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Honest Stories from Women Leaders

Women of the WIN Lab

A spreadsheet malfunction that prompted a moment of clarity. An entrepreneur’s brush with anthropology. The challenges of being women in male-dominated industries. These are just some of the many moments, observations and reflections shared by top female executives during “Honest Stories from Women Leaders,” a conversation at Babson College’s Boston Campus sponsored by the Women…

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Care.com’s Sheila Lirio Marcelo’s Advice for Entrepreneurial Women

In the early 2000s, the Yellow Pages just weren’t cutting it. At least not for Sheila Lirio Marcelo. Having recently given birth to her second child, she enlisted her parents to help with babysitting. But, those plans swiftly changed after her father suffered from a heart attack. Rather than being set, she was scrambling to…

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TripAdvisor’s Stephen Kaufer on Shifting from Founder to CEO

It all began with a trip to Mexico. Like many travelers in 1999, Stephen Kaufer’s vacation began with a travel agent. Seeking recommendations on where to stay in Mexico, he left the agent’s office with three beautiful brochures for three gorgeous resorts at three distinct price points. At the mercy of marketing materials that all painted…

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Five Ways To Tell Stories That Stick

Five Ways to Tell Stories That Stick

Entrepreneurs are constantly pitching, sharing their vision and venture in order to secure funding, make a sale, meet a new contact, and build out their team. Business plans are boiled down to bullets, and financials become memorized statistics. Jon Feinman explains how InnerCity Weightlifting uses storytelling in grant writing Although these elements are vitally important…

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Can the Collaborative Economy Fix Climate Change?

Peers Inc

In the not so distant past, people needing a car had just two options. They could either buy an entire car (a purchase that accounts for 17 percent of the typical American budget) or they could rent one in 24-hour bundles. Both cases were mismatched between the driver’s needs—for example commuting, or hauling a large…

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How to Become an Objective Entrepreneur

People underestimate the power of their minds. Elizabeth Thornton, a Babson College professor, entrepreneur, and author of The Objective Leader, is a firm believer that perception is reality. “Your world exists in your mind,” she says, “which is amazing because that gives you the power to change your mind, change your business, and change your…

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One on One with Innovation Leaders

Innovation Interviews

Innovation is a mandate for companies. A recent Wall Street Journal investigation revealed a 64% increase in how often the I-word cropped up in annual and quarterly reports since 2006. With so many organizations thinking about and fueling their business innovation engines, we went straight to the source for perspective from five Boston innovators about…

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Outgrowing the Startup

Outgrowing the Startup

Middle age often means sensible decision making, assuming responsibility for others, and a (mostly) wise perspective. Several decades of life experiences have taught lessons about perseverance and helped define priorities. As true as this is for people, it also is true for businesses. For startups with staying power, growing the business is often a primary…

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Gail Simmons on Creating a Career

Gail Simmons

“What is food but a huge window into every culture in the world?” That is the kind of rhetorical question an anthropologist might ask, so it makes sense coming from Gail Simmons, who studied anthropology in college before embarking on a career that has taken her around the world, bite by bite. In some ways,…

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Investing in Women: A Conversation with Tory Burch

Tory Burch

Tory Burch is celebrating a big birthday—this year, her brand turned 10 years old. The doors to the first Tory Burch store opened in February 2004, albeit without the store’s actual doors, which didn’t arrive in time for opening day. Burch was afraid that like the doors, shoppers wouldn’t show up, but by 6 p.m.…

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