Articles By Cheryl Sylvester

Apple’s first female director a step forward for women in tech

Apple Inc., the world’s most valuable technology company by market cap, finally turned its innovative energy onto its own Board of Directors, electing its first woman director. Susan (Sue) L. Wagner, founding partner and

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 22nd, 2014 Cheryl Sylvester

8 tech summer camps for girls only (and 9 more for boys too)

More girls enjoying tech summer camps will equal more women in tech companies down the road! In a recent blog post in sister publication Computer Dealer News, I wrote about the lack of

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 21st, 2014 Cheryl Sylvester

Canadian women entrepreneurs: Bold beginnings and brave futures

So exciting to get to know some of our Canadian women entrepreneurs at this week's fifth-annual Dell Women Entrepreneurs conference.  As the theme of the conference was "Bold Beginnings. Brave Futures," I've invited

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: June 9th, 2014 Cheryl Sylvester

Dell women entrepreneurs event: The sound of inspiration

The buzz is palpable. The sounds of women entrepreneurs from all around the world, networking in Austin, Texas. Why does it matter? It matters because this is the beginning, the surging toward critical

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: June 3rd, 2014 Cheryl Sylvester

Role models most helpful to women tech entrepreneurs

In support of the 40Forward program,  Annelies Van den Belt, CEO of DC Thomson (findmypast.com, friendsreunited.co.uk) inspired the startup community in Toronto at multiple events. On May 5, the Toronto StartupGrind community hosted Annelies Van den Belt at

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: May 9th, 2014 Cheryl Sylvester

Venture capital and funding: Where are the women?

Where are the women in Canadian venture capital?  Angel investors, and for that matter, where are the women-owned technology startups? Some months ago at the Gaining Momentum: Women In Techology event, Ilse Treurnicht,

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 15th, 2014 Cheryl Sylvester

‘Art of’ running your business isn’t a solitary work: panel

"Fly alone, die alone." These words from Sunil Mistry, partner at KPMG Enterprise were echoed by Paul Gaspar, director of small business segment at UPS Canada when he said “small business failures come

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: October 24th, 2013 Cheryl Sylvester

Writing their own cheques: how women entrepreneurs fund IT growth in their businesses

Two successful women entrepreneurs, one and the same answer to the question - how are you funding technology investment in your business? Writing our own cheques is the answer from both Marla Schwartz

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: September 25th, 2013 Cheryl Sylvester

Ontario’s hottest Startups? – There’s an app for that!

Landing in my inbox yesterday was a cool little app Ontario's Hottest Startups --  a high-level look at nearly 200 players in the Ontario startup ecosystem. More than just a list, the searchable

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: September 12th, 2013 Cheryl Sylvester

Recognizing Women in IT: a paradoxical co-existence of celebration and discomfort

Last Thursday I had the privilege to attend the 2013 CDN's Women in the IT Channel Recognition  lunch.  This was the third annual event for women in the industry - indeed a lovely celebration,

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 29th, 2013 Cheryl Sylvester

Are you the only woman in your meetings? Then you need to attend ‘Women in the IT Channel’

Why attend Women in the IT Channel? Because typically in IT and technology-based organizations, there aren't three or more women at the table in business meetings.  And in fields where women are still

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 15th, 2013 Cheryl Sylvester

‘Manage your own energy’ to manage your business: Bob Dorf

The real rewards of leading a startup lie in the passion for what you're doing  - and not your exit strategy.  Why?  Because you will need your passion to maintain the optimism to

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 7th, 2013 Cheryl Sylvester

DIY doesn’t a great brand make for small businesses

It looks like most small business owners have a DIY attitude when it comes to brand building. A new American Express Small Business Services survey says 36 per cent of business owners are

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 24th, 2013 Cheryl Sylvester