September 9, 2014—Diversion Books published Innovating Women, a collection of candid, first-hand accounts of women in technology.
Three internet women feature in Forbes.com's list of the 100 most powerful women in the world, published this week.
Forbes' annual list is composed by measuring 'power' as the combination of a woman's public profile, calculated using press mentions, and financial 'weight'. The financial component of the ranking considers job title and past career accomplishments, as well as the amount of money the woman controls. 'Forbes considers that a chief executive controls the revenue of her business, while a head of state controls the country's gross domestic product. The list is therefore a mix of politicians and businesswomen.
The internet women the list includes are:
# 20 Marjorie Scardino, Chief Executive, Pearson PLC
Dave Landry discusses some of the world's most powerful and inspirational businesswomen and the story of their success.
Last weekend, more than 1000 thought leaders came together to discuss the Economy and Society from a female perspective. Unlike the Davos Global Forum, in Deauville powerful women are in the majority at the fifth international Women's Forum for the Economy and Society. Its motto is:
"Think again, think ahead! It is time for action, change and hope".
There were many international speakers unveiling their ideas on politics, entrepreneurship, economics; a lot of the time about the effects of the financial crisis, but also on the chances and opportunities that it brings. Among the speakers - 17 Rising Talents of 2009 - was Founder of Smarta, Shaa Wasmund.
Some conclusions from the forum were:
Women are Hit Hard by the Financial Crisis
It may be that women-led hedge funds have performed better in the financial crisis than hedge funds run by men - as was one of the conclusions of a Report launched at the Women's Forum - and yet women and girls in poor countries have been hit the hardest by the implosion of banks thousands of miles away.
The developed world has received far more funding to combat the crisis, in comparison to that received by the worlds poorest countries. As a result, women now need similarly large-scale solutions, including access to capital and to larger markets, to combat the crisis.
"The ground has shifted beneath the feet of our business models and social and economic policies”, explains Founder and CEO Aude Zieseniss de Thuin. "The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society views moments of rupture like this as an opportunity to advance new ideas, technologies and even paradigms for society and the economy. With their male counterparts, women have a key role to play in the process of creating a more resilient future," the Founder of the Women’s Forum said.
Empowering Women makes Financial Sense
Discussed at great length, was the idea that empowering women economically is not just a matter of fairness, but of financial sense.
In this article, the founder of Packed Munches, Fiona Timba asks “How many times have you had an amazing business idea and done nothing about it?” and tells the NextWomen about her five top tips on turning that amazing business idea into an entrepreneurial success story.
Guest post by Lynda Russell-Whitaker.
'Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?' said the March Hare.
'Exactly so,' said Alice.
'Then you should say what you mean,' the March Hare went on.
'I do,' Alice hastily replied; 'at least — at least I mean what I say — that's the same thing, you know.' Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Whilst humorous and entertaining, Alice’s conversation with the March Hare is a fantastical yet very commonplace example of the sort of misunderstandings – and frustrations - that can occur in a dialogue of two differing styles!
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.
The NextWomen Social Entrepreneurship Theme
In India, there is no shortage of talented female social entrepreneurs. Women like Ela Bhatt, who in 1972 founded SEWA, the world’s first and largest trade union for undocumented women workers, as well as Women’s World Banking in 1979 - have been inspiring and leading women for generations.
Hina Shah, founder of The International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Development (ICECD), has worked for over 25 years on scaling micro, small, and medium size businesses across 21 states of India.
This summer saw some exciting events for women in business; events which focused on acknowledging the rise of the ‘business superwoman’.
World Leaders unite today in Davos for the World Economic Forum, a five day conference in which the most pressing issues facing the world are discussed. This year it is entitled "Shaping the Post-Crisis World." Business leaders, executives, politicians, intellectuals and journalists are expected to talk about the economic crisis and how to get through it, but they also due to cover topics such as environmental damage, corruption, energy or health. Themes can be found here.
Attendees in the forum have historically been primarily men, but this changed when Aude Zieseniss de Thuin founded the "Davos" Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2005 to promote a women’s vision on the economic and social issues of the world.
This year, these are the women that will be at Davos: