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Silver-Parker, Esther
Beth Blake
Advisory Board
Esther Silver-Parker, President and CEO of the SilverParker Group, a consultancy specializing in corporate responsibility and reputation, stakeholder relationship management, and leadership development, has made advocacy for social change on behalf of minorities and women a lifetime cause and professional calling.Before opening her firm in 2010, Si...
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Romney, Lynthia
Beth Blake
Advisory Board
A public relations expert for over 20 years, Lynthia Romney brings her distinctive brand of issues-based PR to positioning her clients for Leadership Visibility.  As president of RomneyCom, a full-service communications firm, Lynthia works with leading corporations and national nonprofits to help them develop and deliver their key messages pow...
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Preslar, Fabi
Beth Blake
Advisory Board
Fabi Preslar is president of SPARK Publications, an 18-year-old, Charlotte based graphic design and custom publishing firm specializing in print and interactive digital magazines, books, catalogs, and marketing materials . The firm was started as a home-based business and has moved, expanded, and restructured several times. Clients include ent...
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Lineberger, Kimberly
Beth Blake
Advisory Board
Lineberger Construction Inc., was started in 1995 by Kim Lineberger. Ms. Lineberger graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University before going to work in her father’s construction firm and finally opening her own firm in 1995. Lineberger Construction Inc. / Carolina Construction School www.lci-lineberger.com &nbs...
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Kerrigan, Jill
Beth Blake
Advisory Board
Jill A. Kerrigan is the founder, president, and owner of JAK Creative Design, a marketing and design agency based in the western suburbs of Chicago.With a BA in graphic design from Eastern Illinois University and years of agency experience, she founded JAK in 1995. Jill has put so much of herself into JAK: her entrepreneurial drive, her creative in...
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DiMenco, Emilia
Beth Blake
Advisory Board
Emilia DiMenco was named president and chief executive officer of the Women's Business Development Center ('WBDC') on August 1, 2013, a transition from co-founders, Hedy Ratner and Carol Dougal. Emilia joined the WBDC as chief operating officer in July 2010 after completing a 30-year career as an executive vice president of BMO Harris N.A. Emilia h...
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Davison, Sharon
Beth Blake
Advisory Board
Sharon Davison, Ph.D. is the CEO and co-founder of Red Sky Blue Water (dba: Red Sky), an award-winning, multi-discipline professional services firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Red Sky’s breadth of consulting services includes marketing strategy, user experience, software development, and program management, which it offers to a wide range...
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Cripe, Karen
Enterprising Women
Advisory Board
Karen Cripe is a business owner, who has been closing multi million dollar deals and co-running Label Logic for over 20 years. She has a Bachelors of Science, with a concentration in Engineering Psychology and a Associates in Graphic Art and Design. She had been published twice in Packaging Digest, over her 33 years, in the industry. Her company ha...
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YEW Goes International!
Enterprising Women
March 2017
Monica Smiley, Publisher & CEO of Enterprising Women and President and Founder of the Enterprising Women Foundation is delighted to announce that the Young Enterprising Women Mentoring Program is now officially an international event with the inclusion of a young Canadian entrepreneur.Nafisa Ahmed, a high school senior from Jarvis Collegiate in...
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2017 The Year of Empowerment - Principles for February-Financial Diligence
Latoya Bullard-Franklin
February 2017
Book: “Girl, Get Your Money Straight!” by Glinda BridgforthWebsite: www.thefourcups.comEvery year in celebration of the new beginnings, it is Southern tradition to prepare a special meal to usher in a prosperous new year.  So we pull out Aunt Bea’s secret recipe for what we think will help us gain financial prosperity.  It is legend that ...
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Right Message, Right Situation
Caryn Kopp
The Connector
A sales message designed for one situation will not necessarily work well in another. For example, you may have perfected your 30-second elevator speech (or “30-second commercial,” as it’s often called). This works great if you are actually in an elevator and have someone’s complete attention. But it will get you those glazed looks if you try to wo...
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2017 – The Year of Empowerment How to Master Your Goals
Latoya Bullard-Franklin
The Connector
Life is all about a healthy balance, the positive force to balance the negative, an equal give and take. In our lifetimes on this earth, we are only given a finite amount of energy in a finite amount of time, and how we use this energy is up to us. In the words of Dr. Maya Angelou, it is our duty to “if we get-give, and if we learn-teach”, and if I...
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Let’s Raise a Glass to the Power Latinas
Enterprising Women
The Connector
Dear Hermanas,I think we can all agree that 2016 was like a giant bowl of sancocho—it had a little bit of everything. But we can also proudly say that it was a year when so many inspiring Latinas had a groundbreaking year that opened the door for so many of us. We must always remember that when one of us wins, we all win. Their success paves the wa...
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WBDC 30th Anniversary Celebration a True Gem For Women’s Business Development Center
Enterprising Women
The Connector
Traditionally, pearls are considered the gemstone for 30th anniversaries, and at WBDCelebrate on November 15 at Chicago’s Wintrust Great Banking Hall, the pearls flowed. Nearly 500 guests broke out their pearls for the 30th anniversary evening reception in honor of the Women’s Business Development Center. Successful business owners smilingly exchan...
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2017- The Year of Empowerment
Latoya Bullard-Franklin
The Connector
Enterprising Women readers, this is your year, the year to focus on YOU! Your dreams, your goals, your aspirations! Every year for the past few years, I have noticed a central theme to manifest itself in my life throughout that year. This same theme manifested itself in the lives of many women in my circle as well. For 2017 it will be the year of Y...
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San Diego Business Journal Honors Jazzercise, Inc.
Enterprising Women
Press Releases
San Diego, CA – December 8, 2016. Carlsbad, CA-based Jazzercise Inc., has been recognized for their international success and local influence by the San Diego Business Journal, the county’s premier business publication. Last month, the dance fitness brand earned the #3 slot for Women-Owned Businesses and was tapped for the SD 500, a list of top inf...
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Rut Resolution: 8 Great Ways to Foil Small Business Stagnation to Accelerate Growth
Becky A Davis
The Connector
A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report revealed nearly half of all small businesses fail within the first four years of their existence. While there are many proven causes, including owner incompetence, inexperience, fraud and neglect, one killer culprit often flies under the radar: stagnation. Indeed, losing momentum—with respect to revenues, ma...
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Bee Generous this Holiday Season
Enterprising Women
The Connector
While beekeeping is often thought of as a hobby in the United States, in many countries around the world, beekeeping is an important livelihood that can provide income to a family in need and place them on the path toward sustained economic success. In addition to providing nutritious honey, beehives provide beeswax that can be used in the producti...
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Jazzercise, Inc. CEO and Founder Wins ‘Women Who Mean Business Award’ for Second Time
Enterprising Women
The Connector
San Diego, CA – November, 23, 2016. The team at Jazzercise, Inc. is honored to announce that CEO and Founder, Judi Sheppard Missett has won the San Diego Business Journal’s ‘Women Who Mean Business’ Award on November 9th, 2016. This will be Sheppard Missett’s second time winning the award.Per the San Diego Business Journal, “This is the city’s bigg...
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CloudNOW Survey: Half of Women Working in Tech Industry Say Upper Management Is a ‘Boys’ Club’
Cloud Now
The Connector
New survey data from CloudNOW reveals that women working in tech still face a significant amount of sexism in the workplace. CloudNOW, the executive consortium for the leading women in cloud and converging technologies, today released the results of its Women in Tech survey. The survey, conducted by global consultancy Kantar TNS, discovered that wo...
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Outlook of Women Small Business Owners American Express 2016 Holiday Growth Pulse
American Express
The Connector
Women Business Owner Highlights. Noteworthy women business owner highlights are as follows:100% feel confident that they can access the funding they need to grow their business during the holidays87% feel this year’s holiday sales will be the same or stronger than last year (vs. 90% of men and 88% overall)Seventy-seven percent plan to grow their bu...
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Employee Motivation and the Holiday Season
Mackenzie Kyle
Uncategorized
Ah, the Holiday season. A time to be nice to your fellow humans, a time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year, and to look forward to the excitement that the New Year brings. Or, from a more Scrooge-like perspective, a time when team members slack off, the company throws expensive parties where certain people drink too much and do thin...
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It’s NOT over! There’s still time to ignite business this year!
Caryn Kopp
The Connector
Executive decision makers have until year end to make things happen before their reviews. Not only do they need to complete initiatives on their list to get their bonuses and great scores, but also, those looking for promotions must showcase themselves to management. Further, many decision makers have to use their yearly budgets before they lose th...
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100 Black Men of Los Angeles with the Women Presidents' Organization to Honor Outstanfding Wome leading Succesfull Businesses and Nonprofits
Women's President Organization
Press Releases
Los Angeles, CA (October 28, 2016) -- 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc., in partnership with the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), announce the honorees of the 2016 Women of Color Achievement Awards. A total of 17 women will be recognized for outstanding professional achievement and exemplary community service. Sponsored by UPS, Microsoft Corp...
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