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Monica Smiley

Monica Smiley is editor and publisher of Enterprising Women. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW). To learn more about how you can become a mentor in the Peace Through Business program or donate to the organization, visit www.ieew.org. Contact her at msmiley@enterprisingwomen.com.
As the editor and publisher of Enterprising Women, Monica Smiley has spent the last 14 years building the national — and now global — magazine she leads into a strong voice for women entrepreneurs.With the nation's only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners, Monica and her team have crafted a magazine that is like a r...eunion with an old friend. Under her leadership, Enterprising Women has become a friendly meeting place, a public forum, and an international stage for the critical issues confronting women's businesses and daily lives. She leads a team of writers who share the unique perspectives and experiences of entrepreneurial women — women who dare to think big, make the leap, and follow their dreams.The print and digital editions of the magazine now reach nearly a million women entrepreneurs in 185 countries around the globe.While Enterprising Women is in its 14th year serving the women business owner community, Monica has been the president of a magazine publishing and marketing communication business for nearly 30 years, publishing both consumer and trade magazine titles.Prior to co-founding a magazine publishing and consulting business with her husband, John W. Dancer, in the early 1980s, she spent seven years publishing a trade magazine for the photography industry. She established Enterprising Women Inc. as its president and CEO in 1999, and her team published the first issue of Enterprising Women together in May 2000.Considered a global thought leader on women's entrepreneurship, Monica is a member of the Women Presidents' Organization, and leads Enterprising Women as a founding coalition partner of Women Impacting Public Policy, a national advocacy organization that represents women business owners before Congress, the White House, and in all 50 state capitols. Enterprising Women is a media partner of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Monica serves on the NAWBO Advisory Council, as well as the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) Board of Directors.Monica has represented the United States six times as a delegate to the Global Summit of Women (in Marrakesh, Morocco; Berlin, Germany; Santiago, Chile; Beijing, China; Istanbul, Turkey; and Athens, Greece), a gathering of nearly a thousand women entrepreneurs, women business leaders, and women Cabinet- or Ministerial-level government leaders from more than 90 countries.She was the first recipient of the Adrienne Hall Award in April 2009 presented by the Women Presidents' Organization in recognition of her work to support the WPO's mission, and build bridges and alliances to strengthen the women's business community.The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) presented her with the TIAW World of Difference 100 Award in 2010 in recognition of her outstanding contribution in making "all the difference in the world" to the economic empowerment of women. She received the President's Award in 2011 from Women Impacting Public Policy to recognize her leadership role and the significant impact that Enterprising Women has had on the growth of the women's business community.Actively involved in the IEEW PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS Program, Monica served as a mentor in the 2009 program, hosting three Rwandan women entrepreneurs in North Carolina for five days. In June 2010, she hosted two Afghan women entrepreneurs in North Carolina as part of the program, and in July 2011, she hosted Astrida Uwera, a Rwandan journalist and publisher of the only online magazine for Rwandan women. In July 2013, she began a new mentorship with a young woman artist and business owner from Afghanistan. Monica now mentors women from Afghanistan, Rwanda, and China on an ongoing basis.By establishing the Enterprising Women Advisory Board in 2002, Monica has brought together the leaders of every major U.S. organization that supports women's entrepreneurship, Fortune 500 leaders from companies with strong women's business initiatives, and outstanding women entrepreneurs from across the United States, Canada, and around the globe. Increasingly, the magazine is spearheading an effort to share the best practices of U.S. women entrepreneurs with women entrepreneurs around the world, while bringing the most inspiring stories and best international ideas back to its North American readers.Monica established the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards program in 2002 to recognize outstanding women entrepreneurs worldwide based on solid business growth, mentorship and support of other women and girls, and community leadership. She also founded the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame to recognize accomplished women entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders with a lifetime of achievements.The annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration and Conference is hosted each spring and attracts top women entrepreneurs and members of the magazine's Advisory Board for a three-day event that shines the spotlight on outstanding women entrepreneurs.In March 2011, Monica and her team launched the Enterprising Women Foundation, a nonprofit that encourages philanthropic giving among women business owners and will support projects to grow women's entrepreneurship in the United States and around the world. The Foundation is launching a national mentorship project in 2014, with events held around the United States to promote and encourage mentorship of girls and young women entrepreneurs. The project will begin with a January 24, 2014 kickoff luncheon in Washington, DC.Closer to home in North Carolina, Monica has been actively involved in her children's schools, serving as president of the Moore Square Museums Magnet Middle School Parent Teacher Association (PTA), where she launched a Young Entrepreneurs Club, mentored middle-school-aged youth, and served on the school's Business Alliance.A native of Bay City, Michigan, Monica and her husband John Dancer have lived in Cary, North Carolina for 17 years with their two sons, Austin (23) and Alex (21). She has three grown step-children and four grandchildren.Monica earned a degree in journalism from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, and began her career as an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor. More

ZeroCater Releases Catering to Culture: How Cultural Shifts Will Impact the Workplace in 2019


Food Company Predicts Companies Will Nurture a Diverse and Inclusive Culture with Food

San Francisco – February 5, 2019 – ZeroCater, a leading provider of office catering and snacks, is thrilled to unveil their Annual Report that focuses on the latest trends and insights that will shape the workplace and how office eating habits will influence the restaurant, food and beverage industries in 2019. Compiled from company data and research, ZeroCater’s reports are intended to serve as a guide to helping employers navigate a changing workplace, as well as offer restaurant and food companies insight as they navigate a new frontier.

Click to Tweet: ZeroCater reports on how cultural shifts will impact the workplace and the food industry in 2019. #ZCTrends2019 http://bit.ly/ZCTrends2019

“The common thread across workplaces in 2019 is a culture-first approach to business” stated Ali Sabeti, CEO of ZeroCater. “Amidst a vastly competitive labor market, employers are working hard to cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture, while restaurants and food companies are finding the business opportunity in office food programs.”

Companies have realized that a healthy, personalized employee experience yields happier, more productive workers and better bottom lines. At the same time, restaurants and food companies facing rising operations costs and more competition than ever are finding office food programs to be a lucrative avenue for additional revenue, consumer insights, and further brand awareness.

This report highlights the ways employers are building better company cultures, as well as the most in-demand cuisine and snack trends in the workplace including:

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Women Corporate Directors Come to Silicon Valley


WCD’s 10th Global Institute to be Held at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Bringing 250 Women Board Members to the Valley in May
“Harnessing the Transformative Power of Technology”

SAN JOSE, CA – January 24, 2019 – Eight months after California passed a law mandating a minimum number of women directors for boards of public companies based in the state, WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) is holding its annual WCD Global Institute – “Harnessing the Transformative Power of Technology” – in Silicon Valley. The first time the Institute will be held on the West Coast, the event is May 19-22, 2019, at the brand-new headquarters of Hewlett Packard Enterprise opening later this year in San Jose.

“WCD is a global organization of more than 2,400 women who sit on corporate boards in 41 countries around the world,” says Susan C. Keating, CEO of WCD. “Already our membership is being tapped to go on more boards in California, as members represent leadership in every industry – including highly in-demand financial experts – and are sought after by companies who want to raise their percentage of women directors.”

“Technology has quickly become a major governance concern of every corporate board, and we want to convene at the heart of the industry, meeting with its top leaders,” says Evelyn Dilsaver, WCD’s Global Institute Co-chair and a director of Tempur+Sealy, Blue Shield of California, HealthEquity, and Protiviti. “Our three-day agenda includes state-of-the-art panels and keynote speakers on everything from cyberhacking, blockchain, and augmented intelligence to corporate culture and the board’s role in M&A. Our women corporate directors make up some of the most powerful women worldwide – the aggregate market cap of public companies on whose boards our members sit is over $8 trillion. This Global Institute should be both exciting and timely both for our members and the Valley.”

Theo Schwabacher, Co-chair of the Institute with Dilsaver and SVP at Morgan Stanley with deep roots in the Bay Area investment community, highlights the Institute’s focus on innovation this year: “Volatility is here to stay, and boards are seeking new ways for their companies to stay competitive in environments of uncertainty. They are looking for new ways to inspire innovation, both inside and outside the organization. Clearly there is no better place to discuss innovation than Silicon Valley, and we are putting together a roster of some of the industry’s best innovative minds to meet with our directors.”

More topics are being added to the WCD Global Institute agenda weekly and will be announced as they are added. The Institute’s social media hashtag, #WCDSiliconValley, can be followed for updates on speakers, panels, special events, and more.

Registration for the Global Institute will open at the end of January; the Institute is open only to members and invited guests.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Oaks Brownstein or Trang Mar of Temin and Company at 212-588-8788 or news@teminandco.com. The Global Institute is open only to members and invited guests. Some sessions will be open to select media. For media interested in attending, please send email to Temin at address above.

About WomenCorporateDirectors Education and Development Foundation, Inc.
The WomenCorporateDirectors Education and Development Foundation, Inc. (WCD) is the only global membership organization and community of women corporate directors. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, WCD has 80 chapters around the world. The aggregate market capitalization of public companies on whose boards WCD members serve is over $8 trillion. In addition, WCD members serve on numerous boards of large private and family-run companies globally. For more information visit www.womencorporatedirectors.org or follow us on Twitter @WomenCorpDirs, #WCDboards, #WCDSiliconValley.

Upcoming WCD events:

WCD Asia Pacific Institute: February 21-22, 2019, Tokyo, Japan
“Resilient Leadership for a Disruptive Era”

WCD Global Institute: May 19-22, 2019: Silicon Valley, California
“Harnessing the Transformative Power of Technology”
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Charu Sharma To Receive CloudNOW's 2018 Top Woman Entrepreneur in Cloud Innovation


San Francisco, CA - January 22, 2018 – Charu Sharma, Founder of Next Play's Ellen.ai application that personalizes career and leadership development for enterprise employees, will be recognized by CloudNOW as a Top Woman Entrepreneur in Cloud Innovation and will be speaking alongside Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook and Hadi Partovi, founder of Code.org, among others. Sponsored by Facebook, Intel and Google, the ceremony will be hosted by Facebook Production Engineering at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California on January 29. Previous winners have included the President of Code.org as well as female tech executives from Intel, Netflix, Cisco 
and Walmart.

"I am deeply honored to be recognized with such an esteemed set of peers and all the more energized to level the playing field in the workforce by creating equal access to career advancement and mentorship opportunities for everyone," said Charu Sharma, Founder of NextPlay.ai, backed by LinkedIn's SVP Engineering, 500 Startups and Techcrunch's former CEO.

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