Author: Dominique

3 Sites That Are Great for Starting A Solid Financial Foundation for Boss Women

Stocks, mutual funds, treasury bonds? Sounds like a foreign language to many, and to more than a few probably intimidating. Luckily, there are great resources to help future investors on where and how to invest their money to start an investment portfolio. Computershare This site is great for new investors who are interested in gaining insight on how to start investing in companies such as Walmart, Johnson & Johnson, and Caterpillar. The site is super user friendly and allows users to gain insight on performance on stock options prior to investing. Feel free to sign up for the eco friendly paperless option when it comes to receiving information from the site. Scottrade, Inc. Not quite ready to tackle the world of investing on your own yet? No worries! Scottrade Inc, a prized investment platform that has been around since 1980, offers future and current clients one on one consultations with a wealth advisor. Whether your interest revolves around having a hefty retirement fund, or ways to grow your money further Scottrade offers a wide range of services to get …

Women Who Inspire – Mellody Hobson : A Girl From Chicago Conquers the World of Finance

“They say whatever happens to you as a child really sticks with you, and I think it’s because of that I sometimes have very irrational points of view about how I could slip backwards.” – Mellody Hobson Growing up in the inner city of Chicago, Mellody Hobson has come a long way from her humbled beginnings. As acting President of Chicago based Ariel Investments, television contributor for CBS News and acting Board Member for Starbucks Corporation and DreamWorks she has a successful career of helping businesses operate. Still, with all of her successes in the world of finance, Mellody Hobson continues to keep things in perspective. She credits her childhood as a defining factor in finding her calling in investing and finance, because growing up her family didn’t have much money. “My mother always wanted me to be in the best environment that I could be in. She wanted me to go to the best schools. Every now and again she’d save up enough for us to get a nice apartment in downtown Chicago, but …

Women Who Lead : Ericka Pittman

Being Vice President of the Chairman’s Office at Combs Enterprises isn’t an easy feat, but Ericka Pittman handles it with grace. She also comes with some great business lessons that any woman can take in. The Baruch College graduate holds a B.A in Corporate Communications and a successful career in helping music mogul Sean Combs build his empire.  Still, the business beauty has shaped out her own individual brand that includes television, a book and running multiple business divisions for Comb Enterprises. How did she make it to the top in such a male dominated industry?  Her profound integrity, demand in respect and understanding of conducting her personal and business life has helped her climb the ladder. ( Not to mention, break some major glass ceilings.) But here are a few tips from Pittman for any woman on the path to success. Work Life Balance – It’s a constant juggle! Pittman acknowledges that her career is incredibly busy and with a schedule to match it’s important for her to include a good balance with life and work. …

How Having A “Just Do It” Attitude Can Empower You

It’s a known saying that those who are willing to succeed must be willing to fail, and that might be repeatedly. But having a determined attitude separates a successful woman from the pack because obtaining goals takes some serious work and rearranging. ( Let’s be real- more work comes with big dreams.)  There are two cards that you are dealt: suffer the long but temporary road of hard work and grit, or give up and be okay with whatever life hands you. The only difference is one has a happier ending, and nothing can replace the feeling of reaching a goal that you’ve worked so hard for. Having a determined, and focused mindset can lead you to many of life’s blessings that are just waiting for you. ( I assure you, you will make it!)  But you can continue to persevere in the jungle of life’s battlefield if you always keep these smart pointers in mind. Ambition – Keep It Alive “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” – Bill Bradley A woman lacking ambition will never achieve the …

The Art of Balance : Being A Business Woman 101

The art of balance is something that has been talked about so frequently amongst career women that you could Google this very topic and I’m sure a million articles will pop up through the search engine. One of my favorite quotes by Oprah Winfrey always stands out when I think of the complexity of juggling different hats. “You can have it all, but not all at once.” For many women, this statement can be a reoccurring ponder in your head. In the mist of conference calls, frequent flyer miles, studying for licenses and late night evenings going over client work; the dust settles. Then that daunting thought comes floating across your mind once again. In fact the further that my career has advance, I continue to find the answer in response to that ponder. I now understand that there will be moments where it will be a 80/20 percentile and that’s perfectly perfect. Rest in knowing that it’s okay that you will not be superb at everything all at once. Don’t Compare Your Life To Another “Every one of our lives …

Hey Boss Lady! Here Are A Few Reasons Why Women Make Great Entrepreneurs

Ah, to be an aspiring entrepreneur! I remember clocking in for work at my first retail job as a sales associate at 16 years old, and remember thinking I need to build something of my own. Point blank, I was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and it never let up! You ever heard of the saying, your dreams are not big enough if they don’t scare you? Well, I’ve always feverishly chased after mine, and that has included moving to a completely different state to pursue them as well. My dreams never scared me, but they did inspire me to keep pushing myself, so that I could accomplish my purpose. Everyday there are women that are feverishly working towards their goals, big and small. Without a doubt, with faith and a good sense of perseverance you can add momentum to your accomplishments so that you’re the girl boss you’ve always dreamed to be! Women Entrepreneurs Understand Their Passions Comprising for almost over half of businesses today, women are setting new standards from the traditional entrepreneur. …

Work Hard for The Money : Why It’s Important For Women To Negotiate

Money is such a taboo topic to speak about, but it’s become more important for women today to think about this topic more thoroughly when it comes to earning what they are worth. According to today’s statistics women comprise of 47 percent of the United States work force, with 73 percent of women holding full time employment. That’s not a alarming number considering the change of social responsibility in today’s decade. (With the decision of many women to hold off on marriage, and pursue their career aspirations instead.) So if women are making such strides in business, technology and many other fields what is such the big deal? According to Women’s Bureau ( WB ) ”  The medium weekly earnings of women who were full time wage and salary workers were $669, or 81 percent of men’s $824.” There might be a bigger reason why there is such a difference in wage variance, women don’t ask! Personally, from my experience I feel that asking is never a bad thing, especially if your talents will prove …

Technology Startups : Chicago’s Most Promising Tech Startups That Happen to Be Founded by Women

Chicago is known for dominating the manufacturing, publishing and insurance industries, but they might be the new home for “most tech startup companies”. Based on new statistical research done by Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2015, Chicago ranks as the number one city for women startup companies. (That’s exciting for a Chicago native like myself and just makes Chicago’s economy stronger all around.) With so much change occurring within the development sector of technology, I wanted to shine some light on a few Chicago Tech startups that are developing in Chicago’s backyard arena, that are making major moves. Shradha Agarwal, President Context Media & Co-Founder, Jump Start Capital Context Media is a digital media technology that was developed to service organizations with their health information services and to deliver lifestyle education to their patients. The end result, to improve patients health outcomes and engage physicians with a technology tool that is user friendly. Agarwal, also is passionate about the startup scene, which prompted her to be a co founder of Chicago tech venture capitalist firm Jumpstart Capital. …

The Toshiba Accounting Scandal : Lack of Internal Controls & Profits Presented Red Flags

Toshiba Corporation is in hot trouble! The news has been buzzing with the recent discovery of Toshiba’s recent accounting scandal that has left investors in awe. Toshiba Corporation, a multinational Japanese corporation, has changed the tech industry by providing leading PC’s internationally. But things have seemed to take a major change for the worst. The organization has been performing in the red according to market analyst and the decline in PC sales, has caused the company to meet lack luster results with projections of 22m units sold last year. With the turn of recent events, the organization has been founded to have overstated their profits by 1.3 billion over 5 consecutive years. Ouch!! To say the least, investors and the stock market are not taking this lightly and in turn has furthered an open investigation of the accounting discrepancies within the organization. With several top executives exiting to the left, its not looking pretty. According to USA Today, “The scandal surfaced less than two months after Japan adopted its first corporate governance code. Japan companies have …

Power Your Way Forward Women’s Conference : Dallas Texas 2015

Power Your Way Forward 3rd Annual Women’s Conference was an inspiring event that established the meaning of women’s entreuprenuership and the importance of women building one another up. Based out of Dallas, TX,  Founder Star Williams started the organization to help women discover their life purpose in business. With the keynote speakers ranging from retail , fitness, finance, and public relations industries, it offered a range of credible advice for women that were interested in discovering their purpose and how to follow through with the next steps. Here are a few things that I learned at the conference. 1. Seek Out Your Purpose The conference was centered around the importance of women ultilizing their purpose and to continue to discover what their God given talents are. If you are fortunate enough to know what your talents are, you should focus soley on becoming a master of your gift. Business Strategist, Cherise Riley adds that you must be consistent with your purpose, speak life into your passions & goals, and optimize on every opportunity. 2. Women …