Archive for May, 2013

Invest in Women Who Change the World


CrowdRise is a unique blend of crowdfunding, social networking, contests, and other good stuff.  It is about giving back, raising lots of money for great causes and having a whole lot of fun while doing it.

The CrowdRise community was named a “Top 25 Best Global Philanthropist” by Barron’s. We beat Oprah. And, Mashable named CrowdRise something like “the best place to raise money online for your favorite causes.” CrowdRise is one of the fastest growing online fundraising websites. We used to try to keep CrowdRise a secret but we’re making a slight change and encouraging you to tell two friends and one person who you don’t like all that much about the site.

Let’s go with The RaiseForWomen Challenge – a fundraising event on Crowdrise (already raising more than $500,000)!

Illustration courtesy:  The RaiseForWomen Challenge, Crowdrise

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Should Be An Integral Part of World Progress


At the recent Forbes Women’s Summit 2013 in New York entitled “Power Redefined; Generations Unite to Change the World,” Badr Jafar, CEO of Crescent Enterprises, a UAE-based conglomerate operating across multiple core sectors of the global economy was the only man invited to speak at the event with over 200 participants of women global CEO’s and public officials.  He focused on the challenges and opportunities facing women within the Arab economies.

“So when it comes to women and entrepreneurship; by ensuring that the business model includes and promotes women at every level, we will be alleviating the level of unemployment, felt acutely by women, as well as adding real and tangible value to our companies,” says Badr Jafar, CEO of Crescent Enterprises, a UAE-based conglomerate operating across multiple core sectors of the global economy.

Read the entire article:  Women Entrepreneurs:  Their Future Is Now

Photo courtesy:  queenrania (from a different Arab women’s organization)

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

How to Determine If You Are Ready to Expand Globally


How do you know when it’s time to expand your business globally? If you have customers beating down your online door or plentiful production capabilities but not enough work to keep production lines moving and workers busy — then you’re ready for global expansion. Here are six signs.  (Note:  I authored this for the MasterCard Business Blog.)

6 Signs Your Small Business is Ready to Expand Globally

Photo courtesy:  Ben Sutherland

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women First in Global Economy


The International Women Entrepreneurs Forum (IWEF) brings together women entrepreneurs from around the world.  The current program started in Istanbul and runs until today – May 4th. The panelists reflected on the role of women in the global economy and Turkish economy.

“One million new jobs have been added to the Turkish economy in Turkey, 500,000 of them are for women, which is great for Turkey to grow because the more women are employed the more productive our country becomes,” says Mehmet Büyükekşi, President of the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly.

Learn more about the three-day IWEF program and get involved here.

Photo courtesy:  jikatu

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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