Nuggets of wisdom and commentary from Womenable
What are we thinking?
Womenable contributes articles and/or commentary to publications, and also offers brief, newsworthy articles and opinions directly to our readers. Here is a listing of these works in descending chronological order (with the most recent submissions on top):
- Time to Raise a Ruckus: We don't normally hawk our popular Womenabler blog here, since followers typically subscribe to its RSS feed, but a recent post is more in the vein of an op-ed exhortation, so we include it here. This post expresses our exasperation with the misperception of a few cost-cutting House leaders that the women's business center program is duplicative of other entrepreneurial development initiatives. Oh, no, it ain't! (May 2011)
- Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution: In the latest issue of Enterprising Women magazine - a chock-full double issue on global business - Womenable President and CEO Julie Weeks offers a few thoughts about the state of women's enterprise internationally, and suggests what we really need now is a revolution.
"You can say it is a tale of two cities for women's enterprise development these days. On the one hand there is ..." CLICK HERE to download and read the full article.
You may also wish to click on the link below to learn more about Enterprising Women magazine, and read more articles from this great issue. (January 2010)
- Womenable on a New Trend in Foreign Direct Investment: In the June 2009 issue of Enterprising Women magazine, Womenable President and CEO Julie R. Weeks writes about a new and growing facet of foreign direct investment (FDI) - the technology-enabled person-to-person giving that has grown in a few short years to be a multi-million dollar industry.
While this new foreign direct investment activity is still dwarfed by the hundreds of billions invested annually from developed to developing nations and by multilateral organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, this "bottom-up" FDI gets into the hands of budding entrepreneurs much more directly. Click here to download a PDF version of the article. (June 2009)
- Transitional thinking: As an expert in women's enterprise development, and a former political appointee in two previous administrations in the US Small Business Administration and the National Women's Business Council, Womenable President and CEO Julie Weeks has offered the Obama transition team some suggestions on what structural improvements could be made right out of the starting gate in the area of women's enterprise support. (It made the rounds quickly, judging by some reactions among existing officials.) Read Weeks' provocative memo here. (December 2008)
- Congressional transitions: As the co-chair of the Association of Women's Business Centers' Public Policy Council, Womenable President and CEO Julie Weeks recently authored a column with news of interest to the women's business center community across the US for the AWBC's December 2008 member e-newsletter. The column focused on the upcoming changes in leadership in the Senate and House Small Business Committees - which have been bastions of support for WBCs over the past eight years, during which time the Bush administration and the SBA have not been nearly so supportive. To read the column in the AWBC December 2008 newsletter, click on this hyperlink. (December 2008)
- Listening to the Voices of Women Entrepreneurs: Even though Womenable's focus on transforming data to knowledge to action focuses frequently on quantitative information, there is also power in listening to the voices of women entrepreneurs. In an article in the fall 2008 issue of Enterprising Women magazine, Womenable President and CEO Julie R. Weeks highlights some of the efforts globally to capture women's voices and use it to bring about policy and program change. Click here to download and read a PDF version of the article. (September 2008).
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July 26, 2011