Women Entrepreneurs: Episode 2

June 19th, 2009

This week, we bring you the stories of 5 women entrepreneurs and explore how men and women approach business. Find out why women are starting businesses at a higher rate than men and how women stay true to their values as the companies they lead show excellent financial results.

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Jody Weiss
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Jody Weiss is a former sports agent who has decided to dedicate her life to promoting peace in the world. She took some of her righteous anger from a first marriage, a politically divided nation, and a violent world and decided that she wanted to take Madison avenue dollars to teach about real collaborative giving. To raise awareness about real urgent human rights issues affecting women that in all parts of the world, she founded Peacekeepers, a socially conscious cosmetics company.

Melissa Hardy
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Melissa is one of the co-owners of the cooperative, BioFuel Oasis, which pumps and sells high-quality Biodiesel fuel in Berkley California. She’s also member of the City of San Francisco’s Biodiesel Access Task Force and she’s been teaching about Biodiesel and vegetable oil fuels since 2002.

Evelyn Contre
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Evelyn is the Founder and Managing Director of Springleaf Strategies, a marketing consulting firm specializing in the real estate and sustainability industries. With 12 years of diverse professional experience, her work includes strategic marketing activities, project management, and communication planning. Prior to founding Springleaf Strategies, Evelyn served in multiple roles at Greenfire Development and Highwoods Properties.

Karen Bantuveris
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Karen Bantuveris, a management consultant working-mom, was shocked at all the ‘little things’ that made volunteering a hassle. As an active parent in her daughters school community and frustrated by reply-all emails, clipboards, Online! Groups, and late night reminder messages…she decided to do something about it and launched VolunteerSpot with the mission of enabling ANYONE to quickly mobilize and coordinate volunteers in their community, congregation and social network.

Kira Reidel
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Kira Riedel is the founder of CFO Services, an a la carte financial services small business, Kira has been a secretary, fund controller, financial analyst, and CFO. She’s a single mom of an 8 and 11 year old boy and girl, multi-pitch rockclimber, outdoor enthusiast, agnostic ex-Jehovah’s Witness, music lover, and occasional dater, she brings fresh perspective, intelligence, pragmatics and a dose of dry wit to a variety of topics.


by Delores on June 19th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

I needed a dose of a down to earth mom talking finance. Kira, thanks for your candor.

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