Budgets are usually just about the numbers, but, every so often, they take respite from tables, spreadsheets, and account balances to acknowledge successful partnerships. Anyone taking a look at the President’s budget, released on February 9, found out who is working on behalf of women business owners when the Small Business Administration (SBA) highlighted the success of WIPP’s ChallengeHER initiative at bringing women-owned businesses into the federal marketplace. Having SBA acknowledge WIPP’s efforts demonstrates just how strong WIPP advocates have been.
Securing a contract with the federal government can double the revenue for a women-owned business and the ChallengeHER program has been providing education to women business owners on how to do just that. In 2013, WIPP partnered with American Express OPEN and SBA to offer events, workshops with access to an online curriculum, and mentoring opportunities that provide women entrepreneurs with knowledge and connections to help them successfully compete for federal contracts.
This year, WIPP is planning 18 ChallengeHER events across the country. For more information and to find the ChallengeHER event closest to you, please visit WIPP’s ChallengeHER site.
WIPP Corporate Partner, Walmart, held their inaugural Global Women’s Forum in April, a live event broadcast online to more than 5,200 locations across 29 states in the U.S., and internationally in ten locations, while eight additional countries held their own event on the same day.
The event featured female leaders such as Academy Award Winner Geena Davis, PepsiCo’s Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi and BBC World News anchor and author, Katty Kay. The Forum was part of Walmart’s President’s Global Council of Women Leaders’ Global Women’s Development Series, which helps develop the future women leaders of Walmart.
Walmart is making content from the Global Women’s Forum available to women worldwide with a new digital library. I encourage you to log on and visit the library, which features speeches and panel discussions among top women leaders offering their advice and encouragement for female professionals worldwide. You’ll notice three topics are prominent throughout the videos: confidence, mentoring and work/life integration. All of these topics are critical to us as women to learn about and develop, as they can open doors to endless opportunities.
As the world’s largest retailer, women make up more than half (57 percent) of Walmart associates and Walmart has twice the rate of female corporate officers (32 percent) as the Fortune 500, which puts the company in a position to make a real impact on women in the workforce.