May 222015

Jack Ma gives encouragement at Alibaba women’s conference
Article Appears on Xinhua and Staff Reporter 2015-05-21 17:23 (GMT+8)
An international women’s conference organized by e-commerce giant Alibaba Group opened on Wednesday in Hangzhou in eastern China, for businesswomen to share their entrepreneurial experience.

During his speech, Alibaba founder Jack Ma said the internet age has provided women with unprecedented opportunities in business.

The internet economy is about user experience. Compared with men who are more interested in exploring the external world, women are better at looking inward and get closer to the hearts of customers, he said.

Over 50% of the online shop owners registered on Alibaba’s shopping platform are women. Female shop owners generally have better credibility than their male counterparts, he said. Ma said that Alibaba also owes its success to its women employees. “About 49% of our employees are women and 34% of top managers are female,” he said.

“Women will be the future leaders of the world,” Ma said, “and those who can be better adapted to changes will be the future winners. Women have more flexibility than men.”

Discussing the advantages women have in starting their own business, Ma said, women are more loyal in careers; they are more resilient when facing setbacks; they are more considerate and know better the art of balance, for they have been striving for a balance between family and work.

Ma’s opinion was echoed by Liu Qing, president of the popular taxi-hailing company Didi Dache. She said the cultures of companies with female managers usually value balance, harmony and tolerance. Women tend to be more sensitive than men and that sensitivity can help a female manager to better lead her team, she said.

Sharing her experience, media guru Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, provided her tips for women who aspire to run a successful businesses. Female entrepreneurs should persevere, have no fear to risk and to fail, and always take time to look inward and explore their own intuition and wisdom, she said.

According to Alibaba, the event has attracted some 800 women from around the world. Alibaba is considering making the conference a regular event.

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Mar 272013

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Feb 232013

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Jan 172013

I teach entrepreneurs about online and offline visibility and how that can create credibility for their business. What are your thoughts about Lance Armstrong confessing to doping during his career? This will definitely create more visibility for him, but his credibility is down the tubes!

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Jan 032013

There’s a man hidden in this picture.  Can you see him?  This is a great example of something right in front of your nose, and sometimes you can’t see it and everyone else can.  I know that happens to me when I have a challenge in my business and I’m too close to the situation that I just can’t see the answer.    Has that ever happened to you?  Who do you go to for support to help you with your business challenges?

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Dec 212012

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Tell us more about Empowered Women Speakers? 
I teach women entrepreneurs both on and offline marketing strategies to gain visibility and credibility to help position themselves as the expert in their field. My strategies are designed to catapult women businesses. I have this passion for women because I have been able to overcome shame, low self-esteem issues, and feelings of not being worthy since childhood because of my birth defect.

This defect had caused me to go into “hiding” and not wanting to be “seen.” It had affected both my personal and professional life. It wasn’t until the age of 45 that I had the courage to speak my truth. Speaking my truth has taken my life to a new empowering direction. I want to pass this courage of speaking the truth on to other women who may be experiencing similar issues within their lives.

What are some tips that you can share with women business owners?
1. Ask for support. You don’t need to be superwoman and do it all yourself.
2. Celebrate, acknowledge, and own your successes everyday. No matter how small or grand they are.
3. Have a positive mindset. Surround yourself with people who is like-minded and are rooting for your success.
4. Believe in your dreams, take a leap of faith and act upon it. Then, trust yourself with your decision.

What does the future hold for Empowered Women Speakers? 
My mission is to create a community for aspiring women speakers and entrepreneurs dedicated to building relationships focused on collaboration, support and business growth. My vision is to have women from across the world share in our wisdom circles to empower, educate, and mentor others. I strive for women to step in their greatness to Be Bold. Be Brilliant. Be Seen!

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I provide business coaching to the women entrepreneurs at Urban Solutions, a non-profit
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Aug 282012

Speaking Your TruthI am so proud to announce the launch of the third and final Volume of Speaking Your Truth which is now available!  Become acquainted with 42 remarkable women who bravely share their stories including myself.

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Jul 242012

I just discovered a cool YouTube tool that is genius to market your business.  It’s called the Search Stories Video Creator.  Enter up to six queries and choose a musical track, and the video creator will produce your own story.  When the video is done, you can upload it to your YouTube account.

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May 272012



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