Holiday – Year-End Finances – w Michelle Singletary, Washington Post Personal Finance Expert

“It’s how you think about the money thing” that drives your spending and saving habits. Money. We need it, struggle to manage it and don’t know who to listen to for advice. Everyone seems to be telling us what to do – “On sale, Buy now!” “Save for retirement!” “Low interest rate!” What’s a money-smart… Continue reading Holiday – Year-End Finances – w Michelle Singletary, Washington Post Personal Finance Expert

How FinTech & Data Science Increase Opportunities For Women – Shamina Singh, Mastercard Center For Inclusive Growth

“There are networks that power the modern economy. They can be financial networks…social networks, energy networks, transportation networks…You have to be connected up into these networks in order to realize your full potential.”  Shamina Singh But 1.7 billion people are not connected to these networks, and most of them are women, according to Shamina Singh,… Continue reading How FinTech & Data Science Increase Opportunities For Women – Shamina Singh, Mastercard Center For Inclusive Growth

Start-up Resources – Julie Lenzer, UMD Entrepreneur Program

“It’s easier to change the world with money…Ideas are out there…the trick is in the execution. It’s not always the best technology that works…Be persistent.” Julie Lenzer Having a great idea for a new technology or new business model that you think can change the world is terrific. But it will only make that change… Continue reading Start-up Resources – Julie Lenzer, UMD Entrepreneur Program

“The Force Awakens” in the C-Suite: As 2015 Becomes 2016, “Nice to Haves” Become “Must Haves”

As 2015 becomes 2016, it is striking how many issues that were once dismissed as “just a public relations issue” or “nice to haves,” underfunded and relegated to departments deemed less influential, are now high priorities in the C-suite. (Photo credit: Doug Mills) What’s going on? Has the Star Wars “Force” awakened the C-suite?

Economics of Green Energy

Secretary Chu and Elon Musk, participating in a fireside chat at the ARPA-E convention. Steve Clemmons moderated the event.Photo Credit: Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department Date Taken: 02/26/2013 -14:18 In the current global economic climate, does the investment in green energy make sense? With the U.S. mired in political gridlock, “sequester” spending cuts taking effect, and… Continue reading Economics of Green Energy

How an upstart helped Samsung beat the iPhone in energy efficiency

Mobile phones are a massive business. Carriers had registered 5.9 billion mobile-cellular subscriptions as of January 2011, putting global penetration at 87 percent, according to the International Telecommunications Union. Think about all the energy required to charge all those phones. Fortunately, there are innovations in the works to reduce those energy requirements, and the resulting… Continue reading How an upstart helped Samsung beat the iPhone in energy efficiency

Looking for a Job?

Looking for a job? Between 1 and 3 million new U.S. manufacturing jobs are being created in the energy field over the next 5 to 10 years. But before you say “I’m not an engineer,” remember: They hire administrative assistants, marketers, project managers, bookkeepers and finance people too, that is, all levels and skills. This… Continue reading Looking for a Job?

Green Economy + Women = Economic Growth

“Would you call a police officer who uses a computer system in his car…part of the high-tech economy?  Probably not, but he’s using a computer every day to do his job and it’s fundamentally changing his job. “The green economy is sort of similar to that in that it’s a set of industries and occupations… Continue reading Green Economy + Women = Economic Growth

Corporate America Needs to Get Out of Its Own Way

Imagine being in the room when Grey Advertising’s Amanda Zolten suggested to her colleagues that they use her cat’s soiled litter box to pitch a new client. How many people laughed? Or rolled their eyes? Or even thought she’d be in trouble? That’s the problem. Corporate America is in its own way. Every day, in… Continue reading Corporate America Needs to Get Out of Its Own Way