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women in business

The information technology industry is one of America's most thriving sectors, according to a plethora of industry experts
It felt like a lovely bit of serendipity that Mila Kunis released an inspiring piece about pushing back against misogyny in the entertainment business, and shortly afterwards, inspiring new visuals for the Wonder Woman movie were released. Women are taking a stand, on the screen and in real life.
We need to be selective about which situations to give our full power to, in order to prevent our strengths from becoming weaknesses. To calibrate where and how much to expend. This necessitates knowing our self, knowing our audience, evaluating each circumstance, and ultimately... exercising judgement.
Confidence is intimidating, but it shouldn't be. Why should I feel guilty about being happy with myself? I have flaws, sure, but I am not a mess. So why do I participate in mess culture? Why, at brunch, do I feel obligated to chime in with a self-disparaging comment? There is no reason to participate in something that downplays what I have to offer.
That night I wrote my business plan, signed a lease in Toronto's up-and-coming Queen West neighbourhood without financing (!), and went to the bank for a Canadian small business loan. A few short months later The Ten Spot Beauty Bar was born.
We have generations of women in our lives to thank for creating the strength of a women's movement; but until now, it hasn't always included conversations about emotional wellness.
A few weeks ago, I was invited to fancy gala and immediately dismissed the invite because I'm not fancy. However, a dear friend convinced me to attend and take her as my plus one. The event celebrated Canada's leading female entrepreneurs with a cocktail evening where the winner of the Business Women Award (BWA) and New Generation Award (NGA) were to be selected and announced.
Subtly, through the years we have been indoctrinated to view the world through a patriarchal lens. In virtually every sector those who select the protagonist, choose the narrative, act as distributor and pen the review, have endorsed or subscribed to a traditional masculine value system.
In México, extraordinary wealth and heart-breaking poverty exist side by side. It is a land of harsh contradictions -- skyscrapers and wood houses, modern-day Internet and illiteracy. Years ago, when I used to think about this, I always asked myself; with all our diverse natural resources and hard-working labor force, why are we in this situation?
Without question, having a mentor will enhance the effectiveness of our leadership skills immensely. This is especially true when the methods and management style of the mentor differ and contrast from our own. It is only when we challenge our conditioning by accepting new and different approaches to work and life that we truly grow.