FedEx, ranked #63 on the Fortune 500 List, appointed Kimberly Jabal to its Board of Directors. Kimberly, who is Chief Financial Officer at social networking company Path, Inc., is a former Director of Engineering Finance, Director of Investor Relations and Director of Online Sales Finance at Google. (Business Wire)
General Motors appointed Mary Barra Chief Executive Officer. Mary had been their Executive Vice President of the GM Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. Mary was also elected to the GM Board of Directors. See company press release. General Motors is ranked #7 on the Fortune 500 List. Mary talks about working together to produce great products.
Women for Women International, the organization that helps women survivors of war, held its 20th Anniversary Gala yesterday in New York and honored Hillary Clinton with the 2013 "Champion of Peace" Award. Women for Women International gives women in war torn areas instruction and help over a 12 month period teaching them economic self-sufficiency. It also gives these women direct aid, rights education, and job skills training. Zainab Salbi and Amjad Atallah, co-founders of the organization, received the WFWI Visionary Award. Since its beginnings, Women for Women has distributed more than $108 million in direct aid, microcredit loans, and other program services. Here's why it's important:
Nell Merlino is the Driving Force behind many programs that help women and should be on any power list of the Top 10 Women who use their Power to help other Women. Through the organization Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence, which she founded, Nell has helped 70,000 women whose companies employ over 200,000 people. Count Me In has created over 20,000 jobs and raised $20 million from donors like Amercian Express and others which has led to over $200 million in revenues at companies run by women. Count Me In also runs the Urban Rebound initiative for women business owners in the greater Los Angeles, Detroit, Brooklyn and North Carolina regions funded by a grant from the Sam’s Club Giving Program.
Nell is the driving force behind other programs that help as well. Who can forget the impact of Take your Daughters to Work day, another one of Nell's ideas? Since that program began 20 years ago, over 14 million girls have participated. It is still going strong even today as takeourdaughtersandsonstowork.org.
And now Nell has a new mission - to help women veterans and spouses of veterans build businesses. The Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corps is a new initiative at Count Me In. Capital One has already committed $800,000 to the program.
Watch Nell explain why she spends her time and energy helping women. Nell believes we need to "bring what we are" to everything we do!
MEMI, founded by Leslie Pierson who is CEO of the company and Margaux Guerard who is the company's President, sets out to solve the problem of getting that all important phone call from the boss, the babysitter, or your next appointment. Leslie was frustrated not having a convenient place to store her iPhone and missing calls she needed to receive, so Leslie and Margaux have created a fashionable bracelet that vibrates to tell you of important calls coming in on your phone. Leslie and Margaux are now raising funds on kickstarter to manufacture their MEMI smartbracelet. Learn more about it on their kickstarter page since the opportunity expires in 24 hours. They have almost reached their goal!
Vangaurd Charitable appointed Ann Gill its Chief Philanthropic Officer. Ann is a former senior vice president at Wells Fargo and Managing Director of Wachovia Securities/First Union Bank. (Business Wire)
New York Life appointed Heather Nesle President of the New York Life Foundation. Heather had been Vice President, Corporate Sustainability at HSBC Bank USA. (Business Wire)
Leadership is essential in expanding opportunities for women. Suzanne Fallender, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Intel and Director of their Global Girls and Women Initiative, is one of those leaders. She believes you need to integrate the idea of developing women leaders (as well as other corporate responsibility objectives) into company business units to make progress. Proving the value proposition in all that is key. Susan explains how corporate responsibility and developing women leaders can help manage risk, improve the bottom line by controlling costs, and help brands find new applications for company products. Listen to her talk at the 85 Broads Phoenix luncheon.
Another leader, social entrepreneur Jerrie Ueberle, also works hard to expand opportunities for women with the World Academy for the Future of Women. Patricia Caso of TheWomen'sEye interviewed Jerrie about what her programs are accomplishing. Read more about how Jerrie aims to help women discover their voice, their purpose and their passion!
Cindy Padnos, Founder of Illuminate Ventures, closed a new venture capital fund in the amount of $20 million. Illuminate is investing in innovative enterprise software companies like Hoopla (engaging employees for high performance), Influitive (activating customer advocates), and Yozio (optimizing organic mobile app marketing). (venturebeat)
Little Bits, which makes electronic modules that snap together with magnets for prototyping and learning and was founded by Ayah Bdeir to make engineering fun, raised $11.1 million in Series B funding led by led by True Ventures and Foundry Group. Ayah is CEO of Little Bits. (prnewswire)
NVoicePay, the electronic payments company founded by Karla Friede who is CEO of the company, received an investment for an undisclosed amount from the Women's Venture Capital Fund. (pr web)
Wal-Mart CIO Karenann Terrell says: "I am a Woman. That will never change". No apologies, no regrets are found in this straight talk article for women in IT and for girls who want to study science and math. Karenann also believes in playing to your own strengths, finding what you're good at and getting better at it. Hear what she has to say about that.
Jive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: JIVE) appointed Elisa Steele Executive Vice President of Strategy and Chief Marketing Officer. Elisa had been Corporate Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Consumer Applications and Services at Microsoft. Previously Elisa had been Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Yahoo! (prnewswire)
Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) appointed Allison Page General Manager, Scripps Networks Interactive Home Category. Allison had been Senior Programming Executive at Food Network and Cooking Channel. Allison has been with Scripps Networks since 2001. (Business Wire)
The Tribune Company promoted Nancy Meyer to be Publisher of the Hartford Courant. Nancy had been Chief Revenue Officer for CT1 Media. (prnewswire)
XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), the wedding and pregnancy media and tech company, appointed Gillian Munson Chief Financial Officer. Gillian had been Managing Director at Allen & Company. (prnewswire)
Does Mainstream Media ignore women chefs?? Read it on eater.com.
PetSmart, Inc, ranked 377 on the Fortune 500 list, appointed Elizabeth Nickels to its Board of Directors. Elizabeth is the Executive Director of the Herman Miller Foundation and had been President of Herman Miller Healthcare. (Business Wire)
Marriott International, Inc.'s (NASDAQ: MAR) appointed Karin Timpone Global Marketing Officer. Karin had been Senior Vice President, product strategy and marketing for Disney ABC Digital Media. Before Disney, Karin had been with Yahoo! as Head of Marketing for Yahoo!'s media portfolio. (prnewswire)
MovieLaLa, the social and movie marketing startup where people can learn about new films and share with their friends that was co-founded by Dana Loberg, raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding. Investors included Jim Moloshok and Larry Baitman. Dana is a member of the Founders Network. Read more on broadwayworld.
The "Top 10 Women who use their Power to help other Women" list would have to include Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. Her book, Lean In, has turned into a movement, leanin.org, to help women get the mentoring, promotions and pay grades they deserve. Everyone does not agree with all that is discussed in the book, but we all can agree it has put the question of women's equality in the workforce on the front pages of many newspapers. Listen to what Sheryl recently had to say about it.
"What Not to Wear" star Stacy London will join Stylinity, a fashion tech startup which merges social media, e-commerce and an in-store experience. Stacy will also serve as a member of their Board. (prnewswire)
Southern Company today appointed Paula M. Marino Senior Vice President of Engineering and Construction Services. Paula had been the vice president of engineering of their subsidiary Southern Nuclear. (prnewswire)
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), the theme park and entertainment company, appointed Deborah Thomas to its Board of Directors. Deborah is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Hasbro, Inc. (prnewswire)
BNY Mellon appointed Michelle Goldstein Managing Director and Head of State and Local Government Relations, reporting to Ann Costello, BNY Mellon's Global Head of Government Affairs. Michelle had been Executive Director of Federal Affairs in the New York City Office of the Mayor. (prnewswire)
Patricia Caso of The Women's Eye interviewed Holly Gordon, Executive Director and Executive Producer of "Girl Rising", a grass roots movement to educate girls around the world. Holly answers Patricia's questions about the difficulties girls face in the developing countries, and explains what she hopes to accomplish through "Girl Rising". Read the article on TheWomensEye. Prior to launching the "Girl Rising" campaign, Holly Gordon was Director of Content for the Tribeca Film Festival, and is a former Producer for ABC News.
Watch Holly's great talk about how "everything gets better in a country when you educate girls", and how all women need to lead their own revolution and go out and "live their dream".