Chic & Successful: Emily Bennington

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Emily Bennington is the author of “Who Says It’s a Man’s World: The Girls’ Guide To Corporate Domination”, and the founder of AWAKE EXEC, a mindful leadership coaching for women. Her training is based on what Stephen Covey referred to as “The space” between stimulus and response where she challenges professionals to choose intentional, value-centered actions.

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Emily grew up watching her dad constantly stressing over money, and her mom financially dependent because she didn’t have a career. That picture of her struggling parents had a big impact on who she became later on in life.
She specializes in two forms of career transition: College students entering the workforce and women leaders entering executives management.
Emily has been featured in numerous business press including CNN, ABC , FOX, the Wall Street Journal, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan, just to name a few. Emily is also a contributing writer for monster.com and a featured blogger for Forbes woman.
To learn more about this chic and successful lady, visit her website at http://www.emilybennington.com. She can also be reached on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/emilybennington and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/emilybennington.

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6 Business Organizations To Help Women Entrepreneurs Succeed

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Many successful female business women and executives are dedicated to helping other women follow in their footsteps. Here are six groups helping all women from entrepreneurs to executives.
1. Women’s Business Development Center

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The mission of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is to provide services and programs that support and accelerate women’s business ownership and strengthen their impact on the economy.
For more information on WBDC, visit http://www.wbdc.org.

2. 85 Broads

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85 Broads is a global network of 30,000 trailblazing women who are inspired, empowered, and connected worldwide.
See more at: http://www.85broads.com.

3. Ladies Who Launch

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LWL is the first new media company to provide resources and connections for women entrepreneurs.
For more information on this organization visit http://www.ladieswholaunch.com.

4.Savor The Success

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Savor the Success is the premium business network for women entrepreneurs. Members get PR opportunities, connect through our community, and increase business via networking.
Check out, http://www.savorthesuccess.com for more information.

5.American Business Women’s Association

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The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.
See more at http://www.abwa.org

6.National Association Of Women Business Owners

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The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.
Check out the organization by visiting http://www.nawbo.org.

 

 

Chic And Successful: Marissa Mayer

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Since her grand entrance at Yahoo last year, Marissa Mayer has raised eyebrows in her quest to revamp the internet icon and make it more profitable .
Before Mayer took over on July 2012, she made it known that she and her lawyer husband Zachary Bogue were expecting their first child. Yahoo was in a mess to say the least, with a stock price stagnant at around $15 per share since late 2008.
“I started using Yahoo before it was even called Yahoo”, said Mayer. As the youngest ever Fortune 500 CEO,  38 years old Marissa Ann Mayer turned Yahoo around. She went right back to work after having a baby and guess what, she took the baby to work, which caused some criticism. But her success-driven character wouldn’t do it any other way. She did what she had to do to save the company.
Fortunately today, Yahoo’s stock is at $28.17. That’s Success!
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However, Mayer’s decision to end telecommuting caused an uproar among the employees, although some of them acknowledged Yahoo’s dire needs for greater collaboration. That was a bold call, with many others to follow. Mayer’s biggest move however, was the acquisition of Tumblr, the microblog site, for $1.1 Billions.
Marissa Mayer keeps improving the company daily.  They recently unveiled their new logo described as whimsical, yet sophisticated.

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In addition to all this, she manages to look chic and sophisticated at all times. To every entrepreneurs and leaders out there, there are so much that you can learn from this young, yet successful lady.
This post can not be complete without a look at Marissa’s fashion sense.
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Food For Thought: Failing Forward

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Failure has been my teacher for a while now. It took me a long time to begin to accept it as the best teacher one could ever wish for.  My first encounter with failure was not pleasing at all; But little by little, I picked up the pieces of my life and closed that chapter.

Did I wait to open a new one? oh no, immediately, without my consent, a new one began to unfold in front of me.  I quickly learned that “ The key to success is massive failure.” Someone said that, everyone’s goal should be to out-fail its competition. Whoever can fail the most, the fastest, and the biggest, wins.

So I failed. I failed a lot,  I failed fast, and also failed big. But guess what?  The increase in volume, speed and size of my failure also increased the volume, speed and size of my success.

Many of the greatest achievers we admire thrive on the F-WORD: FAILURE. They love it! Because they are obsessed with improvement, they can experience growth only through failure.

Failure is satisfying, for it offers the greatest opportunity to tweak, iterate and improve. It is the gateway to the next level.

So dear readers, I encourage you yo start your lifelong love affair with failure today. You will have more thrills, exhilaration and satisfactions; And, oh, you’ll also be rewarded with fantastic success.

Now go F-word yourself to the top!

5 Best Places To Find A Mentor

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Mentors are indispensable when you are launching your career or learning the ropes in a new industry. They will help you understand the field, guide you through what you need to do personally and professionally in order to succeed and often just lend you an ear when you need to talk about problems, issues and successes.
Mentors are valuable role models with a wealth of knowledge and advice you need to move forward. Now where do you find one that will truly help you?
Start by looking in these 5 places.
1. Mentoring Organizations

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There are organizations that devote themselves to helping connect you with potential mentors. SCORE, which is supported by the U.S Small Business Administration, is one of the largest  and most respected mentoring organizations out there. They provide services at low or no cost.
Other mentoring organizations to check out include The Mentoring Women’s Network, American Corporate Partners’ Veteran Mentoring Program, Micromentor and America’s Small Business Development Center Network.
2. Friends of Friends of Friends

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Finding a  mentor is an exercise in effective networking; And that means you are going to have to talk with your friends, meet their friends and so on. Expanding your social network through cocktail parties, dinners, social hours or book signings is key to finding a mentor, particularly one with whom you click.
You will meet a lot of people, some of whom might be good mentors now, some later. You never know how they will be able to help you, or vice versa, and this give-and-take is all part of finding and offering help when needed.
While you are networking, make no secret of the fact that you are looking for a mentor.
3. Conferences

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Conferences are useful for a variety of reasons; staying abreast in your field, learning about new technologies and thinking of potential business opportunities. They are also a ripe ground for your mentor search. Workshop and seminars leaders, in particular, are usually well-experienced in their field and approaching them after a session, trading business cards and arranging for coffee or a drink later is a great way to get a sense of their interest in mentoring and your overall compatibility.
4.  Yoga Class

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This might seem a strange place to look for a mentor, but think about it for a minute. Many stressed-out business professionals—read, those at the top of their game—tend to gravitate toward the relaxing and rejuvenating practice of yoga. Granted, the last thing they might want to hear while in Downward-Facing Dog pose is, “Would you be interested in being my business mentor?” However,  it’s worth getting to know your fellow yoga classmates, perhaps in the locker room afterward. You never know where those relationships might lead. And what’s the worst that can happen? You’ll get some much-needed relaxation and rejuvenation yourself.
5. Colleges, Universities And Online Courses

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Taking courses can help to strengthen your skills, and they can also introduce you to a host of potential mentors. From the professors and instructors to your fellow classmates, these courses are filled with people who have all kinds of business expertise. Take advantage of this chance to meet experts, learn new things and find someone who might be able to help you in the future.
Finding a mentor doesn’t have to be a mysterious process. You’re already good at making friends and advancing your career—now you just need to take deliberate steps to find a person who will see the mutual benefit in forming a mentoring, and collegial, relationship with you.
Originally from openforum.

10 Ways To Be A Successful Entrepreneur

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1- You must be passionate about what you are trying to achieve. Passion is the fuel that will get you going when the road gets tough.

2- Focus intensely on your opportunity. Focus helps eliminate distractions on the way to success.

3- Success only comes from hard work. Behind every overnight success, lies years of hard work and sweat. Hard work brings good luck and fortune.

4- The road to success is going to be long, so remember to enjoy the journey. Successful people focus on the Journey and celebrate the milestones along the way.

5- Trust your gut instinct more than any spreadsheet. We’ve all had experiences in business where our heart told us something was wrong while our brain was still trying to use logic to figure it all out. In most cases, your Heart and Gut are still your best guide.

6- Be flexible but persistent. Persistence is needed because sometimes success is waiting right across from the transitional bump that’s disguised as failure.

7- Rely on your team.  It’s a simple fact: No individual can be good at everything. It’s all about Teamwork.

8- Execution, execution, execution. Success doesn’t come from a great idea alone, but from the Execution of it.

9- Be honest and show integrity. The key to long-term success is Honesty and Integrity.

10- Appreciate your success by giving back. It’s our responsibility to do “good” with the resources we have available.

Originally from openforum.com

Weekend Reading

 

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We all know that readers are leaders; If you need some business inspiration this week, the $100 Startup book is a great book. It’s a must-read  for every success-aspiring person.  The advice given by the author is practical, with real life example of people who found success doing what they love.

Chris makes starting your own business accessible and easy. The book also contains exercises to help you brainstorm your own idea.

Enjoy your weekend with this life changing book.

Chic & Successful: Alexa Von Tobel

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Alexa is the founder and CEO of Learnvest.com, a “weight watchers for your money” website.

She came up with the idea for Learnvest in 2006 while studying at Harvard Business School. Alexa realized that women like her had never had any formal education about how to manage their personal finances.

The personal finance leading lady  is included in many business lists like Business Insider’s 2010 silicon valley 100, Inc Magazine’s 30 under 30, and Top young entrepreneurs of 2010. She’s also been classified among women changing the world.

As a personal finance expert, Von  Tobel has been featured in business publications like the New York Times, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Businessweek, and more…

Success-driven, Alexa is constantly looking for means to improve people’s financial lives in the most affordable ways. In her mission to go really big and take her company “Learnvest.com” to the next level, she announced today that she just raised an extra $16.5 Million to hire certified financial planners to work directly with customers and is debuting a new iPad app.

To date, the company has raised more than $40 Million.

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To improve your financial life, visit http://www.learnvest.com.