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Lifelong Learners: Six women share their advice for business, life

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Women are nearing half the workforce nationwide and they make up more than a third of business owners. For the past two decades, women-owned businesses have been the fastest-growing segment in the economy, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. The identified growth rate is twice that of all other businesses. There are 11.6 million businesses owned by women, which employ nearly 9 million people.

For the Women in Business special issue, published April 29, Springfield Business Journal sat down with six women to hear their best advice for businesspeople in the areas of mentoring, networking, goals, stepping up, balance and leadership. The women are business owners, a manufacturing leader, a track star, a professor and a banker.

These women are standouts. One shattered the glass ceiling in local board leadership, while another shattered world records at the Olympics.

They say their careers, mentors and the successes and failures they’ve experienced – personally and professionally – shaped their insights. Their advice is universal and tested by fire.

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