Globally, it is estimated that there are more than 274 million women entrepreneurs!Yet despite this massive influence and spending power of women entrepreneurs, Dell’s Women Entrepreneur #WECities research and the US Senate report on What Women Entrepreneurs Need to Thrive found that women entrepreneurs around the world receive disproportionate access to the resources needed to thrive, including capital, mentorship and technology.As a global leader Dell is committed to helping women-owned businesses scale with the help of technology and other critical resources and has expanded its program this year to further accelerate the success of women entrepreneurs.A Global Network of WomenDell and Springboard Enterprises, a network of innovators, investors and influencers who are dedicated to building high-growth companies led by women, hosted a series of Women Funding Women events across the globe this year, including in Toronto, Amsterdam, Paris, Austin, Sydney and Tokyo.Joined by nearly 900 women entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, government representatives and business leaders, these events shined a spotlight on investments made in women-led companies while encouraging more women to invest. The events helped to foster a global community that supports and invests in women by promoting investment opportunities and encouraging collaboration.We were honored to be joined by a number of other industry associations and companies supporting women entrepreneurs and investors, including, Startup Canada, EY, Accenture, WeConnect International, Incubate, SoGal, Alice, iFundWomen, Anaxago, Startup Delta, and more!You can see photos from all the events here, and stay tuned for details on our next series of Women Funding Women events which will start again in the fall.See You in Toronto for DWEN Summit 2018Although our Women Funding Women event series has come to a close for this year, we are excited to host 150 of the most inspiring female entrepreneurs, investors, government representatives and international media at our 9th annual Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Summit in Toronto from July 15-17, 2018.This two-day event will feature inspiring keynotes, collaborative break-out sessions, and unlimited potential to network and connect with other inspiring women. You may even find your next business partner at the event.If you’re interested in joining, please fill out and submit your profile to join the network. Of note, the ideal DWEN candidate is a woman entrepreneur with revenue or funding between $2-3M USD with plans to scale, however there is some flexibility based on a country’s culture and environment for women entrepreneurs. We happily direct startups and entrepreneurship advocates to our partners such as Alice and Springboard if you do not yet meet the network criteria.Invitations to the DWEN Summit, regional events and partner events will be based on your profile. You can see a recap of this amazing event here.
Jessie Mueller Has an Onstage Sweet ToothBefore there were pies, there were Twinkies. Jessie Mueller played Role Call and revisited her resume, and she said she’s outgrown her Over the Tavern days, when she played “a 16-year-old who ate Twinkies.” It all worked out for her because we know the only thing better than yellow cake with a creamy center is mermaid marshmallow pie. Surely, her dentist is thrilled. Our Fans Have Spectacular, Spectacular Casting Skills Come what may, we will not stop dreamcasting Baz Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge musical; we’ve been doing it forever! You chose Darren Criss to play Christian in a stage adaptation back in the day. Other top picks included Aaron Tveit, Jeremy Jordan and Santino Fontana. Who knew the Glee star would stop by Broadway.com HQ the same day this news would break?! Well…actually, not even Criss himself! Holiday Inn Costs an Arm and a LegWhat’s more exciting than tap dancing on every holiday? Tap dancing with dead arms, of course. To pass the time during tech, Corbin Bleu and his Holiday Inn castmates rehearse their routines with flailing limbs. We’ve never dreamcast those inflatable tube dancers in a musical before, but after this, we’re starting to consider it. The Winter Garden Felt the Spirit of BabsBarbra Streisand paid a visit to her old digs at the Winter Garden Theatre (where she starred in Funny Girl way back when), where she visited Barbra super-fan Sierra Boggess’ School of Rock dressing room. Among Sierra’s decorations were a plethora of framed Barbra album covers, an opening night note from her and a candle with Saint Barbra’s face. Look out, Andrew Chappelle. Your Patti shrine has nothing on the Barbra temple. View Comments Dee’s Dreams Are Not in GreenWe’ve heard that when you play Elphaba, the green stays with you (especially behind the ears). For Dee Roscioli, however, the tint doesn’t stick. Fiddler on the Roof’s new Fruma Sarah recalled a nightmare in which she was preparing to go on as Elphie, but no matter how much green she applied, none of it stayed on. Fruma Sarah and bad dreams go together like Elphaba and questionable headwear. Star Files Darren Criss Sierra Boggess Bryce Ryness Has an O.K. PlanHe was a pirate in Peter Pan Live!, but now Bryce Ryness wants to smell the sweet wavin’ wheat in a live Oklahoma! The Matilda favorite revealed he’d love to see a site-specific telecast that shoots in Oklahoma, with real cornfields and real golden haze. We’re all for this, but two questions: Are two exclamation points in Oklahoma! Live! excessive, and can it feature Mary Testa making cornbread? Anastasia Knows Blondes Have More FunWhat do you mean, “Journey to the Past”? Anastasia’s tresses are apparently all about the future in the recently released Broadway artwork. Though the title character of the popular animated film rocked red locks in ’97, it looks like it’s time for a change. Whether she’s werkin’ a “Ginger Top” or “Legally Blonde,” we’re still amped to see Anastasia bow on Broadway on March 23, 2017! We Love Ana Villafañe’s ‘Conga’ SwimsuitHow does Ana Villafañe make it happen? With a #Conga one-piece. The On Your Feet! vlogger went on a water park excursion with her fellow cast members, during which time she revealed a custom-made bathing suit perfect for Broadway’s Gloria Estefan. We think this could be the start of something, Ana. You can have your own #Conga line of swimwear. Or #Conga almond butter! Darren Criss, Jessie Mueller, Bryce Ryness, Ana Villafane, Sierra Boggess & Alexandra Silber(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser, Joan Marcus & Caitlin McNaney) Labor Day weekend is finally here! Before you head to Coney Island for Elsie Fest or start up the grill for your epic barbecue, it’s time to review the Lessons of the Week. From Jessie Mueller’s fave treat to the Wicked Witch’s own worst nightmares, here’s the knowledge that got dropped! Elsie Fest = Darren Criss’ Fantasy Football Speaking of super fans, Darren Criss graced us with his presence on #LiveatFive this week to talk all things Elsie Fest. The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner told us that the concert is actually a mastermind plot for him to assemble the stars he fans out about, like a Fantasy Football League (you know, for people who enjoy Sports Ball). Cynthia Erivo, Corey Cott—game on! Cat’s Got Alexandra Silber’s TongueWhen Alexandra Silber met Angela Lansbury after a performance of Fiddler, she had a full speech prepared detailing how the grande dame is her one true idol. Absent from Silber’s speech, however, was her cat, Tatiana Angela Lansbury Romanov. The feline has her own Instagram account replete with show tune quotes. It’s probably best you didn’t tell her, Al. We know she’s more of a rabbit person, anyway.
Financial analysts reported Monday night that South Burlington’s pension funding shortfall is still over $8 million, but noted solid gains in attempts to shore up the plan’s finances.According to an annual update for the City Council by Tracy Braun of Peoples United Retirement Services and Annie Voldman of Annie Voldman, a consulting actuary, the unfunded part of the municipal retirement fund dropped approximately $800,000 below last year’s $8.9 million shortfall.During the past decade, elected officials seemingly weren’t aware of the fund’s downward slide until they were revealed by new City Manager Sandy Miller. Paying the unfunded part of the plan through a low-interest bond was a strategy introduced during the council’s discussions.Public safety pensions have played a notably large role in the unfunded obligation, says the report summary. Starting this past July, the whole plan was 57 percent funded. However, only 52 percent of public safety pensions were funded compared to 72 percent for nonpublic safety employees.The fund’s assets, according to Voldman, increased by more than $2 million over last year, but increased expenses prevented the shortfall from continuing to shrink.
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Burlington Northern Santa Fe has teamed up with communications companies Kansas Cellular, Open Cellular Systems, and BellSouth to provide remote monitoring equipment for level crossings, using existing communications links. Commissioning is due to be completed by the end of next year.BNSF staff will be alerted to a range of equipment failures, including power and lamp faults, and broken or jammed crossing gates. Alerts are sent automatically using cellular telephone channels, and these can then be forwarded to dispatchers on existing intranet or internet connections.BNSF, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.Reader Enquiry Number 146