Women in Haub discuss experience in business world

The Women’s Center and the Haub School of Business hosted a “Women on Campus” virtual panel discussion highlighting women and their experiences in business on March 25. 

Morgan M. Bryant, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing, moderated the event. The panel featured Janée Burkhalter, Ph.D., associate dean and associate professor of marketing, Natalie Wood, Ph.D., associate dean and professor of marketing and Storm Wilkins, Esq., executive director of the Maguire Academy of Insurance and Risk Management. 

In her remarks to the audience Wilkins said when women enter the business world, the overall culture fosters an environment where women are frequently hesitant to take on leadership or job roles. 

“There have been surveys as far as corporate leadership, and they have proven time and time again that men will feel 50% ready for a job but they’ll take it and learn it while they’re there,” Wilkins said. “Versus women, they have to

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Houston-area officials, business leaders denounce SB7, HB6 bills

HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner joined local officials, community and business leaders to denounce Senate Bill 7 and House Bill 6 Monday afternoon.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the proposed laws will prevent voter fraud and protect voter integrity.

Senate Bill 7 would limit extended early-voting hours, prohibit drive-thru voting and make it illegal for local election officials to proactively send applications to vote by mail to voters, even if they qualify.

Turner was joined by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Fort Bend County Judge KP George and other community and business leaders to denounce what they call “voter suppression bills.”

“The right to vote is sacred,” Turner said.

The mayor stated that women and people of color have had to fight for their right to vote through the years. He said the state has concerns over voter fraud but little to no evidence has been found.

He said

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Business Briefs: Grants fund local businesses, lawn mowing app expands to Gilroy

Grants fund local businesses

Gilroy businesses struggling during the pandemic have received a funding boost.

The City of Gilroy and the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce established a program that allows qualifying businesses operating within city limits to apply for a one-time grant using federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding.

According to Chamber President/CEO Mark Turner, 12 applications have been approved so far, with grants ranging from $5,000-$10,000. Seven of those applications were from minority- or women-owned businesses. Twenty-five more applications are currently being processed.

In this round of funding, the city had $125,000 to distribute, with about $35,000 left, Turner said.

Applications were due March 12. According to Program Administrator Maria De Leon, an additional round of grant funding is expected to go to the city council in May for consideration.

Industrial building approved

The Gilroy Planning Commission on April 1 approved construction of a 30-foot-tall,

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