comfortable with details, data, and lots of information, but as an entrepreneurs, the focus needs to shift to the big picture. Therefore, to aid in changing this mindset, she stressed the importance of networks and mentors.

Finally, Windham-Bannister addressed the problem that many women entrepreneurs face of having limited networks. She suggested that they utilize available male mentors and their networks, as well as those associated with women. She went on to discuss gender differences in professional networks and mentoring. Specifically, she discussed a study that showed that Caucasian men receive more information about opportunities of all types—jobs, money, networking opportunities—through their networks than do women or racial minorities. To cover such information gaps, she encouraged women to find a support-system not only to gain a strong network, but also to learn from their mentors’ skills and experience.



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