The ZinC HoPLo Lab

  • There are currently only 15 women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies this is less than 4%.
  • Women make up only 3% of clout executives of media, telecom and e-companies.
  • Women hold 17% of the seats in the House of Representatives.
  • Only 34 women have ever served as governors compared to 2319 men.
  • In 2011, women comprised 18% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films.
  • Source: http://www.missrepresentation.org/about-us/resources/miss-representation-sources/

Queen Nzinga

Queen Nzinga

Queen Cleopatra

Queen Cleopatra pieced together from images on ancient artifacts by Egyptologist Sally Ann Ashton

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Ada Lovelace

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks with Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1955

Grace Hopper

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

The  Nzinga Cleopatra Hopper Parks Lovelace (ZinC HoPLo) Lab looks to address gender inequity by teaching girls entrepreneurial skills and also that there is not just one way for a woman to become successful. The girls will start by learning the basics of computer science and programming in this unique course taught by David Evans and Terrance Jackson. In this course they will build a working search engine. Google is the most well-known and popular search engine. Continue reading

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How to Get a Job Today

About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years.

More than half of all of African-Americans and other non-Hispanic blacks in [New York City] who were old enough to work had no job at all this year, according to an analysis of employment data compiled by the federal Labor Department.

Apple vs. Microsoft chart

The Power of Entrepreneurship to Create Value

Now consider that if you had invested $10,000 in Apple 10 years ago that investment would now be worth over $667,000. That is the power of entrepreneurship and there is no reason why you cannot tap into such power. Therefore, the best way to get a job today is to create your own job.

This past Sunday, there was a program at the Larchmont Village Center featuring Nassim Taleb promoting his new book Antifragile. In a Forbes article called “You Can’t Predict Who Will Change The World“, he wrote:

It is high time to recognize that we humans are far better at doing than understanding, and better at tinkering than inventing. But we don’t know it. We truly live under the illusion of order believing that planning and forecasting are possible. We are scared of the random, yet we live from its fruits.

So there is no reason why you cannot be the next person that will change the world, but maybe you are not quite ready to strike out on your own. With this in mind, Startup Westchester is developing an on-going series called “How to Get a Job Today.”  Continue reading