Announcing our Closing Keynote Speaker!

Guess who will be our closing speaker for the Forum? Nora McInerny!

Nora McInerny was voted Most Humorous by the Annunciation Catholic School Class of 1998. It was mostly downhill after that, but she did get to spend three glorious years married to Aaron Joseph Purmort (aka Spider-Man). She wrote a memoir, It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) and hosts the podcast Terrible Thanks for Asking. Her work has appeared on TIME, Cosmopolitan.com, Elle.com, the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Slate, the Star Tribune and Vox. Nora also is the founder of Still Kickin' and co-founded a very real, very cool club for people who lost their significant other, The Hot Young Widows Club.  

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Taking the Lead: Economic Value of Certification

Join us at the James J. Hill Center in association with the WBDC, on Thursday, June 15th from 9AM to 10AM (doors open at 8:30AM / light breakfast served) for a FREE panel discussion with Women Entrepreneurs on the economic value of certification. This important topic will be moderated by local entrepreneur Junita Flowers and will cover up to date and important information on what certification can mean for you and your business. She will be joined by four top notch women in business sharing their experience and journey. A discussion you don’t want to miss!

RSVP NOW OR VISIT JJHILL.ORG/CALENDAR

  • Get the real perspective from women who have taken the steps to certification
  • Hear about their successes and learn from their failures
  • Understand what opportunities and possibilities are available
  • Know your options and next steps
  • Network with other experienced and connected women entrepreneurs

MODERATOR:

Junita Flowers - Owner, Favorable Treats
Junita is a writer, speaker, entrepreneur and a mom. With more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations, she spent her career advocating for families and leading social change initiatives.

PANELISTS:

The Fifth Trimester Invite

Maddy Persuitti (former BWC Member) of dpHue let us know about a special event they are holding at their place. This event is for both moms-to-be (and future moms-to-be), new mothers, moms already back at work who are trying to find joy in the juggle and managers and leaders who are looking to improve how their companies support new parents. 

You can spend an evening with Lauren Smith Brody, author of Amazon's #1 best-seller for Motherhood and Women & Business, The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby

Lauren has been gracious enough to tailor this evening in whatever direction the attendees desire and as Maddy herself is a mom, mom-to-be again, working mom and believer that there is work to be done to achieve equal rights in the workplace - she is eager to hear the stories and insights from the 700+ interviews that were conducted to write this book.

Monday, May 15th

6:30pm

dpHUE on 50th & France: 4944 France Avenue

RSVP here

Please be sure to RSVP so they can make sure that they have enough space for everyone interested in attending and can communicate with you if there is any change of location! 

Managing Millenials for Dummies

It's here!

I was honored to receive my very own signed copy of the newest BridgeWorks Book - Managing Millenials for Dummies. Written by our very own Hannah L. Ubl, Lisa X. Walden & Debra Arbit (former BWC Member). The book is full of great knowledge, practical tips and insights. It even explores how to streamline communication and collaboration among Boomers, Xers, Millennials, and even the next generation, Gen Edge. Be sure to get your copy today!

The "3 Times Rule"

In a recent time management and productivity jaunt on the internet, I came across a website called Asian Efficiency whose mission is "to make the world a better and more efficient place." They offer courses, share ideas and tips, and review apps that are all focused on helping you be more efficient (even as a parent).

I was looking at one of their reviews for an app that helps automate and eliminate some repetitive tasks from your laptop. I'll be trying the app, but the jewel of the article was an item that they shared about a concept they live by.

At Asian Efficiency, we live by something called the “3 Times Rule.” If something bothers you 3 times, find and implement a permanent solution for it.
This can apply to things that don’t bother you too. If you find yourself doing repetitive tasks manually that could be automated or outsourced, why not find a solution to take it off your plate? 

We've had many conversations in our Circles about what tasks we could re-engineer, delegate, or eliminate. This rule ends up making it very simple to look at those things we need to consider getting off our plate.

So - I'm off to implement the 3 Times Rule today and have created a space in my Bullet Journal to track the tasks that seem repetitive and my solution for them. I'll let you know how I am doing. If you have found ways to re-engineer, delegate or eliminate a task - comment below to share!

 

​Are salespeople about to become extinct?

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the fact that traditional retail models no longer work. With the rise of the internet, mobile devices and apps that can price check anything for you, and the fact that everyone seems to be delivering these days - why go to a store?

There is a similar discussion going on about Salespeople. What are the skills a Salesperson needs to build in today's world? Is it all about the product you sell? Do we need Salespeople?

In his article, Lee Salz argues that Salespeople today need to evolve how they sell to avoid extinction. He says that "How you sell, not just what you sell, differentiates you." Read his suggestions on things you can do to "dominate the sales game".

You Control Your Time

In my recent discussions around time management, there are two key messages that I have been sharing. The first is that we have think about time like money - once it is spent - it is gone. You only have 24 hours, so spend it wisely.

The second is that the time is yours to do with what you will. You choose how you will invest your time. Is it on the priorities that mean the most to you - or on others' priorities?

I have been asked if it is truly possible to do this or not. Well, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet do, so why not you? Have a listen to both men sharing with Charlie Rose these same concepts.

Is Certification Right for You? Lunch & Learn Workshop

Have you been looking for that special something to help you "get in the door" of large corporations? If you are a woman-owned and operated business, that something could be the Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification. Although not a guarantee of business, the WBE Certification has been proven to be a competitive edge in obtaining corporate contracts. In this workshop, you'll learn the overall benefits of WBE certification and then be able to determine if certification will actually benefit your business. All of the local, state, and federal government certifications available in Minnesota will be covered.

When:  Tuesday, March 28th
             12:00 Noon - 2:00 pm

Where: WomenVenture Training Room
             2021 E. Hennepin Ave., Suite 200
             Minneapolis, MN 55413

Cost:   $20, includes boxed lunch and workshop materials

REGISTER NOW

 

5th Annual Fed-Ex Small Business Grant Contest

Fed-Ex is once again hosting their Small Business Grant Contest. They give business owners, nationwide, the opportunity to tell their small business stories and engage their fans for a chance to win a grand prize of $25,000, plus $7,500 in FedEx Office® print and business services.

2016 winners include: Ginjan Bros. (NY), Hed Cycling (MN), Ariel Brands (OH), CatastrophiCreations (OR), The Wok Shop (CA), and more.

Visit the FedEx Small Business Center to learn more.

Applications accepted until March 29, 2017. 

Be sure to check out the current submissions and vote for your favorite small business now through April 5, 2017.

Expanding While Others Are Closing

We all know that the retail environment has been tough lately, but that hasn't stopped Kay Frandsen from expanding her furniture consignment store while others have been closing their shops. Kay is the owner of Wabi Sabi Shop and member of The BWC. Frandsen was recently featured in a Star Tribune article where she talked about her journey to entrepreneurship and where she is headed. Read more about Kay here.

In the Words of Leaders Who Give

Leadership has many interesting definitions. I recently had the chance to hear speakers from the Kansas Leadership Center talk about their model for Adaptive Leadership when it comes to problem solving and they used this definition: "mobilizing people to do difficult work."

Their model made me think about the factor that what a lot of leaders need to do is "give." Give of their time, knowledge, skills, and ideas. They give coaching, mentoring and guidance. They give autonomy, support and inspiration. The list could go on. Contrary to a past view that once you get the title that denotes leadership you just "give orders", leadership has a lot more to do with giving of yourself. And in many cases today it doesn't even include the title.

So - to build upon the theme of "generosity burnout" in our last newsletter, I think it is important to thing about giving well as a leader. The Harvard Business Review also interviewed leaders who give and how they have learned to do it in a way that does not lead to exhaustion or take away from their own team. Read and listen here.