Career Development

Designed for Growth: The Bribe or the Brand?

During the holiday shopping season, you’ll see more offers, promotions, teasers … well, more bribes to drive sales than any other time of the year. With holiday consumer spending forecast to reach $619 billion, brands are scrambling to ensure they get their piece of the pie. Is the “bribe” necessarily a bad thing? Well, it…
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Read This if You Want to Be On a Corporate Board

Let’s start with the good news: women are making progress when it comes to entering the corporate boardroom. The bad news: women still represent a small percentage of corporate board members. Women now hold 17.7 percent of Fortune 1000 board seats, compared to 14.6 percent three years ago, according to a report released last week…
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Wanted: Women Entrepreneurs

Ernst and Young released a report earlier this year stating that while women start businesses at 1.5 times the rate of men and are at least half-owners of 46 percent of privately held firms, only 2 percent of women-owned businesses in the U.S break $1 million in revenue. However, a recent study by French bank…
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How Normal is Doing Something Extraordinary

I had heard briefly about Normal, the manufacturer/retailer of tailor-made 3-D printed premium earphones, before its CEO and Founder Nikki Kaufman took to the stage at PSFK's Future of Retail Event in New York City on Nov. 14. But after hearing about the company in more detail, I was riveted.
 

Food52’s Amanda Hesser on Starting a Business

In last week’s Inner Circle, I wrote about a Q&A session with Diane von Furstenberg that took place during the OPEN for Women: CEO BootCamp in New York City. This week, I thought I’d discuss some of the insight I gleaned from another speaker at the event, Amanda Hesser, the co-founder and CEO of Food52,…
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Inspirational Thoughts From the Makers: Women in Business Documentary, Part 2

In part one of this two-part series about the "Makers: Women in Business" PBS documentary, I reviewed the profile done of Spanx Founder and Owner Sara Blakely. In the second and final part of this series, I focus on the documentary's profile of Rent the Runway Co-Founder and CEO Jennifer Hyman. In 2009, Hyman, along…
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Wal-Mart Invests in Women Employees Across the Globe

Women have traditionally been under-represented in manufacturing and factory jobs, with those positions typically filled by “more physically able” men. This is particularly true in some of the poorer countries around the world that manufacture goods for pennies on the dollar, including India, Bangladesh and China, among others. In fact, it’s rare for women in those countries to have jobs outside of the home at all.
 

Think Local, Act Global: An Interview With Ann Wang of Enrou

Enrou is a central marketplace for fashionable products that empower communities around the world. In a retail environment that's dancing on the line of using charities as a marketing strategy and actually supporting them, enrou's business model is based solely on helping others. Which is probably why it won Forbe's 30 Under 30 $400,000 Pressure Cooker competition in Philadelphia last month. Twenty-three year old co-founder and CEO of enrou, Ann Wang, sat down with WIRLC to discuss the brand's mission and how it plans to expand it's impact over the next few years.
 

Life Lessons From Diane von Furstenberg

Yesterday I attended a great conference, the OPEN for Women: CEO BootCamp, which was held in New York City. The event, hosted by American Express OPEN, the small business division of the financial services company, was designed to teach women entrepreneurs the fundamental pillars for successful ventures: confidence, competence and connections. A highlight of the…
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Inspirational Thoughts From the Makers: Women in Business Documentary, Part 1

I was lucky enough to recently come upon a great documentary online called "Makers: Women in Business." (It also aired on PBS on Oct. 28.) The six-part Makers documentary series, a joint project between PBS, AOL and filmmaker Dyllan McGee, is about the women's movement and female pioneers. The Women in Business installment offered insights…
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