Leaning Out: Women are weary of corporate ladders to nowhere and launching businesses of their own to find success and satisfaction
For a quarter-century now, women have been leaning in so hard to achieve corporate recognition that they’re nearly bent double. The upshot? Women hold a paltry 4.2% or 22 Fortune 500 CEO positions. So they’re leaning out. Women are jumping off the think-pink bandwagon to launch enterprises of their own, gaining control, independence and way more satisfaction. Public and private funders now see benefits in supporting women entrepreneurs, which means there’s never been a better time. Are you ready to start up?
On the 6/5 show, meet a practitioner and a professor who each have hands-on experience in what entrepreneurship means for women:
Camille Hugh, a young serial entrepreneur, runs her own real estate agency, wedding planner service and online fitness site, called Thigh Gap Hack. She’s also developing The Interview Master, an online business to help job seekers, which won recognition at the 2014 Pace Pitch Contest.
Bruce Bachenheimer directs the Entrepreneurship Lab at Pace University and organizes its annual pitch contest and business plan competition. He’s a board member of the MIT Enterprise Forum, NY chapter, and LeadAmerica and consults with New York City’s Small Business Services and Economic Development Corporation. Bruce also speaks widely on entrepreneurship, including to groups at the United Nations and the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.