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  • Did You Know?
    In a recent on-line survey, WLE solicited feedback from hundreds of followers about the business climate they’re experiencing.  We’re happy to say that the results were more positive than we might have anticipated.  For example: Despite the economic woes of recent years, of those who w...
  • Women Now Outnumber Men in the Workplace
    By Catherine Rampbell, New York Times For the first time in recorded history, women outnumber men on the nation’s payrolls. This benchmark is bittersweet, as it comes largely at men’s expense. Because men have been losing their jobs faster than women, the downturn has at times been referred to ...
  • Consumers Can Show Their Support For Small Business This Holiday Season on “Small Business Saturdaysm”
    New York, November 8, 2010 – First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday.  On November 27th comes Small Business Saturday SM, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country.  Small Business Saturday is a national movem...
  • Thrive in 2011 by Supporting Women Business Owners in Every Possible Way
    Is it realistic to ask a small business to help other companies grow and to play a role in economic recovery when it sometimes can be an uphill battle to attract customers and keep paying your own employees?  Apparently Aldonna Ambler thinks so.  AMBLER Growth Strategy Consultants, Inc. just pa...
  • The Madame Curie Complex; Hidden History Of Women in Science
    It seems that everyone has opinions on whether or not women have scientific ability, and some opinions are more informed than others. My intention is simply to bring the past to bear on them. Few of the women scientists who feature in this book entered these debates di­rectly, but their work spe...
  • More Women Open Businesses at Fast Rate
    The number of women business owners in the United States increased by 20.1 percent between 2002 and 2007 according to the latest Survey of Business Owners report by the Census Bureau.  In the United States women now own 7.8 million nonfarm businesses, accounting for 28.78 percent of all nonfarm ...
  • US Department of Labor announces availability of $1.8 million to assist women in non-traditional occupations
    Untitled Document WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $1.8 million in funds for up to six Women in Apprenticeship and Non-traditional Occupations grants. "In the America of the 21st century, the role of women in the work...
  • Utilizing the Power of Your Unique Voice
    By Gloria Feldt For International Women’s Day: Use the Power of Your Voice and Other Leadership Lessons. "People do not disregard my voice," actress Kathleen Turner said to me in her famously smoky tones. "It calms babies. It turns men on. When I call a restaurant and say,...
  • How to Triumph as a New Girl in an Old Boys Club
    From Healing Hearts by Dr. Kathy Magliato: As a general surgery resident, at a time when I was searching my soul for some kind of justification for what I was having to endure each day, Dr. Kayman, the most senior staff surgeon, said the most amazing thing to me. One day, during an inguinal her...
  • "Tell 'em What You Think" ... join W-Biz Insight
    The Center for Women’s Business Research has been the leader in knowledge about women-owned businesses for 20 years, and you are invited to join their exclusive online research panel - W-Biz Insight – today.  All of the Center’s research started by surveying savvy responde...
  • Did You Know?
    Women own 20 percent of firms with revenues exceeding $1 million, according to research released in a two-volume report by the Center for Women’s Business Research. While acknowledging this achievement, the Center notes that these million-dollar-or-more businesses represent fewer tha...
  • Did You Know?
    Despite the economic uncertainties we’ve experienced during the past few years, women-owned businesses continue to show strength, according to 2008 Center for Women’s Business Research biennial study underwritten by American Express OPEN(SM). Among the study’s findings are: ...
  • Gender Equality: Don’t Take It for Granted
    By U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney In the mid- to late 1990s, as glossy magazines churned out cheerful stories about flexible, family-friendly workplaces, I wasn’t seeing it. Women kept telling me that their employers were demanding more and more. Working mothers seemed to be having the hardest ...
  • Did You Know?
    Women of color are starting businesses at rates three to five times faster than all other businesses. However, once in business, their growth lags behind all other firms, according to a multi-year study conducted by the Center for Women’s Business Research in partnership with Babson College...
  • Embrace Your Feminine Fashion Style
    by Kathleen McFeeters Business women often feel pressured to wear the “uniform” of dark suit, plain shoes and minimalist accessories because they feel that if they do otherwise, they won’t be taken seriously.  I’d like to propose that we change our thinking. By embra...
  • In Memoriam: Adrienne Hall
    Adrienne Hall, a 2006 WLE Compass Award winner and champion of women entrepreneurs, died February 2, 2008, at age 81.  She was President and CEO of The Hall Group, an international marketing and communications company, which developed strategies and campaigns for Fortune 500 corporations ...
  • Did You Know?
    Between 1997 and 2006, the performance of majority women-owned firms outpaced the economy as a whole, according to the Center for Women’s business Research. In its biennial report, Women-Owned Businesses in 2006, which is underwritten by OPEN from American Express®, the Center also re...
  • Did You Know?
    Women-owned businesses continue to be a significant engine of economic growth in the United States.  According to the biennial survey of the Center for Women’s Business Research, which was underwritten by OPEN from American ExpressSM, firms at least 51% owned by a woman or women incre...
  • Gloria Allred, the top women’s rights attorney in the United States, speaks on women and business
    Gloria Allred, a keynote speaker for WLE’s 2006 conferences, is a partner in the law firm of Allred, Maroko & Goldberg, a former radio talk show host, a television commentator and author of Fight Back and Win, a book describing her many legal battles for justice and the lessons we can ...
  • Number of Women-Owned Businesses Soars to 10.1 Million
    It seems that if women own businesses equally with men, or are a minority stakeholders, they are largely unaccounted for in the annals of women?s business research. Thus, while previously released estimates of women entrepreneurship show it to be a dynamic and fast-growing segment of the economy, it...
  • Girl Power
    For these entrepreneurs, helping other women is more than just good business. Entrepreneur magazine - May 2003 By Aliza Pilar Sherman Are you a social entrepreneur? We're not talking about being able to network effectively. Social entrepren...
  • Stress for Success: Professional Women On Overload
    According to a recent survey by WorldWIT, an online networking organization of professional women in technology and business and GLS Consulting of Brookline, MA, 63% said their careers sapped them of emotional strength, and 44% said work-related stress has escalated since the September 11th terroris...
  • A Bitter Bill to Swallow: Women Business Owners Fuel
    When you ask women business owners to list their biggest management concerns, health care inevitably comes high up on the docket. It?s a dilemma. No one wants to shortchange employees ? or jeopardize employee retention. At the same time, you?re constrained by fiscal decisions. You may not be able ...
  • Case Study: From (French) Rags to Riches
    This article could be titled: The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall and Rise of Brenda French. Over 30 years ago, 64-year-old Brenda French began her career in business with a $500 investment. She founded French Rags as a home based business in 1978. Her investment really paid off ? not only would Br...
  • Attracting Talent in Today's Economy: Low Cost Work/Life Strategies for Women Business Owners
    Flexible work arrangements and informal flexibility practices are a proven tool for increasing employee motivation and productivity, as well as a way to recruit and retain a talented workforce. As part of this initiative, the U.S. Dept. of Labor?s Women?s Bureau is looking for women-owned companies...
  • Victory: The Battle Against Breast Cancer
    By Barbara Silver Proving once again that women who are ?on purpose? do make a difference, on January 22, 2004, the U.S. Senate passed an $820 billion omnibus spending bill package with major implications for breast cancer research. Included in the key provisions is $209.7 million for the Na...
  • KNOWING WHEN IT'S TIME TO MAKE LEMONADE
    by Laura Berman Fortgang You?ve heard the saying: ?If life brings you lemons, make lemonade.? Whether you like it or not, when business circumstances bring obstacles and challenges, the longer you resist them, the more pain you will cause yourself and your organization. This is the time to make...
  • She Wins You win
    Barbara Silver, Editor of The Exchange and President of Sizzle Unlimited, sat down with best-selling business author Gail Evans (Play Like Man, Win Like Woman, She Wins, You Win) to talk about power lunches, great one-liners and the big picture. BS: Could-a, would-a, should-a. How can women he...
  • Silver Bells
    By Barbara Silver There Is Nothing Like A Blonde Diane Sawyer, and Leslie Stahl were asked why female broadcasters are mostly blonde. Said Stahl, ?Our appearance is not the most important quality. We are smart as hell and work hard.? Sawyer recalled something she attributed to Dolly Parton. ?I ...
  • VICTORY: THE BATTLE AGAINST BREAST CANCER
    By Barbara Silver Proving once again that women who are ?on purpose? do make a difference, on January 22, 2004, the U.S. Senate passed an $820 billion omnibus spending bill package with major implications for breast cancer research. Included in the key provisions is $209.7 million for the Na...
  • Straight Talk: The Net of It
    Truth. I have spent half my life networking or ? as I prefer to call it ? connecting. The curriculum can be quite daunting, and some courses are a complete waste of time. I?d like to share some insights with you. Networking 101? Card Distribution. Give out as many business cards as you can; t...
  • TECHNOLOGY TIPS from INTEL
    Was there really a time we didn?t have a laptop? Wait, it gets better. . Here are five ways your laptop can enhance your life even more: 1. Don't be tied down With a wireless access point, you can use your laptop from virtually anywhere around your home: look up a recipe in the kitchen, emai...
  • Women Business Owners: Risk Takers Well Positioned for Continued Growth
    A myth-shattering study reveals that women business owners are more willing than the general population to take financial risks. The study, ?Worth the Risk: Women Business Owners and Growth Capital?, was underwritten by OPEN: The Small Business NetworkSM from American Express. It compared women...
  • Beauty 2005: Easy Does It
    Let?s face it. With time at a premium, looking polished and pulled together can slip to the bottom of the ?to do? list in a flash. So WLE Exchange editor Barbara Silver asked Caroline Pieper-Vogt, Vice-President of Marketing for Clarins USA, for some easy, accessible tips for looking great in the Ne...
  • YOUR PERSONAL LEGACY: A RENEWAL
    What is your legacy? What?when your work is done, when you are ready to retire?do you wish to leave behind as your mark and contribution to the world? At some level, through your day to day actions, you are answering this question; whether in the areas of work or community, family or friends. Whe...
  • Treasure Map Your Way to Success
    By Leslie Grossman While taking a personal growth course, I discovered a remarkable and effective method of visualizing my dreams and goals, and I offer it to you! Called ?Treasure Mapping,? it has changed the lives of entrepreneurial women across the country, personally as well as professiona...
  • WLE Conference Connections
    WLE Conference Connections At WLE, we believe one day out of the office can yield immeasurable results for your business. The next time you think you?re too busy to get away, keep in mind these stories told to us from recent WLE conference attendees. A Special Delivery Shortly after meetin...
  • Award-Winning Wisdom
    Women of achievement inspire other women to greatness. That?s why Women?s Leadership Exchange created the Compass Awards to honor women who have shifted the paradigm of how women are perceived as leaders in the world. At the awards luncheon, held at each of our five WLE conferences across the co...
  • WLE Katrina Connections
    WLE Katrina Connections Women's Leadership Exchange® conferences gather hundreds of women just like you to learn, grow and make worthwhile connections – connections that are well worth a day out of the office. WLE will be offering scholarships to the New York conference on November 3rd to...
  • Women's Enews brings Atention to Political Issues of Particular Concern to Women
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