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Girl Boss alert: Victoria Arlen Named BeautyKind’s First Brand Ambassador

BeautyKind (www.beautykindgives.com), the online prime beauty retailer that gives 5% of the product purchase price on each and every purchase to a charity of its customers’ choice at no additional cost, has named world-renowned speaker and ESPN personality Victoria Arlen as its first brand ambassador. In this inaugural role, Victoria, Founder/ Co-Chair of Victoria’s Victory Foundation, will serve as a BeautyKind spokesperson to increase brand awareness and support the BeautyKind mission.

Diagnosed with two rare conditions, Transverse Myelitis and Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis, as a child, Victoria was left without the ability to speak, eat, walk or move. Despite spending nearly four years essentially “locked” inside of her own body and experiencing paralysis from the waist down, Victoria tenaciously defied odds and medical expectations, eventually recovering and walking again.

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Inspired to support and encourage others as friends and loved ones did for her during her journey, Victoria launched her namesake non-profit to provide assistance, support and resources to individuals waging their own personal victories against a range of life-changing diagnoses. 

“I am so excited to be partnering with BeautyKind. Blessed is truly an understatement when I try to find the words of what this means to my foundation and me. My mission is simple – to help others,” Victoria said.

“When you are struck with a disability, there is no manual. Victoria’s Victory Foundation serves as a resource to a community that is often overlooked, because they are disabled. We want to empower them to be their best, gain their strength and change their course to be able to lead impactful lives,” she said. “Partnering with a company like BeautyKind is a natural fit for me because I love makeup and its ability to transform how you feel, both inside and out. And to be the brand ambassador and support a company built on the core values of kindness and giving back is an honor.” 

Victoria’s passion for helping others and her inspiring presence made her a natural choice to become BeautyKind’s first brand ambassador.

“When Victoria shared her excitement for our mission here at BeautyKind, we were ecstatic. And when she expressed interest in working with us on upcoming initiatives, we knew we were about to embark on something monumental with a very special soul,” said BeautyKind’s Interim CEO Neil Waterman.

“Victoria truly defines what being beautiful, both inside and out, is all about. Her passion to help others and make the world a kinder place is refreshingly authentic. We are so grateful to have someone so inspired by BeautyKind’s mission to partner with us, and not for compensation, but instead, to help positively impact others. We truly could not have asked for a kinder or more devoted and engaging advocate to be our first brand ambassador,” added Waterman.

 

 
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Girl Boss Alert: Bustle Announces Inaugural Rule Breakers Event with Headliner Janelle Monáe

Bustle Digital Group, the premier digital destination for millennial women, announces the launch of their inaugural Rule Breakers event taking place in New York City on September 22 at Lefrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park.

Rule Breakers is a day-long, immersive experience celebrating music, culture, fashion, and lifestyle, that will open the door for thousands of attendees to explore the pages of Bustle IRL. Produced by Flavorpill, guests will have unprecedented access to exclusively crafted experiences in partnership with top global brands, from group meditation to retro roller skating, rotating food vendors, a '90s nostalgia party, and more.

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Guests will also have an intimate view of live musical performances throughout the day featuring all female leads including GRAMMY-nominated music duo Sofi Tukker, DJ Samantha Ronson, DJ, Director and Designer Va$htie and headlined by GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter, Janelle Monáe, who will be sharing top hits from her latest album DIRTY COMPUTER. "Consumers today are seeking more than the traditional brand experience or OneNote event," said Jason Wagenheim, Chief Revenue Officer at Bustle Digital Group.

"For Rule Breakers, we have identified key partnerships with brands that align with our Bustle readers and the things they care about mostly. Rule Breakers gives brands, and Bustle, the opportunity to reach an audience that covets and value first-hand conversations and immersive experiences, leaving a lasting impression."

Rule Breakers will launch with a multi-platform social campaign leading up to a dedicated digital issue in August, where Bustle editors will reveal the Rule Breakers 2018 list featuring cover star Janelle Monáe, showcasing women and non-binary individuals from all backgrounds, lifestyles, identities, and fields, who are defying expectations, traditions, and the status quo.

"At Bustle, we have always celebrated women who have broken boundaries to achieve amazing things, but Rule Breakers gives us a chance to celebrate them in real life," said Bustle Digital Group Editor-in-Chief Kate Ward. "We are not only excited for readers to learn about our Rule Breakers in our August digital issue, but also to meet up with members of the Bustle community for an unforgettable and inspiring event." Bustle's Rule Breakers is presented alongside top supporting brands including HP Inc., 1850 by Folgers, Fossil, Visa, Sony Pictures' film The Girl in the Spider's Web and more.

More guests, performers, sponsors, and exhibitors are going to be announced in the coming months. For more information about tickets, please see here. Stay in the know by following on social and #RuleBreakers2018

 
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New Kabbage Data Shows 85 Percent of Small Business Owners Believe They Achieved the American Dream

 Kabbage, Inc., global financial services, technology and data platform serving small businesses, released data today showing 85 percent of small business owners believe being your own boss and owning a business is achieving the American Dream. A nearly identical 84 percent of more than 1,000 U.S. small business owners hope their children one day become small business owners. 

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When asked why they wish their children become business owners, the top responses included:  

  • Turning their passion into a career (38 percent)
  • Being their own boss allows them to control their schedule (24 percent)
  • Starting and building a company is rewarding (22 percent)

To recognize the dream that parents have for their children, Kabbage is giving away “Future Small Business Owner” baby onesies to any parent in the United States. See the onesie and order it at www.futuresmallbusinessowner.com.* Kabbage encourages individuals ordering a onesie to share images on social media along with a post on why they hope their children pursue entrepreneurship. Kabbage will feature selected posts that tag @kabbageinc and use the hashtag #futuresmallbizowner. 

“As an entrepreneur, I’m grateful for the unique opportunity we have to turn passions into businesses,” said Kabbage President Kathryn Petralia. “Kabbage is committed to removing financial friction from small business owners’ daily lives, allowing them to focus on their dream and build incredible businesses. The onesies are our small way to highlight a goal that we hope all parents have for our youngest generation.” 

About Kabbage

Kabbage, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, has pioneered a financial services data and technology platform to provide access to automated funding to small businesses in minutes. Kabbage leverages data generated through business activity such as accounting data, online sales, shipping and dozens of other sources to understand performance and deliver fast, flexible funding in real time. With the largest international network of global-bank partnerships for an online lending platform, Kabbage powers small business lending for large banks, including ING and Santander, across Spain, the U.K., Italy, France and more. Kabbage is funded and backed by leading investors, including SoftBank Group Corp., BlueRun Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures and others. All Kabbage U.S.-based loans are issued by Celtic Bank, a Utah-Chartered Industrial Bank, Member FDIC. For more information, please visit www.kabbage.com.

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Girl Boss Alert: Virginie Costa Appointed Godiva's New Chief Financial Officer

Godiva Chocolatier, the global leader in premium chocolate, announced today the appointment of Virginie Costa as its Chief Financial Officer, effective August 6. She will be responsible for leading the brand's Global Finance team and join the business' Global Executive Committee.

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Costa joins Godiva with 20 years of Financial and Operational experience, with a deep focus in the consumer experience. Most recently, she served as Chief Financial & Operations Officer for Burberry Americas where she led finance, customer operations, technology, legal and other functions. Virginie has been instrumental in many high-profile transformation programs that improved Burberry's overall performance.

"We are thrilled to have Virginie join our Executive team," said Annie Young-Scrivner, CEO of Godiva. "She brings strong leadership experience in modernizing and building Finance and Operations teams to drive productivity and profitability. Virginie joining the team further demonstrates our commitment to supporting Women in Leadership as 50 percent of my Global Executive Committee will now be female."

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Costa has a wealth of experience in building high-performing teams - both in Finance and Operations

 – in addition to establishing strong governance to better mitigate business risk and manage compliance.

"I am excited and honored to be joining the Godiva family," said Costa. "I look forward to working with Annie and collaborating with my peers by building a strong Global Finance team and leveraging my business experience as we further expand into other markets and product categories."

Costa lives in New York with her family and will be based in Godiva's New York headquarters office.

Current Chief Financial Officer Selim Baraz has decided to leave the business at the end of December after six successful years in which he led the Global Finance, IT and Strategy teams.

Annie Young-Scrivner commented "I would personally like to thank Selim for his partnership since I joined Godiva. He has been a key member of my Executive Team and has been integral to the design and development of our new strategy. I wish him continued success in the future."

 
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Hearts On Fire President Caryl Capeci Receives Visionary Award

Hearts On Fire,  The World's Most Perfectly Cut Diamond, known for its exceptional and consistent cut celebrates President Caryl Capeci as she received the Visionary Award from the Women's Jewelry Association. The WJA's 35th Annual awards for excellence gala was held on July 16, 2018, at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers in New York City.

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To celebrate the WJA's 35th anniversary, the Visionary Awards were introduced to mark its milestone anniversary and to celebrate the individuals and organizations leading the way for women's equality. 

Capeci is responsible for all global company operations for the Boston-based diamond jewelry brand.  Hearts On Fire is sold in over 700 points of sale including Hong Kong based parent company Chow Tai Fook. She serves on the boards of Jewelers for Children and the Diamond Empowerment Fund, and supports Girls Inc. – an organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold. She is also a member of the Twenty-Four Karat Club of the City of New York.

"WJA created the Visionary Award to recognize and honor women who have demonstrated exemplary leadership within their careers and are mentors, philanthropists and inspirations to us all.  They are strong, fearless trailblazers and we feel that Caryl embodies all of these qualities," said Jenny Luker, WJA Board President. 

Capeci was honored alongside Mercedes Abramo, President and CEO of Cartier North America, and Nadja Swarovski, the first female member of the executive board of Swarovski. In addition to a joint award given to De Beers Group and UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.

"I am so grateful to be recognized by the WJA for this amazing Visionary Award – especially alongside remarkable women like Mercedes and Nadja.  I truly love what I do and find great joy in representing the best diamond jewelry brand on the planet while working with an exceptional and passionate team of people at Hearts On Fire and Chow Tai Fook.  I'm proud to be a part of an innovative company like CTF where female leadership is celebrated, " said Caryl Capeci, Visionary Award Recipient, President, Hearts On Fire.

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Girl Boss Alert: Samantha Skey Named CEO of SheKnows Media

Penske Media Corporation today announced the promotion of Samantha Skey from President and Chief Revenue Officer to Chief Executive Officer of SheKnows Media.

Skey will lead SheKnows.com, which caters to moms, STYLECASTER for millennial fashion and beauty enthusiasts and BlogHer, the largest event for female content creators and entrepreneurs. These brands represent the flagship sites in the SheKnows Partner Network, which, along with top lifestyle sites, provides content and community to 75 million women each month (comScore, June 2018).

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This promotion makes Skey the company's first female CEO. SheKnows Media has taken strides to build a culture that represents its mission of empowering women. Over the last five years, the company's executive leadership team has shifted from nearly all men to one that's predominantly female.  Now, 80% of SheKnows Media executives at the Vice President level and above are female.

"Sam is one of the finest media executives we've encountered over the last decade," said Jay Penske, Chairman & CEO, Penske Media Corporation. "Her plans for SheKnows are grounded in a deep belief in the mission, and the boundless potential of the business and its offerings."

Additionally, Skey leads vision and social mission for SheKnows Media.  In 2014, she created the #Femvertising Awards to celebrate brands whose advertising defies gender stereotypes and empowers women and girls.  The #Femvertising Awards are in their fourth year and have been featured in AdWeek, Forbes, CNN.com, Huffington Post, and more.  In February 2015, the company launched Hatch, a national digital literacy program for "Generation Z." Hatch has won five Telly Awards for producing social impact video content.  Likewise, Skey launched #ThePitch, the company's program supporting female entrepreneurs, in May 2015 and has since created marketing programs for hundreds of entrepreneurs and business leaders. 

Next, she will lead #BlogHer18 Creators Summit in New York City, August 8-9.  Now in its 14th year, this event attracts 2,000+ female bloggers, social media influencers and entrepreneurs alongside top-tier talent such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian West and Serena Williams.

"I am incredibly honored and humbled to take on this new role and thankful to Jay for his confidence in me to run SheKnows. I am beyond proud of our team and the success we have built together over the past five years," said Skey. "Across our branded media, influencer, programmatic and live events business lines, I look forward to finding new opportunities in the marketplace to inspire, inform and empower women everywhere."

Skey will continue to serve on the Board of Directors of The Ad Council and The Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB). 

"SheKnows Media creates spaces for women to build community, share their experiences, celebrate each other's wins, and empower each other through challenges. This incredible brand is a direct reflection of its dynamic leader and new CEO, Sam Skey," said Lisa Sherman, President & CEO, The Ad Council. "Her innovation, creativity and mission-driven leadership have taken SheKnows Media to the forefront of media created by women for women. She's been an incredible partner to the Ad Council as a member of our Board of Directors, and I can't wait to see what she and her team continue to build together."

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Girl Boss Alert: DIFFA Appoints New Executive Director Dawn Roberson

After an extensive search, the Board of Directors announced the appointment of Dawn Roberson as Executive Director at DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. Roberson commenced the duties of her new role in June.

“We are excited to have Dawn take on the role of Executive Director at DIFFA,” says Cindy Allen, Board Chair. “Dawn has the boundless energy, passion, and knowledge required to lead the organization in its charge against HIV/AIDS. Her contributions at DIFFA the past five years have helped the organization grow in both measurable and immeasurable ways. The Board was highly impressed with Dawn’s capabilities and strategic plan for the organization and is confident about its continued success. Three cheers for DIFFA with Dawn at the helm!"

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Roberson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in fundraising, partnerships, event management and brand marketing to her position as Executive Director. Previously, Roberson served as the Corporate Marketing Manager at Abigail Kirsch Catering where she created and implemented marketing strategies for six New York venues. She later joined DIFFA as Event Director, where she successfully executed the Foundation’s local and national fundraising events. During her tenure at DIFFA, Roberson not only helped secure thousands of dollars in sponsorships to support DIFFA’s signature fundraisers and grant-making efforts but also re-imagined and significantly grew attendance at Picnic By Design and DINING BY DESIGN. A visionary and innovator, Roberson launched DIFFA’s first grant reception—Thanks for Giving—which united more than 200 DIFFA supporters and grantees.

“I am proud to serve as Executive Director at DIFFA and usher the organization into its next chapter of success. Working to support DIFFA’s mission over the past five years has been a fulfilling experience as we grant funds and support dozens of organizations nationwide fighting HIV/AIDS. With support from the Board, DIFFA team and our community of supporters—our efforts will only continue to increase as we focus our support on critical areas of need in the communities we serve," said Roberson.

Dawn Roberson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Marketing and Advertising from San Diego State University.

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Girl Boss Alert: Meet The All-Women Creative Team Behind BELLAME

When you're building a brand that breaks all the rules - and rewrites the script on an entire channel of distribution – the creative team supporting the project has to be stellar. And in California-based BELLAME CEO and founder Melissa Thompson's case, the fact that her design + copy leads are all females is no accident. "BELLAME was founded with the belief in empowering women from the inside out," she says. "We're obsessed with our 'tribe.'"

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Drawing on her mega experience in the cosmetics industry, which has included tenures at the world's top direct-sales companies, Thompson's goal with BELLAME was to give women a path – via science-backed, luxury beauty, and an innovative business model – to claim their career and financial destinies. And it was precisely this new approach to direct-sales that attracted Float Design founder Larissa Pickens to BELLAME.

"Melissa found me on the CEW members site," Pickens recalls, referring to Cosmetic Executive Women, the New York City-based networking association. "From our very first call, I loved her energy and enthusiasm. She put so much of herself into the project, had a great track record with her previous businesses and really made it feel like we were partners."

Still, before she signed-on, Pickens did her due diligence. Friends and family members hadn't had great experiences repping other direct-sales brands, and she wanted to make sure BELLAME would right those wrongs. "I really grilled Melissa in our first calls," says Pickens. "I wanted to learn how she was planning to structure the business and ensure team could flourish. Needless to say, I was ultimately convinced. She was truly willing to invest in her team, making decisions that would cut into profits for the sake of improving their ability to run a successful business."

Cut to months later: Armed with Thompson's product prototypes, Pickens and her multi-city staff got to work mocking-up a brochure. "Melissa came in with a very strong vision of what she wanted and it honestly feels like we took it and ran with it," says Pickens. "She approached us with the idea of an elegant, black and white brand that looked like an invitation, and everything flowed naturally from that concept."

Based in Austin, Pickens guides designers on her own Texas turf, as well as in New York City (where Float originally launched), Seattle, North Carolina and Los Angeles. "We're truly a distributed team," she says. "Thank goodness for Slack! We're on it all day, and use Basecamp to keep projects organized."

Although she's had male designers before, and fully intends to again in the future, Pickens' current staff is made up solely of women. "Since Float started focusing on the beauty industry, I've found many women knocking down the door to work with us, whereas guys aren't as passionate about this space."    

When she reached the point with BELLAME when she needed help with copy, Pickens reached out to veteran beauty writer Dana Wood, whom she discovered on LinkedIn. Wood, who logged two decades as Beauty Director for three Condé Nast magazines, is currently based in St. Petersburg, Florida, and splits her time between editorial assignments and brand copywriting.

"I'm thrilled Larissa 'found' me for this project," says Wood. "Not only is the BELLAME line effective, gorgeous and a pure pleasure to use, the creation of the brochure and website copy was seamless. Both Melissa and Larissa have crystal clear visions and are meticulously organized and great communicators. I hope to do loads more work with these super-sharp, successful women."

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Girl Boss Alert: Vintage Wine Estates announces the promotion of Terry Wheatley to President

Industry veteran Terry Wheatley has been appointed President of Vintage Wine Estates. Previously Wheatley was Executive Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, a role she has held since the purchase of Canopy Management, the wine company she co-founded in 2008, by Vintage Wine Estates in 2014. Vintage Wine Estates is a fast-growing, vertically integrated wine company owning iconic winery estates and vineyards and powerful national and international wine brands. 

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  • Vintage Wine Estates was founded in 2007 by Pat Roney, owner of Girard Winery. Roney, along with his vintner family partners, purchased Windsor Vineyards, the wine industry's original direct-to-consumer brand. Girard Vineyards and Windsor Vineyards became the foundation brands of a company with a mission to provide fine wines at every price point, in every way consumers choose to buy them.
"I am delighted to appoint Terry Wheatley to the position of President in recognition of her contributions to the growth and success of Vintage Wine Estates over the past four years," commented Pat Roney. "Her industry relationships, customer focus, creativity, and fearlessness were a spark that took our wine company to the next level." Pat Roney remains as Chief Executive Officer.
 
  • In 2014, Canopy Management, the company Wheatley co-founded, was acquired by Vintage Wine Estates, who sought to add national retail brands, social media expertise, buyer relationships and branding creativity to its portfolio. Since the acquisition, Roney and Wheatley have led the company on a rapid round of purchases including B.R. Cohn Winery, Swanson Vineyards, Delectus Winery, Clayhouse Wines, Firesteed Winery, Tamarack Cellars, Buried Cane, Cameron Hughes Wines, Layer Cake, Cherry Pie, IYSK and Splinter Spirits. Vintage Wine Estates also has relationships with Grounded Wine Company, founded by Josh Phelps, French Blue Wines, founded by Roger Scommegna and Stephanie Rivin and Patricio Gouguenheim of Gouguenheim Wines. 
  • Among her many accomplishments since joining Vintage Wine Estates, Wheatley is perhaps most proud of fostering a culture which champions women in the wine industry and corporate responsibility.
  • Under her leadership, over 50% of the Executive Leadership team are now female, with many women at the Director level and higher. Wheatley created an annual scholarship to the Wine Business MBA program at Sonoma State University to mentor and support the female wine industry leaders of tomorrow.
  • Finally, Wheatley spearheaded many programs that give back to the community, including Angels Share, providing meals to local food banks, Heart of the Vine, assisting victims of the 2017 wine country wildfires and Tough Enough To Wear Pink, helping families facing breast cancer. These projects are supported by sales of Vintage Wine Estates wines and by VWE distributor partners and retailers across the country.
  • Under the new organization, Wholesale Sales, Exclusive Brands, Direct-to-Consumer, including Tasting Rooms, Wine Clubs, E-Commerce and Telesales, Human Resources, Marketing, Company Communications and Social Media report to Wheatley. Production and Operations, Finance and IT will continue to report directly to the CEO.

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SBA LAUNCHES WEBSITE FOR AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESSES AND ENTREPRENEURS

SBA has launched certify.sba.gov, a new website to further streamline and improve the application processes for small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to do business with the federal government.

SBA IS COMMITTED TO BEING AS NIMBLE AND AGILE AS THE SMALL BUSINESSES WE SERVE. IN ADDITION TO LINC OUR “START UP IN A DAY INITIATIVE” AND “SMALL BUSINESS TECH COALITION”, THE LAUNCH OF CERTIFY.SBA.GOV IS ANOTHER WAY SBA IS LEVERAGING THE POWER OF TECHNOLOGY FOR AMERICANS. THIS NEW WEBSITE FIRST FOCUSES ON CLOSING MARKET GAPS FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN THE FEDERAL MARKETPLACE BY FEATURING THE WOMEN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS (WOSB) PROGRAM AS WE WORK TOWARD BREAKING FEDERAL CONTRACTING GOALS FOR A SECOND YEAR IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2016,”

— SAID SBA ADMINISTRATOR MARIA CONTRERAS-SWEET.

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With this website, SBA's contracting application and certification process for women-owned small businesses are now completely accessible online and easier than ever to complete.

  • Women contractors can now easily manage the certification process, including Third Party Certifications as part of the WOSB Federal Contract Program.
  • The new website will eventually serve additional SBA contracting programs, including the 8(a) Business Development Program, the HUBZone Program, and others.
  • The site will allow several forms to be filled out electronically, reducing the burden of printing, scanning, and uploading.
  • As additional certifications like the 8(a) Business Development Program are moved into the new system, documents uploaded for one program may be reused for another.
  • The site also has a tool called "Am I Eligible?" which allows a small business to answer approximately fifteen questions and to determine if the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, the HUBZone Program, and/or the 8(a) Business Development Program are a good fit for their business.

"Small businesses often get too little credit for their work as our nation's leading job creators, generating nearly two out of three net new jobs in our economy," Contreras-Sweet added. "Last fiscal year the federal government awarded its highest percentage of contracting dollars to small businesses in the history of the United States, totaling more than $90 billion.

Those resources supported more than half a million jobs in communities across this country. When these federal dollars churn in local communities, they create a multiplier effect that strengthens the local tax base and leads to better government services and better schools. That's the promise of our work."

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GIRL BOSS ALERT: FASHION DESIGNER REBECCA MINKOFF WILL BE A KEYNOTE AT IDEATION 2018

Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff will serve as guest speaker for ideation 2018. This year's conference will be held in Miami Beach from October 3- 5.

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Rebecca Minkoff's subtle, edgy designs have made her an industry leader in accessible luxury. Rebecca Minkoff is a global lifestyle brand that spans ready-to-wear, handbags and accessories, footwear, jewelry and watches, luggage, and swim in over 900 stores worldwide.

An industry leader, Rebecca is an active member of the CFDA, has spoken at dozens of conferences such as SXSW, Fortune's Most Powerful Women, and TEDx, and supports multiple philanthropies. She is also an industry disruptor, pushing the boundaries of fashion and tech. Rebecca lives with her husband and three children in Brooklyn, NY.

"There are key lessons for our customers to learn from Rebecca," said Karsten Newbury, senior vice president and general manager Software Solutions at Gerber Technology. "She is absolutely at the intersection of business and technology, leveraging in-store, digital and social connectivity in ways that are driving exponential success for her brand. Leveraging digital technologies in the right way is what separates winners from their competitors these days, and our integrated Digital Solutions are focused on giving our customers this competitive edge."

Rebecca is committed to innovation and technology making an impact for her customers. She has live-streamed and used drones for her runway shows and is partnering with Intel on motivating women on STEM and she has developed wearable technology. Her retail stores, labeled as "The Store of the Future" by The Wall Street Journal, were some of the first in the industry to utilize technology to build a better experience for the millennial female customer.

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GIRL BOSS ALERT: CLAIRE SULMERS SPEAKS OUT ABOUT THE TAKE DOWN OF FASHION BOMB DAILY

Claire Sulmers founder of one of the most sought out online fashion websites shared a post today talking about Instagram shutting down her account filled with over 1 million followers. Claire starts out by saying "When Life Gives You Lemon, Make Lemonade." Then continued to share what she has learned in the days of losing her Instagram account Fashion Bomb Daily.

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AT 1.4 MILLION FOLLOWERS, WE WERE FLYING HIGH, CHURNING OUT CONTENT LIKE A MACHINE. THEN INSTAGRAM DECIDED TO PULL THE PLUG, AND WE WERE LEFT TO TWIDDLE OUR THUMBS AS THE INSTAGRAM JUDGE AND JURY DETERMINES OUR FATE.
WORKING IN FASHION HAS NEVER BEEN EASY FOR ME. FROM THE BEGINNING, I WAS TOLD THAT I WASN’T MADE FOR FASHION, TOLD ‘NO’ MORE TIMES THAN I COULD COUNT, SLEPT ON BATHTUBS AND CRASHED GATES UNTIL I MANAGED TO CREATE SOMETHING I DIDN’T EVEN REALIZE THE WORLD NEEDED: A PLATFORM WHERE FASHION LOVERS WHO DIDN’T FIT INTO THE TRADITIONAL BOX COULD SEE THEMSELVES REFLECTED IN THE SCREENS LOOKING BACK AT THEM.
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GIRL BOSS ALERT: L'ORÉAL PARIS ANNOUNCES AMBER HEARD AS NEW GLOBAL SPOKESPERSON

Fearless, witty and smart, defying definition and rejecting convention, meet the Hollywood actress and committed woman making her voice heard.

"I have always loved the fun of beauty and the power of transformation," says Amber Heard. 

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TO BECOME A SPOKESPERSON FOR THIS DYNAMIC, WORLD-LOVED BEAUTY BRAND THAT’S BEEN TELLING WOMEN WERE WORTH IT SINCE BEFORE I WAS BORN, AND TO JOIN THE L’ORÉAL PARIS FAMILY OF CHANGEMAKERS IS SUCH AN HONOR. I FEEL LIKE THESE WOMEN – MY FELLOW AMBASSADORS – REPRESENT A VOICE, A POWER, A MOVEMENT, AN OPINION.
— Amber

"One of a new generation of actresses rewriting the script when it comes to having a voice in the world, the energy Amber Heard brings to her philanthropy, to her advocacy and her performances make her a powerful ambassador for L'Oréal Paris.  As we take 'Because I'm Worth It' beauty into 2018," says Pierre-Emmanuel Angeloglou, L'Oréal Paris Global President.

  • A Texas native who grew up breaking horses, Heard is the first to admit that she never really imagined herself in the world of beauty, though she did dream of beauty pageants as a young girl.
  • From her breakout role in "Friday Night Lights," the actress has brought her radiant on-screen dynamism to romantic comedies, thrillers and more recently in superhero blockbusters: as Mera in Justice League, reprising the role of underwater Queen for 2018's much-anticipated Aquaman.
  • At 32, she's a campaigner for equality in Hollywood, calling for female characters and stories to be written and made by women and has philanthropic commitments at home and abroad. Amber is an outspoken advocate for women's, children's and LGBTQ rights.
  • A believer in the healing power of art, Heard is also a member of The Art of Elysium, an organization empowering artists and needy communities to thrive through art. She recently returned from a humanitarian trip to Jordan to visit Syrian refugees with the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) – an organization doing lifesaving work. In 2018, on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Amber will be joining forces with the UN Human Rights Office.
  • Next up, Heard will share the screen with Elisabeth Moss in Her Smell, and then be seen in the romantic thriller Run Away With Me. Making her first appearance for L'Oréal Paris at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, the actress will star in the "Worth It Show," a talk show to honor women in cinema, beauty and beyond and inspired by the most-recognized brand slogan in the world.
  • "Over the years I've always thought not just to be an actor, but to use my voice as a platform for good to make the world a slightly, slightly better place and empower women the best that I can," says Heard.
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GIRL BOSS ALERT: CREATIVE DIRECTOR, BRITTANI DENISE HUNT

Brittani Denise Hunt @brittanidenise is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of HerSpace Co., a lifestyle brand created by and for the modern woman looking for a space to call her own. As a brand, HerSpace Co provides content, tools, and experiences that nurture, educate, encourage the modern woman toward the best version of herself. 

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  • While juggling the demands of being a wife, mother, being a ministry leader and having a career in higher education, Brittani continues to push HerSpace Co's brand forward with the highly sought after, Layered Living Planner and a newly launched line of apparel. 
  • Photo credit: CHillDesigns Photograph

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