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