Enterprise technology veteran Stephanie Buscemi, COO of Salesforce’s cloud business, knows all too well the challenges facing women in her industry. Buscemi shares some of the key lessons she has learned in the process of climbing the corporate ladder in a “man’s world.”
In the cultural transformation business, there has been a lot of talk about the future of work. Gone are the days when the haves and have-nots have exclusive rights to success. The definitions of success, and how we achieve it, are changing. There is no one size fits all. Millennials, the first digital natives to enter the workforce, compel the generations before them to question status quos associated with goal achievement, organization structures and processes, and the pace of change. According to Deidre Paknad, founder and CEO of goal management application start-up Workboard, 2016 will accelerate changes through seven themes that influence a new normal in how we lead, work and innovate.
Fifty million new firms are started every year across the globe. By the five-year mark, half will no longer exist. It may come as no surprise that an abundant supply of capital is the major factor in longevity. Ample capital over time requires a sophisticated financial fluency to optimize cash flow, monitor and communicate financial performance, and manage risk. The financial fluency needed for the durability of your start-up comes from the right Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Not one for women’s only events, Bobbie Carlton, founder of Carlton PR and Marketing, Mass Innovation Nights, and Innovation Women, is a fixture in the Boston start-up scene. One technology event after another, she kept encountering what she calls DAMP: dreaded all male panel. “I heard all the tales of woe from conference organizers, making excuses such as ‘I had women but they cancelled,’” says Carlton. And when there were women on stage, it was always the same few. Sick and tired of the excuses, she set out to solve the problem. She started Innovation Women, an online speakers bureau for event managers to find technical and entrepreneurial women for their events.
Many women dream of leaving their corporate job to live a more meaningful life. Fear of saying goodbye to an enviable salary and disappointing family and friends stops most in their tracks. After years of building a promising career, the prospect of throwing it all away to chase a “change-the-world” passion can seem hugely intimidating.
Gone are the days when career paths are one-size-fits-all. As with many enterprising women, Julie Lenzer Kirk is no stranger to taking the path less travelled. Like many mid-career women, Lenzer Kirk started to feel restless. “I knew at a high level that I was getting ready to step it up a notch. I was getting bored and looking for a challenge,” says Lenzer Kirk.
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