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Invest in a woman entrepreneur
Ladies America
Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women, has opened a call for applications for its fall 2015 programs in Albuquerque, Boulder, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Las Vegas.

Pipeline Fellowship is changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs.

Candidates are encouraged to apply here before Monday, Aug. 31.

Pipeline Fellowship's three main criteria are:
  1. Meeting one of the accredited investor definitions (i.e., $200,000 in income or $300,000 joint income with spouse for the past two years, or $1 million net worth)
  2. Interest in group learning model
  3. Passion for philanthropy and/or social change
For most Pipeline Fellows, this is their first angel investment. They're attracted by the program's three components (education, mentoring, practice) and benefit from the diversity of each cohort. Pipeline Fellows are intergenerational (ranging from late 20s to 60 plus) and come from a variety of professional backgrounds.

"Pipeline Fellowship offers an opportunity you can't find anyplace else — a safe forum to learn, ask questions and share information," said Pipeline Fellowship alumna Jenn Viane Riese.

Contact information: info@pipelinefellowship.com
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Ladies America supports breast cancer awareness through partnership with Mood-Lites
Ladies America
Ladies America has recently partnered with Mood-Lites to show its support for breast cancer awareness and light the way for a cure by encouraging members to light their front porch, office or dorm room hot pink during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October!

Hot Pink Mood-Lites are available at Lowe's Home Improvement stores nationwide or online at www.lowes.com. During September and October, $0.25 of each hot pink 25-watt incandescent light bulb sold benefits Bright Pink and their fight against breast cancer.

Contact info@ladiesamerica.org for more information.

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6 traits of successful job seekers
Ladies America
Nancy Gober, Founder of AJC - Career Strategy, is a career strategist who has helped thousands of job seekers find employment and multiple employers develop talent. Her diverse background in business and organization development, sales, human capital development and human resources, career transition and consulting, as well as experience in a diverse set of industries, enables her to relate to clients from all walks of life.

Click here for her tips on embarking on a successful job search.

Contact Nancy via email at nancy@ajcglobal.com, follow Nancy on Twitter @ajcglobal.com or visit her blog.

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Calling all social entrepreneurs! Halcyon Incubator launches recruitment for spring 2016 cohort
Ladies America
The application for the spring 2016 cohort of the Halcyon Incubator is open until Oct. 14! The program is seeking intrepid social entrepreneurs with scalable ventures that address critical 21st century challenges.

The Halcyon Incubator is an 18-month fellowship that offers extensive benefits such as five months of rent-free housing, 12 months of rent-free workspace, one-on-one mentoring and leadership coaching and more than 1,000 hours of advice from legal, business, PR/marketing and accounting partners. Unlike other startup incubators, the Halcyon Incubator does not require equity in the fellow's venture, but only a commitment to growing ideas to achieve social change.

For more information and to start your application, visit the Halcyon Incubator's website. Contact Program Coordinator Lisa Oberstoetter at l.oberstoetter@sandr.org with any questions.

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Call for applications for co-director of 2016 Women Leading the Future Conference
Ladies America
For five years, Ladies America has been hosting the annual Women Leading the Future Conference. Now's your chance to help organize the 2016 Conference, "Women of Politics and Principles" on June 25, 2016.

As co-director, you will:
  • See a national event come to life!
  • Learn the tips and tricks to hosting a successful multi-year event
  • Get to know national and local speakers and leaders personally
  • Work closely with a hardworking and fun team

Interested in taking a leadership role at #wlf2016? Email info@ladiesamerica.com by COB Sept. 1.

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Ladies America City Chapter Events
Date Event
Aug. 26 Ladies DC Dinner Club (dues-paying members only). RSVP required. Email membership@ladiesdc.org by Friday, Aug. 21 More information
Sept. 2 Ladies DC "Talk This Way! Expert Panel on Public Speaking & Communication" More information


Ladies America National Events
Date Event
June 25, 2016 Women Leading the Future Conference More information


Ladies America Partner Events
Date Event
Aug. 27 LinkedIn for Job Hunting Teleclass — click here to register! More information
Sept. 19 Young Professionals in Foreign Policy 8th Annual Affairs of State Gala at The National Press Club More information
Oct. 15 16th Annual Texas Conference for Women More information
Nov. 19 12th Annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women More information
Dec. 10 11th Annual Massachusetts Conference for Women More information


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Call for Ladies DC leaders
Ladies America
Love making new friends and creating a sense of community for yourself and others? Ladies DC is looking a few new leaders to join the team!

The membership committee is looking for ambassadors to help build the Ladies DC network. Think you're up for it? Contact membership@ladiesdc.org.

The communications committee is looking for a DsCene editor and lifestyle bloggers. Email media@ladiesdc.org for more information.

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Ladies Northern Virginia call for board members
Ladies America
Ladies Northern Virginia is looking to fill several board member positions, including Membership/New Members Director, Sponsorship/Partnerships Director and Mentorship Director. Additionally, there are currently open position on the Events Committee and the Communications Committee. If you are interested in applying for a position please submit a resume and letter of interest to maryann.east@gmail.com.
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Netflix sets the bar high with new parental leave policy
By Lonny Alfred
Netflix recently threw American companies for a loop with the announcement of a new policy: New parents will be granted unlimited paid parental leave for a year. With big-name companies like Adobe and Microsoft following suit in extending their paid leave policies, the topic of parental leave has once again taken center stage. In the only country that does not mandate paid maternity leave, should policies like Netflix's be the standard for employee benefits rather than an employee perk?
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Minority women are fastest growing group of US entrepreneurs
Fortune
It has never been a better time to be a female entrepreneur. At least that's what Carla Harris, chair of the National Women's Business Council, believes. "It's the perfect storm of opportunity," she says during a press briefing on 2012 data from the Survey of Business Owners.
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How well are women represented among DC business owners?
Washington Business Journal
When Lindsay Dreyer decided to start the boutique real estate agency City Chic Real Estate back in 2011, she saw what a positive environment Washington, D.C., was for women-owned businesses. Women play a larger role in the business community in the D.C. area, and there were a lot of resources dedicated to helping people start small businesses, she said.
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You're competent, now get confident
Forbes
The good news: Women at work are more capable than ever before, practically oozing competence at every turn. Female employees now make up half the workforce, and the impact they're having on that workforce is significant: A 2011 Catalyst analysis of Fortune 500 companies found that those businesses with women on their boards outperformed those without.
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How to stop overscheduling yourself
Fast Company
Kelsey Manning writes: Over the past six months, my calendar has become a battle zone. Networking lunches, coffees, drinks, dinners and events compete for limited slots in the workweek — I view the available slots as two per weekday, excluding Friday night, which I reserve for Netflix and sleep. On the weekends, I'm so burned out that I try my best not to make any plans whatsoever so I can spend time catching up on freelance work, "Parks and Rec" and sanity.
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Why being candid at work is good for business
Fortune
We often hear about two important aspects in business specifically with regard to creating brands and attracting consumers, but these qualities are equally applicable when building a strong teams: transparency and authenticity. When a company is initially establishing itself in the market place, it needs to hire "renaissance" employees: highly capable individuals with a depth of experience who can handle a wide variety of functions and quickly adapt to the unforeseen challenges and opportunities that inevitably will arise.
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The workplace culture that flying nannies won't fix
The New York Times
A private equity firm announces it will pay for both your baby and a nanny to fly with you when you travel for business until the baby's first birthday. IBM plans to ship home breast milk pumped on a work trip. Facebook and Apple will reimburse the costs for employees who want to freeze their eggs. It seems that businesses are falling over themselves these days to cater to women who want to be or are mothers.
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10 tips to be a better boss
Inc.
It takes more than one person to make a company successful — great businesses thrive because of outstanding teamwork. And it might be easy to bring a group of people together, but creating a cooperative and cohesive team of people, one that's working toward a common goal, isn't so simple. It takes good leadership to help them be effective.
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