The Ascent of Woman Series-Girls Gotta Do Business: The Rising Force of Women Entrepreneurs (8/3/2010)


The evolving status of women in the world today will be explored at The Commonwealth Club throughout the month of August in the series The Ascent of Woman.

Through speakers, panels, films and art, we will examine this transformational period in women's history, this dramatic shift from the expectation of our mothers' choices, to how we work and live today in ways that reach out through our families and communities to reverberate throughout the nation.

The Ascent of Woman series will illuminate women's lives today, where women are redefining what a 'woman's place' will be.

Girls Gotta Do Business: The Rising Force of Women Entrepreneurs

Alison Covarrubias, Co-founder, The Hatch Network, SF
Baat Enosh, Entrepreneur Alliance Program Director, NCWIT; VP of Operations, Women 2.0
Ayesha Mathews-Wadhwa, Director, Savor the Success, SF Bay Area
Julie Abrams, CEO, Women's Initiative for Self Employment
Cathy Curtis, Financial Advisor, Curtis Financial Planning – Moderator

The exponential growth of women-owned businesses has been in the news for well over 20 years. More than a quarter of a million women in the U.S. own businesses with revenue exceeding $1 million. Demographics have played a role: female empty nesters, corporate escapees and the newly laid off are flexing their entrepreneurial muscle. However, there are some studies that indicate that women-owned businesses on average generate less revenue than businesses owned by men. Panelists will explore this issue and more, and give insight on how women entrepreneurs can get to the next level of success.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on August 3, 2010.