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March 2022

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March 2022

We celebrate the contributions of women all year, but March is recognized as Women’s History Month. We look at the obstacles facing women in the workforce, how we can lift women entrepreneurs up and encourage their success!

At On the Books we are proud to work with many women entrepreneurs in the for-profit and non-profit spaces who are making a difference.  Here are just a few…

Rewriting the Code, founded by Sue Harnett, is growing a virtual community of 14,000+ exceptional college and early career women with a passion for technology. These women come from 800+ colleges and universities, 81 countries, and show their talent through engaging in projects, internships, hackathons, and volunteering for good.

Carrboro Creative, founded by Caity Kelly, is a women-owned, women-led badass team of creatives obsessed with saving you time and making you look good.

Lumen HR Partners, founded by Summer Busto, is helping companies navigate the complex world of HR and human capital management.

Oncospherix, led by Dr. Margaret K. Offerman, MD, PhD, is committed to addressing some of cancer’s toughest challenges: cancers that are not cured by the current best-available treatments.

Diamond Age Data Science, founded by Eleanor Howe, collaborates with bio-tech and pharmaceutical companies to drive innovation through computational biology.

My Hot Lunchbox, founded by Jennifer Serino, ensures over 6k students a day get fresh lunches delivered to schools that don’t offer meal services for their students, and they give back to each school that participates.

If you’d like to join us in celebrating Women’s History Month here are 15 ways to do so.

Dress For Success - Not just Suits Anymore

Dress for Success is a global nonprofit organization that empowers women to economic independence by providing no-cost professional attire and employment training.  It was created in 1997, but now, in 2022, the organization is moving beyond the suit. Dress for Success helps women get empowered — whether you are a job seeker, currently employed, or looking to become a leader in your community. They’re providing job readiness skills, leadership skills, emotional IQ and a lot of mentoring and coaching.

Click here to find out how you can donate or participate in programming hosted by Dress for Success.

She Matters, an App for Women by Women

Jade Kearney, author of Lean While Black, created the app, She Matters, after experiencing postpartum depression while she was completing her second masters at NYU. It’s an app for Black women to connect women who need therapy with therapists who are culturally competent and understand the tumultuous relationship that Black women have had in the healthcare system.

As a black woman tech founder Kearny faced racism and sexism while building her business. The biggest hurdle has been raising money. After raising $300k in angel money, she’s now competing in Techstars Seattle, and is aiming for $2M in seed funding.  She’s also conducting workshops and conferences to help other women of color in her position find their way together.

You can read the full article from TechCrunch+ here.

North Carolina is 21st Worst State for Women

Did you know that North Carolina is ranked 21st worst state for women? Reports concluded that women in the workforce were significantly more burned out, than men; one in three women reported they had considered downshifting their careers; and 40% of women had considered leaving their company or switching roles. WalletHub reports, “For companies to keep their women employees, they need to consider the services and flexibility that women need to both do their jobs and tend to their own and their family’s health and caregiving needs.”

Read more to find out what employers can do to attract and keep their workers.

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On the Books Recommendations (Books, Podcasts, and More!

Jodi Lynn launched Women Taking the Lead in 2015. Since her debut she held the #1 position on iTunes New and Noteworthy in three categories: business, careers and society and culture. Forbes magazine named her podcast one of the Top 18 Women-Led Podcasts, and The Best Podcast for Female Entrepreneurs.

Jodi Lynn created Women Taking the Lead to help women within organizations to grow into and thrive in Senior Leadership positions. Her podcast gives women the tools to develop a success mindset, improve communication skills, develop collaborative relationships, and create more time themselves. Click here to listen.

Susanne Tedrick, a technical specialist for a leading Fortune 50 technology company, guides you through the process of cultivating strong relationships and building a network that will get you where you want to be.

Her book provides an insightful and comprehensive framework for what it takes to be successful in the Tech Industry. Not only does Susanne offer practical advice for young women of color, she includes lists of links to additional resources on jobs, mentorship guidance and how it is crucial in not only getting young women of color into tech careers but also keeping them there. If you’re looking for a desk side book, here it is.

Upcoming Events:

Wonder Woman – Celebrating Women in Tech 2022 – Virtual Event
March 16th, 4:30PM – 5:30PM
Women’s History Month celebrates women in Tech. Join Christine Chiang, Kati Miale, Limris Torres, and Jyoti Das for this virtual event where they share their experiences and journey to success in the field of Tech.

118th Annual Meeting of the NC Academy of Science –
March 18th at 5PM – March 19th at 5PM
NCAS encourages the advancement of science within the state of North Carolina. Join the Senior Academy, Collegiate Academy (CANCAS), and Student Academy (NCSAS) for their presentations around scientific research.

Women in Business Conference – March 22nd, 10:30AM – 1:30PM
Experts share how they have succeeded in their industries and have changed their companies dynamic to include a more inclusive and diverse establishment. Increase productivity and creativity, company retention, new innovations, are just a few of the benefits these companies can’t ignore.

Cary Chamber 2022 Business Expo – March 23rd, 12PM – 5PM
Explore networking opportunities and business to business exhibits.

Diversity + Inclusion in Tech Summit – March 24th
NC Tech welcomes companies and communities to explore the critical and successful ways to make the Tech industry a more diverse and inclusive culture. You’ll hear viewpoints, perspectives, and experiences from those that have successfully created a more diverse workplace.

Western North Carolina Black Business Expo – April 8th – April 10th
A networking event focused on minority-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Enjoy guest speakers, workshops, panel discussions and much more. Western North Carolina sets out to inspire the next generation of Entrepreneurs.

NC Biotech’s Life Science Economic Development – April 19th, 8:30AM – 5PM
Explore North Carolina’s thriving Life Science sector and the opportunities to grow within the industry. Discuss workforce development, life science trends, expansion through small company growth, gene therapy and much more.

Moving Forward with Purpose Conference – June 2nd, 9AM – 4PM
Are you looking to enhance or grow your business? The Women’s Business Center of North Carolina is hosting the next event to grow your network and grab hold of your success.

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