In this recorded webinar from May 2023, Andrea Ippolito, founder and CEO of SimpliFed and Director of Women Entrepreneurs in STEM at Cornell University discusses the opportunities and challenges women entrepreneurs face when launching a business while raising young children. With two small children of her own, Ms. Ippolito is an expert on starting a company and watching it grow while concurrently ensuring that her children thrive.
According to this article in Fast Company, nonlinear workdays may better align with your best periods of productivity compared to the traditional 9-to-5 model. According to the 2022 Brain Health Report from Muse, a meditation tool provider, “people with the highest self-reported brain health scores—which include memory, focus, sleep, mood, productivity, and creativity—are those who make minor lifestyle changes, like adopting a nonlinear workday.” Nonlinear workdays are much easier to integrate for people who work remotely and whose work is measured on output versus hours – as well as entrepreneurs who are more in control of their own schedule. Check out the article to read more about integrating that approach into your workday!
Great Place to Work is a global leader in analyzing and reporting on workplace culture. They partnered with Fortune magazine to publish a study that analyzed feedback from over a half a million women to determine the most female-friendly companies (organizations with > 1,000 employees). Number one on the list was Hilton and was surprisingly followed by many companies in the financial and tech sectors. Perhaps positive change is finally underfoot! This article in CEO magazine shares the list in greater detail.
Researchers from Harvard University; Boston University School of Medicine; Kaiser Permanente; UC Davis; UC San Diego; and Brown University explored the link between optimism and longevity in a 150,000 racially diverse women ages 50–79. Scientists found that women with the most optimism lived 5.4% longer (approximately 4.4 years) than the least optimistic women. Optimistic women were also more likely to achieve “exceptional longevity” which is defined as living to be 90+. One of the most interesting items to note is that these trends were consistent across all racial and ethnic groups of women. So if you are making a resolution for 2023, consider practices that impact your optimistic outlook! To read more about this research, see this link in the National Institute on Aging.
This October 2022 article from Fast Company explores the topic “How To Find A Job That Energizes You Rather Than Drains You”. The author shares that while many people are in situations where they may not have the luxury of being particular about what job they have, if you are fortunate enough to have flexibility in your career path, you should seek tasks in your job that fill you with energy. He goes on to state that finding that energy might not require a radical change, like quitting your job. Instead, it might simply involve a conversation with a manager about ways to change up tasks and projects – or you could look outside your full time job for an activity or side gig that excites you.
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.
This piece in Inc. is a conversation with We Are Rosie‘s CEO Stephanie Nadi Olson. She shares how the challenges of trying to juggle a family and the demands of a high powered corporate job – and then a startup job – led her to launch her own business focused on finding “good work for everyone who needs it in a way that aligns with their life and treats them with dignity and respect”. Her company now has over 15,000 contractors in the marketing and advertising space – whose contracts are capped at 40 hours per week. She states, “For culture to be truly compassionate, it cannot be prescriptive. Leadership decisions cannot happen in a vacuum.” Click the link above to read more about this incredible leader.
This recent piece in Inc. shares three tips for overcoming some of the biggest challenges women of color face in entrepreneurship. These tips include the importance of getting your finances in order so you can establish good credit, looking after your mental health and developing a success-oriented mindset. Check out the link to read the full piece.
This piece from Fortune shares thoughts from 11 female CEOs and Founders as they navigated running their companies while also managing pregnancy, birth and post-partum. Given that more than half of the female-founded companies to achieve valuations of at least $1 billion this past year have founders younger than 40, it is likely that this topic will become increasingly relevant. Click the link above to read more!
Studies have found that women tend to have less financial literacy than men. Given the number of resources available, this statistic can truly become a thing of the past. This article in GO Banking Rates highlights advice from female money experts and is worth scrolling through even if you think your finances are in great shape.
One expert shared that all women need to have control of “the big three” – being consumer debt free (no credit cards or auto loans); having an emergency reserve fund; and be contributing to a retirement plan. Other experts share advice including the importance of paying yourself first, having a handle on your cash flow and max-ing out any savings plans with tax advantages. The best piece of advice though is that there are no more excuses. Use the resources you can find and take the time and make sure your financial literacy is strong!