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Don’t Presume It’s No Without Asking

Successful women presume that the answer will be yes. By Rania Anderson (Co-Founder, Women's Capital Connection)

Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, coined the phrase “Don’t leave before you leave” to describe how women sometimes self-sabotage their own career advancement by taking themselves out of consideration for new job or promotion opportunities because they are considering having a baby.

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How To Make Tiny Changes For Greater Career Success

What small adjustment or change could you or do you want to make in your personal in professional life? By Rania Anderson (Co-Founder, Women's Capital Connection)

The idiom “Put your best foot forward” generally refers to making a great impression. But, watching Aries Merritt — the 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medalist in the 110 meter hurdles — made me think of different use for the phrase.

In an interview with NBC, Aries credited his arrival to the top of his game to a small change in the way he starts a race. Rather than starting his race with his right foot, he now starts with his left foot. This tiny adjustment, while not noticeable to most people, changed his stride, allowed him to “run to the best of his ability”

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Interview With Tamara Abdel Jaber, Jordanian Woman CEO Who Founded And Runs High-Growth Business Palma

My mentor taught me that Jordan is a small market. He encouraged me to go beyond our borders and focus on the region at large by looking at Egypt, Syria, West Bank, and all over. By Rania Anderson (Co-Founder, Women's Capital Connection)

Flashback to 10 years ago: A 26 year old entrepreneur begins her own business and technology consulting company. In the Middle East, IT is largely known as a male-dominated field, so what was she thinking? Who was this young woman asking to meet with high-profile companies? Their curiosity got the best of them; they just had to meet this anomaly for themselves.

Fast-forward to today: Tamara Abdel-Jaber is the CEO of her company, Palma, with 22 full-time employees and 150 contractors across the Middle East.

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Women Make Friends, Men Make Business

Business networking interactions are intended to result in business! By Rania Anderson (Co-Founder, Women's Capital Connection)

One of the most cited and real barriers to women’s professional and business success relates to networking: not enough, not the right type, and not enough access. The other problem some women have is how they interact at networking events.

When I observe women (myself included) at networking events globally and coach women about networking, I most often see and hear women exhibit almost a singular focus on connecting with people and building relationships, practically at the expense of getting referrals and doing business.

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Meet Maria Carolina Cintra, Founder Of Kingo Labs In Brazil

You should constantly be asking people about salary. Go ahead - ask. By Rania Anderson (Co-Founder, Women's Capital Connection)

Maria Carolina Cintra always wanted to have her own company. Knowing there are only a handful of Brazilian female tech entrepreneurs, she has used her internet savvy to change that.

Cintra is the founder and Innovation Director of Kingo Labs, the first company in Latin America to develop its own reality mining applications, collecting and analyzing data through mobile devices.

In efforts to support other women entrepreneurs, she and a group of like-minded, trailblazing girlfriends started

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10 Competencies Of Successful Women Entrepreneurs In Developing Countries

Empretec’s formula for success is built around 10 Personal Entrepreneurial Competencies. By Rania Anderson (Co-Founder, Women's Capital Connection)

Melissa De León, founder of Panama Gourmet, a company which produces gluten-free foods, just won the 2012 UNCTAD Empretec Women in Business Award. This award honors businesswomen from developing countries who have founded successful firms, created jobs, and become role models in their communities. The finalists for this year’s award were women from Brazil, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Jordan, Nigeria, Panama, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

A focus on 10 key entrepreneurial competencies was key to her success.

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Know Your Worth: 3 Steps To Determining Your Value

You should constantly be asking people about salary. Go ahead - ask. By Rania Anderson (Co-Founder, Women's Capital Connection)

"Let me say it again: You are not prepared unless you know the market value of your contributions. I can’t stress this enough. Why is it such a big secret? Seriously. What are you worth? What I’ve learned is, you should constantly be asking people about salary. Really wrap your arms around what work is worth what, The more you talk to people and the closer you get to them, the more they will tell you. Go ahead — ask.” - Mika Brzezinski, Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth

Women are often told that they need to do a better job negotiating their level of compensation. The advice often leaves out a critical

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Do You Cry Like Steve Jobs?

By Rania Anderson (Co-Founder, Women's Capital Connection) The news about the latest iPad and Apple’s dividend payout these past few days has gotten me thinking again about the genius of Steve Jobs.

When I read Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson last fall, I was struck by three aspects of his life that seemed to me to hold valuable career advice and lessons for women professionals and entrepreneurs.

  1. Steve Jobs cried a lot! Apparently he cried when he was happy, mad, sad, or frustrated. Now, crying is not (in and of itself) a thing of which to be proud, and tears... Read More...
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Women’s Capital Connection: Changing The Face Of Angel Investing (Women Angel Investors)

By Rania Anderson (Co-Founder, Women's Capital Connection) At a time when media coverage and conversations about angel investing revolve around how few women-led businesses have access to capital and on expiring tax credits for angel investors, I am reminded of a question posed by Barbara Stanny in her book, Secrets of Six-Figure Women:

“What if we turned our attention from what’s wrong with the system and instead analyzed what’s working for those who are succeeding? We would not be ignoring the problems, we would be merely shifting our perspective.”

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