Archive for August, 2009

The 2009 Digital Hub Non-Conference

August 26, 2009

The Women’s Circuit is proud to be a supporter of this event.

 

September 24-25, 2009

After phenomenal success in 2008, Cincinnati’s Digital Hub Non-Conference is back with a vengeance! The Second Annual event promises “bigger & better” in promoting our region as the Digital Hub it is – the Hub of “All Things Digital” in advertising, design, marketing, communications and public relations. In 2009, instead of a single group calling the shots, the event is being driven by numerous local professional groups, all with interest in the same Big Idea.

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Women in IT: Success and Struggle

August 24, 2009

Though IT remains largely a male-dominated realm in the United States, women are now believed to constitute 15% to 25% of technical professionals — though women’s ranks in management are about only 8%.

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Empowering Relationships: 3 Steps to Building a Bigger Future

August 21, 2009

Whether it’s at work or at home, great relationships are essential! So how do you have relationships that are a win-win?

On August 26, Mary Miller, a highly successful entrepreneur (Jancoa Janitorial Services) and a facilitator for Strategic Coach, will take us through the three key steps for better relationships, an exciting future and a thriving career.

InnerCircles women’s networking lunches are the fourth Wednesday of every month, from 11:30am-1pm, at the West Chester Conference Center. Registration in advance is $20; on the day of the event, registration is $25.

InnerCircles is a unique business event that connects women with the resources they need to be successful!

For more information on InnerCircles or to register online, please visit http://www.innerworksllc.com. To register by phone, please call the office of the event sponsor, InnerWorks, LLC, at 513.321.0222.

Women, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Law

August 21, 2009

From Emile Loza, please contact her directly:  emile.loza@gmail.com. 

I am writing a book on how women in technology and other fields of innovation plan for and engage in entrepreneurship and how the law and economic policy initatives in the United States foster or should foster women in their leadership roles in innovation-driven entrepreneurial ventures, large and small.

I have also been invited to publish an article on this critical subject in the Pepperdine Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law. Both projects are well underway.

I welcome invitations to connect with women and men who share my passion for promoting women in innovation and entrepreneurship and for raising the visibility, study, and discussion of this vital topic.

When Women Lead

August 19, 2009

Why are women-owned businesses predominant in certain industries? And what can we learn from their successes? 

What do women bring to the leadership table? That’s a thorny question, fraught with broad generalizations, outmoded assumptions and scattered data. But given the fact that companies with a majority female ownership regularly outpace the pack in terms of sales growth—often by as much as 100 percent, according to studies by the Center for Women’s Business Research—the question isn’t merely academic. 

One way of looking at the issue is to peer into those industries where women-owned businesses occur in higher-than-average proportion. According to data from the Small Business Administration, these include professional, scientific and technical services as well as healthcare and social assistance.

But what does that mean for women in male-dominated industries—particularly those, such as financial services, that offer significantly higher wages than other sectors? The Center for Women’s Business Research found these commonalities among women-owned businesses that might offer some clues:

• The vast majority of women business owners are personally involved in selecting and purchasing technology for their businesses.
• Women owners of firms with revenues of $1 million or more produce financial reports more often than smaller firms.
• More than two-thirds of women business owners choose financial products and services based on their relationship and experience with a lender.
In broad terms, these points indicate a strategy of hands-on management, careful research and analysis in the decision-making process, and an emphasis on building personal relationships.
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The New 3 R’s of Learning: Recycle-Reduce-Reuse

August 18, 2009

The New 3 R’s of Learning: Recycle-Reduce-Reuse

· Recycle classroom learning programs with great content but diminishing attendance

· Reduce time spent traveling and out of the office

· Reuse e-learning licenses for up to one year

Attend this web-learning best practices session and hear from the e-Learning Forum experts. Led by Patricia Massey of MYCA Multimedia & Training, you’ll get an overview of current methodologies as well as evolving strategies to ensure your e-learning development is dynamic, powerful and delivers measurable results. Much of what is selling on the market today is just ‘Power Point’ on steroids. Now is the time to get ready to use the 3-Rs of learning and see highly interactive designs and delivery tools for elearning courses. Let’s step up to the new 3Rs of Learning!

WHERE: Rookwood Tower
WHEN: September 15, 2009
5:30pm- 8:00pm dinner included
COST: $15.00 member *
$25.00 prospective members

* The Women’s Circuit members can attend at member rate.

For more information, contact Sandra Vogel

Women Business Owners Embrace Internet-Based Social Media

August 18, 2009

Social media is no longer just for tweens and college students. Women business owners consider social media, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter as key business tools to build their business.

The survey of 92 WBCS members, conducted in July, showed that 64 percent of the business owners use social media for business networking, with 57 percent relying on it to research customers, suppliers, and others. Fifty-four percent count on social media when it comes to interacting with their customers, prospects, suppliers, and others; and 52 percent use it to sell and market their products and services.

The business social media site LinkedIn was the top choice among women business owners. Seventy-seven percent of survey respondents said they use LinkedIn, 52 percent use Facebook, and 37 percent user Twitter, with other media outlets such as Plaxo and MySpace mentioned by small percentages of respondents. When asked which one media outlet was most important to them, 61 percent cited LinkedIn, with 22 percent favoring Facebook.

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Girls encouraged to enter technology field

August 13, 2009

The number of women earning undergraduate degrees in computer science has plunged nearly 50 percent since 1985, according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology. In 1985, women represented 37 percent of computer science undergraduate degree recipients.

By 2008, women represented a mere 18 percent of computer and information sciences undergraduate degree recipients, representing a significant drop in degrees awarded. 

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Where are the Women in Tech and Social Media?

August 13, 2009

When you look around the room at a tech or social media conference what do you see? Are the panels filled with a diverse group of tech and social media experts? Chances are they are probably filled with white men. So why is that a bad thing, when after all, the tech sector is comprised of about 75% men and 25% women? It’s a problem because when we design technology and social media platforms we design it for all. Women make up approximately 50% of computer and social media users. By not filling panels with diverse speakers, we tend to give conference attendees only male perspectives on tech and social media, when in reality our consumers and users are men, women, people of color, etc. 

While women need to be more aggressive in promoting themselves and submitting panel ideas, conference organizers need to do their part too and share the responsibility. So what can conferences can do diversify their panels? The key is to ramp up outreach and publicity and to target women in tech and social media and encourage submissions. There are plenty of women in tech and social media that are highly qualified to speak at conferences. Below are strategies conferences can utilize to recruit more women panelists and diversify their rolodexes.

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