•  The women indicated that success in entrepreneurship results from the following attributes: patience, passion, persistence, and teamwork.

•  Most found work-life balance difficult, but recognized that success was about integrating work priorities into life.

•  None of the women mentioned gender issues on their own accord when discussing entrepreneurship, and the interviewers did not initiate discussion of this topic.

Sanders concluded that these female IT innovators evolved over time both in their interest in entrepreneurship and in their confidence to succeed. She then drew on her own experiences, first as an intrapreneur, and currently as a social entrepreneur, to emphasize the differences between such endeavors. Specifically, she commented that as a social entrepreneur, resources are limited and the jobs may be exhausting, but the rewards are high and the passion for making a difference is important. She reiterated that providing educational opportunities may be the logical next step for motivating and preparing the next generation of entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and social entrepreneurs.



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