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5 Prominent WomenDave Landry discusses some of the world's most powerful and inspirational businesswomen and the story of their success.

Dana Tobak shares with The NextWomen her top reasons for entrepreneurial success, drawing on her own experiences of starting up two pioneering technology companies in the United Kingdom, Be Un Ltd. that sold for 50 million pounds ($87 million) after only 18 months, and the latest venture Hyperoptic, another pioneering technology company breaking all speed limits offering superfast internet services.

Kate Lewis, Commercial Director At Frog.Frog is a leading education technology solutions provider. Kate Lewis, Frog's Commercial Director kindly talked to Adriana Galue of her rise in becoming one of the leading figures at Frog, within an industry almost entirely dominated by men.

With her vast experience spanning across several countries and working for some of the sector’s biggest businesses, Kate has helped shape a company that now has an annual revenue of £9.5m, offering learning tools to over 12million students, teachers and parents worldwide. 

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For Farah Mohamed, creating G(irls)20 was a natural way to blend her passion for the economic empowerment of women and girls with her vast experience in the political arena.

Women LEAD is the first and only leadership development organization for adolescent girls in Nepal.In this article, Megan Foo, Editorial Assistant and Regular Contributor of The NextWomen, discusses problems that stem from the leadership gap in developing countries, and spotlights the untiring efforts of Women LEAD - a nonprofit organization that empowers adolescent girls to be leaders - to close this gap in Nepal.

Helen Croft and Agnes Bamford from The Results Centre discuss the under representation of women at the highest levels of business.

T. Keyzom Ngodup, a development entrepreneur and Country Technical Advisor on Financial Inclusion at the United Nations Capital Development Fund, talks to The NextWomen about what she learned from four daring women entrepreneurs and leaders in Papua New Guinea, and how the presence and successes of these women contribute to Papua New Guinea's overall inclusiveness and equity.

The spectacular resource-rich island of Papua New Guinea – with its high mountains, roaring rivers, fertile valleys and magnificent fjords – is colloquially referred to as the ‘land of the unexpected’. 

From a GDP Per Capita of USD 654 in 2000 to its exponential growth at USD 2,184 in 2012, PNG’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neil also recently celebrated its 19 billion gas project’s first liquid natural gas shipment to East Asia.  

However, human development indicators remain alarmingly low, at 147 out of 180 countries according to the UN Human Development Report.  In midst, is the parlous position of women. 

Bev James, CEO of The Academy Group, including the Entrepreneurs' Business Academy and EBA for Coaches, talks to The NextWomen about the importance of confidence in business, and shares key takeaways from personal experience and lessons from successful entrepreneurs.

Throughout my training and career as a coach, I have worked with successful entrepreneurs, world champions and Olympic athlete. It is clear across the board that confidence is a key ingredient to success in sport, business and life.

The newly released Dell-sponsored Gender-Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI) revealed that more than 75% of the 30 countries surveyed are not providing the most fundamental conditions required for female entrepreneurs to prosper. Even more troubling, emerging economies are much further behind than advanced economies in creating the conditions that enable businesses founded by women to thrive. 

The report correctly directs policy makers and institutions to work on improving conditions for female entrepreneurs on several fronts, simultaneously. In the interim, what actions can you personally take to enable your own business success?

Truly Blue - Handkerchief Hem Dress by Coral TurnerCoral Turner talks to The NextWomen about how she relaunched the website of her online fashion boutique and explains how going back and starting over actually helped her business to move forward.