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Desperately Seeking Funding Susan? Read this and weep…

Desperately Seeking Funding Susan? Read this and weep…

Ouch. I came across this Harvard Business Review article the other day by a group of Swedish researchers (Malmstrom, Johansson and Wincent) – they recorded Venture Capitalists’ (VC) conversations and analysed how differently the VCs spoke about male and female entrepreneurs. It’s uncomfortable reading…the language these VC guys used (and yes, no question, it will usually be guys) to describe male and females was radically different. (When writing this I accidentally wrote “tragically” instead of “radically” at first. Freudian slip? Maybe…but then maybe tragic is the right word.) The research showed that the VCs produced typical stereotypes of women as…

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Address by President Barack Obama

Address by President Barack Obama

Well that was a pretty special evening last night…listening to PresidentĀ Barack Obama (once a President, always a President, I now know…) at the EIC in Edinburgh, Scotland, What an inspiration. Such gravitas, dignity and charisma. Key takeaway…politics is imperfect but we are all just doing the best that we can. As in politics, so in life in general. Nothing is ever perfect, but if we all just keep trying to do a little better than the day before, and focusing on bettering ourselves, rather then comparing ourselves to others, you know what…that will be a pretty darned good definition of…

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Fearless Girl Stands Up For Gender Balance

Fearless Girl Stands Up For Gender Balance

Great article by my friend and Women’s Enterprise Scotland board member, broadcasterĀ Clare English… “We rarely see images of strong women standing up for themselves so the past few days have reminded us that there is a quiet strength that resides in us all ( men and women). Ā For women looking at Saffiyah Khanā€™s smiling countenance in the face of hostility or the slight bronze figure of the Fearless Girl, thereā€™s inspiration because both women are not intimidated by a threat.Ā  A simpleĀ  smileĀ  can have weapons grade power, disarming the most ferociousĀ  verbal attacks . A small girl, standing defiantly…

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The Business Case for Women’s Empowerment

The Business Case for Women’s Empowerment

ā€œThe moral case for greater gender equity is clear, and so is the economic caseā€ Christine Lagarde, IMF On International Women’s Day 2017, I just had to share this fantastic article from Christine Lagarde, MD at the International Monetary Fund. Read on… “Over the past few decades, women around the world have been pushing boundaries on areas like educational achievement, political representation, and economic participationā€”yet, gender gaps remain. Globally, just 55 percent of women participate in the labor force, compared with 80 percent of menā€”and women are only now earning what men did a decade ago. As countries around the…

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