Are you looking to contract with the federal government? Is your expertise in researching women and entrepreneurship? Are you interested in developing recommendations to meaningfully influence the climate for women in business? If you answered yes to any of the above, this news is for you!
The Council is excited to announce our biggest research portfolio yet! This spring, we are putting forth nine – yes 9 – research projects. Check out the projects below, and be sure to revisit this link on Thursday, May 12 and Tuesday, May 17 as additional opportunities are made public!
Catie Cole is a native New Yorker, currently in her Senior year at Harvard studying Psychology. She is also a Co-Founder of Froth (i.e., First Round on the House), an application-based drink subscription membership, now live in NYC. Learn more about FROTH at www.froth.nyc.
Catherine T. Morris is the founder and Creative Executive Director of the Boston Art & Music Soul Collective (BAMSC), an arts and cultural organization comprised of entrepreneurs who come together to create and support programs that promote music, art, and culture to and from communities of color. In this role, she is heading up the inaugural Boston Art & Music Soul Festival (BAMS Fest), slated to occur in June 2018. This event will incorporate technology, art, film, performances, and panel discussion to create a highly engaging environment of culture exchange, and intended to instill hope, connection, and collaboration between communities. Learn more about BAMSC and BAMS Fest at www.bamsfest.com.
Only about 14 percent of American business owners are estimated to be under the age of 35, and only 2 percent are younger than 25 years old, according to the 2012 Survey of Business Owners. Women account for about 44 percent of these young entrepreneurs, meaning that—perhaps unsurprisingly—these age groups come closer to gender parity in ownership than any others. However, although young folks make up an increasing share of the American population, studies demonstrate that their share of all business owners has stayed constant—or even declined. In other words, there is reason to believe that entrepreneurship is losing popularity among today’s youth.
Rachel Koretsky is the founder and CEO of upace, and app that makes reserving group fitness classes and equipment easy, so you have more time to focus on the things you want to do and not just the things you have to do. Learn more about upace at http://upaceapp.com/.
Fon Powell is a PhD Candidate in the Biomedical Sciences at Cornell University, a Ford Foundation Fellow and US Amgen Scholar. She is a native of St. Louis, MO and earned a BS in Neuroscience from Duke University. She is also founder of Sodium Analyte Level Test (S.A.L.T.), which is empowering 78M Americans to manage hypertension at home with the first device on the market to measure daily salt intake. Fon and her early-stage startup have been featured in Startup Weekend Powered by Google, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and recently won a grant from the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Learn more about S.A.L.T. at http://www.saltcounts.com/.
It’s National Small Business Week! Since 1963, when President Kennedy first proclaimed it, we celebrate the great contributions of small businesses during the first week of May.
By Maria Contreras-Sweet
My standard spiel starts with the line: I have the best job in the world. And I do really feel that way – because I get to work on issues that are deeply important to me, on behalf of women who are deeply important to me every single day. Yesterday, though I had a lot of competition and the line fell flat the two times I tried to use it. That line just doesn’t work when you’re at the Women Presidents’ Organization Annual Conference, and you’re surrounded by the best of the best – the most accomplished women entrepreneurs and business leaders, and the one and only Dr. Marsha Firestone.