Best of 2014 // December 31, 2014

When you are trying to launch your upcoming project, career, or business, Twitter is a great platform for networking. Because the majority of users are public, and anyone can read and interact with your tweets, it allows access to top entrepreneurs, motivators and mentors.

These are our picks for best Twitter accounts to follow in order to boost your business and entrepreneurial efforts.

Entrepreneurs

Eric Knopf (@ericknopf)

Knopf is a serial entrepreneur and has been involved with a variety of small ventures and startups. He is the co-founder of web technology startup Webconnex and his Twitter feed is full of tips and ideas to inspire and empower other budding entrepreneurs.



Penelope Trunk (@penelopetrunk)

As the founder of leading career development community Brazen Careerist, Penelope Trunk’s Twitter is a must follow stream, with tweets on balancing life, business, entrepreneurship as well as some humorous thoughts on life. Look to Trunk’s tweets for ideas on becoming a better leader and thoughts on how to live a more successful life.


Richard Branson (@richardbranson)

As the founder and driving force behind the Virgin Group, Branson is everyone’s favorite quirky entrepreneur, leading the way for workaholic entrepreneurs to “have their cake and eat it too.” Look to Branson’s Twitter feed for not only his thoughts and insights into business leadership and entrepreneurship, but also for his ongoing volunteer efforts, including eco-friendly, conservation and social good campaigns. Branson also frequently responds to followers, making him an accessible resource for insights on many different topics.

Information & Idea Sharing

Melinda Emerson (@SmallBizLady)

Looking for someone whose tweets are going to shame you into making your entrepreneurial dreams come true? You’re in the right place. Melinda Emerson is a Twitter favorite; Forbes even named her the #1 Influential Woman for Entrepreneurs. She is an author on becoming your own boss and leads weekly live Twitter chat #SmallBizChat Wednesdays 5-6pm where her community flocks to discuss the latest and provide insights and tips for successful entrepreneurial and small businesses success.

Guy Kawasaki (@guykawasaki)

Guy Kawasaki is the Co-founder of Alltop, an information and headline sourcing powerhouse, a contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine and a Twitter favorite with over one million followers. Kawasaki is a brilliant businessman and his tweets (lots of them) show his apt dedication to marketing in the digital age, social media and tools to power businesses and personal branding. His feed always keeps you guessing, as he will occasionally throw in some tweets on other subjects, llike politics, health and pop culture.



Jeff Bullas (@jeffbullas)

Need some answers on digital marketing, social media or how to harness them for your business? Jeff Bullas’ Twitter feed is the perfect place to look.  Touted as one of Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers, he tweets the latest on trending news, social media tips, case studies and insights into social media marketing to help power brands, and businesses.

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Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan)

Speaker, author, publisher and CEO/President of Human Business Works, Chris Brogan is helping power your career one tweet at a time. Brogan offers digital courses, mentorships and coaching, and followers get insights into his digital marketing, sales and self-motivating tips through his tweets. Keep tabs on Brogan’s feed for sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes photos and for responses to questions.

Motivators:

Sumaya Kazi (@sumaya)

Entrepreneur, speaker and thought leader, Sumaya Kazi has worn many hats, and followers get a peek at her insights and thoughts on topics like entrepreneurship, young leaders and professionalism, career development, non-profit work, social media, technology and diversity. But don’t be surprised if you spot a couple of tweets on family, college football and salsa dancing sprinkled in her feed.

Brian Moran (@brianmoran)

Business owner Brian Moran describes his work as “helping entrepreneurs and marketers navigate the small and medium-sized business space.” Moran’s followers get all of that and more. Moran tweets his experience as an entrepreneur and publisher and mixes his own views, as well as experiences, tips and advice from other established entreprenuers.

Jeff Barrett (@BarrettAll)

As the founder and President for Status Creative, Jeff Barrett not only offers great insight into the developments of the digital world, including marketing, social media, PR and more, he is a great networking resource for entrepreneurs and the business-minded individual alike. He runs the weekly #BareItAll live Twitter chat on Wednesdays at 11 am - noon, often including a guest host and a discussion  on a range of food-for-thought topics on digital, social, PR and pop culture. Barrett also makes himself a resource for others to connect and engage with him.

Who are some of your favorite mentors and motivators to follow on Twitter? Share your thoughts with us and tweet us @madewomanmag!


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Business // March 24, 2014

When you are trying to launch your upcoming project, career, or business, Twitter is a great platform for networking. Because the majority of users are public, and anyone can read and interact with your tweets, it allows access to top entrepreneurs, motivators and mentors.

These are our picks for best Twitter accounts to follow in order to boost your business and entrepreneurial efforts.

Entrepreneurs

Eric Knopf (@ericknopf)

Knopf is a serial entrepreneur and has been involved with a variety of small ventures and startups. He is the co-founder of web technology startup Webconnex and his Twitter feed is full of tips and ideas to inspire and empower other budding entrepreneurs.



Penelope Trunk (@penelopetrunk)

As the founder of leading career development community Brazen Careerist, Penelope Trunk’s Twitter is a must follow stream, with tweets on balancing life, business, entrepreneurship as well as some humorous thoughts on life. Look to Trunk’s tweets for ideas on becoming a better leader and thoughts on how to live a more successful life.



Richard Branson (@richardbranson)

As the founder and driving force behind the Virgin Group, Branson is everyone’s favorite quirky entrepreneur, leading the way for workaholic entrepreneurs to “have their cake and eat it too.” Look to Branson’s Twitter feed for not only his thoughts and insights into business leadership and entrepreneurship, but also for his ongoing volunteer efforts, including eco-friendly, conservation and social good campaigns. Branson also frequently responds to followers, making him an accessible resource for insights on many different topics.

Information & Idea Sharing

Melinda Emerson (@SmallBizLady)

Looking for someone whose tweets are going to shame you into making your entrepreneurial dreams come true? You’re in the right place. Melinda Emerson is a Twitter favorite; Forbes even named her the #1 Influential Woman for Entrepreneurs. She is an author on becoming your own boss and leads weekly live Twitter chat #SmallBizChat Wednesdays 5-6pm where her community flocks to discuss the latest and provide insights and tips for successful entrepreneurial and small businesses success.

Guy Kawasaki (@guykawasaki)

Guy Kawasaki is the Co-founder of Alltop, an information and headline sourcing powerhouse, a contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine and a Twitter favorite with over one million followers. Kawasaki is a brilliant businessman and his tweets (lots of them) show his apt dedication to marketing in the digital age, social media and tools to power businesses and personal branding. His feed always keeps you guessing, as he will occasionally throw in some tweets on other subjects, llike politics, health and pop culture.



Jeff Bullas (@jeffbullas)

Need some answers on digital marketing, social media or how to harness them for your business? Jeff Bullas’ Twitter feed is the perfect place to look.  Touted as one of Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers, he tweets the latest on trending news, social media tips, case studies and insights into social media marketing to help power brands, and businesses.

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Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan)

Speaker, author, publisher and CEO/President of Human Business Works, Chris Brogan is helping power your career one tweet at a time. Brogan offers digital courses, mentorships and coaching, and followers get insights into his digital marketing, sales and self-motivating tips through his tweets. Keep tabs on Brogan’s feed for sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes photos and for responses to questions.

Motivators:

Sumaya Kazi (@sumaya)

Entrepreneur, speaker and thought leader, Sumaya Kazi has worn many hats, and followers get a peek at her insights and thoughts on topics like entrepreneurship, young leaders and professionalism, career development, non-profit work, social media, technology and diversity. But don’t be surprised if you spot a couple of tweets on family, college football and salsa dancing sprinkled in her feed.

Brian Moran (@brianmoran)

Business owner Brian Moran describes his work as “helping entrepreneurs and marketers navigate the small and medium-sized business space.” Moran’s followers get all of that and more. Moran tweets his experience as an entrepreneur and publisher and mixes his own views, as well as experiences, tips and advice from other established entreprenuers.

Jeff Barrett (@BarrettAll)

As the founder and President for Status Creative, Jeff Barrett not only offers great insight into the developments of the digital world, including marketing, social media, PR and more, he is a great networking resource for entrepreneurs and the business-minded individual alike. He runs the weekly #BareItAll live Twitter chat on Wednesdays at 11 am - noon, often including a guest host and a discussion  on a range of food-for-thought topics on digital, social, PR and pop culture. Barrett also makes himself a resource for others to connect and engage with him.

Who are some of your favorite mentors and motivators to follow on Twitter? Share your thoughts with us and tweet us @madewomanmag!


Published in Business
Friday, 20 December 2013 20:33

Business | How to Network at Company Events

Business // December 20, 2013

It's not uncommon for business professionals to spend a large amount of their time attending conferences, business meetings and company events. It is during these times that a person needs to put his or her networking skills to work, connecting with people who can help him or her to grow as a working professional. Thankfully, there are several ways to effectively network at company events. Let's dive in and take a look at six tips you can follow to improve your networking.

Tip 1) Hang Out in the Lounge Area

Chances are, there will be a speaker or two that you aren't that interested in listening to. During these times, let your feet guide you to a nearby lounge room. You are likely to find other people hanging out in the area. Whether it be a sponsor, company CEO or just another guy or gal like you, mingle among them and let your networking skills shine. Find out why they are there, who they work for, and most importantly, ask how you all can be of benefit to one another. Chances are, all of you can offer valuable advice to one another.

Tip 2) Differentiate Yourself

You need to get noticed at your company events. To do this, there needs to be something about you that stands out from the crowd. Whether it be wearing lime green shoes or a blue dotted tie, find your signature style and stick to it from one company event to another. As time goes by, sponsors and investors who attend the events will come to notice you; this can help you land that next investment you need to start your own company. 


Tip 3) Take Any and All Business Cards

While it's a good idea to have a handful of business cards on you at all times to give away, make sure you collect them as well. For anyone that you come in contact with who you want to stay in touch with, ask for a business card and offer them one as well. 


Tip 4) Use Mobile Apps

Chances are the event you’re going too will offer an app for you to download on your smartphone. If you’re the one organizing the event for your company, plan on using the DoubleDutch event app. By doing this you will improve the attendee engagement in ways that they’ll not only retain more of the information they learn, but they’ll have fun sharing it too! Check them out for more info on the features their app offers. 


Tip 5) Know Who Is Going to Be There

Before you dash off to your next company event, do a little research. Make sure you know who the speakers are as well as who the people are that will be attending. If there is a speaker or other attendee you really want to catch a few minutes of alone time with, schedule a five minute meeting with him or her prior to the event. In doing this, you don't have run around trying to get the person's attention at the conference.

Tip 6) Be Genuine

If you act fake and/or arrogant, you will turn people away from wanting to talk to you. You have to be genuine. Networking is all about developing meaningful relationships with other business professionals.

To get the most out of your next company event, make sure that you are both interested in what other people have to say, and do your best to be interesting as well. Take time for each person that wants to talk to you, and better yet, make time to talk to the people you want to connect with.

Published in Business
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 18:24

Made Woman Magazine Summer Social!

Join Us For The Made Woman Summer Social!

Special Invite For the Made Woman Network

Are you looking for a better way to network? Made Woman Mag is dedicated to providing opportunities to network and make real connections -- while having a great time. Now we are taking things to the next level and bringing together an intimate group of business professionals, entrepreneurs and experts.

Join us August 22, at the Culver Hotel as we network with LA's best and brightest and get up close and personal with industry experts!


                               

Brittney Castro                                                              Charla Baker-Jackson

CEO & Founder of Financially Wise Women                Career Development & HR Expert (TMZ, FOX)

                      

Serena Watson & Lindsey Day

Made Woman Mag Co- Founders & Entrepreneurship Experts

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Thursday, 04 July 2013 17:52

Made Woman Magazine 2 Year Celebration!

Join Us For The Made Woman 2 Year Celebration!

Special Invite For the Made Woman Network -- July 10, 2013

It's time to celebrate two years of Made Woman Magazine's success! In two years, we've experienced 700% growth in unique visitors and 600% growth in our presence on social media. Join us July 25th at The W Los Angeles - Westwood as we celebrate and kick off our summer networking series. Don't miss a thing! Arrive early and enjoy food, fun and fabulous people. Come out and network with LA's best and brightest.

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Lifestyle // March 25, 2013 

It’s been 10 years since you have seen your high school classmates. It seems like another lifetime ago. You may find yourself curious every now and again about ex-boyfriends and the “popular” crowd, but is that enough to motivate you to revisit the high school days? Plus, the five social networks you actively use have made it impossible to lose touch with anyone since 2004. I admit, I am a bit torn about attending my own high school reunion. So I did what any other 28-year-old professional woman would do and made a list:

1. The Facebook Factor

Con:

One of the main arguments I’ve heard for not attending these reunions is that you can already catch up with those you care about (and some you don’t) via Facebook. The pictures, status updates and timelines already clue us in as to whether or not our ex is fat and lonely and if the “it” couple ever got married. And when you are looking on Facebook, it saves you the awkwardness of those face to face encounters (you know you don’t remember the names of half your graduating class).

Pro:

While social media does allow us to connect and share, the experiences we have connecting in the real world far outweigh that virtual high. While most of the people I do want to be reunited with are my Facebook friends, I still would like to see them in person, give them a hug and meet their spouses. I would like to hear about their travels firsthand rather than just browse a photo album. Plus, Facebook is a great tool for warming up for a reunion. If you are looking to make business connections or are struggling to remember a face, use “the book” to look it up pre-event and save yourself time and potential embarrassment.

2. Romy & Michelle in Real Life

Con:

We all think of Romy and Michelle pretending to invent Post-Its and we laugh, but the truth is, we can relate. The thing about these reunions is that they can drive us to examine ourselves under a harsh microscope. We can begin to compare ourselves to other people who we feel have accomplished more. It also forces us to be harder on ourselves in terms of getting our butts into gear for starting that business, leaving that job, or writing that book. Not being where you thought you’d be professionally is a lot more depressing when you find out that the guy voted least likely to succeed is making $100k a year.

Pro:

While it is always tempting to compare ourselves to others, we should definitely refrain. Use this gathering as an opportunity to be proud of what you have done in the 10 years since you donned that cap and gown. I guarantee that when you compare yourself to how you were at 18 you will definitely feel like you have come a long way. This can also be an excellent eye-opening experience. Maybe a conversation will inspire you to move forward. This reunion might be the extra motivation you need, and you may find that your high school buddies are still some of your biggest cheerleaders. Remember, success is defined differently by everyone. You may have all been competing for the same guy, top spot in the class or prom queen, but you all know now that life is about so much more than all that.

3. Bad Memories

Con:

You don’t want to drudge up past drama. Let’s admit it: high school is full of as many feuds, fails and awkward moments as it is fun times.  There will always be those people you just don’t want to see and those things you just don’t want to remember... like your sophomore yearbook picture.

Pro:

True, there will always be that time you fell and ate it bad outside of French class (true story) or the girl who made fun of you for what you wore, but are these things worth missing one of life’s milestones? No matter how hard it is to be the bigger person or come back from an absolute embarrassment, it is always worse to not show up at all. Besides, everyone probably forgot about your fall (here’s hoping), and that girl who made your life miserable may want to apologize. Let’s all remember, there have been way more trying times since high school (college, anyone?), and those are great equalizers.

4. Serving Your Interests

Con:

Reunions can be costly. I’ve heard of some that seem like prom (formal dress, exotic venue) 10 years later.

Pro:

If money is a factor for you, and you truly can’t justify a steep cost (especially if you have to travel to get back to your hometown) then don’t go. However, if you have advance notice and can find some other classmates who are willing to go with you and maybe carpool (think those who rode in and helped pay for the prom limo) then try and make it work. A great way to find out how much this will cost you and offer suggestions for savings would be to track down members of the organizing committee on Facebook and inquire. Ask them if they’ve planned yet and what they are thinking about doing so you can get an idea.

5. Show Off

OK, I’m just gonna say it. A really great reason to go to your reunion is to flaunt what you’ve got. I was never the valedictorian or the homecoming queen or a star athlete, but at least I have some great clothes, a great job and a wonderful man to take as my date. I am really looking forward to showing all that off at the reunion. I don’t mean that to be snobby, I really want my high school mates to meet my guy and for everyone to know that if you work your ass off, you can have everything you want. That’s a message I love sharing with everyone.  If you have three kids, go to your reunion with their pictures to show off proudly. If you have a blog, go with business cards ready to show off your space. Brag about those things that make you, you. And of course, network galore.

6. Missing Persons

The last reason I have for going back to school is one of pure hope. There is always that one person who has gotten away. They don’t seem to be on Facebook and no one has heard from them. Sure, there is always a chance they won’t show, but if they were truly your friend years ago, you go in hopes that they do.

You don’t have to take my advice on all this. I am considering this as someone who has never been to a reunion before and still keeps in touch with a lot of the people I was friends with back then (case in point, Made Woman Editor-in-Chief, Serena Watson). Do I need a reunion with everyone? No, not necessarily. I could just as easily set up coffee dates and lunches via Facebook or send emails. But if my school is going to go through the trouble, I figure, why not? While we can’t go back and change the past, we can stare it in the face with new found confidence and relive those moments that made us the person we are today. The decision is yours, but whatever it is, make sure you are making it based on who you are today and not who you think you were then. Bring someone you know you will have a good time with and devote your evening to speaking with those who you truly miss or would like to reconnect with.

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Business // December 17, 2012

Someone says, “The office Christmas party is next week!” You think, “Bring on the booze!”…and we have a problem. I really don’t know the origin of this idea that the office Holiday/Christmas party should be a near-orgy, booze fest but I’m pretty sure the cast of Mad Men is to blame. Be that as it may, we don’t all have to succumb to the tequila and free-for-all thinking. In fact, if you play your cards right, this year’s Holiday/Christmas/Kwanzaa party could be a strategic success story for you and your career. I’m here to help you navigate your way through this minefield party. Watch and learn.

What to Wear
Yes, the hottie from the mail room will be in attendance at the party. But no (please God, no) this does not mean you should wear your hoochie-fied Vegas outfit to get his attention. Keep in mind the other 200 or so guests, some of whom may have the clout to get you a better, higher paying job. That is if you don’t blind them with your cleavage in that itty bitty dress first.... 

Here are some cute looks suitable for a Holiday/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah party:

     

                  Bebe, $69                                                    Bebe, $139


      

               Urban Outfitters, $199                           Forever 21, $22.80


How to Drink
So, they have turned the copy room into a wet bar and the free alcohol is flowing…everywhere. You are itching to do a round of shots with Phillip from accounting just ‘cause he dared you to. But before you do that, do me a favor. Close your eyes and envision all the pictures your co-workers are gonna take of you going "Gangnam style" on your boss’s desk once you get blitzed. Envision the embarrassment you are going to feel when HR calls you the next day and asks you to explain the photo copies of your butt, signed by you, and left all over the lunch room. Then think about how you will feel when people tell you that you got on the mic and demanded a raise from your idiot boss. In those words. Now, open your eyes and just say no. Keep it classy with one or two glasses of wine.

How to Dance
Things are getting loose now. The marketing department has taken over the dance floor and are attempting dance moves they saw in a Lady Gaga video. My advice to you is to proceed to the dance floor with caution. If you are a bad dancer your lame gyrations will only make people realize that you are…well, lame. If you are a good dancer but did not heed my warnings above (see “how to drink) you may end up doing a dirty dance with the maintenance guy which will be the talk of the office for weeks. When in doubt, just fall back on the faithful two-step...or go play poker.

How to Network
Now everyone is having a good time. The higher ups are letting their hair down, ties come off, and everyone seems a bit more approachable. Warning: this is all an illusion. No matter how many drinks your boss has had if you guys were not best friends before the Holiday/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Ramadan office party, now is not the time to force the issue.  Do not tell embarrassing or overly personal stories. Don’t follow him or her around subtly (or not so subtly) asking for a promotion. Instead, use this time to network among your entire company, meeting new people or talking with those you work with but never had the time to get to know. Introduce yourself to someone you think may be a good mentor. And if you do get some one-on-one time with your boss or someone you think could be beneficial to your career, have your one minute “elevator speech” ready. An elevator speech is a concise, pre-prepared -- but casual -- speech about yourself and what you do that will make you memorable to someone.  And as always…have your business cards ready!

Yes, parties for Holiday/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Ramadan (or whatever you kids celebrate these days) should be fun and are great way to make friends with your co-workers. But never forget that you are still in a work environment. What you do can and will be used against you come Monday morning. If you make the right moves, however, this will not only be a great party…it could shape up to be a great opportunity.

Published in Career

September 24, 2012 

We’ve all heard the saying, “it takes a village.” While that old saying is usually directed towards child rearing, you can also apply it to your own professional and personal goals. Building a strong community is key to achieving your objectives. As a Made Woman, you’ve probably already heard the benefits of creating a powerful network.  But what does “networking” entail, exactly?  Are you picturing lame events and rapid-fire business card exchanges?  And what do you do with this lovely new network once you’ve assembled it?  Don’t worry; it doesn’t have to be a confusing ordeal. Here are 5 tips for building and managing a powerful network:

Get Clear on Your Why

First things first, reframe the way you think about networking. Move beyond the image of just shaking hands and doling out cards and begin thinking of networking as building quality, sustainable relationships. Next, make sure you’re clear on why you’re building your network. Are you a professional mamacita who is looking to build solid professional contacts in your industry? Are you a savvy entrepreneur who wants to create a community of fellow business owners? Maybe you’re a newly graduated scholar who is ready to begin climbing the corporate ladder. The clearer you are on your purpose, the easier it will be to build a powerful network.

Start with Who You Know

You may have 1200 Facebook friends but the truth is the average person can successfully manage about 150 active relationships. That’s 150 people who already know, like and trust you. You want to make sure you are maximizing the potential of those friendships by actively cultivating the relationships you already have. Begin working through your contact list and update your current network on what you’ve been up to and the types of opportunities you’re looking for. Craft an email that you can tailor to each specific person. This is not the time for a blanket email bcc’d to your entire email list. Cultivating these relationships takes time and the personalized touches you add will go a long way.

Meet New People

Networking presents an excellent opportunity to bring new awesome people into your circle. Identify groups and organizations that match your mission and whose members line up with your purpose. Set a goal for yourself to attend one new mixer or event each month (or each week if you’re a turbo-charged networker). Once there, be friendly, confident and strike up conversations. Most importantly, just be yourself! Allow the people you’re speaking with ample time to talk about themselves; you’ll have plenty of time to follow-up with them later and showcase your talents.


Follow-up, Follow-up, Follow-up

Networking is worthless if you don’t follow-up. Make sure you contact each person you’ve met within 48 hours. Depending on the situation, you can call, email or send a physical card. All you need to do is let them know you enjoyed speaking with them. If you spoke about something in particular, now is a great time to send that additional information along. You can invite them out to lunch or coffee to continue to nurture the new relationship. Lastly, ask them if there is anything you can help them out with.

Make Yourself Useful

Remember, building your network is all about relationships, and relationships are all about give and take. When it comes down to it, make sure you are offering your network what they need. A simple email with a link to a relevant article can go a long way in keeping yourself at the forefront of your network’s mind and showcasing your value. I make a general rule to end all conversations and coffee date meetings asking the simple question, “What can I do for you?”

Building a strong network is an important aspect of reaching your professional and personal goals. If you take a good look at successful people, one thing they share is a powerful network that they’ve cultivated over the years. With these steps, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a Made Woman with a strong community behind her.

Published in Career
Thursday, 19 July 2012 23:08

Watch Now | "I Am A Made Woman" Video

July 19, 2012

Strength, style, business acumen, creativity, awareness…. these are just a few of the traits that a Made Woman possesses. When creating our "I Am a Made Woman" video with director/producer Trescher Chambers, we set out to showcase a handful of real women who, in their own respective elements, personify these attributes and many more. 

We took a look at our immediate networks and were astounded by the successful women we’ve been fortunate to come in contact with over the years—five of whom became a part of bringing our vision to life:

Dawn Richard: this platinum-selling singer and former member of Danity Kane and Diddy Dirty Money recently launched her solo music career and is the first voice you hear in the video. A passionate musician with an eclectic, soulful sound, you can find out more about her recent solo project here: http://bit.ly/Hw2xZP

Eve Torres: WWE Diva, philanthropist, spokeswoman & instructor for the Gracie Women Empowered Self-defense program and former industrial and systems engineering major at USC (a.k.a. one smart cookie). Our current Made Woman of the Month, you can read more about what Eve is up to here: http://bit.ly/LTaMEe

Allison Torneros: this visual and graphic artist and entrepreneur has turned her artistic talents and passion into a lucrative career, recently showcasing her work at her first solo art show. Read our feature on her here: http://bit.ly/Mcg8Xe

Jaisy Geans: this former USC graduate is the manager of Nine Zero One Salon in West Hollywood and is pulling double duty by also embarking on a career in broadcasting. Jaisy knows how to juggle it all! She manages over 14 employees in a bustling West Hollywood salon, and does it with style.

Rachel Butler-Green: a professional dancer who splits her time between performing on stages around the world and teaching a community dance class, proves what is important to her when she says “I know giving back to the community makes me better.”

These 5 women, in addition to a host of others, helped us to bring to life our vision of what a Made Woman truly is. By forgoing the use of actors—and instead paying tribute to real, hard-working women pursuing their dreams—we upheld the core mission of Made Woman Magazine. We hope that it entertains in addition to painting a clear picture of Made Woman Magazine is headed.

If you would like to support the mission of Made Woman Mag please visit our Indiegogo page for more info!

Published in Current

April 23, 2012 

In today’s world, the speed of connection has never been faster.

Our desires for human attention and self-expression have limitless opportunities with the Internet. From hobbies to dating to personal and professional networking, we have the bases covered.

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Pinterest, Myspace (yes, it still exists), FourSquare, Yelp, Couchsurf, Bing,  Google+, Instagram, Google Hangouts, BranchOut and Meet-Up are just a small sampling of what’s out there allowing us to over share and connect to our hearts' content.

Besides finding a new place to post a profile pic, the internet has so much to offer. There are thousands of sites all just a Google search away, including ones that could help us get to the next level in our careers. 

So, What Do You Do?

Taking it a step past LinkedIn, many industry-specific social media sites exist to help people in various professions. Are you in Human Resources? Well then there’s a site for you! Check out www.hr.com.  Are you in Business and Finance? Check out www.meettheboss.tv. Are you in Academia or Research? You’re good as well! Visit www.academia.edu. It’s like made to order career advice.

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There are countless sites out there, but here are a few, listed by industry, which may be useful to you.  And while this sampling by no means represents all that’s available, it should get you thinking about researching others like it and pondering the increased benefits it could bring: 

A Few Other Helpful Sites for Business Purposes

The list goes on and on.

These social media sites provide an opportunity to reach niche communities you might want to be more involved with for your job. It’s a way for you to connect with like-minded people, share thoughts and trends in your industry, and view content targeted directly to you and your interests.

It’s easy to see how a person can further develop personal passions just by going online and joining some virtual communities. More than ever before, people are coming together to build spaces for collaboration, and it is in our best interest to take advantage of these opportunities and join the party. 

What are your favorite career sites? Share your favorites in the comments below! 

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