Hedda Bolgar, Proof that Old Age is Not a Death Sentence

Hedda Bolgar works as a therapist 4 days a week and teaches on the fifth. On the sixth we presume that she issues light from her fingertips and takes the requisite nap on Sunday. She’s 102 years old!

In 1974, she founded the Wright Institute in Los Angeles, a nonprofit mental health training and service center that includes the Hedda Bolgar Psychotherapy Clinic, which treats people who can’t afford quality mental health services.

She credits her longevity to a life and career committed to causes that are important. “What I grew up with was, if there’s an unmet need in the world, you try to meet it, and if there’s a problem, you try to solve it.”

On her own 9-5 now she says “there’s dignity and purpose in work, and grace in aging.” It all seems to come from the way she was raised.

These notions are particularly relevant to the entrepreneurs among us– keep trucking and keep doing it for the right reasons!

-JM

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David Parish on Creative Industries

Ladiesladiesladies- here’s David Parrish offering five pieces of advice about how creative entrepreneurs can make their creative and digital businesses even more successful:
1. Define Success – in your own terms, with your own specific and unique definition of success.
2. Understand your Strengths – especially your strengths in relation to competitors. Focus on strengths.
3. Choose your Customers. Not all customers are good customers. Choose customers carefully.
4. Manage intellectual property. Use copyright, design right, trade marks and patents not only to protect your rights but also to generate income through sales and licensing.
5. Be clear about what you want to grow. Grow in the right way. Grow the right things.

Parrish helps creative and digital businesses become even more successful by bringing together creative people (T-Shirts) with smart business thinking (Suits)- he is the author of the book “T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity.”

-JM

Movers and Changers

Entrepreneurial Barnard women should be kept privy to important events, aside from just Founder’s Day Barbeque in Hewitt.  The Entrepreneurship House is excited to tell our readers about, ‘Movers & Changers‘, a nationwide challenge to find the next cohort of top entrepreneurs. The program is in its third year and flourishing.

Competition finalists will be featured in the mtvU short-form series, premiering this fall on mtvU. Two finalists will ring The Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange, marking the beginning of Global Entrepreneurship week, and one of them will eat their cake too: a whopping $25,000 in startup money.

Marisa Ricciardi, Senior Vice President, NYSE Euronext Global Head of Marketing calls the competition the “perfect platform for college students to express their creativity, showcase their inventive ideas and realize their dreams.” Carlo Dimarco, Senior ice President of mtvU University Relations, said that “America’s colleges are incubators for some of the most innovative and successful business ideas in the world.”

-JM

Read Columbia’s Own, The Eye

Check out The Eye magazine in print, or here for an interview with Catherine Orenstein– journalist, social entrepreneur, and writer on issues pertaining to women, pop culture, mythology, human rights, and politics. Founder and director of the The OpEd Project, an initiative to expand the pool of contributors to the op-ed pages of major print and online forums, she discusses why in the ever increasing evidence-regime of modern journalism that opinion pages still matter, why the public sphere is want for opinions from women, and undergraduates need to take the reigns in this trail-blazing.

Competition on the Pitch and Beyond

Founder and executive director of Row New York (a rowing and academic program for girls), Amanda Kraus was asked“How important is it that competition be a part of your program for girls?” The inquisition was part of the Women’s Sport’s Foundation’s research into girl’s sports programs in New York City, on whose panel Amanda sits. When asked the same question, Amanda reports that her colleagues systematically avoided the value of competition for girls entirely, instead focusing on building “safe spaces” for girls to exercise.  Amanda contends that in sports, in college and beyond, “It’s only in being competitive that we ask ourselves to lean in, to go beyond where we are comfortable, to make an effort and see what results.” Competitiveness, a quality from which women tend to stray from in the business world, can be a dangerous game. Yet when it can be isolated from the individual level, and cultivated by a group, the team tends to win on the field and at the office.

 

-JM

Three Things that Entrepreneurs Do

The Entrepreneurship House is into this video released by the Kauffman Foundation- same guys behind Global Entrepreneurship Week taking place this November 14-20!

Wangari Maathai Dies at 71

The Entrepreneurship House would like to extend our deep regrets for the loss of Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning environmentalist activist Wangari Maathai, who died of ovarian cancerat just 71 years old.

Known for becoming the first East African woman to earn a doctorate, she later began a life-long commitment to appreciate and cultivate the environment. In her native Kenya she established a program designed to empower women and their role in environmental change. Known as the Green Belt Movement, which is still vibrant today, women volunteered to plant trees throughout her native Kenya to impede erosion and provide firewood.

Before struggles with cancer even began, Maathai was used to difficult trials. Maathai’s cause was at the interface of the environment and the diminutive perception of women in Kenya. With the advent of the GBM she said the government “realized that we were organizing women, so they started interfering with our organizing.” Ultimately Maathai was beaten by police, defamed by President Moi, left by her husband because she was “strong-minded for a woman.” On moments when her public reputation was smeared, Maathai credits outdated gender roles for African women, saying: “It was easy to persecute me without people feeling ashamed. It was easy to vilify me and project me as a woman who was not following the tradition of a ‘good African woman’…It was easy for me to be ridiculed and for both men and women to perceive that maybe I’m a bit crazy because I’m educated in the West and I have lost some of my basic decency as an African woman — as if being educated was something bad.” \

When Moi stepped down in 2002, Maathai was elected to parliament and three years later, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

-JM

David Lerner, EVENT TONIGHT!

To name a few of his day jobs, David B. Lerner is the director of the Venture Lab at Columbia University Tech Ventures, angel investor, and community organizer. By night the author of www.DavidBLerner.com. It’s safe to say that Mr. Lerner eat, sleeps and breathes the business of entrepreneurship, which is exactly why Barnard’s own Entrepreneurship House is so honored to host him. Tonight from 6-7pm, a night of snacks and conversation with this expert in the field will be our first official event, after he will gives the group a briefing on his own professional trajectory and his notions on entrepreneurship in this modern world of big corporations and an ever-diminishing little guy. If you have questions, bring them to 616 Lounge!

-JM

Happy Birthday Victoria Woodhull!

The Entrepreneurship House would like to extend the warmest happy birthday to a sister no longer with us. Today marks the anniversary of Victoria Woodhull’s birthday. She got her start in 1828, first with birth and then becoming a preeminent leader in America’s suffrage movement. She accomplished many, many things, including being the first woman to run for president. !!!!!!!!

-JM

6 Workplace Strategies for Women

Lately this blog has been elaborating on much-vaunted research which indicates that  more women than men, that it doesn’t benefit women to act just like men at work. However, if men still hold most of the tour-de-force jobs and salaries in the perpetual wage gap, focusing on the differences between mens and women’s behavior must be of some value. Check out Meghan Neal’s 6 suggestions on the topic, starting with number 1: Think You’re Awesome!

-JM

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