FIRST THOUGHT: Taking the First Step
You know the astonishment parents exude when an infant takes her first steps? It’s a grand moment, but I think it’s equally as impressive to look back and acknowledge all the other first steps we, as women, have taken throughout our lives. In the results-oriented, who-can-be-first-to-the-finish-line type of world we live in, sometimes we forget to remember how we first got our start. The truth is none of us would be where we are today if we hadn’t put one brave and bold foot in front of the other.
WOMEN IN NUMBERS: 61 Percent
I don’t need a FitBit to tell me my steps are paying off. All I need is to hear the number 61 percent. That’s the success rate percentage of startups that have five or more women working in high-level positions. A number I’m not so fond of: 50 percent. That’s the success rate percentage of startups that haven’t taken a hint and have less than two high-level female executives. Starting my day withthat kind of data supports what we already knew—that with each step a woman takes, whether that’s a step to meet a new person or a step up in her job, we have the potential to move mountains. So what steps do you want to take in your own life? Believe that you can do it, and you’re already half way there.
WOMAN TO WATCH: Amy Millman, President of Springboard Enterprises
When I hear about women who belittle or talk smack about other women, it’s hard not to be disappointed. Women have so much potential to do great things when we band together. Thankfully, there are plenty of us out there who are doing just that. “Who’s Got Your Back? We Do!” is a popular catchphrase of Springboard Enterprises. Co-founded by Amy Millman in 2000, this nonprofit is a venture catalyst that helps women find the financial investment they need to lift their companies off the ground. In addition to helping women raise investment, Springboard Enterprises links entrepreneurs with other resources, too—here’s looking at you female mentors of the world. Being president of Springboard Enterprises has no doubt kept Millman busy, but she’s managed to pencil in enough extra curriculars to make the most precocious of college sorority girls quiver. During the Clinton administration, she served as executive director of the National Women’s Business Council. Currently, she serves on the board of JumpStart Inc., a nonprofit that gives entrepreneurs, well, a jump start in their field, and on the board of Enterprising Women Magazine, whose mission is to put the voice of women entrepreneurs in print. Thanks for having our backs, Amy, and more importantly, thanks for reminding us of the importance of investing in one another.
QUITE THE QUOTE
Take a moment today to give yourself credit for a time when you were brave enough to start something. And while you’re at it, recognize another woman in your life for a forward step she’s taken too. As a songwriter, Art Garfunkel knew how to eloquently string together words. One of my favorites he said: “Everything worth doing starts with being scared.”
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