Bingcong Zhu is the president of Smart Woman Securities (SWS) in Columbia University. When introducing her association, she pointed out the interesting pun in its name. While in the context it indicates the financial product of securities, the implication of “safety” and “protection” may shed new light on female participation in the world of business.
Melissa Alam, a problem solver at heart, saw a space that needed to be filled in the city of Philadelphia when it came to empowering women in the workplace, so she filled it.
After graduating from Temple University and deciding the entrepreneurial road was what she wanted in life, Alam started a few projects of her own in order to fill the “void [she] saw in the local community for resources and support for women.”
In the Middle East, women find that is it becoming increasingly difficult to be a female entrepreneur in the 21st century. According to an article written by the, “The Economist”, “It can be a challenge for women to be taken seriously in the business world, especially because men do not want women correcting them” (economist).
Large corporations are finally starting to address a common issue within business: diversity. According to two online sites, the first being online news site CNBC claims, “Companies such as Novartis, MasterCard, and AT&T are seeking out methods to diversify the work environment”, (cnbc.com). And secondly, seen online by the CFA Institute that states
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Janice Bryant Howroyd has gone from one of 11 children growing up in segregated North Carolina to the first African-American female to own a billion-dollar business, turning $900 in her pocket when she left her hometown in 1976 into a vast fortune.