A recent infographic from OnlineBusinessDegree.org looks at female entrepreneurship, and specifically how such entrepreneurs are on the rise. "Just 40 years ago an woman could be denied a small business loan because of her sex," the graphic notes. But today, nearly four decades after the 1974 Equal Credit Act made such discrimination illegal, nearly 1-in-3 businesses are owned by women, and women are starting businesses at nearly twice the rate of men.
Conferences miss out on women speakers. Tech start-ups need female developers. Advertising juries are often all guys. There are real diversity problems, but there’s one new way to address them: the Find a Token Woman widget from the group She Says, which promotes women in digital marketing and advertising around the world.
A new video from the European Commission looks at gender balance on corporate boards in Europe. The Commission "has proposed legislation with the aim of attaining a 40% objective of the under-represented sex in non-executive board-member positions in publicly listed companies, with the exception of small and medium enterprises. Currently...85% of non-executive board members and 91.1% of executive board members are men."
Packing your things, clearing your desk, and getting ready to stuff yourself silly for the Thanksgiving Holiday? We want you to get as much out of your holiday as possible, so before you leave the office, make sure to set up an Out of Office email. This way your colleagues and business associates will know not to expect a response and you can turn off your iPhone / Blackberry / Electronic ball-and-chain without even a twinge of guilt.
Advertising pros Janet Kestin & Nancy Vonk are the revolutionaries behind the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty. The 75 second video Dove "Evolution" of a sped-up photo shoot of a model being made-up and retouched. It's been viewed on YouTube over 15 million times. “We never thought it would change the industry,” says Vonk. Kestin adds, “It was part of a landmark campaign that will not lose its station anytime soon.”
A new video presented by LinkedIn and Citi as part of their Get Connected series features Cheryl Kellond, the founder and CEO of athletic technology company Bia Sport, which Kellond describes as "the first iconic fitness brand built around data and women." In the three-and-half-minute video, Kellond talks about how she transitioned from being a single mother making $20,000 a year to being a businesswoman and founding her own successful company.