Women Entrepreneurs

More Women on UK Boards - Yet There's Still a Way to Go!

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

Society as a whole needs to work harder to help women to be seen and heard, and forward-thinking organisations must take bolder steps to show they are not only giving women opportunities but proactively promoting them and their work.

Do You Want to Increase Personal Effectiveness to Reach Your Goals?

Annie Ashdown | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Annie Ashdown

Do you set goals and feel frustrated when you don't reach them? That's what I used to do. I was never smart with my time and never resourceful. I di...

Why the Woman Who Does Not Require Validation from Anyone Is the Most Feared Individual On the Planet

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

My view is that a woman who goes through life without taking any notice of society's perception of her becomes the most feared individual on the planet. This is because patriarchy wants to reduce her to an insecure, submissive female and as long as she rejects the notion of validation, she is perceived as a threat to the status quo.

Five Things You Can Do to Make a Difference on International Women's Day

Cherie Blair | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cherie Blair

There are a huge number of activities going on around the world to improve the situation for women, and there are places where men are working with women to achieve this. There's no doubt that this movement is gaining momentum and makes nonsense of the idea that men cannot see women as equals. It's an outdated way of thinking, and increasingly governments, businesses, communities and families are all coming to recognise the positive benefits to be had when women and men are working together and treating each other as equal partners. Of the numerous ways to change women's lives for the better, I've picked out five things that you can do to help make that change today:

It's Not Just a Day in a Year, It's the difference a Day in a Year Makes

Annalisa Sarasini | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annalisa Sarasini

We all know time is our most precious commodity. We all struggle to find enough time to dedicate to our families, hobbies, interest, work and friends. So when it comes time to embark on something new, we often get scared by the time commitment involved.

Connected Women Are Empowered Women

Sevi Simavi | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sevi Simavi

Access to a mobile device can be life-changing, particularly for women. The Cherie Blair Foundation's research with the GSMA revealed that 9 out of 10 women in developing markets feel safer because of their mobile phones; 8 out of 10 feel more independent with access to mobile technology and more than half have used a mobile phone to earn additional income.

Seven Steps to an Unstoppable You

Annie Ashdown | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

When we feel unimportant and apologize for taking up space in the world, everyone else becomes more important, more worthy and more valuable than us and, of course, that means their needs instantly take priority.

Reflections on Davos: It's Not Just Women Who Are Working Towards Gender Equality

Cherie Blair | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Cherie Blair

Last week, I attended my sixth Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland. I attended many of the sessions in and out of the forum and there was no shortage of women's faces. But appearances can be deceptive. Many women attending did so, not as delegates but as staffers or spouses of the delegates. Sadly this year among the 2,500 delegates, only 16% were female, down from 17% in 2013 - its highest ever. Yet, despite this, there was a real feeling that it was time to get serious about ensuring that 50% of the world's population get their fair share of the world's resources.

Why I've Stopped Calling Myself a Mumpreneur

Soozi Baggs | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

In describing mumpreneurs as the "pin-money posse" the Daily Mail article defined mumpreneurship as being something that people dabble in - a kind of play business where the reward is pocket money for new shoes.

Recovery? It Ain't Necessarily so.

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

How hard it is not to get swept along by the euphoria greeting every fragile indicator that the economy is picking up steam again. But is it?

Productivity for Profits: An Interview With Tina Forsyth

Dr Monique Y. Wells | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK
Dr Monique Y. Wells

I had the pleasure of interviewing business leverage expert and solopreneur CEO Tina Forsyth about the enigma of being profitable when you operate a business that generates $100K or more in revenue. I invited her to be my guest because I heard her speak passionately about this topic on her Women on Top telesummit.

Nissa TV: Minding the Gender Gap in Media

Dimple Vijaykumar | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dimple Vijaykumar

After years of hard work and preparation, a feminist TV channel dedicated to promoting gender equality in Euro-Mediterranean countries is finally being launched.

She Shoots, She Misses! Why Failure Is the Key to Brilliance

Neela Bettridge | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Neela Bettridge

'Fail better', fail fast, but make sure you've failed: that's what venture capitalists and innovation experts keep telling us. But how many of us truly embrace failure? I'm not sure we're even agreed on what it means.

20 Most Inspirational Quotes by Highly Successful Women

Annie Ashdown | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

"Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications are not your life."

Super Woman or Super Bonkers...

K. Day | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
K. Day

Can we really be superwoman and 'have it all' or is it our time to find the balance in our lives and ask for what we want rather than assume we have to be brilliant at everything?

Women, 10 Ways to Get What You Want!

Sarupa Shah | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarupa Shah

Having it all is possible, desirable and perfectly OK. If anyone tells you that you can't have it all - run a mile from them. You can have exactly what you want on your own terms without hurting or offending anyone or anything else you fear will happen when you get to have it all.

'Invented Here': London's TEDx Women Talks Set for December

Louisa Daniels | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Daniels

If you haven't heard of TED Talks by now, where have you been? Seriously, they are fantastic! With conferences taking place all over the globe, TED, who are a non-profit organisation, are dedicated to an 'Ideas Worth Spreading' ethos.

German Moves to Force Women on Company Boards Shames UK

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Three cheers for Germany, where politicians have thrashed out a deal that will see companies forced to have at least 30 per cent of their boardrooms made up of women. The two parties expected to form the next government have not only agreed the quota, but also put a timeline on it arrival: Two years. Good. We should be embarrassed.

How STEW Can Help Women in Business

Jenny Garrett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Garrett

I have the honour of being a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and was recently asked to provide an online session for their mentees, all of which are women in developing countries. The aim of the session was to provide strategies and tips to help them overcome the challenges they may face.

Dear Chancellor - More Help for 'Mumtrepreneurs," Please

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Hotston Moore

I firmly believe that women with children could be unlocked as "mumtrepreneurs" if they had better state support. There is certainly plenty of evidence to suggest that more do want to create businesses than manage to do so.

We Need More Women in Healthcare Management - Here's How to Do It

Jan Flawn | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jan Flawn

To encourage more women to make the breakthrough into senior healthcare management roles, we need to do three things. Firstly, create a better network of support and advice for young female healthcare managers; secondly, provide more effective mentoring; and thirdly raise the profile of the current crop of female senior managers to be inspirational role models.

Are Women Better Off Running Their Own Business?

Jessica Rose | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Rose

Had I gone the traditional route I am doubtful I would be a company Director at 26. Which begs the question, are women better off striking out on their own and running their own businesses?

Thoughts on America From a 21st Century British Pioneer... or How to Launch a UK Brand in the USA

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

Twenty years ago, when I started JoJo at a kitchen table, I would never have imagined taking a day trip to follow up on a first meeting with Bloomingdale's as I have just done. I only thought as far as the next wages bill or supplier payment run.

Celebrating 14 'Uplifting' Years in Lingerie

Michelle Mone | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Mone

Ultimo celebrated it's 14th birthday last week, which was a very proud moment for myself and my team. It's been a rocky year for the brand due to my marriage break up (a lesson learned, never mix business with pleasure!), but the company is back on solid ground and our future is looking very bright indeed. I couldn't be more excited about the next chapter. Like any birthday, you find yourself looking back nostalgically at what you've achieved, where you've been, what you would have done differently - and after 14 years in the industry, I can honestly say it's been an incredible ride and I wouldn't change a thing...

Networking Their Way to Success

Cherie Blair | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK
Cherie Blair

Sitting on the rooftop of Gladys's juice bar in Freetown, I was having an informal chat with some of the women my foundation supports. This wasn't my first trip to Sierra Leone. I was there for International Women's Day in March and had spoken then to some of the women. But this time I got to have a long, in depth conversation with them about the difficulties they have faced as women entrepreneurs and what benefits they get from participating in the country's first network for women entrepreneurs, which is what the Foundation has helped to set up here.