Archive for June, 2009

35 Women Under 35 Succeed in Business


The highest flying young women in business forge ahead — despite the tough economic climate.  These are extreme achievers under the age of 35 that have been picked by Management Today (U.K.) as the first generation to go through a recession.

Our 2009 heroines (don’t see any entrepreneurs!) have succeeded in every kind of business: advertising, management consultancy, cosmetics, the law, banking, retail, engineering, property, PR, IT, broadcasting, the arts and the public sector.

Read more here.

Pictured:  Back row left to right:  Laura Stevenson, Ruth Amos, Jade Tong, Kate Hampton; Front row left to right:  Savannah Miller, Samantha Mangwana

Posted by: Laurel Delaney

Supporting Women Is Smart Global Economics


Here’s a thoughtful piece written by Jennifer Yip (search by her name) who is a consultant for the World Bank Group’s Doing Business team.  Opening passage:

At an age when mothers admonish their children to finish their brussels sprouts, my mother issued warnings about the importance of getting a PhD if I wanted to gain the respect of my future husband. Those warnings were followed by the oft-repeated reminder that I should “marry well, so you don’t have to work if you don’t want to.”

Twenty years and a couple of degrees later I’ve often wondered how those two pieces of advice go together. What is the point of getting an advanced degree if I eventually decide not to work?

The smart economics of educated women.

Additional resources:

IMF Survey:  Equality of Sexes is Smart Economics

Smart girls, smart economics | Global Leaders Can Be Made

Gender Equality as Smart Economics

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Why Leadership Is The Next Global Frontier


You have a business but do you have and are you communicating a vision about taking it global?  According to Herminia Ibarra, professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD who conducted a recent groundbreaking study of executive leadership and gender:

Vision is generally believed to be the most critical leadership component and perhaps the main factor separating manager from leader. No matter what other qualities an executive candidate possesses, a perceived lack of vision may prevent advancement to that top role.

Study results–based on the responses of nearly 3,000 male and female executives plus 22,000 of their supervisors, peers and subordinates–ranked women highest in almost every category of leadership except the most crucial one: having and communicating a vision.

Stop what you are doing right now.

Establish a global vision, write it down on a rock, and start talking it up with your employees, independent contractors, vendors, colleagues, friends and family!  Because leadership — the ability to have and communicate a vision — is the next global frontier for women business owners worldwide.

Read more at the Women’s Achilles’ Heel:  The Vision Thing (

Additional resources (related):

INSEAD:  Executive Education, Women Leading Change in Global Business (WLC)

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Photo credit:  Laurel Delaney, Chicago

Global Digital Strategy; Got One?


Today I participated in a live small business online forum (my second one) hosted by Bank of America and labeled as “Cost Effective Strategies to Go Global.”  Here is a sampling of the questions I addressed:

  • How do you leverage social media and networking platforms to grow a business globally?
  • What’s the most effective way to hire and maintain (nurture) independent contractors worldwide while building a global empire during a tough economic time?
  • Is Twitter important? Can it help reach a global audience? If so, what should you be doing to tap into it?
  • What are some key elements involved to run a fit-for-fast-growth type of global small business?
  • Where do you turn to find out if an overseas market is ripe for your type of product or service offering?

Find out my answers here.  And feel free to share your experience via this blog!

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Invest In Women To Improve Our World


Hillary Clinton named Melanne Verveer (pictured) as our Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues.

This is a new position, and hopefully Melanne will have the resources and support she needs to carry out her duties and represent our nation to the world on behalf of women and girls.

Her work with Vital Voices (Vital Voices blog)– an organization that invests in women to improve the world – has given her the experience and the contacts to continue to speak out on behalf of women’s rights.

Read more here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

New Generation of Entrepreneurs Improve Communities and Strengthen Global Economy


United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship recently introduced legislation to increase small business ownership opportunities by improving the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) entrepreneurial development programs.

The bill would boost Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), Women’s Business Centers (WBCs), SCORE and other existing entrepreneurial development programs while creating new programs in support of veterans’ and Native American entrepreneurship.

SBA’s entrepreneurial development programs, including the Women’s Business Center and Small Business Development Center networks, are critical initiatives that assist entrepreneurs in starting and growing their businesses,” said Ranking Member Snowe.

Read more here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Trust in the Global Marketplace


What’s trust got to do with operating in the global marketplace?  Plenty.  It’s the one thing we need and want, yet it’s so hard to get and keep. But why?

Find out at, How To Build Trust, as six trusted colleagues weigh in to share their wisdom on the topic.

T-shirt available here (no affiliation).

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

A Vision to Expand Internationally


Two women, Jolina Karen (pictured) and Lisa Dion, have launched the Quantum Loving Institute (which, in part, teaches clients how to identify what’s truly important to them) with eventual plans to take their business global.

Eventually they see the institute expanding internationally, Dion said.  “We have such a belief that this is so important, that even if the economy continued to tank, we’d keep doing it,” Dion said. “Our vision goes way beyond what’s happening right now.”

Read all about it here.

Photo credit:  Summit Daily/Mark Fox

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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