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If you know me personally or through my blog or Facebook, you know that I grapple with how to balance my life with the number of requests I get for in-person meetings. I’ve written about this before, but it was time for a new plan. I’ve landed on a new approach. The issue is that there…

Read more Introducing “The Booth” with Sue Heilbronner — It’s Worth a Shot (figuratively…or literally)

In our best efforts to guide youth to becoming meaningful leaders in their lives, we can employ many useful tools which bolster future opportunities. Empowerment, perseverance, confidence and an entrepreneurial spirit are important notions for all kids to have in their back pockets, but equally as necessary is the one-on-one experience of a personal mentor.…

Read more Mentoring Young Women to Empower the Next Generation of Leaders

This post was originally published on Elephant Journal.  I recently finished reading The Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton. In the book, Glennon talks about sexiness. She starts by talking about the conventional sexy that most of us can agree on (with some standard deviations). She goes on to celebrate the other kind of sexy,…

Read more Becoming a Woman (at 35)

Just like we believe that investing in women-led companies isn’t just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do, we believe that investing in girls is key to #ChangingTheRatio. According to the White House, “Ensuring that a nation’s girls are educated unlocks human potential on a transformational scale, advancing progress in every…

Read more Bold Summer: MergeLane Leadership Camp for High School Girls

Wendy Lea has had a lifetime of high-profile successes in building successful businesses. Leaving Get Satisfaction after years as CEO, Wendy was lured to Cincinnati to develop and grow an enduring business ecosystem that brings together startups, bigcos, government nonprofits, neighborhoods and even the clergy. The results already have been amazing. But Wendy is not…

Read more Wendy Lea, CEO of Cintrifuse, A Manifester, Bridge Builder, and Wildly Introspective Leader

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This is a guest blog post by Allie Janoch, CEO of Mapistry, MergeLane Alumni 2015. Mapistry, a 2015 MergeLane alumni, is in the business of industrial stormwater. We’ve created an easy to use and affordable software to combat the challenges of stormwater regulations. MergeLane came at the perfect time for Mapistry. We arrived with an open…

Read more MergeLane Came at the Perfect Time for Silicon Valley-based Mapistry

BallotReady MergeLane

This is a guest post by Alex Niemczewski, CEO of BallotReady, a graduate of the 2016 MergeLane accelerator.  BallotReady is an online non-partisan voter guide that helpers voters make informed decisions all the way down the ballot. If you live in Illinois, Colorado, California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Hawaii; BallotReady will cover every race…

Read more MergeLane’s High Expectations Help BallotReady Bring Non-Partisan Voter Guides to this Election

This is a guest post by Ann Stewart Zachwieja, COO of Globig. a MergeLane 2016 Accelerator participant. Those of you leading a startup will recognize the driving pace. There is no such thing as a 40-hour schedule or free weekends. You solve problems in your dreams, Slack ideas to your teammates at all hours, and lose…

Read more The Startup Dilemma: Do We Have Time to Accelerate? MergeLane is a Yes