Innovation

How Women Can Get Ahead in Technology

Gina-HelfrichWhat’s really holding women back in technology? You may have read about the “pipeline problem”—girls don’t study science, technology, engineering or math in equal numbers to boys—but that’s a red herring, says Gina Helfrich, founder and organizer of Feminist Hack ATX.

“The biggest obstacle, in my opinion, is poor retention numbers,” Helfrich says. “Research shows that more than half of women in technology leave the field by mid-career.” Read More

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Junk Gypsy Jolie Sikes’ Advice for Entrepreneurial Free Spirits

Jolie SikesWhat do you do when you realize that the corporate life just isn’t your jam? When you’re Jolie Sikes or her big sister Amie, co-founders with their mom of Junk Gypsy, you hit the road, hightailing it out of Houston and Austin, respectively—and keep driving for 15 years.

Of course, they weren’t aimlessly roaming Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. They were scouring flea markets and roadsides for discarded treasures that they could fix up and resell. “It was Mom’s idea and her $2,000 stash for the slot machines that we used at first,” says Sikes. “She said, ‘Let’s just go to Canton [where there’s a giant four-day flea market every month] with open minds and figure out what we can do.’” Read More

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Podcast | Increase Your Productivity with the Secret Power of Visual Note Taking

Heather WillemsCan you really draw your way to success? Heather Willems, co-founder of ImageThink and co-author of Draw Your Big Idea will prove you can in this 30-minute talk where she explains the secret power of visuals for achieving your goals in the workplace. Willems offers techniques to harness your creativity and master success using nothing more than your basic drawing skills. Learn how to clarify complex ideas, spark creativity, solve problems and propel your productivity to the next level—all from picking up a pen.

Download the companion PDF and then click Play below to listen.
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Free Teleclass | Increase Your Productivity with the Secret Power of Visual Note Taking

Heather WillemsIncrease Your Productivity with the Secret Power of Visual Note Taking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
1:00-1:30pm Eastern

Eventbrite - Increase Your Productivity with the Secret Power of Visual Note Taking (Free Teleclass with Heather Willems)

Download the companion PDF to follow along and practice with Heather.
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Trade Secrets of a Tech-Savvy Entrepreneur

Stanard, Tiffanie

A word to the wise: If you ever take a meeting with Tiffanie Stanard, make sure you’re fully caffeinated. The marketing and branding strategist and CEO of Prestige Concepts in Philadelphia talks fast, thinks faster—and does what most people consider a full morning’s slate (i.e., sends emails to current, past and prospective clients, updates her to-do list, prepares for meetings and exercises) before she has even arrived at her office. Read More

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Podcast: Courageous Innovation with Cindy Solomon

Solomon-CindyWe all want to be more innovative at work, but that’s easier said than done.

In this 30-minute talk, leadership expert Cindy Solomon takes us through the mechanics of courage and innovation, providing concrete examples and proven strategies to break through the barriers that stop us from taking meaningful risks. Read More

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Courageous Innovation: Bringing Out-Of-The-Box Thinking to Any Organization (Free Teleclass!)

Solomon-CindyCourageous Innovation: Bringing Out-Of-The-Box Thinking to Any Organization
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
1:00 – 1:30pm EDT

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3 Ways to Help Innovation Thrive in Your Workplace

Ryder, JoanneBy Joanne Ryder, Executive Vice President, Director of Brand & Strategy, Beneficial Bank

The operating environment for nearly every industry has evolved, where the things that worked 20, 10, or even five years ago don’t necessarily yield success anymore. Thanks to the exponential advances in technology and social media, consumers’ habits are changing, and the demands on everyone’s time and attention are higher than ever before. As consumers’ needs change, we have to change along with them to continue to forge meaningful connections with them. Read More

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To Foster Innovation, First Ask, “What Type of Person Is Your Company?”

Allison, MariaBy Maria Allison, Courtesy of Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was being heckled at the 2011 Iowa State Fair when he shouted this retort: “Corporations are people, my friend!”

That exchange was about tax policy, but you could do worse than applying Romney’s rebuttal as a first step toward fostering innovation and creativity in the workplace. Read More

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Green Your Business: 7 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint

PA_PECOBy Questline, Courtesy of PECO

Facilities across the country are looking for ways to go green, and for good reason. Sustainable practices can yield significant rewards, both for the environment and your business. By greening your business you can: save money by reducing waste and increasing efficiency; lessen health and safety risks; attract environmentally conscious consumers and employees; and differentiate yourself from competitors. Read More

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