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  • Blog Post: CA dreamin'....

    This week sees our Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston. I hear it's hot and humid. If you're not there in person you can see some of it online . Getting texts from the guys there. They get funnier as the night goes on. Whereas, I have just arrived in a hot and sunny San Fran, leaving a rather autumnal...
  • Blog Post: Silicon Valley to South Africa

    It's been a while since I had time to reflect and update my blog. Where did May go? After my US trip in April, things have been a little hectic. I spent the first week of May in SA meeting Partners, Govt officials, seeing our facilities and programs and discussing our plans with the local Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Regional Innovation

    In case you haven't seen these - the East of England development agency (EEDA) - in conjunction with Library house - are hosting their Destination Growth event tomorrow with some great keynotes. Then Advantage West Midlands are holding their annual ICT conference on 22nd November. You'll find representation...
  • Blog Post: Women Ambassadors

    On Monday, fresh from a relaxing weekend in St Andrew's (where it rained a lot), I participated in a panel discussion along with Margaret Hodge, Minister of State for Industry and the Regions, at the launch of the Women's Enterprise Ambassador's Network . The recruitment of 1,000+ to this network...
  • Blog Post: Internet Peeps

    Last night I met up some folks at an Internet People dinner at Adam St club. I've heard good things . I felt like an imposter (and said as much) as I can't claim to know a fraction of what's going on 'on the scene' as the Web 2.0 entrepreneurs and the VC's out there in the thick of it. Or even our very...
  • Blog Post: TGIF

    Happy Friday. Gosh....what a week. Looking forward to chilling out over the long weekend. Got back from Seattle on Wednesday straight into a meeting with SEEDA about (primarily) women's enterprise and what we can together in the South East. Last night I attended the Thames Valley Economic Partnership...
  • Blog Post: Globalisation & Immigration

    George Magnus (senior economic advisor at UBS) writes in this month’s BA Business Life about skilled migrants – how the people arriving in the UK these days are often not escaping poor countries – but rather are “simply choosing to work in countries other than those of their birth”. I am a case in...
  • Blog Post: Enterprising Women

    Well this week sees another series of interesting meetings and events (and meals) in London: the 8th is International Women's Day and I start the day off as a guest at the HSBC/Aurora breakfast over in Canary Wharf. Then it's off to the RSA to hear from George Osborne and others about the social impact...
  • Blog Post: Trestle Foundation and Group CEO honoured again

    Schonenbach Receives Government Award During the eServices Philippines: 7th Global Sourcing Conference and Exhibition EDSA Shangri-la Manila Hotel, Manila, Philippines – 15 February 2007 Trestle Group CEO and Trestle Group Foundation Board Member Ralph Schonenbach today delivered a non-traditional...
  • Blog Post: Profit before Passion?

    Tuesday afternoon tea and biccies was had in the company of some very smart, passionate women. I seem to be making a habit of that lately. This time it was to attend the inaugural meeting of the UK Women's Enterprise Taskforce set up by the Government "to champion women's enterprise and to increase the...
  • Blog Post: Women Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries

    This week Trestle Group Foundation announced a collaboration with the World Conservation Union . Dana Smith, MD of Trestle Group Foundation says of the partnership: “ We believe entrepreneurship fuels the engine that drives economic and social change. We welcome the opportunity to work in partnership...
  • Blog Post: Women in IT

    I mentioned earlier one of the vehicles we have created - Voices for Innovation - to help our partner community contribute to the IT debate and shape policy. Julie from VFI has just offered to help us with the next phase of our project with Trestle Group Foundation - we're taking our Empowering Women...
  • Blog Post: Busy January....

    What a crazy few weeks! Is it me or does the Christmas break seem a long way off now? On the 10 th January, I had the privilege of representing Microsoft at the inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) forum in London along with our President of EMEA, Neil Holloway. The theme of the forum was...
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