We All Need Help – The Importance of Finding A Mentor

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Michele Sileo, Managing Director at Eleven, has some important thoughts on the importance of mentorship. She states, “There is significant pressure on women to work smarter, harder, and more dutifully than men, and that pressure often leads to a hesitation to ask for help.” That said, she goes on to share that, “asking for help is part of growth…and it’s one of the most important lessons one can learn from mentorship.” Learn more about her take on asking for help and becoming a mentor in this Fast Company article.

Accelerating Your Success As A Female Founder

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This recent piece in Entrepreneur entitled “How to Accelerate Your Success as a Female Founder” shares that there are basically two steps to starting a business: doing something to get the ball rolling, and then saying, “I’m doing this.” The article states that many female entrepreneurs struggle with the second part and provides ideas on how to get unstuck and feel more comfortable with self promotion.

Cohort of Charlotte-based Latina Entrepreneurs Complete Certificate Program

Sil Ganzo - Charlotte, NC entrepreneur

This is a link to a wonderful 3-minute radio spot put together by WFAE. The piece aired as a local segment in Charlotte, NC during NPR’s “All Things Considered” broadcast. It shares some of Latina entrepreneur, Sil Ganzó’s, thoughts about how the Women’s Entrepreneurship certificate program impacted her personally and professionally.

We are so proud of that first Charlotte-based cohort to complete the program and are excited to see the second cohort underway!

Anne Finucane to Retire

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Bank of America recently announced that Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman and member of the company’s executive management team will retire at the end of 2021.  Finucane is the first woman vice chairman of Bank of America and the first woman chairman of the board of Bank of America Europe, the company’s European banking subsidiary based in Ireland. In addition, she directed the development of Bank of America’s ESG and sustainable finance work, where she has mobilized the organization’s scale, global reach, talent and financial capabilities to address some of society’s biggest challenges.  She was instrumental in the launch of the Bank of America Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell which is now working to support 50,000 women entrepreneurs.  We are so appreciative for her advocacy and support and wish her well in her next chapter!