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Saving Superwoman: Super Role Models

In honor of the first ever Global Entrepreneurship Week and Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, IBM hosted a WomenSpeak Webcast where the top international female businesswomen gave advice to other rising superstars.

This initiative was started by the Kauffman Foundation, but IBM took it to the next level with the webcast themed “Women Entrepreneurs Leading Innovation Globally.” You may be thinking that entrepreneurship is only a business thing but both innovation and entrepreneurship are essentials for the superwomen of tomorrow. These tips can be used in both the office and the classroom, not to mention the after graduation job hunt.

“Innovation means different things to different people. For me it is improvement on an existing product or process that betters our quality of life” says Bola Olabisi who called in from the UK. She also believes that we superwomen must be realistic when pursuing our ideas. Doing the research, weighing the pros and cons and staying tenacious are all important for taking your new “it” thing to the top and succeeding in any endeavor.

Another panelist, Maria Contreras-Sweet, who founded the first and only woman-owned bank in California, had special advice for young innovators. She says “Trust your own instincts. Figure out what would make your life easier and patent it. What you feel, everyone else feels and that is the next innovation.”

IBM exec, Amparo Martinez, explained to listeners the three essential ingredients for future entrepreneurs (and superwomen): leadership, innovation and talent. She also stressed the importance of collaboration. “None of us are as strong as all of us.” Remember every superwoman needs a super role model and other superwomen for support.

Marsha Firestone expanded on these important innovator traits when she gave the scoop on an unreleased study by the Center for Women’s Business Research which polled the top grossing female owned companies to find the 7 characteristics of every successful businesswoman. The list included the desire for lifelong learning and a continued push for overall growth. For more visit in a few weeks when the official numbers are revealed.

Other tips on innovation included asking your team for ideas because sometimes leading can require following. Communicating with your peer group can also be vital to getting ahead. As well as strategizing for that promotion by finding a mentor and asking other superwomen how they made it to superhero status.

Moderator and IBM VP, Marilyn Johnson wrapped it up with the perfect call to arms for superwomen worldwide, “Don’t just multitask but hypertask, and do it with style.”

See you innovators in the skies…

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Saving Superwoman: Getting Over the Hump (Day)

Not everyday is a good day for saving the world and even superwomen have rough patches. Mondays and Wednesdays can be some of the hardest days in a girl’s week. With meetings, interviews, and assignments it is easy to get discouraged. But a little self motivation always helps (along with a fabulous outfit to cover up the drab mood). So the next time you get a little down, close your eyes and try one of these mantras to keep the supervillanous stress at bay, put a smile on your face, and the world in tact.

For tackling that test or acing the interview:

“I deserve this! I have worked hard and therefore I will reap what I sow. I am a woman who knows what she wants, and I will go after it.”

Or for a day when nothing is going your way:

“Today is a bad day, but tomorrow can only be better!”

Try creating you own motto that will keep you motivated no matter what. Your saying should include your goal along with the ideal characteristics it takes to get there. The next step is to make it real. Hang it on the wall above your desk, write it on the top of your exam or say it when you look in the mirror. No obstacle can hold a superwoman down when she has a motivational mantra to recite. “Up, Up and Away!”

See you in the skies…

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Saving Superwoman: Superhero 101

Watching our President-elect last night surrounded by my fellow students in the local chicken joint, a weird thought ran through my mind – Barack Obama is a modern day superhero!

With an O on his chest and an American flag as his cape, Obama jumps from state to state giving solutions to the villainous issues of healthcare and a flailing economy. Chanting his victory catch phrase, “Yes, We Can,” as he flies away to his secret lair, the White House.

Well…obviously that’s just my imagination, but our soon to be President certainly dons the qualities of a successful superhero and a phenomenal leader. We superwomen could definitely take a few pointers as future leaders.

It’s all about charisma – that personal magnetism. It’s one of the key characteristics of every revolutionary, and superwoman. Obama’s speaking ability and powerful message are things that help him to draw a following, but his bright smile and ‘Average Joe’ demeanor are also essential for his achievements. He exudes all the qualities of a leader - honesty, humility and intelligence.

So, where can a superwoman get some of this charisma stuff?

Some say you are born with it, but it can be learned. Eye contact, body language and confidence are all things that help create charisma. Try practicing your delivery in the mirror or being your own cheerleader to build a self-assured aura. Don’t forget to smile! And believe me once you’ve got it, it becomes a lot easier to get what you want. Whether is be a summer job, an A in Economics or that cute boy you saw yesterday in the quad.

Now that you know what every superwoman needs to be super, you are well on your way to getting your own fan club!

See you (and Barack) in the skies…

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It seems that people love to play matchmaker these days. The second someone finds out you have a "crush", they go into super cupid mode trying to hook the two of you up. Is this as despised as I think it is?

Saving Superwoman: Sidestepping the Sniffles

It’s that season again… the person next to you in class is coughing out a lung and you’re pretty sure your roommate has something like pneumonia. On a campus with thousands of students packed in close proximity it is rare to avoid the latest winter bug.

But a superwoman has no time to be immobilized by bacteria, so your faithful sidekick has come to the rescue with tips on staying infection free! And if you’re already on the list of cold casualties, we’ve got a few suggestions for maintaining that flawless appearance of picturesque health through snot and sniffles.

1. Sanitize Your Space: The spines of library books, the keys on computers and definitely that desk in class are a germ’s best friend. When you can’t escape the hundreds of hands that roam the college halls, it’s important to remember your pocket size hand sanitizer (Try: Burt's Bees Aloe & Witch Hazel Hand Sanitizer Spray). Spraying the doorknobs and countertops of your dorm room can also help to avoid sharing more than the remote with your roomie. But remember nothing can replace good old fashioned soap and water.

2. Meet the Flintstones: Vitamins are a daily must, but especially when illness is near. A regular multivitamin, like new One A Day Teen Advantage For Her, can stop a sore throat from morphing into a full on viral attack. It is especially essential to increase your Vitamin C intake, so stock up on the O.J. If you already have the symptoms, try DayQuil to keep you running your usual superwoman stunts without the drag of drugs.

3. Dress weather-wise: Your wardrobe is the key to warding off all disease. UGGs and miniskirts, hoodies and shorts, gloves and flip flops are just not weather appropriate or fashion forward, so opt for layers instead. Cardigans and scarves are just some of the must haves for this fall that can be easily adapted from breezy afternoons to frigid nights. And if you already have the shivers, a stylish outfit can make a throbbing head and running nose seem much more fabulous.

4. Take a Sick Day: Even superwoman has “Get out of Class FREE” cards on reserve and staying in to rest can help cure any ailment. But use your time wisely. Make sure to e-mail your professor explaining your near death experience and get your assignments taken care of while on bed rest. You have a lot on your plate and a day without class can be the perfect time to get a break from the hectic humdrum and catch up on your soap operas and Ramen.

With these simple tools a superwoman can dodge the latest campus virus with ease and continue on the track to world domination without missing a beat.

See you in the skies…