A panel of three prominent female entrepreneurs and Mihaylo’s John Bradley Jackson, head of the Center for Entrepreneurship, discussed the opportunities and challenges facing women in the business world. The discussion, held on Jan. 14, was moderated by Richard Franzi and broadcast on OC Talk Radio’s “Critical Mass.”
Women comprise a large and growing percentage of business entrepreneurs in America today. “Twenty-nine percent of non-farm businesses in the U.S. are owned by women, contributing $1.2 trillion to the economy,” says John Bradley Jackson, head of Mihaylo’s Center for Entrepreneurship. He notes, “7.8 million women own businesses in the U.S., and one in eleven or twelve women could be described as entrepreneurial.” While only four percent of the CEOs of large corporations are women, significantly underrepresenting the demographic, that figure is rising steadily. By 2040, it is estimated that one-third of American corporations will be headed by female executives.
Jackson and a panel of three female entrepreneurs, Tomilee Gill of Executives Unlimited Inc., France Dixon Helfer ’78, a CSUF biological sciences alumna, healthcare entrepreneur and executive advisor; and Darcie Harris, founder and CEO of EWF International and the Alpha Mare Academy, explored the opportunities and challenges women face in the business world, particularly in management and entrepreneurial positions, during the “Do Women Leaders Think Differently than Men in Business?” discussion on Jan. 14 at Mihaylo’s O’Brien Center.