Ten years ago the first DWEN (Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network) Summit was hosted in Shanghai. Two main factors shaped the idea of DWEN – the fact that entrepreneurs are the force that historically leads the economy out of financial crisis, and that women business owners still struggled to access the capital, networks and resources they need to take their businesses to the next level. Fast forward to today, as delegates gathered from around the world for DWEN 2019 in Singapore, I was thrilled to see how the network and the event has evolved and grown from 50 to over 5,000. It has become such an incredible network for women entrepreneurs to foster growth and innovation.The spirit of DWEN is all about sharing stories and insights including the journeys of not-so-successful entrepreneurial ventures and their trials and tribulations. A culture where we allow space for failure, and recognize what it teaches us, ultimately delivers better results.Failure is not a bad wordThe concept of success from failure is not new, especially to the technology industry. Product and service innovation, agile processes, and R&D, is all about learning from failure and making improvements.Hearing from our many excellent speakers, I was really struck by their openness to share examples of when they got something wrong and how they learned from it – such as Sherry Boger from Intel who talked about cultural nuances that she had to adapt to when she moved to APJ.For women entrepreneurs who are scaling their businesses beyond borders, understanding these differences and learning from a network of peers along the way will help them navigate this.APJ driving innovationThinking about innovation and development, DWEN’s return to the APJ region is significant to the global adoption of emerging technologies. Women entrepreneur led organizations are leveraging these emerging technologies to facilitate business growth and enable societies and communities.We are seeing leadership in technologies like 5G, AI, blockchain, and the region holds many shining examples of digital cities and IoT deployments. It holds great potential and when women entrepreneurs can fully embrace this opportunity, it’s almost hard to imagine the full possibility.How APJ cities enable growth for women entrepreneursMinister Grace Fu, Singapore’s Culture and Youth Minister, joined the panel on Going Global: Doing Business in Asia, and offered insights into some of the complexities around the role of women in business and in society in Singapore and Asia, such as expectations around family obligations or finances.The WE Cities research assesses indicators for cities around the world that facilitate women entrepreneur’s business growth. In our 2019 research, we found:The top three cities in APJ were Melbourne, Sydney and SingaporeThe region ranks highly in the technology pillar and is the top improving region in that respect. Women in APJ have the power to use technology as an enabler and driving force behind their businesses, more than anywhere else in the worldThe region also performed well in the ‘talent’ pillar, but there are improvements to be made for ‘culture’ and ‘markets’.The WE Cities research gives us these insights to help drive conversations with governments and stakeholders, with the overall goal of facilitating women entrepreneurs who are engines of future economic growth.Our work through the DWEN platform is all about growth – building foundations, making connections and addressing challenges, to enable women entrepreneurs to grow their organizations. And the DWEN network has grown, too!As Karen Quintos mentioned in her recent post, DWEN is evolving. We are hosting regional DWEN events and are proud to have launched new DWEN chapters – most recently in India. These communities at the ground-level will continue important conversations throughout the year.I can’t wait to see what comes next as a result of these forces of innovation, growth and failure, come together.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration is moving to revoke the designation of Yemen’s Houthis as a terrorist group, citing the need to mitigate one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters. President Donald Trump’s administration had branded the Iranian-backed Houthis as a foreign terrorist organization, a move that limited the provision of aid to the beleaguered Yemeni people, who have suffered under a yearslong civil war and famine. A State Department official confirmed the move Friday after members of Congress were notified of the administration’s plans. The official said the removal changed nothing about the Biden administration’s views of the Houthis, who have targeted civilians and kidnapped Americans.
DEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoAlthough the Wisconsin women’s soccer team went winless against a pair of unranked teams this weekend, University of Wisconsin head coach Dean Duerst thinks the team played great.The Badgers lost in overtime to Illinois Sunday and tied Iowa Friday. Despite a poor start against the Illini, Duerst’s admits his team should have won.”We played great, actually,” Duerst said. “We played our worst half of soccer all season in the first half against Illinois. Conditions on the field were just miserable and the wind was a factor, and they scored two goals first 15 [minutes], second half we scored two goals the first 15[minutes].”It’s a game we should have won,” he continued. “You look at should-haves, it’s how this team handles that and I think they’re experienced, they know what to expect … We have played excellent soccer and from a coaching standpoint, we’ve got it going and now we just need to … move forward, get better, keep improving because we know how critical your last ten games make your season.” Seniors Amy Vermeulen and Marisa Brown and juniors Kara Kabellis and Allison Priess each scored goals for the Badgers over the weekend.Vermeulen leads the Badgers in goals with five goals. Both Priess and Vermeulen lead the team with 10 points apiece.With four upperclassmen leading the way for the Badgers, Duerst expects his team to continue to improve with each game.”Our team is very balanced right now in our scoring, which is what a coach always wants,” Duerst said. “We’ve got numerous players getting points for us … We have an experienced group of players.Tiffany Weimer: Wisconsin’s match-up against No. 2 Penn State might be the team’s most crucial game of the season. The Badgers have already lost one match to a top-10 team, No. 3 Portland.The Badgers saw a more complete and talented team when they played Portland. However, Penn State is a different team and is led by only one player, Tiffany Weimer.”Portland this year obviously opened our eyes in a different way,” Duerst said. “But with Penn State, they’re a team we can beat. We’ve had success against them so that’s important going into the match … Penn State has one incredible player (Weimer) and a very, very athletic, solid team behind them. I think Portland is a team with overall a much better soccer team. The thing is Penn State is more athletic and more physical and that’s part of the way our conference is.”Weimer has already scored 15 goals in only 10 games for the Nittany Lions. She is just eight goals shy of Christie Welsh’s Big Ten record of 82 career goals and has scored in all 10 games for Penn State.Weimer helped lead Penn State to a double-win weekend against Indiana and Purdue. The Nittany Lions creamed the Hoosiers 2-0 and beat the Boilermakers 3-2 in overtime.”Penn State offers just a great challenge,” Duerst said. “They’re 10-0. They’re No. 2 in the country. We played Portland, No. 3 in the country, so it’s going to be a great game.”Penn State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 11-1-3. The Badgers’ only win against Penn State was 10 years ago when UW beat Penn State 1-0. Last year, the Badgers lost 4-0 to the Nittany Lions. Two years ago, Wisconsin tied Penn State 0-0.Border Battle: The Badgers will return home this weekend to face border-rival Minnesota and No. 2 Penn State.Penn State leads the Big Ten with 10 consecutive wins while Minnesota is currently ranked No. 6 in the Big Ten with five wins.”It’s just going to be a great weekend because this Border Battle is starting to really grow with our team,” Duerst said.Wisconsin took the early lead in the second annual Border Battle when the No. 10 Wisconsin volleyball team upended the No. 5 Golden Gophers Friday night.The women’s soccer team will look to avenge last year’s 2-1 loss to the Gophers at the McClimon Soccer Complex.