Welcome to our second edition of Let’s Connect – Closing Deals in Heels which focuses on women in leadership roles!
Women-owned businesses are powerful engines that create jobs in the American economy, as they are the fastest-growing segment of new businesses.According to the 2019 “State of Women-Owned Businesses Report” by American Express, “Between 2014 and 2019, the number of women-owned businesses climbed 21% to a total of nearly 13 million.” And while the annual growth rate for all firms was a healthy 2.1%, the growth rate for women-owned businesses was a whopping 5%!
As a woman business owner, I know that we support each other and enjoy seeing the successes of women as they climb the corporate ladder or start their own ventures. This year, we are featuring successful women from several walks of life. Each woman shares insights and advice on everything from leadership in the workplace to work-life balance to life-changing books. Plus, Una Martone, President and CEO of Leadership Harrisburg Area, offers her aspirational and inspirational take on women in leadership. As she says, “The community needs your leadership and the world needs you to make a difference!” Martone also points out that while only 20% of board seats are held by women at S&P 500 companies, that’s huge progress from just a few years ago. Now, most S&P 500 companies have at least one woman on their board.
We hope you will enjoy reading about these women, and if you are a woman at the helm of your own business, or if you know one, please contact me to be included in our next issue.
Finally, please consider doing business with the women spotlighted in this 2020 edition as well as our advertisers. It is up to the women of Central PA to make this tool a valuable resource. Please share it with others and help us continue to grow by participating in our 2021 issue.
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