Women are the engine of this sharing economy. Who does it better? I would say noone. Just ask Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso, who was featured on pandodaily.com in Erin Griffith's article where she talks about being a woman founder. As Erin put it "Having built Nasty Gal into a profitable, bootstrapped business put Amoruso in a position of power with VCs."
Was it her leadership style that made Sophia a success? Is it easier for women to be a success in the new sharing economy than in the old boys' corporate world? Blake Landau saw the two worlds collide at an IBM BusinessConnect event in Orlando. All about social, but where were the women? Blake tells us 90% of the attendees were middle-aged men. Read what happened there in Blake's article.
So is it a question of leadership or lack of structure that keeps down the number of women executives at corporate organizations? (Sadly the top jobs for women haven't changed since 1950! Read what Cheryl Lock found out about this on learnvest.com. You will be surprised to see the change - or lack there of - in top jobs.) The structure to support women moving up the corporate ladder is still weak. Listen to these women executives discuss success and leadership and how to open up the ranks (Women Powering Business).
But don't think women are standing still. Here come the kids - ready to change it all. Take 25-year-old Mattie Daughtry, the new representative making her mark on Maine’s legislature. Read about her initiatives for education, health, and environmnet issues in Sam Weyrauch's article. Only two months in and she already has 11 bills going! And there are many more young women beating down the barricades as mompreneurs, lawyers and executives. It's clear women are driving change, but it would be great if guys would help. Fortune 500 companies - commit to women! Add women to your boards and your executive ranks. It will help you in the end!