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Meet 3 successful women in fields dominated by men
USA Today
Following a dream often takes a healthy dose of courage — and a giant leap of faith. These three women have broken down barriers and rattled glass ceilings in fields typically run by the boys. They have a secret to share: You can do it, too!
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Reminder: Women's Network Hosts TEDxWomen event in DC area tonight!
Ladies America via TheGirlfriendGroup
Global women's business and social network hosts its first #TEDxWomen event in conjunction with the global TEDxWomen conference in San Francisco. #TEDxBalchDriveWomen is one of 220 global events occurring on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. The event will take place at the Cobb Theatre in Leesburg, Va.
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Recap: Recognizing Excellence: Honoring Female Veterans
Ladies America
Ladies America hosted its first annual Recognizing Excellence Awards Luncheon. For this inaugural year, Ladies America is “Honoring Female Veterans" who are doing amazing work in philanthropy and/or business.

In 2013, Ladies America designated “Women in Military” as an initiative for the year with the goal of simply generating dialogue around the subject and remaining open to what would come of it. At the fourth annual “Women Leading the Future” conference hosted by the organization in June of this year, “Women in Military” took a lead focus of the daylong event and ultimately lead the organization to develop today’s award program in an effort to highlight some of the elite women coming out of the United States military.

In addition, because the organization encourages leadership and issue engagement, it almost immediately became clear that Ladies America had a reason to join the conversation surrounding workforce readiness and employment rates of veterans across the country. While not a veterans organization, Ladies America believes it is important to leverage its network and reach to educate and inform stakeholders and the public about such issues facing our military veterans and personnel. High joblessness and homelessness rates among our nation’s veterans are unacceptable, especially considering the great sacrifices made by our military professionals.

Moving forward, Ladies America intends to incorporate female veterans entering and/ or re-entering the workforce as part of programs offered.

We are thrilled to announce that Jennifer Marino and Dawn Halfaker were the winning female veterans for the Ladies America "Recognizing Excellence: Honoring Female Veterans" awards luncheon held Monday at The National Press Club. This was the first annual awards event, and it was a wonderful success, not only because we sold out, but because some of the nation's greatest leaders came together in the room Monday to truly honor all the nominees for their service and valor.

Notable Attendees:
    Tanya Bradsher, White House
    Regina Kunkle, NetApp, sponsor
    Jaspen Booth, one of the 2013 CNN Heros; Founder, Final Salute & Ms. Veteran America; sponsor & panelist
    Teri Galvez, Paradigm Event Management; Exec. Dir, Miss DC
    Lilly Harris, CEO, MSA Inc.; sponsor
    James Banks, Office of DC Councilmember Grosso
    Twyla Garrett, CEO, IME; Board of Directors, Ladies America; panelist
    Betty Hines, Board of Advisors/ Directors, Ladies America
    Navroop Mitter, Board of Advisors, Ladies America
    Earl Pinto, Trustee, Ladies America
Nominees (Present):
    *Jennifer Marino, award winning veteran for philanthropy
    Ginger Miller, nominee
    Parthenia Richardson, nominee
    Raquel Riley Thomas, nominee
    Stephanie Gibney, nominee & panelist
    Victoria Pridemore, nominee

    *NOT PRESENT: Dawn Halfaker named award winning female veteran for business; PepsiCo, sponsor; GBS Group, sponsor; Pat Tillman Foundation, partner

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Ladies America launches new chapter — Ladies Albany
Ladies America
Ladies Albany Launch Event
    Dec. 13 @ 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    University at Albany, SUNY
    Albany, NY 12222
For more information, please click here.

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Negotiation 101: Learn how to get what you want
Ladies America
Ladies America will be hosting its second curriculum based four-week course starting in January 2014 on Negotiation. Learn tips and practical skills for negotiating with the best, whether it be for a salary, job specifications, vacation days, buying a new car, landing a client, etc.

Learn from our resident expert, Stephanie Goetsch, on how to effectively prepare in advance to have strong footing before heading to a negotiation table. Discover the skills that transfer from scenario to scenario, so that you can get what you want and what you deserve!

Sign-up today!

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I am one woman
Ladies America member highlight — Andrea Thompson, Director, Ladies Nashville
Originally from Maryland, Andrea moved to Nashville when she was 18, then to DC in her late 20's and back to settle down in Nashville when she turned 30. During her youth and well into adulthood Andrea describes herself as having social anxiety, something that had hindered her most of her life. During her 2 year span in DC Andrea wanted to join a women's group in order to meet people, and as a last attempt to conquer her social phobias and start to become the women she knew she could be. She found a group called Ladies DC and began to follow them on Twitter. After having been inspired by the Tweets posted by Ladies DC member, Bianca Hutton, Andrea offered to host a happy hour for the group at the Friendship Heights restaurant she was working at during that time. Andrea reports, in an excited tone, that the moment the group walked in the door she felt "unbelievably welcome."
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Where work and networking intersect
The Wall Street Journal
We live in a day and age of blurred lines, including the lines between networking and actual working. Sometimes, meeting and kibitzing with the right people gets in the way of getting things done; talking about ideas doesn't necessarily lead to their execution. Often, however, knowing the right people helps enable productivity and can help push an entrepreneurial conceit along.
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15 female entrepreneurs you should know about (but probably don't)
Tech Cocktail
Although there are noteworthy entrepreneurs across all genders, races, ethnicity, geography, etc., this post is dedicated to shining a spotlight on female entrepreneurs, as we at Tech Cocktail are proud proponents of the Change the Ratio movement. And while it's easy to applaud the Ariana Huffingtons, Marissa Mayers, Oprah Winfreys, Sara Blakelys, and Sheryl Sandbergs of the world, there are countless female entrepreneurs doing great things that you (likely) haven’t heard of.
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Wanted: Women entrepreneurs
The Economist
Gold lettering boldly spells the name of "Tory Burch" on the designer's shop in Bond Street, London. Smart bags and smooth garments are carefully displayed in the window. Ms Burch has concerns other than her fashion empire, however, as made clear in The World in 2014. The designer's article praises the 126 million women operating new businesses around the world, and states her desire for more female entrepreneurs to emerge with their distinctive ideas:
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Google Plus: The neglected stepchild of social networking
Resource Nation
There are many reasons to think Google Plus is the neglected stepchild of the social networking world. The perennial giants — Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn — have taken much the larger share of the business world's focus. Even sites like Pinterest and Instagram have garnered far more attention of late than Google's social media offering. However, for small-business owners and entrepreneurs looking to expand brand awareness, it's truly an irreplaceable resource.
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What type of entrepreneur are you?
Rebekah Iliff's affection for entrepreneurs is matched only by my obsession for comedy and French things. Over the past decade she's been related to them, elevated them, dated them…and at times, even hated them. Iliff and a former colleague spent years launching tech startups in the U.S. market. Along the way, they encountered hundreds of entrepreneurs, guided them through tough decisions, and often talked them off cliffs — acting more as psychologists than communications professionals.
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Top women in biotech 2013
No one ever climbed the industry ladder without getting some help along the way. And for women, including many of the accomplished top performers in this group, that can be especially important. Maybe it was an encouraging nudge for a bright young scientist or a willing mentor for a rising company player — but virtually everyone in this year's group of top women in biotech benefited from a higher-up's helping hand.
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How to get the most out of networking events
Networking is an inexpensive way to grow your personal and professional brand. Knowing a lot of people and having a big network will help you get ahead in life; you will also have a bank of resources that you can tap into whenever people you know are searching for someone to help them solve a problem, and, in turn, you can facilitate a referral which allows you to be of service to others. Different types of events call for different etiquette when it comes to being direct about discussing business and the potential to work together. Starting with the mindset to grow relationships will keep your intentions sincere and will make people want to get to know you better.
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7 steps to ethical leadership
The key to having an ethically run company is employing morally upstanding leaders, a new book suggests. In her new book "7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership (Leading in Context, 2013)," author Linda Fisher Thornton says getting employees to act ethically in the workplace starts at the top.
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