Posted on 09/23/13 by Jennifer Ives
As director of business investment with Arlington Economic Development, I’m honored to host a monthly chat on Twitter dedicated to women in entrepreneurship – men and women alike - participate and continually add to the rich conversation. Each month, the chat takes on a wide variety of topics, ranging from how entrepreneurs manage work-life balance, to some of the unique challenges that women face when taking on the role of entrepreneur, with individuals from throughout Arlington, the Capital region, and beyond offering their own insight and experiences.
This month’s special guest was Katie Gage with SpringBoard, a national non-profit dedicated to the support of female entrepreneurs. To date, the organization has 547 alumni from across the country that have raised $6.2 billion in capital – much of it in-part to Katie’s dedication and contributions.
@ItsKatieGage: Springboard doesn't invest $ in companies-we provide personalized coaching, resources + connections #startupchat
The conversation touched on work/life balance, as that’s always a hot topic when women discuss the idea of having it all. Some interesting perspectives discussed:
Answer from @ItsKatieGage: Is there such a thing as work life balance? haha It's different for everyone!#startupchat
Answer from @EthosGold: I've found 6:00am yoga helps me keep perspective thru the grueling day of an entrepreneur. Great for balance. #startupchat
Another topic that struck up some attention-grabbing conversations during this particular chat was the idea of pitching advice – and pitfalls. I hear frequently from VCs around Arlington and across the country about seemingly-harmless habits that can make all the difference in that all-important pitch meeting – those habits that seem to be more common amongst women. Carla Valdes, a general partner with Fortify.vc, and someone who knows a things or two about pitching and funding, chimed in with some great advice:
@CarlaMValdes: @VivaLaCatt Dress code should be what makes you feel like a rockstar! Don't over think, what you say is more important than what you wear
@IamJives: Ending every statement as if it was a question.
@CarlaMValdes: @VivaLaCatt correct. Be confident. Strong and factual. Never seem to doubt yourself or your responses.
@CarlaMValdes: @VivaLaCatt We are harder on ourselves that our friends will be. Watching yourself on video, although painful is the best way to improve.
An incredibly helpful aspect of these chats is the resources that are shared with fellow entrepreneurs. Individuals who have become #startupchat regulars are, quite simply, a wealth of knowledge, and I am proud to call them my colleagues amongst the country’s incredible entrepreneur community. For anyone looking to embark on the exciting world of entrepreneurship, male OR female, I invite you to join us for our #startupchat each month. The insights alone are amazing.
To follow the entire conversation, just check out #startupchat. Don’t forget to join us on Twitter on the third Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. to be a part of this exciting and growing conversation! Carla Valdes will join me on October 17th to discuss the art of pitching and securing funding for your startup. And of course, for news from Arlington, Virginia and its entrepreneur community, follow me on Twitter at @iAmJives and our business investment team at @AEDBizInvest.Topic: