They Are Women, Hear Them Roar

It was absolutely great to hear the stories of the strong and determined women in "This Time It's Mine" (February/March 2007). I too recently made the decision to leave the world of corporate management after 25 years. I have started my own event planning and consulting business. Reading the article reassured me and provided encouragement to keep on. You go, girls!

Jacqueline Jones

Public Relations and

Event Planning by Jackie

Lewisville, Tex.

"This Time It's Mine" (February/March 2007) was a terrific article. Having started my own company after 25 years in corporate life, I'm very interested to learn about others taking this same plunge. Please give us more, more, more on women entrepreneurs!

Beth Gagnon-Patnode

Stylish Transformations

Staging & Redesign

Eagan, Minn.

Savvy business leaders should be very interested to learn how women are creating successful businesses ("This Time It's Mine," February/March 2007). Companies owned by women with more than $1 million in revenues grow at twice the rate of all companies. Women-owned companies also have above-average profit growth, and they accomplish this with lean organizations.

They're able to do this because women's thinking and decision-making processes allow them to act on market opportunities more quickly than men. Research indicates that women are more inclined than men to use both the left (logical) and right (intuitive/creative) brain when making decisions. Including the intuitive brain is key. Intuitive processes help to fill in missing pieces of a picture even when the available information is incomplete. Concrete and factual data, the medium of the logical brain, are only able to paint a picture after the fact, when everyone else can see it too. At this point, getting to market before others is less likely and requires vast resources.

Anne Perschel

President, Germane Consulting

Worcester, Mass.

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