Women Business Owners Embrace Technology for Success

It has been 13 years since I wrote my first book, “The Girls’ Guide to Power and Success.”   (Where does the time go?)  My book was a precursor to “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg.  It focused on strategies to help women succeed in traditional career paths as well in their own businesses.  One of the things I pointed was how important it was for women to embrace technology.   Technology was a game-changer, giving women the power to do business around the globe from their spare bedroom.  Plus, because techno...more

Chanda Kochhar – “The sky’s the limit”

Cross-posted from UN Women In 2014, Chanda Kochhar, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank Limited, India's largest private sector bank and the second-largest bank in the country, was named among Fortune's 50 most powerful women in business for the fourth consecutive year. ...more

Doing Whatever It Takes

I will never forget the words of Dr. John Maxwell during one of his presentations. He talked about what it takes to go after your dreams. He shared that after giving a speech one day a young man came up to him and said, "Dr. Maxwell, I want to do what you do. I want to get paid to speak in front of big groups of people."Dr. Maxwell smiled, looked at the bright eyed and clearly excited young man and said, "You want to do what I do, but are you willing to do everything I've done in order to get to do what I do?"...more

Climbing the Ladder to Beat the Clock

You would think it would be an easy sell.  There is clearly a correlation between women in executive suites and on corporate boards and higher returns.  When women serve on corporate boards, profits and productivity increase.  Diversity of perspective and experience create better decisions, rigorously tested judgments, and high quality "thought capital".  The benefits of inclusion extend beyond monetary outcomes, however, and also translate t...more
I don't think we need quotas as they would be difficult to fill. The smart companies who promote ...more

How Women Can Cope with Workplace Stress

As women, we can wear stress on our shoulders. According to a recent study by the American Psychological Association (APA), over a third of Americans regularly experience stress at work....more

Rise of the Weekend Businesswoman

We're busy women.  Juggling our work and home lives is no easy feat especially when we're faced with a young family to take care of in the midst of a demanding day job.  So how can we justify finding and following our passions when there's so much already on our plate? Despite the demands of our daily lives we're seeing a rise in the number of female entrepreneurs who aren't willing to let life walk over them - we're becoming women who are empowered by our options and realise that one morning we can wake up and set up the business of our dreams....more

Does Being “The First Woman” Matter? You Bet it Does

It’s been a big news week for the prepositional clause. You know – that important aside where a noteworthy factoid is set off from the rest. It’s been a big news week for the prepositional clause....more

I Owe My Success to My Friends

This week, I learned that one of the reasons I am successful is that I have been lucky enough to have good friends. Specifically, good women friends. This past Monday I attended TEDx Columbia SC, an independent local TED event. One of the speakers was Dr. Linda Salane, director of the Leadership Institute at Columbia College. She talked about what's keeping women from being successful in business. ...more

Women on The Board: A Vision for the Future

Women on The Board--A Vision for the Future, is a 225-page book I wrote in May, June, and July of this year in an effort to do something positive with the frustration I felt about seeing too few women in top positions of leadership.  It all started the day I received news that Facebook, when going public, announced they would have seven men on their board of directors--and not one single woman. ...more

Quotas - 100% women

Businesswomen in Saudi Arabia have proposed a women-only city so that career minded women can have the privacy accorded them by Sharia customs. Creating 5,000 jobs, this will give women greater independence while observing gender separation at work. There will be training opportunities to develop women’s talents in the initial areas of textiles, pharmaceuticals and food processing....more