News and Notes Summer 2012

Global Growth

When it comes to driving economic growth in developing countries, entrepreneurship is key. And women make excellent small-business owners. “Being an entrepreneur allows a woman to be economically independent, more so when there are highly opportune markets to be tapped,” said Sairee Chalal, founder of Fleximoms, in an interview in USA Today. Chalal and others attended the recent Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network conference in New Delhi, which brought together some of the top businesswomen in the world. “India is a green field of amazing opportunities,” Lakshmi Pratury, founder of the Ink Conference, told USA Today. “The unorganized sector—household help, people who sell vegetables by the side of the road—are almost all women. That’s what’s going to work in India: many, many small-business owners.” See more at  

And speaking of entrepreneurs . . .

Sharon Vosmek, CEO of Astia, a venture accelerator for women-led high-growth companies, has four rules for up-and-coming women entrepreneurs. Number 1: Less QQ, More Pew Pew! Or less whining, more shooting at your goal. Find the other three at

Fund Facts

Welcome to our three new Governance Council members – Patricia Callahan, Shelby Redmond, and Carol Wixson.

Thank you to Governance Council members who have recently finished their board service – Lee Gatta, Carolyn May, Sarah Merrick (chair), Shannon Nelson, Elizabeth Ross, Karen Schroeder, and Laura Spring.

The Women's Fund of Central New York is a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation.

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