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Women in Business Round-Up

On the platform, readingWe recently started featuring a periodic  summary of resources for and about women in business. We’re looking to make this a weekly feature in the near future, including both articles of note from around the web and an on-going collection of resources by or for women in business.

Women In Business Discuss the Women at Work Infographic

Our most recent former editor, Shonali Burke has an intriguing post on her site about a Women at Work infographic created by Harrison Kratz. There have been mixed reviews about it, and I believe Shonali sums it up best when she says:

I love seeing how much women have advanced in the workplace, but part of me also thinks we are having the same conversation over and over again.

Her post sparked a lively discussion that anyone wanting to move the conversation around this topic forward will want to read.

Women in Business – The Technology Business, That Is

You may already be familiar with the National Center for Women & Information Technology. I’ve heard of the organization, but for whatever reason had never been to their website. Here’s a little about what they do from their fact sheet:

NCWIT is the National Center for Women & Information Technology, a 501(c)(3)* coalition that works to increase diversity in IT and computing. NCWIT believes that greater diversity will create a larger and more competitive workforce, and promote the design of technology that is as broad and innovative as the population it serves. NCWIT focuses on improving diversity across the entire spectrum: K-12 through college education, and on to academic, corporate and entrepreneurial careers.

The site will come in handy for organizations looking to help the tech sector get more gender-diverse. It also came in handy to me personally when I was recently having problems finding research to back up the connection between women being in IT and the overall benefit to society.

Women Who Tech, Mean Business

When I came back to the DC area from Vegas, one of the groups that embraced me right away was Women Who Tech. I spend productive time in the forum each day, lurking, having meaningful discussions, asking questions or answering them when I can. Now they’re having their 4th Annual Telesummit on May 23rd. I consider it a must-attend.

Something they’re doing that I think is really neat, is giving attendees the chance to sponsor another ticket for another woman on Women Who Tech Scholarship. Seems like an absolutely genius idea to me- what creates community faster than actively helping one another?

Maryland’s Top 100 Women In Business, Community and Mentorship

Maryland’s Top 100 Women have been selected from nominees all across the state, and are being recognized on May 7, 2012. Out of the  nominees, the judges narrowed the group down to 100 based on professionalism, community dedication, and mentoring contributions. The event will take place at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. On their site you can buy tickets, see a list of the 2011 winners being honored, or find out more about next year’s nomination process.

Wall Street Journal (WSJ)  Gathers Business Women with a Plan

From the Women in the Economy WSJ site:

TheWall StreetJournal’s Task Force for Women in the Economy – a select group of nearly 200 influential CEOs , luminaries and subject-matter experts, both men and women – will convene for a second time in the spring of 2012 to create a business-based, data-driven action plan to address an important economic issue: making better use of female talent to promote economic growth and competitiveness in the U.S. and worldwide.

This is the event’s second year, and participation is by invitation only. However, you can apply for an invitation on the website.

Awesome Allies Seeking Women Mentors and Mentees

One of our newest community members, Jessica Smith is launching an endeavor called Awesome Allies. When I asked her about it, she said:

There’s no doubt about it, having a mentor is important. But how do you find one and how do you get the most out of the relationship?

She went on to explain that after spending years mentoring  and playing mentor matchmaker for other entrepreneurial women and those she managed in the corporate workplace, she had the idea formalize the process.

When the program she’s starting in May opens up, she’ll hand-match you with both a mentor and mentee and then provide a framework for the mentorships with a weekly email. Her program is being designed for the busy entrepreneur who is short on time but wants the empowerment that having a mentor and being a mentor can provide.

While it’s not live yet, you can be first in line to participate by signing-up on the site.

Working Mothers? Re-Treat Yourselves

Another one of our community members, Stacey Ferguson, was featured on Fox News in DC. See the video below or click through to the broadcast to hear more about the event that took place on April 13. There’s more information on the ReTreat Yourself website.

‘Re-Treat Yourself’ event for working mothers comes to D.C.: MyFoxDC.com

Flickr Image by: Mo Riza 


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