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Money and the New Majority Entrepreneurs

2019-02-12T19:44:20+00:00February 12th, 2019|Diversity and Inclusion|

Above. (L-R) Meher Rehman, herDomain, Lemaire Stewart and Kyle Miller, Goodfynd discuss traction at Seed Spot's Impact Accelerator. Credit: Seed Spot. As I pulled together what I've been up to over the past couple of weeks since my last post, the through line was money. In the past few weeks I've been a teach and [...]

Women-Owned Wrap Up: 2018

2018-12-12T22:02:47+00:00December 12th, 2018|12PointFive News, Certification, Diversity and Inclusion|

As we close out the year, I've been busy with clients ramping up for 2019. In reflecting on what I've been able to accomplish this year, I'm proud of a few goals I've achieved and am setting some new goals for 2019 myself. One of my WBE clients has closed business with a new corporate [...]

You Had a Matchmaker. Now What? Tips for Women-Owned Businesses

2018-11-08T20:31:48+00:00November 8th, 2018|Certification, Diversity and Inclusion, Tips and Advice|

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsdLEkAxHxk Last month, I joined up with Cass Bailey of Slice Communications for a webinar titled You Had a Matchmaker. Now What?  A matchmaker is a one-on-one meeting between a certified women's business enterprise (WBE) and corporate representative at a national WBENC event or a regional event from one of WBENC's Regional Partner Organizations [...]

Introducing: A Blueprint for Diversity and Inclusion

2018-10-25T21:24:11+00:00September 11th, 2018|12PointFive News, Diversity and Inclusion|

The vision of 12PointFive is to help companies transform their workplaces and achieve diversity and inclusion goals for greater business outcomes. Diversity is correlated with a happier workforce and higher profits. There is a clear business case for diversity as a business imperative, not just a social one.  And yet, many companies are not driving [...]

Maximize Certification: Don’t Leave Money on the Table

2018-10-25T21:24:17+00:00April 24th, 2018|12PointFive News, Diversity and Inclusion, Tips and Advice|

This post is part 2 of 2 posts on the Beacon report.  I recently wrote about attending the release of Beacon DC's Building Inclusive Ecosystems with Intentionality report.  I was happy but not surprised to see that certification was highlighted as a major resource for women business owners which is underutilized by area businesses. In [...]

Beacon DC: Building Inclusive Ecosystems with Intentionality

2018-10-25T21:24:18+00:00April 23rd, 2018|12PointFive News, Diversity and Inclusion|

This post is part 1 of 2 posts on the Beacon DC report. Last week I went to the release of Beacon DC's report "Building Inclusive Ecosystems with Intentionality: A Strategy to Support DC's Women Founders" held at Google Headquarters in downtown DC. You may know Beacon as the organization that supports women entrepreneurs in [...]

Black Panther and What We’ve Been Missing

2018-10-25T21:24:19+00:00March 8th, 2018|Diversity and Inclusion|

The best thing I've done so far to celebrate Women's History Month was seeing Black Panther in the theater. As soon as it started I became one of the scores of people thrilled by what I saw on screen - a terrific superhero movie, a showcase of black excellence, and an army of black women [...]

FAQs: Is certification just a U.S. thing?

2018-10-25T21:24:21+00:00November 13th, 2017|Diversity and Inclusion|

This is the second in a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about certification. To see the first post on U.S. certifications, click here. Is certification just a U.S. thing? The answer to this question, like so many others, is "it depends."  If you are certified through NGLCC, NMSDC, and/or WBENC, there are options for [...]

FAQs: You’ve done the work to get certified, now make your certifications work for you

2018-10-25T21:24:22+00:00October 12th, 2017|Diversity and Inclusion|

Over the years working with small businesses, a frequent complaint I hear is that a company has one or several certifications but that certification hasn't "worked." For some, the process of certification was too much work to even complete the application. For others, leveraging the certification was too time consuming or simply didn't become a [...]