Upcoming Event: Women in Technology Brunch - April 30th, 2017

On Sunday, April 30th, we will be hosting a very special discussion over brunch, "Women in Technology, Diversity, and You" led by guest speaker, Nicole Patton.

Nicole Patton has over eleven years technology experience in system engineering, application implementation and standardization of enterprise environments. She works in public and private sectors bringing her diverse knowledge of technologies to provide client solutions.
Throughout her career Nicole has been one of the few African American females on technical teams. She empowers others by speaking about the importance of tech diversity and inclusion. Her tech talks also encourage women and minorities to strive for leadership roles in the tech field. Nicole holds a B.S. and M.S. in Management of Information Technology and a MBA from the University of Maryland. She speaks at college, high school, and public events sharing her story among STEM students and professionals..

During the discussion we will: 

  • Explore the journey of women and minorities in diverse/non-diverse tech environments 
  • Share personal stories 
  • Discuss the role inclusion has in providing more diverse workspaces, and 
  • Discuss how we can create a pipeline for more women and minorities in tech,,,and more!!!
Seating is limited.

To RSVP visit:
Location will be revealed upon RSVP

[April Book Share] Three Books You Should Read This Month

This month all I'm going to tell you is this. Make sure Worth More Than Gold is at the top of your books you must own list. I've curated a treasure of affirmations that have helped me on this journey of entrepreneurship and I just want to pass on the wisdom and sanity reinforcement. 

Next, I want to highlight authors who are actually in the #100BusinessGirls network (and if you read this and I didn't include you, make sure you email me and I will highlight your work as well. You must have attended an event in the past to be mentioned.)

Ashley Coleman is an author and publisher of WriteLaughDream.com. Her latest book, Love on Purpose: Make your love intentional, deliberate, and on purpose "visits the most common relationship issues and how to work through them in love; from managing unrealistic expectations to improving communication." Ashley is also the author of Dear Love: A love letter to you, a collection of love notes and narratives that will change the way you think about love. Follow Ashley @writelaughdream

Tiffany Wilson is an inspirational speaker, spiritual leader, and the author of #GetEngaged with Yourself & Win: 12 Keys to Unlocking the Love and Life Your Desire . #GetEngaged is a manifesto for women everywhere who want to be more confident, spiritually connected, and continue to grow in their life and career. Follow Tiffany @tiffytalks and visit www.tiffytalks.com.

Lorenza Tanya Brown is an author and business consultant that helps entrepreneurs launch their fashion line. Her book, How to Create the Fashion Designs of Your Dreams, is a DIY guide for any aspiring fashion designer and/or fashion entrepreneur filled with all the proper information and resources necessary to go from idea to execution, no technical skills required. Follow Lorenza @lorenzabrownconsulting

[in the news] All About Brunch w. #100BusinessGirls

#100BusinessGirls was recently featured on the lifestyle blog, Lissa-Marie.com

Lissa-Marie is a Philadelphia based Beauty, Event and Lifestyle blogger on a mission to use her various social media platforms to connect with women in honest conversation about all things related to millenial women. You can read all about her experience attending our Let's Do Brunch! meetup in Philadelphia last month. Click above to view the post and make sure you keep up with her on your favorite social media. I've linked to two. 

Tips for Launching a Successful Internship Program

By James Mitchell, Intern Solutions
Special Guest Contributor

Every year, thousands of college students apply for internships to get a leg up on the hiring process. They apply for these programs to enhance their professional skills, form relationships with other employees, and learn how they can contribute to the success of the company. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average conversion rate for interns is 58.6 percent. For interns and businesses alike, there are several factors that ensure a successful partnership. Here are some tips to make the hiring and onboarding process beneficial for everyone! 

The Recruitment Process

Internships are a one-time work experience that is typically related to a student’s major. Businesses should begin planning for an intern class the spring before fall recruiting. Hiring managers need to determine where the students will be placed and what projects they will be assigned. Proper planning ensures that the intern won’t be sitting idle or given the unrewarding tasks of getting coffee and making copies. When planned correctly, a successful internship will help minimize the company’s turnover rate and unlock the opportunity to screen potential employees prior to making a commitment.

Look for sophomore and junior students who have have strong communication skills and a desire to excel within the company. Offer a job description with great detail of the assignments they will be expected to complete and map out the length and timing of the internship experience. During the recruitment process, make sure you are aware of discrimination laws.

Create a Lasting Experience 

The main goal for your company should be to keep a strong intern presence within your organization to help achieve a high conversion rate. Through their performance, interns are “interviewing” for a full-time position. For this reason, they should be offered the chance to do the same work they would be doing as an entry-level hire. Interns should be given formal training while being exposed to the culture of the organization.

Close relationships should be formed with the executive leadership team and each intern should be looked at as if they are coming back as a permanent hire. Doing so will give the student a sense of belonging and inspire them to want to work for the company for many years to come. As interns grow professionally and develop relationships with other employees they become an investment that is a high source of entry level talent. Offers for full time employment should be offered within days of the internship program completion.

Compensation or Credit 

 A vital step in the planning process is discerning whether the internship will include compensation or not. Paid internships are preferred because it shows the intern that their skills and time are valued. Offering competitive wages also opens the door to a wider applicant pool because the financial needs of the student will be met. Unpaid internships are common, however they are diminishing because of certain legal stipulations. For example, unpaid interns cannot do any work that contributes to the company’s operations which includes documenting inventory, responding to emails and filing papers.
It is important to note that an unpaid internship does not lessen the quality of the program. Unpaid internships generally offer academic credit towards the student’s graduation requirements. They also help students find a clear career path if they are uncertain of which direction to go in after graduation. Also, as with paid internships, there is still an opportunity to advance to a full time position within the company.

It’s no secret that today’s job market is tight. Because of this, internships are becoming a prerequisite for many full time opportunities. The reward for students is the chance to gain real world experience and have access to contacts in their field of interest. Employers benefit a great deal as well by having the cream of the crop right at their fingertips. Successful internship programs are an absolute necessity to form lasting partnerships between extremely talented individuals and companies!


Intern Solutions offers practical tools and resources to help educators, employers, and students with the internship process. Learn more!

[#100BGVanguard] How Golden State Warrior Andre Iguodala Became The NBA’s Ambassador To Silicon Valley

via Fast Company
In the past, the relationship between players and companies was fairly simple: Athletes got paid handsomely to endorse brands or products such as shoes, beverages, and cars. These days, the endorsement game is still important, but rise of entrepreneurship—especially in a place like Silicon Valley—presents new opportunities. Players who are willing to take some risk by accepting equity in exchange for endorsement or other involvement in a company can make far more than they would with the traditional cash-for-service arrangement of previous generations of athletes. 

[video] Dame Dash on Eliminating the Middleman, Business Plans vs Proof of Concept

[March Book Share] Three Books You Should Read This Month

I kicked off the new year with these books and there were plenty of gems I took from each one. If you check them out let me know what you think.

Overcoming Underearning by Barbara Stanny
When it comes to money, are you controlled by fear?
Do you underestimate your worth?
Are you ready to go to the next level, but can't seem to get there?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be an underearner. Underearners are self-saboteurs who don't live up to their earnings potential, says Barbara Stanny, a financial educator, motivational speaker, and career counselor. Whether they make $10 an hour or six figures a year, they tend to live paycheck to paycheck, are often in debt, and have a high tolerance for low pay. Ironically, many work incredibly hard. The good news is that underearning is a self-imposed condition. By focusing on overcoming it, underearners will not only earn what they deserve, but live a richer life. With techniques and exercises that have helped thousands of people, Stanny teaches five essential steps to financial independence and brings a message of empowerment to all those who chronically undervalue themselves.

The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch
Did you know, for example, that 20 percent of customers account for 80 percent of revenues? That 20 percent of our time accounts for 80 percent of the work we accomplish? The 80/20 Principle shows how we can achieve much more with much less effort, time, and resources, simply by identifying and focusing our efforts on the 20 percent that really counts.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fu*k by Mark Manson
There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

Upcoming Event: #100BusinessGirls Let's Do Brunch! NYC - April 8th

Join us for our signature brunch meetup. 
An enlightening afternoon of conversations and growing your network. 

Please note: Event start time has been moved up to 1:30pm from previous announcement.

New Book Alert: Worth More Than Gold

Upcoming Event: Let's Do Brunch! LA - March 25th

We're bringing our signature meetup to Los Angeles next month to start a new host city. Join us on Saturday, March 25th. Let's Do Brunch! brings together a small group of women entrepreneurs to connect over brunch + discussions. If you want in, make sure you don't wait to RSVP. Space is limited. 

For questions please contact info@100businessgirls.com.

Upcoming Event: Let's Do Brunch! Philly - March 12th

Join us in Philadelphia on Sunday, March 12th @ 1:30pm!

Space is limited. 

If you're not familiar with our brunch meetup, it's an intimate gathering of women entrepreneurs and the aspiring, to connect over food + conversation.

[Notable Quotable] Madam C.J. Walker

[February Book Share] Three Books You Should Read This Month

I often get asked to recommend books so here are three gems that I highly suggest. [Click for full post.]

Forty Million Dollar Slaves by William C. Rhoden
Due to recent news in the sports world, this is a great read that would provide some much needed insight. 

From Jackie Robinson to Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe, African American athletes have been at the center of modern culture, their on-the-field heroics admired and stratospheric earnings envied. But for all their money, fame, and achievement, says New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden, black athletes still find themselves on the periphery of true power in the multibillion-dollar industry their talent built.

Provocative and controversial, Rhoden’s $40 Million Slaves weaves a compelling narrative of black athletes in the United States, from the plantation to their beginnings in nineteenth-century boxing rings to the history-making accomplishments of notable figures such as Jesse Owens, Althea Gibson, and Willie Mays. Rhoden reveals that black athletes’ “evolution” has merely been a journey from literal plantationswhere sports were introduced as diversions to quell revolutionary stirringsto today’s figurative ones, in the form of collegiate and professional sports programs. He details the “conveyor belt” that brings kids from inner cities and small towns to big-time programs, where they’re cut off from their roots and exploited by team owners, sports agents, and the media. He also sets his sights on athletes like Michael Jordan, who he says have abdicated their responsibility to the community with an apathy that borders on treason. 

The power black athletes have today is as limited as when masters forced their slaves to race and fight. The primary difference is, today’s shackles are often the athletes’ own making.

Our Kind of People: Inside America's Black Upper Class by Lawrence Otis Graham

Debutante cotillions. Million-dollar homes. Summers in Martha's Vineyard. Membership in the Links, Jack & Jill, Deltas, Boule, and AKAs. An obsession with the right schools, families, social clubs, and skin complexion. This is the world of the black upper class and the focus of the first book written about the black elite by a member of this hard-to-penetrate group.

Author and TV commentator Lawrence Otis Graham, one of the nation's most prominent spokesmen on race and class, spent six years interviewing the wealthiest black families in America. He includes historical photos of a people that made their first millions in the 1870s. Graham tells who's in and who's not in the group today with separate chapters on the elite in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nashville, and New Orleans. A new Introduction explains the controversy that the book elicited from both the black and white communities.

The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks by Randall Robinson

In this powerful and controversial book, distinguished African-American political leader and thinker Randall Robinson argues for the restoration of the rich history that slavery and segregation severed. Drawing from research and personal experience, he shows that only by reclaiming their lost past and proud heritage can blacks lay the foundation for their future. And white Americans can make reparations for slavery and the century of racial discrimination that followed with monetary restitution, educational programs, and the kinds of equal opportunities that will ensure the social and economic success of all its citizens.

In a book that is both an unflinching indictment of past wrongs and an impassioned call to our nation to educate all Americans about the history of Africa and its people, Robinson makes a persuasive case for the debt white America owes blacks, and the debt blacks owe themselves.

If you get a chance to read one or all three, let me know your thoughts!

Upcoming Event: Dinner Social PHL - January 29th

Join us for a special dinner meetup during Center City Restaurant Week!

Our Updated Resources Page

Since the inception of our website, I have made a habit of keeping up to date various resources that may be useful to the #100BusinessGirls community. I just added a Business Loan Guide produced by ConsumerAffairs.com that I thought would be useful.

Consumer Affairs is one of the leading expert resources when it comes to making smarter buying decisions, and their guide provides a variety of options that may help finance your vision. If you are considering applying for a business loan, now or in the future, this would be a good place to start your research and just become aware of the options available.

One of the biggest obstacles women in business encounter is funding. Please know that you can start a business without a loan. I repeat you don't need a loan to start a business. But depending on what type of business you operate, you may be interested in seeking one to grow your business.

If you never visited our Resources Suite click here to go there now. Not only do we have things about startups, but you can find links to information on other organizations for women in business, agencies that assist small business owners, and a listing of recommended books. We also have a fully curated Amazon bookstore where you can browse and shop from our bookshelf.

[video] Epic Conversation on Creativity f/ Issa Rae, Donald Glover, Lin Manuel Miranda