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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 …

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 …

Networking : Most Valuable Return on Investment

Networking is a crucial element to a budding career, from establishing new connections or finding a potential partnership. Bottom line, its important! It can also build confidence, establish business relationships with peers who are accomplishing the same goals, and allows for you to meet people with more expertise. The greatest thing about networking, is that it’s absolutely free and valuable. It can shape your career like no other and open doors that you might not have known could be opened. 1. Networking Opens Up Your Inner Circle  It’s a great opportunity to meet individuals that you can learn from and do business with. It has the greatest return on investment when it comes to the knowledge that’s obtained from attending networking events. Meeting a future mentor, or meeting a potential client is something that money can’t buy. It allows you to step away from family and friends, to get a clear view of what success looks like among others that are already established. 2. Make Business Cards and Keep In Touch  How many times have …

Are you Doubting Yourself Before You Start : The Power in Writing Out Your Goals

Doubt, we’ve all been there before, but why do we doubt ourselves before we start. There are many excuses women give themselves when it comes to obtaining a life long goal: from finishing that business plan that’s been sitting in your laptop, exercising so you can lose that additional 15 pounds or even going back to school. There is power in writing out your goals so that you have a persistent reminder of what you’re trying to accomplish in your life. Procrastination and avoidance of accomplishing tasks is commonly linked to depression and anxiety. We all know where your productivity level will be under that amount of pressure and it will only set you back further. There are many reasons why you should start to renew your mind and be mindful of meeting your goals with the assistance of realistic deadlines and hence writing them out so you can visualize your success. 1. Writing Out Your Goals Can Free Up Your Mind and Allow You to Plan Writing out your goals can free up space …

Welcome To The Business Shadow : A Start Into The Future

A Business Blog! I’ve always wanted to do this and after contemplating over this for the past 3 years while I was in Business School, I’m finally starting one! In the meantime, on top of being a Revenue Accountant for a Fortune 500 Company that’s multi-national, I’ve recently completed my Masters Business Administration in Accountancy and currently studying for the Certified Public Accountant exam.Talk about so much going on! Luckily, I’ve had inspiration all my life that has motivated me to get to this point. I’m excited to display my interest in business and getting to share it in a writing format. I look forward to sharing interesting and detailed perspectives on our economy, businesses and the accounting industry. I feel that businesses and entrepreneurship fuels our country and I’m proud to be a part of a generation that is in the front line of innovation. Here at The Business Shadow I want to inspire other business women young and old to go out and conquer the world, and continue to be a pathway for the …