Anita Skinner is a Publisher and lives in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada with her husband, Dan. She previously owned a magazine called Niagara Life, which she sold in 2004 to a large Canadian media conglomerate – Torstar, despite having had no formal training in the publishing industry. She started her publishing life by producing a small newsletter, called The Downtowner, for a residents’ association she started in 1984.
Anita spoke to The NextWomen about her new venture: Not So Skinny Bitch which provides stylish, comfortable, practical women's plus size sports wear.
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.
Allan Watson talks to The NextWomen about Search Engine Optimization and how to drive traffic to your website.
As part of our interview series with the female heroes of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) we spoke to the Managing co-founder of Women on Wings and MBA alumna, Maria van der Heijden.
After graduating in business, Maria van der Heijden embarked on her career with a role Communications Manager for FloraHolland (the largest auction of cut flowers and plants in the world). She then moved on to become the Corporate Governance and Corporate Communications Manager at Rabobank Netherlands.
Maria has been an entrepreneur since 2001, guiding her ventures through major change. Since 2007 she has worked alongside Ellen Tacoma as the driving force behind Women on Wings, a foundation whose purpose it is to provide assistance in rural India and create 1 million jobs for Indian women. Maria van der Heijden is a wonderful example of a woman who uses her heart and her passion as a guide in both her life and her business.
Griselda Kumordzie Togobo shares her top 10 takeaways from The WEConnect Conference 2013.
The WEConnect Conference was one of the most productive conferences I’ve attended in a long time. The event was packed with female entrepreneurs and representatives from WEConnect corporate partners.
The keynote speaker was Laura Tenison, Founder & MD of JoJo Maman Bébé. Laura shared some riveting stories of how she raised money to start the business and also to fund growth. It’s always inspiring to hear strong successful women share the stories.
Teaching sessions were run by some certified women business owners including a talk by Yvonne Thompson and Alex McMurtrie about the UK honours system. Women were encouraged to nominate each other for awards especially as many women were really making a difference in their communities.
Our recent interview with Lisa Falzone, Co-Founder & CEO Revel Systems, after her $3.7 million funding round and triumph in the Best iPad Business App of the Year Award, has been one of our most popular articles of the year.
In a piece written especially for The NextWomen, Lisa shares her thoughts on the benefits of partnering in business.
Whether you’re a first time entrepreneur or you’ve built several businesses, it is difficult to bring a business idea from conception to implementation.
The Women In Green Forum, with The NextWomen as media partner, is the largest international conference for women in environmental careers.
Scheduled for August 28-29 in Santa Monica, the Forum is the premier conference for professionals from all aspects of the environmental industry to discuss the latest clean tech innovations, develop powerful professional networks, and build upon each other’s successes.
The Women in Green Forum is offering The NextWomen community a 10% discount on tickets. Keep reading for more details.
The NextWomen Fashion & Retail Theme.
Do you remember in the last start-up diaries I mentioned that setting up a website was another story in itself? Yes/No?
Well I am back to share with you a few more experiences, so if you’re settled in, I will begin.
Where do you start - what’s in a name?
The name of your online fashion boutique, is it going to be your own, or is it going to be a theme, perhaps something that can be an acronym, or initials to be quick and snappy. Is this name memorable, there is a lot to be said for a name that is simple and to the point, your strap-line (what you say about this name) is the opportunity to express more of who you are, and what you do.
Here is the most important thing that I learned while setting up a copy writing business on the side: I need to hire someone if I want to transition this from being a mere side hustle into a profitable full time enterprise.
Like most bootstrapping newbie entrepreneurs, I fell into the trap of do-it-yourself mentality. I don’t want to spend money hiring anyone, because revenues are low. Most women entrepreneurs, I noticed, are also prone to doing everything on their own because they’re expected to do well in managing both their business and a household.
But the thing is, no matter how efficient we are in managing our time, we can only have 24 hours in a day. A woman’s work is never done – to borrow a phrase from a popular feminist manifesto(a). How can that be possible when, in between calculating overhead cost and writing a sales copy, a woman entrepreneur may also have to prepare dinner for the family and check up her child’s homework?
So what to do?
Every week we will be publishing an interview with one of our female internet heroes in order for you to MEET interesting women. READ about their WORK, THINK about how they PLAY the internet industry and see how you MATCH them. Be inspired!Judy Gibbons is this week's interviewee.
Judy Gibbons has been in the internet and technology sector since the early days of online. She worked for big companies such as HP, Apple and Microsoft, launching the latter's MSN business in the UK, something she calls ‘ highly entrepreneurial'. She then went on the become MSN Corporate VP in charge of all 40 of MSN's global businesses and US sales & Marketing. Two years ago, realising that she wanted to do something with new technology in the consumer internet sector, she got involved as a VC with Venture Capital Firm Accel, investing in technology businesses. At the moment, she is CEO of one of Accel's ‘high hopes' Mippin, a company that, through enabling mobile content, is at the forefront of the emerging mobile internet. Judy shared her career experiences with the nextwomen, told us why she is convinced Mippin is the ‘next big thing' and what's next for her.