Archive for March, 2013

Coca Cola Co. and IFC Initiative to Help Female Entrepreneurs in Emerging Markets


Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. is working on a new project to benefit Coke and empower female entrepreneurs around the world.

Coke is teaming up with the International Finance Corp. (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, which will provide $100 million in financing over three years to female members of the supply chain who are key to Coke’s ability to sell beverages in more than 200 countries.

Read the entire article here.  More here.

Related article:  5by20 | Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global

Photo courtesy:  5by20 News Center:  The Coca-Cola Company

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Are Ready to Lead In All Aspects of Business Worldwide


As General Partner at Norwest Venture Partners Sonya Brown (pictured) says:

“Women are in a key position to take on all aspects of the current business environment including networking, technology, social networks – and more. They are more open to seeking resources and relationships to help with this balancing act and tend to leverage their networks to identify the best available resources to streamline their lives and accelerate their companies.”

And don’t you think social business also means more women worldwide starting businesses or taking their businesses wherever their customers are?
Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

The Whole World Is Irish On St. Patrick’s Day

©Laurel Delaney 2013.  "St. Patrick's Day Hat"

©Laurel Delaney 2013. “St. Patrick’s Day Hat”

For the Irish, a fighting spirit and a bright smile comes from within a person.  On this special day, which is my favorite day of the year – St. Patrick’s Daywe are all Irish.   Cast that smile wide and hug whoever is next to you right now.  And I’ll leave you with this:

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go. ~ Irish blessing

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney who is very Irish!

Photo courtesy:  ©Laurel Delaney 2013.  All rights reserved.

Together, We Can Elevate the Status of Women and Girls Worldwide

Sec. of State Kerry with former Sec. of State Clinton

Sec. of State Kerry with former Sec. of State Clinton

The promotion of international women’s issues as a key component of U.S. diplomatic and development efforts cannot begin and end with former Secretary Clinton’s personal interest and hard work.  Newly appointed Secretary of State John Kerry must ensure that the initiatives and funding for women’s and girls’ issues championed by former Secretary Clinton continue over the next four years.

During her four years as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton was a global advocate for women’s rights and championed the security, health, and empowerment of women and girls throughout her record-breaking number of trips and meetings with world leaders and communities around the world. Her leadership and well-known personal interest in these issues dismantled silos and integrated women’s and girls’ issues across programs and offices at the State Department.

Read more here.

Illustration credit:  Center for American Progress

How Six Female Global Leaders Use Technology for Good


Whether protecting cultural treasures, using public data to study and solve environmental problems or encouraging entrepreneurs to improve health care, these women are rocking the universe with their greater good efforts.  Each of the following individuals have received the annual Dewey Winburne Community Service Award, named after a teacher who showed children from tough backgrounds how to put digital technology tools to work.

Madhura Bhat:  Encouraging Entrepreneurs to Improve Health Care

Arlene Ducao:  Mapping Global Hotspots

Amanda Quraishi:  Fighting Homelessness With Social Media

Elena Lagoudi:  Developing Art and Life Stories in Greece

Elizabeth Davidson and Maurya Couvares:  Helping Teenagers Get Tech Skills

Read:  How 10 Leaders Use Technology for Good (six are women)

Illustration credit:  Elizabeth Davidson and Maurya Couvares,

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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