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Are Women Willing to Wait As Long As 170 Years to Establish Parity with Men?


According to the latest report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), women may have to wait as long as 170 years to establish parity with men when it comes to pay and employment opportunities.  Who needs that?  It is a fact that no country in the world has closed its gender gap.  The only way around this barrier is for women to start more businesses, and here at WEGG, we hope with our help they take them global.

Take the UK, for example, where in an effort to ramp up women starting businesses, they are working with Facebook and Enterprise Nation, a network of small businesses, to deliver training to 10,000 women business owners across the country.  Facebook claims that only 20 percent of the country’s 5.4 million small businesses are currently started by women.

What the ultimate goal here?  To give women access to new online and offline training resources to provide them with the digital skills and mobile tools necessary to grow their business.

It is a well-quoted figure that equality for women in the labour force would add $28 trillion to the global economy by 2025.

Read more here.


Note: Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 3/8/17 on “Regulations, Conventions, and Battles of the Spirit: The International Trade of Craft Spirits,” and presented by Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart, President and Co-founder of KOVAL Distillery. Register here:
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The Mighty World Entrepreneurship Forum 2012

©Laurel Delaney, “Lyon, France”

I am getting ready to attend the 5th edition of the World Entrepreneurship Forum in Lyon, France where thought-leaders from around the world (200 participants from 59 countries) gather to discuss this year’s theme:  entrepreneurial ecosystems.

It is well recognized that entrepreneurs cannot succeed in a vacuum. They need customers, partners, suppliers, employees, legal, financial and educational institutions, as well as governmental bodies and proper infrastructure.  Ecosystems are made of environment, actors and interactions.  This year the participants of the forum will discuss this thematic through an around-the tour of ecosystems highlighting:   Highly resource-endowed ecosystems …  read more here.

The World Entrepreneurship Forum is the first global think-tank devoted to entrepreneurship creating wealth and social justice.  Full disclosure:  I am a charter member of WEF.

You can track the event’s activities (in some cases LIVE) at the World Entrepreneurship Forum website (

World Entrepreneurship Forum Twitter handle:  @WEntFr

And mine is:  @LaurelDelaney

I’ll do my best to report out.  If I get too busy, I’ll share my findings when I return to Chicago.  Meanwhile, have a great week!

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Can a Multi-Speed World Economy Work?

Related to world news:

Multi-speed world economy could work (3 min. 46 sec. video)

Do a deep dive into Davos 2011 (follow them via Twitter:  FTDavos).

And some insanely great information from The World Economic Forum (and follow them via Twitter:  davos).

I had to look really hard to find a woman at the WEF 2011:  Co-Chair Ellen Kullman (pictured), DuPont Chair & CEO and Chanda Kochlar, CEO of ICICI Bank, India and Co-Chair of Annual Meeting 2011.

Get informed.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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