Sunday, September 30, 2007

A Catalyst For Change



"Gender is more a predictor of height than it is of leadership." - Ilene Lang, President of Catalyst



Ilene H. Lang is the President of Catalyst, the leading research and advisory organization working with businesses and the professions to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women at work. Lang was appointed President in August 2003 after a long and illustrious career in the technology industry.

Lang took the time recently to speak with eClips and discuss both her decision to enter the not-for-profit world and the role that Catalyst plays in helping to build better work environments for women. Lang also discussed the challenges she faced in the professional environment and how those challenges have and have not changed for young women now entering the workforce.

To see a highlight from Lang's comments, please watch the video below.
To hear more from Ilene Lang, please listen to her interview in eClips.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Thoughts on Opting Out

"The State of Things" is a live radio program hosted by Frank Stasio devoted to bringing the issues, personalities, and places of North Carolina to its listeners.

On Septmber 25, 2007, the show featured a segment entitled "Opting Out". Stasio and his guests discussed the trend of college-educated professional women who are leaving full time jobs to stay at home with children. The show explored whether this trend is a return to traditionalism or a statement about the flexibility of American employers?

To listen to this radio segment, click this State of Things link.

Many female contributors to eClips have also shared thoughts on this topic. To hear from these women, please look at the eClips theme entitled Working Moms: Thoughts on Juggling Career and Family.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Getting To The Hart of Sustainability

"Social and environmental challenges of the world are the biggest business opportunities for the next 20 or 30 years probably for the next century." - Stuart Hart, Samuel C. Johnson Chair in Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University's Johnson School
Stuart Hart founded Cornell University's Johnson School Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. He is one of the world's top authorities on the implications of sustainable development and environmentalism for business strategy.

Hart has published over 50 papers and authored or edited five books. He wrote the seminal article "Beyond Greening: Strategies for a Sustainable World," which won the McKinsey Award for Best Article in Harvard Business Review in 1997, and helped launch the movement for corporate sustainability. With C.K. Prahalad, Hart also wrote the pathbreaking 2002 article "The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid," which provided the first articulation of how business could profitably serve the needs of the four billion poor in the developing world. In addition, he authored "Capitalism at the Crossroads: The Unlimited Business Opportunities in Solving the World's Most Difficult Problems" (Wharton School Publishing, March 2005.)

During his conversation with eClips, Hart shares his thoughts on the history of economic development and the increasing need for sustainable business practices. He also discusses the "bottom of the pyramid" concept and defines why he believes that the current generation stands at the most critical tipping point that has ever faced humanity.

To hear comments from Stuart Hart, listen to his interview in eClips.

To hear the clip which includes Hart's quote from above, listen to the video below:

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Crueller-Maker-Turned-Crusader

Phil Holland has been an entrepreneur throughout his adult life. His businesses have included building "spec" houses, the manufacture of automatic doughnut machinery, designing and building apartment complexes, restaurant franchising, doughnut retailing and the development and management of shopping centers.

In 1970 he founded Yum Yum Donut Shops, Inc. with just one shop and 5000 dollars which went on to be the largest chain of privately owned donut shops in the United States. He sold his interest in Yum Yum in 1989.

Starting after the Los Angeles Rodney King riots in 1992, Mr. Holland began conducting a free night course in Compton, California to encourage people to start new businesses. The course was designed to help entrepreneurs avoid the common mistakes many entrepreneurs make when starting out. With this beginning, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was formed, My Own Business, Inc. (MOBI). The goal was to help foster successful entrepreneurs worldwide.

During his conversation with eClips, Holland discusses his fascinating personal adventure in entrepreneurship and also discusses his decision to create My Own Business, Inc.

To hear comments from Phil Holland, listen to his interview in eClips.

To hear a sample, listen to Phil's comments on entrepreneurs and cash flow below:

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

eClips speaks with Kevin Warner



Kevin Warner is the Senior Director of Worldwide Education at Cisco. He joined Cisco in 1996 to assist the company with the development of their Education Market Development Group.

During his conversation with eClips, Warner shared thoughts on the development and growth of Cisco's Entrepreneurial Institute. As seen in the clip posted above, he also shared insights into what makes a strong and effective leader.

To hear comments from Kevin Warner, listen to his interview in eClips.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Slope Radio Heads Uphill

eClips spoke with Alex Zahn, co-founder of Slope Radio, about a year ago. During that interview, Zahn shared thoughts on the challenges of being a young entrepreneur and establishing a student-run radio station.

As of today, September 10, 2007, things became more interesting for these student entrepreneurs. Slope Radio is now Slope Media Group (SMG), Cornell's first comprehensive, student-run multimedia organization, offering 24-hour television, international programming, sports coverage and magazine publishing.

To read more about this recent development, see the Cornell Chronicle article on the SMG.

Click here to hear comments from Alex Zahn in eClips on the founding of Slope Radio.