3 Ways For Women To Take Control Of Their Careers

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by Gloria Martinez

While there can be no doubt that being a woman in the workplace has never been easier, that doesn’t mean there still isn’t a long way to go.

Social issues like the gender pay gap and the #metoo movement are getting more attention than ever, but concrete solutions to these problems are a while away in the vast majority of industries.

It’s clear that just waiting for things to get better isn’t going to do much. Here are some ways in which women can take control of their careers now, in order to find fulfillment and satisfaction they crave and deserve.

Use Female Networks


Nowadays, you can find women-only or women-focused networking events within almost any industry. You can find them by simply searching online, or on sites like Six Degrees Society. These are becoming increasingly widespread as women realize the power of supporting each other through their careers, as there are unique benefits to connecting with other women.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you should only network with women. But women-focused networks can be an invaluable source of emotional support and career opportunities. It can help you feel less alone in your industry and connect you with mentors and role models, something that can make an especially huge difference in male-dominated fields like engineering.

Start Your Own Business


Starting a business is terrifying, but it is the ultimate way to take control of your career. The number of female entrepreneurs has gone up 114 percent in the past 20 years, and the difficulties of being a woman in a traditional workplace are believed to be a significant factor.

Luckily, starting a business is only getting easier. Comprehensive guides with advice on market research, business plans, financing, and licenses are common throughout the internet, and it’s easy to find guidance and support in almost any matter. Another common tip you’ll find is designing an intuitive, user-friendly website. In order to achieve this, choose a web hosting service that’s both affordable and caters to small businesses, such as SiteGround.

It’s not all just freelancing and consulting, either. Even more intimidating ventures, like competing with behemoths like Amazon in the e-commerce marketplace, can be successful if you have a good product, reliable service, and great design. Models like dropshipping, which directly ships goods from the supplier to the customer, have brought an unprecedented level of flexibility to the industry, while simple website integration with services like Shopify means anyone can start an online store in a matter of seconds.

If you don’t have a website, don’t worry — it’s relatively simple to get one set up these days. After securing your domain, you can either use WordPress and a free template to get the ball rolling, or you can hire a freelance web developer to build you a custom site from the ground up. If you want to truly stand out from the ground, a well-designed site that’s informative and engaging is the way to go. As Upwork explains, when looking for web developers, find a person who has a thorough knowledge of HTML, CSS, and Javascript, as well as someone who can design a user interface that’s simple and striking. Above all, find someone you can work well with and who can transform your ideas into reality.

In addition to having a wealth of knowledge about business at your disposal, you also have the opportunity to set up shop right at home. This can be highly beneficial, as it allows you to create a schedule that fits your needs, and you’ll be saving quite a bit of money on gas and other work-related expenses. The ideal office would be in a space that’s kept separate from your personal life, so think about using a spare room.

Support Other Women


It can feel counterintuitive to say that helping other women will help your career, especially if you work in a competitive industry. However, it’s important to question this atmosphere of competition. According to Entrepreneur, studies have shown that women are naturally less competitive than men, but that they thrive when they are competitive with themselves.

In short, women thrive in an environment where competition is used as a benchmark for personal progression, not a tool to tear others down. When you make the choice to help the women around you find their own goals, you are contributing to a healthier and more inclusive company culture that benefits everyone.

Another argument for support and empathy, not just with women but with everyone, is that it demonstrates emotional intelligence. This skill is becoming increasingly desirable in leadership, and women tend to naturally exhibit this more. Leaning into your emotional intelligence, instead of buying into a system that would have you compete with others, is good for your career.

Whether you want to advance in your current workplace, change your job entirely, or become an entrepreneur, there are many ways for women to take charge of their careers. The trick is to trust yourself and to leverage the experience and support of other women. This will help you advance and get what you need, but it will also allow you to understand the ways in which you can influence your industry for the better.


About the author: Gloria started Women Led to celebrate the advancements women have made and inspire women to become entrepreneurs and seek promotions in the workplace.

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Startup Business Loans From Friends And Family

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by Jon Zacharias

Startup business financing from friends and family is one of the most common ways small businesses begin, according to the Small Business Administration. And while there are some road bumps that can come when money and loved ones mingle, there are also some tremendous benefits.

In this guide, we cover the most common variations on friend and family loans for business startups and what benefits and disadvantages you might experience along the way.

What Are Friends and Family Startup Loans?


Friend and family startup loans occur when people you know fund your business in either an official or unofficial capacity. These types of loans tend to take on one of several formats, which we’ve summarized below.


  • Cash gifts. In some cases, a friend or relative simply wants to become your patron — a fancy word that means they want to fund your endeavor out of sheer support for you or because they believe in your cause or idea. They don’t want a return on that investment, other than the pleasure of seeing you succeed. These situations might lead to a cash gift that you can use to start your business. You and your patron have to be careful, though, because gifts can get expensive if they exceed IRS gift tax thresholds. As of 2018, a person can gift another person $15,000 per calendar year without paying a gift tax. If you’re calling the funding a gift, your patron may want to keep it under that amount.

  • Traditional loans. Friends and family may wish to loan you the funds and expect you to pay it back. While these loans might not come with a credit check — and individuals can often be more flexible with their terms — you may end up owing a monthly payment with interest or be required to pay back the lump sum at an agreed upon future date with interest.

  • Investment. If your new business idea resonates enough with friends and family, they may want to become part of the process, which could result in them investing in your business as a partner of some kind. This means the investors become part owners or have some continuing interest in the company; they may not require the funds be paid back with interest, but might accept a share of profits in the future. Depending on how well your business does, this type of funding can work in the investor’s favor.


What Are the Benefits of Startup Loans From Friends and Family?


The benefits of going to friends and family for startup financing include speed, flexibility and support.

Your friends and family know and believe in you, so they’re not going to require some of the hoop jumping a bank might. That makes it easier to get money for your business idea — even if that idea doesn’t check all the traditional marketable boxes.

Since individuals have a lot more flexibility in how they handle investments and loans than other lenders, you may also be able to work out more favorable terms with a friend or family member. Perhaps you receive money you don’t have to pay back for five years. You might be given a loan with the understanding that you’ll both sit down to talk about payments in a year and terms will depend on how the business is doing at that time. A friend might help fund your business in exchange for free services once you get started. These are all options you don’t have with banks.

A third big advantage is that when family or friends invest in your business — even if they don’t become a partner — they tend to remain attached to your success. That translates to free word-of-mouth marketing, online sharing and other support, which you certainly don’t get from many traditional lending sources.

What Are the Disadvantages When Loved Ones Help Fund Your New Business?


The biggest disadvantage is that you’re dealing with friends and family. That can put some weird pressure on your social dynamic, and it could mean that the person thinks they have a right to interfere in or advise you on your business. That’s not always welcome, which means you need to establish some written ground rules about the financial relationship if you allow friends or family to fund your business idea.

Another potential downside to this type of loan is that it doesn’t do anything for your personal or business credit, which means you can’t leverage it in the future when seeking other types of business capital or investment options.

Seek Tip: Don’t treat the transaction as casual. Be professional and official, even if your loved one is willing to be flexible about the finances. Draw up an agreement in writing, develop a plan for how the money will be handled and paid back and sign it in the presence of a witness or notary to make it even more official.

Then treat your obligation exactly how you would if you were dealing with a bank. Make payments as agreed or rework the terms in a professional way.

The Bottom Line

Anyone can qualify for a friends and family loan, which makes this one of the easiest first steps for starting a business — plus, you’re only limited by what your loved ones are able and willing to do for you. We recommend being specific about your financial needs and business plan, though, to put your investors more at ease.

Some steps you might want to take when borrowing from friends and family include:

  • Providing a business plan that shows how the money will be used
  • Being specific about how much money you need
  • Detailing payment plans and terms, so everyone knows exactly how the money will be paid back
  • Working only with trusted friends and family you know can keep business and personal lives as separate as possible


This article originally appeared on seekcapital.com by Jon Zacharias
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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Self-Sabotage

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by Deborah A. Bailey

Years ago I was in college working on a project. I knew what to do, and I had it all planned out. But instead of giving myself time to get it done, I procrastinated. Then at the very last minute, I was forced to throw something together.

1. What are you afraid of?


At the same time I was planning my project, my inner perfectionist was whispering in my ear, telling me that it would never be good enough. So why bother? Which is why I sabotaged myself in the end. Then I could always say, see, it could've been better if I'd started sooner. If only I hadn't procrastinated. If only.

Why do we kick the legs out from under our dreams? Because it's easier. When we do that we never have to face that our best efforts might not be enough.

By failing before we begin, we can always fantasize that it all could've been perfect...if only.

When you have a picture of yourself as unworthy, you don't want anything to contradict that. So you'll keep sabotaging yourself over and over. As long as you can keep proving to the world (and yourself) that you'll never be a success.

Even when you come close to winning, you'll find a way to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory.

2. Do you love the struggle?


For a long time I loved being the underdog. Loved that I had to fight my way through it all. I identified with the struggle, not the reward. At times I still do.

If your identity is wrapped up in never quite hitting the mark, then you'll miss the target over and over.

That's why self sabotage can be so reassuring. You lower your expectations of yourself, maybe because you've been hurt in the past. Or you've been made to feel like you can never measure up.

Underneath the acceptance in your own unworthiness, there's the nagging fear. What if you DO deserve to have what you desire? What changes would you have to make in your mindset and your behavior? Maybe you'd have to learn to love and accept yourself as you are right now. And for some people, that's much more frightening than the self-sabotage.

3. Is it fear of failure or fear of success?


Failure isn't the problem. The problem is in believing you deserve to fail because you're not worthy enough to win.

When I worked on that school project, I self-sabotaged out of fear. What if I did all that work and it never measured up to my ridiculously high expectations? (That's part of the perfectionism trap, which is a topic for another post.)

So, I made sure I'd never have to find out . After the class was over, I comforted myself in the knowledge that I could've been a contender...if only.

Is self sabotage keeping you stuck in an endless loop of frustration? It really is less work to accept that you're good enough than to keep trying to prove you're not.


Copyright © 2019 Deborah A. Bailey

About the Author: Deborah A. Bailey is a writer, coach, author of several fiction and non-fiction books, and creator and host of the Women Entrepreneurs Radio podcast.


This post originally appeared on DBaileyCoach.com.

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Are You Being Productive or Just Busy?

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by Deborah A. Bailey

When I was at AT&T, I had a project leader who, if you asked her to prioritize your work would say, they're all priorities. When you're already overwhelmed and tired of running, that's the last thing you want to hear.

Is your to-do list growing faster than your ability to actually DO anything on the list?  Where did all these tasks come from?

Am I just saying yes to too many things? Probably.

How do I prioritize? Is the new important thing more important than the older important thing I added to the list a couple of days ago?

For entrepreneurs it's just as bad. There's always that hot new thing that we must do now. That call we have to return. That new software we have to check out. The social media updates...the webinars that seem to pop up hourly...the "there's only 2 spots left so you'd better sign up now!" email pitches for new programs.

I'm tired of being busy for the sake of being busy. It's time to check my priorities and see if the items on my list are really that important.

Do I have to update that web site right away? Or can it wait? Will all life collapse into a black hole in deep space if I don't tweet everyday? Will my friends drop me if I stay off Facebook for few days? Or for a week?

If I say no to more things, will that free up some time?

When I was in corporate, having a messy desk and working your ass off was a badge of honor. Having the ability to multitask like a madman (or woman) was the ultimate ego trip. Everyone called on you to help them. Your manager loved you (because you could be counted on to work endlessly). You were tired and stressed, but so what? You were getting things done!

I'm busy, therefore I am.

But at the end of the day, what are we really accomplishing? Did your project turn into a hot mess because you were doing too many things at once?Are you exhausted because you're trying to do it all? Not getting sleep or eating properly because the to-do list never ends?

Perhaps it's time to scale back. Scratch some stuff off that list --or delegate some tasks (if you can) to others.

Maybe it's time to decide how you want to make this life journey. Will it be a continued marathon where you dream of arriving at some magical place where all your "to-do's" will be done?

As for me, I'm stepping off the treadmill. Climbing out of the hamster wheel. Turning in my multitasker of the year award and giving myself a time out. Life is going by in a blur, and it's time to slow it down.

Being busy is not the same thing as being productive. It's time to enjoy the ride.

Copyright © 2019 Deborah A. Bailey

About the Author: Deborah A. Bailey is a writer, coach, author of several fiction and non-fiction books, and creator and host of the Women Entrepreneurs Radio podcast.

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This post originally appeared on DBaileyCoach.com.


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The Power of Eye Contact

Humans are social animals, and we can tell a lot about what another person is thinking and feeling based solely on the way they meet our gaze. Learning how to make strong eye contact with others is one of the most important personal development skills we can cultivate. People who are able to make lots of eye contact are generally viewed as confident and friendly, while those who struggle to meet the gaze of others are seen as shy and nervous. Luckily, eye contact is a skill that you can work on and get better at over time! Take a look at the guide from Rory below for tips for improving and harnessing the power of eye contact.



Everything You Need to Know About the Power of Eye Contact


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Small Business Finance: What You Need To Know

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by Jon Zacharias

Starting and running a small business without having some form of credit is nearly impossible. Many small businesses do not make it simply because they’re under-capitalized. One month where sales and expenses budgets cannot be met could signal the end for business that could otherwise have succeeded.

Others find themselves unable to grow their operations owing to insufficient access to the necessary funds. The answer may appear to be simple: get a loan and grow your business. However, getting a small business loan isn’t always easy.

Getting a Bank Loan


Since the recession, the FIDC has ensured that small businesses who apply for loans are subjected to very close scrutiny. The Dodd-Frank act of 2010 has effectively limited the possible sources of funding for small business. Many analysts feel that in doing so, economic recovery was slowed. Whether this is true or not, small businesses in need of additional capital often find themselves unable to secure conventional bank loans.

But is a conventional loan best for your business? The convoluted application process takes a great deal of time and effort and few loans are granted. In addition, repayment terms are highly inflexible. Small businesses are increasingly turning towards alternative lenders in order to get the business finance they need quickly, successfully and under less onerous repayment terms than banks allow.

The SBA 7A Program


Getting the Small Business Administration to guarantee all or part of a bank loan might sound like a great idea in theory, but the program has been widely criticized for its limitations. Once again the application process is complex and lengthy and not all businesses can afford to wait up to three months to get finance approved — if it’s approved at all.

Then too, the SBA isn’t actually offering the finance itself. The small business entrepreneur still has to work through a conventional bank and banks remain reluctant to supply credit to small businesses. By 2011 a Gallup survey found that although 88% of businesses had access to credit, only 29% were lending from banks despite the SBA program.

What Banks Don’t Take Into Account


The main problem with getting bank loans is that banks want to see guarantees that you’ll be able to pay back the money. That’s fair enough, but instead of looking at how good your business’ chances of success are, they look at financial history. That makes things difficult for a newer business that doesn’t have the track record banks are looking for.

Remember, banks aren’t investors, they’re lenders. If the business or its owners don’t have the kind of credit history they’re looking for, they won’t issue the loan. Nowadays, financiers can use algorithms to project business income, but banks don’t use these tools when deciding whether you’ll get a loan.

Other Financing Options


Getting finance fast, especially startup business loans, can be crucial to the survival and growth of small businesses, especially startup business loans. Since the banking sector isn’t making things easy for them, small business owners are increasingly turning to alternative sources of finance that offer them faster turnaround time, rate their creditworthiness based on the business itself and offer plans with flexible repayment options.

Merchant Cash Advances


Businesses that handle a volume of over $5000 in monthly credit card transactions often choose the merchant cash advance as a source of funding that offers them easy repayments. A funding company advances cash to the lender at a pre-arranged fixed cost, allowing the lender to have a clear picture of the extent of the commitment in advance.

Repayments are calculated as a portion of credit card sales and are deducted automatically from the lender’s account. Thus, if the business is experiencing an unexpected quiet period, the repayment is lower without the lender falling into arrears with repayments. Obviously, this form of financing would not be available to a brand new business, but as little as three months of transaction history can secure your business this type of financing.

Business Cash Advance


This model is similar to the merchant cash advance, but repayment is handled through pre-determined daily deductions from the business bank account. Once again, the lender knows the exact cost of the credit in advance and need not make allowance for large monthly repayments that would impact heavily on cash flow.

Unsecured line of credit


One of the most difficult obstacles to overcome in obtaining a business loan is the requirement for collateral. By working through agencies, lenders can obtain an unsecured line of credit that does not require asset collaterals. A maximum credit limit is set, and the business is able to use as much or as little of the line of credit as it needs to at any given time. Interest is only levied on the amount of credit actually used. A minimum monthly repayment value is agreed in advance. Unsecured lines of credit is a type of financing that is particularly helpful to businesses that need credit to cover shorter-term expenses.

The Bottom Line


Obtaining small business finance through a bank is still very difficult in the US. Many small businesses are turning to other sources of finance that offer them easy and quick access to funds based on their business health and future outlook rather than the personal creditworthiness of the business owner.

When investigating funding options, small business entrepreneurs would be well-advised to discuss various options with funding specialists in order to determine what kind of funding would be most suitable for their business rather than relying on the traditional bank loan.

This article originally appeared on seekcapital.com
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"Manage Your Mindset & Release the Struggle" with Certified Life Coach Nancy McKay on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Certified Life Coach Nancy McKay
Show #502

Certified Life Coach Nancy McKay shares:


  • What role the mind plays in creating & managing these struggles
  • Why is it so hard for most people to overcome fear & self-doubt?
  • How can women best deal with mindset hurdles?


Nancy McKay lives in Lakewood, Colorado with her husband Jimmy and her two rescued Westies, Maggie and Tommy.

Nancy’s life experiences of growing up in an alcoholic household, being sober for over ten years herself and an ovarian cancer survivor give her a unique perspective on becoming empowered to heal later in life. Nancy has earned her certification as a Wayfinder Life Coach from Martha Beck, Inc. as well as a Mind-Body-Eating Coach from The Institute for the Psychology of Eating. Nancy also spends a great deal of time working with horses honing her skills while she is in training to become a Certified Equus Coach through the Koelle Institute for Equus Coaching. This diverse background in experience and training provides her clients multiple resources for healing and growth.

Nancy's clients are women who are looking for a confidential, safe space to share their stories, struggles, challenges and desires. Clients want to gain clarity, perspective and to build their strengths and overcome their weaknesses, Nancy is a supportive and compassionate coach who has faced challenges and knows first-hand what it takes to come out on the other side with heart and soul intact.

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Top 7 Reasons Women Should Start Their Own Business Today

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by Madison Crader

There’s never a perfect time to start your own business. But there are plenty of reasons why taking the plunge today is a good move.

According to the Eighth Annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report by American Express, on average, women are starting over 1,800 new businesses every day.

This rapid growth in women-run businesses outpaces the rate of new business ventures in previous years—including both before and after the recession and recovery period from 2007-2012.

In other words, more women are diving into the world of entrepreneurship than ever before. And for good reason.

Here’s why you should too.

1. More flexibility

Being your own boss has its perks. One of which is the ability to control your time. While you may still face long hours at work (especially during the early bootstrapping phase), your time is yours to manage and dedicate as you choose.

This is appealing to many people but, for women in particular, who still tend to be the primary caregivers in their families, this flexibility can be a game changer. Parents and caregivers who run their own businesses can more easily prioritize their families and schedule time for the things that matter most to them.

2. Better pay

Starting your own business also gives you the chance to improve your income and eliminate the gender pay gap in your own life.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, full-time working women still earned only 80 percent of what their male counterparts did in 2016. Running your own business means you can call the shots on your salary opportunities by charging what you’re really worth.

3. Personal and professional growth

Starting a business is a big endeavor. There will be challenges that stretch you and opportunities for growth you won’t find in a regular 9 to 5 job.

As the founder of a business, you will wear many hats—especially in the beginning when you may be the one and only employee of your company. You will be responsible for handling all parts of the business, including product, accounting, customer service, and marketing.

Although it may feel like barely-controlled chaos some days, running your own business will give you valuable experience and many opportunities for growth. This personal and professional development will serve you well as head of your company and give you greater confidence and self-fulfillment in life.

4. Opportunities to make an impact

One of the main reasons people choose to start a business is to make an impact. Some people see a problem they want to fix through their products or services; others hope to make a difference through their company’s culture or mission.

Whatever your goal, starting your own business is a great way to make a difference.

5. More mentorship opportunities

Mentorships are valuable ways for professionals to further their careers and gain insight into their industry. Unfortunately, women often get left behind with fewer mentor opportunities than men.

Entering the world of entrepreneurship can unlock more mentoring opportunities—both for you to connect with other business leaders and role models, and to become a mentor yourself.

For instance, women-owned businesses are a rapidly growing group. When you start your own business, you can dive into female entrepreneur networks and build your connections with strong role models.

6. Easier access to funding

One of the biggest challenges to starting a business is funding it. Since most people don’t have millions of dollars laying around to invest in their next Big Idea, coming up with the cash to finance their business can seem daunting.

Luckily, funding your business is easier than you might think. There are many business loan options for small businesses—and even some specifically for women. With so many choices, you’re sure to find a loan that fits your financial and business needs.

7. Increased health and happiness

Starting your own business can make you happier and healthier than you ever were in your day job. That’s right. Despite the new or added stressors of running your own business, research has found that overall, entrepreneurs report greater mental well being than full-time employees.

Turns out, having greater flexibility, autonomy, and earning potential (along with the confidence and empowerment that comes with running your own business), is a recipe for happiness.


While there are always reasons to delay your business dream, now is the best time to start. Don’t put off greater happiness, health, and opportunities. Take the chance and dive in today. You’ll be glad you did.


About the Author: Madison specializes in content related to small business building brand awareness and gaining access to capital to grow their business. She has a passion for helping entrepreneurs grow their business and set long-term goals by sharing tips and tricks.

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The Myth of the Overnight Success

The road to success is a long and winding journey. Many people view it as a sprint rather than a marathon, wrongly assuming that overnight success is attainable. However, the journey is where we learn the most valuable lessons, hone our skills, and grow into leaders. Anything that’s worth doing takes time, so remember to be patient with your passion project instead of expecting immediate gratification.


When we see successful people in the media or in our own lives, we’re usually not given the full story — we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg. Behind every successful entrepreneur is doubt, failure, and struggle. But rather than viewing this as a bad thing, remember that it’s all part of the journey.


Need some more inspiration? Check out the infographic below on eight famous entrepreneurs and their not-so-overnight success stories.



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Social Entrepreneurship & Building Community with Founder Theresa Siaw on Women Entrepreneurs Radio

Theresa Siaw is a social entrepreneur and founder of the OMNI Medical Student Training Program
Show #501

Theresa Siaw is a social entrepreneur and founder of the OMNI Medical Student Training Program, which helps students who have trained at foreign medical schools to prepare for their first job in the United States. It is her passion to improve not just the physical health but also the whole life of the community.

Through her philanthropic work, Theresa has been able to help a multitude of people; everyone from children, the elderly, domestic violence victims and the homeless. She has created a number of different programs that offer not just support to these groups of people but also directly delivers necessities to those in need. 

Theresa does not just stop in her own community, she has helped aid international relief efforts after natural disasters, including being a first responder in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. In addition to being a first responder for Hurricane Maria, Theresa also hosts an annual Backpack Give Away to underserved children, and a Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway to ensure everyone is able to celebrate Thanksgiving, sponsored single mothers in need of uniforms to stay in school and feeds the homeless every Thursday.  

Theresa believes that a leader should be an advocate for the people in its neighborhoods, not a celebrity. She strives to be available to the community and seek their input on ways to reduce crime, improve education and access to healthcare, and enhance the overall well-being of Chicago.

Theresa was born on the southeast side of Chicago; both her parents were African immigrants from Ghana and continuously expressed that education was the most important achievement. Theresa earned a B.A. in Multicultural Marketing from DePaul University in 2010. Immediately after school, she began working in community healthcare at the Humboldt Park location of San Pablo Medical Center. With the encouragement of her mentors, Amer Rustom, MD, Eric Mizuno, MD, and Anthony Tedeschi, MD, former CEO of Weiss Memorial Hospital, she went on to found her own medical student training program.


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Twitter: @TheresaSiaw
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Theresa Siaw is a social entrepreneur and founder of the OMNI Medical Student Training Program


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