All posts filed under: Women with No Shadow

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. …

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. …

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 …

Elizabeth Holmes : How Her Company Theranos Changed Medical Technology

Elizabeth Homes is the youngest self made billionaire. She also happens to be founder and CEO of Theranos, a blood diagnostics company that makes blood test convenient and efficient for medical practitioners. Holmes founded Theranos at the age of 19 while pursuing her studies in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. Her vision for her company was to eliminate the expensive cost and fear of blood work that doctors and patients have become accustomed too. Theranos, supplies advanced information from a patients blood work sample with a single prick of a finger, this technology eliminates the fear of needles and also provides information for doctors in a matter of four hours. Partnered with Walgreen’s pharmacy, the medical company allows for the blood work to be used in an assortment of test that can be potentially ran by a practitioner for diagnosing. “We’ve created these little tiny tubes, which we call the ‘nanotainers’, which are designed to replace the big, traditional tubes that come from your arm, and instead allow for all the testing to be done …

Women Who LEAD : Xerox’s CEO Ursula Burns Shares Insight On her Career, Mentor Ship & Work Life Balance

Becoming the first African American female CEO to head a fortune 500 company, Ursula Burns credits much of her success to a solid upbringing of strict morale, work ethic and integrity. Raised by a single mother in the tough environment of the New York City housing projects, Ursula Burns was able to defy all odds against her as a child. Today, she holds huge responsibility; running a business that recently posted $19.5 billion dollars in annual revenues. Managing the multinational corporation that specializes in global business services, advanced technology, and helps customers managed document sourcing is no easy fleet. With all her successes, Burns still shared insight on some of her most important highlights in her career. 1. Speak Up Because Your Opinion Matters Burns explains in the featured article, by fast company.com that, ” I learned from my mother that if you have a chance, you should speak. If you have an opinion, you should make it be known.” Her upbringing taught her the foundation of leadership and the importance of stepping out on your …