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At six months on the job, Natalie Madeira Cofield, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women’s Business Ownership at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), provides executive oversight, management, leadership, and championship of female entrepreneurship. A seasoned entrepreneur and executive with over 15 years of experience in securing diverse capital, Natalie oversees the largest expansion of the Women’s Business Center network in the history of the SBA and more than $70 million in federal grant-making to support the growth of women-led firms.  Read more ……

Even before Covid-19, it was hard for some women entrepreneurs to make time for long-term strategic thinking about the growth of their companies. Time—especially for women with school-aged children—became an even more precious commodity during the pandemic. As entrepreneurs learn to manage their businesses in the era of Covid-19, it is critical to reorient ourselves to future possibilities in an age of uncertainty. Read more ……

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the business landscape in a matter of weeks. Both inside and outside of the workplace, obstacles and challenges quickly surrounded even the most successful organizations. The changes forced every leader to radically rethink how they defined risk and resiliency. Read more ……

When it comes to reputation, DEI has become a C-suite priority that risk management professionals, human resources, legal counsel, and leadership at all levels of an organization must support. Beyond ethical and moral considerations, research shows that there are compelling business reasons to pursue DEI.  Read more ……

Ahead of Hispanic Heritage Month, Apple announced a $30 million commitment toward programs advancing racial equity in the US.  The investment is set to support new initiatives through the tech giant’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, which was established in January with an initial $100 million investment. In this latest commitment, there is a special focus on advancing education and career-development opportunities for Hispanic people. Read more ……