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Indra Nooyi: Articulating Performance With Purpose

Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi talks about making money, performing, and having a true core or sense of purpose.  She believes there is a place for everything in people’s lives, but when you run a global business, you must recast how you make money.  Talent sustainability is discussed too.

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Women Are Disrupting the Global Wine Industry

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Women entering the wine business are disrupting the global wine industry to make wines that are both more accessible and responsibly produced.

Oddly enough, women, however, have been traditionally excluded from the world of wine, making them more likely to create boundary-pushing wines that defy traditional categories.

Two women who fit this bill are Mika Bulmash (below left), CEO of Wine for the World and international development specialist, and Ntsiki Biyela (right), the first black South African female winemaker at Stellekaya, a boutique winery in
Stellenbosch. Bulmash has rethought how distribution should work, making it her mission to create sustainable Screen Shot 2015-08-01 at 5.40.11 PMeconomic development by importing responsible producers of exceptional wine in untraditional regions to the US market. Biyela’s superb, award-winning wines have made her a rising star in the industry.

Interesting note.  Once a year, Wine for the World releases a private collaborative wine label that partners a top US winemaker with standout talent in emerging markets to create limited-edition blends that push the status quo of their respective regions. The latest blend, releasing in fall of this year (2015), is a collaboration between renowned Napa winemaker Helen Keplinger and Ntsiki Biyela.

Screenshot of wine courtesy of:  Wine for the World

 

Promoting the Spirit of Enterprise and Women Entrepreneurs

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Saudi Arabia-based King Khalid Foundation and TRACCS signed a strategic partnership agreement to launch the Jeddah Entrepreneurship Meet and Competition. The competition opens doors for all budding entrepreneurs to present their ideas or existing business modules to be eligible for its mentorship and funding program.

The Jeddah Entrepreneurs Meet and Competition is an entrepreneurial development and sustainability promoting platform open for women across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to present innovative business ideas or existing businesses within three categories: social entrepreneurship, manufacturing and production and educational and lifestyle development.

Apply online here.  Learn more here.

Look Out Uber, She Taxis Get World Bank Attention

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She Taxis (ST) is a cab service for women travelers operated by women entrepreneurs in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode.  The World Bank has shown interest in replicating the ST initiative in South Asian countries like Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Watch out Uber.  She Taxies is driving an empowering movement for women.

Women make up 60% of the riders but only 2% of the drivers.  She Taxis is going to fix that.

Learn more here.

Screenshot courtesy of She Taxis

Women Carry the Weight of Water on Their Backs in Developing Countries

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According to Gemma Bulos in her article “Water, Dignity and Sustainable Livelihoods for Women in Kenya,” women outnumber male entrepreneurs in developing economies because they face higher barriers to entry in the formal labor market and have to resort to entrepreneurship as a way out of poverty.

From Africa to Asia and elsewhere around the globe, the containers, the clothes, and the scenery may be different but the experience is the same. Women carry the weight of water on their backs, literally and figuratively. Worldwide, it is estimated that on a single day women can spend over 200 billion collective hours fetching water. It is difficult to imagine how little water some families, like this one in Kenya, have available on a daily basis – less water than two flushes of our Western toilet. Consider the opportunities lost for women and girls when their day is spent on water-related chores.

Read the entire article here.

Photo courtesy:  One Laptop Per Child

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Sustainable Empowerment for Women (SEW)

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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.

Excerpt:

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

Invest in Women Who Change the World

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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 Make Global Trade a Force for Good

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The world is no longer flat but truly a valuable place for everyone to conduct business.  And WEConnect International, a non-profit organization that helps women business owners succeed in the global marketplace, is helping to facilitate the opportunity.

Globally, women now earn at least $12 trillion annually, a number expected to rise to $18 trillion by 2014, according to the Boston Consulting Group. American women spent around $108 billion last year on apparel, according to NPD Group, and the United States imported over $100 billion’s worth of apparel from overseas, around 40% of it from China alone.

Read the entire article:  Doing Business Across Borders | Women in the World Foundation

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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