Oh yeah!!! Did you know that Wharton tops the list for MBA Return on Investment???? Two years after graduation, Wharton alumni made a median salary of $169,200, net of federal student loans. That topped the list of more than 700 graduate programs in business administration, management, and operations analyzed by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, and is more than triple the median return among all MBAs
Earlier this month, WAFFA partnered with Beacon Networking for Life for a fascinating webinar with Dr. Ruth Shaber (Penn MD86). We know that less that 3 percent of venture capital is directed toward enterprises run by women. But what most investors don’t realize is that the data shows that when more women are involved in financial decision-making across all entities that make financial decisions, money is managed more efficiently and effectively, investments are more profitable, and companies and governments make better decisions that benefit individual investors and, ultimately, the overall economy. ICYMI, watch the webinar to understand the data and discover the power of The XX Edge. Check out Dr. Shaber’s new bookThe XX Edge: Unlocking Higher Returns and Lower Risk.
Congratulations to Natasha Charles (Penn06 GED09 WEV09 WEV10 GED14) of Intuitive Coaching with Natasha Charles who is included in a new anthology called Sacred Promise, led by best-selling author and Oprah Winfrey’s all-time favorite guest, Dr. Tererai Trent. Natasha Charles is part of a collaboration of 36 women sharing stories and inspiring women to overcome their fears and commit to realizing their dreams. Read more about Natasha here, and you can learn more and buy the book here.
If you joined our FemTech Webinar on 3/30 – you will have met Parla Founder and CEO Lina Chan (WG09). She recently shared this great news: “I am beyond excited to share the news that Parla has been acquired by Holland & Barrett. This is a huge step in our mission to improve women’s access to health and wellbeing and normalise the often taboo topics that surround womens health – from infertility, pregnancy loss, our periods and beyond!”
Shout-out to Eleanor Health CEO and Co-founder Corbin Petro (WG09) who was recently chosen as one of two dozen Journey Fellows, a group of amazing women who will embark on a super prestigious and highly selective year-long leadership program. The multiplier effect of JOURNEY will be many more women at the top, profoundly helping to solve pressing global challenges.
Interesting article about Earth Heir Founder and CEO Sasibai Kimis (W00), one of an incredible group of women in Malaysia who are championing sustainability through their businesses. Sasibai says, “The whole idea of Earth Heir is that everyone on this planet is an heir of this Earth. So we have a responsibility to make sure that we are using the resources that involve humans, animals, and the Earth that is not damaging to anyone.”
Congratulations to Mocktail Club’s Founder and CEO Pauline Idogho (WG10) – her drinks made Bloomberg’s ‘Best of’ list for “Canned Drinks for Summer Parties that refresh without Guilt.” And, to top it off, Pauline won a Black Ambition Prize from Pharrell Williams last year!
Don’t miss Sam Rudolph (W04), CEO and Co-Founder of Babyation, on the podcast Startups in Stilettos. Babyation is a a venture-backed startup with a mission of “creating game-changing products and judgment-free conversations to build a community that supports, elevates, and unites women through all the roles they juggle – including being a mom”. Sam talks about the inspiration behind Babyation, how she was able to turn an idea into a business, and what valuable lessons she’s learned on her entrepreneurial journey. Listen here!
Great article in Forbes about the co-founders of Dagne Dover and how the company is meeting consumer demand for sustainable fashion. Melissa Mash (WG12) co-founder and CEO says she remembers reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau in high school and learning about the concept of “sleep-walking through life.” It had a profound impact on her. “For me, pursuing a career that I’ve created for myself is the best way I’ve been able to achieve the feeling of freedom. Having pursued entrepreneurship, I can choose how I keep my work ever-changing and fulfilling.”
A big shout-out to Katherine Sizov (P19) CEO and co-founder of Strella Biotechnology, who just announced $8mm in new funding. That brings its total funding to date to $11.5 billion with backers that include Google Ventures and Mark Cuban. Strella has developed a device that monitors the condition of harvested produce to help reduce food waste. Read more in GeekWire.