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“Business Women Rising” Launches Leadership Development Services Targeting Women and Enterprises

New firm provides programs to drive business success and inclusive leadership
Newport Beach, CA, June 9, 2010 – Business Women Rising, a leadership
development services firm dedicated to the advancement of women business leaders
and inclusive leadership teams, announced its official launch today. With a unique
service platform and a team of experienced executive coaches, business educators
and management consultants, Business Women Rising offers leadership development
and consulting services that support the advancement of high-potential business
women and their employers.
“Our tagline is ‘Success Just Got Easier,’ and that is what we strive for. We aim to
help business women at all career levels become successful leaders, so that they not
only achieve their full potential, but also drive more profitable growth for their
organizations,” says Debra Boelkes, Founder, President and CEO of Business Women
Many studies have shown that companies with more women in senior leadership
roles are more likely to achieve higher performance. A 19-year study by Pepperdine
University found of 215 Fortune 500 firms, the 25 companies with the best record of
promoting women to high positions were between 18-69% more profitable than the
median Fortune 500 firms in the same industries. According to the “Best Companies
for Leadership” survey published by Bloomberg in 2010, the top
20 companies are more likely than other companies to find value in being inclusive.
These organizations are recognizing the importance of incorporating women in the
high-level decision making process as well as attracting and retaining talented
“It is evident that inclusion is an emerging trend and is essential in driving business
success. At this time when companies are looking to gain a significant competitive
edge as the economy rebounds, it is even more crucial that companies set a strong
foundation by cultivating top talent,” Boelkes commented. “The founding executives
of Business Women Rising each bring more than 25 years of professional leadership
experience gained within Fortune 500 companies. We understand the challenges that
women face in their careers as well as the critical needs of the companies. Our goal
is to be a one-stop resource that helps business women and enterprises accelerate
their growth."
Business Women Rising introduces “Leadership Vistas,” unique peer-to-peer
mentoring forums where members at similar levels of management meet in small
groups with fewer than 20 people. The meetings are facilitated by an executive
coach in a confidential setting so members can freely discuss business ideas,
network and exchange best practices.
Business Women Rising also offers leadership development workshops through the
“BWR Institute.” These programs address topics critical to leadership success,
including engaging and retaining top talent, inspirational leadership, influencing and
negotiation strategies and more. In addition, Business Women Rising offers
customized executive coaching and corporate consulting for firms that are looking to
increase collaboration, mentoring and leadership development within the
“We offer our clients effective, targeted solutions based on a thorough understanding
of their business objectives, unique corporate environment and budget requirements.
Our approach includes men in the process, because we believe it is important for
men and women to collaborate effectively to unleash their greatest potential,” says
The Leadership Vistas and BWR Institute are now open for registration. Companies
and professionals can obtain more information about the programs at
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