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By their very nature, entrepreneurs tend to be self-motivated, problem solvers, risk-takers, and out-of-the-box thinkers. However, these same qualities can be beneficial in a more traditional work environment as well. So, how do you embrace an entrepreneurial spirit, even if you aren’t technically an entrepreneur? More so, how do you embody these entrepreneurial attributes in…

When launching something for the first time or getting involved with a new group, it’s human nature to be somewhat anxious or curious about what to expect.  Britni Salazar has experienced conquering the unknown on many fronts. As the Marketing Communications Specialist at RIVS, a Chicago-based start-up that provides digital interviewing software, she manages all marketing…

It’s no secret that instilling confidence at a young age translates into confidence in the working world. As I manage a team largely comprised of females, I know first-hand the importance of developing and nurturing self-esteem in young women. On a personal level, I grew up in a family of four girls and now have…

Last night’s inaugural ARA Seattle event was a huge success, thanks to the talented and dedicated women in tech who gathered to share their perspective on what’s required to attract, retain and advance women in tech within the Seattle community– and beyond. The night kicked off with special guest speaker, Dawn Lepore, who imparted lessons…

Head Up (vs. Head Down)

According to recent research, women are starting their careers with more education than men. So, why is it that women are less likely to ask for raises, aspire to top management, or share accomplishments with their bosses? At last week’s Ms. Tech event, speaker Ce Cole Dillon (COO, School Loan 411) reflected on her experience…

What Equal Pay Legislation Means for You

Last week, President Obama signed into law an executive order which is an attempt to level the playing field in relation to the gender gap in compensation. Citing Census Bureau figures (pdf) showing that women who work full-time earn 77% of what men earned in 2012, the directive, titled Expanding Opportunity for All, prohibits retaliation…

I recently read the New York Times’ Business Section article by Claire Cain Miller titled “Technology’s Man Problem” – then I read it again. At first, I was expecting another write-up about women who try to “have it all” and wanted to dismiss the whole thing.  But something made me come back and read the…

Mentoring is at the cornerstone of ARA’s mission and last week we hosted a speed mentoring event (sponsored by Greenberg Traurig) to facilitate introductions between potential mentors and mentees. This speed mentoring forum gives women in technology the opportunity to meet each other and determine if there is a fit for an ongoing mentoring relationship.…

In work, in school, at the gym and just about everywhere in life, this familiar saying holds true: “You only get out what you put in.” The same goes for mentoring relationships. If you expect to gain knowledge and opportunities from a mentor or as a mentor, you have to put in the work required…

Last week, our good friends at Ms. Tech hosted a fabulous event which highlighted the stories of four Chicagoans – female entrepreneurs and executives who all had a story to share. If you were unable to attend the discussion, we’re here to fill you in. In a crowd of predominantly women, Patricia Anderson (CIO, Rewards Network), Shradha Agarwal…