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How Do We Support Millennial Women To Become Leaders?

In celebration of Women's History Month, the female empowerment campaign ActuallySheCan, asked millennial women what they think and how they feel about female leadership. 

Though women earn 58% of collegiate degrees, and they hold most of the professional level jobs, women are still significantly under-represented in top leadership positions.   Is the next generation of millennials ready to close leadership's gender gap? 

According to a recent survey by the female empowerment campaign ActuallySheCan, the answer is decidedly mixed. While 80% of women believe that women and men are equally effective leaders—with 14% responding that women were, in fact, more effective leaders—they took a more critical eye when it came to describing themselves: only 12% identified as influential amongst a group, only 17% felt they were charismatic personalities and only 11% felt they were admired for their ideas. 

And how can we help millennial women become a better leader? Her top three responses…

5 Tips to Stop Stressing Your Financials When You're an Employee & a Business Owner

by Deborah A. Bailey

Recently I was at a writers' conference where I attended a workshop about setting up your writing business. Most of the participants were working at jobs and building their writing careers.

A lot of people are juggling a job and business (or a "side-hustle" they hope to grow into a full-time thing). In that case, there's a whole new world of information to absorb about financials and taxes. Here are a few tips that might be helpful.

#1 Start Tracking Your Financials Now


If you're starting out you might think you'll get to it once you're making money. Trust me, you'll have less stress later if you start now. There are lots of tools to help you get things done without a staff, and you'll find that QuickBooks is great solution.

It includes features for invoicing, managing cash flow, reports (always a good thing) and even better you can create 1099s for freelancers and contractors you hire along the way. You can use it on your desktop…

Kara Dolce Founder of Fighting Pretty on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Show #405

In 2008, Kara Dolce was a 26-year-old girl working in New York City looking to grow her career and live the city life! After her grandmother "Mema" passed away from a long battle with breast cancer, Kara performed a self-breast exam only to find a small lump on her left breast.

Kara then immediately went to her doctor for which she was told "you are too young" to worry. She pushed to have an exam and biopsy to find out she had Stage 3B estrogen-receptive, Her2+, non-BRCA gene breast cancer. 

Kara went on to have a double mastectomy, 8 rounds of chemotherapy, 4 weeks of radiation, fertility treatments (egg retrieval), 1 year of Herceptin treatments and will be on hormone therapy for a total of 10 years. Kara did this all with a smile on her face, lipstick on her lips and strength in her heart. Kara was "Fighting Pretty."

After receiving so much love and support from everyone around her, Kara decided to help women feel this sense of strength by help…

4 Tips to Effective Networking

by Chris Atley

I have the privilege of both attending and speaking at a lot of events. It seems to me that a lot of people were still networking “old school”! Like sitting down at a table, passing around a stack of cards without even meeting anyone.

I’m excited to share some tips on how to build meaningful relationships that lead to referrals.

“4 Tips to Effective Networking”

Tip #1: The know, like & trust factor. Most of you have probably heard about this before. Essentially people usually only refer others that they know, like and trust. The popular networking group, BNI, is structured in this way. A weekly meeting is held and at each meeting members are expected to pass a referral or to have met with someone from the group in-between meetings. They understand that even when a person is involved in a networking group they will only refer to others within the group if they have a relationship with them and trust them. It takes a little time and effort to get to know someone before re…

Self-Care for Entrepreneurs Starts with Getting a Good Night's Sleep

Starting your own business and being successful obviously takes a lot of hard work and dedication. But one of the most important things it requires, is taking care of oneself. Entrepreneurs constantly have their minds on their businesses so often, that often times their health can fall to the wayside.

Missing meals, restless nights, stress; all these can cause health issues down the road. In order to be successful, business people should keep their health in mind. Getting a good night's sleep is vital to a healthy lifestyle. Studies have even shown that sleep deprivation costs U.S. companies more that $63 billion a year in lost productivity. Here are some nighttime/morning routine tips to get better sleep and therefore, have a smoother morning.

Stick to a bedtime


Setting a bedtime is super important to helping get a good night's rest, but this comes with a few challenges. Most people think it's a success to make it into bed at a certain time, but then they start surfing the …

Shirin Behzadi, Chief Executive Officer of Home Franchise Concepts on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Show #403

Topic: "How to Strike Work/Life Balance As an Entrepreneur"

Shirin Behzadi is Chief Executive Officer of Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), which in 2017 celebrates its 25th year as the top-selling family of direct-to-consumer brands in the home-related goods and services space, one of the world's largest franchise businesses and a recognized leader in franchisor-franchisee relationships.

HFC's three brands including Budget Blinds®, Tailored Living® and Concrete Craft™ are consistently rated at the top of their categories and supported by 1,300 franchisees in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

As CEO, Behzadi leads the HFC executive team to expand the HFC family of brands by leveraging her financial, operational and franchising experience, as well as her passion for helping franchisees realize their financial and personal dreams.

She is currently embarking on a company-wide initiative to grow installations to record levels across all three brands in 2017 - which, for th…

Millionaire Success Stories Who Started in Customer Service

When it comes to being a woman starting or running a business, there are fewer examples and fewer mentors to turn to. That's because women, historically, have had more limited opportunities and resources-and the stories of women who built something out of nothing have gotten less attention, too.  

But if you look far enough into the history of women in business, you'll find some pretty inspiring stories to guide you as you make your way forward in creating and running a successful business. Take Massachusetts's own Karen Kaplan: She got her start as a receptionist-and she didn't even know how to type. Eventually, through ambition, education, training, and smarts, she worked her way up to head of an advertising firm that bills over $2 billion each year.

Of course, there are other more well-known examples, such as Oprah Winfrey. She's got countless lessons about starting from very little and working your way up, as well as overcoming obstacles that are particular to b…

3 Pertinent Ways to Shift Your Limiting Money Beliefs

by Chris Atley

Beliefs. They are the underlying operating system for how we make our decisions and therefore what we decide to do and not do. They live in our subconscious mind, which does not have the ability to accept nor reject information.

Meaning, any time we have an emotional reaction to something, the belief around it is automatically accepted into our subconscious mind unless we are using our conscious mind (which can accept or reject information), to vet what goes in there. Most people don’t realize they can do this, and what happens if they don’t!

So if deep down we don’t feel worthy of success, we will see life and make designs form this lens. We must first get clear on what is in there, and then reprogram it with new empowered beliefs if what’s in there isn’t so great.

My motto is that we need to be of service first and foremost always in our businesses. When we can accept and trust the universe always has our backs, and is going to show-us more and more people and opportuniti…

Credit Card Fraud Stats - Protect Yourself from Being Scammed

As a small business owner, you get a credit card to easily deal with financial transactions and keep the business running. The payment to the debts incurred will be taken from the business. Imagine if you have used the credit card for online transactions and hackers were able to access your credit card information.

Your business will most likely suffer. Since you have just started the business, you are still a long way to go from being stable. A problem like credit card fraud will most probably bring your business down. Take note that if your credit card information is stolen, those who have access to the credit card can use the amount to the maximum.

Business credit cards usually have a high limit. If the entire amount was used up, you will end up paying for what was stolen. There is also a high possibility that you can’t capture the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

This means that you have to be extra careful in using the business credit card for various transactions, especially…

Marketing Consultant & Event Planner Melissa Forziat on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Show #402

Topic: Small business marketing on a budget


Melissa Forziat is a marketing consultant and event planner. She founded Melissa Forziat Events and Marketing in 2012 and currently works with small business owners and nonprofits to develop impactful events and strategic marketing plans.

Before starting her business, Melissa held event planning roles at the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games, 2011 Rugby World Cup, and US Olympic Committee. In her spare time, Melissa is a member of the Board of Directors at Ventures – a Seattle-based non-profit that helps low-income entrepreneurs to gain self-sufficiency through business ownership. She is also very active in the Seattle improv comedy scene. http://melissaforziatevents.com

Download Melissa's free ebook: Small Business Marketing on a Budget http://melissaforziatevents.com/free-ebook-small-business-marketing-budget

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International Women's Day 2017

International Women's Day, March 8, 2017

Theme: #BeBoldForChange


International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women's Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity.

No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.

"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. Internation…