New Site for Women in Business

I recently contributed to a new publication dedicated to women entrepreneurs, called The website features women who own their own businesses and provides tips to other ambitious women who want to pursue their own enterprise.

Many of the women featured run successful companies in publishing, beauty and health trades, while others launched fashion lines, run design firms and opened bakeries.

My first piece covers media expert and author Daisy Whitney who owns her own company and published her first book in a series titled, The Mockingbirds. The feature explains how Whitney started her business in media and includes a review of her debut novel. The author also donated a copy of her book, which readers can enter to win in a sweepstakes. In fact, every woman featured is offered the opportunity to share her products or services with readers as giveaways to readers. covers business owners in major cities like Miami, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale and New York, among others. And, they are looking for new women to interview.

“We’re always interested in learning about exciting ventures and ideas but we can’t do it all on our own. If you are a fellow female business owner, or if you know of any trendy companies in your city that may not be on our radar, let us know!”

If you know a woman who founded and runs her own company, please help us support women in business and include your suggestion in the comments below, or contact directly.

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Flashing Forward: Women in Media

Recently, you may have noticed less posts on my blog. Sorry for the lack of writing, but I took an Adobe Flash animation and programming class and had some visitors that took up my free time. Since taking the course, I’ve learned how to animate graphics and create interactive content, but I also thought a lot about women’s  roles in media and technology.

It all began that morning in Flash class when I entered the computer lab at CUNY‘s Graduate School of Journalism. To my surprise, the class was filled with women editors, writers and publicists. In fact, everyone was a woman except for our instructor.

Given that this was “Flash for Journalists,” a course offered by Media Bistro that gives a basic knowledge of a technical skill, I felt proud that these women were defying the convention of two male-dominated industries: journalism and technology.

Even at lunch many of us commented on this unique situation that is contrary to what we know about the status of women in the U.S. workforce. We asked our instructor, the Director of Digital Media at Columbia University, if this was typical. He said men rarely take Media Bistro classes, no matter the topic.


Did you know that “women held only 25% of all new media jobs created from 1990 -2005,” but they made up 65% of all journalism and mass communications students?

And, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT): “In 2008 women earned only 18 percent of all Computer Science degrees.


The fact that there are so many intelligent women out there, yet so few in journalism and computer technologies is insane.  While some may believe women aren’t interested in these fields, I think the problem lies in a lack of encouragement, not disinterest or a lack of talent.

The NCWIT supports women in technology because it will increase competition, innovation and create a more stable workforce with diversity. They promote outreach, retention, curriculum reform, research, and leadership programs among K-12 students and at various companies. And, the organization is partnered with Microsoft.

I completely agree with the organization’s sentiment and goals, connecting young women to new industries where they’ve historically been limited is the exact thing we should be doing.

The fact that we can put robots on Mars, but cannot achieve equality in the workforce is just silly — this isn’t rocket science. (Speaking of which, we should get more women engineers too!)

I get so tired of seeing men dominate as journalists, running media companies, or as the leading technology experts. I guess that’s why it was refreshing to meet talented women in my Flash class. Maybe, with women like Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder of the Huffington Post, and Jehmu Greene, the President of the Women’s Media Center, leading the way, we’re moving toward some progress.

For those of you interested in women tech bloggers, articles and other websites at the intersection of the two mediums, below is a list, please add more in the comments!

The journalist picture above is Najahe Sherman, a reporter for NBC Action News and member of The National Association of Black Journalists and the Native American Journalist Association.

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The Lookie-Loos

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Though I’m contractually obligated to refrain from blogging about my company, I think it’s safe to say I can write about anonymous people in my office in a pseudo-social light that has no impact on the company’s business or my relationship with it.

Plus, this is just too interesting to pass up.

Here goes. My cubicle is in a high traffic area.  Most people in the office know my name and it’s fair to say that many people on my floor see me on a daily basis because I’m in between the copy room and the kitchen/bathroom area. One of my four cubicles walls is also made of glass (though it can feel like a fish bowl occasionally, it’s actually a great spot).

Daily, about eight people stop by or throw remarks, greetings and odd phrases my way. And, during the holidays, they visit more frequently when I put out festive treats people scarf down as if they’ve never eaten before, but that’s a whole other post… Anyway, I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon I’d like to share. About once or twice a week, male co-workers will comment on my “seriousness” or how I always look “pensive” while working at my computer. Or, they’ll ask if I’m mad, sad, or frustrated, even if we are not in conversation and I haven’t expressed any inclination of these feelings to them.

Now, here’s the thing, they all have private offices, with doors, but when I’ve walked by their desks they are not smiling pleasantly at their desks either — they are concentrating.  Like me.  This is a work place, where people are paid to sit at their computers, think and do their jobs — not sit at their desk typing away and pausing to cordially curtsy and grin like some crazed Victorian era maiden every time a someone walks by.  And, would they be interrupting my work, asking me what’s wrong, or commenting on my ability to focus, if I were a dude?  Probably not.

The fact that I’m “serious” and “pensive” is a good thing — it means I’m doing my job.  Why should that incite comments, concern or a seeming distaste that I’m not sitting here decorating the office with my smile?  Sorry boys, this isn’t Mad Men. And, frankly, it’s insulting that the concept of me “thinking,” or being a hard-worker is worthy of awkward banter while they are on their way to take a piss.

Do they expect me to smile and look cheerful because I’m a woman?  Or, am I the jerk — and they are simply concerned that I’m working too hard?  Though they may not know it, I suspect there’s an underlying prejudice when these lookie-loos peer into my cubicle.

If you’ve experienced any odd cubicle culture snafus because of your location in the office, or your gender, leave a comment below.  I’m always up for hearing more stories about your career life, thoughts, etc.

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