The BOSS Network Hosts Free Event For Black Female Founders

The BOSS Network, in collaboration with JPMorgan Chase and Advancing Black Pathways, will host a two-day virtual event to educate, empower and promote Black female founders on Dec. 4-5.

Black founders receive less than 1% of venture capital funds annually, and Black women founders account for less than that, according to the Harvard Business Review. Through the Minority Merchant Event series, The BOSS Network will provide a platform for Black women to discuss their experiences in launching successful businesses, provide a blueprint on how to build a successful business and share strategies that Black female founders can leverage to gain access to capital.

“The time is now to support these extraordinary women, who are breaking down barriers in technology and their respective industries, even in the midst of a global pandemic and a social unrest that has ignited a national dialogue on systemic racism,” states a press release for

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3 Steps To Develop Grit, According To One Of The Army’s First Female Apache Pilots

The world isn’t always a welcoming and supportive place for our biggest dreams. In recent years and even more in recent months, it seems to throw one new challenge at us after another. In the face of a raging pandemic, waves of civil unrest, and growing division in our communities and homes, we’re all flush with excuses to sit back and set aside our goals this year.

So how are some people able to keep moving forward and pushing through challenges during tough times like these?

I had a chance recently to interview Shannon Huffman Polson, author of The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience, and Leadership in the Most Male-Dominated Organization in the World, to answer that question. 

At age nineteen, Polson became the youngest woman to climb Denali, and went on to summit Mt. Rainier and Mt. Kilimanjaro. She served

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‘Top 100 Female Founder’ and CEO of Joylux on her audacious promotion of pelvic floors



Colette Courtion posing for the camera: Colette Courtion, founder and CEO of Joylux. (Joylux Photo)


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Colette Courtion, founder and CEO of Joylux. (Joylux Photo)

Colette Courtion has staked her claim where tech innovation has largely feared to tread: women’s pelvic floors.

“People want to discount this body part as not being important or not wanting to talk about it,” said Courtion. “This is a part of the body that has been ignored.”

But roughly half of the world’s population have them and many would benefit from healthcare attention. So more than six years ago, Courtion launched Joylux, a Seattle-based startup that sells electronic devices that can help women strengthen their pelvic floor and improve their vaginal health.

The creation of Joylux came from a lucky coincidence of professional experience and personal life. Courtion had worked for nearly 15 years in beauty and anti-aging technologies, including serving as CEO of JeNu, which sells a device that uses ultra-sound energy to reduce

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Smartsheet sets sail in round-the-world race with female skipper, and its first sports sponsorship

British sailor Pip Hare and her yacht which is partially sponsored by Bellevue-based Smartsheet. (Instagram Photos via @piphareoceanracing)

In taking on its first sports sponsorship, Bellevue, Wash.-based collaborative work management company Smartsheet chose an athlete, sport and event which all key on buzzwords well suited to inspiring its own workforce and customers.

Determination. Problem-solving. Resilience.  

Pip Hare will need all of that and more as she sails around the world by herself in the non-stop Vendée Globe yacht race. She’s doing it in a boat that is partially sponsored by Smartsheet, whose name is emblazoned on the craft’s foresail.

The 24,296-mile race — billed as the greatest in the world and the “Everest of the seas” — started Nov. 8 in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. It has featured female skippers just seven times since 1989. Hare is among six women competing this year against 27 men.

“This is Smartsheet’s first

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Star Trek’s 1st female captain rises through Starfleet ranks in ‘The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway’

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the initial broadcast launch of “Star Trek: Voyager,” and the series continues to attract followers young and old to its intrepid outer space adventures and compelling cast of human and alien characters.



a close up of a bag: "The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway" by Uma McCormack


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“The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway” by Uma McCormack

One of the key figures in the sci-fi series’ success was actor Kate Mulgrew and her iconic portrayal of Captain Kathryn Janeway, whose struggles to achieve the respect and admiration of her crew and Starfleet resonated with audiences worldwide. Last month Nickelodeon and CBS Studios announced that Mulgrew will reprise her “Star Trek: Voyager” for Nickelodeon’s upcoming kids animated series “Star Trek: Prodigy” in 2021.

To delve further into her origin story, “The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway” (Titan Books) was recently published to chronicle her impressive career in Starfleet, from her first command to her perilous journey into the

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How Female Leaders Change Paths To Lead Towards The Future

Leadership of any company can be a challenge. Leadership often involves managing people that all have different personalities across different departments and needing to ensure that business goals are met. With all the smaller parts of a leadership position added in, there are many moving parts to the job.

When looking for inspiration in what others have done in their own leadership role, it might be a bit difficult to parse out specifics when there is such a wide variety of leaders out there. Looking at what some current top level leaders are doing can provide insight into what works effectively, giving a narrower scope to look at.

Consider New Paths

Lisa Su, the first female CEO of Advanced Micro Devices, took over the role in 2014. At the time, the company faced bankruptcy. AMD, under Su’s leadership, made the decision that

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Female entrepreneurs, businesses crushed during COVID-19 pandemic

  • At the start of the pandemic, 27% of women-run businesses were closed compared to only 20% of businesses run by men.
  • Female business owners are pulling a “double-double shift,” where they are struggling to keep both their families and small businesses afloat.
  • Nearly 25% of female small-business leaders said that they are spending six hours or more a day on domestic responsibilities, compared to only 11% of men.
  • But women business owners were 15% more likely to make more than half of their sales through online channels. They were also three times as likely to start or increase using digital tools during the pandemic.
  • Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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You’ve seen the signs in darkened windows on Main Street. You’ve seen them at half-empty malls, shuttered corner

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In mice, cadmium exposure during pregnancy linked to obesity in female offspring — ScienceDaily

In a mouse study aimed at modeling human exposure to the toxic metal cadmium, researchers from North Carolina State University found that female offspring of mice exposed to cadmium during pregnancy became obese in adulthood, developed fatty livers and could not process glucose normally. Male offspring were not affected in the same way. The study also sheds light on how cadmium exposure could affect mitochondrial function and developmental signaling pathways in the liver.

Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal. Environmental exposure commonly occurs from fossil fuel emissions, smoking, and some food and water sources. It is an accumulative toxin, meaning that at normal exposure levels, exposure must occur over years to produce toxic effects. However, there is compelling evidence in humans that relatively short-term developmental exposure to cadmium may increase risk for obesity and obesity-related conditions such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

To explore the hypothesis that developmental

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Barclays and Techstars Announce Initiative to Support Female Entrepreneurs

Female Founders First programme will provide 30 female founders from around the world with access to networks and business advice designed for scale

Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and British universal bank, Barclays, have today announced their partnership to launch Female Founders First, a unique programme designed to provide 30 trailblazing, female-led companies with resources to grow, scale, and advance their businesses.

The 30 selected founders—representing a wide range of industries including health care, legal, finance, e-commerce, and artificial intelligence—will receive access to mentorship and networking opportunities, a curriculum of workshops and roundtables, as well as perks and brand-strengthening initiatives designed to prepare them for their next rounds of funding or scaling efforts.

“Female founders all over the world have launched high-growth businesses that are on the verge of scale. These are high-value, investment-worthy companies, but research shows that breaking through has as much to do with

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In the Early Americas, Female Hunters Pursued Big Game, Study Suggests

In 1878 in Sweden, a 10th-century Viking warrior was discovered in a grave packed with weapons, hinting at high military status. The assumption for the next century was that this individual was male. Questions about the warrior’s sex arose in 1970s, and DNA analysis conclusively upended the belief in 2017, showing that the grave’s occupant was female. The sex determination took so long largely because modern assumptions about gender roles—in this case, that all high-status warriors are men–got in the way of the science.

Across the Atlantic in the Americas, early human burial sites are revealing a similar pattern: applying modern assumptions about gender roles can lead to misconceptions. In findings published on November 4 in Science Advances, Randall Haas, an anthropologist at the University of California, Davis, and his colleagues describe a 9,000-year-old burial site for a young female individual interred with big-game-hunting tools. When the researchers analyzed

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