“Many young girls do not pursue careers in engineering, computer science and physics because they do not see a strong relationship between what one does in these careers and the kinds of things they would like to accomplish in their careers.” — Dr. Jacquelynne Eccles, University of California, Irvine (from the YWCA of NYC’s new publication “Welcome to the YWSTEAAMocracy ‘The Future of STEM is Inclusive’”).
I’m privileged — and I know it. Middle class upbringing, solid public school education and an expectation that I would pursue higher education that aligned with higher education being accessible and affordable. I live in New York City and carry a Canadian passport — is there any greater privilege than that? I’m also privileged because I get to interact with inspiring entrepreneurs, change-makers and innovators on, well, pretty much a daily basis. Privileged spilled over into totally spoilt recently as I started hosting a new podcast, BroadMic. The first season includes my conversations with Heidi Messer & Carley Roney; investors Susan Lyne, Joanne Wilson & Jessica Peltz; “TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs” founder, Nelly Yusupova; Tami Reiss, CEO of Cyrus Innovation and creator of #JustNotSorry, Product Managers Allessandra McGinnis and Nikki Kuritsky; and technology thought leader/VC Jalak Jobanputra. Subscribe to BroadMic on iTunes — and send me your feedback on the initial episodes.
I’m also privileged ’cause I get to mouth-off on the things I care about, such as seeing women succeed in their pursuits. A current project I have going on with Capital One (around a new study funded by Capital One’s Future Edge initiative) is all about taking action to unleash the economic power of women entrepreneurs and small business owners in New York City — right in my vocal sweet spot. Seeing more of these women succeed would be very very good for the city’s coffers, not to mention strengthening the unique communities in each of the five boroughs. Check out my summary of the recommendations from “Breaking Through: Harnessing The Economic Potential For Women Entrepreneurs” on Inc.com. As the study notes — and why all New Yorkers should all care about the implementation of its recommendations:
If only one-quarter of the existing 376,405 women-owned businesses in New York City with no employees added a single employee in the next three years, it would result in more than 94,000 new jobs.
Creating jobs, strengthening community and getting the right resources into the hands of entrepreneurs who have a big dream (plus whole lot of hustle) is what Gina Bianchini is all about. Gina is a serial entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. Her latest venture is Mightybell (platform designed for community entrepreneurs and company innovators to create targeted, specific niche networks — no coding required). Gina and I started crossing paths since investing in Levo — and then formed a bond on the fabulously, crazy British Airways’ UnGrounded flight (hackathon at 30,000 feet) from San Francisco to London. This past week this entrepreneurial role model and her team launched Mightybell Entrepreneur packages, a new product dedicated to people looking to create a community and a business with unlimited potential. Check it out — your business and niche community will probably thank you or it.
Work adventures have taken my privileged butt to NZ, Miami and Chicago over the past few weeks and my next stop is the transforming entrepreneurial hub that is the Motor City. I’m thrilled to be part of the Tomorrow Tour organized by news site Technical.ly and Comcast NBCUniversal — and on Thursday, March 10, I’ll be with my incredible tour mates in Detroit. RSVP (and be sure to say hi).
I started this newsletter with a quote from the YWCA of NYC’s new publication — and I’m closing with another (yes, you should read the report in full or cheat by checking out my summary “Economics and Activism: Getting More Girls Into STEM” on Medium):
“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations.” — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
It’s Women’s History Month. Tuesday, March 8 was International Women’s Day. With that and gender in mind, here’s to all the hustling, driven entrepreneurs, change-makers and innovators out there — who also happen to be mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, wives…
Continue to change the world ladies.
And if you’re looking to change your career…