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Nikki Yates; GSK; young women; STEM; telling stories; Apprentice Trailblazers

Nikki Yates, former nurse and now General Manager of GSK’s UK business, explains to The NextWomen why showcasing creativity and collaboration is the key to attracting ambitious young women into science and engineering – and how everyone in the industry can help by sharing their own inspiring stories.

After our interview with the impressive founder Danae Ringelmann of crowdfunding website Indiegogo, I have been browsing for projects on crowdfunding sites. Books, films, products, there are so many projects which need to crowd to make it happen. One of the projects that we like to promote on our website is the Docu 'She Started it'.

She Started It is a documentary about the rise of women technology entrepreneurs in the US and Europe.

The NextWomen and Astia are hosting the Global Pitch Competition in collaboration with the 2013 We Own It Summit June 27-28 in London.

In this interview Heather Boggini of PSDNetwork asks Simone for an overview of the pitch competition including who should apply; what to expect; and how each applicant and finalist benefits from the competition.

Simone Brummelhuis sounds the gong to mark the launch of the TNW100 List  On Friday 8th March NYSE Euronext celebrated International Women’s Day with bell ringings and conferences across its global markets to highlight the contributions women have made in entrepreneurial, social, economic, financial and philanthropic arenas.

In honor of International Women’s Day, trading at NYSE Euronext Amsterdam was opened by Simone Brummelhuis, founder and publisher of The Next Women - Business Media, and initiator ofthe TheNextWomen100, the list of the 100 most important business women in the Netherlands.

"Science Babe" Deborah Berebichez On Her Career In Physics And The Importance Of Science Education

Deborah Berebichez grew up in Mexico City in a sheltered environment. When it came to choosing her field of study, she experienced that often times it is social reasons that keep women from entering the field of sciences and tech: Because family and teachers told her it was an appropriate and "feminine" career path to take, she began to study Philosophy.

But true passion can only be suppressed so long. After a few semesters, she turned to the United States to pursue her love for science and study Physics. Even though people had said "As a woman, you won't get far in science", she eventually became the first Mexican woman to earn a Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University.

Deborah Berebichez now works as Vice President of Risk Analysis at Wall St’s risk firm MSCI. As The Science Babe she brings her love for the science of everyday life to broader audiences – via science TV shows for National Geographic and Discovery International and her own web series.

With her work for the initiative Technovation Challenge, she introduces girls around the world to the world of natural sciences and technology and encourages them to pursue their very own career goals. She was named one of the Top Ten Women in Tech in 2011.

One of The NextWomen contributors is one of the most vocal and visible female angel investors: Joanne Wilson. Her blog, the Gotham Gal, is a great read and we are happy to publish the interviews she conducts with female startups she meets in her daily life. Now it's her turn to be interviewed, here is an interview produced by Business Insider.

Crowdsourcing is a great tool for companies to get innovation going. And more and more brands are trying it out. The newest campaign that uses crowdsourcing is from Natwest. The twist is that they are asking kids to help them.

Kids are asked to create a new pig that will be used in their future branding. Kids can make, draw, sculpt, knit pigs and submit them to Natwest to get nominated for the publc vote. (With the permission of their parents, who must submit their children's competition entries).

Official image of the Korean Women's Peasant AssociationThe NextWomen October Sustainability & Clean Tech Theme.

Geum-Soon Yoon, President of the Korean Women's Peasant Association (KWPA), has been a pioneer in a time and culture that has traditionally not given a voice to women or farmers – let alone a woman farmer. This week, the KWPA won the prestigious Food Sovereignty award.

Geum-Soon Yoon and KWPA fight in the name of South Korean peasants. They have made their mark not only on the rice fields, but their courage has seen them lobby at the World Trade Organization and contribute to free trade agreements with the USA and EU. In 2005, Geum-Soon Yoon was one of the 1000 women nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The NextWomen September Food & Fashion Theme.

We absolutely love the story of Julie Deane, who founded The Cambridge Satchel Company in 2008 and has since grown her business to an almost £12m turnover and 70 employees. Her satchels are now sold in 100 countries worldwide.

The icing on the cake is that Julie has recently been selected to star in the new Google Chrome advert, which is currently being shown on television and cinema and being promoted via social media. Google chose Julie for her amazing entrepreneurial spirit, the success of her brand and the role that the internet played in the success of her business.

The 60 second advert, which can be seen at the bottom of this article, tracks Julie’s business journey from sourcing UK manufacturers, to liaising with top fashion editors and engaging with big name celebrities who have since become both fans and advocates of the brand.

Judi Henderson Townsend sells body parts - heads, legs, arms - as part of her business repairing, recycling, renting and selling used mannequins. 

It’s certainly true that a combination of events, decisions and moments of lightness and dark turn a person’s life into what it is. But what has become apparent from the women we’re interviewing at The Story Exchange, is that success is, to a great extent, determined by the degree to which we embrace the series of accidents, for lack of a better word, that happen during our lives.