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Womenable "A Connotation for Control" PowerPoint slideshow


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A 12-slide show summarizing research among women business owners in the US looking at the relationship between desire for work-life balance and business growth

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Womenable "A Connotation for Control" PowerPoint slideshow

  1. 1. A Connotation for Control: Women Business Owners Seeking Balance AND Growth 2008 ISBE Conference Belfast, Northern Ireland Julie R. Weeks President & CEO Womenable
  2. 2. A Closer Look at a Unique Population <ul><li>Women business owners seeking to grow their firms to the million-dollar level </li></ul><ul><li>“ M3” initiative launched in 2006; size of community has grown from 15,000 to 60,000 in just the past year </li></ul><ul><li>Two online surveys: August 2007, April 2008 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Three Key Questions (I) <ul><li>Are women who seek to grow their enterprises to the million-dollar level concerned at all with the issue of work-life balance? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Three Key Questions (II) <ul><li>How do balance-seekers differ from others in terms of personal/business characteristics and level of focus on growth? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Three Key Questions (III) <ul><li>Do women business owners who are seeking or who have achieved greater work-life balance grow their firms at a different pace, or do their accomplishments lag those of others? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Greater Balance Most Prevalent Reason for Starting Firm Less So, But Still #1 Even Among Larger Firms
  7. 7. Those Seeking Balance More Likely to be Married, Have Children at Home * Pre-school, primary, secondary school aged
  8. 8. Balance-Seeking Not a Corporate Refuge Nor an On-Ramping Strategy
  9. 9. Seeking Greater Work-Life Balance Does Not Lessen Focus on Growth Balance-Seekers Equal Achievements of Others
  10. 10. Achieving Greater Balance Does Not Dampen Business Growth Level of Balance Achievement
  11. 11. Conclusions <ul><li>Even women seeking to grow their enterprises desire greater balance in their lives </li></ul><ul><li>Quest for greater work-life balance IS related to life-stage </li></ul><ul><li>Neither desire for nor achievement of greater work-life balance negatively impacts business accomplishments </li></ul>
  12. 12. Implications <ul><li>Is ‘balance’ a connotation for ‘control’? </li></ul><ul><li>Has the growth of women-owned firms been dampened by a misunderstanding of terminology, incorrect assumptions about desire, capacity for growth? </li></ul><ul><li>Support for women business owners should examine ways to be supportive of growth goals in ways that are complementary to issues of ‘work-life balance’ </li></ul>
  13. 13. Thank you for viewing and listening Visit to read and download the research paper Click on the link above, or go to and click on “Publications”, then on “Research Briefs and Reports”