Being Yourself

In this article from Inc., four separate successful women (Oprah Winfrey, Melinda Gates, Dolly Parton, and Suneera Madhani) all share that their most important piece of advice for being successful was to be yourself. According to the piece, “Giving yourself a surface polish can pay off. But faking it when it comes to core aspects of your personality and background is exhausting and distracting. You’ll never have the energy to make it to the top if you’re frittering it away pretending to be someone you’re not”

Passing on Generational Wealth

As we head into Thanksgiving this week in the US, many families will be gathering around tables where multiple generations are present. In this interview and podcast from NPR’s Life Kit, Pamela Jolly, founder and CEO of the strategic investment firm Torch Enterprises shares thoughts on what generational wealth includes and how to create structures in which it can be shared. Specifically, Jolly states that wealth isn’t just about cash. It can be whatever you want it to be – from your relationships to your education and knowledge to the things you own – “wealth” can be anything you can pass down to make your mark on the world.

Turning a Personal Brand Into Side Hustle Income

Patrina Dixon, author of It’$ My Money and graduate of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Certificate program at Cornell was recently featured in this article in Business Insider.

In this piece, she shares her thoughts on how to generate side income. Specifically, she states the importance of determining your existing skills, experimenting with different opportunities for growth and outlining income streams that best work for you and your needs. Keep up the amazing work, Patrina!

Two Entrepreneurs Enabling Safer Travel for Women

Srishti Mendhekar and Priyansha Mishra are the founders of On Her Way, a platform that connects women travelers to a local woman who can help them awareness about safe spaces and general information about the area. “Women have needs and issues, which can be broadly categorized into safety and hygiene, and no one is solving that. The current travel ecosystem is made by men for men. We want to change that,” says Srishti. Read more by accessing an article about how they founded their startup in YourStory.com.

Understanding the Impact of the Pink Tax

The “pink tax” refers to the extra money women that are routinely charged for personal care products, services and clothing. While it may only seem like a few dollars difference here and there, when added up over a lifetime, this article in GoBankingRates states that the total can exceed $500,000! To see a breakdown of where the pink tax hits women the hardest, click the link to access the article.

Squashing the Negative

Many successful individuals – especially women – struggle with negative self-talk (sometimes referred to as having an Inner Critic). In this podcast from NPR’s Lifekit, Joy Harden Bradford, Ph.D., an Atlanta-based clinical psychologist and the host and founder of Therapy for Black Girls, shares several strategies to tame those voices. From reframing how you speak to yourself to reducing the time you spend doom-scrolling on social media, her tips are a worthwhile listen!

Top Three Things That Make Female Leaders Successful

In this post on CNBC.com, journalist and writer Julia Boorstin shares insights from what she learned in interviewing 120-plus CEOs, founders and VC investors for her new book “When Women Lead”. Her top three takeaways are that the most successful women leaders stay true to their strongest traits, rely on data rather than ego and find grounding in their purpose. To learn more about the examples behind these findings, click the above link to the piece.

Spreadsheet With Funding Sources

Back in January 2022, we posted a link to a Google sheet we keep updated each day with global, regional and local grant opportunities being offered to small business owners. Updates to this list get emailed out to those enrolled in our program at the beginning of each month, but we are reposting a link to the spreadsheet here (so it is more visible in the list of posts) so all can take advantage of the latest and greatest information we have!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zU5SUCYBopz64FM4q_nqp2wvILmcdItq_PRWQRXFUB4/edit?usp=sharingMore

LOULOU LOLLIPOP Evolves from Side Hustle to International Brand

When co-founders of LOULOU LOLLIPOP, an eco-friendly baby product company, looked to expand their company globally, they realized they didn’t have the right to use their name in Europe and China. It was a three-year legal battle with a hefty price tag to nail down the trademark issues. Co-founder Eleanor Lee shared, “There will be challenges and mistakes along the road, there were for us. They’re stepping-stones. Don’t dwell on them.” To read more about their adventure in launching a global brand, read this piece in Women of Influence.