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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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Leadership in Board Governance

Leadership in Board Governance

Boards, being the mind and will of a company, really do perform better when they include the best people coming from a range of backgrounds and perspectives. The boardroom is where all strategic decisions are made, risk overseen and governance applied and it is vital that an effective, well governed and balanced board consists of a diverse blend of high quality individuals bringing a mix of experience, skills and backgrounds to the table. Government and media coverage over the past few years give us¬†a picture that women are currently under-represented in the UK boardroom. This is despite the fact that…

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What Can Men Do for Business Equality

What Can Men Do for Business Equality

Looking forward to talking at the PWC/Women on Boards event in Edinburgh on Tuesday 21st March. Here’s an article I did for PWC on my thoughts! Lynne Cadenhead is one of Scotland‚Äôs ‚Äėserial entrepreneurs‚Äô dividing her time between multiple businesses while also trying to improve equality in the workplace. Ahead of speaking at an upcoming Women on Boards, Board Room Conversations event on March 21 in Edinburgh (tickets still available) she reveals her thoughts on how to juggle a multi-business career, what men are doing wrong and advice on being self-employed. Gender balance makes economic sense Despite all the talk,…

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The Business Case for Women’s Empowerment

The Business Case for Women’s Empowerment

‚ÄúThe moral case for greater gender equity is clear, and so is the economic case‚ÄĚ 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 participation‚ÄĒyet, gender gaps remain. Globally, just 55 percent of women participate in the labor force, compared with 80 percent of men‚ÄĒand women are only now earning what men did a decade ago. As countries around the…

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Prolific Beats Perfect

Prolific Beats Perfect

Why is one entrepreneur¬†more successful in business than another? I’ve¬†pondered¬†this often…Are their products better? Do they have better connections? Is their strategy better? Are they super-smart? Do they believe in themselves more?¬†Are they just lucky? (And yes, luck does have a bit to do with it…) Whilst there is an element of truth in some of the above, I’ve come to the conclusion that what makes the difference is successful entrepreneurs just do a wee¬†bit more than others do. They will do one more meeting, make another call, send another email. They¬†will come up with more ideas, more solutions, dream…

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Dream Big and Dare to Fail

Dream Big and Dare to Fail

It’s January – a new year and a new start – full of hope and promise and resolutions to do more and be better. The vast majority of people have already broken the resolutions they made to themselves on January¬†1st. Not me though…and before you think that sounds more than a little pompous, that’s ¬†because I don’t¬†start with resolutions until the day I come back to work. Too much partying¬†still left to do (I am Scottish after all, and my birthday is on Hogmanay!).¬†So, an hour in on the first day of ¬†keeping my resolutions and I am doing pretty…

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Expect Problems and Eat Them For Breakfast

Expect Problems and Eat Them For Breakfast

Problems, problems, problems. I don’t know about you, but sometimes it seems like there is a nearby Problem Volcano, spewing forth molten problems every single minute of every single day. Deal with one, and another one pops up right away, probably even worse than the one before… It can be really demoralising for a new entrepreneur. Why isn’t this working? What am I doing wrong? What’s wrong with me? And it gets even worse when you start comparing yourself to others, for whom everything just seems to be going right all the time (BTW, it’s not, they will be having…

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Only 15% of Board Seats in Scotland are Held by Females – Shameful!

Only 15% of Board Seats in Scotland are Held by Females – Shameful!

We are 50% of the population, yet women account for only 15% of the boardroom seats in Scottish listed trading companies. I stand by what I said on this recently – these statistics are simply shameful! We can change this by working together better across all sectors – public, private and third. This is a call to action – it’s time for change –¬†RBS and Standard life have joined the call to action. Will you? http://www.heraldscotland.com/business/14929034.Big_firms_back_calls_for_more_women_on_boards/

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Six Figure Boost To Help Close Gender Enterprise Gap in Scotland

Six Figure Boost To Help Close Gender Enterprise Gap in Scotland

A proud day for me this week in my role as Chair of Women’s¬†Enterprise Scotland (WES). Two days training with our wonderful WES Ambassadors, a visit from Jamie Hepburn MSP to announce a major funding boost to help female entrepreneurs in Scotland, and a trip to Scottish Parliament to kick off our newly-founded Cross Party Group on Women in Enterprise. Only 21% of Scotland’s SMEs are majority led by women and men are twice as likely as women to start a business. But if women started up businesses at the same rate as men, we would contribute an additional ¬£7.6…

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