3 Ways to Empower and Inspire the Next Generation of Women Leaders

Steps businesses should take to recruit, develop and retain top female talent. September 19, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It seems like a highly complex and potentially insurmountable problem. Even after decades of hard work and progress toward gender parity in the workforce, we still see reports of disappointingly low numbers of U.S. women in senior leadership roles. Despite the fact that women represent more than half the country’s population, earn more than 57 percent of undergraduate degrees and an even higher percentage of master’s degrees, women represent a mere five percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. We are only seven percent of top executives in Fortune 100 companies, and just 26.5 percent of executives, senior officials and managers overall. These statistics come from a 2018 fact sheet published by the Center for American Progress, and demonstrate the severity of the problem that faces […]

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How to Present Your Complex Self on Social Media

Women often feel pressure to present a polished image. What does that mean for social media branding? October 5, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Like many other women in business, I’ve grappled over the years with the best way to present myself on social media. Do I express my honest opinions? Do I share personal photos as well as professional snaps? Should I maintain multiple accounts, sharply dividing my work life from my private life? How can I engage with my audience in a way that helps grow my business, while feeling true to who I really am? Related: It’s OK to Not Be OK These questions swirl in the minds of female entrepreneurs, CEOs, leaders and professionals because we women feel indirect and direct pressure to cultivate a powerful public image. Many of my friends and colleagues feel that they must carefully curate […]

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I’m a Millennial Mom and a Successful Entrepreneur. Stop Asking Me How I Manage It All.

It can be hard to avoid the biases others have about my age and gender, but I don’t let it stop me. July 5, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As an entrepreneur, a mother and a member of the oft-discussed millennial generation, I feel I’m being positively pummeled with expectations, joys, demands, judgments and revelations. With too little time and more goals than I can count, I often feel overwhelmed. Yet, despite the dizzying whir of business and life, I feel absolutely certain about a few things. Owning my age According to recent research by the Kauffman Foundation, the average age of an American entrepreneur is 40 years old. For high-growth industries, the average age skews significantly older. Related: 6 Reasons Moms Make the Best Entrepreneurs I’m 30 years old, and I co-founded Pink Lily alongside my husband, Chris, four years ago at age 26. […]

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