Posts Tagged ‘women entrepreneurs’

Mary Mazzio Profiled in Forbes

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Kaizen interviewee Mary Mazzio was profiled last month in Forbes. The piece covers her various careers: Olympian, lawyer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur.

Read the article here.

Read our in-depth interview with Ms. Mazzio here.

“Stop Telling Women to Do Startups”

Monday, December 19th, 2011

We at CEE are guilty as charged and appropriately chastised by TechCrunch’s Penelope Trunk, who is tired of people encouraging women to become entrepreneurs. Read the article here.

December 2011 Issue of Kaizen

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

In our latest issue of Kaizen we feature an interview with Chan Luu, CEO of Chan Luu, Inc. Born and raised in Vietnam, Luu came to the USA for college in Boston before launching herself as a designer of jewelry and clothing in Los Angeles.

Also featured in Kaizen are: student essay contest winners Farzaneh Farhangi, Kelly Foster, and Rebecca Robinson; Extreme Entrepreneurship Day; filmmaker Jeffrey Van Davis‘s discussion panel for his film Only A God Can Save Us; and guest speakers Douglas Den Uyl, who visited us from Indianapolis, and Federico Fernández and Martin Sarano, who visited us from Argentina.

A PDF version of Kaizen is available here. We will soon post separately the full interview with Ms. Chan Luu.

If you would like to receive a complimentary issue of the print version of Kaizen, please email your name and postal address to CEE [at] Rockford.edu.

CEE Interview with Phyllis Johnson

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Dr. Stephen Hicks, CEE’s Executive Director, talks with Phyllis Johnson about entrepreneurship, coffee, and empowering women in Africa.

Part I:

Part II:

For more information about the organizations Ms. Johnson works with, go to:

International Trade Center

Export Impact For Good YouTube Channel

International Women’s Coffee Alliance

Fall 2011 Guest Speaker Phyllis Johnson

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship welcomes Phyllis Johnson to Rockford University this Thursday, October 6, from 11 am to 12:15 pm, in Scarborough 208. Ms. Johnson will give a talk entitled “Making a Living While Making a Difference.”

Phyllis Johnson is co-founder and president of the Rockford-based BD Imports, a supplier of exceptional quality specialty grade coffees and owner of Evolution Coffee. The company imports un-roasted coffee from sustainable sources in coffee producing countries and markets to roaster retailers and wholesalers located in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Taiwan. BD Imports has helped to propel Phyllis as a champion of women and women in coffee.

All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

View a PDF of the flyer for Ms. Johnson’s talk here.

Interview with Mary Mazzio

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Mary Mazzio is an award-winning independent filmmaker, Olympic rower, and former law firm partner with Brown Rudnick. She received her undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College, a law degree from Georgetown University, and studied film production at Boston University. Her company, 50 Eggs, LLC, has produced five independent films shown across the United States on television, in classrooms, and in theatres. We met with Ms. Mazzio outside of Boston, Massachusetts, to explore her thoughts on entrepreneurship and the challenges and excitement of making documentaries.

Kaizen: You’ve been a lawyer, an Olympic rower, and now a documentary filmmaker. When you were young, did you have any idea your adult life would be so varied?

Mazzio: Not at all. Although as a kid I remember always having a sort of boundless enthusiasm for whatever it was that I was doing. So I always thought that good things would happen in the end but I had no idea.

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Michael Strong and Magatte Wade: CEE’s Final Fall 2010 Guest Speakers

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

On Wednesday, November 3rd CEE’s final Fall 2010 guest speakers, Michael Strong and Magatte Ward, will each give a talk at Rockford University.

Michael Strong: “Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems”

Michael Strong is the co-founder (with John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market) and Chief Visionary Officer of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes Conscious Capitalist solutions to world problems. Michael’s work is featured in academic journals (The Journal of Business Ethics, Economic Affairs, Critical Review, etc.) and in media reaching popular audiences (The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Huffington Post, RealClearPolitics, etc.). He is author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice and co-author of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems.

Magatte Wade: “How an African Entrepreneur is Working to Solve African Problems”

Magatte Wade is a serial entrepreneur who was raised in Senegal, educated in Germany and France, and began her entrepreneurial career in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she co-founded Adina World Beverages. Her current project is The Tiossano Tribe, Inc., a high-end skin care products line. Magatte writes and speaks for many audiences, and is on the boards of several non-profits that support African causes, including Afropop Worldwide, the SEEDS Academy, AllforAfrica.com, and ASNAPP.

Michael and Magatte will give their talks in conjunction with Dr. Hicks’s Business and Economic Ethics class on:

Wednesday, November 3

11 am, SCAR 220

All who are interested may attend.

Key factors in the success of female entrepreneurs

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

The Kauffman Foundation published the findings from their study, “Are Women Entrepreneurs Different From Men?” The researchers asked successful, high growth male and female entrepreneurs what factors they believe led to their success. Some the key factors that female entrepreneurs valued more highly than males were professional and personal networks and support.

Read the article at the Kauffman Foundation for more.

Motherhood and Entrepreneurship

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Motherhood brings many joys and challenges, but some mothers also “struggle with giving up their adult identity, the ability to interact with other adults on an intellectual, problem-solving level,” says mother and entrepreneur Sara Sutton Fell. In a profile by Sramana Mitra, Ms. Fell describes how entrepreneurship helped her to regain the values she had been missing as a stay-at-home mom.

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Read the article at Forbes.

Ms. Mitra also has a longer interview with Ms. Fell at her website.

Women and entrepreneurship

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

The Small Business Administration notes that “Women entrepreneurs are among the fastest growing groups of business owners” and explores why.

Meanwhile, at the Wall Street Journal web log, a lively discussion about “Why Aren’t There More Rich Women Entrepreneurs?”