In Good Company Blog

4 Very Engaging Upcoming Events at IGC – Strategy, Funding, Creative, and Sales

 

April 21, 1-3pm
Grow Your Business (and Have a Life) in the Growing Future of Work Environment

WHAT: An interactive workshop that empowers you to evaluate the strength of your revenue streams and client base, while also looking at the costs and time that it takes to run your business.

WHY: You’ve heard of “getting more BANG for your BUCK” and this class will help you make sure that BANG is properly aligned with that BUCK.

WHO: Sophie Wade, CEO and Founder of Flexcel Network. She has an MBA from top European business school, INSEAD, and spent several years doing venture capital and playing strategic development roles in high-growth companies.

Flexcel, is deeply involved with helping entrepreneurs and … READ MORE >>

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NEW! Panel Series on Everyday Leadership @ IGC

 

We are thrilled to announce a new panel series for members of In Good Company.

Over the next 12 months, IGC will host a series of panels designed to empower YOU to take a role in many important issues impacting enterprising women today.  The theme for the series is:

Everyday Leadership:
How to play a small but important role in big and important issues

Each evening will focus on a different topic and feature knowledgeable and thought-provoking panelists who will not only deepen our understanding of the issues, but also instruct us on how to become everyday leaders by taking small, manageable actions that create positive change for all. The conversations will address WHY THIS MATTERS and WHAT YOU READ MORE >>

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Circle Up! IGC Launches a Peer Mentoring Program for Members

We are excited to announce a new opportunity for IGC members to create lasting relationships, leverage the strength and support of their peers, and move their businesses forward…

Circle Up!

For each problem we face as founders and owners, there exist many solutions. Being so close to the problem can often prevent us from seeing those endless possibilities. It is the purpose of each Circle Up mentoring group to discover those solutions by tapping into the collective wisdom of your fellow IGC members.

Each Circle Up! Group will consist of 4 businesses (matched according to age, size, industry and need) that will meet monthly to troubleshoot and brainstorm about the challenges that each faces in her business. We will provide

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The Best Fan Mail

Like most other entrepreneurs we draw inspiration from all around us and are constantly looking to other business to learn lessons and check out ideas. So of course we are always flattered when we are the source of someone else’s inspiration! Last week Noella de Jager, a coworking space owner from the Netherlands, got to work at IGC and it turns out that she’s been following us since our inception. She had put together the idea of a shared work space on her own but sprung into action after she saw In Good Company featured in Springwise shortly after we opened. We were thrilled to host her and to learn about the role we have played in her own story. … READ MORE >>

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What Happens When Girls are Called “Little Miss Priss” at the Science Center…by the Staff?


School is out in St. Louis and I’m in survival mode. We have several un-programmed weeks to fill before we spend a month with our families at a lake in PA. And my kids can’t go for 5 minutes without fighting with each other, especially if we are inside and extra especially if we are inside our own house. Since they wake up a little before 6am each morning, you can see why I might be panicking. But being a planner by nature, I’m coping by creating a robust and enriching calendar of activities and adventures. St. Louis has a lot to offer so it’s actually a challenge to cram a summer’s worth of events into just four short weeks.… READ MORE >>

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10 Tips for Taking Maternity Leave as an Entrepreneur

I’m nearing the start of my third maternity leave in four years. Given the way that I worked for the first 6 years I was an entrepreneur I would have never thought that any time off was possible, but it is. No matter what, time off is possible. Still in order to make it happen many things need to be adjusted and planned for. I find myself talking to my self-employed friends about the specifics of maternity leave a lot. I thought it would be helpful to share some of the lessons that I’ve learned from my own experience as well as my clients’. And by the way, these are great tips for ANY time off – extended vacation, summer … READ MORE >>

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Becoming is the Hardest Part

There’s a theory used often in career counseling that refers to three modes or perspectives, all of which are integral to meaningful work and a meaningful life: doing, being, and becoming.

  •  Doing is about conducting purposeful, goal-oriented activities.
  • Being is about taking time to reflect, being introspective, and savoring the moment.
  • Becoming is about the journey. Being able to imagine your future state and seeing your present as a connected to that possibility.

I’ve thought of a lot over the years about these modes, applying them far beyond my career.

My default mode is DOING. In fact I only used to be comfortable in this mode. Yoga used to make me anxious because it’s too BEING oriented (versus other types … READ MORE >>

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Is Being an Entrepreneur a Responsible Career Choice?

I have had lots of reasons for being an entrepreneur over the last 10 years.

At first it was the only way to do what I wanted, especially when all the “working-for-others alternatives” seemed painful.

Then I had an idea that I couldn’t put down.

Then I couldn’t stop pouring myself into my work and it felt amazing not to have any artificial limiters. No red tape but my own.

At every step along the way I’ve loved and embraced the challenge, novelty, thrill, and meaning that comes not just from working for myself but from helping and supporting other women who are also creating meaningful work for themselves. I’ve always appreciated the theoretical flexibility that accompanies entrepreneurship, but it’s READ MORE >>

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Girl Power is Powerful

I love when my world and the world conspire to teach me a lesson. It happened this fall when the book “Raising My Rainbow” helped me realized that I was being more tolerant of my son’s gender non-conforming behavior than I was of my daughter’s gender conforming behavior. As a result I withdrew her from a painful Irish dancing class that she hated and enrolled her in the preschool ballet class that she had wanted all along. She adores it and that has come to be both her favorite 45 minutes of the week, as well as mine.

And it happened again this last week. As I’ve written several times, the age of three ushered in an unbridled affair with … READ MORE >>

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How to take responsibility for something bad you’ve done, like shooting your neighbor with a BB gun

A funny thing happened to me over Christmas break. Well, it was actually only remotely funny a couple hours later, after I had a chance to calm down, reflect on the fact that no one had been seriously hurt, and feel comforted by the fact that responsibility had been taken.

 It was the Friday before Christmas and our UPS man had just delivered our last huge batch of gifts for the kids. That morning had been unseasonably warm and we had been out on the porch playing and swinging. By the time the afternoon rolled around though it was frigid. Usually the kids help me ferry in packages from the porch, but given the biting cold I had to keep … READ MORE >>

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Being Extreme

“Too often, its not the mountain’s harshness that kills climbers but their own hubris.” – Mark Jenkins with regard to the climbing trophy Mount Everest, which has now been summitted by more than 4000 people. (full piece found in The Week)

I don’t need to wonder if I’m the kind of person who could climb Everest. I’m not.

The summer I was 14 I went on a month-long outdoor adventure experience, during which we were guided up the summit of the Grand Tetons – small potatoes for those in the Everest world but a big deal to the kids on the trip. We spent the day before the summit clinging by the metal spikes on our shoes to … READ MORE >>

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The Joy of Connection

Recently I’ve taken to saying that I’ve been wrong about pretty much everything in my life. Anytime I feel myself establishing a “plan of action” or prediction for the future, I reminded myself of just how wrong I’ve been in the past.

For example, I thought it was ludicrous for some of my high school peers to even entertain the idea of getting married right after college. Yet, I got married just weeks after college graduation. Of course at the time, I thought that it was forever. But it wasn’t. In my early 20s I couldn’t fathom what it would be like to be divorced and faced with starting over. But then I found out. Around the same time I … READ MORE >>

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Yoga Pants and Entrepreneurial Patron Saints

A lot has been said about the Lululemon founder’s gaffe and non-apology apology last week. Some are outraged and called for boycott, while others encouraged people to look a little deeper. Personally, I was put off by his comments when I read about them, and horrified by the whole interview when I actually watched it*. Aside from the notion of “women’s bodies not working” being incredibly offensive, it just seems like an incredibly unenlightened thing to say – from both a feminist standpoint and also from a general business savvy perspective. Chip Wilson founded a female-oriented “tribe” business. For him in particular, the consumer relationship is king (or perhaps I should say queen). Nothing matters more than … READ MORE >>

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My feminism now.

 

Last week I went to a terribly fascinating women’s event that was part of the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival. We heard from brilliant, inspiring and fascinating authors and an author/comedian as well. One author was Lynn Povich, whose book “The Good Girls Revolt” details how the women of Newsweek magazine sued their employers for sex discrimination in 1970 and by doing so set off a wave of feminist action, particularly in the world of journalism. It was her talk that sparked an interesting conversation about what had become of feminism in the younger generation – my generation.

The audience, largely comprised of women in the generation above mine, chimed in asking questions such as: Where are … READ MORE >>

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Composing a Life

A few weeks ago I wrote a few pieces of advice to my 18 year old self. I had just learned about a panel called “Composing a Life: Women Inspiring Women” which was produced by a women’s organization here in St. Louis for the students and community of Washington University. The panelists were all professional women of varying ages, stages, and industries who were willing to candidly share their take on “life after college” and how to pursue both professional and personal success.

I immediately signed up and began contemplating what would have been really helpful for me to hear when I was 18. I came up with these two lists. (ONE and TWO.)

Last week … READ MORE >>