You have an entrepreneurial spirit, and you are eager to bring your new product or service into the marketplace, but did you know that about 50 percent of new businesses in the United States fail in their first five years? Gallup research finds that the success of a new business has a lot to do with the person behind the launch of the venture. One of the best ways to drive future performance is for prospective founders to take the time to educate themselves about best practices and to learn from the mistakes of others. You can learn a lot from those who have successfully—or unsuccessfully—navigated the startup terrain.
The following post details a professional development session that took place during the annual #BlogHer15 conference in New York City July 16-18. A meeting of brilliant female media minds, #BlogHer15 is considered the world’s largest conference for women content creators. It lived up to its reputation of being an authentic, inspiring and informative symposium that succeeded in highlighting the power of women in the business world. This is MBA@UNC's recap of the conversation that took place during the session “You as a Brand: Breaking Free to Build a More Authentic, Meaningful Personal Brand.”
Why do companies value MBAs? It is a valid question that many MBA candidates are curious about, and rightfully so. The job market is strong: Nine out of every 10 employers surveyed by the Graduate Management Admission Council, the administrator of the GMAT, say they expect to maintain or increase the number of job openings for business school graduates in 2015. A majority of these employers also plan to increase starting annual base salaries for new hires this year. The demand for MBAs is clearly there, but what is it that makes MBA graduates so employable?
The growing impact of women entrepreneurs is evident today. Women-owned firms account for almost 30 percent of all businesses and one in five women-owned firms tout revenue of $1 million or more, according to research conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and its Center for Women in Business in 2014.
In the competitive 21st century marketplace, it’s more important than ever to keep your sales skills sharp. Regardless of how busy you are, podcasts provide an opportunity to continue learning without disrupting your daily routine. However, there’s a dizzying number of sales podcasts to choose from, so we’ve compiled a list of 10 podcasts that are well worth your time.
On our last day in London, the weekend case competition in the Consulting track came to a close with final team presentations. In the Globalization Strategy track, the topic on Day Three shifted to global financial markets - the day was highlighted by two speakers: Barclay’s Mike Di Iorio and Dean Doug Shackelford of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.