March 5: 4th Annual Women on Corporate Boards

Sitting pretty on a public company board:
should she care what the shareholders really think?

Women on Corporate BoardsPlease join us for a substantive discussion of an illustrative case study at roundtables followed by a moderated panel discussion with Robin Abrams, Larraine Segil, Beth Bronner, Katherine Blair and keynote speaker, Moira Conlon.

LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE

Post-Event Bottom Line and Executive Broads Private Dinner
Panel will discuss at the dinner:

  • Pathways for getting your very first private company board of directors seat.
  • If you already have private company experience, how do you move up to a public company board?
  • Does it pay to sit on a corporate board, in terms of current income and future economic opportunities?

Kick Up the Commerce in 2013

We are now fully a membership organization. If you are a Broads Circle member, we invite you to come and join us for our winter and spring events.

If you are not a member, it’s easy to join–just buy an event ticket (the one-time annual general membership dues are included in the ticket price). You will then be a General Member going forward and will get member pricing for tickets throughout 2013. General membership is $30 through March 1st, then goes up to $50.

networkingWe welcome back our Bottom Line Broads, women who have attained a position of leadership and have the ablity to drive revenue and grow capital for other Bottom Line Broads (BLB). We invite you to join us for our first of six BLB Kick Up the Commerce networking events on January 31st, hosted by our new Bottom Line Broads President, Katherine Blair, Partner at K&L Gates. Katherine has volunteered to help us plan and hold the six networking events this year. Our goal is to hold these events on the last business day of the month, every odd-numbered month, so save the dates ladies! These networking events will be open to Bottom Line Broads and Executive Broads, and will be hosted by members at their offices.

Our first Executive Broads Crush the Ceiling meeting will be held on February 27th. We’re delighted to welcome Julie MacMedan, Vice President of Investor Relations for Demand Media, as the 2013 Executive Broads President. Executive Broads are women who lead in corporate roles, while Bottom Line Broads are in top-level service provider roles.

Our goal for 2013 is to help you make more money, and get you more power!!!  Let’s roll and shake up Los Angeles/Orange County with our revenue and capital!  The OC events will be announced soon!

To your success,

Darya Allen-Attar
Founder of Broads Circle

Women of Silicon Beach

By Julie MacMedan, Vice President of Investor Relations, Demand Media, Inc.
Broads Circle Premier Member and President of Executive Broads group

Silicon BeachFrom the LA Times to SoCalTech.com to the Wall Street Journal, LA’s vibrant entrepreneurial scene – branded “Silicon Beach” – is making headlines.  And for good reason: AngelList, a community of startups, lists 1400 startups and 1300 investors in LA and that’s just a subset of the total number. Represent.la shows a map of more than 600 startups, 15 accelerators, 28 incubators and 47 investors. It’s no wonder that we are seeing articles on Forbes.com titled “Why Los Angeles Will Outpace Silicon Valley As The Tech Startup Capital.”

Standing out among the success stories of Silicon Beach are several women entrepreneurs who will be featured on our May 22nd Panel: “Women of Silicon Beach”:

Deborah Benton, President and COO of Nasty Gal, an online new & vintage clothing website recently recognized as 2012’s fastest-growing retail company according to Inc. 5000. Inc. 5000 also recognized Nasty Gal as the fastest growing company in Los Angeles, mainly due to its tremendous 10,000% growth from 2008 – 2012.

Susan Feldman, Co-Founder/Chief Merchandising Officer of One Kings Lane who brings her passion “for all things home” to the leading online marketplace for the home, where consumers can find exceptional value on an extensive collection of top-brand, vintage, and designer items. Feldman and her partner Alison Pincus launched the business in early 2009, and have experienced explosive growth, with revenues on track to hit $200M, doubling revenue from 2011.

Courtney Nichols Gould, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of SmartyPants Vitamins who has built an Internet brand from the ground up to market and distribute healthy gummy vitamins.  Previously, Courtney was the founding COO of Clear, the fast pass for airport security.

Therese Tucker, CEO and founder of BlackLine Systems, formerly CTO of Sungard Treasury Systems, who has successfully grown her company into a multi-national SaaS provider that has achieved numerous awards for growth and innovation, most recently recognized by Software Magazine for the second year in a row as one of the largest and ‘best performing’ software and service providers in the world.

Each of these amazing women underscore the powerful role that women are playing in LA’s startup scene.

Our May 22nd Broads Circle program will feature these exciting women on a panel geared towards how they translated their vision to get their companies off the ground and expand on their initial success, and how they approached capital raising to finance their various stages of growth.  How did they balance the desire to maintain significant ownership with the need for capital?  Did they need to leave LA to secure financing and if so, is that trend shifting as LA builds a stronger startup ecosystem?

We look forward to hearing from this impressive group of women entrepreneurs in May. Look for your invitation to arrive in early 2013!

What’s on tap for 2013: Power Networking Plus

Power NetworkingJoin us for 5 Bigger and Better
Power Networking Plus Events:

  • February – Women on Corporate Boards
  • May – Women CEOs of HOT Companies
  • July – Women Raising Capital
  • October – Power Players
  • December – Annual Philanthropy Luncheon

Bottom Line Broads

IF YOU ARE A WOMAN WHO HAS THE ECONOMIC POWER TO DRIVE REVENUE AND GROW CAPITAL FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS, WE INVITE YOU TO BECOME A BOTTOM LINE BROAD.

Who is a Bottom Line Broad?

  • She has Bottom Line Responsibility
  • She can be a Business Owner
  • She is a woman in the C-Suite
  • She can be a current or aspiring Corporate Board Member
  • She can be a TOP level Service Provider
  • She is a Woman Leader
  • She can make things happen for other women
  • She wants to collaborate with other women to build our Collective Money and Power!
  • In short, she Drives Revenue and Grows Capital!

Application and approval is required for Bottom Line Broad membership – apply online here.

What you get for your membership:

  • Post-cocktail event private dinners to build relationships with other Bottom Line Broads and event panelists
  • Members-only networking events bi-monthly
  • Become part of and contribute to a Broads Pod niche networking group that is industry or role-focused

Join us!!  Let’s keep the conversation going!

Top 10 Career Management Tips

  1. careerTake Control of Your Own Career – Be proactive, own it, work at it
  2. Take Risks – Go after opportunities that arise, success is often associated with some risks
  3. Be Patient – Focus on being the best you can be to achieve great results over time
  4. Work For Great People – You need to constantly push the envelope and great people will help you stay fresh and challenge you daily
  5. Develop a Code of Ethics and Stick To It – Don’t compromise on a single thing or situation, “act as if what you are doing will be on the front page of the newspaper the next day”
  6. Pursue Excellence – Carpe Diem, this is your life, be full of energy and never stop learning
  7. Treat Everyone With Respect – Don’t forget to say thank you
  8. Be Customer/Client Focused – Remember the end-goal of why you are doing the job you do
  9. Think Big – Do great things, go big or go home mentality
  10. Expect To Win – People who have a strong winning mentality have a higher percentage of successful results

Be part of the “in crowd”!

Broads Circle is a MovementKick up the commerce! Join us in driving revenue and growing capital for women!

When you first try something new, like a new dance move, it’s a bit uncomfortable and feels unnatural, but after a while you get the moves down and it becomes second nature.  Like Derek Sivers’ video of the small change required to turn a “lonely nut” into a leader, once you add a follower – and other brave followers join in – it transforms into a movement.  With a movement, you can change the world!  The Broads Circle movement wants to see:

  • More women driving big revenue and growing big capital for each other
  • More women who run big business, and have P&L roles
  • More women on corporate boards
  • The pay gap disappear!

The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow.

When you find a ‘lone nut’ doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in.  Check out Derek’s video:

Women Leaders Wanted

networkingBuild confidence, establish rapport, ask for the business, ask for the bonus, ask for the promotion…

Women leaders wanted:  When it comes to driving revenue and growing capital, ask a woman to do the job.  We have established that women are the undervalued asset!!!  But we Women–Bottom Line Broads, Money Magnets–all agree that we need to be the change we want to see:

  • We want to see Equal Pay for Women.  How do we get there?  DRIVE MORE REVENUE!
  • We want to see More Women CEOs.  How do we accomplish that?  Put yourself in a P&L job and Bring in the Profits!
  • We want to see More Women on Boards.  What’s our strategy?  Network and build relationships, and establish your Money and Power credentials!
  • We live in a capitalist system.  Money is the means of exchange.  We determine the value and worth of things in terms of money.  So if you want to get to equal pay, C-suite jobs and more board seats, you need to focus on the Money, the Revenue, the Profits and the Power!

If you get into a business situation where you are the only woman sitting in the room, and money is about to change hands or capital is being created or revenue is being generated, try to find a way to bring other women to the table.

  • Ask service providers if they have women who can be assigned to your engagement.
  • Ask vendors and suppliers if they have any senior-level women you can deal with.
  • Ask the companies that you invest in if they have any women in leadership positions, executive ranks, P&L roles or on the corporate boards.

Change your perception: it’s not about what is missing.  Look at the big picture, think positive, focus on the Money, ask for what you want, and demand what is YOURS.

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