SOURCE: Invent Your Future Enterprises

January 08, 2007 19:43 ET

Wait, Don't Go! Invent Your Future Enterprises Fosters the Retention and Advancement of Women in Corporate America

New Company Empowers Women to Reinvent Their Careers and Rise to the Top, Led by Producer of 17 CA Governor's Conferences for Women and 20 PBWC Conferences Joining Forces With Co-Founder of Both the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Springboard Venture Forums

SAN CARLOS, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 8, 2007 -- As enterprising women prepare to fast track their careers in 2007, for many, business skills training is high on their list of priorities. Today's launch of Invent Your Future Enterprises -- a new professional development company that is building the next generation of women leaders -- introduces programs and services to build their professional skills toolkit and accelerate their success.

Studies confirm the need for resources to foster the advancement and retention of women in the workplace.

A November 2006 study of California's 400 largest publicly traded companies by researchers at UC Davis' Graduate School of Management indicates only 11.7% of California companies have a woman in their senior executive suite. Recent research by a leading management consulting firm estimates that the absolute cost to a company that loses one senior-level employee can range as high as $250,000. Another trend affecting retention, confirmed by corporate and HR advisors to Invent Your Future, is the growth of women's entrepreneurship.

Based on decades of experience creating thriving communities, events and educational programs for professional women, the co-founders of Invent Your Future Enterprises are helping women advance by building practical business skills and expressing their spirit of entrepreneurship inside their existing companies.

"When employers focus on the unique needs of women in the workplace by providing interactive and innovative development opportunities, everyone benefits -- retention rates for female employees increase and companies become more competitive," said Ruth Stergiou, Co-Founder of Invent Your Future Enterprises. "Women want supportive communities, experiential learning tools, and bold new ways to develop practical knowledge they can use right away. By offering these services, we're developing better trained women to lead innovative, dynamic and successful companies."

Company Co-Founder Denise Brosseau added, "We're excited to help women unleash their potential -- as professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders. Women have proven themselves to be very adept at team-building, client management and communication. We are ready to help companies cultivate the other skill areas of their women leaders, like quantitative analysis, risk taking and negotiation. Our goal is to help employers keep their women leaders on the fast track, and in the top spots in their executive suites."

Programs and Services for Corporations and Professional Women

Invent Your Future's offering includes:

--  Skill-Building Conferences - don't miss the inaugural Entrepreneurial
    Skills Conference Feb. 8 - 9, 2007 at the Microsoft Conference Center in
    Mountain View, CA. This program features truly talented professors,
    authors, CEOs, executives and coaches who have 'been there, done that' and
    are ready to tell it like it is. The two-day event will provide tactical,
    how-to information to help women and their employers spark their
    entrepreneurial drive and accelerate their rise to the top. Register at
    http://inventyourfuture.com/conference.html.
--  Corporate Retention and Diversity Programs - based on the key core
    competencies needed by women leaders, the company brings to corporations
    leadership training designed for busy women on the fast track.  Led by
    expert speakers and taking advantage of some of the latest technology
    advances, these programs are designed to increase the retention and
    promotion of women to the top of the corporation.
--  Business Simulation for Executive Education & Management Training -
    Onsite or online workshops help corporate managers learn how to overcome
    challenges, implement change and maximize opportunities in a safe,
    simulated environment. Based on sophisticated economic models, the business
    simulation technology offers extensive program variables that allow a CEO
    or manager to request a customizable learning design based on preparing
    participants for the unique circumstances their company is facing.
--  eSeminars & Toolkits - webinars, teleseminars and publications to
    build career skills and rise to the top, featuring coveted secrets and
    strategies from top-ranked authors, speakers, business leaders and
    professors.
    

The launch of Invent Your Future is attracting praise from business and community leaders:

"Ruth and Denise are visionaries committed to developing a new path for female professionals who are voting with their feet and leaving the corporate world," says Sam Horn, nationally-acclaimed speaker, media resource and author of the "Tongue Fu!®" series. "Businesses are spending millions to recruit women scientists, managers and specialists, but they're losing them as fast as they hire them. Invent Your Future is the right solution at the right time. While Invent Your Future Enterprises can't transform every workplace overnight, they can guide women's success by bringing them the expertise of accomplished women executives who have 'been there, done that,' and are committed to sharing their lessons-learned (warts and all) so women working their way up don't have to learn the hard way and go it alone."

"The power of women to lead in our communities is limitless," said former California State Senator, Jackie Speier. "By harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit that drives our economy and inspiring women to reach new heights by improving their skills, I expect Invent Your Future Enterprises to pave the way for women to succeed."

About the Co-Founders

As executive producer of 17 California Governor's Conferences for Women and 20 Professional BusinessWomen of California (PBWC) Conferences, programs produced by Ruth Stegiou's have inspired, educated and galvanized more than 150,000 attendees to achieve their most audacious goals. They have also attracted support from leading global companies that are committed to advancing women in the workplace.

Denise Brosseau has influenced the success of numerous ventures founded and led by women by tirelessly advocating for greater capital investment and improved access to resources. As Co-Founder and founding CEO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (now FWE&E), she created the first organization in the U.S. connecting women to venture financing. She is also Co-Founder and on-going advisor of the Springboard Venture Forums, a nationwide series of programs that accelerate women's access to the equity markets and have led to over $3B in funding for women entrepreneurs.

About Invent Your Future Enterprises

Invent Your Future Enterprises is a professional development company that is accelerating the success of the next generation of corporate and entrepreneurial women leaders through corporate retention and diversity programs, business simulation training, skill-building conferences, eseminars and toolkits. Built by highly experienced, connected and committed social entrepreneurs, the company's products and services fast-track the success of corporate managers on their way up the career ladder, 'intra'-preneurs who are building internal corporate ventures, and new or aspiring business owners. Learn more at www.inventyourfuture.com or call (650) 472-3782.

Editor's note: For links to studies referenced in this press release and to opt-in for email updates on breaking news and events, visit http://www.inventyourfuture.com/news.html.

Contact Information

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    Joanna Rustin
    Rustin Communications for Invent Your Future Enterprises
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