Emma Sinclair Demystifies What It’s Like to be CEO – Part 1 of 2 – Inside the C-Suite Mindset
Emma Sinclair Demystifies What It’s Like to be CEO – Part 1 of 2 – Inside the C-Suite Mindset
/ October 14, 2014 0 COMMENTS

There I was, at the We Own It Summit in London last year, sitting in on a panel about getting more women on boards. The usual talk about why we need more women on boards was underway: Have you seen the research on financials returns??! What more do the men need to read?!   Why aren’t…

Wendy Foster on Cultivating the CEO and Board Chair Relationship – Inside the C-Suite Mindset
/ September 18, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Much of my work these past few years has been focused on advocating for more women on boards. I spend a lot of time writing about and coaching amazing women on the role of the board, what it means to be a board member, and how to get a board seat. Much of the role…

Transforming into a first time CEO, Wendy Foster talks to Patti Fletcher  – Inside the C-Suite Mindset
Transforming into a first time CEO, Wendy Foster talks to Patti Fletcher – Inside the C-Suite Mindset
/ August 13, 2014 0 COMMENTS

My research of female board members in the technology and life sciences industries found that women believe what you know is just as important as who you know and who knows you. When these trailblazing women actively worked to increase their competency, they felt more confident. One of the biggest lessons I learned from the…

Why Women on Boards Means Better Acquisition Decisions
/ April 13, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Recent research from the University of British Columbia showed a relationship between the presence of women on boards and better acquisition deals that reduced costs by 15 percent. When it comes to acquisition decisions, the financial benefits of having women on boards  are not surprising when you consider other related research in this area. Women are often…

8 Traits of Female Transformers Who Challenge Status Quo
/ March 30, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Here’s the status quo, ladies. We are 14% of CEOs, 12% of board members, and 4% to 9% of Venture-backed start-up founders. Those are the facts. Let’s not mince words. Those numbers suck. The status quo stinks. We have a few choices. We can get frustrated, pissed off, and do nothing. Or we can get…

Letter From The Founders: February 2014
Letter From The Founders: February 2014
/ February 4, 2014 2 COMMENTS

Greetings! I am a sponge.  Give me a good book and I will dive right in.  I love books that challenge my construction of meaning, my value system, and how I work.  If I didn’t already love the topic, a good book will suck me in and will leave me the better for it. I…

How the Stiletto Network changes networking focus from what you get to what you give
/ January 19, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Pamela Ryckman, author of Stiletto Network, writes about women who have built social and political capital so powerful that it rivals the mighty “old boys network”.  Yet, unlike most networks, the Stiletto Networks were not built with blind-ambition agendas. Ryckman says, None of these women started these groups thinking about what they could get out…

Your New Year’s Resolution: If you are the only Woman in the Room, Invite More.
/ January 2, 2014 4 COMMENTS

For almost a decade I’ve been among some of the best innovators in large tech and start-ups. It wasn’t until I took a required management course that included Carol Gilligan’s feminist leadership theory, that I realized two things: I was almost always the only women in the room I am a feminist     What…

How Startups Make Smart Real Estate Investments
How Startups Make Smart Real Estate Investments
/ December 22, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Founders, how do you know which real estate is the right investment for your business?  Whether you are opening up your first location or expanding, Anna Phillips, CEO and Founder of The Lash Lounge Franchise, has a few tips to help you secure the right location for your growing business. PSDNetwork:  When you are ready…

From Zero to Franchise Hero in 5 Steps
/ November 18, 2013 0 COMMENTS

It’s one thing to start a business with a few self-owned locations and quite another to establish and grow a successful franchise. Essential elements of the jump to franchise success? A business model that works & a well established brand.     When eyelash extensions became a fashion accessory in 2005, Anna Phillips, founder and…

My Parents Taught Me The F Word
/ October 29, 2013 3 COMMENTS

Get your mind out of the gutter. The F word I am talking about is feminism. My mother is a feminist, but I am not sure she knows it. She will after she reads this article. And my father, well, the same goes for him: feminist. My father might be most shocked to learn that not…

How to Keep Your Niche Business Simple, Profitable, and Growing
/ October 3, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Anna Phillips, CEO and Founder of The Lash Lounge Franchise, entered the very crowded beauty business as a massage therapist.  When her clients urged, she expanded with additional services when she opened a spa. Fast forward a few years, and she is now the founder of a growing franchise that specializes in eyelashes.  Yes, eyelashes. …

Letter from the founders, October 2013
/ October 1, 2013 0 COMMENTS

Greetings, We have been thinking a lot about you – our readers.  Who you are, what you need, what you want, how you think, what’s available to help you achieve the personal and professional transformation you are working so hard toward. And, yes, we are thinking about what’s in your way.  Why are we thinking…

Right Skill Set + Culture Fit = Best Hires For Female CEO
/ September 19, 2013 1 COMMENTS

Making the right hires is essential for your business.  Your people will make or break your ability to serve your customers or build your product.  And, when you are an executive and a mom, you may find that what you needed from your staff pre-children is different than what you need now. I met with…

Anna Phillips, Founder/CEO Lash Lounge, On What It Takes To Go From Employee to Entrepreneur
/ September 9, 2013 2 COMMENTS

Anna Phillips did what so many of us did:  she went to college and got a job in corporate America after graduation.  She launched a career in IT as a system administrator.  After several years, she received the dreaded pink slip.  Goodbye regular paycheck.  Goodbye guaranteed benefits.  She was at a cross-road.  She had taken…

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same
/ August 22, 2013 4 COMMENTS

I’m impatient. Progress is being made in improving the number of women in high growth entrepreneurship, in corporate executive positions and corporate board seats. But progress is slow. Below I have linked 3 three articles I wrote in 2011. Underneath each link,  I have reflected on why the discussions remain relevant and why you, me,…

When is the Right Time to Start Thinking about your Exit Strategy?
/ August 16, 2013 1 COMMENTS

Many VCs I have talked with admit to thinking about your business’s exit right from the start. Why? They invested in you because, as money managers, their jobs are focused on making money. The way they make money is by selling their shares in your business.  You run a private company so the shares are…

A Day in the Life of a Corporate Board Member
/ August 9, 2013 0 COMMENTS

One of the women I interviewed for my doctoral research on women board directors shared her corporate board experience: “Imagine being locked in a car with 5 old white guys, driving from Boston to Florida.  They have no map or GPS.  They don’t need one because they take the same route on that long drive…

Navigate your way to board membership
/ August 2, 2013 1 COMMENTS

Women hold only 9% of public company board positions.  We don’t know the number for private companies because the data is so poor.  My guess is that it doesn’t look so great with private companies either.   Because the board of directors is responsible for the policies and strategies of a business, and most important, for…

When it comes to business, there’s no such answer as “I don’t know”
/ July 26, 2013 2 COMMENTS

One of the best pieces of business advice I ever received was from my friend and fellow Astia Board of Trustees member, Jeanne Sullivan, founding partner of Starvest Partners and a real powerhouse.  Like those old EF Hutton commercials, when Jeanne talks, I listen.  Jeanne’s pearls of wisdom comes from the best place:  years of…