How Do We Support Millennial Women To Become Leaders?

In celebration of Women's History Month, the female empowerment campaign ActuallySheCan, asked millennial women what they think and how they feel about female leadership. 

Though women earn 58% of collegiate degrees, and they hold most of the professional level jobs, women are still significantly under-represented in top leadership positions.   Is the next generation of millennials ready to close leadership's gender gap? 

According to a recent survey by the female empowerment campaign ActuallySheCan, the answer is decidedly mixed. While 80% of women believe that women and men are equally effective leaders—with 14% responding that women were, in fact, more effective leaders—they took a more critical eye when it came to describing themselves: only 12% identified as influential amongst a group, only 17% felt they were charismatic personalities and only 11% felt they were admired for their ideas. 

And how can we help millennial women become a better leader? Her top three responses were as follows: 27% said more opportunities or promotions would help, while 25% said guidance and mentorship, and 24% said more guidance and training. 

These findings pack a powerful message. It's never been more important to empower women to be leaders—through professional opportunities, mentorship and dialogue that champions women's ambitions and ability to lead. 

The infographic below is a consolidated illustration of these findings.

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5 Tips to Stop Stressing Your Financials When You're an Employee & a Business Owner

by Deborah A. Bailey

Recently I was at a writers' conference where I attended a workshop about setting up your writing business. Most of the participants were working at jobs and building their writing careers.

A lot of people are juggling a job and business (or a "side-hustle" they hope to grow into a full-time thing). In that case, there's a whole new world of information to absorb about financials and taxes. Here are a few tips that might be helpful.

#1 Start Tracking Your Financials Now


If you're starting out you might think you'll get to it once you're making money. Trust me, you'll have less stress later if you start now. There are lots of tools to help you get things done without a staff, and you'll find that QuickBooks is great solution.

It includes features for invoicing, managing cash flow, reports (always a good thing) and even better you can create 1099s for freelancers and contractors you hire along the way. You can use it on your desktop and mobile devices.

#2 Don't Overlook Your Deductions

If you're an employee you might not be aware that you have deductions for your business, such as mileage, supplies, conferences and training. When I was working as a W2 contractor and starting my writing business, it was a challenge to keep track of my travel to workshops and meetings. Guess what? QuickBooks to the rescue again. Their software for the self-employed has additional features (like mileage tracking). You're welcome.

#3 Don't Let Tax Day Stress You Out

If you're used to being stressed out when that date rolls around, it's time to relax. Yes, having a business does add a bit of complexity, but Turbo Tax has you covered. Years ago when I started two businesses (freelance writing and direct sales) while I was still in my corporate job, I filed a Schedule C (a form included with most versions) in addition to my 1040 forms.  In fact, it was really a lot easier than I expected because I could walk through my tax preparation step by step.

#4 Track Your Time


Even if your work isn't based on hours, it's still a good idea to keep track of how much time you're spending on activities. A tool like Toggl can help. It's tough enough when you have limited time to work on your business because you've also got a job (and other obligations). Stay aware of how you're spending your time and you'll be more likely to get things done. 

#5 Treat Your Business Like a Business

Whether you're a blogger, running an Etsy shop, self-publishing your books, baking cupcakes, starting out as a virtual assistant -- you're also a business owner. Take it seriously. For more details about taxes, forms and things like EINs (an Employer ID Number which you might need before you open a business bank account) visit the IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center. They have lots of detailed information including online learning modules.

Technology makes it so much easier to balance your employee life with the entrepreneurial one. Take advantage of the tools and training so you can grow your business and keep things running smoothly.

Copyright © 2017 Deborah A. Bailey

Deborah A. Bailey is a writer, coach, and author of several novels and non-fiction books, including Think Like an Entrepreneur: Transforming Your Career and Taking Charge of Your Life.  She's the  host of the Women Entrepreneurs Radio™ podcast and she provides content marketing tips and strategies at Deb Bailey Media.
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Kara Dolce Founder of Fighting Pretty on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Show #405

In 2008, Kara Dolce was a 26-year-old girl working in New York City looking to grow her career and live the city life! After her grandmother "Mema" passed away from a long battle with breast cancer, Kara performed a self-breast exam only to find a small lump on her left breast.

Kara then immediately went to her doctor for which she was told "you are too young" to worry. She pushed to have an exam and biopsy to find out she had Stage 3B estrogen-receptive, Her2+, non-BRCA gene breast cancer. 

Kara went on to have a double mastectomy, 8 rounds of chemotherapy, 4 weeks of radiation, fertility treatments (egg retrieval), 1 year of Herceptin treatments and will be on hormone therapy for a total of 10 years. Kara did this all with a smile on her face, lipstick on her lips and strength in her heart. Kara was "Fighting Pretty."

After receiving so much love and support from everyone around her, Kara decided to help women feel this sense of strength by helping them feel beautiful and inspired. She started making care packages (a.k.a "Pretty Packages") out of her 800 square foot apartment in Brooklyn, NY. and officially started her non-profit organization, Fighting Pretty.


In less than one year, Fighting Pretty sent 500 Pretty Package to women all over the country. Fighting Pretty has been recognized by the American Cancer Society and has received in-kind product donations from companies such as Revlon, Maybelline, Happy Socks and more, and even has a new "Fighting Pretty" nail polish named after them by O.P.I.

To date, Fighting Pretty has sent over 3,500 Pretty Packages all over the United States including several countries globally, and operates out of Portland, Oregon.

Kara and her growing team at Fighting Pretty works every day to truly help women - of all ages, all over the world, battling cancer feel strong and beautiful. To learn more about Fighting Pretty, make a donation or request a Pretty Package for a friend or loved one, please visit www.fightingpretty.org.


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4 Tips to Effective Networking

by Chris Atley

I have the privilege of both attending and speaking at a lot of events. It seems to me that a lot of people were still networking “old school”! Like sitting down at a table, passing around a stack of cards without even meeting anyone.

I’m excited to share some tips on how to build meaningful relationships that lead to referrals.

“4 Tips to Effective Networking”

Tip #1: The know, like & trust factor. Most of you have probably heard about this before. Essentially people usually only refer others that they know, like and trust. The popular networking group, BNI, is structured in this way. A weekly meeting is held and at each meeting members are expected to pass a referral or to have met with someone from the group in-between meetings. They understand that even when a person is involved in a networking group they will only refer to others within the group if they have a relationship with them and trust them. It takes a little time and effort to get to know someone before referring business to them and for it to be reciprocated. Find a group you resonate with and even better start speaking it at it too!

Tip #2. Set the intention to have a great conversation when you’re meeting new people. I don’t know about you, but I find small talk exhausting. I don’t want to talk about the weather and surface level topics. I like having a deep conversation with people. It’s about connecting on a deeper level and building relationships with people you connect with. I want to refer to people that I really like and believe in. If someone doesn’t sit right with me, then they probably won’t with the people I know either. I also know that they are a right fit for someone else. There is lots of abundance for everyone. I always set the intention before attending an event, that I will have at least one great conversation. Low and behold, I always do!

So definitely don’t go to a meeting and just hand out a bunch of cards and expect your phone to be ringing off the hook. Take the time to have at least one meaningful conversation with someone. You might be thinking that one connection versus reaching out to many doesn’t make sense. The reality though, is that people won’t just call you if you’ve passed your card to them and haven’t even at least met them. It’s a waste of cards. That one connection can make all of the difference.

Tip #3. Think about how you can honestly help people at these events. When I meet new people, I’m truly interested in how I can move them forward and I always have my ears open to whom I can connect them with in order to do just that. This serves a few purposes. First, it just feels good to help people without trying to “get” something for yourself.

People don’t want to be “sold” to and these networking situations are especially awkward when people are trying to do just that. I find it helpful to ask the person I’m talking to a bunch of questions about themselves and be thinking the whole time about I can help them. You will have your turn to let them know what you do too at the right time.

Second, by approaching the conversation his way, it helps to build the trust factor with them. They see that you are a genuine person and nice to be around. This is the first step in building a meaningful relationship.

Tip #4. What to do post-event? It’s important to have a follow-up system in place for the next morning after an event and to allot time for this in your calendar. If someone has expressed interest in receiving my weekly articles, I will make sure they are signed-up to do that. For anyone I felt a connection with, I will ask them to go for a coffee or for lunch. Meaning, I would like to start building a relationship with them whether the purpose is to work together personally or to add them as a center of influence (people who refer business to you).

It’s best to meet with people in-person whenever you can. You will really get to know them this way and vice versa. For anyone I exchange cards with, I will make sure to send them a note by email the next morning, and then look for them on facebook so that we can stay connected on a regular basis. For you this might be a different social media venue depending on which one you’ve had the most success with.

It’s also important to stay in touch with the people you meet on a regular basis. If they are a center of influence, then following-up with them in-person once a quarter is reasonable or more, depending on the amount of referrals they provide. Like any relationship that’s important, you want to be sure take the time to nourish it. Of course this shouldn’t feel like any type of chore, because the people you have developed these relationships with you likely really enjoy being around.

Happy Networking & Business Building!

Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.
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Self-Care for Entrepreneurs Starts with Getting a Good Night's Sleep

self care sleep tips for entrepreneurs
Starting your own business and being successful obviously takes a lot of hard work and dedication. But one of the most important things it requires, is taking care of oneself. Entrepreneurs constantly have their minds on their businesses so often, that often times their health can fall to the wayside.

Missing meals, restless nights, stress; all these can cause health issues down the road. In order to be successful, business people should keep their health in mind. Getting a good night's sleep is vital to a healthy lifestyle. Studies have even shown that sleep deprivation costs U.S. companies more that $63 billion a year in lost productivity. Here are some nighttime/morning routine tips to get better sleep and therefore, have a smoother morning.

Stick to a bedtime


Setting a bedtime is super important to helping get a good night's rest, but this comes with a few challenges. Most people think it's a success to make it into bed at a certain time, but then they start surfing the web and a few minutes turns into a few hours past their bedtime. We've all been there, but don't let this be you. Stick to your bedtime and actually go to bed. This will help you get into a routine and get more sleep.

Prep the night before

Mornings are tough, but don't make them any tougher on yourself. Preparing for the next day before bed is a great way to have mornings run smoothly. Wasting time changing an outfit three times or looking for keys when you should've left already is no way to start the way. So make a lunch, iron your shirt, and lay out your shoes the night before, so you're ready in no time. Who knows, maybe you can even use the time saved to snooze in a little more once you get a rhythm down.

Have the perfect sleep environment

There are certain bedroom designs that are optimal for sleeping. If you don't believe me, try sleeping in a bright room with sheer curtains. To get the best sleep so you can have a productive morning, make sure your bedroom is a relaxing color like a soft blue or green that is meant to calm you down. Also a comfortable mattress and sheets are essential, so get some that are best for your personal comfort. If you are looking for options, Leesa Mattress has some great online mattresses and Parachute has a wide variety of sheets. But no matter what kind you have, make sure they feel like they were made for you.

Make mornings positive


You know when you have those days where you are already in a bad mood before you even get out of bed? Maybe you have them everyday, but what if you had something to look forward to in the morning? A nice cup of your favorite coffee, a TedTalk about positivity that you've been meaning to watch, or maybe it's just writing in a journal before you leave. Having something positive about your morning can really get the day starting right and wake you up too. Starting the day on a positive note can help bring up your productivity.

With just a few of these simple tips you can get a good night's rest and make your mornings run smoothly. By changing up a few of your habits, you'll be sure to get more sleep and in turn be healthier and more successful. Do you have any night time/morning routines that work for you?

About the Author
Leesa is an online mattress company, focused on spreading the word of good sleep. Choose your mattress online and no matter what size, it will be shipped to our home ready for installation. Plus, for every 10 beds sold, they donate one to different shelters and those in need.

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Shirin Behzadi, Chief Executive Officer of Home Franchise Concepts on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Show #403

Topic: "How to Strike Work/Life Balance As an Entrepreneur"
 

Shirin Behzadi is Chief Executive Officer of Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), which in 2017 celebrates its 25th year as the top-selling family of direct-to-consumer brands in the home-related goods and services space, one of the world's largest franchise businesses and a recognized leader in franchisor-franchisee relationships.

HFC's three brands including Budget Blinds®, Tailored Living® and Concrete Craft™ are consistently rated at the top of their categories and supported by 1,300 franchisees in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

As CEO, Behzadi leads the HFC executive team to expand the HFC family of brands by leveraging her financial, operational and franchising experience, as well as her passion for helping franchisees realize their financial and personal dreams.

She is currently embarking on a company-wide initiative to grow installations to record levels across all three brands in 2017 - which, for the signature Budget Blinds brand translates into a most-ever 2.6 million window-covering installations for the year at a record pace of 50,000 per week. She also projects HFC brands to be operating in more than 9,000 North American cities by the end of the year.

A recognized expert in all aspects of franchise growth and development, Behzadi is also distinguished as one of a relatively few female CEOs in the franchising space.

Behzadi started her career with Ernst & Young's financial services group in Los Angeles in 1990. In that capacity and as a CPA, she was involved with audits and consultation work with E&Y's financial services client base ranging from large publicly held insurance and banking companies to medium-sized, local and regional financial institutions.

She also spent part of her E&Y tenure in the company's tax services group where she gained tax planning and strategy for multinational and national corporations and individuals.


She was eventually recruited by an E&Y client to serve as CFO of an Orange County, Calif., mortgage bank, where she was responsible for servicing a $1 billion portfolio and the financial management and oversight of the company's secondary marketing department as well as its issued mortgage-backed securities. In addition to being intimately involved in the operation of the bank's 22 branches, she also helped negotiate the sale and transition of the bank to a larger institution in 1998.

Thanks to this experience and her interest in helping growing businesses, Behzadi decided to fill a gap in the marketplace for professional financial management for small-to-medium-sized companies. It was in this capacity as an offsite CFO consultant that she was introduced to Budget Blinds in 1999. What began as a short-term consulting project grew into her becoming CFO and one of five Budget Blinds principals.

Behzadi has been intimately involved in all aspects of Budget Blinds ever since, in the growth of the brand as a franchise-industry leader and the establishment of HFC and its subsidiary home-related franchise businesses, Tailored Living and Concrete Craft.

In 2015, Shirin oversaw the negotiations to secure an equity partnership with Trilantic Capital Partners (Trilantic), a New York private equity company. The alliance established dramatic new opportunities for growth of the three HFC brands under the condition that Behzadi become CEO, a position she continues today.

As an entrepreneur, herself with a compelling personal success story, Behzadi is uniquely poised to usher HFC into its next season of synergistic sales and franchisee growth. She will be unveiling her aggressive vision for the company and a new "There's No Place Like HFC" positioning in January 2017 at the 2017 Budget Blinds National Convention in Las Vegas.

A resident of Laguna Niguel, Calif., Behzadi is married and has two children. Sam graduates from the University of Southern California in 2017 and will follow his mother's footsteps by working with Ernst & Young Capital Advisors in New York City. Sara is a freshman at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Millionaire Success Stories Who Started in Customer Service

When it comes to being a woman starting or running a business, there are fewer examples and fewer mentors to turn to. That's because women, historically, have had more limited opportunities and resources-and the stories of women who built something out of nothing have gotten less attention, too.  

But if you look far enough into the history of women in business, you'll find some pretty inspiring stories to guide you as you make your way forward in creating and running a successful business. Take Massachusetts's own Karen Kaplan: She got her start as a receptionist-and she didn't even know how to type. Eventually, through ambition, education, training, and smarts, she worked her way up to head of an advertising firm that bills over $2 billion each year.

Of course, there are other more well-known examples, such as Oprah Winfrey. She's got countless lessons about starting from very little and working your way up, as well as overcoming obstacles that are particular to being a woman in business. Use this graphic to find even more inspiration.


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They Started at the Bottom of the Corporate Ladder. Now They're Millionaires.
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3 Pertinent Ways to Shift Your Limiting Money Beliefs

by Chris Atley

Beliefs. They are the underlying operating system for how we make our decisions and therefore what we decide to do and not do. They live in our subconscious mind, which does not have the ability to accept nor reject information.

Meaning, any time we have an emotional reaction to something, the belief around it is automatically accepted into our subconscious mind unless we are using our conscious mind (which can accept or reject information), to vet what goes in there. Most people don’t realize they can do this, and what happens if they don’t!

So if deep down we don’t feel worthy of success, we will see life and make designs form this lens. We must first get clear on what is in there, and then reprogram it with new empowered beliefs if what’s in there isn’t so great.

My motto is that we need to be of service first and foremost always in our businesses. When we can accept and trust the universe always has our backs, and is going to show-us more and more people and opportunities to serve, we can relax, have fun and be of complete service. We’re not worrying about money in this place or where the next client is going to come from. The money is secondary.

However, if we aren’t open to receiving money, we will create all kinds of problems for ourselves. For example, when I first started looking at my own money beliefs, I realized deep down I believed rich people were in some way arrogant and selfish. I was sabotaging the success I said I wanted because I had a value conflict – I didn’t want to be that type of person.

Here are 3 things you can do now to become aware of your beliefs around money and start shifting them too :)

1. What do you believe about money and success? What were you taught by society, your culture and influential people in your life while growing-up?

2. What would you like to believe instead?
What is the new empowered belief you would like to have in place for the old? Repeat this over and over and OVER!!!! You will start to reprogram your subconscious mind by creating new experiences that support this new empowered belief i.e. things will start happening in your external world that support this new belief! YAY!!!!

3. Find role models who are at the level you want to be at, who also share the same values as you. This will help you reframe how you are seeing successful people. As Tony Robbins said, money just magnifies who you are already. If you’re an a-hole, it will make you a bigger a-hole. If you’re kind and loving, you will spread more love and kindness. I totally agree :-)

Have fun exploring, and get ready for financial abundance!

PS If you are doing really well in your business, but still always seem to just have enough to get by with your current expenses and lifestyle, there is more digging and shifting to be done :-)

Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.

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Credit Card Fraud Stats - Protect Yourself from Being Scammed

As a small business owner, you get a credit card to easily deal with financial transactions and keep the business running. The payment to the debts incurred will be taken from the business. Imagine if you have used the credit card for online transactions and hackers were able to access your credit card information.

Your business will most likely suffer. Since you have just started the business, you are still a long way to go from being stable. A problem like credit card fraud will most probably bring your business down. Take note that if your credit card information is stolen, those who have access to the credit card can use the amount to the maximum.

Business credit cards usually have a high limit. If the entire amount was used up, you will end up paying for what was stolen. There is also a high possibility that you can’t capture the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

This means that you have to be extra careful in using the business credit card for various transactions, especially online. You must also not have anyone in the business have access to the credit card. You should track all your transactions to determine where the scammers could have possibly gotten your information.

You must also have the hotline of your credit card company on your speed dial. As soon as you notice that your credit card was lost or you think someone else accessed it online, you have to cancel it right away.

There are many ways to stay protected from these scammers. Go ahead and check the infographic below. It contains the information you need so your company won’t be a victim. If you are careful when using the credit card and you are vigilant, you can prevent these people from defrauding you.

Credit Card Fraud Stats - Protect Yourself from Being Scammed

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Marketing Consultant & Event Planner Melissa Forziat on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Show #402

Topic: Small business marketing on a budget


Melissa Forziat is a marketing consultant and event planner. She founded Melissa Forziat Events and Marketing in 2012 and currently works with small business owners and nonprofits to develop impactful events and strategic marketing plans.

Before starting her business, Melissa held event planning roles at the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Winter Games, 2011 Rugby World Cup, and US Olympic Committee. In her spare time, Melissa is a member of the Board of Directors at Ventures – a Seattle-based non-profit that helps low-income entrepreneurs to gain self-sufficiency through business ownership. She is also very active in the Seattle improv comedy scene. http://melissaforziatevents.com 

Download Melissa's free ebook: Small Business Marketing on a Budget http://melissaforziatevents.com/free-ebook-small-business-marketing-budget

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International Women's Day 2017

International Women's Day, March 8, 2017

Theme: #BeBoldForChange


International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women's Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity.

No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.

"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. International Women's Day is all about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women's Day has been occurring for over a century - and is growing annually from strength to strength. http://www.internationalwomensday.com/


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