Forbes' latest 30 Under 30 list includes several women. Among them are Karlie Kloss, a 25-year-old supermodel whose nonprofit, Kode With Klossy, has taught 500 young women to code, and Seema Bansal of Venus ET Fleur, a bootstrapped e-commerce business expected to do $7.5 million in revenue this year with its waxed rose bouquets.
Many startup founders report having experience with sexual harassment, but men and women tend to have different ideas on how to address the issue, finds a survey by First Round Capital. Women tend to emphasize the need for more women investors, while men point to sensitivity training as a key to stopping harassment.
More than half the open board seats at S&P 500 companies this year went to women and minorities amid investor pressure to improve board diversity. Despite the gain, low attrition rates mean that the overall percentage of women or minority board members rose only a single point, to 22% for women and to 17% for minorities.
Sexual harassment is common in the startup community, finds a survey in which 78% of women founders participating said they had been or knew someone who had been harassed. In the survey, released by First Round Capital, 7 in 10 women founders said harassment in the tech sector remained underreported.
Tina Baker, who has 15 years' experience in creating custom cakes and treats, owns Baker's Cakes in Titusville, Fla. "The biggest yet most rewarding challenge of owning a bakery is turning someone's vision for their special occasion into an edible centerpiece to complement their special day," she said.
The Instagram Stories feature can be a good way for businesses to establish their brand and connect with current customers and prospects. An infographic explains details of the platform and how small-business owners can get started.
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New ways to deepen customer connections to your brand online include creating a microsite where users can share experiences, location-based messaging and live video marketing, which entails real-time feedback, Erika Levy writes.
The World Health Organization estimates poor mental health costs the global economy $1 trillion a year, so it's necessary employers create a culture where people feel as uninhibited to discuss mental health as they do physical health, writes Jennifer V. Miller. Listen to people and thank them for confiding, she writes, but avoid giving advice or pep talks.
Companies often reject candidates for upper-level jobs if they don't have industry-specific experience. But industry details can be learned, and candidates from other fields may exhibit far more important qualities, such as trustworthiness, maturity and the ability to solve problems effectively, writes Human Workplace CEO Liz Ryan.
A report from the National Institute on Retirement Security says women age 65 and older are 80% more likely than men to be impoverished. The gender wage gap, the likelihood for women to be caregivers and women's longer life expectancy are cited as reasons.
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