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Our Current Issue...

2017EW Vol18No1

Global strategy cover story, including:

Q & A with Global Summit: President Irene Natividad: Reflections on more than 25 years of Summits that bring together women leaders from around the globe.

Learning Beyond Borders: Conducting business with a global mindset requires a willingness to embrace what you don’t know.

Mastering International Meetings: It’s crucial to master the fundamental rules of introductory protocol if you want to have successful meetings that help ensure business success.

Finding Cross-Border Customers: Building a customer base for your export product and service business can be accomplished through a range of programs.

How to find the right talent to help grow a global company: Here’s how to map the resources you need to sustain a midsized company that plans to go global.


Leaving Your Company’s Door Unlocked: How the Internet of Things is weakening cybersecurity.

Productivity Hacks: Great apps to help you increase your productivity.

Engaging Millennials: How to get America’s largest workforce invested, retained, and performing to their full potential.

WBDC Celebrates 30 Years: The Chicago-based Women’s Business Development Center has a remarkable record for helping women entrepreneurs succeed.

Raising Thoughtful Kids: The author shares her insights on raising thoughtful kids who are good people.

and much more...

Welcome to Enterprising Women!

We're glad you're here. We are women business owners — a community more than 10 million strong and counting, in which each individual is a pioneer, a trailblazer, an innovator, and a visionary.

Enterprising Women readers dare to think big, make the leap and follow their dreams. Are you an enterprising woman? Then Enterprising Women was written just for you.

monica smileySylvana Caridi Coche graces the front cover of this issue and exemplifies our cover story theme as an accomplished entrepreneur who has built an international business in the technology sector.

With twenty years of software engineering experience in the U.S. and globally, a master’s degree in management engineering and business management, plus an undergraduate degree in accounting, and completion of the UCLA Anderson School of Management Development for Entrepreneurs program, Sylvana started her company poised for success. Her firm, Gravity Pro Consulting, is the largest SAP reseller in North America authorized to resell SAP solutions. Her clients are Fortune 100 and 500 companies, as well as governments, and her product line-up includes Ariba, Success Factors, Mobility, Big Data, Cybersecurity, and other cloud-based products.

Sylvana’s career began with Rolex Industries and Nestle in Geneva, Switzerland, both early adopters of SAP technologies. Prior to founding Gravity Pro Consulting, Sylvana was vice president of SAP practices with a large consulting company, where she established herself as a trusted partner to other international clients in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Europe, Japan and Canada, driving major software and business transformations.

The global business section of this issue shares important insights on how to think beyond borders to do global business, developing a distributor network worldwide, and understanding the protocol behind successful international meetings—among other topics. Global Summit of Women President Irene Natividad also shares her views as the leader of the most impactful global gathering of women for more than 25 years.

I could not wrap up this issue without noting the passing of my husband John Dancer in early November after a year-long battle with cancer. As my business partner for more than 30 years, John was instrumental in the birth and growth of Enterprising Women in 2000 under our company’s leadership. He willingly invested retirement savings into the magazine, seeing the passion I had for building a magazine that would become the voice of women entrepreneurs. He was immensely proud of the Enterprising Women community, our annual awards conference, and the work of the Enterprising Women Foundation. There was an outpouring of love and support from across the U.S. and our friends around the world when news of his passing spread, and our family was very grateful for that kindness.

May you and your family have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017—enjoy this issue!

Monica S. Smiley

Meet our 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winners and Advisory Board members in this recap of our 2016 awards event! 

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Enterprising Women is a partner in the new Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative.

The initiative supports the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors — women and men — to increase the interest and confidence of young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.

Read the full news release.


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