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Advice for Women in Tech from Leading Digital Entrepreneur Yao Huang

Meet Yao Huang, founder of The Hatchery, an organization instrumental in developing the New York technology ecosystem, and one of the top entrepreneurs in her field. She leads the enterprise incubator in innovating products with corporate partners — from ideation, development, sales and funding to exit. She’s an adviser and...

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YALI Presidential Summit offers a conversation about women’s rights

On the sidelines of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Presidential Summit in Washington, several Mandela Washington Fellows met with U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Cathy Russell to discuss the state of women’s rights in Africa and ways to work for positive change in their home countries. The reason why the...

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Unleashing the Entrepreneur in Every Woman

“We believe that everyone is an entrepreneur,” said Takunda Chingonzoh, a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow and YALI Network member. “It’s only a matter of people finding that aspect of themselves.” Recently, Chingonzoh and his team focused on helping one particular group find that aspect of themselves: women. They did it...

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Is she ‘bossy’ or are you biased?

More African women are breaking the “glass ceiling” in the business world by advancing to management positions. As a result, more women are finding themselves on the receiving end of criticism from both male and female subordinates. There are complaints like “she’s bossy,” or “she doesn’t respect the people who...

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Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu exports Ethiopian heart and sole

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu grew up in Zenabwork, an impoverished borough of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Its residents were skilled artisans who could make shoes from old car tires and inner tubes, but had no jobs that earned regular money. She saw resources from elsewhere in Ethiopia — such as coffee and...

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Unlocking Opportunity for Women in Business

As the YALI Network kicks off #Africa4Her, we’re looking at some of the biggest issues facing women in sub-Saharan Africa today. And the issues that hold back women — 50 percent of the population — hold back the countries they live in. Nowhere is this so clear as in the...

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Ambassador Cathy Russell on #Africa4Her

Cathy Russell serves as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. Previously she served at the White House, coordinating the development of the Obama Administration’s strategy to prevent and respond to gender-based violence globally. Join Ambassador Russell (@AmbCathyRussell) for a Twitter #YALICHAT on Wednesday, March 2nd at 13:30 UTC. Additional...

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Delivering Hope to Mothers

Some 40,000 women in Nigeria stand to die during pregnancy this year. This statistic became a reality for Adepeju Jaiyeoba, 31, when she lost a close friend to childbirth complications in 2011. The loss jolted her into action. That year, Jaiyeoba started the Brown Button Foundation, a nonprofit organization that...

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