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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 [...]

What’s the Business Case? It’s not rocket science.*

2018-10-25T21:24:22+00:00September 18th, 2017|Diversity and Inclusion|

I’m writing this for readers like me who keep these links handy for whenever anyone asks, “What’s the Business Case?” for economically empowering women. I’ve worked in this space for years and every time I think that maybe the question has been answered and retired for good, a reason pops up to trot out all [...]