It’s been a tough year for everyone, especially business owners, so it’s no surprise that pandemic coverage dominates this list. You’ll find plenty of tips to manage your business during these unprecedented times, but there’s also lots of inspiration to keep you going — like our list of great feminist books you can read at home.
Here are the most-read stories on The Story Exchange in 2020.
At The Story Exchange, inspirational women entrepreneurs are our business and our passion. But we have a special place in our hearts for the business owners featured below, who on top of being successful founders are also some of the most respected athletes, political figureheads, musicians and performers going.
We’ve gathered up nine of our favorite motivational quotes from these seriously successful, seriously famous role models. In just a few words, these well-known women share all that they’ve learned about perseverance, patience, and finding strength — in others, and in yourself.
The online resource has partnered with the CEO and chairwoman of the Garcia Companies and TGC Management to offer grants to Latinx business owners.
Hello Alice, a Houston-based digital platform backed by Melinda Gates, has partnered with entertainment mogul Dany Garcia to launch the Latinx The Mosaic grant program. The businesswoman will award $100,000 in total to Latinx small and new businesses through short-term financial grants.
The platform previously rolled out emergency grants of $10,000 each as they become available to a limited number of small businesses struggling because of Covid-19.
Sarah Gilbert, a UK-based scientist, is working around the clock with her team to find a vaccine for Covid-19 by fall.
Sarah Gilbert, co-founder of UK-based Vaccitech and a professor of Vaccinology at the University of Oxford, has been charged with overseeing a promising effort to rapidly develop a vaccine for Covid-19.
In the spirit of #AmplifyBlackVoices, we feature black female entrepreneurs who are true examples of resilience.
First, the good news: Black women are starting up at higher rates than any other demographic group.
The 2012 Survey of Business Owners published by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that black women ran 1.5 million firms in the 5-year stretch it monitored. This accounted for 60 percent of all black-owned ventures and 29 percent of women-run firms in existence during that time. Additional research also revealed the reason: These entrepreneurs sought to forge professional pathways free of discrimination — to open doors not only for themselves, but others as well.
The Story Exchange staff shares recommendations for women entrepreneurs seeking feminist reads to pass the time.
Boredom is, admittedly, the least of our concerns as the novel coronavirus continues to spread around the country, and the world.
Still, there is something to be said for keeping our minds sharp and engaged. So for women entrepreneurs who find themselves with all the spare time they could ever want — and then some — we’ve compiled a list of our favorite books by women authors. Some are fiction; some are nonfiction. Some will make you laugh; others will make you cry; and all of them will make you think. And each one comes to us from smart, gifted women authors, many of whom won awards for their work.
From vaccine developments to vital testing kits, women in the science world are making critical strides in helping humanity combat the novel coronavirus.
As time — and the coronavirus crisis — goes on, we’re starting to see small glimmers of hope for a cure, and an end. And several of these flashes come thanks to women innovators.
Female scientists and founders have been making strides on vaccines, testing kits, infectious disease prevention and more, to the benefit of, well, everyone. This work couldn’t be more critical — as of publication, just under 1.4 million cases of Covid-19 had been reported in the United States alone.
Months into the pandemic, many of us are still working from home. Here’s advice from expert Barbara Weltman.
For those working remotely from their homes, it’s all too easy to become distracted or waste time needed for work. I’ve been working from a home office for more than 30 years and have developed some personal techniques for time management.
We asked women business owners to tell us how they’re preparing for a potential global pandemic.
How does one prepare for an outbreak?
First off, refrain from panicking — though it’s certainly understandable, given the headlines dominating the news cycle. But panic — either frenzied actions not rooted in logic, or analysis paralysis propelled by anxiety — is not going to help matters. Deep breaths.
Need something smart — or just plain fun — in your life right now? Don’t we all. To help, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite podcasts.
As we go from labeling our time in quarantine in days to weeks — and then months, surely — we continue to look for ways to stay sharp while also passing time.
After an ad from the five-year-old startup was rejected by ABC, women were able to vent their frustration on social media.
But the story doesn’t end there. The company behind the ad — a startup called Frida that sells products for new moms and babies, founded by Chelsea Hirschhorn — has turned the controversy into a marketing ploy, broadcasting the commercial on Instagram and scoring blockbuster levels of engagement.