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Recap: Waffa event with Founder/CEO, Madison Reed

We had an amazing Fireside Chat with Amy Errett of Madison Reed recently! We are so grateful for the time and energy Amy shared with us.

We learned that one of the key success factors of Madison Reed is Amy’s devotion to uplifting people. Her mission has been to provide an empowering new option: gorgeous, high-quality, Smart 8-Free, Leaping Bunny Certified hair color with ingredients you can feel good about. And at the end of the day what Madison Reed truly symbolizes is empowerment and self esteem; it’s not just about the product.

Amy shared with us her trials and tribulations and we saw how being vulnerable and understanding who you are, will allow each of us to reach our full potential. Some key lessons learned: 

  • Shatter your own glass ceiling. Read the book “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks. 
  • Make sure if you partner with people, it is a strategic partnership. (She told us a great story about working with existing partners to help solve the company’s supply chain issues in their factories in Italy during the Pandemic) 
  • Truly learn what your customers need. Amy listened in to every customer service call for over a year and a half.
  • Love your people. Amy is committed to the stylists and employees at Madison Reed.
  • Be authentically you. Every night ask yourself “Am I good with me”? 
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WorkWhile partners with Bringg

More good news for WorkWhile and CEO/Founder Jarah Euston (WG09 plus Jarah co-founded WAFFA!). WorkWhile is an hourly labor technology platform and FreightWaves reports: Bringg and WorkWhile have launched a gig driver network to provide on-demand workers for last-mile delivery. 

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Sanaby Health + SPAC

Sandra Shpilberg (WG02), Founder, CEO & Board Director of Sanaby Health: “We’re continuing our work at Sanaby Health  to find a great company to take public via SPAC merger.” Find out more here.

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GMA feature on Incredible Health

Fascinating segment on ABC’s Good Morning America about Dr. Iman Abuzeid (WG13) – Co-Founder and CEO of Incredible Health. Dr. Abuzeid takes us inside her $1B startup focused on combating the national nursing shortage, and her journey as a woman of color in the entrepreneur space.

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Prestige Malaysia “40 Under 40”

A HUGE shout-out to the incredible Harsha Ravindran (LPS23) who was recently featured on Prestige Malaysia’s 40 Under 40 List for most successful, innovative and influential young people in 2022 for her work with Ascendance and StartMyName. (Prestige is one of Asia’s most influential business publications and their 40 Under 40 is similar to the Forbes list). Read more about this amazing Wharton undergrad (!!!) in our interview with Harsha here.

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Wharton MBA #1 on ROI

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

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The XX Edge Webinar

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.

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“Sacred Promise” Anthology

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.

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Parla acquired by Holland & Barrett

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!”

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Eleanor Health founder chosen as Journey Fellow

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.