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Rizia Bardhan is pioneering an approach that uses nanotech particles to diagnose or treat disease Aerospace engineer Natalie Panek champions the women who are trailblazing their way through the technology industry and discusses the need for more positive exposure for women across the spectrum of 'STEM' disciplines, such as engineering and nanoscience. 

Over the past short while, there has been an impressive effort to increase and showcase the number of women in 'tech'. Women from all over the world have rallied together to advocate for technology careers and really revolutionize how we think about the tech industry. This movement is amazing and exactly what is needed to inspire a whole new generation of women, but despite this movement, I cannot help but wonder what message is actually being sent?

Lia and Margaret at SnailsIn Jeanette Sklivanou’s second post for The NextWomen, she discusses the impact of austerity in Greece, with particular reference to how the plight of unemployed women with children has helped inform her hiring strategy.

Recently I watched a BBC television programme featuring celebrity chefs who briefly share the lives of families getting by on poverty-level wages. They try to help the hard-pressed households with advice on cooking nutritious meals with very little money. It made for disheartening viewing.

The NextWomen Founder & CEO Simone BrummelhuisThis week named at No.3 in the Guardian's Ten Women in Tech You Need to Meet and recently listed, also at No.3, in Fast Company’s 25 Smartest Women to Follow on Twitter, Simone Brummelhuis is the Founder and CEO of The NextWomen.

Simone is signed up to provide business advice to members of our community as a NextAdvisor in our Business Advice Programme.

For more details on The Business Advice Programme and to sign up, click here.  

The NextWomen article on what the success of the Kardashian Empire can teach other female entrepreneursBranding expert Kubi Springer examines the brand of the Kardashians and what entrepreneurs can learn from their success.

In 2007 Kris Jenner (the mother and CEO of the Kardashian Empire), started their rollercoaster of fame and fortune when she created, produced and launched her family’s hit reality TV Show Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Since then she has created and produced TV spin offs including Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York and Khloe and Lamar, all of which broadcast on the E! Entertainment Network across ten international territories including the USA, Canada, UK & Ireland, Australia, South Africa and Thailand.

But if TV dominance wasn’t enough, Kris Jenner also became the president of her own production company, Jenner Communications.

Julia Grinham, Co-Founder and CEO of Upperstreet.comWe are so excited about the relaunch of our Business Advice Programme and all the amazing NextAdvisors we have lined up, ready to give you

Stephanie Kaplan, one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Coolest Young EntrepreneursStephanie Kaplan is CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus, the #1 online community for college women, written entirely by the nation’s top college journalists with 3,000+ contributors and counting.

Stephanie has grown Her Campus to over 1.4 million monthly users with chapters at 200+ colleges nationwide and has formed content partnerships with Seventeen magazine, SELF magazine and The Huffington Post, among others.

Stephanie is a 2010 graduate of Harvard University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Economics. Stephanie spent the summer of 2009 as an American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) intern at SELF magazine at Condé Nast Publications, and during the summer of 2008 as a Features Intern at Seventeen magazine at the Hearst Corporation.

Stephanie has been admitted to Harvard Business School via the 2+2 Program. Stephanie was named in Business Week’s 25 Under 25 Best Young Entrepreneurs, Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs, Glamour Magazine’s 20 Amazing Young Women and The Boston Globe’s 25 Most Stylish Bostonians.

Francesca Armstrong, Development and Operations Director of ConnocoFrankie Armstrong tells us about her move away from her first passion - fashion - and explains the non-hierarchical leadership approach which she applies to her hospitality business Conoco.

I started my career working in fashion, after studying at Central St Martin’s and Kingston University. From a young age I have loved fashion in the way that it can make you feel, look and be.

It was in my final year at university whilst putting together my own collection/business that I realised what I really excelled at and enjoyed was the elements behind the clothes and the business behind great brands.

For me, looking at the commercial viability of a product and implementing efficient processes was a real strong point. Although fashion and design was what I had always thought I wanted to do,

I had never really explored using the fundamental skills I had gained from years of focused creative thinking and problem solving to excel in other areas.

It was these elements and skills that I was subconsciously bringing to Connoco - the business that my partner Tim and I had already started up, and it got to the point where what we were doing within hospitality and music really started taking off. It then came to making a decision to come away from what I was doing in fashion and to really focus and develop Connoco.

my-wardrobe.com Founder Sarah CurranWe are so excited about the relaunch of our Business Advice Programme and all the amazing NextAdvisors we have lined up, ready to give you the expertise you need to make your business fly!

Amongst our new recruits is Sarah Curran, Founder of online retailer my-wardrobe.com. Launched in 2006, the site has since become the UK’s premier destination for ‘everyday luxury’ designer womenswear and menswear fashion.

For more details on The Business Advice Programme and to sign up, click here. 

Heels of Steel by Vanessa VallelyVanessa Vallely is the founder of leading women’s network and website, WeAreTheCity and job board CareersCity, serving an audience of over 70,000 London City women. She also co-founded the City-wide diversity network, The Network of Networks, which includes the heads of women’s networks from 40 FTSE firms.

Vanessa has had an extensive 25 year career in Banking and Finance in London and is a qualified career coach. She has won various recognition awards such as Women’s Champion for Women in Banking & Finance, TIAW’s Top 100 Global Women, Financial News Top 100 & Brummells Top 30 Inspiring Women. She was a wonderful keynote speaker at The NextWomen’s November 2012 London Pitch Evening.

In this article, Mary Juetten, Founder and CEO of Traklight.com reviews Vanessa's new book "Heels of Steel", which was released on 25th September. The book tracks Vanessa's trials and tribulations from the day she arrived in the City aged 15 and worked her way up to C-suite, providing transparent insight into the world of corporate women and sharing Vanessa's tips and practical advice, based on her real life experiences.

British Author Vanessa Vallely had me at HEELS. Not only did I have the pleasure of reading HEELS of STEEL, she graciously offered to Skype with me despite an 8-hour time difference.

When the book arrived, I skipped over the introduction and the table of contents and dove into her story. Her scrappy upbringing and her City career seemed almost surreal and to later find out that she cut out some of the more difficult portions of her life made it even more amazing.

Joana Picq's latest venture, Jampp Mobile, was last week named winner of the Mobile Startup Rally at The Next Web’s first ever USA Conference, making us even more excited to announce that she has signed up to advise members of our community as a NextAdvisor in our Business Advice Programme.

A serial entrepreneur in LATAM & Europe and former COO at The NextWomen, Joana is a civil engineer turned tech fanatic. 

Joana is currently a partner at Jampp Mobile, the leading Latin American advertising solution for the monetization of virtual currency on social networks and mobile apps. Operating in LATAM, US, Europe and soon South Africa, Jampp is a mobile marketing specialist that works solely on performance.