Archive for June, 2013

Sustainable Empowerment for Women (SEW)


Royal Holloway, University of London

Economics, politics and international relations student Rosa Pellicer from the Enactus Society at Royal Holloway (University of London) won the ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ for founding and leading a project in Anantapur in India, called Sustainable Empowerment for Women (S.E.W.).

What did S.E.W. team members do to win the award?  The team taught a community of forty impoverished women how to produce and sell incense sticks, including all stages of business from market research and product development, to production and sales.

Now that is entrepreneurship education at its best.  Congratulations to Rosa and her team for such great work!

Read the interview conducted by Royal Holloway with Rosa here.


What inspired you to set up a project for women in India?

“… I witnessed the harsh realities that many women in India face. Indeed, violence and disrespect was a recurring theme, especially within poor and rural communities. This inspired me to act. I looked to find a local NGO that would help transform my vision into a reality. I’ve always been very proactive, and believe that in order to change something, you must work to make it happen.”

Photo courtesy:  Ashley Coates

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Helping Women: Project Eve


Welcome newcomer Project Eve, a global community of women helping women started by co-founders Meridith Dennes and Kim Oksenberg.

“Project Eve is a global meeting place that connects women to the news, resources, networking and promotional tools that help us grow our business.” ~ Project Eve

Visit Project Eve.

Photo courtesy:  Adrian Gaskell

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Take Your Dream to the Next Level: Build a Global Business


Meet the new enterprising kid on the block:  American DreamBuilder: The Women’s Business Creator, brought to us by Bluedrop Performance Learning, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. and Thunderbird School of Global Management.  The goal for American DreamBuilder is to provide thousands of women with online (cloud-based) business training to create and grow their own businesses.

Clinton Global Initiative Announces New Program to Train Thousands of Women Entrepreneurs

Senator Hillary Clinton Highlights Importance of Supporting Women-Owned Businesses

“American DreamBuilder will give women the skills they need to take their dreams to a new level. It will be designed to not only build business knowledge, but the confidence to put that knowledge into action,” said Kellie Kreiser, Executive Director of Thunderbird for Good.

Read the news here.

Photo courtesy:  Theodore Scott

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Hello High Potential Global Women Entrepreneurs!


Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network conference Istanbul, Turkey (2013)

Do we have news for you today!  The world’s first gender-focused, global entrepreneurship index based on the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI) was announced at the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network annual event In Istanbul, Turkey (2013).

The Gender-GEDI is the only global index to measure high-potential female entrepreneurship based on individual aspirations, business environments and entrepreneurial ecosystems. High-potential women entrepreneurs are defined as “innovative, market expanding and export oriented.”  That’s us — I might add!

“Unleashing the power of female entrepreneurship can have a dramatic effect on a country’s economy. The research clearly supports the assertion that key things need to be fixed in order for female entrepreneurship to survive and flourish,” said Karen Quintos, chief marketing officer (CMO) and senior vice president Dell. “Increased access to knowledge, networks, capital and technology are critical if countries are to empower female entrepreneurship and create a culture of success.”

In a nutshell, here are the key points from the report:

  1. Index provides diagnostic tool for countries to expand opportunities for women entrepreneurs
  2. U.S. named best place to be a female entrepreneur, ranked No.1 out of 17 countries surveyed
  3. Research shows no single determinant to entrepreneurial success – best performing countries demonstrate success across wide variety of categories

Other highlights:

•  No single determinant of success
•  Economic development is not enough
•  Lack of knowledge holds back business growth
•  Access to finance is crucial
•  Effective networking can open doors
•  Technology enables business growth
•  Not all rosy at the top
•  Room for optimism

Bottom line:  The determinants of success for female entrepreneurship are not just personal strengths and aspirations, but a result of the environment in which they operate.

Access the executive summary and full report:  Women Powering Business | Dell

Photo courtesy (and with permission from Dell).  See all the photos (absolutely fabulous!) from Dell’s Istanbul event here.

Post by:  Laurel Delaney

Chicago Goes Turkish



Had a chance to stop in at the Chicago Turkish Festival – wonderful with all the delightful trinkets, beautiful glassware (24-carat gold trimmed) and delicious food.  I’m hoping that many women from Turkey have a chance to export their products to the United States.  Visit website here:  Chicago Turkish Festival (May 31 – June 1).

To all visitors from Turkey – loved it all.  Please come back and visit us again next year!

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney (Note:  I am based in Chicago.)

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