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Obama Announces Choice to Lead SBA

Posted by HH on December 24, 2008

With the swiftness of his announcement of Karen Wells as his choice to be the next Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration on December 19, President-elect Barack Obama has clearly indicated the importance of that position to his administration.  He has named his nominee to be the SBA Administrator much earlier than the Clinton and Bush Administrations did when first elected, who made their choices known in March 1993 and February 2001 respectively.

President-Elect Obama and Karen Mills

Preident-Elect Obama and Karen Mills

More important than the early selection of his nominee for SBA Administrator is who recommended Mills, Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, the former Chairman and current Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  Snowe had sent a letter to Obama on December 8 asking that the Adminstrator position be re-elevated to Cabinet-level status.

In her press statement congratulating Mills for being nominated for the SBA position Snowe said, “…I hope President-elect Obama will carefully consider my proposal to re-elevate the SBA Administrator to Cabinet-level status — as under the Clinton administration — so that Karen can have the maximum impact on America’s 26 million small businesses, which create three quarters of net new jobs annually.”

So what experience will Wells bring to the table?   Equipped with an MBA from Harvard University, Wells has 25 years experience as a principal in the private equity and venture capital industry and has taken a leadership role in the growth of more than 20 companies in the consumer products, food, distribution, textile and industrial component sectors according to the press statement released by President Elect Obama.  A resident of Maine, she chairs the Governors Council on Competitiveness and the Economy.

Mills appointment was praised by Massachusetts Senator John  Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

“The President-elect’s selection to lead the SBA demonstrates his commitment to bring Washington in touch with the real needs of Main Street.  Karen has been a champion of small business,” said Kerry in a press statement.

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Author of Book on Career Success for Professional Women on Economic Perspectives December 22

Posted by HH on December 18, 2008

Marshawn Evans, author of SKIRTS in the Boardroom, will be the featured guest on Economic Perspectives on skirtsDecember 22.  Dinita Caldwell, a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Economic Development Committee, will be a guest co-host for the Evans interview.

According to Evans, women make up one-third of Fortune 500 managers, but make up less five percent of the top executive earners in the country. Through SKIRTS, which stands for Sisterhood, Knowledge, Integrity, Respect, Tenacity, and Substance, she provides inspiring business advice to professional women looking to take their careers and lives to the next level.

Marshawn Evans

Marshawn Evans

In the introduction to SKIRTS, Evans ,who appeared on Season 4 of Donald Trump’s television show, The Apprentice, writes that SKIRTS  “is a book about success, success on your own terms in a world where being on a show like The Apprentice is not the summit of your achievements, but merely one more piece of the puzzle that makes you CEO of you, of your career, and your destiny.”

Besides her appearance on The Apprentice, Evans is an entertainment attorney and founder of ME Unlimited, a corporate consulting firm specializing in peak performance, diversity and in developing life-dynamic leadership strategies for women.  She graduated with honors from Texas Christian University with a bachelors degree, and earned a law degree from Georgetown University.

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November 3 Economic Perspectives Features “Save Yourself Financial Plan” for Women

Posted by HH on October 31, 2008

Monique Gonzalez

Monique Gonzalez

Monique Gonzalez and Dinita Caldwell will discuss the Women and Money: Save Yourself Financial Plan workshop series sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Austin Alumnae Chapter on the November 3 edition of Economic Perspectives. The workshop series, based on Suze Orman’s book Women and Money, will cover the following subjects in it next four sessions:

  • Credit Cards and FICO credit Scores – November 13
  • Retirement Investing – December 11
  • Must Have Documents – January 10
  • Protecting Your Family and Home – February 11

    Dinita Caldwell

    Dinita Caldwell

Monique Gonzalez is chairman of the economic development committee of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Austin Alumnae Chapter. She has a bachelors degree from Texas A & M University, a masters degree from the University of North Texas and a law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. She is an attorney and owns a property management company. Dinita Caldwell is a member of the Delta’s economic development committee and the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Community Outreach Coordinator for Capital Metro. She has a bachelors degree from Michigan State University.

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