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Dear friends,

According to a new study, female and ethnic minority executives stand a good chance of being penalized by their bosses if they promote fellow minorities. It's a sad revelation but the fact remains that there are still very small numbers of us at the top of our professions and we have to have the courage to be the change we want to see. Keep paying it forward.

So how many times have you attended a conference and wished there were less panelists on stage, or, left disappointed because the short speaker soundbites left you wanting more.  Well I feel the same way and that's why going forward, you'll see a dynamic new format on the WIE Symposium stage. Just two powerful speakers from different professional backgrounds, genders or age groups, in conversation with each other. You'll get unique perspectives and more in-depth discussions at this year's WIE and I hope to see you there.

Finally, here's this week's rundown of inspiring women you need to know.

All the best,
Dee
DONATE
18 Americans die everyday waiting for an organ transplant and 120,000 are on a waiting list. Advocate and philanthropist Jenna Arnold and her co-founder Greg Segal devised a very straightforward and innovative solution to the organ donation crisis - the first central organ registry, ORGANIZE
 
UNIFY
#YesAllWomen has become a powerful social media movement, aiming to bring awareness to the issue of misogyny and violence against women.  Recently, celebrities Sophia Bush, Monique Coleman, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Arielle Kebbel and Kenna Kebbel brought the hashtagged statements to life at an inspirational reading in California. A similar event is planned for New York.

 
CONNECT
Looking for a way to share your expertise with or mentor the next generation? bSmartGuide.com is a platform for millennial women to learn, connect, and promote their brands within a supportive community.  Created by entrepreneur Meagan Hooper, the website allows members to promote their brands at no cost, using a range of helpful tools.

 
ACT
Where award-winning actress and activist Rosario Dawson sees injustice, she acts. Voto Latino, which she created to empower Latino millennials to engage and to vote, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. She is also the co-founder, alongside Abrima Erwiah, of the social enterprise Studio One Eighty Nine, which promotes African & Africa inspired content, such as the Fashion Rising Collection.
WEAR
Lots of women have great fashion sense but very few have the eye of London-based fashion consultant Yasmin Sewell, who is rarely out of the pages of the style press. So much so that Barneys just teamed up with her for an 18-piece capsule collection. The line features wearable, elegant pieces, and is described as Sewell's "ultimate wardrobe." The collection is available in stores in a few weeks
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