Do not give it the power to depress you. Yes, in 2013 U.S. females earn $.77 on a dollar compared to their male counterpart. We live longer. We need our money. Don't get sad. Get smart. Get loud. This blatant disparity keeps me constantly stretching my perception and energy seeking opportunities beyond my previous thoughts.
Take opportunities in Chicago: limited in many ways especially with the nepotism, politics and ridiculous taxes in place. But then there's Chicago and then there is the whole wide world. Like Toronto, a metropolis an hour plane ride away. The fact is 95% of the world lives outside the U.S. according to a 60 Minutes/CBS News Report.
I met Councillor Michael Thompson from Toronto City Council, when he, Mayor Tom Ford and a delegation of barristers were in Chicago for a Sisters City event.
I had been to Toronto years before, a couple of times. However, the comparison between Chicago and Toronto was most enlightening: 1. Both cities have populations of 2.7 million; 2. Labor force in Chicago is 1.2 million to Toronto's 1.4 million. 3. Toronto has shared values with Chicago for each citizen to advance the common interests in uniting both cities in the areas of economics, finance, trade tourism, urban planning, culture and education.
Sounds like fertile ground for commerce. What if we kept an open mind and disregarded the notion that doing business on a global level is only realistic for multi-billion dollar multi-national corporations? There is truth to that notion in some areas but not all. Collaborative opportunities for entrepreneurs and free-lancers who offer goods and/or services in trade, tourism, culture, education, arts and media may only need cultivation.
Cross border opportunities are worth the investment of due diligence. In addition to what the City of Toronto may have to offer there are potential opportunities for minority entrepreneurs in involving construction, energy, food and beverage, cosmetics, media and film.
Toronto has the Diversity Business Network (DBN) provides supplier diversity consulting services to Canadian corporations to increase profitability, develop diverse-owned business capacity through training and mentoring and serves as the bridge between large corporations,government and diverse-owned businesses.
I am working on forming co-productions for television and broadband content between independent producers based in Chicago, et. al and those in Canada. The Canadian government like many cities in Europe not only have tax credits but grants for certain entertainment/educational productions. Interesting stories have no borders.
I believe that now is the time for women, especially boomer women, to create your own opportunities. The internet still can be the great equalizer if you look at it with those eyes. Make your own job and then pay yourself fairly: $1.00 on $1.00.
For more information on DBN visit www.diversitybusinessnetwork.com.
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