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Invest in women entrepreneurs
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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Mood-lites launches 'Brighten Our World Bright Pink' campaign with Ladies America ambassadors to raise money and awareness for breast and ovarian health across America
Ladies America
Chicago-based company The Mood Factory, with brand Mood-lites, recently announced a collaboration with Ladies America to raise money and awareness for breast and ovarian health. During September and October, The Mood Factory will donate $0.25 for each Hot Pink Sassy incandescent Mood-lite sold to Bright Pink to encourage households, dorms and offices around the U.S. to light bright pink for the month of October. Mood-lites are available at Lowe's Home Improvement stores nationwide or online for $2.98.

This illumination campaign provides an innovative and unique way to raise money and awareness for breast health and early detection as it brings the conversation to the front porch in a visible way.

Become an ambassador for your area, and we will send you 200 free Sassy Mood-lites to help get your town started lighting pink. For more information on the campaign, please email info@themoodfactory.com or info@ladiesamerica.org or call 1-866-353-MOOD (6663).

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Ladies DC hosts successful panel on public speaking
Ladies America
Ladies DC recently hosted Talk This Way! An Expert Panel on Public Speaking & Communication, which featured local public speaking and communication experts Amanda Byrd, Cori Sue Morris, Lacey Faeh, Serena Scanzillo and Caroline Gould. Have additional questions for the panelists? Send them a tweet!



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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 Ladies DsCene editor
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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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4 tips on doing more with less in the workplace
By Betty Boyd
In the era of tighter budgets and fewer employees, leaders must make difficult — and often creative — decisions to get the job done. These decisions matter, and they will affect each member of the organization differently. The recent economic downturn, underemployment and other indicators have made it imperative that the workplace environment must change. Here are four areas that can be addressed when working with less.
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American workplace bolsters men's confidence, destroys women's ambition
Quartz
American women enter the corporate workforce with higher aspirations to reach the top than their male counterparts, and with the confidence that they can get there. But according to research by the management consulting firm Bain & Co., women's ambition reaches a cliff edge, and then falls off it, as early as two years into working life.
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Working women still lag men in opinion of workplace equality
Gallup
Twelve percent of women say they have been passed over for a promotion or other opportunity because of their gender at some point in their life, similar to the 15 percent who said this in 2013. By contrast, 5 percent of employed men, versus 8 percent two years ago, believe that being male has ever hindered their advancement.
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6 ways to reduce the stress of presenting
Harvard Business Review
Joseph Grenny writes: In the past 30 years, I've given more than 3,000 speeches to audiences across the world. Presentations have been such a central part of my work that many who know me best have been surprised to learn how much anxiety they used to cause me. After my fourth root canal, my dentist pointed out that I appeared to be grinding my teeth at night. He suggested a mouth guard. Over the next few years, I ground through three of them.
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Casual sexism in the workplace may affect women more than we realize
The Huffington Post
Women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, but their ubiquity doesn't protect them from gendered discrimination and sexual harassment, especially in male-dominated work environments. And women don't have to face outright sexual coercion or blatant bigotry to know what this is like — when so-called "harmless" sexist jokes and comments are tolerated, the female workforce suffers the consequences.
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Are you too comfortable at work?
Forbes
It's a no-brainer to leave a job because the hours are killing you, or your boss is a carbon copy of Miranda Priestly. It's another thing entirely if nothing is wrong, per se … except that you're coasting instead of growing. So if you have a nagging sense that you're running on autopilot, it's probably time for a gut check.
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Outdated job-search myths that will stifle your success
Forbes
Back in the dark ages, the established rules of job searching remained relatively the same for decades. These days, many of those rules are no longer helpful to your search — in fact, they can work against you in the new world of work. Here are the old rules that you must replace with new practices if you want to stay relevant in today's job-search environment.
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How to make staff feel appreciated
Fast Company
Although many employers offer flex time and remote work opportunities, our tether to technology makes it all too easy to keep logging time, long after we should be laying it aside. The problem is not only that too much work makes you less productive, but also that not taking time off makes employees feel like they aren't valued.
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