USDOT Business Leadership Series Webinars

Women in Business: Superwomen 

Thursday, November 5, 2015 | 2-3 pm EDT
Featured Speaker:Sonu Ratra, President and Co-Founder, Akraya, Inc.In the staffing industry, Sonu is recognized as a highly motivated and focused thought leader. After more than a decade of Staffing Management experience, Sonu co-founded Akraya with Amar Panchal in 2001 with a vision to empower clients to deliver revolutionary products by providing innovative talent solutions. Besides leading and accelerating Akraya’s aggressive growth plans, Sonu spearheads Akraya’s social responsibility efforts such as the India Literacy Project’s annual Race for Literacy. She also advocates for the empowerment of women, promoting girls in STEAM industries, and driving diversity.Ying McGuire, VP, International Operations & Business Development, Technology Integration Group (TIG)Ying leads TIG’s international business, business development with fortune 500 companies, as well as diversity initiatives. Under her leadership and guidance, this past year, TIG has expanded its presence in China, acquired two companies in Canada, and conducted business in 12 countries through a global partner network. Six Fortune 500 companies became TIG customers in 2014. Ying championed TIG’s Alliance Program that is designed to onboard and nurture a quality pool of certified diverse businesses with the intent to partner with them on future opportunities. Diverse businesses include small business (SB), minority business enterprises (MBE), women business enterprises (WBE), veteran business enterprise (VBE), disabled veteran business enterprises (DVBE), and historically underutilized businesses (HUB).

Introduction: In the past half century, women have played increasingly prominent roles in the U.S. labor force, as workers, managers, business owners and executives. Today, there are more women in leadership positions than at any time in this country’s history.  Women are making history and changing the face of this nation’s economy.  Today, women hold over 51% of all management and professional positions.  Fourteen percent of the military are women.  There are 104 women who are elected members of Congress – the highest ever. About 29 percent of America’s business owners are women.According to the National Association of Corporate Directors, companies that have women on their boards generate value to their corporations by broadening market vision, enhancing board dynamics, inspiring female stockholders and improving corporate reputation.What are the characteristics of these successful women? How did they get to where they are today? What are the social and economic implications of this increased participation of women in labor force and business? What does the future hold?

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