Archive for November, 2009

Women, The World’s Most Important Economic Resource

I just returned from attending the 2nd edition of the World Entrepreneurship Forum in Lyon, France November 18-21 (full disclosure:  I am a member) and had the great opportunity to meet and brainstorm with high-level thought leaders from more than 40 continents to discuss this year’s focus concerning the role government plays in fostering entrepreneurship on a worldwide level.

The above photo was taken by Pierto (Sipa Press) at the EMLYON Business School during the “What Is So Special About Women Entrepreneurs” workshop where powerful women shared their knowledge about how — and why — women have become the world’s most important economic resource.

About the World Entrepreneurship Forum

Founded at the initiative of EMLYON Business School and KPMG, the World Entrepreneurship Forum benefits from the high patronage of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic. It is the first worldwide think tank dedicated to entrepreneurs, creators of wealth and social justice. It gathers annually more than 100 members of over 40 different nationalities.

For more information: http://www.world-entrepreneurship-forum.com.

Photo credit:  Pierto, Sipa Press.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

 

Women Are Agents of Change

In the global debate about climate change, women have a voice too.

Despite their valuable knowledge and fundamental role in society, women are not sufficiently represented in decision-making procedures on climate change. Hence, their experience and needs are almost completely absent from the political debate. This is a situation which must change.

In order to put the gender dimension on the agenda of environmental policies, women need to be consulted, informed and involved in the climate change debate, at the local, national and international level. The European Union has for a long time been a promoter of gender equality and is a leading actor on the international scene in the context of climate change and environmental policy. But more needs to be done to link both dimensions.

Read more here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Make Your Global Mark

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Now is your chance to make your global mark.  Today is the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 16-22) and is an initiative to inspire young people (that includes YOU!) around the world to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity.

(From Washington, D.C.) — More than 1,000 partners – including top universities, non-profit organizations, successful entrepreneurs, government agencies and corporate sponsors – have currently signed up to support and initiate activities for Global Entrepreneurship Week/USA 2009, Nov. 16 – 22. The Week will engage young people in 87 countries around the world and encourage them to pursue entrepreneurial ideas through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

Got an idea?  Unleash it here at Unleashing Ideas where you can also find out what’s happening around the world right now.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Hope and Desire For the Women of Kibera to Become Self-Sufficient

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Kendal Martel, a photographer, is taking up a fight for people who struggle to survive. She is doing it her own way, one click or shutter speed at a time.

After seeing first hand the poverty and squalor faced by the people who live in the slums of Africa and their desire to rise above it all, Kendal decided to showcase her photography in an exhibit, “Until the Last Seed Grows,” which features the people of Kibera, Africa, with alternately haunting and joyful images that underscore the complexities of these resilient people.

While in Africa, Martel, a graduate of Diboll High School and student at Stephen F. Austin State University, spent time in Kibera, the largest slum in East Africa, which holds close to a million people in an area three-quarters the size of Central Park. There she met members of the Haki Self-Help Group, a grassroots organization dedicated to addressing some of the most pressing problems faced by the people of Kibera: poverty, HIV/AIDS awareness, at-risk children (including the approximately 100,000 children orphaned by parents who died of AIDS) and the unequal treatment of women.

To learn more about the exhibit (that already took place) and to inquire about hosting the exhibit elsewhere, go here (which includes Kendal’s email address).

Photo credit:  “Goddess” by Kendal Martel

Posted by: Laurel Delaney

Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global (WEGG) Turns One

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Happy Birthday No. 1 for Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global (WEGG)!  It was one year ago today that we launched WEGG with the intent that we would grow it into the ultimate global hot spot destination for women entrepreneurs interested in global growth for their business.  Here’s our first post November 7, 2008:

Welcome to Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global (WEGG), a social enterprise dedicated to revolutionizing how women entrepreneurs take their businesses global.

Expect over the course of the next decade that WEGG will help transition tens of millions of women business owners from local to global.

What’s the first thing you should do to prepare yourself and your business for international expansion? Develop the right mindset. Sure it takes guts, fortitude and all sorts of other special qualities to expand a business internationally but more important than anything else, you must start thinking about how you are going to build a global empire before you actually do it.

Let’s start the journey now … together … are you ready?

Thanks to you and your readership, we are still going strong.  We appreciate your interest and especially like it when you comment from time to time because without you, our work would not be nearly as interesting or as much fun.

And to our Contributors, we thank you too for helping us build WEGG into the best little digital resource on the planet for women entrepreneurs who aspire to take their business global.

We expect the future to bring even more surprises, tips, tools, announcements and relevant information to your station, wherever you are based, so stay tuned and get ready for year two that will swing open your door to opportunity in the world of business!

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Power Up Relationships To Do Business With the World

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While perusing the Web, I discovered XING, a global business women’s networking platform. They claim to have 14,000+ members. Are you one? If so, let us know how you leverage the organization to grow your digital connections and business worldwide.

XING

Posted by: Laurel Delaney


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Our mission is to educate women business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide on how to go global so they can run healthier businesses and create a new future for themselves, their families and their community.

Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. EIN/Tax ID #47-2956522.
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