating more U.S. jobs (refer to their U.S. Small Business Exporters page), has just launched a unique women’s lending package which is part of its commitment to helping a sleeping giant segment grow and expand a business: women entrepreneurs.

The loans, issued to women entrepreneurs through Exim Bank`s retail banking regions and used for business start-ups, expansion, capital needs, or help with cash flow, according to the bank’s Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Christine Manyenye.

Referred to as Women Entrepreneurs Finance Program (WEF) — it has been designated to address some of the issues that impede women`s access to finance.

Exim Bank has already trained nearly 100 women in Moshi (e.g., a Tanzanian town), over 100 others in Arusha and more than 50 in Karatu. The Bank`s mission will proceed to Morogoro where they target 100 women, in Mtwara 75, Tanga 100, Mwanza, 100 and 200 in Comoro Islands by early April this year.

Exim Bank is a member of the Global Banking Alliance (GBA) for Women, a worldwide group of banks that are sharing best practices in order to accelerate the global growth and development of women`s businesses and women’s wealth creation.

Read more here.

Posted by: Laurel Delaney

How To Remain Competitive in the Global Workforce


Building a solid business or finding and keeping a great job is going to require a lot more effort during our current economic downturn.

If you want to give yourself every possible advantage, it’s time to expect more from yourself. Guest blogger Jennifer Kushell (President and co-founder of YSN) at Women Entrepreneurs |SCORE firmly believes that the smartest thing you can do to be competitive in the global workforce is to become more globally savvy, aware, skilled, refined, and cultured.

Stop thinking of your own city or country as your community and start thinking of yourself as a citizen of the world.

She offers five tips on how to go about it here.

Posted by: Laurel Delaney

You Are Invited To Celebrate International Women’s Day


Celebrating International Women’s Day, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s Council for the Global Retention of Women (GROW) will host a Webcast on Friday, March 6, 2009, featuring leading executives from around the world.

This 60-minute market-driven panel discussion will:

• Explore how the current state of the economy is both a challenge and an opportunity for women and organizations.
• Offer insights into how the workplace has changed and is changing for women around the world.
• Discuss best practices around gender diversity programs.


• Sharon Allen, chairman of the board, Deloitte LLP, and member of the board of directors of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
• Hutham S. Olayan, president and CEO, Olayan America Corporation, and director, The Olayan Group
• Mirella Visser, CEO, Centre for Inclusive Leadership and president, European Professional Women’s Network
• Kaori Sasaki, president and CEO, eWoman Inc. and president, UNICUL International Inc.


• Ellen Galinsky, co-founder and president, Families and Work Institute

Opening remarks:

• James H. Wall, managing director talent, chief diversity officer, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Time will be provided for Q&A.

Registration is required.

Date: Friday 6 March 2009
Location: Register here
Time: 8:00 am ET MT (GMT-5)

For more information on International Women’s Day at Deloitte, visit here.

Posted by: Laurel Delaney

Women Unite in Engineering Across the Globe


The next generation of engineers and innovators will face new challenges and will be called upon to play a vital role in helping solve the world’s future health, safety, environmental and economic problems.

To help prepare these future leaders, National Engineers Week Foundation presents the 5th Annual Global Marathon for, by and about Women in Engineering.

Sponsored by Agilent, Motorola and the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, this live, 24-hour worldwide forum provides information, insight, and inspiration for women and girls on topics related to careers in engineering and technology.

The Global Marathon begins at noon (EDT) Wednesday, March 11th and runs continuously through noon (EDT), Thursday, March 12th.

“The Global Marathon is a great way to unite women from different cultures who have similar goals and experiences,” said Maria de Magalhaes, a BP environmental engineer/advisor helping to organize the marathon in UK/Europe. “As a woman who was educated in Portugal, Austria and the UK, I am just one example of the global nature of engineering and science. Engineering is a worldwide enterprise and that diversity makes us stronger as innovators and thought leaders.”

This year’s Global Marathon is themed “Connecting Women to Engineer a Better Future; Because Dreams Need Doing.”

To get involved and learn more, visit here.

Posted by: Laurel Delaney

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